DBusiness Daily Update: Ford House, Grosse Pointe Theatre Partner for Immersive Shakespeare Stroll This Summer, and More

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The grounds of the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores will be the backdrop for The Shakespeare Stroll this August. // Photo courtesy of The Ford House

Ford House, Grosse Pointe Theatre Partner for Immersive Shakespeare Stroll This Summer

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe are planning a unique theatrical collaboration this summer: The Shakespeare Stroll.

This immersive event, taking place Aug. 8, starting at 6 p.m., invites audiences to explore the scenic grounds of Ford House while enjoying scenes from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

Ticket holders will embark on a theatrical journey, stopping at six locations throughout the estate. At each stop, Grosse Pointe Theatre’s actors will perform a different scene from a classic Shakespeare play. The evening will feature excerpts from works like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” promising a memorable experience for all.

To enhance the stroll, attendees will be treated to a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages throughout the evening.

“We are excited to partner with Grosse Pointe Theatre to offer this one-of-a-kind event,” says Tommy Karr, director of communications and engagement for Ford House. “The Shakespeare Stroll will allow guests to experience the beauty of the estate in a new and engaging way while enjoying the timeless works of Shakespeare.”

Tickets for the Shakespeare Stroll are $50 or $75 per person. The $50 tickets give guests admission to the Shakespeare Stroll plus one drink ticket and light bites. The $75 tickets give guests admission to the Shakespeare Stroll, two drink tickets, light bites, and an exclusive afterglow in the Lake Shore Room with desserts and a special final performance.

Tickets go on sale today at fordhouse.org.

The Block at Sterling Heights Set to Open July 17 with Ribbon Cutting

The Block at Sterling Heights, a new apartment community located at 34911 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights, will conduct a ribbon-cutting celebration at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17.

The event is in partnership with the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and will include hors d’oeuvres and tours of the building.

The Block officially opened its doors earlier this year. The transformative adaptive reuse project, which was previously the Wyndham Gardens Sterling Heights hotel, features 213 studio and one-bedroom apartments and modern amenities.

“We are so proud of The Block and what it brings to Sterling Heights and can’t wait to show it off to the community’s leaders and residents at this event,” says Colin Hooper, managing director of Repvblik. “We are excited to be part of this community and especially pleased that we can provide reasonably priced housing to metro Detroit residents, which is in high demand both locally and across Michigan.”

Repvblik specializes in the adaptive reuse of obsolete commercial real estate. The Block is a multi-million-dollar project that, in addition to offering needed housing options, modernizes and beautifies the streetscape, which under the previous hotel operation had become an eyesore in recent years.

Residents of The Block can choose between six distinct studio and one-bedroom floor plans, ranging between 315 and 825 square feet. Each residence is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring, and window coverings. Rents for most apartments range from $825 to $1,300 per month, with large loft apartments renting for $1,500 per month. More than half of the available apartments are under lease.

The Block at Sterling Heights offers amenities such as a fitness center, recreational green space, laundry facility on each floor, secure mail room, resident lounge, and 24-hour emergency maintenance. Amenities planned for the future include an outdoor dog park and bike parking.

For more information, or to contact the leasing team, visit here.

CVF Credit Union Reopens Plymouth Branch with Live Video Banking

CVF Credit Union (CVF) announces the reopening of its Plymouth Township branch at 8817 Sheldon Road, with the introduction Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs).

Closed since June 2022, the branch has transformed from traditional teller lines into a high-tech, high-touch branch featuring multiple ITMs, a café-style floorplan, and a coffee bar.

An ITM looks like an ATM but allows members to have real-time, face-to-face conversations with a CVF iTeller at the machine. This enables members to complete at least 95 percent of banking transactions with a live person, just as they would inside the branch or through the drive-through lane.

CVF Plymouth offers two ITMs in the drive-up lanes and two inside the branch. These machines offer members enhanced convenience and efficiency in their banking experience. The ITMs provide instant two-way audio and video interaction with a CVF iTeller located at our centralized location. Transactions at the ITM are as secure as face-to-face transactions and are processed in the same way. For security purposes, all transactions are recorded, and customers are asked to scan in personal identification to authorize the transaction.

The Interactive Teller service is available at all ITMs from Monday to Tuesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The ITM also can offer regular ATM services 24 hours a day. Members can make deposits, withdrawals, transfers, loan payments, cash checks, and more, with the CVF iTeller providing instructions on how to complete each step of the transaction.

Drive for Life Invitational Raises $250K+ Benefiting Oncology at Corewell Health Hospitals

Sponsors and participants in the June 17 Drive for Life Invitational at Oakland Hills Country Club raised more than $250,000 to support programs and services at the Walter & Marilyn Wolpin Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital in Royal Oak and the Wilson Cancer Resource Center at Corewell Health Troy Hospital.

The afternoon, presented by AHEAD, hosted approximately 200 golfers and guests at the prestigious Bloomfield Hills club.

In addition to golf on Oakland Hill’s world-class championship courses, guests enjoyed meals, a cocktail reception, and pro shot and tips by golf pro Rick Smith.

Dr. Daniel Carey, president of Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital, and Nancy Susick, president of Corewell Health Troy Hospital, were co-chairs for this year’s event.

Leading sponsors included: Barton Malow, Jenkin’s & Co., HAP, Centerline Electric, Kasco Construction, Morgan Stanely, Sylvia and Ed Hagenlocker, and Walter and Marilyn Wolpin.

All Four One Detroit Discusses the Impact of Soccer in the City of Detroit

All Four One Detroit is using the game of soccer as a driving force and an influence on Black communities in the city of Detroit to assist impoverished neighborhoods as well as change cultural indifference in Black structures.

With the upcoming 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup approaching on American soil, All Four One says it has the opportunity to bring a sport that has international attraction to a community once filled with tanks, curfews, and rioter’s in the ‘60s. As the world pays more close attention to this sport, there seems to be eagerness and a desire showcasing the nation’s involvement in soccer closing cultural biases in most Black communities.

All Four One is seeking partnership opportunities for this event to help a community that doesn’t have an understanding of the value system that provides opportunity and access to new marketing, technologies, and explore the reach of new avenues.

One of the primary advantages of this partnership is the increased access to resources, financial, technological, and educational format for new individual’s learning the sport. Your partnership helps us tackle the enormous ambitious endeavors that remove the barrier of success in cross cultural sports.

For more information, visit here.

L!FE Leaders Announces Sixth Annual Detroit Youth Summit

L!FE Leaders Inc. announces the Sixth Annual Detroit Youth Summit, themed “Detroit Is Home,” Aug. 13 for people aged 14-22 in downtown Detroit.

Each year the Annual Detroit Youth Summit strives to empower and inspire the next generation of young Detroit leaders by providing them with the platform to voice their ideas and explore opportunities within their city in direct discussion with Detroit leaders and their peers.

L!FE Leaders’ summer intensive Excellence Corps program includes L!FE interns earning wages to engage in personal and workforce development training through a partnership with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent. Every year, Excellence Corps youth, including L!FE Leaders 21-year-old Events, Operations, and Logistics Associate Angelica Williams, are at the helm of producing, moderating, and hosting the entire summit — where youth and leaders build Detroit together.

The summit will feature interactive panels with local business professionals, community leaders, and policymakers discussing Detroit’s growth and opportunities; workshops and breakout sessions on career readiness, entrepreneurship, and personal development; an Opportunity Fair where youth build direct relationships in education, workforce development, scholarships, civic engagement, mental health and wellness, and more.

This year’s notable speakers share their insights, including Hilary Doe, the chief growth officer for the state of Michigan; and Leona Medley, executive director of the Joe Lewis Greenway. Networking opportunities will connect youth with mentors and potential employers, while onsite vendors will provide wraparound support services.