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OUR Town Art Show & Sale
Forty, early-arriving benefactors ($200, $300, $750, $1,250) were joined by 345 friends ($75) for the Opening Night Party that kicked off the 30th Anniversary of the OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale chaired by Liz DuMouchelle and Janice Degen at The Community House. They were greeted at the entrance by honorary chairs Julie Dawson and Sally Gerak, who have a long history with the event. The show of 361 pieces of art that had been selected by artist Robert Dempster and DIA conservator Barbara Heller was accented for the party by models wearing fantastic fashions created of paper and plastic bags by designer Matthew Richmond, committee member Dana Sorensen’s idea (see photo gallery). In addition to dining on the stroll and viewing and buying art, lots of socializing ensues at this annual event. People also applaud the winners of cash prizes determined by the jurors.
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.