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To the Editor:

I am pleased to take this opportunity to formally introduce to the Grosse Pointe News, the Business and Retail Associates of Grosse Pointe Woods (BARA of GPW).

Many of our members advertise in the Grosse Pointe News, and as a group, we look to the paper as a significant source of information in the community.

As a founding member and current president of the association, I would like to share with you just how pleased and enthusiastic our members are to be involved, united and committed to the community of Grosse Pointe Woods. We would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the entire Grosse Pointe community for the tremendous support they show to the many retail stores and businesses along Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The executive committee officers for the BARA of GPW are Lisa Rennell, president, Rennell & Company Creative Gift Design; David Wagensomer, vice president, Edwin Paul Spa; Michael Rennell, treasurer, Rennell & Company Creative Gift Design; and Charles Raffoul, secretary, Chicken Shack.

In five short months our association has grown tremendously and is proud to have over 50 members. We look forward to working hard to improve and enhance the business district in the city of Grosse Pointe Woods. We also look forward to helping create an environment that will welcome into Grosse Pointe Woods more interesting and useful business, professional and retail establishments. To be able to shop, conduct business and seek professional services in an interesting and pleasant environment, so close to home, is a wonderful plus for any community. This is what our members are so proud to offer to our various patrons, patients and clients.

We would like to remind all Grosse Pointe Woods business owners of two important meetings that will take place at the city offices: The Water Main Replacement Project to be held Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m.; and the Revision of the Grosse Pointe Woods Sign Ordinance to be held Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. City administrators and various committees are working hard on these issues.

As business owners, it is important that we attend these meetings. We can assist with this process by being involved and helping the city to understand the impact that their decisions will have on businesses. It is beneficial for them to know what would be helpful to us and to our customers in the community. This is the time to be involved. By sharing your suggestions, in these early-planning meetings, you can have a positive effect on these two important issues.

If you own a business in Grosse Pointe Woods and are interested in joining the BARA of GPW, or would like more information about our association, please contact me at (313) 886-2352.

BARA of GPW is a hardworking and committed group of business owners. We love what we do and appreciate having the opportunity to serve such a wonderful community.

We look forward to a brighter future and an improved business district in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Lisa N. Rennell

President

Business and Retail Associates of Grosse Pointe Woods

Lisa N. Rennell
June 06, 2002

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