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Welcome Mat: Boston-Edison turns 90, hosts gala

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
This leather Swivel Chair at Scott Shuptrine Interiors is marked down from $2,100 to $999.

Scott Shuptrine hosts first-ever warehouse sale

It’s a Scott Shuptrine Interiors first: a warehouse sale. The sale, which starts Friday and runs through Monday, will also include flooring, rugs and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Items will be marked down up to 70 percent. The sale runs from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday. Scott Shuptrine’s warehouse is at 6340 East 14 Mile in Warren.

The Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood Association turns 90 this year.

Boston-Edison turns 90, hosts gala

It’s a big year for Detroit’s Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood: The city’s oldest continuous neighborhood association turns 90 in 2017. Once home to some of Detroit’s most elite families — including Henry Ford, Joe Louis, James Couzens, Horace Rackham, Sebastian Kresge and Berry Gordy — this community, which also has faced its share of challenges, will celebrate with a gala at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Fellowship Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 7707 W. Outer Drive. The gala will include dinner, wine, live entertainment and dancing featuring pianist Charles Greene and the popular Grammy-nominated group, Straight Ahead. Tickets are $65. Go to

Williams-Sonoma’s Damask Bunny Dinnerware Collection.

Bunny tableware puts some hop in Easter decor

Put some hop in your tableware this Easter with Williams-Sonoma’s adorable Damask Bunny Dinnerware Collection. It features a vintage-style bunny with a lovely light blue floral background. The collection includes dinner plates, salad plates, cups and serving bowls. Made of a high-fired porcelain, the collection is dishwasher and microwave safe. A set of four dinner plates is regularly priced at $67.95. Go to your local Williams-Sonoma or go to and search for “Damask Bunny.”

Muralist Diego Rivera is among many well-known artists who signed the wooden beams in the second floor lounge at the Scarab Club in Detroit. An appraisal event in late April will raise money for its preservation or restoration.

Appraisal event to benefit Scarab Club

One hundred years ago, a group of automotive designers, advertising illustrators, photographers, and architects in Detroit came together to create a club to discuss art and socialize. Eventually naming themselves the Scarab Club for the Egyptian symbol for rebirth, they built a permanent location in 1928 on Farnsworth. Today, that unique club still stands and the Questers Pettipointe No. 243 is hosting an appraisal event from 3-8 p.m. April 26 at the Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, to raise money for its restoration. “An Antique Appraisal Fair” will feature local appraisers to assess the value of books, china, artwork and more. Appraisals are $5 each. Call (586) 977-3506.

Buy The Change, which sells this Kantha Quilt made from sari fabric, is one of the exhibitors at this year’s MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester.

Earth Day Fest kicks off in Rochester

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, dozens of green and Earth-friendly businesses and vendors will descend on downtown Rochester April 21-23 for the 12th annual MI Earth Day Fest. There also will be music and presentations on everything from improving the soil in your backyard to creating a more energy-efficient home. For families with little ones, there will be a kids’ tent with activities, including a chance to plant a seed for Earth Day. One of this year’s exhibitors is Buy the Change, an online company that sells home goods and accessories all made by women working to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Pictured is the Kantha Quilt, which is made from six layers of sari fabric ($149; MI Earth Day Fest is held between Third and Water streets and runs 4-8 p.m. April 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23. To learn more, go to

Learn tidying up techniques from KonMari consultant

First, there was a best-selling book: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizer. Now, there is a following. Brooke Booth is a local certified KonMari consultant, teaching people to follow Kondo’s approach to decluttering and creating a happier home. Booth will offer her tips at 7 p.m. April 27 at Art Van Furniture, 27775 Novi Road in Novi. Attendees also will have the chance to win a KonMari home consultation. The presentation is free but an RSVP is requested; go to