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Longtime Detroit gallery reaches out for support
By day, Joann Griffin was a Detroit Public Schools teacher. But in her spare time in the mid-1970s, Griffin sold art. First selling collectible plates and figurines, she shifted to Afrocentric art in the early 1990s. Griffin’s business eventually got so big she opened a retail space on Livernois. Today, even after Griffin’s death in 2012, Jo’s Gallery continues to sell a wide range of African-American art and is the oldest art gallery on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Now run by Griffin’s daughter, Garnette Archer, the gallery now faces a predicament: It needs financial support to close Jo’s estate or it could close. Archer and her team have launched a campaign to raise $125,000 – $50,000 to pay off the building and $75,000 to reopen Jo’s Gallery Cafe. “Our goal is to tell our story about being the oldest standing retail, single-owned business on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion,” says employee Mari Byrd. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/josgallery or visit Jo’s Gallery at 19376 Livernois. Call (313) 864-1401.
Boston-Edison’s ‘Sounds of Music’
series kicks off May 7
The sixth season season of the Historic Boston-Edison’s “Sounds of Music” home concert series – cool music acts, each in a different home in Boston-Edison – kicks off at 2 p.m. May 7, featuring the Bridge Trio. The trio members include Velda Kelly, Grammy winner John McLaughlin Williams on violin and Romona Merritt on viola. The season will include four concerts – each held in a different home in Boston-Edison – including a new free Young Person’s Concert on June 18. The series also includes summer jazz party on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Zamar Jazz Band, a six-piece ensemble. The season closes Oct. 1 with a folk concert by singer-songwriter Jill Jack. Tickets are $45 per person, or $40 for the season. Call (313) 865-1149 or go to historicbostonedison.org.
Detroit design house introduces retail space
Mutual Adoration, a Detroit-based design house and experimental craft workshop that makes furniture and home accents from reclaimed wood, is opening a new retail store and plans to celebrate with special spring open house and launch party from 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Customers will get a chance to tour the new shop, located at 6545 Saint Antoine, meet the makers and shop Mutual Adoration’s entire collection, including new and limited edition products. They’ll also enjoy 15 percent off all in-stock goods during the event. “We love our neighborhood, and love what we do. We’re very excited to open our doors to the public, and share our work with everyone,” says co-founder Wayne Maki in a press release. Regular business hours will be from 12-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment on evenings and weekends, beginning in May.
Cranbrook’s 44th spring plant sale on May 10-11
Cranbrook House & Gardens will hold its 44th annual spring plant sale from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 10 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11. Native plants, wildflowers, perennials, tropical plants, herbs and tomatoes will all be available. Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary volunteers, some of whom are master gardeners, also will be available to share their expertise. At Cranbrook’s Thistle Gift Shop, visitors can purchase locally made arts and crafts items, gardening products and Cranbrook mementos. Admission is free. Cranbrook House and Gardens is at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home decor emporium offers variety
of furniture, accents
A variety of design styles – vintage, mid-century modern, and eclectic – will merge in a new retail space in Grosse Pointe. The Emporium of Home Decor, located inside the Treasure Trove, 16847 Kercheval, officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and will offer antiques and vintage items, along with traditional, mid-century and transitional furniture and accents. Run by local interior designers Loretta Crenshaw and Phyllis Whitehead, it’ll also offer lighting, linens and jewelry. The Emporium of Home Decor will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Historic Flint estate
opens for tours
Flint’s Applewood Estate was built in 1916 by Charles Stewart Mott as both a family home and gentleman’s farm. This year it celebrates its centennial in a big way: It’s opening its doors for public tours for the first time starting May 5 until October. The estate – which sits on 34 acres with beautiful gardens, a chicken coop and barn – was built in a Jacobean Revival style and was designed by Mott’s brother-in-law, Herbert Davis. Applewood is now part of the Ruth Mott Foundation. For information about tours, go to ruthmottfoundation.org/visit-applewood/ or call (810) 233-3835.