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Music Hall’s Cars and Stars
Because the vintage Music Hall elevator stops short of the roof, leaving a steep flight of stairs to climb to the hall’s rooftop 3Fifty Terrace, we agreed with the fellow passenger who opined, “I think Vince needs to raise money for a new, glass-enclosed exterior elevator to go all the way to the top.” Once up there, the 180 VIPs ($600-tickets) enjoyed an idyllic midsummer evening in the Secret Rooftop Garden. Views of the Madison Avenue neighborhood, vignettes with live “muses”, and socializing highlighted the cocktail hour before dinner in the white festival tent. There, long tables were accented with colorful flowers, small garden stone place cards painted with guests’ names and individual loaves of crusty French bread in a paper wrapper printed with the event sponsors names – “Our bread and butter.”
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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