Business Briefs: New Bakery Opening on Frank Street Thursday

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Here's a snapshot of activity in Birmingham's business community this week:

Frank Street Bakery opens Thursday

A new bakery is getting ready to open its doors in Birmingham. The Frank Street Bakery, located in the former Cinderella's Attic location at 420 E. Frank St., will officially open Thursday.

The bakery is owned by husband-and-wife team Matt and Grace Dersa, who have lived in Birmingham for three years now and whose son attends . The couple formerly owned a small delicatessen in Florida, where they picked up skills and recipes they've brought to Birmingham.

Grace said Matt's signature sandwich is his hot-pressed Cuban, which will be featured alongside an assortment of other sub sandwiches. The bakery will also serve everything from cakes, cookies, chocolates and pies to a full-service salad bar and homemade soups. The bakery will serve coffee and tea as well.

Frank Street Bakery will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Check out the bakery's website for a full menu, including a printable PDF.

California Closets opens on Woodward

The home and closet design store California Closets is now open at 33238 Woodward Ave.

The store occupies 2,200 square feet and specializes in in-home designs and renovations. The company was founded in 1978 in southern California and has expanded nationwide and into three countries.

The Birmingham store is owned by husband-and-wife team Ray and Sheilah Markham. Sheilah has owned California Closets along the East Coast. Ray is a former professional hockey player for the New York Rangers and is currently the assistant hockey coach for Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

New spice store reports good sales during first weekend

Birmingham's newest specialty spice store, the Spice & Tea Exchange at 175 W. Maple Rd., has reported good sales during its first weekend open downtown.

The store opened Saturday in the former Claire's location and experienced the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday blitz during its first few days open.

"We just opened this weekend, and it's been great," sales associate Jennifer Green said Saturday. "We've had a lot of foot traffic down here, and it has just been wonderful."

Spice & Tea Exchange, an apothecary-type store specializing in spices, tea and accessories, is managed by husband-and-wife team Clay and Amy Freedman. The store, which has more than 65 hand-blended spices, also sells sugars, olive oil blends and food seasonings.

Spice & Tea Exchange is a national chain with 24 locations across the country. Birmingham is the company's first Michigan location.

Great Clips value cards could earn you 20 percent off your haircut

Need a haircut this holiday season? stores nationwide, including the Birmingham location on East Maple Road, are offering $9.99 prepaid value cards through Dec. 9. The cards can be used to pay for an adult haircut, which normally costs around $13, saving the card user 20 percent or more off a haircut.

The value cards can be used by the purchaser or used as gifts. The cards never expire. Cards are available while supplies last.

Upcoming events:

  • Ribbon cutting and holiday showcase: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Seasons Gift Co. at 725 Adams St., No. 136
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber annual meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday,
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Holiday Mixer: 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7, .


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