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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Target and Marimekko have teamed up on a new collection.

Marimekko, Target partnership

includes furniture, outdoor decor

Marimekko, the Finnish textile company known for its bright, fun floral motifs and patterns, is teaming up with Target on a new collection. The 200-piece collection will include furniture, outdoor decor, entertaining essentials, clothing and more. And it’s reasonably priced: Most items are under $50. The collection will be available April 17 at all Target stores and at Target.com.

Coca-Cola memoribilia will take center stage at Sunday’s Coca-Cola Collectors Club Antiques Sale and Swap Meet at the Livonia Elks Club.


Collectors Club hosts annual

antiques sale, swap meet

More than 50 dealers and other exhibitors will be at this Sunday’s Coca-Cola Collectors Club Antiques Sale and Swap Meet at the Livonia Elks Club, 31117 Plymouth Road. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club, there will be vintage posters, calendars, cups and other memorabilia. And there will be more than Coca-Cola merchandise. There also will be 7-Up, Pepsi and Vernors dealers, along with vintage beer, tobacco, dairy, gas/oil, candy-related tin signs, thermometers, paper, toys, and bottles. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; kids are free. There also will be free appraisals.

“Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis will visit Detroit Bully Corps in early April to help with plans to renovate an indoor training facility. The nonprofit won a grant from Bernzomatic to help with the project.

Dog rescue group

wins grant, visit

from Nicole Curtis

DIY star Nicole Curtis is vocal about her three passions: old people, old houses and old dogs. She even sells T-shirts with those words. She’ll be helping out one of those groups – old dogs – after blowtorch leader Bernzomatic last week announced that Lapeer-based Detroit Bully Corps, a nonprofit pitbull terrier rescue group, won the grand prize of its “Find your Fire” community grant program. The group won a $10,000 grant, $1,500 in Bernzomatic products and a site visit from Curtis, a Lake Orion native. Michelle Spranger, Detroit Bully Corps’ community relations director, says the grant will allow the group to convert a storage barn on their 10-acre property into a year-round training facility for dogs. “A grant like this is such a blessing,” she says. Right now, they can only do training outside. “When the winter comes we’ve got to put all that on hold,” Spranger says. Curtis plans to visit the group in early April.

A well-known home remodeling show is looking for a historic Detroit home that needs renovations and is willing to be featured on its show.

Wanted: Detroit house in need of renovations

One of the oldest home remodeling shows on television is looking for an old home the city of Detroit that needs major renovations to be featured on its show. Soulé Gibson, owner and president of Grosse Pointe-based Gibson Design Group Inc., says producers – the show asked that its name not be disclosed yet – contacted him last year about featuring an old home in Detroit. They’re looking for a home built between the 1800s and 1960s that needs about $100,000 to $200,000 worth of renovations, which must be paid for by the homeowners. Gibson says it’s an opportunity for a homeowner already planning to renovate an old home to have their story shared on TV. Gibson, who would be the contractor on the project, says he’s been working on old homes since he was a teenager growing up in Grosse Pointe. “I’ve been ripping up old houses for 30 years,” says Gibson. “...These old houses are kind of tricky.” To learn more, contact Gibson at soule@gibsondesigninc.com.