Week of 4.21.14

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Mariann Hoag Scholarship Dinner

The scene in the atrium at 2000 Town Center was especially colorful when more than 200 Roeper School boosters gathered there for the Prelude to the inaugural Mariann Hoag Scholarship Dinner fundraiser. They chatted, sipped champagne and bid $12,000-plus on the 39 student-created art objects in a silent auction (see some in the Photo Gallery) before the program. It featured Katie Buchmann’s glowing memories of the beloved Hoag, Roeper’s go to for-everything person, especially financial aid, for more than 60 years before she died of cancer in 2009. According to Buchmann, Mariann’s parting request, “Take care of this place,” was the motivation for the event.
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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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