• 20
    Jun
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    For a city to have food trucks, it needs to have walkable destinations. In Austin, TX, food truck parks have sprouted up in the lots beside areas of commerce — near office plazas, farmer’s markets, on bar patios, and anywhere else where people might be walking around hungry. Detroit faces…

  • 14
    Jun
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    A lot of things can affect a Detroit small business. They might be facing seasonal lulls, have a competitor open up down the street, or they may be having difficulty attracting new patrons. On a national scale, things like federal trade agreements and government shutdowns can impact one’s confidence to…

  • 07
    Jun
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    Detroit might have a tourism problem. A simple Google search for “tourists Detroit” comes back with query suggestions like “Is Detroit safe to visit as a tourist?” and “Is Detroit still abandoned?” Within the state, Michiganders seem to know about our city’s growth over the last decade in terms of…

  • 29
    May
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    There are many great Detroit restaurants, from fast-casual spots downtown to the creative cuisine found in Corktown. However, the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood hasn’t had a sit-down restaurant in over 30 years. At least that was the case until Norma G’s opened up this year. They’re also doing more than just serving…

  • 22
    May
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    Fair wages for Honduran farmers, work training for the impoverished, and jobs for the formerly incarcerated: AWAKE Café has set out to do a lot with their coffee and baked goods since opening in Midtown last March. Detroit Sign Factory was fortunate to work with them on their signage, and…

  • 09
    May
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    Sport rivalries are part of makes supporting teams so much fun. For U of M football, it’s Ohio State. For the Detroit Lions, it’s the Green Bay Packers. For Baltimore Ravens fans, their rivals are the Cleveland Browns. Even though football season is still months away, one Browns fans pulled…

  • 02
    May
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    In 1974, an untitled Detroit mural depicting geometric shapes was completed on the side of 234 W. Larned. For 45 years, that mural has intrigued passersby. However, in recent years the colors of the installation have faded from its location outside of the Detroit Foundation Hotel, which prompted the owners…

  • 25
    Apr
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    Regional publications are celebrating Michigan signs in two interesting ways this week. In Kalamazoo, city officials and Pottawatomi tribe members unveiled signs to commemorate a local reservation while MyNorth.com celebrated vintage roadside signs in the Upper Peninsula. While the stories are not directly related, they show just how special Michigan’s…

  • 18
    Apr
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    Michigan has become fairly well known for its craft beer boom over the last decade. Not only is our land great for growing hops, but there has also been a renewed interest in creative, thoughtful brews. While companies like Dark Horse, Founders, and Bells are leading the way, there are…

  • 09
    Apr
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    Murals have always been part of the urban landscape. In the era of social media, hiring a muralist to decorate the outside of a building might even give a small business a marketing boost. However, last week, reports of a court case involving Mercedes-Benz and a local artist brought up…

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