Week of 6.26.17

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Suite Dreams Project Hats Off Luncheon

From the first sip of pink bubbly (in a split with a pink straw) to the Hat Crawl guests’ exit with huge, hot pink balloons, the 16th annual Hats Off Luncheon was a dreamy, Sweet/Suite Sixteen production. During the reception the sold-out crowd (400 @ $150, $200-patron) oohed and aahed each others’ hats and bought all of the 1,000 chance auction raffle tickets. The luncheon program emceed by Rhonda Walker had highlights. Ali MacManus, a songwriter/singer who was born prematurely with multiple birth defects and has survived 11 major surgeries, got a standing ovation when she sang her composition “Breaking Free.”
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...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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