07/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Detroit Shopowners Court Fiat Executives With Italian Goods

June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Some people in Birmingham, Michigan, can't wait for the Italians to take over Chrysler LLC.

Karen Daskas, owner of a women's fashion shop called Tender, said she carries Chrissie Morris high-heeled sandals -- original price $1,595; now $795.50 -- that might appeal to Italian expatriates from Fiat SpA. A few doors away, jeweler Gary Astreins said that "new blood" should bring new jobs to an ailing economy. Next year, students at a local public high school may be able to study Italian.