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DSO Classical Roots Gala
In 1978, a year after the powerful miniseries “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” aired on TV, the DSO launched the Classical Roots concerts to increase awareness of classical music contributions by African Americans. Fifteen years ago, a black tie social was added to the Saturday night concert. The recent soiree raised, according to event co-chair Jason Tinsley, a new record – $250,000. That may well be because it honored beloved judge Damon Keith and violinist Joe Striplin, who, in 1972, was the first African American member of the DSO.
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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