The phones are ringing off the hook and as we answer "Good Morning or
Good Afternoon - Livernois Davison Florist, may we help you?" The orders
start coming in for Secretary's Day, Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day,
Sweetest Day, Valentine's Day, Yom Kipper, Rosh Hashanah, Passover, etc.
Whatever the holiday may be we are asked to use our appropriate judgment
to fill the order, write the appropriate greeting card, correct address, deliver on
schedule and we keep in mind the customer is always right - right or wrong!
Going back in time a bit may I tell you I am the Jewish proud mother of
Marcy Feldman, co-owner of Livernois-Davison
and mother-in-law of her partner husband and
lover Stuart whose proud mother is Sylvia.
Stuart and Marcy manage the business
with such competence always a smile
when he isn't screaming with his loving
wife by his side. If you call this
"Kvelling" then so be it - you all
know what "Kvelling" means -
proud and bragging!
I'll never receive an award for jour-
nalism - so all I can do is tell it like it is.
A couple years back Sylvia and
myself were asked to help out for
Secretary's week and Mother's Day. These
are the two busiest times of the year. We
accommodated. Sylvia worked the floor and I han-
dled the phone. I use the term loosely because I was not asked back for a
return employment, however Sylvia was. Did I get fired (not sure)? Believe
me, we're carefully monitored and supervised by the two owners Marcy and
Stuart and they know who their best workers were and we were just regulars.
Let's go back 80 years when the business originated by Stuart's Grandfather
,Feldman and eventually inherited by Stuart's father and Opal Feldman and
4.Aunt Blanche and Joe Haas and now our children Marcy and Stuart. The
business is one big happy family including the employees and designers who
play a very important role and they are treated very well, I might add.
It's one-on-one basis with Marcy and Stuart remembering all the customers
by names. Many of them remember Stuart when he was a mere boy. Marcy
came into the business with no knowledge of flowers whatsoever. She was so
determined to become a success with many trials and tribulations in the begin-
ning and many nights came home despondent thinking she'd never learn and
at that time problems with help, etc. Gradually she persevered and learned
every flower by its name and it wasn't long before Stuart was saying "What
did I do before Marcy, my loving wife was in the store?" She handles all the
funerals and handles the situation with such ease and tender loving care and
warmth. She is mesmerizing as she speaks to the bereaved and their families.
Tears well up in my eyes as I observed - in hers too as she saw dollar signs!
The Feldman customers of yesteryears are all as faithful as ever and are still
devoted to Livernois Davison. The personal service extended by Marcy and
Stuart towards the black community is so touching and tender and when you
see those customers with that satisfied look as they leave the store it makes me
proud to be a part of this family. Marcy was actually in her own business
before joining Stuart. She knew absolutely nothing. She came in, caught on,
rearranged the store, hired and fired and went forward helping to make this
business flourish! Not only are they loved in the Jewish Community, but also
in the black community as well. I salute our two dearest children, Marcy and
Stuart and our beautiful grandchildren Eric and Kelly who have made and
enriched our lives by just being who they are! They are partners and have a
very successful mortgage business named Pathway Financial and are
presently considering expanding.
My beloved husband, Mitch, observes the black and white people walking
in and out of the store and always makes the same remark - "Why can't
people all over the world live in harmony like this They could if they try!"
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Rosner. Zaydie Jack Roser has been
waiting for this moment for 13 years.
Grandmother Belle Weisman, 93, is
most excited to attend. He is also the
grandson of the late Sam Weisman and
the late Norma Rosner.
Jordan was schooled at Hillel Day
School of Metropolitan Detroit in
Farmington Hills and received honors
for placing high in the National Science
Olympiad and in the Geography Bee.
His interests include skateboarding, sci-
ence, basketball, electronics, rap and
classical music. He has performed
mitzvot, including Christmas meals on
wheels, feeding the homeless, fund-rais-
ing for developmentally disabled people
and working at Yad Ezra in Berkley.
Devin Samuel Shallop
will celebrate his bar
mitzvah at Temple
Israel on Saturday, June
21. He is the son of
Janie Shallop and Gary
Shallop and brother of
Brandon. His excited
grandparents are Sylvia and Smart
Devin is an honor student at Walnut
Creek Middle School in Walled Lake.
He plays clarinet in the school band.
Other hobbies he enjoys are computers,
bowling, music and cars. He found it
especially meaningful, as part of his
mitzvah projects, to make stuffed bears
for injured children in Israel and to vol-
unteer at Temple Israel's book fair.
Shore will become a
bar mitzvah on
Saturday, June 21, at
Bloomfield, B'nai Israel
Center. He is the son
of David and Helen Shore and older
brother of Elizabeth. His proud grand-
parents, Marvin and Bernice Shore of
Tinley Park, Ill., and Harry and Anna
Posner of Delray Beach, Fla., will share
in the simchah.
Douglas is an honor student at Eaton
Academy in Birmingham, where he is
active on the soccer, basketball and soft-
ball teams and in student government.
In addition, he is a movie aficionado, a
reader of fiction, history and political
science, plays piano and attends Camp
Ramah in Canada. Volunteer work at
Yad Ezra in Berkley is the mitzvah proj-
ect that has been most meaningful to
Erica Jordan Silver will
be called to the Torah
as a bat mitzvah
Saturday, June 21, at
Temple Shir Shalom.
Participating in the
ceremony will be her
proud parents, Franci
and Larry Silver, and sister Marti.
Sharing in the simchah will be her
grandparents Doris and Julius Ross,
Renee and Louis Silver, all of West
Bloomfield. She is also the granddaugh-
ter of the late Marshall Shanbrom.
Erica is an honor student at Orchard
Lake Middle School in West
Bloomfield. She enjoys playing soccer,
dancing and sharing good times with
family and friends. As part of her mitz-
vah projects, Erica is involved with the
Muscular Dystrophy Association as a
volunteer and is enrolled in a class at
her school helping children with special
Wright will be called
to the Torah as a bat
mitzvah Friday, June
20, at Temple Shir
Shalom. She is the
daughter of Jon and
Michele Wright and
sister of Jonathan. Her grandparents are
Ronald Abrams and Joyce Wright. She
is also the granddaughter of the late
Geraldine Abrams and the late Vernon
Amanda is an honor student at
Orchard Lake Middle School. She
enjoys socializing, gymnastics, swim-
ming, soccer and summers at Tamarack
Camps. She enjoyed working with the
Friendship Circle and being a coun-
selor's aide at Congregation Shaarey
Zedek's day camp.
Out Of State
Michael Jason Skillsky
will be called to the
Torah as a bar mitzvah
Saturday, June 21, at
Temple Ohav Shalom
in Harrisburg, Pa. He
is the son of Linda and
Alan Skulsky and
brother of Matthew. Proud grandpar-
ents are Marilyn and Edward Skulsky of
West Bloomfield and Laura Silver of
A distinguished honor student at
Susquehanna Township Middle School
in Harrisburg, Michael enjoys baseball,
football, snowboarding, computers and
spending time with friends and family.