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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Area downtowns celebrate Small Business Saturday

The Saturday following Black Friday, often referred to as “Small Business Saturday,” is an opportunity to discover the numerous independent retailers in downtown areas.

Birmingham shoppers treated to free parking
Birmingham shoppers can take advantage of extra incentives and free metered parking on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers are encouraged to shop local on Saturday, November 30 during Small Business Saturday. Created by American Express in 2010, the day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. The Patch, in conjunction with American Express, will offer free parking at the meters in downtown Birmingham. There will be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers throughout the downtown area and warming station with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate near Santa House in Shain Park. For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit
Downtown Clarkston

Nate Burelson supports Small Business Saturday with signing
Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions will be showing his support for Small Business Saturday by doing a signing from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at Bonnie & Clyde boutique in Clarkston. Bonnie & Clyde is a recent addition inside the small family-run business known as The Birdfeeder & Clarkston Flower Shoppe, that has been around for 20 years.
The shops are at 7150 N Main St., next to Mesquite Creek in Clarkston.
With everything from floral and home décor to men’s and women’s apparel, the owners Steve Stroud and Sherry Sharischulz have created a unique shopping destination. Striving to carry the most fashion forward trends,they said they were thrilled when Robert Montalvo asked them to carry Nate Burleson’s new line, Lion Blood.
Lionblood was launched in 2013 by Nate Burleson and Robert Montalvo to represent natural-born leaders who exude confidence and royalty.
“Having Nate Burleson come out to the boutique is a community event that helps restore hope for small businesses as we all strive for a new and brighter Detroit,” said Stroud. Call 248-625-9007 or visit

Rochester kicks off the season with bright lights
The Big Bright Light Show will debut at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 during the annual Lagniappe celebration. Downtown Rochester will light up with more than one million LED colorful lights on store fronts. Lagniappe, (pronounced lonyop) is an old-fashioned French Creole expression popularized by Mark Twain. It means a special gift which merchants give to customers. As part of Lagniappe, the DDA is partnering with Rochester Area Neighborhood House for “Kicks for a Cause” to collect new shoes and socks for area children in need. The donation center is at E. Fourth and Main from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. There will be events throughout the season, including horse-drawn carriage rides, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 to Dec. 27. For more information, visit

Milford hosts “Dinner’s On Us”
The Village of Milford is hosting Dinner’s On Us. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 26, a few of Santa’s elves will drop into the downtown restaurants and pick up the tabs of unsuspecting patrons, nearly 90 tabs throughout the season.
“Dinner’s On Us started as a variation of an old Irish tradition encouraging people to buy a friend a drink or meal for no particular reason,” said Eric Horsley, an owner of The Clothing Cove and mastermind behind Dinner’s On Us.
Throughout the holiday season, shoppers are encouraged to bring a donation of dog or cat food to Your Nesting Place to receive 20 percent off an entire purchase of fully-priced items. All donations will benefit Adopt-a-Pet Fenton, a local nonprofit animal adoption center.
On Thursday, Dec. 5 Santa Claus comes to town during Christmas Open House. The annual event offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy strolling entertainment, special promotions at each shop and restaurant, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling and a visit with Santa in the Center Street Mall. The evening begins at 5:45 p.m., when Santa arrives on Main Street on a Milford Fire Department fire engine. Continuing through 9 p.m., Christmas Open House, shoppers will find an array of holiday décor, locally-made gifts, women’s items, jewelry and children’s toys.

Royal Oak features a series of events
Royal Oak association The Royal Oak Association of Retailers (ROAR) has created a series of holiday events. “It’s a Wonderful Season in Royal Oak” features extended hours, sales, special offers and giveaways. The events are presented by ROAR in partnership with the Royal Oak Downtown Development Association and Royal Oak Restaurant Association.
‘It’s a Wonderful Season in Royal Oak’ events include Wonder Window, located at Write Impressions, 407 S Washington Ave. It will feature dozens of prizes provided by Royal Oak retailers, restaurants and salon. Throughout the holiday season, shoppers who spend $50 or more at participating retailers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win contents from the window. In addition, Kids Eat Free, Sundays through Dec. 29 at more than 15 area restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, visit
The Royal Oak Farmers Market is hosting a special evening filled with live music, great food and shopping.Trolleys, Treasures & Tunes Farmers Market Holiday Sampler is Wednesday Dec. 11. A gathering of Metro Detroit’s most popular food trucks will be setting up outside the Royal Oak Farmers Market and Downtown Royal Oak retailers will set up shop inside the market for an exclusive shopping extravaganza. For a complete list of events and more information, visit

Artist constructs 12-foot nutcracker sculpture from food
In an effort to help the Capuchin Soup Kitchen feed thousands of families in Detroit, a local Detroit artist is working with Birmingham-based McCann and ALDI grocery store to create a larger-than-life, 12-foot nutcracker sculpture using non-perishable food items from ALDI. There will be a program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the McCann lobby, 360 West Maple Road, Birmingham. The nutcracker sculpture will remain on display for the general public through Friday, Dec. 20, at which time the non-perishable food items will be donated to Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
As part of this program, the Academy Russian Classic Ballet will perform a rendition of The Nutcracker, demonstrating the power of art and encouraging people to donate food to those in need this holiday season. For more information visit

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