Contests for Ferndalians

By, Ernest Truant


Ferndale Businesses love to help out others.  Designer Resale Boutique is hosting a contest to help an unemployed person get a make-over, and Blumz is helping one lucky mother enjoy a night out on the town.  Read about the contests below:



Designer Resale Boutique


Ferndale, Michigan – A jobless recovery means that the fight over the existing jobs has become even more intense. An applicant’s resume and cover letter is their first step to attracting attention but the most important aspect of gaining employment is the interview with a potential employer. DESIGNER RESALE BOUTIQUE and several local businesses will assist four unemployed workers or college student winners, look great and feel good about themselves while searching for the right job.


Local Michigan residents are being asked to write a 200 to 500 word essay (photos welcome) describing why they deserve an employment make-over.


Applicants must be over the age of 18 and be either unemployed or currently enrolled as a student at a local college and seeking employment in their career field.


Responses should be emailed to or mailed to 22442 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and postmarked by July 31, 2010 with winners being announced in August 2010. Judges of this contest are influential local business professionals and will be announced at a later date.


Each essay will be reviewed by the panel of local judges and narrowed down to the top ten finalists. The selected finalists will be asked to conduct an interview either in-person or via conference call with our judging panel. At that point, four of the ten finalists will be selected as winners of the contest. Each winner will receive:


A free Interview Suit/Accessories and Manicure from DESIGNER RESALE BOUTIQUE

Custom tailoring by REMBRANDT TAILORING in Royal Oak

Complimentary Hair Styling from SALON REHE in Ferndale or Nicole Buckley Reithel from TROY LIFE SPA AT LIFETIME FITNESS

A complimentary consultation with Lynne O’Keefe, Beauty Specialist from SAKS FIFTH AVENUE/NARS AT SOMERSET COLLECTION

Complimentary Resume Tips and Interviewing Techniques from local Human Resource/Staffing Expert MARVIN FIGARO

"Before and After" Photography provided by Nasim from TODD SCHAFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

Refreshments of appetizers and drinks including tasting wines by Mercer Estates provided by WASHINGTON WINES LIMITED

We welcome the support of the media to help broadcast the EMPLOYMENT MAKE-OVER CONTEST, to the unemployed and student population looking for work. All media outlets are invited to participate in the process from judges reviewing applicant essays to the actual make over process as well as interviewing finalists and winners with their permission.

Please visit our website at for program details and details about out our partners.


"WE LOVE MOM" Mother's Day Contest 2010@

Blumz by JR Designs

Celebrate "Moms" of all ages by entering your favorite Mom in our "We Love Mom" contest. Enter your Mom or someone that you feel is a great Mom to someone else. Two  prize packages will be awarded. One to a New Mom who has only been a mom for 3 years, a SECOND award will be given to the Experienced Mom of 3 or more years.

Event Schedule: Immediate until Midnight, May 8th

Awards: Each recipient will receive a Reflections Bracelet and a $50 Chinn Jewelry Gift Certificate, a beautiful floral arrangement from JRDesigns, an Essential Massage Therapy certificate for an hour long massage, a haircut, style and make up by Flip Salon and a Candlewick Shoppe candle basket.
                The New Mom will also receive a dinner for 2 at Coach Insignia and tickets for 2 to an upcoming production at the Gem and Century Theater.
                The Experienced Mom will also receive a night at the Double Tree Suites Hotel Detroit with complimentary brunch and tickets for 2 for "Cats" at the Fisher Theater.

Eligibility: Must be 18 yrs old, US citizen. Employees of the Vendors are not eligible.

Rules: One entry per email address, no purchase necessary. Recipient will be notified May 9th, 2010 by email or phone. Contestant must pick up winnings from Blumz, Ferndale location, 503 East Nine Mile Road.

Entry: Contestant must go to, click on the link for "WE LOVE MOM" in upper LEFT side of home page, fill out form that pops up and email back to Blumz