Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy Owner Judy Frankel has earned a reputation locally and nationally for offering an eclectic mix of antiques and quality service at a fair price. Specializing in French, Belgian and English antiques, Frankel understands her clientele and caters to their needs, as both antiques dealer and designer.

The Troy-based gallery will unveil the new Bespoke Collection, Frankel's own line of European handcrafted, custom furniture inspired by both mid-century and the art deco movement. The classic pieces are at once timeless and modern.

She began designing as a way to fill the need for transitional pieces she could not find in the antique world. Her pieces are so authentic 1930's, the Bespoke Collection has caught the eye of Hollywood filmmakers. The quality, workmanship and design reflects Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy reputation of top-notch.

In the burgeoning film business across Michigan, the Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy rented out more than 200 of its pieces for use in such movies as Clint Eastwood's much-heralded Gran Torino and Wes Craven's upcoming, anticipated sequel, Scream 4, including pieces from the Bespoke Collection has been among them.

From set decorators to designers, photographers to individuals seeking that special item for their home or office, Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy caters to a diverse clientele. The gallery kicked off 2011 with a fresh look. Frankel has expanded the already vast space to fill a total of 9,000 square feet with her carefully curated selection of fine European antiques.

The new space includes new architectural elements, flooring and an expanded selection of antiques from which designers, collectors ­- and yes, film set decorators - can choose.

"I could not be happier with the results," said Frankel, who travels extensively to personally select the items she carries at Antiques Centre of Troy. "Our future shipments will be larger and reflect the many trends in design that clients desire. We believe there is no gallery comparable to ours in Michigan and, perhaps, in the Midwest."
 A new wave of job market improvements is shaping a fresh set of career opportunities for technology professionals – every major metropolitan market has more opportunities this year than last, as measured by the number of jobs posted on Dice.

While Silicon Valley or New York may hold an irresistible allure for some, technology professionals can find interesting opportunities in cities as diverse as Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh, or Cincinnati. Here is the list of fastest growing metropolitan areas for technology jobs:

    * Detroit tops the list with more than 800 available tech positions on any given day – that's double the number posted last year. Let's extend those two minutes of Detroit super bowl advertising goodness, by highlighting that technology professionals make on average $71,445 per year in the Motor City, up two percent from a year ago.

    * Ohio has state bragging rights with three cities on the list, Cincinnati (#2), Cleveland (#3) and Columbus (#4). Technology professionals can find opportunities with financial services companies, retailers, manufactures and retailers in the region.

    * Job openings in Seattle are up 54 percent year/year to more than 2,200 which makes it the fastest growing large market on the list. That demand is translating into slightly more pay as Seattle-based technology professionals earn on average $86,168 per year, an increase of two percent from last year.

    * Pittsburgh technology professionals can expect to take home more than $65,000 a year with job opportunities in the area up 45 percent year/year. Technology and engineering professionals can find opportunities in specialty metals, healthcare and financial services.

    * Two Florida cities make the list, with Miami at number seven (job postings at 533, up 43% yr/yr) and Jacksonville at number eight (job postings at 380, up 41% yr/yr). Technology professionals in these cities can expect to make at least $68,000 per year – and those in defense with security clearance much more.

    * Job opportunities in Chicago (#9) and Silicon Valley (#10) are up 40 percent year/year – with more than 3,200 and nearly 4,800 jobs posted respectively. For these two major markets to be growing this fast a year into the recovery, only bodes well for new career opportunities and increasing wages.

With demand improving in more metropolitan areas, the recovery starts to cement for technology professionals across the country. The task for tech talent is to take advantage of the new opportunities.

Enjoy this month's issue of The Dice Report.

Source:
Tom Silver
SVP, North America
The Dice Report

MSU Set To Play CMU at Comerica Park in April

Jeremy Warnemuende
The State News

The MSU and Central Michigan baseball teams will renew their in-state rivalry this spring by playing the first ever college baseball game at Detroit’s Comerica Park on April 20, CMU said in a press release Monday.

A press conference officially announcing the game with representatives from both schools will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tiger Club at Comerica Park.

Located in downtown Detroit, Comerica Park replaced Tiger Stadium in 2000. Along with housing MLB’s Detroit Tigers, the ballpark has hosted concerts featuring acts such as Dave Matthews Band, the Rolling Stones and, most recently, Eminem and Jay-Z last summer.

The Chippewas possess a 62-46 lead in the all-time series, however, the Spartans won two of three games between the two last season on the way to a 10-2 record against in-state opponents.

MSU finished last season with a 34-19 overall record, including an 11-13 mark in Big Ten play. Meanwhile, CMU amassed a 36-22 overall record and won the Mid-American Conference championship by finishing 20-7 in the conference.



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