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The Man Who Saved Detroit's Thanksgiving Parade, Art Van Elslander, Dies

A local legend as far as business and philanthropy, Art Van Elslander, has died. He was 87. The founder of Art Van’s in 1959, he grew a store where he was the only employee into a furniture powerhouse based in Warren, Michigan. Born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He grew up in Detroit, selling newspapers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local haberdashe...

You Can Help Keep Homeless Feet Warm in Winter Through Art Van’s “Shoe-In” Drive

Plummeting temperatures and intermittent snowfall can turn any city into a winter wonderland, but they can be extremely dangerous for the homeless. To help keep Michiganders in need warm, Warren-based Art Van Furniture is partnering with Cass Community Social Services during the month of January to collect boots and shoes. The public is encouraged to participate in the “Shoe In” campaign by cleaning out their closets and delivering any new or gently used shoes to any of Art Van Furniture’s 39...

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