There are many fine jewelers in the metro Detroit area. One outstanding jewelry store is Astrein’s in downtown Birmingham, Mich. Brothers Richard (shown, above) and Gary Astrein just renovated their store celebrating their 40th anniversary. The boutique, designed by Ron & Roman, has lots of natural wood with a warm palette. The modern lighting fixtures evoke an Art-Deco atmosphere. A cornerstone piece is the antique cash register in the center of the store that has been with the owners since the beginning.
The decor complements the collections of Simon G, Tissot, Asprey, Lash Brook and Gabriel, among others. Astrein’s also creates many custom design pieces.
Not only do the Astrein’s sell fine jewelry, but they give back to the community. Richard and his wife Debbie chair Beaumont Health System‘s annual Stars and Guitars event. This year it will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich.
Autographed guitars from famous pop, rock and country musicians will be going on the auction block soon to support two programs — the Charles A. Main, M.D., Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Fund of Beaumont Health System and Beaumont’s Pediatric Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic.
Revolver is not only a gun in the Motor City. These days it’s a fun restaurant — a revolving restaurant, because the chefs rotate weekly. This unconventional restaurant is located in Hamtramck, Mich., a city surrounded by the City of Detroit. We dined there with Chef Chris Skillingstad. The four-course, prix fixe menu included: Iceberg lettuce, bacon wrapped dates, gorgonzola, candied walnut, grape tomato and aerated dressing; Sunchoke textures, leeks, black garlic, craisin, sweet bell peppers and jalpeno; Duck with blackberry demi-glaze, cocoa, turnip, mushroom, asparagus and yam; Liquid cheesecake, pie crust, pecan, peach, mint and raspberry. The communal dining atmosphere was fun, and the food was delicious. Co-owner Peter Dalinowski (shown) stopped by everyone’s table to describe the concept and greet guests. Chefs all over the country are soliciting Revolver, as they can try out new, unique recipes.
The other day I was walking down the street in Birmingham, Mich. and this black and gold-trimmed doorway was bedecked with flowers. I peeked in, and to my surprise, I was greeted by Lama Tayeb (below), the owner of the new boutique Coqueta.
The colorful boutique was filled with clothing from Milan and Paris. “I have a passion for fashion,” says Tayeb, who travels throughout Europe selecting beautiful clothing, shoes and handbags for Coqueta.
Enter the equisite doorway of Coqueta and you, too, will see beautiful fashion!