Michigan Entrepreneuer Creates One-Stop Beauty and Concierge Destination

Upscale Hair Salon with Concierge Service to Open in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, MICH. – Sway’d, an overall beauty experience provider, will create an elevated and unprecedented beauty and lifestyle experience when it hosts its Grand Opening Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The multi-functional salon features traditional services, but has partnered with Birmingham Concierge to offer clients personal assistance with everything from shopping for clothes and groceries to planning a night on the town or a trip out of town.

Grand opening attendees will be able to receive complimentary treatments. Mimosas and manicures will be offered from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., martinis and massages will be from 1-4 p.m. and margaritas and make-overs will be from 4-7 p.m.

Sway’d caters to men and women of all hair types and hair lengths – from coiffed crops to copious long-layered tresses – and will offer blowouts, hair health advantages and technologies from professional industry brands. It features a secluded shampoo room, with equipment geared toward saving gallons of water a day. The open-plan color bar will allow clients to witness the alchemy of color formulations to intrigue and inspire experimentation with their natural color. It also boasts experts on hair health and uses the latest equipment, geared toward saving gallons of water a day.
For the busy, professional, the Sway’d concierge center provides access to a printer, fax machine and copier as well as complimentary WiFi, creating a mobile office for those squeezing in beauty procedures between meetings.

“I anticipate Sway’d being more than a place to get your hair and nails done,” says Dez Santiago, founder of Sway’d. “I see it being an all-inclusive beauty and grooming destination and also a spot where people come to hang out, have fun and network.”

Along with the media center for Birmingham’s busiest employees and visitors, the salon, will showcase several other unique offerings. The Therapy Den offers massage therapy, spa manicure and pedicure alcoves, and ancillary beauty services such as eyebrow shaping, eyelash extensions, scalp massages and vaporized biotin scalp treatments.

Sway’d has also “gone green” and will use low-impact hair dryers that produce half the emissions of traditional models, recycling of hair clippings and acetone-free nail polish remover. All transactions, including appointment bookings and payments will be paperless. Additionally, the Retail Station will stock a variety of products for sale, including all-natural Biotin-based vitamins and tropical products that promote healthier hair and hair growth.

Sway’d stylists will present individualized attention to cutting and styling, coloring, extension installation and removal and specialized hair spa treatments, including Biotin hair injections aligned with the practices of certified specialist Dr. Grace Patterson, founding partner of Business Hair Solutions LLC.

The multi-concept space is nestled in the affluent and charming setting of downtown Birmingham at 600 North Old Woodward, Suite 101. For more information, please visit www.swaydstyle.com or call 248.688.1136.

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Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) Wraps Up With Tashmoo Biergarten

Detroit, Mich. – The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department launched “Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS)” in June and has hosted an array of activities on the third Saturday of each month this summer.  The final BLISS day, Sept. 21, the Conservancy will close out the season with the Tashmoo Biergarten experience from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. in addition to regular BLISS programming.

BLISS attendees will be able to: help clean up the forest area, attend a free yoga class, rent kayaks, ride horses and ponies, sample food from food trucks, and take part in the Tashmoo Biergarten.  The “pop-up party” features communal seating, music, food, beer, and games. Tashmoo will feature a variety of Michigan beers – all session brews, which are traditionally around 4-percent alcohol by volume.  Food vendors will include the People’s Pierogi Collective and others. The family-friendly event also includes games for patrons – from Cornhole to Candy Land.

The Belle Isle Conservancy created BLISS both to provide expanded programming in the park and to showcase existing destinations and activities that are open on Saturdays. For example the Belle Isle Aquarium is open from 10am to 3pm and the Nature Zoo, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, and Dossin Museum are all open from 10am until 5pm on Saturdays.

“We are so happy to have been able to launch this program,” said Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy.  “It shows the true potential of the park.  We’ve received many comments over the years requesting the park’s activities be brought back.  BLISS is a demonstration of hopefully what the future holds.  BLISS serviced hundreds since June and we hope to build and grow the program.”

Belle Isle Summer Saturdays is made possible by the generous support of The GM Foundation and Kresge Foundation.  Additional partners include:  Project for Public Spaces, D: Hive, Detroit River Sports, Detroit Bus Company, Buffy’s Mexi-casian Grill, Arts & Scraps, WDET, Inspiration Yoga, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Beer can only be ordered with tickets purchased at the door, but food can be purchased with cash.  As always, Tashmoo Biergarten is a family-friendly event. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and dogs are not allowed. Attendees should visit the information tent, located at the Belle Isle Aquarium, for brochures, maps, and full details.  BLISS hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (See www.belleisleconservancy.org/bliss).

About the Belle Isle Conservancy

The mission of the Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC) is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever. For more information about BIC, visit: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org.

 

 

Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) Kicks Off and Offers Fun for All

Detroit, Mich. – The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department, is launching a new program — Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) — to bring new energy to one of Metro Detroit’s most popular parks. BLISS will take place on July 20, August 17 and September 21 (third Saturday of the month during the summer).

In addition to enjoying all that Belle Isle already offers on Saturdays, visitors will have opportunities to attend yoga classes, get tours of the island, rent kayaks and bikes, purchase food from food trucks, adopt rescued dogs, and much more. All programming is being undertaken in partnership with Detroit area non-profits, small businesses, corporations, community groups and individuals.

Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy states, “BLISS is a great opportunity for Metro-Detroit residents to experience this beautiful landmark and really enjoy Belle Isle.  Many activities like these take place in other parks across the country and we’re happy to be able to create this experience for Detroiters.”

The Belle Isle Summer Series is made possible by the generous support of The GM Foundation and Kresge Foundation.  Additional partners include: Project for Public Spaces, D: Hive, Detroit River Sports, Detroit Bus Company, Detroit Dog Rescue, Arts & Scraps, WDET, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

About the Belle Isle Conservancy

The mission of the Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC) is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever. For more information about BIC, visit: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org.

FOUNTAIN BISTRO HOSTS TIGERS OPENING DAY CELEBRATION

Detroit, Mich. – -—The Fountain Bistro is hosting its Annual Opening Day Party in The Park on Friday, April 5 starting at 7 a.m.  The party will feature live music, an outdoor bar, outdoor grill, and television sets.

The Fountain Bistro Opening Day Party will take place next to the Fountain at Campus Martius Park. There is no cover charge to get into the event. Tickets are for sale for the VIP area, which will have reserved tables, front row seats for the entertainment, and propane heaters. VIP tickets are only $20 for a two-seat table or 420 for a four seat table reserved from 11:30 am until late. Tickets are available on the Fountain Bistro website,  http://www.fountainbistro.com/openingday.

Fountain Bistro owners John Lambrecht, Jr. and Matthew and Kevin Morin are huge fans of the Tigers and celebrate Opening Day every year. Hosting a party in the Park fulfills the vision they had when opening the Bistro in 2010.

“Opening Day is one of the three or four days of the year where people from all over the city and metro area come out in droves and have a great time,” Morin said. “I compare it to the Thanksgiving Parade or St. Patrick’s Day. We are thrilled to host the second annual Opening Day event in this unique venue and expect this year’s event to bring even more energy to the area.”

Bob Gregory, President of Detroit 300Conservancy, the non-profit that manages Campus Martius Park, said “Opening Day is a truly special day in Detroit. We are really excited to have Opening Day crowds in the park.”

Fountain Bistro is located on Woodward Avenue in Campus Martius Park. The Bistro features French-American cuisine served in a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere that includes outdoor seating next to the Woodward Fountain. It offers a full menu including liquor, beer, and wine. Entrée prices are moderate ranging from $15 to $30. For carryout orders, call (313) 237-7778 or order online at www.fountainbistro.com. Find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/fountainbistro.

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The Michigan Diversity Council Hosts Workplace Diversity Workshop

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Michigan Diversity Council (MIDC) will kick-off their 2013 programming with an interactive workshop that investigates why most diversity initiatives don’t last (determining a sustainable vs. non-sustainable initiative) and what key measures matter. The event, titled “Using Metrics to Assess and Address Workforce Diversity”, will be held on Feb. 22 from 9-11 a.m. at Wayne State University-Oakland Center.

The event presenter, Skot Welch, is founder/managing partner of Global Bridge Builders.  Welch has worked in diversity management for nearly 20 years and is sought after for his extensive knowledge of organizational diversity.  Welch has served as Managing Partner for Diversity Management Systems (DMS) where the focus was on the assessment, development and implementation of measurable diversity initiatives.  Skot served as Vice President of Business Development and Benchmarking Services for Diversity Inc Magazine, where he was responsible for new industry development and diversity best practices benchmarking analysis of the Fortune 500.

“Skot Welch’s knowledge of metrics to measure diversity aligns with MIDC’s 2013 goals of continuing to retain diverse talent in the State of Michigan. We look forward to partnering with Welch and other influencers across the country for this year’s events,” stated Lora Vinande, president of the MIDC.

The event will be held at the Wayne State University – Oakland Center, 33737 West Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan in Room 412. To register for this event, visit www.michigandiversitycouncil.org. The cost for non-members is $25.00 and is complimentary to members of the organization.

About The Michigan Diversity Council:

Michigan is among the first states in the country to form a state affiliate of the National Diversity Council (NDC). Launched in April 2009, the organization has continued to advance Michigan workplace diversity initiatives by providing learning opportunities through programming, discussions and practices of leading companies and other business professionals.

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