Business – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:46:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: Police Investigate Detroit Funeral Homes After Remains Found, Ford Taps Bryan Cranston For New Ads & New Life For An Old Detroit Mall Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:46:42 +0000

Greetings, friends. Here’s your Daily Detroit podcast recorded in the Paris of the Midwest on Monday Oct. 22:

Two Detroit funeral homes are under investigation after police found the remains of fetuses and a dead infant. One of the businesses — Perry Funeral Home — was closed by the state, with its mortuary license revoked.

Sven reports to us about his trip from Las Vegas, where Ford briefed dealers on its plans to make 75 percent of its product lineup all-new by 2020 and unleashed the new “Built Ford Proud” ad campaign starring Bryan Cranston, perhaps best known as Walter White from “Breaking Bad.” Ford was trying to calm the nerves of a dealer base rattled by criticisms from Wall Street and auto analysts over a lack of clarity on new products and how exactly it intends to turn around its money-losing operations in foreign markets.

Across town, General Motors was named No. 1 for gender equity in a new ranking of publicly traded companies by Equileap, which monitors and gathers data on gender equality in companies. GM is led by a female CEO, Mary Barra, and recently promoted a woman to be chief financial officer.

The Tower Center, an often-overlooked shopping mall at Grand River and Greenfield on Detroit’s west side, is getting a new anchor tenant. Forman Mills will celebrate its grand opening next month. It takes over the space last occupied by Montgomery Ward, which closed in 1986. The mall has seen a number of small, black-owned businesses open for business, thanks to low rents.

Corktown is in line to get another new coffee shop. Lucky Detroit will open on the second floor above Detroit Barbers.

Local favorite Bucharest Grill reopened downtown. The popular purveyor of shawarma will open at 436 W. Columbia Street with 130 seats and 24 beer taps.

You can now pay those painfully expensive parking tickets on the city’s free Park Detroit mobile app.

And in giant pizza organization that owns two of our four professional sports teams news, Little Caesars has unveiled its new thin crust pizza nationwide. They’ll go for $6 between 4 and 8 p.m. As we did with the 5-Meat Pizza back in the summer, plan on a live-on-the-pod taste test from your crack Daily Detroit team.

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Creative Commons photo via Nitram242

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Photos: Check Out The New Madewell Store Downtown Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:31:32 +0000 The upscale clothing retailer Madewell has opened up a new store in the newly redeveloped Shinola Block in downtown Detroit. That’s on Woodward in a row of historic buildings where the new Shinola Hotel is going in.

What’s neat about this location is that they sell some goods from Detroit-area artisans, including Tait Design, Worthwhile Paper, and Salt Textile Studio.

Local artist Ellen Rutt created the window designs.

In addition to the clothing Madewell also carries shoes, leather bags, and accessories.

Madewell is a chain known, in part, for their “denim bar” of blue jeans. This is the 124th store for the New York based retailer.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit Podcast

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PODCAST: Tigers TV Broadcasters Out, Belle Isle Aquarium Grant, Solar-Powered Bus Stop & Your News Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:22:44 +0000

In today’s episode of your Daily Detroit podcast:

  • Federal law enforcement officials rounded up more than 120 missing children in Michigan as part of a giant sweep for sex trafficking victims.
  • The Detroit Tigers will have a new team calling games from the broadcast booth next season. Unsurprisingly, Fox Sports Detroit opted not to renew the contracts of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen after long-simmering tensions between the longtime broadcasters simmered over last month in Chicago. Here’s a link to Lynn Henning’s Detroit News story about what is believed to have happened.
  • The historic Belle Isle Aquarium gets a $1.7 million grant, adding to a string of recent good news for the island park.
  • Ferndale gets a solar-powered, modern bus stop for the SMART FAST bus on Woodward near Nine Mile Road.
  • There are two new events coming to the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon race weekend, which runs Oct. 19-21. More information and registration is here. Online registration runs through Oct. 15.
  • Jer delivers an impassioned public service announcement about political ads on TV. Here’s where to find a sample ballot from your neck of the woods to review your choices ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
  • Jack White sang the Polish version of “Happy Birthday” to his 88-year-old mom at a gig in Warsaw.
  • We talk about some changes Berkley, Oak Park and Huntington Woods are working on to liven up a moribund industrial strip of 11 Mile Road.
  • And remember that luxury development along the riverfront we told you about yesterday? Well here are some of the early conceptual renderings for it. It doesn’t look like Q-Bert at all, as it turns out.

This episode of the Daily Detroit podcast was recorded on Wednesday, October 10. Subscribe to one of America’s best local news podcasts here for free. 

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PODCAST: How To Support Neighborhood Detroit Businesses, Water To Come Back On In Detroit Schools & Your News Tue, 09 Oct 2018 23:56:29 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast recorded on October 9, 2018.

Our guest for the show is Detroit City Councilman James Tate, to talk about the upcoming “Cash Flash” in Detroit’s District 1.

Your Detroit stories:

– Detroit’s getting yet another luxury apartment building, with rents in the $2,500 a month range for 1,000 square feet. And it’s going to be designed by a company, ODA, known for what they call their “Tetris-inspired boxy designs that build a sense of community in urban cores.”

– Ilitch Holdings, the company behind Little Caesars Arena, has made the decision to replace their boldly colored red stadium seats with black seats. Turns out the arena looks rather empty with all of the empty seats… and the red seats make it worse on TV.

– Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail has been fired from her post leading a struggling charter school on the city’s west side, but she’s refusing to leave.

– It looks like the permanent fix for the bad water situation in Detroit’s public schools will be provided by the business and philanthropic community, covering most of the $3 million dollar cost to install water hydration stations.

– Voters in Royal Oak will be asked whether the city should establish its own bus system called Royal Oak Go, or ROGO for short.

– If you’re looking to get out and see the world on a Wednesday after work, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Corktown has 4,000 square feet of custom murals and artwork made by more than 50 local artists they’d like to show you.

– And in a final note, Detroit is now home to the world’s largest linear friction welder after it was delivered on Tuesday to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a public-private advanced-manufacturing partnership down on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Corktown.

Thanks to today’s sponsor, Milo Digital

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Mongers’ Provisions To Open A Second Cheese And Chocolate Shop In Midtown This November Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:51:36 +0000

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit podcast.

Lovers of cheese and chocolate will have a new place to satiate their cravings in Midtown.

Mongers’ Provisions, a store by the folks who own Provisions in Ferndale, plans to open in November at 4240 Cass, between Willis and Canfield. Owners Zach Berg and William Werner will sell a rotating selection of domestic and imported cheeses as well as globally sourced chocolate and charcuterie.

They’re also going to sell what they call “complimentary” products and offer tastings and classes. They’ll also sell fresh and frozen meat from Farm Field Table.

The Midtown store will be bigger than their Ferndale location. In Midtown they’ll have a little more than 1,000 square feet.

Both founders are boomerangs to Metro Detroit after spending time in California. Werner previously worked as a manager for Gayle’s Chocolates in Royal Oak and has traveled the world to study chocolate. Berg started in kosher catering and eventually moved on to Zingerman’s Deli before attending culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

The pair are graduates of business development programs in Detroit, including Techtown Detroit’s Retail Boot Camp and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business project in Detroit.

The new store’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Metro Detroit Ranks In Top Quartile Nationally For Clean Energy Jobs Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:20:32 +0000

A new study says the Detroit region ranks 11th out of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan regions for clean-energy jobs.

The Clean Jobs Cities ranking comes from the nonprofit organization Environmental Entrepreneurs. It says the Detroit area employs more than 95,000 people in clean, renewable and energy-efficiency jobs.

Grand Rapids rounded out the list at number 50, with more than 18,000 clean energy jobs.

Michigan’s strong showing was led by energy efficiency jobs, positions designing and building clean vehicles and jobs classified as renewable energy. Los Angeles, New York and Chicago made up the top three markets for clean energy jobs.

The report says the top 50 metropolitan areas account for more than 58 percent of the nearly 3.2 million clean-energy jobs in the United States. The researchers say that figure vastly eclipses employment in traditional fossil fuels industries and shows the economic viability of shifting to clean energy.

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Tequila-Mezcal Bar Toma Detroit Wins $50,000 Hatch Prize Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:50:06 +0000

Last night on the rooftop of the Madison Building, Toma Detroit, the aspiring tequila and mezcal bar and restaurant, won this year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

The owners will receive $50,000 from Comerica Bank, and more than $200,000 in support services like public relations, IT and legal counsel.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges after a round of public pitches.

Our Shianne Nocerini was at the Hatch Off last night and caught up with co-owner José Maldonado. Listen to the segment in the player above.

The owners of Toma plan on using the money from Hatch to purchase the liquor license, and that will help them open sooner.

They’re going to locate in the old Casey’s Bar space on Michigan Avenue in Corktown.

The three other finalists in this years contest were Neighborhood Grocery, Paradise Natural Foods and Slyde Detroit, a burger joint with plans to open at the corner of Third and Brainard in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

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New Coworking Space PatchWork Collective Opens In Ferndale Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:47:25 +0000 Wednesday marked the grand opening of PatchWork Collective, a new coworking space just outside of downtown Ferndale.

Located on Woodward at the intersection of West Marshall, PatchWork Collective occupies the majority of the space formerly held by the now-downsized InkAddict tattoo parlor.

PatchWork Collective splits their space into several parts. First, the front of the building contains the open coworking area. Shared desks fill the center of the space and casual lounge areas occupy the corners. Three secluded phone booths are at the back where members can take private calls or work with fewer distractions.

Casual space at PatchWork Collective
One of the casual spaces in the shared area

Second, to the right of the common area is a pop-up retail space where Long White Beard sells custom furniture. The plan is for small local businesses to rotate through this space.

Finally, dedicated, private offices and rooms fill the back of the space. Each space comes furnished with a locker and a shower for bicycle commuters. Acupuncturist Darlene Berger, MSAc currently rents one of the spaces.

Private office space
One of the available private spaces

CEO and cofounder Lisa Schmidt talked to me on the Daily Detroit podcast. She says that the space is geared toward local small businesses and freelancers. In contrast, she says other area coworking spaces court startups.

Members can pay by the day, the month, or the year. You can visit PatchWork Collective’s website for more information.

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PODCAST: Garlin Gilchrist Gets The Democratic Lt. Gov Nod, Hatch Detroit Finalists & Your News Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:05:56 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit for August 20, 2018. Your Detroit news:

– Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist the second has been picked to be the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. Sven and Jer discuss.

– There has been some confusion around the funeral arrangements for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76. So here’s what you need to know.

– One of the last remaining members of the Motown studio band known as the Funk Brothers has died. The Freep reports that guitarist Eddie Willis died Monday morning at his home in Mississippi following complications from a childhood bout with polio. He was 82. Link:

– Dogs and Degas apparently do go together. The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding their first-ever animal adoption event.

– Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique will be closing its West Village location on the city’s east side at the end of the month… and Atomic Chicken is calling it quits.

– Certified results for the SMART bus millage are in and the final tally widened a bit to 39 votes, instead of 23 as initially thought.

–  The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock is down to its four finalists:

  • Neighborhood Grocery
  • Paradise Natural Foods
  • Slyde
  • Toma Detroit

They’re competing for a $50,000 prize from Comerica Bank and $200,000 worth of pro-bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Representatives from each of the four startup business finalists joined us today in the studio to talk about their proposals alongside Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit’s executive director. You can find out more and vote at

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LISTEN: Get To Know Your 4 Hatch Detroit Finalists Before You Vote Tue, 21 Aug 2018 02:31:59 +0000

The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock is down to its four finalists:

  • Neighborhood Grocery
  • Paradise Natural Foods
  • Slyde
  • Toma Detroit

They’re competing for a $50,000 prize from Comerica Bank and $200,000 worth of pro-bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Representatives from each of the four startup business finalists joined Sven Gustafson today in the studio to talk about their proposals alongside Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit’s executive director.

You can learn more and vote for your favorites here.

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