Detroit interior design firm RL Concetti has expanded to meet the needs of its Oakland County clients with a new space in Birmingham, joining Forest Avenue Design Management, 735 Forest. The woman-lead business, co-founded by Lauren DeLaurentiis and Rachel Nelson, who met while working at a previous design firm. “My background was with a high end design and furniture store where I worked one-on-one with clients, doing house calls,” DeLaurentiis recalled. “Rachel had a backgro
Alex and Ani, which designs and creates bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that “adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” according to its website, closed its doors in downtown Birmingham, 150 W. Maple Road, on Friday, May 10, after recently opening a larger store at Somerset Collection. Business Matters for the Birmingham - Bloomfield area are reported by Lisa Brody. Send items for consideration to LisaBrody@downtownpublications.com. Items should be
Stifel – one of the nation’s leading full-service wealth management and investment banking firms – has opened a Private Client Group office in downtown Birmingham, at 139 S. Old Woodward Avenue, after opening a Bloomfield Hills office, 39533 Woodward Avenue Suite 210, in November. According to Brian Spellecy, corporate communications manager, “Regional director Alvin Spencer, who joined us from Wells Fargo Advisors in late 2016, has been leading the charge.” Business Matters
Neil Johnson had worked in the Birmingham salon community for years, notably at Luigi Bruni Salon, when he finally had the opportunity to realize the dream of opening his own salon – Nalu Salon, 887 E. Maple Road. “The time has come for me to grow again!” he posted to his friends and clients with an announcement on Facebook. Johnson, a Hawaii native who studied at Hawaii Pacific University and Lawrence Technological University before finding his calling as a hairdresser, is
Washington Post journalist Isaac Stanley-Becker, a Rhodes Scholar writing from the UK where he is working on his doctorate in Modern European History at Oxford, had a cogent (Morning Mix) column in early May that put into historical perspective the current mess we see unfolding in our nation's capitol on a daily basis relative to congressional access to information, including the President's income taxes. The extra condensed version is that members of the House Ways and Mean
Funding always has been and always will be an issue with municipal government. Bloomfield Township is no exception. On Aug. 6 the residents of Bloomfield Township will be asked to vote on a special assessment district (SAD) to fund public safety. This proposal will ask voters to fund retirement and health care promises for all active and retired police officers, firefighters and dispatchers. Bloomfield Township has always followed the state guidelines for retiree health care.
Never in our combined 60-plus years of service to Bloomfield Township did we ever think we would need to reply to the totally false statements of an elected official. In regards to the social media posts by trustee Dani Walsh, we feel the residents should have the correct facts. Plante Moran came up with $6.4 - $7.4 million in proposed cuts to programs and departments if all of their recommendations were implemented, which included 10 fewer police officers, eight fewer firef
I was reading the May 2019 Downtown Publication’s Oakland Confidential section today. You weren’t joking when you described the section as “gossip/news.” I’d lean more toward the gossip description. Your comments about John James were incredibly presumptuous, rude and unfair. To say that his “greatest accomplishment is his parents’ handing him a job in their company” demonstrates that you don’t know him, didn’t do your research, or are just simply a left wing bigot. Or pe