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Anuja Tolia

20 Questions with Anuja Tolia

Detroit area jewelry designer and business owner Anuja Tolia shares her design inspiration, personal style, and favorite places around Metro Detroit in 20 Questions.  Anuja Tolia seamlessly fuses her love of Indian artisanship with Western flare, mixing exotic gems, edgy metals, and vibrant semi-precious stones in her jewelry designs. It’s easy to see why her jewelry is.....
20 Questions with Chef Sissy Yellen

20 Questions with Chef Sissy Yellen

Local chef, tastemaker and style icon Sissy Yellen talks food, recipe creation, travel and style with us in 20 Questions! By Rachel Schostak 1. Tell us about how you became a chef? I began a career in professional kitchens after culinary school. I learned and worked in every area of the kitchen I could- prep, cold foods, sauté, massive banquet production, menu planning, and so on. My absolute favorite part of .....
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Wolverine Human Services and the Wollack Family Give Kids Second Chances

Operating the largest child welfare agency in Michigan, Wolverine Human Services a family-run nonprofit, offer programs for substance abuse, rehabilitation, foster care placement, adoption, secure residential treatment and culturally-specific care. By Michael Dwyer Wolverine Human Services is a family-run nonprofit. Each member of the Wollack family — Robert, Judith, Zachary, Matthew, Craig and Kristi — has taken on roles withi.....

David Merritt Does Good for Detroit

David Merritt does good in Detroit, with his locally based fashion line, Merit Goodness. The company donates 20% of their retail profits to help underserved youth. By Susan Peck What in a name? When it comes to David Merritt, it seems to mean everything. A graduate of University of Michigan with merit and academic honors, he was an All-State basketball player, captain of the U-M Men’s Basketball Team and Radio Color commentator for the Michigan IMG Sports Network fr.....
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Bundled Gifts Give Back and Support the Local Economy

Bundling the idea of buying local, Michigan made products and employing workers with special needs, Bundled is a gift that keeps on giving.  By Suzanne Chessler Just for fun, Chelsea Gheesling and Courtney Taylor started a blog in 2014. The two, friends since their early teens, went to places around the state and wrote about them for the website they titled “Chick in the Mitt.” Part of the fun was discovering and researching all the products made in Michigan .....
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Terese Reyes Elevates Emerging Artists

Terese Reyes and her gallery Reyes Projects contemporary gallery blends high-end East and West Coast art world experience with Motown creativity. By Shelly Johnson The “palpable potential” and “infectiously unique spirit” of the emerging Detroit art scene is part of the reason Terese Reyes blends her high-end East and West Coast art world experience with her love of art at her gallery Reyes Projects in Birmingham. &n.....
Rhonda Walker

Rhonda Walker Empowering Girls to Become Women

WDIV anchor Rhonda Walker makes a difference in the lives of girls through The Rhonda Walker Foundation. By Susan Peck If you want to get something done, ask a busy person — someone like veteran WDIV morning news anchor Rhonda Walker. On top of her early morning TV anchoring that begins at 3 a.m., her typical weekly schedule will also include charity work like helping to raise money for the American Red Cross for hurricane victims, supporting the National Kidney Fou.....
warren rose family legacy

Warren Rose Continues Family Legacy of Giving

Warren Rose Family Legacy Continues With a Third Generation of Giving. By Karleigh Stone Photography by Brett Mountain To leave a legacy is to leave behind something for the people one serves. And the Bloomfield Hills-based Rose family is certainly doing that. Their legacy is one of great generosity, a continuous will to help others and a desire to serve the community in which they live. Their three generations of giving began with Edward Rose, who requ.....

Beauty Brand Oribe Co-founder Daniel Kaner Talks Beauty & Business

Daniel Kaner explains how to evaluate hair care products, the biggest beauty mistakes people make, and what sets Oribe apart in a crowded industry.  By Amy Gill Daniel Kaner is a powerhouse in the beauty industry. He transitioned from scrap metal recycling in Minnesota, to working for Aveda, co-owning Bumble and Bumble with partner Tev Finger (which then sold to Estee Lauder), and then partnering with one of the most influential hair stylists in the world, .....