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MCLO's La Dolce Vita
Two hundred supporters ($100 ticket) of the Motor City Lyric Opera and fans of philanthropist Maggie Allesee gathered at the Detroit Athletic Club for spirits and sustenance, both for body and soul. The club’s wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided the former. Musicians, singers and Maggie provided the latter. Violinist Sonia Lee and pianist John Bogdon paid tribute to the late Mike Fezzy, whose brother, Greybear Productions’ Drew Fezzy, produced a video tribute to Allesee. Dr. David DiChiera, last year’s recipient of the Metropolitan Detroit Virtuoso Award, made the presentation, noting “…Maggie makes life better for other people.”
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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