Week of 1.26.15

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CCS's Home Christmas Home Tour

Unlike some other holiday house tours that fell by the wayside after a few years, the Christ Child Society’s has a winning strategy. Co-chairs Amy Gooch and Katie Gantner and their committee lined up five unique, beautiful homes whose generous owners get the Christmas decorations installed by the first Friday in December. This year these good people were Cristina & Robert Recchia, Renee & Michael Acho, Sally & Kevin Smith, Lauren & Robert Smith and Donna & Rusty Brown. The event booked the Birmingham Country Club for a non-stop and yummy buffet brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They also recruited more than 15 boutique owners to set up their sales displays at the club (see list in Photo Gallery) and society members to serve as docents at the homes. The 500 ($50 ticket) who attended planned their own touring, brunching and shopping schedule.
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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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