Week of 4.13.15

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Detroit Country Day School’s Centennial

“I wish I could have gone to Detroit Country Day,” alumnae dad Jay Alix proclaimed to the 1,200 DCDS boosters ($500-VIP, $275, $100-Afterglow) gathered in the Plaza at the Henry Ford Museum for the school’s Centennial Gala. They had come from near and far to celebrate the school founded in 1914 by Alden Shaw in his mother’s Detroit home. The atmosphere was joyous as they socialized big time and dined on the stroll before the program. It featured, in addition to Alix, remarks by co-chair Don Nystrom, board chair Ken Whipple, and current and past headmasters Glen Shilling and Jerry Hansen. Community spirit and visions for the future were highlighted but the big takeaway was to hear Alix, much honored globally for his financial acumen, praise the financial wisdom of Hansen and Shilling’s decisions to launch big building programs during down economic times.
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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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