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Professional Movers.com Supports Royal Oak Public Piano Project

May 24th, 2017
Professional Movers.com Supports Royal Oak Piano Project

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 was great day of community as Royal Oak artists, students, families, and even the Mayor and Assistant to the City Manager joined forces together to help sand and paint 6 public pianos.

The event was hosted at Professional Movers.com warehouse; where the volunteers were asked to work together to creatively bring a specific theme to life on each of the public pianos. The themes varied from “Alice in Wonderland” to “Zentangle” and the artistic designs and vibrant colors are giving each of the originally donated pianos a second lease on life.

Artists painting “Zentangle” theme on street piano inside Professional Movers.com Warehouse.
Artists painting “Zentangle” theme on street piano inside Professional Movers.com Warehouse.

Painting the pianos was part of The Royal Oak Public Piano Project and was one of the final hurdles before the pianos are officially delivered to downtown Royal Oak later this month.

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The project is being spearheaded by Jason Gittinger, chairman of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts and Owner of The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music who along with Live the Music Foundation had the vision to bring dazzlingly painted public pianos or “street pianos” to downtown Royal Oak for the public to enjoy.

As Jason Gittinger describes it, “Music is a visceral experience and the street pianos will make for a communal opportunity where people can gather around the player and smile together.”  The pianos will be for anyone and everyone.  Little kids may play chopsticks with their parents, a walker by may sit down and tickle the ivories to some Beethoven, or curious souls may be drawn in to just tapping the keys to see if it works.

So far, the Royal Oak Public Piano Project has been off to a terrific start, receiving a lot of positive local support.  Professional Movers.com was one of the first local businesses to join the cause, offering to donate moving services to pick-up the pianos and then eventually deliver the pianos to the business storefronts. In all, Professional Movers.com Team Members have picked-up 7 pianos so far and have been holding onto the pianos at their climate-controlled warehouse where they hosted the piano painting event.  Andrew Androff, Co-Owner of Professional Movers.com said, “From  repurposing of pianos that were going to be discarded, to the collective artistic paintings that showcase positive messages, to the pianos eventually becoming a gathering place for public music, I believe this is project that will have an lasting impact and create a catalyst for conversation. We are absolutely honored to be part of such a positive project for the community.”

Andrew Androff, Jason Gittinger, and Don Crowley
Andrew Androff, Jason Gittinger, and Don Crowley

All of the street pianos have been obtained through generous donations from the community.  Some from people who heard about the project and contacted Jason Gittinger directly to let him know they wanted to donate their piano. Other pianos were found thorough craigslist ads and gifted to the project in exchange for the project hauling them away for free.

These are pianos that if not for the Royal Oak Piano Project, might have otherwise found their way to a dump. Instead, the amazing and talented cast of volunteer artists have made the pianos look incredible.

Royal Oak Artists, Ella & Ava Schwartz painted positive affirmations on one of the pianos
Royal Oak Artists, Ella & Ava Schwartz painted positive affirmations on one of the pianos

The businesses who are fortunate to have one the pianos installed in front of their business will be getting not just a piano, but a piece of artwork that will draw much notice.  The Royal Oak Arts Commission is still in the process to make arrangements with business owners on the where the six pianos could be placed.

Artist, Alexandria Androff & supermom Katie Androff painting
Artist, Alexandria Androff & supermom Katie Androff painting

As part of the painting event, Professional Movers.com was able to select a theme for one of the pianos to be painted.  It was Nine year old volunteer artist, Alexandria Androff who suggested that the theme for the Professional Movers.com piano appropriately be “kindness”.  Alexandria said, “I think we should paint the piano with words that make people feel good.” So with the help of many, the volunteers sanded, primed, and brushed a fresh coat of white base paint, then young artists filled the piano with words of affirmation.  Royal Oak Resident and Professional Movers.com Director of New Business, Don Crowley was on hand for the painting event. He said, “I am so proud to watch as the Royal Oak community comes together. I see neighbors here, moms and dads with kids, the mayor, business owners, all of this young creative talent and it just makes me so proud to live in Royal Oak.  I am inspired; these pianos make me want to take music lessons so I can play in public.”

All street pianos will be delivered at the end of the month and ready for public use.  The pianos will remain throughout the summer months. So when you are out an about in Royal Oak and see a street piano, please be sure to sit down, invite others to join you, make new friends, and play some music.  Don’t forget to post your experience on social media using the hashtag, #ROPublicPianos

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Special thank you to Jason Gittinger and The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music for inviting Professional Movers.com to be part of such a worthy cause.

For more information regarding the project, please contact Jason Gittinger at info@detroitschoolofrockandpop.com.

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About Professional Movers.com

Professional Movers.com is an award winning, customer focused moving company with offices in Detroit, MI and Walled Lake, MI. They specialize in providing local, long distance, and international relocation services for people and businesses. Professional Movers.com also offers piano moving services on residential and household moves. In addition, they have a delivery and freight division that offers courier, flatbed, lift-gate, and general freight delivery services.

The company first opened in 1978 in Northwest Detroit and is known for providing intelligent, friendly, and highly skilled movers who take pride in their work. The company has been featured in the National Best Selling Customer Service Book, “Who’s Your Gladys” and has been voted “Best Moving Service” by Readers of the Oakland Press for five consecutive years (2011- 2017).

For more information, please visit www.ProfessionalMovers.com 
or call 248-926-9999.

 

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Professional Movers.com Opens New Detroit Office

May 5th, 2017
From left to right: Don Crowley, Patrick Crowley, and Andrew Androff announce grand opening.
From left to right: Don Crowley, Patrick Crowley, and Andrew Androff announce grand opening.

Professional Movers.com, the moving company known for pioneering the Detroit Moving Incentive Program to help entice businesses and people to move to Detroit, recently made an exciting move of their own.  Standing in front of Bedrock Detroit‘s towering  23-story 1001 Woodward Building, Professional Movers.com proudly cut through a roll of stretch-wrap to celebrate the Grand Opening of  their new downtown office space.

The company announced that as of May 1st, 2017, they have officially relocated their Detroit office to the WeWork Campus Martius space on the 5th floor of the 1001 Woodward Building. The announcement falls on the heels of continued explosive growth for the local office and residential moving company who have continued to hire new team members, purchase new trucks, and grow an impressive list of clientele ever since opening a Detroit office inside the Chrysler House back in 2012.

 

Professionalmovers.com performs office moving and residential moving services in Detroit.
Professionalmovers.com performs office moving and residential moving services in Detroit.

Co-Owner, Andrew Androff shared his experience on opening their office in Detroit, “Back in 2012, we tied our success and future of our company to Detroit and the opportunities that exist here.  Five years ago, we never could have predicted just how smart of a decision that was, how happy our team members would be, and how much it would fuel the engine for our growth.”

Flash-forward five years to today (2017) and Professional Movers.com has moved more companies and people to Detroit in these last five years than they had in their previous 30 plus years combined.  Andrew continued, “Detroit is where the big moves will continue to be made and our new office will continue to put our team in the epicenter of activity. Our new location ensures we can quickly visit customers to perform moving estimates or deliver moving boxes throughout Detroit while giving us access to network and enjoy all the amenities that come with working in a downtown environment. “

 

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Professional Movers.com Management Team of Don Crowley and Kris Bergstrom and will oversee the new Detroit office space. Their Moving Consultant team will focus on building the most accurate and cost-effective office move plans for the smallest start-ups to the largest fortune 500 companies relocating to Detroit. In addition, they will have a separate Moving Consultant team who will focus on providing residential move plans for people moving into Detroit’s lofts, condos, high-rise apartments, and homes.

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Professional Movers.com office will continue to offer the widely popular Detroit Moving Incentives Program which provides discounts and value added moving services to any company or individual who elects to move to Detroit.

 

Professional Movers.com is inviting anyone who is considering moving their office or home to Detroit, please call us at 313-964.4444 to schedule an appointment to have a Moving Consultant visit and provide you with a free quote.

 

Professionalmovers.com team members hanging out in the new great WeWork common space.
Professionalmovers.com team members hanging out in the new great WeWork common space.

Special thank you to the incredible Bedrock Detroit team of experienced real estate experts and in-house team members for the smooth transition and support during Professional Movers.com time as a tenant. You always make the Professional Movers.com team feel like we are part of the family and we appreciate everything!  Special thank you to Jordan Berry of WeWork for hand-holding us to make sure we found the perfect office space.  We look forward to connecting more, learning, and growing our network of new friends in the WeWork Community.  #WeMoveDetroit #ProfessionalMovers

Professionalmovers.com new Detroit address is listed below:

Professionalmovers.com
1001 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
Suite 500

About Professional Movers.com

Professional Movers.com is an award winning, customer focused moving company with offices in Detroit, MI and Walled Lake, MI. They specialize in providing local, long distance, and international relocation services for people and businesses. In addition, they have a delivery and freight division that offers courier, flatbed, lift-gate, and general freight delivery services.

The company first opened in 1978 in Northwest Detroit and is known for providing intelligent, friendly, and highly skilled movers who take pride in their work. The company has been featured in the National Best Selling Customer Service Book, “Who’s Your Gladys” and has been voted “Best Moving Service” by Readers of the Oakland Press for five consecutive years (2011- 2017).

For more information, please visit www.ProfessionalMovers.com 
or call 313-964-4444.

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