Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...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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