Archive | May, 2014

Bravo to Bistro 82

30 May



Bistro 82 is the new in place in Royal Oak, Mich. This new eatery’s decor is as sophisticated as the menu. Whatever we tasted was fabulous. Here is a sampling: (Clockwise) lamb spare ribs, dark chocolate tart, chicken pappardelle and beet salad.

I saw my buddy Chuck Bennett there from the Social D — another reason to note that it’s the place to be.



Vacay: Healdsburg, CA

22 May






Healdsburg, California is a quaint town in the Sonoma Valley. It has a central plaza surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and wine tasting establishments. We rented a house about five miles away with family for an enchanted vacation. Shopping, swimming and wine tasting filled our days. We stopped by Rodney Strong and purchased few cases. What a terrific getaway!

Community Excellence

16 May



The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Key to the Township Awards. There were five stellar winners:

FLORINE MARK Community Excellence for Business Person of the Year, President and CEO, Weight Watchers

NORMAN YATOOMA Community Excellence for Spirit of the Community, Norman Yatooma & Associates

MICHELLE LUTZ Community Excellence for Health and Wellness, Resident Farmer, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

WILLIAM BURNETT Community Excellence for Leadership, Chapter President, Macon-Thomas Tuskegee Airmen

SHANE PLISKA, Community Excellence for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, President, Planterra

These wonderful winners reach beyond their business and professional role to educate, mentor and sponsor others. Kudos!

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Women Helping Women

6 May

Diptic-3 The Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Mich. recently presented its annual luncheon and fashion show at the Royal Park Hotel. The auction items were as special as the fashions. The event raised funds for the remarkable programs that empower women and children. The Women’s Program has an emergency shelter, life skills and after-care initiatives. Ruth Spencer, local 4 News Anchor, was the master of ceremonies. Style and beauty expert Mary  Alice Stephenson of Glam4Good directed the fashion show which included bona fide models and women who have participated in Grace Centers of Hope programs.  Stephenson talked about the healing power of fashion. All the women looked ravishing in ball gowns from the trendiest designers. Renee Godin Agency provided the professional models. In the top left photo (below), Renee, in the blue dress,  is surrounded by a bevy of models. The photo (below) on the lower left features the Grace Centers of Hope Models.




Kudos to all the other people who helped put on a fabulous event.  Luigi Bruni Salon provided the hair and makeup, while English Gardens provided the centerpieces. Congratulations to Karen Bowman Williams on receiving the 2014 Angel of Grace Award. Testimonials described Karen as loving, caring and committed. A wonderful personal note is that Karen and Mary Alice grew up in Birmingham, Mich. and attended Seaholm High School together. The afternoon was extraordinary. Ruth Spencer noted that “The Grace Centers of Hope is a solution place.” 

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