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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-03-08

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"I still have a job waiting for me in
Florida at Publix. I could have my toes
in the ocean every day, but I've recon-
nected and met too many people who
mean too much to me now to leave."
Case in point: Mittleman met
Newman, his business partner, when
they were 11. "We were in the chess
club at the Oak Park Community
Center:'
So it seemed the perfect time to put
his plan into action. Doing odd jobs
and volunteering for various organiza-
tions, including coaching teens par-
ticipating in the JCC Maccabi games,
Mittleman has seen the need for a
service that will allow clients to send a
trusted party to hand-pick groceries at
the store of their choice and deliver to
their home, from homebound senior
citizens to busy working moms with
little time to shop to cancer patients
whose out-of-town families have hired
him to help through his partnership
with the American Cancer Society.
"The community here is so tight,
and they take care of you. I want to do
what I can to give back': he says.
Groceries2you, which he hopes to
grow to four employees by year's end,
differs from other large-scale grocery-
delivery competitors in other cities
— like Peapod in Chicago and Fresh
Direct in New York City — in that the
big firms shop their own warehouses.
Mittleman offers a different perspec-
tive to clients: The customers call or
email their grocery list and tell him
specifically which store they want
him to shop, from Meijer to Kroger to
Costco, in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,
Washtenaw and Ingham counties,
where he gladly goes with his eco-
friendly denim shopping bag that
each new customer receives.
The basic shopping and deliv-
ery charge is $19.95 for up to $150
of items from one store. Up to six
items from a second store cost $5.95.
Express delivery of up to 10 items
from one store is $11.95.
"We're a green company:' he says.
He goes over the list with the client,
checks brands and backup options:
"I've even called customers from a
store to say they're out of a certain
brand, or that the market's tuna is
expiring in two weeks instead of two
years and to tell them the steaks at
their store of choice don't look good
today," says Mittleman.
"What I offer is superb customer
service, so that they get their money's
worth from me and their groceries.
It's extremely personalized. I know
how to take care of people, I've won
customer-service awards, and I love
to do it, and my service actually saves
people money because it cuts down
on impulse shopping."
Plus, he adds, "No one knows how
to pick out a steak like I do:'
Contact Groceries2you at
groceries2u.com or call (248) 520-
9900 or (239) 404-6950.



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Detroit's Janice Charach Gallery and the
Holocaust Memorial Center recently hosted the
Council of American Jewish Museums for its first
visit to our city.

We want to extend a tremendous thank you to
the following for making the conference a huge
success! With your support, we were able to
provide 100 professionals from more than 80 of the
country's leading museums with an unforgettable
opportunity to experience our museums, community
and culture.

Previous conferences have been held at the Skirball
Museum, the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia and
museums throughout New York, Chicago, Atlanta,
Berlin and Washington, D.C., but nothing
compares to Detroit!

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The Arab American National Museum
David Berg Foundation
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
Barbara & Douglas Bloom
Natalie & Manny Charach
Lynda & Ronald Charfoos
Charles A. Wright Museum of
African American History
CommunityNEXT
Cranbrook Art Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Rina Scott Cowan
Goodman Family Judaic & Archival Museum
at Temple Israel
Henry Ford Museum
Rabbi Robert & Virginia Bayer Hirt
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JDub Records
Barbara & Jack Krekun
Motown Museum
Carol Brennglass Spinner
The Law Offices of Todd J. Steam
Evan Weiner
The Tilcvah Fund Alan Zekelman and Family

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Metropolitan Detroit
D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building
Eugene & Marcia Applebaum
Jewish Community Campus
6600 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfiled, MI 48322
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