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At The Red Wagon Shoppe in Troy, festive drinks make fabulous gifts


Nothing says “celebrate” like popping open a fine bottle of champagne, watching the pale effervescence as you pour, toasting with a clink of your flute and feeling the tickle of tiny bubbles as you savor the first sip.

Salut! Let the party begin.

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Business pitch event comes to Troy, creates investment opportunities for entrepreneurs

Pitch Club is coming to Oakland County.

Kyyba Innovations and Bodman PLC are hosting the event, which takes place at the Automation Alley offices in Troy on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Pitch Clubs are hosted throughout the year in cities across Michigan, including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.

The mentoring and funding program intends to connect economic ecosystems and smart zones throughout the state. The event is both an educational and networking opportunity for entrepreneurs.

In addition to an as-yet-to-be-announced keynote speaker, three entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges. Entrepreneurs could then be selected to present to the investment team of Kyyba Innovations during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities range from $25,000 to $100,000.

The list of judges include David A. Stone, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Professor, Health SciencesProfessor, Philosophy, Oakland University; Chris Stallman, Partner, FONTINALIS PARTNERS, LLC; Damien Rocchi, CEO & Founder, Grand Circus; Jacob Evan Smith, Director of Detroit Venture for America; Tember Shea, Director inGAGE, Inforum; and Kristin Welch, Corporate Strategist, Technology Leader, Relationship Builder.

"Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region," says Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations.

"In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor."

Visit Pitch Club online to learn about registration opportunities.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Bellagio Hair Studio in Troy celebrates fifth-year anniversary


For Joan Grohar of Clarkston, driving 25 minutes to get her hair done at Bellagio Hair Studio is well worth it.

“It gives you the feeling of space, even though the square footage is not that large. Even when it’s crowded, you still feel like you’re getting personal attention and you get your spa moment,” Grohar stated. “We lived in Bloomfield for years, so I’m adjusting to driving long distances. This is worth it. That receptionist, when she greats you with that smile, it just makes your day.”

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Jax Kar Wash: Shining your machine for 65 years


A lot of crazy things can happen in a car wash. Just ask Bruce Milen or his son Jason Milen, second- and third-generation owners of Jax Kar Wash. 

While they haven’t witnessed anything like the classic “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode — in which Larry David and Cheryl Hines get stuck in the malfunctioning car wash after she has just downed a dose of colon cleanser — the Milens have their own hilarious stories to laugh about.

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Kresge announces 2018 Artist Fellows


Kresge Arts in Detroit announced its 2018 class of Artist Fellows, divided this year between the "live arts" — dance, theater and playwriting — and film and music.

Sixteen artists and two collectives in the tri-county area will get $25,000 apiece, no strings attached.

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Birdie's Something Chocolate makes a ganache with panache


A treasured recipe that starred at family gatherings for years has turned into a second career for Kathleen “Birdie” Sheridan. It’s for a rich chocolate ganache that her chef son, Andy Sheridan, has developed into a surprisingly versatile treat. In fact, Birdie’s Something Chocolate became a full-time job for the freelance writer and food stylist from Troy, who had been writing articles for local and national publications for 15 years before immersing herself in chocolate.

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Troy's Kresge Foundation and others invest in the largest U.S. pay-for-success fund to date


New Jersey-based Prudential Financial Inc., Steve and Connie Ballmer, and The Kresge Foundation in Troy announced $40 million in investment commitments to The Community Outcomes Fund, a fund to scale pay-for-success investments in the United States.

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Cornerstone Community Financial hosts annual "Shred Day"

WHATCornerstone Community Financial’s annual “Shred Day” event, a free public event that will include two Shred-it trucks on-site to safely and securely destroy unneeded personal and financial documents, including: paperwork, CDs, IDs and credit cards, stapled and spiral-bound items and more.
To avoid the risk of identity theft or other financial crimes, the experts at CCF recommend individuals shred anything that includes a home address, signature, banking or investment account number, social security number, medical or legal information, credit card and mortgage documents and anything that includes a credit score.
In addition to shredding services, a donation truck from Goodwill Industries will be hosted on-site to collect any household donations from spring cleaning efforts, plus complimentary sweet treats for all in attendance.
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018
              9 a.m. – Noon (or until trucks are full)

WHERE: CCF West Troy Branch (parking lot)
                3001 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy

WHOCornerstone Community Financial is a progressive, full-service, state-chartered credit union, owned and operated by its members, which currently number more than 27,000.  Originally established in 1951 as Motor Parts Credit Union, CCF today has six branch locations in Michigan and Ohio, more than 65 employees and more than $260 million in total assets under management.  More information on CCF is available at www.ccfinancial.com.

Eighth Annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest hosted by White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery

Tulips in bloom is a highlight of spring in southeast Michigan. Notably, a spectacular palette of blossoms with all the dazzle of Holland’s best, without the cross-state drive can be seen during the Eighth Annual Tulip Festival and Photo Contest at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy, beginning April 30 through May 20, 2018.
The 2018 Tulip Festival promises to be the best showing ever. White Chapel has planted more than 50,000 tulips across its walkable acres, in more than 30 different varieties, including numerous rare blooms. Rich and colorful combinations will blossom into a vivid sea of petals. The gardens of White Chapel will feature favorites like Red Impressions, White Triumphators, and Orange Emperors as well as rare blooms such as hot pink Barcelonas, yellow and red La Courtines and double pink Capetowns.
“Our annual tulip display is a wonderful tradition and celebration of spring,” said David R. Krall, Vice President, White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. “We have a colorful display of tulips, imported directly from the Netherlands, including new and unique varieties rarely found anywhere else in the world.”
White Chapel has made it easier for everyone to participate in its Eighth Annual Tulip Festival Photo Contest with the addition of a “Selfie” prize category along with its traditional photo awards. White Chapel is offering gift cards to photo contest award winners.
Criteria for the photography contest include:
  • Photos must be taken in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery tulip gardens. 
  • Individuals can enter the photo contest by uploading photos to its website located at (www.whitechapelcemetery.com). 
  • People can vote for the best photos on the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery website. Visitors also will find a tulip garden guide and map on the website. 
Photo contest prizes include:
  • First Prize – a $500 gift card and a $500 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • Second Prize – a $200 gift card and a $200 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • Third Prize – a $100 gift card and a $100 White Chapel credit voucher;
  • “Selfie” category – a $200 app gift card (such as Apple store or Google Play).
For a complete list of photo contest details, visit www.whitechapelcemetery.com.
Southeast Michigan residents can see the tulips in bloom at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Holidays. For bloom times, call White Chapel at (248) 362-7670 or visit www.whitechapelcmetery.com to receive an exclusive Bloom Alert! email notice with the latest information describing when the colors are at their peak. The Tulip Garden Guide & Map is available from the White Chapel website and can be used to help visitors plan their individual flower tour. White Chapel encourages local tulip aficionados, garden and photo clubs, church groups and families to come and enjoy this wonderful right of Spring.
“We plant new tulip bulbs yearly because we want to expand and enhance our variety of flowers,” added Krall. “We invite the community to stop by to see our wide variety of tulips.”
Once tulip season ends, a mix of flowers will be planted in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery gardens for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer.
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Rd. (just West of I-75) in Troy.  For more information, visit www.whitechapelcemetery.com.

Troy Chamber hosts 13th annual Nonprofit Management Conference, presented by PNC Bank

The Troy Chamber of Commerce and its Non-Profit Network (NPN) will host the 13th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference, presented by PNC Bank on Thursday, May 17, 8 a.m.–3:10 p.m., at Walsh College, Troy campus (3838 Livernois). This affordable management conference for nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers is sponsored by PNC Bank, Walsh College and the Troy Chamber of Commerce.
 “We are proud to say that throughout the 12-year history of this conference, the Troy Chamber has provided low-cost training and networking opportunities to more than 1,500 nonprofit professionals from all over southeast Michigan,” explains Jody House, Troy Chamber Vice President and Staff Liaison to the Non-Profit Network. “The kind of training offered during this one-day conference can be key to growing nonprofit core competencies among staff, board members and volunteers alike,” she says.
Patricia Mooradian, President & Chief Operating Officer of The Henry Ford, will be kicking off the conference with a keynote presentation. Since joining the Henry Ford in 2000, Ms. Mooradian has developed a ten-year strategic plan focusing on increased attendance, new visitor experiences and amenities, new educational products and benchmark hospitality. She also introduced new tourism and sales initiatives and spearheaded The Henry Ford's brand development.
Following the keynote, continental breakfast and networking, the conference continues with two breakout sessions, lunch, and two afternoon sessions. Throughout the day, there will be a mini-expo with exhibitors showcasing products and services to help nonprofits operate their organizations better and more efficiently. 
At each breakout session, attendees choose one of four sessions with topics covering eight core areas of nonprofit management: Governance/Operations, Marketing, Technology, Human Resources/Volunteers/Staff, Fund Development/Donor Relations, Leadership/Board Development, Strategic Planning and Finance/Accounting.
The cost for the conference, breakfast & lunch included, is $60 for Troy Chamber members and $110 for non-members. Two or more attendees from the same non-member organization will receive a $10 discount per person. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance.

To register, call the Troy Chamber at 248-641-3694 or email: jody@troychamber.com. For more details on the event, including topics and descriptions of the breakout sessions and speakers, click here.

Escape adds adventure to a bowling alley


When Jeff Forman purchased the bowling alley formerly know as Troy Lanes four years ago, he had a few ideas for some updates. As of this month, those updates are now operational under the bowling alley’s new name, Escape, and they added a lot of new amenities.

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Free community event Feb. 27 to focus on healthy weight management

More than one third of Americans are obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. With diet, exercise and, sometimes, surgery, many of these medical conditions could be avoided.

Knowing which healthy lifestyle changes to make can help you manage your weight and well-being.

On Feb. 27, Beaumont Hospital, Troy, will host an event, “Living Well: How to Achieve a Healthy Weight and Lifestyle” in the Qazi Auditorium within the Moceri Learning Center, 44201 Dequindre in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m. and presentations begin at 5:45 p.m.

“Our patients have many questions about managing their weight. This event is a great way to support our community and share knowledge that will assist patients and families to take an active role in their health and wellness,” Beaumont, Troy, President Nancy Susick, RN, said.

WWJ news anchor Jackie Paige will emcee the free event which begins with a health fair that includes:
  • dietitians
  • pharmacists with information about medications
  • free blood pressure screenings
  • integrative medicine experts
  • stroke education and awareness
  • CPR education and training
  • vein center experts
  • patient and family advisors
  • health and fitness experts
After the interactive health fair, Jackie Paige will share her personal weight loss story. Then, Beaumont’s Weight Control Center director, Wendy Miller, M.D., will discuss the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight through nutrition and medical weight management. Beaumont bariatric surgeon Kevin Krause, M.D., will explain what surgical weight loss options are available.  Registered dietitian Megan Jozefowicz will share healthy eating advice. And, exercise physiologist Christine James will demonstrate easy exercises you can do at home. The evening concludes with a panel discussion.

Throughout the event, there will be drawings for prizes.

Those planning to attend should enter the hospital campus on Emergency Drive, parking in the Northwest lot adjacent the Moceri Learning Center entrance.

Space is limited and registration is recommended. To register, visit beaumont.org/weight or call 800-633-7377.

Oakland County cities, townships recognized for entrepreneurial climate, job growth

The iLab's eCities research group at UM-Dearborn, which analyzes the influence of entrepreneurship, economic development, and job growth, released its annual study that recognizes communities that create inviting business environments and encourage entrepreneurial growth and highlights how local governments are supporting and growing the business climate.

Some of the communities that received a five-star designation in Oakland County include Troy, Rochester Hills, and Huntington Woods; Berkley, Pontiac and Madison Heights are a few cities designated as four-star.

“It is a great benefit when residents can access the products and types of businesses within the city limits,” Berkley City Manager Matt Baumgarten said in a release. “We will continue to work toward maintaining a positive environment that fosters creativity and sustainability for Berkley’s entrepreneurs and all businesses to thrive in.”

According to eCities, the projected entailed researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research in the College of Business collecting data on 277 communities and their development. Then a panel with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, development, and government selected the ones to be recognized as the top communities.

Five charities receive $50,000

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and local philanthropist Rick Frazier, founder of Others First, awarded five charitable organizations a total of $50,000 today to help veterans and children. Others First, a car donation charity, raised the funds. Frazier then asked Patterson to identify the organizations to each receive $10,000.

“Others First is a phenomenal program that helps members of our community who are in need, such as veterans and children,” Patterson said. “I was delighted to work with my staff to name the recipient organizations.”

Those organizations are Fisher House Michigan, Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council, Oakland County Veterans’ Services, The Rainbow Connection, and Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.

“Others First is pleased to support these five outstanding charities as well as hundreds of other worthy organizations and are grateful to our generous car donors who make donations like this possible,” Frazier said.

About the recipient organizations
  • Fisher House Michigan in Ann Arbor: Fisher House is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. www.fisherhousemichigan.org/
  • Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council in Holly: The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council supports volunteer veteran service organization units that provide the rifle volleys in support of the Department of Defense funeral honors team. www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/greatlakes.asp
  • Oakland County Veterans Services in Pontiac and Troy: Oakland County Veterans Services has been providing Oakland County’s 70,000+ veterans and their families with professional veterans’ benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. It has a staff of highly trained and accredited veterans' benefits counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled. www.oakgov.com/veterans/
  • The Rainbow Connection in Rochester: The Rainbow Connection, founded by Patterson, has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection has never turned a child away and depends on the generosity of the Michigan community to make dreams come true for these brave children. The Rainbow Connection also addresses the special needs of its wish families. The Special Response Program assists families with financial difficulties such as rent, utilities and even funeral expenses brought on by having a child with a catastrophic illness.www.rainbowconnection.org/
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.: The Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc. provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns. Since its beginning, more than 80 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to programs and services, thanks in part to its small staff and a volunteer force that has grown to more than 1,300. www.yellowribbonfund.org/
About Others First
Others First is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the community by providing funding and support to a wide range of charitable causes. It supports various veterans’ organizations, children's programs, cancer research, animal groups, and many other worthwhile programs. Through its vehicle donation programs, Others First has raised millions of dollars to provide much needed services to the less fortunate. Its mission is to make a difference in as many lives as physically and financially possible. www.othersfirst.org/

10th annual Troy Traffic Jam takes place Sunday, August 6 at the Columbia Center

Troy Historic Village is excited to announce that the 10th annual Troy Traffic Jam car show will take place on Sunday, August 6th from 10am – 3pm at the Columbia Center on Big Beaver Rd. Troy’s premier car show features all the chrome and muscle that car enthusiasts come to expect with over 300 vehicles anticipated to be on display. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, the Traffic Jam is unveiling a new logo that will be featured on t-shirts. It’s bright, fun and classy, just like the cars that will be there! The Troy Traffic Jam is a free, fun and family-friendly event with plenty of activities, music and food to keep the entire family entertained.

The event is made possible by major sponsors KIRCO/Columbia Center, Kelly Services, The Suburban Collection, American House, and the City of Troy. Troy’s Director of Economic and Community Development Mark Miller shared the following news about this year’s car show, “I’m happy to announce that this year the new free Troy Trolley will be running during the Traffic Jam. Visitors can enjoy the show and hop the trolley to the Somerset Collection or great restaurants along the Big Beaver corridor.”

The Troy Traffic Jam car show started 10 years ago with the strong support of Alan Kiriluk, founder and chairman of KIRCO, a Troy, Michigan based commercial real estate development, construction, and property management organization. The car show has grown through the years to nearly 300 vehicles that included a 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat, a 1930 Packard Phaeton, and a 2015 Chrysler Challenger Hellcat, to specialty vehicles such as a MUTT, or Multi-Utility Tactical Transport from General Dynamics Land Systems, which will be part of the show again this year. The 2016 show was highlighted by an ultra-rare Tucker 48, a recent barn find in Ohio, and was debuted by owner Mark Lieberman at the Troy Traffic Jam! Road and Track even live-streamed an interview with Lieberman from the show that received over 14,000 hits. “We’re so excited to say that Mr. Lieberman will be back again this year with another rare Tucker”, said Loraine Campbell, Executive Director of Troy Historic Village.

This year the Troy Traffic Jam is proud to have a piece of Hollywood History…the 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom once owned by legendary movie star Marlene Dietrich. It’s sure to be a huge draw at the car show. Other anticipated highlights include a 2017 limited edition Mustang Shelby 35, and a 40 Ford Coupe – winner of the 2015 Detroit Autorama Preservation Award – owned by metro Detroit native Mike Stowe. Stowe purchased the car in 1958 for $125 which needed immediate restoring. “On the way home it seemed to be running funny. I decided to remove a head to check the condition of the motor. When I looked down the hole where the piston should be, I discovered one was missing. I was able to see the crankshaft with no rod in it. That engine came out and was thrown away”, said Stowe.

The Troy Traffic Jam also provides kids’ activities. This year the KidZone, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Troy, will include face painting, kid and car-friendly crafts, and an opportunity for children to vote for their favorite cars. Another fun kid activity will be a remote control car obstacle course sponsored by Mahindra. Music at the show is provided by DJ Bob Steel, and plenty of great food and beverages will be available for purchase from Kona Grill and Insalata, as well as an ice cream cart with Good Humor brands.

Individuals interested in displaying their vehicle(s) are welcome to register at TroyTrafficJam.com. The entry fee is $20 per car. All registration fees for the Troy Traffic Jam are tax deductible and support the Troy Historic Village.

Additional sponsors for the event include Community Choice Credit Union, Morgan Stanley, Mahindra, Independent Bank, DiLisio Contracting, along with 11 other local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested businesses can contact Ronica Bhattacharya at fund@thvmail.org or visit TroyTrafficJam.com to view sponsorship levels and complete an online sponsorship form.

About Troy Historic Village
Troy Historic Village is located at 60 West Wattles Rd., Troy MI. The Village which is open year-round showcases ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex. Visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s. Troy Historic Village serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, providing a memorable and interactive experience for all visitors. Offering a wide variety of activities for children and a diverse range of lectures and events for adults, the Village aims to enhance appreciation of history while using Troy's rich and evolving story as a backdrop. Their goal is to conserve local history, connect the community with heritage and continue outstanding educational programs.

KIRCO is an award winning, full service, vertically-integrated commercial real estate organization. Having planned and developed over 30 million square feet, KIRCO is a major developer of build-to-suit own or lease properties coast to coast. The company's vertically-integrated structure, including development, construction and property management, works together as one extraordinary unit to bring out the best in every project in which it plays a role. KIRCO is third-generation family owned and operated, and has expertise in the office, industrial, retail, senior living and healthcare sectors. Founded in 1974, KIRCO is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with presence in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.
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