DBusiness Daily Update: Michigan’s First Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Boutique Opens at Troy’s Somerset Collection, and More

The first Chanel Fragrance & Beauty boutique in Michigan has opened at the Somerset Collection in Troy. // Courtesy of Chanel

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Michigan’s first Chanel perfume and beauty boutique opens at Troy’s Somerset Collection

Michigan’s first Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique opened at Somerset Collection North Level 1 in Troy.

The new 1,260 square foot Chanel store offers perfume, makeup and skincare products with professional advice. Visitors can book a private shopping experience in the boutique before or after normal opening hours and virtual Chanel Beauty Advisor consultations are available for makeup and skincare advice or inspiration during a face-to-face conversation.

Maison Chanel, an international company dedicated to luxury, fashion, style and image, was founded in France by Gabrielle Chanel at the beginning of the last century.

Ionetix in Lansing Partners with CIRA to Bring N-13 Ammonia to South Florida

Ionetix, a Lansing-based cyclotron technology and isotope manufacturing company, has obtained FDA approval to manufacture N-13 ammonia at its Miami site to support CIRA (Center for Imaging and Research of America).

CIRA has been the leading independent imaging center serving the greater Florida market area for nearly 20 years, providing state-of-the-art diagnostics to the community. CIRA will use ammonia N-13 manufactured by Ionetics to perform cardiac PET imaging. Cardiac PET is used to diagnose and stratify risk in patients with coronary artery disease.

“The top 16 universities in the United States offer cardiac PET/CT services using N-13 ammonia, and we are proud to be the first to bring this capability to patients in South Florida. says CIRA CEO Rick Rippin. “In my opinion, N-13 is the gold standard for cardiac PET and offers significant advantages over other tracers by improving image quality, improving quantification of myocardial blood flow, and enabling the ability to treadmill stress.”

Kevin Cameron, CEO of Ionetixs, said, “CIRA is our seventh FDA-approved site, with several more sites on the way. At Ionetixs, we are passionate about bringing our unique solution for N-13 Ammonia as a Service to hospitals and outpatient practices across the United States.

For more information, visit ionetix.com.

The Kiefer Foundation teams up with Cambridge Mobile Telematics Partners to fight distracted driving

The Kiefer Foundation in Detroit and Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), one of the world’s largest telematics service providers, announced today that they have partnered to tackle distracted driving as part of the tournament the foundation’s annual “Swing for Safe Driving” golf course.

CMT will be the title sponsor of the event, which will take place at the historic Oakland Hills Club in Bloomfield Hills on May 23.

The Kiefer Foundation was founded in honor of Mitchel Kiefer, a hockey player on the 2016 state championship Detroit Catholic Central hockey team and an avid disc golfer, who he simply referred to as “golf.” He called regular golf “ball golf”, hence the name of the “Swing for Safe Driving” memorial ball golf tournament.

The event is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. It also raises funds to support the foundation’s mission to end distracted driving through its three pillars: awareness, technology and policy. This includes advocating for vital hands-free legislation across the country, like the recent bill passed by the Michigan State Legislature.

Professional golfer and CMT brand ambassador Kamaiu Johnson will also join the event to raise awareness about distraction. Johnson recently won the Advocates Professional Golf Association leg at TPC Las Vegas for the second year in a row.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Cambridge Mobile Telematics as our partner in the fight against distracted driving,” said Steve Kiefer, President of the Kiefer Foundation. “Their support of the Swing for Safe Driving Golf Tournament will allow the Kiefer Foundation and our partners to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

“Statistics show that 10 people are killed every day by distracted drivers in the United States – some estimates range as high as 50 people killed every day. This is senseless, selfish behavior that needs to change. Drivers need to take responsibility personal when driving and simply driving.

Macomb Community College Offers Hybrid Automated Systems Training Programs

Macomb Community College has launched short-term Hybrid Automated Systems training programs, allowing students to learn the basic skills required for certain skilled trades remotely.

The college’s new hybrid programs include Robot Programmer, Robot Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, and Controls Technician. They combine hands-on training with distance learning to incorporate the power of new teaching technologies, including virtual and augmented reality.

Students should benefit from the opportunity to explore the fundamentals they are learning in a controlled environment, allowing them to test theory in a computer-generated environment before encountering these processes in hands-on training. Virtual reality allows students to immerse themselves in a simulated environment and interact with their environment. Using augmented reality, students can manipulate a computer-generated image superimposed on the user’s real-world view.

Macomb’s Advanced Technology faculty has worked in partnership with iDesign, an online course developer, to ensure the curriculum reflects the specific needs of local employers. The 13 courses developed incorporate nine core skills identified by employers as essential, including digital media literacy, entrepreneurship and globalization. Each hybrid course uses state-of-the-art synchronous teaching methods and professional production paired with interactive video content featuring Macomb instructors.

“iDesign helped us develop courses that met the demands of local employers and ensured the methodology was aligned with the new hybrid environment,” says Patrick Rouse, Director of Workforce Development and continuing education at MCC. “While COVID-19 accelerated our virtual and augmented interactive training content development process, its creation was based on our longer-term goals of flexible and adaptive course delivery that would benefit the student well beyond of the pandemic.”

Towers went up for SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort

SkyBridge Michigan, a 1,200-foot-long suspension bridge being built at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, hit a major construction milestone last week with the rise of its wooden towers.

The towers are each over 50 feet high and nearly 70 feet long anchoring both ends of the bridge. Their design is a nod to northern Michigan’s lumbering heritage, with wood sourced from nearby Matelski Lumber.

Located on the ridge between McLouth and Disciple’s Ridge, SkyBridge Michigan is set to become the longest wooden tower suspension bridge in the world. The walking surface will be suspended 118 feet from ground level and will provide panoramic views of the surrounding Boyne Valley. The bridge is scheduled to open in September and will be open year-round.

To learn more or see a live webcam of the construction, visit boynemountain.com.

Michigan begins search for its official Christmas tree

Today, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) officially launches the search for the tree that will grace the Capitol grounds for the 2022 holiday season. Each year, DTMB is tasked with the state Christmas tree search and harvest and again asks for the public’s help in locating the perfect tree.

“It’s a great opportunity for the people of Michigan to look around as they explore our pleasant peninsulas this summer,” said Michelle Lange, acting director of DTMB. “Our DTMB team works hard each year to select the tree that will best represent Michigan at the State Capitol during the holiday season.”

To be considered, trees must meet the following criteria:

  • Spruce or fir.
  • At least 60 feet tall with a maximum crown of 24 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches.
  • Easy access to the road, without interference from wires.
  • Available free of charge.

DTMB is working with the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. Over the past 35 years, the trees have come from places across the state — from backyards to public lands near highways and forests. Last year’s 63-foot spruce was donated by Carla Fletcher and her family from Marenisco in the western Upper Peninsula.

The deadline for tree nominations is Monday, August 15. Those interested in nominating a tree are asked to email their name, phone number, photo of the tree, and information about its size and location to ChristmasTree@michigan.gov or by mail to : Christmas Tree Search, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Building Operations Division, PO Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909.

Donovan B. Sanford