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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.
oakland confidential 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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Rochester area Magnet Consulting has opened The Mettle Foundry, 455 S. Livernois Road, Suite C12, in Rochester Hills – a 12,000 square-foot professional career development center that includes an escape room designed to improve communications, problem solving, conflict management and success. The new facility features The Forge, a problem solving room similar to other escape rooms where players are locked in a room and forced to work together using elements in the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape or solve a mission within a set time limit. However, The Forge is staffed by trained behaviorists and psychologists who observe and evaluate teams and individual behavior. The sessions include a pre-consultation with behavioral experts, as well as a post-Forge class to discuss concerns for the team and behavior on the team and each individual. Sandy Fiaschetti, an industrial/organizational psychologist who co-founded Magnet Consulting in 2012 with human resources professional Nicole Lentz, said their staff has decades of experience with team and leader development. "It was a natural flow for us to create a dedicated space for our clients and the community to sharpen their talents and develop more tools for success." The Mettle Foundry also is offering an Intern Bootcamp focused on students ages 17 to 22 years old. "Here, students will have a week of simulation of 'real work' and receive real-time feedback on their performance," Lentz said. "They will also learn the practical aspects of work that are so often overlooked, like office etiquette, scheduling conference calls, how to talk on that call, and much more." ...more>
Now under new ownership, the Rochester Tap Room, 6870 N. Rochester Road, in Rochester Hills, is featuring a new menu that incorporates fare from local Rochester establishments. Originally opened in March 2015 by Missy Markevics and Mike LaBranche as a prohibition era-themed bar-restaurant, Markevics recently redesigned the menu after taking sole ownership of the business. "We listened to customers and guests who haven't been here in some time, and redesigned a menu that has some eclectic items that are unique to Rochester Tap Room, but also those familiar foods that our community loves," Markevics said. The menu features a variety of food offerings, from chicken and waffles to an avocado salmon sandwich, as well as a children's menu with $5 meals. In March, the restaurant will begin a gluten-free menu. In addition to continuing to offer more than 60 beers on tap, the Rochester Tap Room is offering items such as Knapps Donuts, which are used in the restaurant's bread pudding, as well as other offerings of cheesecake from Dessert Oasis and cheese boards from The Cheese Lady. "Our community is tight-knit and we understand the importance of quality and giving back locally," Markevics said. "I want people to come to know Rochester Tap Room as an extension of their own kitchen and a place to gather with family and friends."...more>
What started as an arts and crafts hobby has turned into a full-time business for Joy Petrone, Chrissy Burcham and Jennifer Taylor, who last month opened Sorelle Rustic Creations, 416 Main Street, in Rochester. Offering handcrafted, rustic home decor, the new shop features light fixtures, wind chimes, granite crafted items, signs, furniture and nearly anything customers may want custom crafted for their homes. Italian for "sisters," Sorelle came from the partnership of Petrone and her two sisters-in-law, who initially started selling their crafts in Art is in Market at the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and another at Partridge Creek. As their custom signs, candle holders, tables and other decor began expanding, the women looked to launch their own shop. "We fell in love with all the pallet projects and rustic home decor stuff, and it evolved from there," Petrone said. "We started in the two malls, and had the dream of having our own store, and everything just fell together. We love this area. I grew up in Rochester Hills, and one of my sisters-in-law lives in Rochester Hills." Located in the former GearBox spot, Petrone said the partners secured the shop in early January, with a grand opening scheduled toward the end of February. During that time, she said the partners, friends and family have helped to remodel the store. "It's absolutely beautiful now, and we are getting it to where we want it," she said. ...more>
Gourmet breakfast and lunch served in a casual atmosphere is the concept behind the latest offering by brothers Francesco "Franky" and Stavros Adamopoulos and their partners, who this March will be opening The Jagged Fork, 188 N. Adams, in Rochester Hills, at the Village of Rochester Hills. The restaurant is the second to be launched under the name, with The Jagged Fork, 18480 Mack Ave., in Grosse Pointe Farms, opened in March of 2014. The new location will feature much of the same offerings as the Grosse Pointe location, which serves high-end breakfast and lunch items, such as Red Velvet pancakes, stuffed French toast, an array of sweet or savory crepes, eggs Benedict, as well as special Latin fare. "It's gourmet food, but you come in however you want to dress. It has a diner feel that's warm and cosy, almost like being at Grandma's house," Franky Adamopoulos said. "It's comfort food with a cool spin." Adamopoulos and his brother, along with his mother, Christina, and their partner Tom Teknos also opened The Hudson Cafe, 1241 Woodward Ave., in Detroit, which follows a similar menu, while Stavros Adamopoulos has operated Zoe's House of Pancakes, 6339 Orchard Lake Road, in West Bloomfield, for nearly a decade. Joining the partners in the second Jagged Fork location will be partner Radu Trifon. Adamopoulos said the group also is working on attaining a liquor license by the opening date to offer customers mimosas, Bloody Mary's and Irish coffee with their meals. He said while the group had been considering a location in the Rochester or Troy area for nearly two years, they settled on the Village of Rochester Hills location after a representative from The Village approached his brother at Zoe's. "It's nice when the universe conspires with you," he said. "It's a beautiful area, and the people are super nice. We are really excited and think it will be an awesome location."...more>
Napoletana-style pizza has arrived in the Rochester area with the opening of Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, 6810 N. Rochester Road, in Rochester Hills. The new store marks the sixth location for partners Chef Luciano DelSignore, Michael Collins and Michael Chetcuti, who started with their original location, initially called Pizzeria Biga, at 29110 Franklin Road, in Southfield. Additional locations include those in 711 S. Main Street, in Royal Oak, as well as locations in Ann Arbor, Ford Field, Harper Hospital at the Detroit Medical Center, Metro Airport, and a food truck that rolls out for special events and catering appointments. The restaurants utilize a 900-degree, wood-burning oven and fermented pizza dough. The menu also includes southern Italian pastas, small plates, soups, salads, wood-fired entrees and artisan gelatos and sorbettos. ...more>
Certified fitness coaches are now offering group exercise classes and individual guidance at Applied Fitness Solutions, 1136 S. Rochester Road, in Rochester Hills. The gym and fitness center is third location from president Michael Stack and Rochester Hills location co-owner and managing partner Jared Freeman. Started in Ann Arbor, with a second location in Plymouth, the Rochester location is the farthest east in the state. It's also a return to the city where Freeman and Stack first met at Oakland University. The 17,500-square foot facility offers fitness programs predicated on personal relationships, science-based evidence and purpose-driven innovation, which includes bi-monthly body fat assessments, weekly nutritional guidance and progress tracking, as well as prescribed workouts and corrective exercises outside of the facility, and access to a client educational portal and personal fitness dashboard. ...more>
Newcor, 715 South Boulevard, in Rochester Hills, which specializes in manufacturing high precision machined products for the automotive sector, will be acquired by CIE Automotive, an automotive supplier based in Spain. Newcor is a subsidiary of EXX Inc., based in Las Vegas, and includes Machine Tool & Gear Inc., Rochester Gear, Inc., and Deco Engineering, Inc., which provide powertrain and transmission components. Newcor operates three manufacturing facilities in Michigan, located in Clifford, Corunna and Owosso. In announcing the acquisition, Newcor said it plans to continue operating from its three existing manufacturing facilities. The acquisition allows CIE to extend its presence in the United States, the company said....more>
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