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Classy Couple: Communication is Key, say Gary and Nancy Briggs

In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a look at some of Royal Oak's cutest couples.

Royal Oak has its fair share of lovebirds, so we decided to check in with a few of them before Valentine's Day and ask them to share relationship and date night secrets.

Today we take a closer look at what makes Gary and Nancy Briggs so sweet.

How long have you been together?  

We have been together for 36 years. (Met at Albion College)

What’s the secret to a successful and happy relationship?

Good communication, spending time together, lots of love and laughter!

What famous couple do you emulate?

Our daughter follows famous people—we don't! We have no idea.

Why did you settle in Royal Oak, and how long have you lived here?

Gary grew up here in Royal Oak and coincidently my father—Jay Utley also grew up here. We knew it was a great place to live and raise a family. We still live in the house we bought in downtown Royal Oak in 1983.

What’s your favorite romantic night out in Royal Oak and why?

One of our favorite things to do on a hot summer night in Royal Oak is sharing a bottle of wine and a good meal in any of the outdoor bistros downtown, or by our pool in our own back yard.

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