Week of 10.24.16

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DSO Opening Night Dinner

The Thursday evening before the DSO opening Classical Series Weekend, 115 music lovers attended the Volunteer Council’s Opening Night Dinner ($180, $325, $500-tickets) at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Center. VC president Ginny Lundquist chaired the second annual repast, one of the first events to be held in the Music Box after it was renamed the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube (Curated Urban Broadband Experience). As President/ CEO Anne Parsons announced, the new name honors the couple’s ongoing benevolence ($10-million-plus) to the DSO and marks the beginning of a new programming stream for the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Center. The concert which followed in Orchestra Hall featured conductor Leonard Slatkin conducting Bernstein, Gershwin, Beethoven and the world premiere of “Big Data” by 40-year-old Spanish composer Ferran Cruixent.
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Ahoy mates

Metro Detroiters will be able to take their palates to the sea, or the Great Lakes, with Voyager , the forthcoming seafood restaurant that the new restaurant’s owners hope swing open before the December holidays arrive. A project from Eli Boyer , formerly of Gold Cash Gold , and Marc Bogoff , chef-owner of Stockyard food truck, the duo repurposed a 1970’s storage building at 600 ...more»


oakland confidential

November 2016

CHANGING THE GUARD: Earlier this year Democrats predicted the Michigan House, now controlled by the GOP, 63-45, could flip with the 2016 election, with the party picking up at least nine seats like it did in the 2008 presidential election season. Republicans have controlled the House, Senate and the Governor’s office since 2010. As the rubber hits the road with the November vote, the chance ...more»
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Hardware store to close

12/02/2013 - Ace Hardware in the Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph in Bloomfield Township, will be closing its doors in January following more than a quarter century of hardware service at the location. Mark Elmer, who purchased the store in 2007, about two years after the store changed to an Ace Hardware, confirmed the store's liquidation. The former Damman Hardware operated at the location for about 25 years, Elmer said. "Unfortunately, the landlords weren't receptive to negotiating a new lease," Elmer said. "They wanted the rent to go up, and I wanted it to go down." Elmer said failure to establish a lease agreement, combined with aging equipment at the location, economic factors and other issues, were the deciding factors in closing the location. An additional Rochester location, he said, is scheduled to be closed in February for many of the same reasons as the Bloomfield Hills location.

Business Matters for the Birmingham-Bloomfield area are reported by Kevin Elliott. Send items for consideration to KevinElliott@downtownpublications.com. Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.

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