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Small Business Saturday

26 Nov

As the president of the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, I understand the challenges of small businesses. So, this Saturday, please frequent your favorite hometown store. Here are some of my favorite Detroit stores: Artloft, Book Beat, Toyology, House of Style, Tender, Marlee’s, Sundance and Leon & Lulu.


Or go online to shop at Hatch.co that features small artisans. Hatch.co offers $15 off any purchase of $50 to Motown Savvy readers with this special code: MotownSavvy14.





What are you favorite independent stores?


A Toy Story in Motown

13 Dec


Motown has some unique toy stores.The pop-up store Spielhaus in Detroit is a great example.  Dad Kurt Spiels, a former engineer and high school science teacher,  knows which toys teach. From imported toys to homegrown finds, there is something for all ages. Spielhaus is part of Hatch Detroit. The store is currently located at 1249 Woodward, but Spiels is looking for a permanent home.

Huffington Post Detroit has a fabulous write-up of Motown toy stores including one of my favorites — Toyology in West Bloomfield.


Heartfelt Purses

11 Feb


On Friday, February 15th,  the 10th anniversary Go Red for Women Luncheon will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. The luncheon raises funds for heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. This educational luncheon, hosted by the American Heart Association, raises awareness about heart health. This year’s keynote speaker is Star Jones.

As part of the executive leadership committee, we all donated purses with a theme to be auctioned at the luncheon. I choose to donate the  “Shop West Bloomfield” purse since I’m active in the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. I filled a purse with many items donated by several generous store owners including, Be Free Apparel, Guys N Gals, Lolly Ella, Nancy’s Linens, Peek-a-Boutique, Stage Deli and Toyology. Those cute dolls popping out of the purse are tooth fairy dolls from Peek-a-Boutique!

Lolly Ella Jewelry in West Bloomfield is currently selling a heart bracelet where some of the proceeds will be donated to the Beaumont Health System’s Ministrelli Heart Center.

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