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Maureen Feighan

Yellow Door Art Market hosts

annual Art Fair Fever open house

Itching for Metro Detroit’s art fair season to start? Berkley’s Yellow Door Art Market is holding its fifth annual Art Fair Fever open house this weekend to give art fair lovers a taste of what’s ahead. Many of the 70 artists who sell their wares at Yellow Door will be there for a meet & greet. There also will be a 15 percent discount on handmade items. “The market is ever-changing with our current artists creating fresh finds and we’re excited to debut the work of new artists that just joined our curated collection of local talent this month,” says owner April McCrumb in a news release. Customers also are asked to donate new blankets, books, and stuffed animals to Project Night Night. Pictured are Michigan map pillows by Wendy Marsh of Marshflowers. Art Fair Fever runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. The Yellow Door Art Market is at 3141 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley.

Michigan’s Oosterhouse opens Traverse City winery

Traverse City’s own Carter Oosterhouse is branching out from carpentry and television and into the wine business. Oosterhouse and brother Todd Oosterhouse in December opened a tasting room for Bonobo Winery on old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. It’s named after Bonobo apes, the sensitive peace-loving, passionate apes found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the winery, Oosterhouse, who shot to fame on shows like “Trading Spaces” on TLC, was on a plane, reading an article about the apes, and that’s how he came up with the name. “Bonobo Winery hopes to bring a sense of approachability to the Michigan wine and vineyard scene, removing any pretenses and allowing for the ultimate educational and enjoyable experience,” says the winery on its website. I visited the winery last week and loved the contemporary, yet slightly rustic decor. Chandeliers that look like they were made from wood wine barrels hang above the tasting room bar (word is that the chandeliers also hung in the Traverse City barn where Oosterhouse and actress-wife Amy Smart got married). Bonobo Winery is at 12011 Center Road. Grapes will be estate grown and wines will be produced on site, according to Bonobo’s website. Call (231) 282-9463 or visit bonobowinery.com.

Gardenviews hosts annual spring open house in Northville

Ah, sweet spring. It’s finally here. To mark the occasion, Gardenviews, a fun garden and home decor store in downtown Northville, is holding its annual Spring Open House today and Saturday. Guests will find spring florals, Easter bunnies and lots of spring decorating inspiration. “Our annual Spring Open House is a great opportunity for guests to come into Gardenviews, shake off ol’ man winter and get inspired with spring,” said co-owner Lou Mascolo. “We are especially excited for this year as we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in business in Northville this coming summer.” Gardenviews has evolved from a garden center to more of a home decor and garden store over the last two decades. As part of their open house, which runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, there will be special promotions, tea and cookies. Gardenviews is at 117 E. Main. Visit gardenviewsinc.com or call (248) 380-8881 for information.

Detroit housing

company to expand community garden with grant

Some people may have looked at the garbage-covered gravel lot and saw pollution. Matthew Bendure, an Americorps volunteer who works for Southwest Housing Solutions in Detroit, saw potential. Last year, Bendure and one of the residents of the apartment buildings managed by Southwest, built four garden beds on the trash-strewn lot at 25th and Bagley. “In the new beds, we grew watermelon, jalapenos, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, collard greens and Brussels sprouts,” writes Bendure in an email. Now, thanks to a recent $3,500 grant from Fiskars Project Orange Thumb, Bendure will be able to take the garden one step further. He plans to build eight more garden beds to increase their growing capacity. “Our goal is to grow enough food to provide fresh produce for our tenants and the surrounding community, while also offering training opportunities in urban farming, as well as a green space for recreation and leisure,” he says.

Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo exhibit gift store offers home accents, art

If you haven’t bought tickets yet to the Detroit Institute of Arts blockbuster new exhibit, “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” which chronicles the artists’ time in Detroit for an 11-month period in the 1930s, you may want to move fast. Tickets may sell out for the exhibit, which runs through July 12. As part of the exhibit, the DIA has opened a special gift store with everything from traditional Mexican folk clothing similar to what Kahlo wore to housewares. There are Day of the Dead figurines, vases, musical instruments, rugs, and, of course, reproductions of each artist’s work. Tickets for the exhibition are $19 for adults on Saturdays and Sundays and $14 Tuesday-Friday. Go to dia.org.