Modular wine rack system will set up first Michigan display

Wine lovers looking to create the ultimate space to store and display their wine collections will have a place to go for inspiration: VintageView in Birmingham. The Denver-based modern wine rack designer known for their label-forward designs is establishing a display inside Maison Birmingham’s showroom, its first in the state. It should be in place later this spring at Maison Birmingham, a custom design-build studio. VintageView systems are modular and can be stacked or cut to accommodate any size wine collection. And their racks are designed to store bottles with proper airflow. Maison founder Lauren Tolles is a VintageView customer herself “and I admire their craftsmanship and attention to detail,” she says in a press release. Maison Birmingham is at 1020 S. Old Woodward Avenue.

Grow Great Gardens seminar offers classes, market

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Taylor Conservatory and Taylor Garden Club are teaming up with the Wayne County Community College District on the 10th annual Grow Great Gardens seminar with garden-themed classes and a garden market on March 17. Featured speakers at this year’s seminar, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Deborah Trickett, a beekeeper and owner of the Captured Garden and shade expert Gene E. Bush. The cost is $60 for four classes; there’s also a lunch and learn option with speaker and author Ellen Zachos. Registration is limited to 150 people. The seminar will be held at the Wayne County Community College in Taylor, 21000 Northline. For information, go to or email

Royal Oak home decor moves to new location

Nada & Co., an adorable home decor shop in downtown Royal Oak that also sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, has a new location. It’s now at 106 E. Fifth Street, just east of its previous location on Washington. It still has the same fun mix of furniture, accents and of course Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Workshops will continue to be offered at the new space, though on a smaller scale. Nada & Co. is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To learn more, go to

Glass ‘Eggstravaganza’ returns to Dearborn’s Glass Academy

My father-in-law loved egg puns — he once had T-shirts printed up at Easter, all with different egg-cellent puns — so there’s no doubt the Dearborn Glass Academy’s Glass Eggstravaganza would’ve cracked him up. It returns for its eighth year on Saturday and Sunday with glassblowing demonstrations. “Over the years, the Eggstranvangza started getting a reputation as a fun-loving egg hunt for adults because of the unique setting we stage them in. Everyone ‘hunts’ for the perfect egg for their collection,” said Michelle Plucinsky, the academy’s co-creator, in a press release. Demonstrations will be held throughout weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and special commissions are accepted and encouraged, allowing customers to get the exact style and color they request, say Plucinsky and gallery co-creator Chris Nordin. The show runs through April 1. The Glass Academy is at 25331 Trowbridge. Go to or call (313) 561-4527.


Empty Bowls Detroit dishes up soup, support

Want to sample soups from some of Detroit’s most notable restaurants, give to a good cause and go home with a cool, hand-glazed ceramic bowl? Check out Cass Community Social Services’ annual Empty Bowls Detroit fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. March 9 at Eastern Market’s Shed 5. Twenty local restaurants are donating soup, including Grey Ghost, Townhouse and Slows Bar BQ. And each bowl is unique, decorated at painting parties leading up to Friday’s fundraiser. Tickets are $40 per person and the event is for those 21 and older. For information, go to

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