Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Two Birmingham stores to merge

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
02/10/2017 - Lark & Company, a general store concept in downtown Birmingham, will close and re-open as a larger and expanded Suhm-Thing, with the combined store featuring Michigan-centered merchandise along with the best of what Lark had carried, according to David Zawicki, owner of both stores.

Lark, located at 138 W. Maple, will close for four to five days in mid to late February, reopening as Suhm-Thing. Suhm-Thing, currently located across Willits Alley at 122 W. Maple Road, is a gift shop that focuses on Michigan-made and focused products. That store will close for the month of March, and re-open as a new store concept in April.

"Lark will be gone, and the merge of Lark and Suhm-Thing will be called Suhm-Thing," Zawicki said. "We want to keep it uniform with our Traverse City space," located at 153 W. Front Street in Traverse City.

Zawicki said the newly combined store will feature "the best of Lark merchandise combined with the best of Suhm-Thing."

The new Suhm-Thing will feature an expansion of silvertop products, cutting boards, candles, home décor, popular wood signs with sayings, accessories and jewelry, lotions, creams, natural soaps, and an increase in the Made in Michigan food lines. The popular Michigan Adirondack wood chairs will continue to be featured, along with other sought after lines of water bottles, coffee carriers, bags, organic cards and other natural products.

"I'm very excited about it, and our customers who know are too," Zawicki said.

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