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Welcome Mat: Douglas & Co. opens new store in Detroit

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Koi & Pond Club event

There’s something so calming about koi ponds and water gardens. Now you can see colorful koi up close, some over 30-inches long, when the Michigan Koi & Pond Club presents its fifth annual koi fish show Friday from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at the Pond Place of Michigan, 3505 W. Highland Road (M-59) in Milford. For additional information, go to mkpc-se.com.

Koi pond

‘Dr. Drainage’ tells you how to avoid standing water

With the heavy rains that hit our area, mosquitoes are sure to follow. And the first confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. make people want to keep these pests away even more. “The single most effective thing homeowners can do to minimize the presence of mosquitoes around their properties is to eliminate standing water wherever it occurs,” says Ryan Larsen in a press release. The civil engineer at NDS Inc. has helped hundreds of homeowners with drainage problems. Known as “Dr. Drainage,” he’s the host of the company’s YouTube video series on drainage systems and storm water management. Watch his videos on youtube.com/user/ndstraining or see his tips at ndspro.com/home-drainage.

Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

English Gardens

offers classes on fall

lawn care, landscaping

Though summer will soon come to a close, there’s still time to contemplate your outdoor spaces. In September and October, you can get seasonal tips at the weekly gardening seminars and workshops hosted by English Gardens. The first seminar, which will focus on Fall Lawn Care, is free and will be held on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon at all stores. An English Gardens expert will share tips on keeping your lawn healthy through the winter and into next spring. The second seminar on Do-It-Yourself Landscaping will be offered the following week. For more information, go to englishgardens.com.

English Gardens offering classes.

Douglas & Co. opens new store in Detroit

It’s been less than two years since Shane and Melissa Douglas began designing handcrafted bags, totes, clutches and wallets made from fine leather, working out of a loft in Midtown. They just opened their new workshop and store at 609 East Milwaukee Street in Detroit, in the garage of the former Peerless Machine Weighing Co. Their products include bags, cardholders, clutches, keychains and wallets that come with a certificate of authenticity indicating the series number and quantity in that run. Among the modern and sophisticated creations that are handcrafted are the decorative flags designed by Tall Whiskey Ginger and made in collaboration with Wild Standard. For more information, go to douglasandcodetroit.com.

Douglas & Co. opens new store.

- Jeanine Matlow