NYC Based Warby Parker To Open On Woodward

Photo: Bedrock 
Trendy eyewear retailer Warby Parker is preparing to open a shop in downtown Detroit, filling another once-vacant storefront along Woodward Avenue.

The New York City-based company was issued a building permit last week for renovations to the ground-floor of 1449 Woodward. This retail space is between the Woodhouse Day Spa and the newly opened Kit + Ace store.

Started in 2010, Warby Parker designs and sells eyeglasses and sunglasses that are typically priced between $95 and $145. The company began as an online-only retailer and has since opened over 30 actual shop locations. Warby Parker's eyewear was initially associated with a "hipster" aesthetic and acquired a broad audience as its popularity grew.

A Warby Parker representative on Tuesday confirmed that the company is planning a Detroit location. The store is to open sometime later this year.

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Hatch Detroit today announced the top four finalists competing for the $50,000 grand prize from Comerica in the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit. The general election voting period is now open and the public has until noon Friday, Aug. 26, to cast their vote and do their part in electing the next brick and mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.

The final four businesses vying for public votes are:

·        Bird Bee -- a lifestyle clothing boutique offering a mix of modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
·        Corbé -- a ceramic design and manufacturing studio located in the North End of Detroit looking to open up retail space. They handcraft porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home and table.
·        Coriander Kitchen & Farm, which is looking to expand their urban farm and catering business into a brick & mortar café featuring casual, affordable, healthy food in a rustic, beautiful environment in Detroit. 
·        Meta Physica Massage & Sauna, which will open a Wellness Center offering therapeutic bodywork, full spectrum infrared saunas, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary and health inspired retail, meditation classes and community workshops.

Full company bios are available at: www.HatchDetroit.com.

“A significant component to this contest is the support of the public,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “From the moment the Top 10 are announced to the continued support of our Hatch alumni, the public is our partner. We’ve had more than 21,000 public votes so far in this year’s contest, and we hope the community’s support for these businesses continues to grow.”

Votes can be cast at HatchDetroit.com/vote, Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page or in person at the following locations:
·        10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 20 at KUZZO'S 
·        11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Monday, Aug. 22 at CADILLAC SQUARE in CAMPUS MARTIUS 
·        11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 23 at EASTERN MARKETSHED 2

The four finalists will pitch their business plans live to a panel of judges at the Hatch Off event at The M@dison Building in Downtown DetroitFriday, Aug. 26. Public vote and jury deliberations determine the contest winner. In addition to winning $50,000 from Comerica Bank, more than $200,000 in pro bono services including a $25,000 branding and design package from GTB (formally Team Detroit), a 30-second social media advertisement from MCCI, legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, architectural renderings from Hamilton Anderson Associates and a package of accounting, IT, public relations support, and counsel from Hatch Detroit and its partners, will be awarded to the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner.

“Each year these entrepreneurs bring forth something new to Detroit,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Comerica Bank. “We know independent small business growth is what keeps cities unique, vibrant and relevant and we are that much closer to finding out which business will continue Detroit on this path.”

For more information, visit www.HatchDetroit.com

Sneak Peak! This Old House Comes To Detroit!





The Next Best Thing To A Personal Tour!

Belle Isle Park has been a favorite retreat for Detroiters for almost 120 years. Whether you're a visitor or a local, you'll learn a lot about the history, cultural attractions, art, and recreational opportunities that abound there. Narrated by Detroit radio veteran Dick Shafran, "Exploring Detroit's Belle Isle" informs you on all major points of interest on the island:

  • 18 sculptures and monuments, including its world-class fountain
  • 12 historical buildings and structures of architectural interest
  • 5 historically significant locales
  • 4 indoor cultural attractions
  • and much more

The full-featured app employs GPS and helpful audio cues to guide you to over 40 points where narrations automatically provide the details. This 2.5-hour guide is a combination car and walking exploration. Biking the 9.5-mile route is an excellent option, too! Explore it all or pick and choose. It's up to you!

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Photo: Robert Allen/Detroit Free Press

Name: The Michigan Cider Mill Donut
Weight: 4 pounds
Filling: Michigan apple filling 
Servings: 2-4
Cost: $15

Bamboo East Opens For Pop-up Co-Working This Fall

Photo: Model D


Bamboo Detroit is officially expanding to offer their first neighborhood co-working space, a pop-up space located at 14711 Mack Ave. inside of MASH Detroit called Bamboo East.

Bamboo East will offer affordable office space, a conference room, wi-fi, coffee, workshops and networking, Monday-Fridays beginning on August 15th. Bamboo East was created with the vision to be an access point connecting entrepreneurs coming from Grosse Pointe towards Downtown, and to better serve the growing Eastside business community.

"Co-working is a gateway to help bridge the resource divide in our communities,” said Director Nicole Mangis. “We see Bamboo East growing into a resource hub for our neighborhood entrepreneurs, freelancers, nonprofits, and remote workers. It takes a village, and Bamboo East can be a place for the village to come together to support one another."

Nicole Mangis is inspired to lead the initiative to help spread Bamboo’s mission of flexible office space and accessibility for entrepreneurs. Nicole Mangis is an entrepreneur herself having founded Brut Detroit, a pop-up wine bar, and previously consulting entrepreneurs through the Build Institute Co.Starters program and her consulting company Launch Exchange.

Bamboo East is piloted in partnership with MASH Detroit, a mixed-use venue that features shared retail, meeting and event space.

“It’s important for the same type of energy, quality, and experienced talent and resources found in places like Downtown and Midtown be extended to the rest of the city,” said Marlowe Stoudamire, Founder of MASH Detroit. “People should have an immediate place in their community to engage, grow and innovate. Adding a co-working space will help foster the next generation of collaboration, culture, and organic social collision that MASH is all about.”

Bamboo East will offer free open co-work days throughout the three month pop-up, workshops and lunches focused on business development, and also an inspiring series spotlighting local changemakers in neighborhoods of the city. Visit Bambooeastside.com for more information on the pop-up space and upcoming events.
Photo:  Detroit River Front Conservancy 


The Guardian asked their readers for stories of urban wandering, and they shared their favourite city walks – from Dublin to Detroit – that explore history, culture and nature.

Detroit, Michigan 

A walk along the downtown waterfront shows many facets of urban space and life. Along the water is a mix of renovated spaces and outdated factories built at the height of the industrial era. The contrast opens the mind to the challenges and changes in cities. A block off the water is the entrance into the thriving downtown that was thought to be dead just a decade ago. Excitement and energy are all around.

The architecture is a mix of 1920s art deco, mid-century modern and new. Wandering in and out of the grand buildings is an experience everyone can enjoy. The attention to detail and the enormous skills of the craftsman who built these icons is on full display. Everything is within a mile. Most of it is pedestrian friendly. All of it is enlightening. (Daniel Gilmartin)

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Photo: Shanna Gorga

Last Night, Hatch Detroit announced the top 10 semi-finalists in the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit. The public is invited to cast their ballots for their favorite top 10 businesses during the primary voting period, from Aug 12-18, to determine the four finalists who will compete to win $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

“With more than 150 applications submitted to this year’s contest, it’s clear that Detroit is a destination for small businesses,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director, Hatch Detroit. “Now it’s up to the community to weigh in on which types of businesses they would like to see in Detroit by voting for their next retail neighbor.”

The top 10 businesses seeking public votes are:

·        Ash & Anvil is the first company to design clothes specifically for younger, shorter guys. After launching a successful eCommerce store, they’re expanding to a brick & mortar location.
·        Bird Bee is a lifestyle clothing boutique offering a mix of modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
·        Brut Detroit will be Grandmont Rosedale’s neighborhood wine bar, making wine approachable, affordable and fun for everyone through wine tastings, events and friendly service.
·        Chugga’s Main Street Bakery is a women owned, family operated bakery that is looking to open in Highland Park. They specialize in breads using simple all natural ingredients, that are healthy and nutritious.
·        Corbé is a ceramic design and manufacturing studio located in the North End of Detroit looking to open up retail space. They handcraft porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home and table.
·        Coriander is looking to expand their urban farm and catering business into a brick & mortar café, featuring casual, affordable, healthy food in a rustic, beautiful environment in Detroit. 
·        Detroit Dart Club hosts Nerf battles, offering a fun way to engage kids and adults in exercise. They’re looking to expand to a second, larger location in Southwest Detroit.
·        ITADAKU (it-uh-da-ckoo) is a fine-casual sustainable sushi shop opening in Corktown. They make fine dining quality sushi at an affordable price, using sustainable seafood and organic produce.
·        Meta Physica Massage will open a Wellness Center offering therapeutic bodywork, full spectrum infrared saunas, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary and health inspired retail, meditation classes and community workshops.
·        The Natural Market’s vision is to open a boutique specializing in Handmade Bath, Body & Home Products and customized fragrances.

Full company bios are available at: www.HatchDetroit.com.

“We take great pride in working with Hatch Detroit and look forward to seeing each of these talented entrepreneurs bring their Detroit retail ideas to life,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Comerica Bank. “The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has already helped 14 businesses open their doors and we can’t wait to see how this year’s winner and the nine semi-finalists will make an impact in Detroit.”

"The Hatch Detroit Contest is instrumental in accelerating Detroit's entrepreneurial community, and Opportunity Detroit is proud to be a part of an initiative that views small businesses as a catalyst for creating jobs and wealth for our city," said RJ Wolney, Director of Finance at Bedrock Detroit and Hatch Detroit Board Member. "We are excited to see the next group of companies that will join the Hatch Alumni network of retail businesses that embodies the innovative and collaborative environment that we believe makes Detroit so exciting."

To vote in the primary, please visit HatchDetroit.com/vote, Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page or vote in person at the following locations:
·        10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 13 at SISTER PIE
·        11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Monday, Aug. 15 at CADILLAC SQUARE in CAMPUS MARTIUS
·        11 a.m. – 2 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 16 at EASTERN MARKET, SHED 3
·        4 p.m. – 8 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 18 at GRANDMONT ROSEDALE FARMERS' MARKET

The primary voting period will close Aug. 18 at midnight. Finalists will be announced Friday, Aug. 19 and the general election voting period will begin. The finalists will present their final business pitches to a panel of judges before the winner is announced at the Hatch Off event Friday, Aug. 26 at The M@dison Building in Detroit.


Photo: Bon Appetit 



SISTER PIE
You’ve been to a library, but have you been to a piebrary? That’s the term for this bakery’s antique hutch filled with a selection of eclectic mugs, any of which you’re free to “check out” for your morning coffee.

The piebrary is just one of the many irresistibly charming details at Lisa Ludwinski’s sweets shop, a burst of friendliness and energy on an otherwise quiet corner of Detroit’s West Village. On the counter are the day’s creations: dozens of cookies in inspired flavor combinations like peanut butter-paprika (it works!), a healthy little salad, and—of course—the showstopping pies.

Ludwinski is famous for her salted maple, a creamy custard in a twice-baked, all-butter, crazy-flaky shell. Alongside that staple are rotating beauties that span the growing season from strawberry rhubarb-lavender in early summer to cranberry-tangerine in the winter. Each slice comes on a precious vintage plate, topped with freshly whipped cream, because, no, this place could not be any cuter.

Photo: Sister Pie



PRO TIP: 
The “Pie It Forward” program allows anyone feeling generous to purchase a slice for a future customer.

THE DETAILS: 
Closes at 4 p.m. on weekends—and popular pies might sell out before then. Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed Mondays).
http://sisterpie.com/

Click HERE For The Full List Of Finalists! 



With a number of major public projects well underway, Detroit’s planners and lenders have renewed focus on the role of small business development in the city’s ongoing revitalization. Now the next step of putting these lessons to work nationwide is taking shape.

The famous urban planning pioneer Jane Jacobs knew well that such comeback stories are built block by block, with diverse and stable communities creating a contagious vitality that could spread street by street, neighbor by neighbor, to form a diverse and thriving city. Vibrant local businesses are these blocks’ bedrock.

But building these strong communities hinges on local businesses that can help them grow, and that’s no easy feat. Difficulty accessing capital, business networks, and understanding of steps required to create a successful business can be daunting to would-be business owners. However, collaborations like Detroit’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, can address each of these factors on behalf of the burgeoning businesses they serve.

A case study of one such business in Detroit is the House of Pure Vin, a wine store nestled in the thick of downtown. During its first 120 days in operation, the store’s three female African-American founders have seen a steady uptick in business. And, like many similar small businesses across the city, their success stems from extensive pre-opening planning and support from outside entities. The support the founders experienced is varied and multifaceted; it’s an example of a new small business development system working effectively, and is a model that cities around the US can strive to replicate.

The founders got their start at a retail boot camp offered by Tech Town, Detroit’s preeminent business accelerator and incubator. Their boot camp experience helped them qualify for the initial phase of the Detroit Development Fund’s (DDF) newly established Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, a $6.5 million lending program with financial backing from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. But the EOC Fund is just one project backed by the DDF: in its role as a certified community development financial institution (CDFI) the Fund makes loans to countless small businesses and serves as advisor to a wide variety of entrepreneurs.

“We felt they needed some assistance in addition to the retail boot camp,” DDF President Ray Waters explained. “We sent them to another business partner of ours called Lifeline Business Consulting… for fine tuning the business plan and their projections.” There, the team received guidance from seasoned retail veterans in tackling challenges such as the store build out and integrating a point of sale system. DDF helped House of Pure Vin budget as accurately as possible, and when inevitable overages arose, they leveraged their funding network, pulling in another CDFI for an additional investment.

The ability of new businesses to kickstart a local economy is anecdotally clear, but is also supported by US jobs data. A recent US Census-guided study found that while first-year businesses account for only 3% of total US employment, they are responsible for 20% of annual hiring activity—startups are more reliable job creators than larger legacy companies that employ more people but hire less frequently. In other words, these entities are crucial for growth and generating new jobs.

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Fans from all across the country can soon roll up with their crew to the 2016 Adult Swim Drive-In
They will enjoy a free magical night with Adult Swim, basic cable's #1 network with millennials for over a decade, and get a first look at what's on the programming horizon starting next month.

Each stop of the five-week, 10-city national tour, brings an ultimate exclusive sneak peek at unaired episodes, never-before-seen pilots and specials, and loads of other Adult Swim favorites. Fans will also enjoy food trucks, free popcorn, concessions, games, and prizes. Vouchers for a free meal from one of the food trucks on-site will be handed out, while supplies last. Attendees can also bring their own picnic dinners, see the official site for more details.

The content, which will be shown on a massive 40-foot inflatable screen, will be updated periodically throughout the tour. 

The event is free to fans ages 18+ and RSVPs are required atAdultSwimPresents.com.

The Adult Swim Drive-In tour will include stops in the following cities:

8/18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park    
8/22 - Austin, TX @ Blue Starlite Drive-In   
8/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre                          
8/29 - Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
9/1 - Columbus, OH @ South Drive-In Theatre
9/6 - Detroit, MI @ Belle Isle Park
9/8 - Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
9/10 - Denver, CO @ 88Drive-In Theatre
9/15- Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
9/17 - Portland, OR @ Portland Meadows
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