Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

Creator Neal Hoffman with Mensch on a Bench

The Man Behind The Mensch On Bench

Gerri Miller Jewish Journal of Great LA Seven years ago, Neal Hoffman was shopping with his family when his son asked him for an Elf on a Shelf. “No, we’re Jewish,” Hoffman reminded him. “We don’t celebrate Christmas.” He then joked, “You can have a Mensch on a Bench.”  It was his eureka moment. The former…

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Our favorite shopping picks for women, men, kids, the home and more.

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Burlap Born Again

New local boutiques, businesses and brands you may not know — but should.

Teresa Rogers loves coffee.

She also has a lot of respect for the Earth and all it provides, and feels it’s important to do her part (and help others) to give back and take care of the world.

Although the former electrologist had no training in design or sewing, the Royal Oak native and longtime Brighton resident dabbles in painting and photography, and has always harbored a passion for textiles.

“The richness of colors, the textures, along with the durability and ease of manipulation — you can twist it and fold it, layer it, whatever you want,” Rogers says. “It’s all very appealing to me.”

She also surrounds herself with creativity whenever possible. Case in point: Her husband, Mike, often reclaims barn wood, vintage hardware and other metal scraps and transforms them into bird feeders and houses under the name Deeder Lane Habitats; and her 13-year-old son, Dylan, says Rogers, “is an up-and-coming graffiti artist.”

In 2008, Rogers and a girlfriend were perusing a Ferndale street fair, where many of the vendors offered green and recycled pieces. It started her thinking.

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Summer Lovin’

Our favorite shopping picks for women, men, kids, the home and more. A juicy beach read that packs a bit more intelligentsia punch, THE INTERESTINGS ($27.95; Riverhead Books) by Meg Wolitzer (author of the Ten Year Nap and daughter of writer Hilma Wolitzer) details the connections and disconnections among a circle of friends, from their idealistic selves at a summer arts camp, through their successes, failures and later-life wisdom. Local bookstores.

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Daddy Dearest

Give Dad the gift of a perfectly tailored, custom fit: Linda Miller, local style consultant for J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier, will visit his home or office for a personal consultation. She will measure each client and get to know his style preferences (is he a cutaway collar, French round cuff, no pocket kind of guy?), resulting in a hand-constructed piece of luxury clothing crafted from fine Italian fabrics. Give a gift certificate for a custom shirt or jacket (like this NAVY DRILLINO SPORTCOAT, $425, and RED/NAVY LARGE CHECK SHIRT, $119), or choose from their vast assortment of ready-to-wear pieces (NAVY SILK DOT POCKET SQUARE, $49). J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier (248-229-1829;

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Our favorite shopping picks for women, men, kids,the home and more.

Add some serious shimmer to your holiday get-togethers with these glittering finds.

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From Hillel: Should Books Have a Future?

Recently, I saw on a Youtube video, a toddler trying to “change” (turn) the page of a book by touching the page over and over again with his finger. When the page would not turn, the child looked at his finger as if his finger was not working.  While the toddler was clearly familiar with…

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