Business Briefs: Restyle Child to Raise Funds for FAR Conservatory

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

Restyle Child to raise money for FAR Conservatory

Beginning Oct. 1, , the children's consignment shop in Birmingham's Rail District, will launch a three-month fundraising campaign for the , a nonprofit organization that provides creative arts therapy and other services for children and adults with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

Diane Crawford, owner of Restyle Child, said she was inspired to raise funds for FAR after her 8-year-old son, Billy — who has Asperger's syndrome and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) — attended FAR's summer camp.

From Oct. 1-Dec. 31, Restyle will sell hand-cut flower barrettes and brooches made by Royal Oak artist Ginger Visingardi. The barrettes will cost $7.95, with $2 going toward FAR. Also on Oct. 1, Restyle Child will hold a fundraiser kickoff event where customers can meet Visingardi. Twenty percent of all sales that day will also go toward FAR.

Great Little Spots to launch in October

Great Little Spots, a company selling prepaid discount cards redeemable at locally owned stores and restaurants, will open Oct. 6 in Birmingham.

According to co-founder Kate Richard, former owner of three Birmingham businesses, the goal is to generate traffic to locally owned merchants within downtown hubs.

The other half of the leadership team, co-founder Johanna Berger, is also a Birmingham native. Birmingham will be one of the first markets for Great Little Spots, which plans to expand to other cities throughout Metro Detroit.

Locally based Yoga Shelter announces leadership change

has named Hannan Lis as its new CEO and has promoted Nicole Yoder to chief operating officer. Meanwhile, Ian Waskin is now manager of the Royal Oak and Birmingham studios, while former Birmingham Manager Sara Zonder is now director of trainings.

Yoga Shelter opened its first location in 2004 in West Bloomfield and now has sites in Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe, Birmingham and Los Angeles. The franchise serves approximately 1 million students.

Upcoming events:

  • : Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, .
  • Investepreneur Roundtable: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, .
  • Chamber member coffee: 8-9 a.m. Sept. 29, hosted by the at 325 N. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 320.
  • Hay There virtual ribbon cutting: 4 p.m. Oct. 4, Hay There's Facebook page.
  • MainStreet Design Build 20th anniversary ribbon cutting: 4 p.m. Oct. 6, 555 S. Old Woodward Ave, Suite 11L.


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