Week of 9.28.15

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Ladies of Charity 50th Anniversary

The name of this group is the name of my beat – Charity. So reporting the 50th anniversary of this totally volunteer group is a unique pleasure. That’s 50 years for the Oakland County chapter, but the parent organization was founded by St. Vincent de Paul in 17th century France and that French heritage inspired event chair Mia Materka to call the party Joi de la Nuit. She also chose the black, white and gold favored by French designer Coco Chanel for the party décor and commissioned Lynn Martin to construct a mini-Eiffel tower to hold tower-shaped pledge notes that guests could take. The black tie gala attracted more than 160 guests to Pine Lake Country Club. The Mercy High School Mercy-aires spiced up the cocktail hour, which also included a video show of 50 years of photos running as background in the bar. Raffles and silent auction bidding also vied for attention.
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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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