Business owners in economically-depressed Metro Detroit suburbs, eager to do business with wives of Italian Fiat executives, are prettying-up their shops, discounting their $1,595 high-heeled sandals and learning Italian, all in a bid to earn some valuable Lira.
Those ugly shoes and increased Rosetta Stone sales are only one indication of the way Detroit-area businesses are preparing to
fleece welcome the estimated 100-200 Fiat executives and their families expected to draw the short straw and be forced to move to the land of bad Italian food. (FWIW, you weren't feeling well before I took you to Mario's. —Ed.) Since they'll be the only people with any money to move to Detroit in the last decade, businesses are looking to them as a lifeline in a difficult economy. A definite upside to the Fiat/Chrysler alliance.