Week of 3.20.17

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Art of Fashion & Research

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel’s for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson’s disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with “...I don’t have a job, I have a dream.” The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey’s fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play.
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March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...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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