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Children’s Leukemia Foundation
Even though childhood cancer is devastating, supporters of this organization know how to put an upbeat spin on its Afternoon of Hope benefit luncheon. They do it with lots of friendly camaraderie (nearly 200 guests at $65 and $95 tickets), Patti Polina’s eye-popping décor (think MacKenzie Childs), Kathy McIntosh’s colorful display of chance raffle donations ($6,000 proceeds) and compelling speakers. In the Village Club lobby, co-chairs Denice Richmond and Tina Turner greeted arrivals. These included presenting sponsor Karmanos Cancer Institute and gold sponsor Beaumont Children’s Hospital colleagues. The latter were there to support their star – Innovator in Medicine Award recipient Dr. Kate Gowans. Before sitting for lunch, she hugged and wept with Sandy and Bob Ruby, whose 15-year-old son Cameron was her patient before his death a year ago.
Expected to open the first of the month, Ambassador Cigar is a anticipated to be an upscale cigar bar and lounge which will also offer specialty small plates and a private membership club. Owned by Jeff DeSandre , who has been in the local cigar industry for 15 years, there will be a 300-square foot walk-in humidor on site. "We’re planning to offer gourmet small plates, and Cuban sandwiches ...more»
CAMPAIGN NO-NO: Candidates for public office know — or they should — that it’s a criminal offense to represent themselves as an incumbent when they aren’t. Certainly John McCulloch should be aware as a longtime Republican office holder who lost his job in 2012 as Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, and was fired, under murky circumstances, in 2014 as Huron-Clinton ...more»
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.