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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Pewabic's For the House & Garden Show marks 25 years

Twenty five years ago, Detroit's beloved Pewabic Pottery was looking for a way to expand its audience and fundraising. The For the House & Garden Show was born. "In the event's early days, we held it at the private homes of various individual supporters," says Christina Devlin, Pewabic's senior director of product development and operation. As the show grew, Devlin says it shifted to larger public venues such as the Ford House in Dearborn and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. In 2004, this fun show returned home, and June 5-7, it celebrates 25 years. Eighty artists will display their wares; there also will be docent-lead tours. The show is a way for the historic studio on East Jefferson to reintroduce itself to the public, says Executive Director Steve McBride. Pewabic "is a living, working ceramic studio," he says. The For the House & Garden Show kicks off with its annual Preview Party from 6:30-9 p.m. June 4. Tickets start at $75. For information, call (313) 626-2062 or go to pewabic.org.

Eight homes, gardens featured on Pleasant Ridge tour

Pleasant Ridge is known for its picturesque homes and tree-lined streets and on June 6, eight homes and gardens will open their doors and fences to the public for the city's 11th annual home tour. Sponsored by the Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission, the tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine and includes homes in a range of styles. Tickets are $15 in advance at cityofpleasantridge.org or $20 the day of the tour directly behind Pleasant Ridge City Hall, 4 Ridge Road. For more information, call (248) 541-2901.

Estes Wood Company makes modern crafted furniture in Detroit

Matt and Sarah Estes left their careers in California — he as a sales agent in the solar industry, she as a commercial talent agent — to follow their dream in Detroit: making furniture. Today, this couple are the co-owners of Estes Wood Co., making modern crafted furniture from both reclaimed wood and new lumber. "We started out by creating a signature line of coffee, end and console tables for homes, until we received interest for custom pieces for both homes and businesses," says Sarah Estes, co-owner and creative director. "We have found that we have a knack for taking a person's basic furniture need, and turning it into something very special." The couple recently finished a custom job making desk for the Mindfield Production Agency in the recently renovated G.A.R. building in Detroit. Estes Wood Company is at 17501 Van Dyke in Detroit. Visit esteswoodco.com or call (313) 585-7543.