Grapevine: ‘Shark Tank’ Daymond John comes to Detroit

Daymond John to judge Detroit business competition

Fashion mogul Daymond John, one of the popular entrepreneurs from the ABC hit series “Shark Tank,” will appear at the Garden Theater in Detroit on July 9. John will be the lead judge for the Miller Lite Tap the Future business plan competition. Five semifinalists from our state will pitch their business plan in front of the audience and one winner will walk away with a $20,000 grant and a place in the final competition to vie for the $200,000 grand prize. The event starts at 7 p.m. and people 21 and older are welcome to attend by registering at Attendees will be given an opportunity to network and should have their elevator pitch ready as there is a $500 prize for the best one-minute pitch from the audience.

Bobbi Kristina Brown moved to hospice care

After months in the hospital, Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved to hospice care. In a statement Wednesday, her aunt, Pat Houston, said Whitney Houston’s daughter’s condition has worsened. “Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” the statement read. “As of today, she has been moved into hospice care.” Brown, 22, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta area home on Jan. 31. She underwent surgery to replace her breathing tube with a tracheostomy tube in February. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now,” the statement read on behalf of the Houston family. Brown also is the daughter of singer Bobby Brown. He, along with Pat Houston, were appointed co-guardians of Brown last month.

Steve Francis, longtime owner of Detroit Steve’s Place bar, dies

Most barflies who frequent downtown know about Steve’s Place, the quiet watering hole next to Saint Andrew’s Hall run by Steve and Sophie Francis. Bartender and owner Steve Francis — who was known for offering sweet shots of schnapps to customers — died Tuesday at age 90. A Go Fund Me page has been established to help Sophie return to Greece where Steve will be buried, and where she will relocated so she can live with family. The bar, which was also known as Mr. Steven’s, will remain closed. Visit

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■Producers from ABC’s “The Bachelor” will have a casting call in Royal Oak at Fifth Avenue, 215 W. Fifth in Royal Oak, from 5-9 p.m. July 9. Hopeful reality stars can also apply by video at

■Olympia Entertainment is recommending that Jimmy Buffett fans attending his concert at West Riverfront Park in Detroit on Thursday arrive early to allow plenty of time for traffic and parking. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the show will follow at 8. Some parking lots will open as early as 7 a.m. The park allows visitors to bring in binoculars, umbrellas, blankets and strollers, but little else.

■Original Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin rejoins the band for its summer tour with Marilyn Manson. Chamberlin was in the band from its inception in the late 1980s through 2000 and again in 2005-09.

Thursday’s birthdays

Carly Simon, 70

Anthony Bourdain, 59

Ricky Gervais, 54

George Michael, 52

La La Anthony, 36