Monday, February 21, 2011

Adams square adds to the sense of community

Our current home is much different than the chamber's former perch atop the landmark Astrein's Creative Jewelers store on Maple in the heart of downtown Birmingham. And while our new location cannot replicate the vibrancy of being in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle downtown business district, it offers its own unique atmosphere and an added element being downtown did not: a sense of community.

And did I mention the hundreds of free, convenient parking spots?

This feeling of Adams Square being a little village unto itself did not happen by accident. It has been the vision of center owner Gary Andrus for many years in his quest to build a “community center” within his strip mall.

To further his vision, Andrus regularly holds community events at the center, where all are welcome to come and enjoy the Adams Square experience. His latest effort takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, when the center hosts its second annual Community Health Fair.

The health fair is free and open to the public. Guests can receive free, mini-health screenings, chair massages and other health- and wellness-related services. In addition, six health-related seminars will be conducted throughout the day.

The Community Health Fair is an extension of another vision Andrus has for Adams Square: To make it a center for the health-and-wellness community. More than 40 of the businesses located within the center, he said, are directly tied to those industries.

To learn more about the health fair, call the center's offices at (248) 646-5900.

Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at

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