Week of 9.29.14

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MOCAD Interchange Dinner

A predicted late summer storm put the kibosh on host Julie Taubman‘s plan to serve dinner au plein air on the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club clubhouse deck as players were hitting on one of the 24 grass courts beyond. But the rain stopped just before the 74 guests arrived at Bill Massie’s “miracle in Pontiac” and Taubman’s fundraiser ($200 per ticket) for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit was a big win. Massie, Cranbrook Academy of Art’s architecture department head, created the $1.5-million facility out of the former city waterworks turned abandoned community center scheduled for demolition and the 40-plus acres surrounding the 1919 tile-roofed building. That a hard scrabble city like Pontiac would be home to such an upscale development – the first new lawn tennis facility built in this country in 124 years – is the wonderment.
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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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