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Leap Year Day Events in Northville, Michigan - 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Leap year only occurs every four years. It is a year when we add one more day in the calendar to give us 366 days instead of 365. This extra day is added to the end of February on the 29th.

The History Behind Leap Year

Have you ever wondered what is behind the reasoning for this extra day? The history dates back many years. The sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete orbiting around the sun. The Roman calendar tried to adapt the extra .2422 by having a calendar that consisted of a 355 days and they added an extra 22-day month every two years to keep the calendars in sync with the earth and its seasons.

When Julius Caesar became emperor, he wanted to find a better way. It was his astronomer, Sosigenes that came up with the idea of adding an extra day every four years to February.

However, it was Pope Gregory XIII’s astronomers that decided to lose three days every 400 years to accommodate for the fact that the earth’s year is not exactly 365.25 days long. While this system will work, it might have to be rethought in 10,000 years. For now, it is the Gregorian calendar from 1582 that we still use which gives us this extra day every four years.

Now that we have covered the history about leap year, let’s talk about celebrating. When a day only exists once every four years, it is certainly a day to celebrate. There are few better places to enjoy a day like this than in Northville, Michigan. This is a town that knows how to have good time.  

Here are a few fun events going on this rare day!

Leap Year Celebrations in Northville, Michigan

Tipping Point Theatre - Girls Night Out

  • 361 E Cady St, Northville, MI 48167
  • 2/29/2016
  • 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Cost: $45.00 per person

Looking for a fun girls’ night out? Then, head on over to the Tipping Point Theatre. There will be comedy, The Old Couple (Female Version), appetizers from Rocky’s of Northville, dessert, and a meet and greet with the cast.

Appetizers include: Grilled Veggie Lavash Finger Sandwiches, Smoked Turkey & Ham Lavash Finger Sandwiches, Deviled Eggs, Brie Triangle Filo’s with Cherries & Almonds, Shrimp & Crab Cakes, Stuffed Mushrooms & Fruit Cheese Platter. 

Desserts include: Chocolate Mousse Tarts, Mini Carrot Cakes & Mini Cream Puffs.

The tickets are $45. Reserve your tickets today by calling Tipping Point’s box office at 248-347-0003.

Wok Asian Bistro of Northville

  • 144 Mary Alexander Ct, Northville, Mi, 48167

Where their motto is, “More than stir fry,” the Wok Asian Bistro wants to offer the best stir fry you have ever had. The chefs use fresh, locally grown vegetables, and natural organic chicken that have no MSGs. Have an allergy? They are able and willing to cater. Half of their sauces are straight from Asia as they want to create an authentic flavor that will leave you wanting more.

Leap Year Beer Dinner

  • 2/29/2016
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $50.00 per person

This is a first ever beer pairing dinner event at Wok Asian Bistro in Northville. They have teamed up with North Center Brewing Company for a special leap year beer pairing dinner. The cost is $50 a person and reservations are required. For more information, please call 248-719-7622.

Bonus: Wok Cooking Classes

  • Every Third Monday

Take your date or a night out with friends to the next level with cooking classes at Wok Asian Bistro. Asian Bistro offers cooking classes every third Monday for a one-of-a-kind cooking class experience. Cooking classes are $40 and will included copies of all the recipes tasting of all the dishes and are very interactive. Make sure to sign up quickly as classes are limited and fill up fast. To register online, please see Wok Cooking Classes or call 248-719-7622.

Take Away

Leap year takes place every four years when a day is added to our calendar in February. It is a special day and Northville, Michigan, has exciting events planned to help you celebrate from the Girls Night Out at the Tipping Point Theatre to the leap year beer pairing dinner at Wok Asian Bistro.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, happy leap day!


7 Practical Ways to Depersonalize a Home for Sale

by The Jamey Kramer Group

7 pratical ways to depersoanlize a home for sale

Are you preparing your home to go on the market this spring? While selling your home can feel daunting, following a few helpful tips can help you along the way. One tip that is often thrown around when preparing a home for the market is to depersonalize. While, that makes a lot of sense, we thought we would take a closer look to give you some practical ways to make that happen.

Why Depersonalizing is Important

When you put your home on the market, you need to stop seeing your home as your own, and begin to prepare the space for a new owner. This can be a difficult and emotional struggle. You have many amazing memories and experiences in your home. Imagining some other family living in your space might be difficult to do. However, it is a vital step to do when preparing your home for sale. You want to help all potential buyers that walk through your home to be able to imagine themselves living there.

Here are 7 practical ways to depersonalize your home:

1. Prepare Yourself Emotionally for the Journey to Sell

Instead of trying to just force yourself to depersonalize your space, give yourself some time to emotionally prepare. This can be done in many different ways, but recognizing the need to grieve is one of the first steps.

2. Take Photos of Your Space Before You Change Anything

One way to help you honor the space that you have called home for many years, is to take pictures of how you have the home decorated before you begin to prepare it to sell. Some families have a height chart where they documented the growth of their family over the years. This would be a great piece to take a photo of, or even take down and store if possible.

3. Say Goodbye

This might not be needed for all people, but for those with young children or for those that have lived in a home for many years, it can add some therapeutic benefits. In a home that was recently for sale was a note written by the owners’ child. It read, “I hope you love my room as much as I do.” It was located inside a built-in closet that they had made into a secret playroom. The little girl had written this note and signed her name with the next child in mind. What a powerful way to appreciate the space, let go, and say goodbye.

4. Take Down Photos

After you have taken all the interior photos, you can begin to simplify your home. One way is to take down photos. While they look amazing on your walls and they are incredibly special to you, they can distract the buyer.

5. Get Rid of Knickknacks

Another way you can depersonalize your home is by simplifying your wall art, statues, knickknacks, etc. While those deer antlers mounted over your fireplace are of course, an amazing prize and should be shown off, storing it away until you move will continue to help your buyers see the potential of the home for themselves and avoid offending a potential buyer.

6. Remove All from Your Refrigerator Door’s Exterior

Remove most, if not all items from your refrigerator door’s exterior. This will help to make the space look clean, but help to depersonalize it, too.

7. Clear Your Counters

While having your big KitchenAid mixer is a practical choice to have left on your kitchen countertops, trying to open the space as much as possible is helpful for potential buyers. Try to find places to store most, if not all items from your countertops.

Wrapping Up

Depersonalizing your home is a great way to help prepare your home to be put on the market. Following these 7 practical ways to depersonalize will help you emotionally and physically prepare for the change that is ahead.

Salvaged of Northville, Michigan in the Spotlight

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you a fan of HGTV shows like “Design on a Dime,” “Fixer Upper”, and “Salvage Dogs?” Have you wondered how to find those vintage one-of-a-kind pieces near your home? Then you’re in luck because Northville’s very own “Salvage” is the perfect place for you to visit if you are looking for a perfect statement piece for your home.

What makes these HGTV shows so popular is a growing trend of taking something that isn’t functional in its current state and repurposing the piece or refurbishing the piece to make it new. It’s recycling at is pure finest. The vintage pieces add character, history, and style to any living space. Using old barns and warehouses and items found by other people, an artist can turn something old and broken into a new stunning one of a kind piece. This takes talent and a keen eye for a beauty in the rough.

Salvaged of Northville, MIThat is exactly what the town of Northville has living inside its city limits – a store that gives others the opportunity to buy a repurposed, refinished vintage piece. Salvage, located in the heart of Northville, has that talent to take a vintage piece and turn it into a work of art. They do this through refinishing, painting, rebuilding, and a whole lot of creativity.

The owner of Salvage stated, “We always seem to find creative ways to breathe life into ‘experienced’ pieces with stories to tell…all while keeping with today’s design trends.”

While each piece is a one of a kind, when you walk into Salvage, you can typically see old barn doors, vintage chandeliers, painted furniture, windows, and frames all with their own unique feel of charm.

They have a mixture of style in their store ranging from vintage farmhouse to urban industrial. There is sure to be a statement piece there for your style and home.

The best part is that they don’t keep all that creative talent to themselves. They offer classes to the public that can help teach you how to paint. The classes range from beginner to advance and last about 2 hours. All the supplies are included into the fee for the class.

In fact, on Tuesday, February 16, they are offering a framed chalkboard make and take class. The class will run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and will take place right at their store at 133 W. Main Suite 200. In this class, you will learn how to use their line of chalk/clay paints to create unique chalkboards. This is a fun opportunity to do with friends or make it a fun date with your spouse. These pieces are great additions for weddings, showers, birthday gifts, or just great decor for your home. The class is $75 and you can call to sign up at 248-773-7075.

If that date doesn’t work for you, don’t worry as more classes will be offered. Salvage is offering a “Paint a small piece of your own workshop” scheduled for February 27 from 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Check out their amazing work here at their site at Salvaged of Northville and find a time to sneak away to view their great work in person.


9 Moving Tips You Will Thank Yourself for Doing

by The Jamey Kramer Group

9 Moving Tips You Will Thank Yourself for Doing

Moving can be a stressful experience. Whether you have a family or are moving alone, the time and energy it takes can feel exhausting. Any steps that you can do to help the process will go a long way. In fact, there are a lot of different ways to help the process so it doesn’t have to be so stressful.

Here are 9 of favorite tried and true tips for moving that you will thank yourself for doing.

  1. Purge

When it comes to moving, the less you have to pack up, the easier the unpacking will be. Donate, sell, recycle, or shred all items you don’t use, don’t need, or just don’t want. This might be the most important tip. While this may feel overwhelming to try to do before you move, you will definitely be thanking yourself later for making this first step a priority.

  1. Use Plastic Bins

Using moving boxes are by far the cheapest way pack up most of your items, but if you have some plastic bins lying around your home, or find some great sales at the store, you will be thankful you used them later on. Using clear plastic bins help to expose what craziness is happening inside the box. Use these bins for the items that you plan to unpack right away. Having the bins will help your items stand out from the other boxes. You might want to include items like paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, towels, etc.

  1. Pack an Overnight Bag Containing All the Essentials

No matter how organized you might be, it can still be difficult to find all the little things you need for your first night in your new house. The day of moving can be long and tiring, so having a bag of your essentials for the first night will be helpful. This can include your toiletries, shower liners and rods, sheets, a set of clothes, and plates for dinner.

  1. Breakables

There is no need to spend lots of money on bubble wrap. Use recycled paper, clothes, and towels as free options to wrap your breakables. Even clean socks are great options for your glasses.  

  1. Label Boxes

When you label your boxes, it is great to label what’s inside. To make the process go smoother, make sure to add the room you want that box to go into. Another option is to use a different colored duct tape on each box to communicate what room you desire for it to go to.

  1. Saran Wrap

Using Saran wrap is a great tip when moving your dresser. Instead of taking out all of your clothes out of your drawers, just wrap your clothes and move the whole drawer. Another way you can use Saran wrap is to take the top of your toiletries, wrap the bottle, and then seal the top back on. This helps to keep your items from breaking and leaking all over the place. In addition, you can use Saran wrap to protect your furniture from getting scratched.

  1. Use Baggies

When you move your furniture, you might have to break down a few pieces. One great option to keep from losing the screws and bolts is by placing them in a baggie, and label it with the piece so you will know exactly they belong to.

  1. Take Photos

Take a photo of your electronics before you disassemble them so that you can remember how they were connected.  

  1. Be Ready

Whether you are getting help from friends or if you are planning to getting movers, make sure you have finished packing once they arrive. This will help the process go faster.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to moving, it’s hard to fully prepare yourself. Doing these 9 simple, tried, and true tips will help you in the process. When you are all moved in and are trying to put your son’s crib together, you will be thanking yourself for having placed those screws in clear labeled baggie. Or, when you want to remember how you set up your computer system, you can check back to your photos for a fast set up. These steps will help your move go smoother and have you enjoying your new home faster.


Best Romantic Places to Eat and Valentine’s Day Events in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Valentine's Day Events in Novi, Michigan

Happy February! The month of love is upon us with Valentine’s Day just a short two weeks away. The great part about Novi is that no matter what your love status is, this city has something for you to do on this holiday.

Whether you are looking for a place to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, to have a special evening out with your daughter, or hang out with a group of friends, we have all the information for you. All you need to do is to decide what sounds good to you and to make sure you do not delay making your reservations.

For the Romantic

Do you want to make your loved one feel special this Valentine’s Day? Are you having a hard time deciding where to go and are not sure what restaurant is best? Using a site like is a great resource to use. You can check out a restaurant you are interested in and read the reviews of those that have gone there before to learn about their experiences.

According to Yelp, the top 4 best places to spend a romantic dinner out in Novi are:

  1. Toasted Oak Grill and Market
  2. Novi Chophouse
  3. Bonefish Grill
  4. Shiro Restaurant

For The Family Man

Daddy/Daughter Dance – An Evening in Paris

  • Friday February 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday February 6, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 10 Mile Road
  • Novi, Mi 48375
  • 248 – 347-0460

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then by spending an evening out with your daughter? This Friday and Saturday, The City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host the annual Daddy/Daughter Dance, giving you a great chance to spend quality time with your daughter.  

The night’s theme is “An Evening in Paris”, and dads or a significant male in a child’s life will get the chance to dress in their finest, have a blast dancing to music through the decades, and enjoy a great spread of desserts. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy dipping a number of different items into a chocolate fountain or a refreshing snow- cone. Make sure to stay until the end as all guests will be able to experience hundreds of balloons falling from the ceiling.

Registration is still open, but be aware that walk-ins are not accepted. The cost is $19 per person. Grab your favorite other dads, and make for a great night out with your daughters. Corsages and keepsake charms will be available for purchase at $8.00 a piece.  Each couple will get a free photo and the opportunity to buy more photos.

With three different times to choose from, you will be sure to find one that fits your schedule.

For registration information, please see: Daddy-Daughter Dance

For Those Looking for a Great Time With Friends

Honey, Won’t You Be My Valentine? – Luncheon

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Age: 55+
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
  • Novi, Michigan 48375
  • 248-347-0414

Maple Manor Rehabilitation is sponsoring this buzzing event. With musical entertainment and a great opportunity to gather with friends to experience a “Beehive” of activities for an afternoon of entertainment and sweet treats, you will be sure to have a bee-tastic blast.

Ticket prices are $7.00 for residents and $8.50 for non residents. For more information, please see the City of Novi's website or call 248-347-0414.

Take Away

There are a number of ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Novi, Michigan from top rated romantic restaurants and a Daddy/Daughter Dance to a special Valentine’s luncheon. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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