Birth of a Business:
In 1995, while coordinating a musical performance at an upscale department store in Troy, Michigan, which featured a “signing” by a prominent Christmas glass designer, I was encouraged to open my own ornament business which would replicate bust ornaments of the Great Music Masters: Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, etc.
In 1996, I traveled to Poland to research the factories that provided ornaments to the different designers and the birth of KLASSICS BY KURTIS, INC. became a business.
Klassics by Kurtis, Inc. began by producing ornaments of the Great Music Masters and sold them to: Lincoln Center, Detroit Opera House, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Symphony, Milwaukee Opera, Melbourne Australia Opera House, and the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia).
By order of the Governor of the State of Michigan, Klassics by Kurtis, Inc. supplied the custom keepsake for the State Christmas parties from 1997-2000.
A specialty of Klassics by Kurtis, Inc. is the custom work it has provided for the following companies and organizations:
Ritz Carlton Corporation – National Chain (headquarters in Atlanta, GA)
Townsend Hotel; Birmingham, MI
Park Royal Hotel; Rochester, MI
Westin Hotel; Romulus, MI
Bloomfield Hills Country Club; Bloomfield Hills, MI
Greenfield Village (The Henry Ford); Dearborn, MI
Historic Charleston Museums; Charleston, SC
NASA; Dallas TX and Tallahassee, FL
Festival of Trees; Detroit, MI
National Cherry Festival; Traverse City, MI
Detroit Opera House; Detroit, MI
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland; Frankenmuth, MI
Michigan CAT Tractor; Novi, MI
Mackinac Island; Mackinac City, MI and Mackinac, MI
Pope Paul Foundation; Washington, D.C.
Continental Airlines; Cleveland, OH
Northwest Airlines; Romulus, MI
Penta Star Aviation; Waterford, MI
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern MI; Farmington Hills, MI
Ronald McDonald House; State of Michigan Chapters
Breast Cancer Society; SE Michigan Chapters
American Red Cross; National Office, Washington, D.C.
American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Chapter; Detroit, MI
Society of St. Vincent dePaul; Detroit, MI
West Michigan Historical Buildings Society; Douglas, MI
Volkswagon of America; Rochester, MI
Audi; Rochester, MI
Alcone Marketing Group; Troy, MI
Big Boy Restaurants; Headquarters, Warren, MI
Shoney’s Restaurants; Memphis, TN
Frisch’s Restaurants; Cincinnati, OH
Meijer Stores; Michigan outlets
Sak’s Fifth Avenue; Troy, MI
Neiman Marcus; Troy, MI
St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Memphis, TN
Danzas AEI - Brokerage; Romulus, MI
Fox Theatre; Detroit, MI
Brother Rice High School; Bloomfield Hills, MI
Catholic Central High School; Novi, MI
Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI
Detroit Tigers, Inc., Detroit, MI
Detroit Red Wings, Detroit, MI
Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit, MI
EWTN Religious Catalogue, Irondale, AL
For the last several years, I have been invited by the local ABC station (WXYZ, Detroit) and NBC station (WDIV-TV, Detroit) to display my ornaments, play the piano and do an interview with a newscast anchor during the holiday season. I have been invited to do a similar spot with the television station in Grand Rapids, Michigan (TV-8).
Feature stories about the ornament collections of Klassics by Kurtis, Inc. have appeared in the following publications:of
Detroit News; Detroit Free Press; Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI); Birmingham (MI) Eccentric; Heritage Newspapers (MI); Dearborn Press & Guide (MI); Michigan Meetings Magazine; West Michigan Shore Magazine; Ritz-Carlton Newsletter; Hour Magazine (MI); Collectibles (national ornament journal); Douglas (MI) Observer.