Week of 10.20.14

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Grand Jester’s Reception

Since it was established in 1983 to help save Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, the Distinguished Clown Corps’ generous members ($1,000 per year) have put on their custom clown suits and frolicked their way down the parade route on Thanksgiving morning. But for the last eight years, many of the current DCs, along with some DC wannabes, have also convened sans red noses for the corps’ Grand Jester’s reception hosted by Norm, Scott and Bonnie LePage at The Reserve. As a video of last year’s parade played in the background, Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels praised the LePages’ bountiful hospitality, his staff’s exceptional event décor, and the generosity of Syd Ross, Van Conway and Maggie Allesee.
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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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