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Choose a Most Delectable Gift at Birmingham’s Bateel

Choose a Most Delectable Gift at Birmingham’s Bateel

Choose a Most Delectable Gift at Birmingham’s Bateel
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“I feel like I am in the finest jewelry store when I visit Bateel,” says Rochester resident Carly Strand. “But the sparkling display case and glittering boxes are filled with dates and exclusive chocolates instead of rings and earrings,” she chuckles.

“I’m always uplifted from having gotten something unique and delicious, whether it’s a hostess or holiday gift – or a little treat for me – when I leave here,” she adds.


Bateel (the word means “the young offshoot of a date palm tree”) in Birmingham, which opened in May of 2017, is the first U.S.A. location of this luxury gift boutique that has stores in cities around the world, including London, Jakarta, and Dubai.

“Many of our customers here in Birmingham have seen our name outside of the United States,” says manager Nadia Hamoudi. “And also, many see our window of jeweled and metallic gift boxes and come in because they wonder, ‘What is going on in here?’.”

“I love our brand,” Nadia says, “because it is unique. We have a specific spin on chocolates, which is dates.”

The dazzling display cases are filled with impeccably arranged trays of dates of all kinds: stuffed, chocolate-dipped, rolled in crushed nuts.

The dates are grown naturally on Bateel’s farms in the Middle East and then meticulously processed with custom-made machinery that “polishes” each date.

“I’ve been to the factory in Dubai,” Nadia says. “It is amazing to watch how the dates are so carefully cared for and maintained.”

Nadia’s favorite item is the khalas date filled with caramelized macadamia nut.

“If I eat one, I will not be able to stop,” she laughs.

“I also love our half-moon biscuits,” she shares. “They are butter biscuits, filled with date paste, then dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate and then in chopped nuts or sesame seeds.”

“I’m always uplifted from having gotten something unique and delicious, whether it’s a hostess or holiday gift – or a little treat for me – when I leave here.”
Bateel also offers Origin chocolates, made from limited-quantity, single estate-produced cacao.

“The chocolate is richer, purer, and of the highest attainable quality,” Nadia explains, “and, like our dates, can be packaged in an assortment of types and quantity according to the customer’s desire.”

Maryam Abrahim of Northville is a frequent Bateel customer.

“I have family in New Jersey,” Maryam says, “and they are looking very forward to receiving this box of dates stuffed with candied orange peel and lemon peel that is being packed for me right now.”

In minutes, Nadia has gift-boxed and beautifully beribboned the selection of dates.

“One of my favorite events was a party we did for a couple this Christmas,” Nadia recalls. “We were so busy providing corporate gift boxes to clients, and we were still able to create gorgeous dessert trays that the hosting couple loved!”

“Dates are such a wonderful office treat, too, especially instead of something like donuts,” Nadia says.

“Even though dates have a high amount of natural sugar, they are actually low-glycemic. In small quantity, they do not raise blood sugar levels. And, if kept in the fridge, they last for six months!”

Bateel also offers date jams, marmalades, and mustards; Umbrian olive oil and date balsamic vinegars; caramelized and roasted nuts (though their products do not contain peanuts or walnuts); date sparkling beverages, imported teas, and Yemen coffees: all available for specially packaged gifting or individual purchase.

“So,” Nadia smiles, “we are not ‘that date store’ but are so excited to be a unique shop for the most exquisite of gifts that delight our customers all around the world.”

215 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI 48009








Royal Oak – February 20, 2019

Royal Oak – February 20, 2019

Mo-Mo-Motown and 70s Soul with Sheila Landis

Sheila Landis utilizes her falsetto to good advantage as her bandmates perform hits from the soulful legacy of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. A side-tour to Philadelphia in the early 1970s introduced what came to be known as “Philly Soul”, with its smooth pop favorites by tight-knit vocal groups such as The Delfonics, The Stylistics and The Spinners that still ring sweet and true. Come out for a free feel-good concert with Sheila at the Royal Oak Public Library on Saturday, February 23, from 3 to 4:30 pm.

Gong Karaoke After Hours

Sing, sing a song at The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Gong Karaoke After Hours. Here’s how it works: Singers put in slips to sing their favorite songs. Once the song has started, any audience member can donate $5 or more to gong a singer and make them stop.  Another audience member or the singer themselves can then match them to get their song back on.  This continues until the song is over or no one matches the amount needed to continue. The proceeds of all this hilarity will go to the Chamber Scholarship Fund. Enjoy gong karaoke, appetizers and a cash bar at Pronto! Restaurant on Tuesday, February 26, from 5 to 7 pm. For more information email Heather Zeller at

Oklahoma! Auditions

Celebrating its 75th year, Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of brilliant songwriters Rodgers & Hammerstein. This beloved play opens in the Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the century, when cowboys and farmers eked out a living on the Western frontier. When farm girl Laurey meets Curly, a handsome cowboy, sparks fly and a rocky road to romance begins. With lively dancing and buoyant melodies, Oklahoma! is a satisfying slice of Americana that’s fun to perform and sure to please. Stagecrafters will present Oklahoma! on May 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2019. Possible add-on: June 6. Auditions will be March 9. Audition information.

Learn the Many Uses of Fungi

Fungi are fascinating members of the natural world. To learn about the importance of fungi and the ways in which people are trying to harness their capabilities to solve some of our most difficult problems, including oil spills and climate change, join The Friends of Fungi Mycology Club at their next meeting. Come to the Royal Oak Senior Center on Wednesday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm for an open discussion facilitated by Mary Fredricks, Royal Oak Nature Society mycologist, and Karen Blenc, Mary’s trainee. There is no pre-registration or cost, and everyone is welcome.

Have a Voice in City Government

You can get involved in your hometown by volunteering to be a part of one of Royal Oak’s boards, committees or commissions. A list of the city’s boards and committees and a current list of vacancies are posted on the city’s website. There is currently one position open on the Parks, Recreation and Senior Citizens Advisory Board and there are two positions open on the Environmental Advisory Committee. If you are a Royal Oak resident and would like to apply to be on a board or committee, you can do so by filling out an application online or picking a paper application in the City Clerk’s Office. Learn more. Students are also encouraged to participate. The student application can be found at: Application for Student Representative on City Boards and Commissions

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor
Troy – February 20, 2019

Troy – February 20, 2019

City of Troy Launches Online Tool to Support Business Growth

Many business owners get frustrated looking for reliable market research and advice online. The City of Troy, as part of their mission to support business growth and new investment, has teamed with award-winning technology firm Localintel to launch the Troy Business & Investment Assistant.

This online tool provides businesses, entrepreneurs and investors with information and advice in an easy-to-use format, both in English and Spanish. The tool makes it easier for startups, investors and existing businesses to:

  • Research the city’s business climate, customers, competitors and workforce.
  • Find advice on how to start and grow a business.
  • Connect with resources and organizations that can help them succeed.

“This Assistant provides businesses with access to valuable information and highlights the essential concepts required to ask the right questions, use data effectively and make better business decisions,” said Glenn Lapin, Economic Development Specialist for the City of Troy. “This will be a valuable resource for our business community and will make Troy more attractive to outside companies.”

Localintel will update the data within the Assistant routinely so users can rely on accurate, current information.

“Data is this century’s most valuable resource and the Business & Investment Assistant is a great example of how Troy is harnessing it to strengthen the City’s economy and help the business community prosper,” said Dave Parsell, co-founder and CEO of Localintel.

Visit the Troy Business & Investment Assistant.

Michigan Crimes and Tragedies

In March, the Troy Public Library will present two authors discussing their books about dark chapters in Michigan.

Tom Carr – MI Bad: Robbers, Cutthroats & Thieves in Michigan’s Past & Present – Monday, March 11

The Great Lakes State has seen more than its share of sensational crimes in the last couple of centuries. MI Bad shines a searchlight on several of the most jaw-dropping capers and rogues. Train robberies, stage-coach holdups, posses, breakouts and shoot-em-ups. The darker pages of Michigan’s past spring to life in Tom Carr’s MI Bad: Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present.

Anna Clark – The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy – Tuesday, March 19

When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died, and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun. In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark’s The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it.

The events will take place at the Troy Community Center in rooms 304 and 305 from 7 to 9 pm. They are free, but registration is requested at or by calling 248.524.3534.

ID Theft: Practical Self-Defense

Frank R. Mitchell, CITRMS with Sigma Financial Corporation, will be speaking at the Wednesday, February 27, Troy Chamber of Commerce meeting about cybersecurity, identity theft and fraud. Mitchell will share real-life, personal stories about his experiences stealing information and cloning people’s identities as an ethical social engineer (identity thief). Attendees will learn the truth behind identity theft and practical self-defense concepts to help manage behavior that puts individuals at risk. The meeting will be 8 to 9:30 am in the Troy Chamber Training Room. The event is free, but registration is requested. Click to register.

A Free Cut: Black Michigan Barbers and Anti-Slavery Activism

Come hear Michelle S. Johnson, PhD tell the story of how black barbers mobilized to challenge the political, legal and social systems of slavery. She will discuss George De Baptiste of Detroit and Calvin Hackett of Marshall, both significant in what came to be called the Underground Railroad, and the role of black Michigan barbers and their history of resistance. The talk will be on Thursday, February 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Troy Public Library.

Three Trades: Chandler, Printer, Tinsmith

Homeschoolers can learn about traditional trades at the Historic Village on Tuesday, February 26 at 10 am. Students, ages 5-13 are invited to make a candle, print sayings of Ben Franklin, and learn about tin. The fee is $7, and $6 for THS members. Registration is required.


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Birmingham – February 20, 2019

Birmingham – February 20, 2019

Surviving the Social Jungle

The teen years can be challenging for both parents and teens. Katey McPherson is one of the co-authors of “Why Teens Fail,” which examines questions such as:

  • Why do some teens self-destruct?
  • Can we communicate a little differently?
  • Can we teach or encourage a little more?
  • When do we let them make mistakes and face the consequences and when do we jump in to their rescue?

McPherson will be the keynote speaker at a special two-conference learning day, which includes sessions on “Surviving the Social Jungle” and “A Teen’s World.” This conference includes parent, teen and professional tracks and will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, from 9 am to 4 pm. Surviving the Social Jungle will be 9 am to 12:20 pm. And, A Teen’s World will be 1 to 4 pm. Each session is $16 per participant, if registered by Feb. 25, or $20 at the door. For more information and to register, visit and For details on either program, call 248.757.0912 or email


Meet the New Superintendent

Birmingham Public Schools invites Birmingham Schools families to a reception to welcome new BPS Superintendent Mr. Mark Dziatczak. The reception will be at the BPS Education and Administration Center at 31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills, on Tuesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Light Refreshments will be served.

Do You Miss Jacobsons?

Are you ready for some Birmingham nostalgia? The Birmingham Museum and the Baldwin Public Library are co-sponsoring a spring lecture series “Birmingham: What Was and What Is” at the Baldwin Library. It kicks off on Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm with a talk titled “Jacobsons: THE Birmingham Department Store” given by author Bruce Kopytek. The series will continue April 11 with “Birmingham’s Neighborhoods and Their Stories” and on May 9 with “Downtown, Then and Now.” The talks are free, but registration on the library’s website is encouraged to ensure adequate seating.

The Birmingham Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 pm. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, children five and under are free.


Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Workshop

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts was approved by Congress in late 2017. Come out to the Birmingham Community House on Thursday, March 7 to learn about the most common and meaningful provisions of the act, the impact those provisions have on individuals, corporations and flow-through entities, and some potential planning opportunities. This Professional Edge Workshop will be from 8 to 9:30 am and includes a continental breakfast. Speakers include Vincent Gotko, Rachelle Mckerness and Stephanie McPherson, of Fenner, Melstrom & Dooling PLC in Birmingham. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. To register, please visit or call 248.644.1700.

Village Youth Theater Auditions

One of the most beloved characters of all time, Mary Poppins, will come to life on the Birmingham Village Players stage in Mary Poppins, Jr. June 20 to 23. Youngsters ages 8 to 18 can be part of the magic as Mary and Bert take Jane and Michael Banks on wondrous adventures and bring the Banks family together. Auditions are Saturday, March 23, the Playhouse of the Village Players. Click here for complete audition details.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor
Clawson – February 20, 2019

Clawson – February 20, 2019

Afternoon Movie

Come out for edge-of-your-seat excitement at the Senior Center’s Afternoon Movie on Thursday, February 21 at 12:45 pm. This month watch “Skyscraper” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell. This movie is about a security expert who must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family is trapped inside by criminals. As always, they’ll provide the pop and popcorn.

What is Clawson Makers Market?

Opening March 1, Clawson Makers Market will be a creative space in which people with shared interests, creativity and vision and can gather to shop, sell or make while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.

Shop – A place to browse and purchase art and wares from over 25 local makers year-round. Unique and creative shopping. Something for everyone.

Sell – Makers of all kinds can apply to sell their items in a retail environment without commissions. Meet clients, customize and personalize. Share.

Make – Feeling creative? Sign up to learn to make unique projects with local makers and artists using their equipment and supplies. You can also bring your ideas or art files for production.

If you have questions, call 248.855.8330 or email

Up For a Game of Euchre?

The Clawson/Troy Optimist Club and Junior Advisor Group invite you to play and to help raise money for the children’s charities they support. Come out to Shield’s Restaurant on Saturday, March 2 at 6 pm for Euchre with cash prizes, 50/50 raffles and basket raffles. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes pizza, salad and wings. There will be a cash bar. Register by February 27. To register or for more information, call or email Ellen Lawton at 248.981.3750 or or Karen Parker at 586.805.5580 or

Quarter Mania to Support the Class of 2019

Come for raffle fun Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at Clawson High School. Doors open at 6 pm to purchase paddles. Pizza, pop, water and baked goods will be available for purchase. The raffle/auction will begin at 7 pm. Lots of great vendor tables to shop. All are welcome. Contact Kimmi Carlesimo with questions at

Meet a Knitting Star

Learn from nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert Patty Lyons at The Yarn Stop University May 17-19. Lyons is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.” She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Her designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective, and Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty.”  On Friday, May 17, from 7 to 8:30 pm, there will be a Meet and Greet with Lyons. Admission is a $5 donation, which will go to support Knit Michigan, which creates chemo caps and other patient comfort items for cancer patients.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor