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The Wall Street Journal tours the home of eponymous fashion retailer Linda Dresner

Always ahead of the fashion curve, boutique owner Linda Dresner talks business, fashion, and home design philophy with The Wall Street Journal. 

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"For 25 years, she owned an eponymous fashion boutique on Park Avenue in Manhattan, along with a shop in Michigan, still in operation not far from her home in Birmingham. Brands such as Dries Van Noten and Junya Watanabe are available in designer department stores all over the country today—not to mention on the Internet—but back when Dresner began in the business, in the late 1970s, she startled her Midwestern clientele with astonishing clothes by such designers, brought back from Milan and Paris. "I was one of the first to have Saint Laurent. I still have some of my original clients."

Of her plans to hold a first party at her new home, a benefit for Detroit's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), she says,

"Curators love Detroit; they think it's like early Berlin."

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP ranks in nation's top 10 for IP patent work

As part of Detroit's reinvention, the patent business is growing. And the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's opening of a branch in Detroit a few years back doesn't hurt.

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"Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP ranked among the top 10 law firms in the country for intellectual property patent work in BTI Consulting Group’s report entitled  BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation. Honigman was also named on the list of Most-Favored IP Departments, in which one of the primary factors is customer service."

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Michigan tops in employment recovery post-recession; promising economic future ahead

Michigan has regained much of the ground it lost since the recession's nadir in 2009, and its future bodes well, according to a recent national report.

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"Results of the Business Facilities annual report rank Michigan among the top states in employment recovery since the end of the Great Recession, automotive jobs and automotive manufacturing strength. Further, the report lists Detroit and Grand Rapids as among the top regions in the country for economic growth...

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Michigan has plummeted from a five year high of 14.2 percent to the current 7.7 percent. The 6.5 drop in percentage points is more than any other state. Michigan’s unemployment rate in June of 2009 stood at 7.2 percent."

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Local inventor's trash bag hanger to be sold at Wal-Mart, manufactured in Ferndale

If you're picking up trash and don't have a trash can handy, this cool new gizmo keeps your bag open, eliminating the need to bend down to stuff trash in your limp sock of a bag.

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"Wal-Mart agreed last month to sell theportable, reusable trash holder invented by a Michigan man online and in stores nationwide.

John Cundy, a 49-year-old clay sculptor for General Motors, came up with the idea for the inventionabout three years ago when he was helping cleaning up a mess left behind at a high school track meet. Walking around toting a garbage bag, he said he realized there had to be a better way...

The Trash-Ease, which is being manufactured in Ferndale and Traverse City, has gone through six iterations. It hangs a 13-gallon trash bag just about anywhere, on bleachers, picnic tables, even kitchen counters."

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Detroit Slow Roll co-founder appears in iPad advertisement

Check out the new iPad ad featuring footage of the summer bike rides that have attracted thousands to pedal Detroit streets.

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"Among a series of new story-advertisements for its iPad, Apple is featuring Detroit community activist Jason Hall, who co-founded weekly bike rides that attract thousands of cyclists to the city.

With two videos and some background on Hall at  apple.com/jason, the technology giant notes that Hall "rallies thousands of people to experience the rebirth of Detroit from the ground level."

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Michigan among states with the most farmers markets

It's the high season for farmers markets, and in Michigan, you're never far from one.

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"There are a lot of farmers markets in the United States, though obviously some areas have a higher concentration than others. Just 10 states (California, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia and Missouri) account for nearly half of all markets nationwide."

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Tour public art around Michigan with an app as your guide

Now we'll know how and where to find all the public art popping up in Michigan's cities.

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"The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is offering an app featuring tours of public art around Michigan.

The "MI Amazing Art Tour" app is free to download via iTunes. Users can search categories of art, including murals, sculpture and architecture."

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Cooley Law School building is one of world's most impressive

A rainwater harvesting system, a green roof, low flow plumbing and other eco-focused features has landed Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills at #35 on the list of the most impressive law school buildings in the world, according to Best Choice Schools.

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"Established in 1972 in Lansing, Michigan, the institution’s Auburn Hills campus recently received LEED Silver certification. Renovations to the existing structure and an additional 64,000 square feet were designed by SHW Group architects and engineers, and include a green roof, rainwater-harvesting system, low flow plumbing, and an energy efficient lighting system."

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"Game on, Detroit," says Delta Airlines's Sky magazine

Detroit has landed prime feature coverage in the August issue of Sky, Delta Airlines's in-flight magazine.

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"With Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera on the cover, the publication declares, "Game on, Detroit," with a smaller title, "Seizing Opportunity in America's Motor City."

The August issue features interviews with Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan, as well as commentary from the Detroit Free Press' Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Stephen Henderson. Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson kicks things off with an editorial titled, "Detroit's Remarkable Turnaround."

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And read the Sky story here.
 

Chinese buyers investing in Michigan's home market

Homes in coastal states have typically attracted the most overseas buyers, but Michigan's economic rebound is garnering global attention. Could foreign investment put even more of a kick into Michigan home prices?

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"More than half of the  $22 billion Chinese buyers spent  on U.S. homes during the 12 months ended in March was spent in California, Washington and New York, according to the National Association of Realtors...

But perhaps the most unexpected destination for Chinese real estate money to land in is Michigan.
Chinese buyers are keeping an eye on the revival of the auto industry and buying homes in manufacturing cities like Detroit, Saginaw and Flint, said Taylor. They're also purchasing homes in Ann Arbor and other college towns for their kids."

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Detroit Custom Coach outfits food trucks, vans, and limos with new interiors

Here's a company on a roll outfitting coaches with luxe new interior swag.

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"As the owner of  Detroit Custom Coach LLC, he knows a few things about building out food trucks. For the past four years, he's been fabricating custom food trucks — such as the newly finished  Eskimo Jacks  ice cream sandwich mobile — as well as turning limos and vans into rolling dens of luxury...

It's a good line of work that allowed Ramos to turn former competitors into clients. His first business was a shuttle service called  Night Moves Transportation. But when Ramos realized he could charge more to rent a party bus, he decided to build one...

Recently a client hired DCC to turn a van into a rolling humidor, complete with high-end TVs and sound system. And while that was a big job, the most extravagant vehicle in DCC's portfolio is a custom project for  Jim Beam.The bourbon distiller wanted the passenger shuttle running at its distillery in Clermont, Ky., to look like an old 1930s truck delivering barrels."

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Register soon for Michigan Shifting Gears career transition program

If you're looking to get back into the job market or change careers, this program may give you an in.

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"Michigan Shifting Gears, an intensive career transition initiative sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, kicks off its next three-month session on  Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  Registration for the  Fall 2014 session, taking place in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City is open now through  Friday, August 22.

The program is designed to help experienced professionals, returning veterans, stay-at-home parents and others facing a career crossroads fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits.  Launched in 2009 by Ann Arbor SPARK and Sensei Change Associates, Michigan Shifting Gears is a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals and other transitioning job seekers to learn how to put their talent and experience to work in "new economy" career opportunities."

Click here for more information and to register.
 

USA Today captures Michigan's natural and manmade beauty

Lighthouses, the Ambassador Bridge, The Henry Ford Museum, and fields of golden daisies are all captured at the height of the summer travel season in this lovely USA Today photo essay.

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New York Times Magazine comes for the ride at underground biker rally

Could Detroit host the next version of the eponymous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? Custom Harleys, BBQs, even a cowboy showed for a biker rally that's been powering up in Detroit every weekend.

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"Every Sunday for the past decade, people have been gathering in a sparse corner of East Detroit for an ad hoc bike rally and block party that has grown solely through word of mouth. The event grew out of jam sessions held in a small shed called John’s Carpet Shack that featured local blues and jazz musicians including Otis Williams, the last surviving member of the Temptations."

View the photo essay here.

Oakland University receives $500,000 gift of robotics equipment

The emerging field of robotics is a wave of the future for the Great Lakes State.

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"FANUC America Corporation recently presented Oakland with a gift-in-kind donation of robots, software and 2D iRVision equipment representing an industry value of $474,398. The gift promises to enhance the university's academic offerings and boost its impact on the regional economy...

The gift will support development of an Industrial Robotics and Automation program within OU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which will train engineers for high-demand jobs in the field. Many of those jobs are located in Metro Detroit as the area is home to world-class robotics and automation companies."

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