June 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

Society Confidential: Beauty and the Boxing Rink

Barbara Deyo is a not so-silent partner. (Barbara Deyo)

After nearly 30 years in the beauty industry, nationally acclaimed Birmingham makeup artist Barbara Deyo has teamed up with her beau, athletic trainer Michael Martelli, to open The Boxing Rink and Deyoga Room in Troy, what they claim is a “new concept” in athletic training and fitness. “It’s an upscale, multifaceted training facility where serious athletes can take their game to the next level, or where a mom can get into shape and reduce stress,” Deyo says (and yes, there’s yoga). The couple will host a grand opening party next week at the slickly designed 6,100-square-foot facility, which boasts a boxing ring and a synthetic ice floor. The Boxing Rink also specializes in hockey cross-training, teaching players how to protect themselves on and off the ice. So what about Deyo’s popular Birmingham salon, Deyo Studio for Face and Body, on Woodward? Business as usual. “I’m just a not-so-silent partner with Michael,” she says. “I’ve got my hands in the pot, from finances to décor to yoga, but this is his baby. The salon is still mine.”

A bookish Miss June

This month’s Playboy centerfold is a brainy Metro Detroiter, Jessica Ashley, 24. The “writer and model” and 2011 University of Michigan grad (English and psychology). Playboy quotes Ashley as saying: “People always told me I should model, but literature was my focus.” Her favorite literary titans: Henry Miller and Anais Nin. The magazine’s editors discovered her on Facebook, and the rest is ... in the June issue, on newstands now.

Freedom Hill upgrade

Tom Celani, CEO of Luna Entertainment and Joe Vicari of Andiamo Restaurant Group celebrated the grand re-opening of their most recent joint venture, Freedom Hill Banquet and Event Center. With a quarter million dollars in upgrades, the venue is now ready for weddings, parties, meetings, and of course, concerts from the likes of Diana Ross (who opens the 2014 concert season next Friday), Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson. Partygoers checked out the improvements on Wednesday, which include a new bar, a hi-def sound and video system, sparkling chandeliers, an outdoor patio and a romantic gazebo area. According to Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the er, uh, facilities are quite nice, too. “Have you checked out the restrooms?” he inquired. “The men’s room even has crown molding. Take that, Oakland County!”

Memories of Motown's Fantastic Four

Motown songwriter Larry Buford emailed us about Ralph Pruitt, the last of Ric Tic (and Motown’s) Fantastic Four to die (Tuesday, aged 74, at Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital). “In the summer of 1969 they (the Fantastic Four) were on the same bill as headliner David Ruffin at the Fox Theater with another group, unknown at the time, The Jackson Five,” Buford wrote us. For whatever reason, the J5 didn’t appear, but according to Buford, “The Fantastic Four did a great show. One of my favorite songs that they recorded is ‘Share Your Love With Me.’ Blessings to the Ralph Pruitt family and may he rest in peace.” Services for Pruitt are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4095 W. Davison, Detroit.

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U-M grad Jessica As hley is in a centerfold. (Playboy)