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ORT / ART and the City
What a great partnership – ORT’s educational programs, Somerset Collection and College for Creative Studies. They combined to attract more than 400 ORT supporters to Eastern Market’s Shed Three to dine on the stroll and check out the auction display of iconic Detroit products and CCS student creations inspired by Somerset merchants. (See the art in photo gallery) Cuisine from Plum Market , El Guapo taco truck and the Mac Shack sustained guests from several generations while they bid ($20,000+) in the silent auction and watched artist Dave Santia create three portraits for a live auction that Nate Forbes conducted like a pro.
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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