Archive | August, 2013

Motown Fash Fest

28 Aug


Join the Motown fashionable at Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest, a three-day event highlighting Michigan artists and fashion designers. There will be a runway show, street culture and art installations  all dedicated to promoting creative talent in the “D.” The festival is September 7th and 8th

This sensory overload is the creative brainchild of Leslie Ann Pilling. Her passion is fashion, and her goal is boosting the economy in Michigan

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest promises a fresh perspective  by featuring grassroots pioneers, groundbreaking innovators, and industry leaders.

For more information about the event visit:

Check out  this Motown designer from last year’s event — Cynthyah Beamon.

Photo credit: Terance Drake


Motown’s Love Doctor

25 Aug


Dr. Terri Orbuch is the LOVE doctor.  Maybe you’ve seen her on Fox2 or read about her in the Wall Street Journal. She talks about relationships and love. I’ve heard her lectures, and she is magnetic. But the best part is her tips on relationships — everything from dealing with in-laws to money to sex.

She is the lead researcher in a National Institutes of Health ongoing study following more than 350 couples for more than twenty-two years. She is the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take your Marriage from Good to Great” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.”

She is on the cover of MY (Metro Detroit’s Fabulous Women,) magazine.

She will be the host of an upcoming PBS special, Secrets from the Love Doctor. It airs in Detroit 6:30 p.m. Sept 8, but check your local listings because it’s a national show.

A Royal Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe

16 Aug

Velvet Ice Cream

While vacationing in Harbor Springs Michigan, I tasted the best ice cream ever at Velvet. Owners Trish and Erik Berakovich named the store Velvet to evoke a royal ambiance and experience.

Just like the name, Velvet’s ice cream is regal and rich.  My favorite flavor (there are 28) is the sea salt chocolate carmel. Let’s not forget about the candy — sumptuous homemade carmel corn and fudge.  To complement the ice cream, Sanders products are available.

Purple reigns as the color of choice. The stylish boxes match the wallpaper.

Velvet is not to be missed on Main St. in Harbor Springs. The owners are thinking of opening a store in metro-Detroit. Where do you think the sweetest spot for Velvet 2 would be?

Detroit 2 Nepal

3 Aug


There may not be a direct flight from Motown to Nepal, but there’s a strong connection. Thanks to the work of  Richard Keidan, M.D.

Dr. Richard Keidan first travelled to Nepal on vacation, and he became enamored with the people and the county. He observed that the Khotang District was cut off from roads and communication, without power, without waste management (toilets) and without clean drinking water and with very limited access to health care and educational opportunities.

After seeing the significant needs in this region and the amazing determination of the people,  he founded the D2N: Detroit2Nepal Foundation. Its mission is to improve public health, health care, and educational opportunities for children in this remote Himalayan district. The Foundation works directly with people in the village and the projects are initiated by the Nepalese.

According to Dr. Keidan, “This approach creates jobs for community members and also allows them to learn how to manage these projects.”

On Sunday, August 25 at the Birmingham Bike Festival, there will be a parade at 1 p.m. to raise funds for D2N and the Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Dr. Charles Main, Beaumont’s Chief of Pediatric Oncology will serve as the Grand Marshal. Dr. Main will be retiring after a 50-year medical career. The parade will also honor Alexandra Graham, a 16-year-old who lost her fight with bone cancer. The parade is titled Miles4Alex.

To donate funds, please visit the D2N website and to register for the parade go to

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