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Grants, Kickstarter and a lot of hard work bring art park to Lincoln Street

Down at the newly-imagined Lincoln Street Art Park, bridging New Center and Woodbridge, the Oct. 29 dedication ceremony will be both a celebration of local funders and believers, and a chance to find out what lies ahead for one of the city's most exciting new community spaces.

The Lincoln Street Art Park is a collaborative project between Detroit Synergy, Recycle Here! and Midtown, Inc., funded with the help of a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (not to mention 44 art-lovers who ponied up Kickstarter funds to help make the park a possibility). This community space, designed by James Willer on land donated by Recycle Here!'s Matthew Naimi, will feature plenty of recycled and re-imagined materials, not to mention the works of Lincoln Street Art Park's founding artists -- Marianne Burrows, Amanda Box, John Suave, Lindsay Harnish, Sarah Gavie, Carl Oxley III, and graffiti artists Fel3000 and BrownBag -- from murals and paintings to sculptures, and even a garden of wishes.

"Lindsay Harnish did this installation/exhibition at Figment on Belle Isle this year, where she made this handmade paper with wildflower seeds in it, and invited people to write wishes on the paper," says Michelle DiMercurio of Detroit Synergy, who serves on the park planning team. "Then, for Figment, she strung them up on a tree, so she had a tree of wishes. So we took the wishes, and we actually planted them in the garden."

The dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29 kicks off at 4:30 p.m., though the bonfire will last till 10 p.m. Make sure to drop by for hot apple cider, s'mores and the inside scoop on plans for the park's second phase of development.

"It's a chance to do something permanent and have that be something that people can enjoy," says DiMercurio. "And it's a way to establish connections between the neighborhoods," she says, noting that the Lincoln Street Art Park is a "connection point" between many other local green spaces, like the Woodbridge Community Garden, New Center Park, Anna Scripps Park and Sprit of Hope. "It's connecting dots on the map that are about a mile and a half to two miles apart, so it makes this little chain of green spots throughout the neighborhoods."

Click here to RSVP to the dedication on Facebook.

Source: Michelle DiMercurio, Detroit Synergy
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Marygrove College opens Tom Doak-designed golf practice facility

Golf architect Tom Doak has designed four of the world's 100 top golf courses, according to Golf Magazine. He's now left his mark on Detroit, in the form of a pro bono golf practice facility crafted by Doak for the Midnight Golf Program and students at Marygrove College.

The Midnight Golf Program is a 30-week course for high school students that teaches life essentials like financial literacy and community activism alongside the rules and customs of golf.

"The organization does amazing work with youth around their own development, life skills, life lessons and choices and college preparedness, and it's all built around the game of golf," says Marygrove President Dr. David Fike, who partnered with the Midnight Golf Program several years ago and hosts the students on the university campus. "They utilize the game of golf in emphasizing successful life choices, integrity and discipline."

Those students will now have the chance to study chipping and putting in the new facility, which includes a large sand bunker, a four-hole short course, two practice tee areas with 26 hitting bays and a putting green. It's located near the soccer fields just to the left of the college's main entrance off McNichols. It will also be the home practice facility for Marygrove's new intercollegiate golf program. "Tom Doak says you can practice any shot with the exception of a long tee with the space that we've designed here," he says.

Dr. Fike says the facility was also built with a commitment to environmental sustainability, inspired by the influence of the sisters and servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who founded and continue to guide the university. The college worked with Renaissance Golf to build the facility without altering the topography of the land. The golf facility uses 100 percent organic seaweed fertilizer donated by Ocean Organics and is committed to using as little water as possible, thanks to a low irrigation grass seed mixture designed by Tom Mead.

"It's serving inner-city youth with a game that doesn't typically provide opportunities for inner-city youth," Dr. Fike says. "And we're doing it using a compact urban land use. The game is generally suburban and rural, and needs sprawling space. That not only makes it inaccessible to inner-city youth, but it also presents some environmental issues."

Golf aficionados, good news -- Dr. Fike says there are long-term plans to make Marygrove's new golf practice facility open to the public.

Source: Dr. David Fike, President, Marygrove College
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Hubbell Fund mini-grants give a helping hand to Midtown entrepreneurs

Colin Hubbell, who passed away in 2008 after a battle with cancer, was more than a Midtown developer. He was one of the neighborhood's first champions, a true urban visionary who understood that small business owners would help remake the Midtown district into a true community. And, given his experience working in city administration, his consulting and mentoring were invaluable to new entrepreneurs unfamiliar with Detroit's workings.

"He was really helpful with assisting people in small businesses -- he really valued that," says his wife, Trish Hubbell, who began the Hubbell Fund to honor his passion for assisting entrepreneurs.

Carrying on that legacy, the Hubbell Fund announced its latest mini-grants to Midtown area entrepreneurs, contributing primarily facade improvements to several local businesses. People's Records, 14 East and Thistle Coffee Shop all received grants for new signage; security doors will be funded for the Art Center Music School. Bike racks will be built for visitors to the Park Shelton building; employees at Source Booksellers will receive the money to purchase an internet software and hardware system;  These are just a few of almost a dozen grants currently being administered by the Hubbell Fund, with several more grants in the works for 2011.

Hubbell says her husband wouldn't be surprised by the current wave of entrepreneurs staking their claim on Midtown's soil. "This is what Colin kept emphasizing -- you need to get a critical mass, you can start to create buzz, and create a demand," she says. "People really miss community, and small businesses are all about serving your local community."

The Colin Hubbell Fund is currently accepting donations. Find out more about how you can help here.

Source: Trish Hubbell, Hubbel Fund
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Detroit Bike Project seeks to link Detroit's greater downtown

Bike-sharing companies, which offer 24-hour access to bicycles for short trips around cities, have popped up in Europe, and along the East Coast; DC, Boston and New York City. If three CCS grads have their way, Detroit will be the next city to offer visitors and residents a network of two-wheeled transportation stations throughout the greater downtown district.

The Detroit Bike Project is the brainchild of Victor Quattrin, Stephanie Lucido and Jenna Przybycien. The three college friends have spent the past year working on the first phase of their plan, which they will submit to Hatch Detroit by the Sept. 1 contest deadline. No matter what happens with Hatch, the three say they're committed to launching the company within the next year.

Their plan involves building park-and-ride bike stations in the Renaissance Center, Wayne State's campus, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Woodbridge, New Center, Grand Circus Park, Corktown and Eastern Market, as a public transportation alternative "Sometimes, there's a little distance between the main veins of Detroit," says Quattrin. "Nothing is really that walkable," says Przybycien, comparing Detroit's layout to that of more densely-populated cities like New York. "If someone parks downtown and wants to head up to Wayne State, it takes a lot of time to get there. Bike sharing allows you to see a lot more of the city, and to get places quicker, because it's so spread out."

With a swipe of a credit card, customers will be able to rent a bike from any station and take a spin through the city -- then drop it off at the closest bike rental facility upon completion.

The Detroit Bike Project will operate as a nonprofit, and they hope the promise of increased mobility from residents and visitors throughout the greater downtown will inspire local companies to lend their support, through advertising or sponsoring a bike station on their properties. They're also committed to purchasing bikes made from recycled materials. The team estimates they'll need $137,000 in investment dollars to launch the first phase of the program.

Lucido says the team is encouraged by the immediate feedback, all of it positive, from the first 48 hours of their viral campaign, which launched last week. "In the first 48 hours, we had 500 page views on our website and 150 likes on Facebook," she says. "We know this can work."

"Our goal is to not let them down, and make things happen," Przybycien says.

Become a fan of the Detroit Bike Project on Facebook, and read more about the team's proposal here.

Sources: Jenna Przybycien, Victor Quattrin and Stephanie Lucido, co-founders, Detroit Bike Project
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Signal-Return letterprint shop to open in Eastern Market

A new venture from Team Detroit creative director and Detroit champion Toby Barlow will bring the fine art of letterpress printing to a storefront in Eastern Market.

Signal-Return will operate as a nonprofit studio dedicated to advancing the art of letterpress printing, invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. Though widespread use of the printing method for book-making died out in the 1950's, letterpress books and posters have since become hot commodities, both in the art world and with students.

Team Detroit Project Manager Ryan Schirmang has spent much of the last year helping bring Signal-Return to life -- ever since Barlow returned from a trip to Nashville awed by a letterpress shop he had found in the city. The operation will be housed in a 2500 sq. ft. space next to Division Street Boutique in Eastern Market. Helming the shop is Megan O'Connell, an expert on the craft of book-making and classic printing.

Schirmang says they are waiting on the city to formally approve plans, and they expect to begin building out the space within weeks.

"On the right side, it will be the storefront with a counter and posters lining the walls, and then the left side will be the studio with all the presses and areas for assembling type and composing and laying out," he says, "It'll be a place where you can go in and see the production of it."

In addition to custom-printing posters, invitations and other printed materials, Signal-Return will host several workshops for beginners interested in learning the craft and customs of letterpress printing.

Schirmang says the store will open its doors this fall.

Signal-Return is located at 1345 Division Street. Click here to become a fan on Facebook.

Source: Ryan Schirmang, project manager, Team Detroit
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Digitizing Detroit's history at the Burton Historical Collection

One of the state's largest repositories for manuscripts, the Burton Historical Collection is a treasure trove for Detroit historical explorers. The collection dates back to the city's founding in the late 17th century, and includes 12 million pieces of information. Every historical record for the City of Detroit and Wayne County is stored at the Burton, located beneath the Detroit Public Library, as well as personal collections donated by the likes of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Ernie Harwell, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Until now, sifting through the Burton's extensive holdings was something of a daunting mission. There was no available index to let researchers, genealogists and history buffs even know what was in those archives. Out-of-town sleuths best hope of discovering that 300-year-old historical map or City Council record from the 18th century was to show up, in person, and get to work.

All this changed with the production of the Burton's new digital index, a project that brought together federal, state and private groups together to digitize every one of the Collection's holdings, available online for perusal (note: the index is available online, but the papers themselves still must be viewed in person).

The partnership utilized matching grants provided by the Friends of the Detroit Public Library and the National Historic Public Records Commission; aid from Michigan state archivist Mark Harvey; and archival support from Wayne State's archivist program, which provided students for the hard work of cataloging through the Michigan History Foundation in Lansing.

"We had the expertise and the students; that was critical," Merritt says. "Staff resources are extremely slim, but it got us students who were able to work on first-rate collections and we had faculty members who were just as anxious."

Who'll benefit most from the digital index? "I would think anyone interested in Michigan history: genealogists, people that want to find connections between the lumber industry and the Upper Peninsula and what happened in Detroit," Merritt says. "Transportation; it has so many socio-economic interests that any historian trying to understanding American history and Michigan's contribution would find this fascinating."

And word has spread -- Merritt reports visits to the Burton Historical Collection have increased by 56 percent already this year.

Source: Patrice Merritt, executive director, Friends of the Detroit Public Library

Writer: Ashley C. Woods

CITGO spruces up four Eight Mile service stations

Four gas stations along Eight Mile Road have received major upgrades, thanks to a new partnership between the CITGO Petroluem Company, local fuel suppliers on Eight Mile Road, and the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA).

"Our initial outreach to CITGO was in regards to their corporate appearance standards," says 8MBA Executive Director Tami Salisbury. "A lot of their locations on Eight Mile didn't have landscaping, and we wanted to see if they wanted to take advantage of our facade improvement program. And CITGO really stepped it up."

Representatives from CITGO's corporate office flew from Texas to meet with 8MBA, and pledged major improvements at all four of their service stations, at an average cost of $30,000 for each location. The improvements range from new pumps and canopies for motorists to improved lighting and landscaping, upgraded signage and changes to convenience centers. Local facility owners have pledged to keep appearances to a higher standard after the upgrades are complete.

Salisbury says it's just the beginning of the nonprofit's new relationship with CITGO, which has become a sponsor of other events put on by 8MBA. "We hope that we have as warm of reception with some of the other major brands on Eight Mile Road," she says.

And she says the upgrades to Eight Mile's facades provide more than just a face-lift to the corridor. "When we change the physical appearance of Eight Mile Road, we're changing the mental landscape," she says. "Eight Mile has this notorious reputation, and we're trying to break down this negative imagery. Over 100,000 cars traverse Eight Mile Road every day."

Source: Tamil Salisbury, Executive Director, Eight Mile Boulevard Association
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Canine lovers scheme Detroit's first dog park

In most major metropolitan areas, there are dog parks," says Kales Building sales manager Carly Mys. That's why she and 25 canine-loving residents are in the initial stages of plotting a playground for Detroit's doggie denizens.

Led by Detroiters Mys and Alison Woodburn, the Detroit Dog Park group hopes to build a secured outdoor community center where dogs and owners alike can socialize.

"It is in the initial steps, but we're really excited about it. Who doesn't like dogs?" Mys asks. "Let's have some fun!" 

While the Detroit Dog Park team is looking in several different locations, Mys says they hope to build the dog park in the greater downtown district. They're hoping to secure enough land to build a larger park with benches and secured gating.

So far, interest has been red-hot. They received over 400 responses to a survey they created, and the group hopes to use the results to tailor the park to the community's needs.

What's the cost? While the price of the land can't be estimated yet, Mys says, "based on some of the research we've done, Canton recently opened one. They said that it cost 38 thousand dollars. I don't know what the cost will be yet, but we'll get there."

Researching dog parks in other cities, Mys says it can take up to three years to build a dog park. She and her team hope to work with the community and the city to speed up that process. "I know that the group of people we're working with is very passionate," she says. "And Detroiters rock, and dog owners, too. So we're moving forward."

Find out more about what the Detroit Dog Park is up to on Facebook. If you'd like to get involved, send an email here.

Source: Carly Mys, sales manager, The Kales Building
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Kunthstalle Museum lights up Grand River Avenue

The only museum devoted exclusively to multimedia and light art exhibits in America opened its doors June 10 in the historic former Comerica Headquarters building on Grand River at Warren on the western edge of the Woodbridge neighborhood.

In Germany, where the term originates, a kunsthalle is more than just a gallery. Around the world, kunsthalles operate as exhibition halls and community centers for temporary art exhibits, unlike museums, which host permanent collections. And Kunsthalle Detroit director Tate Osten says the organization hopes to be more than just art space to the city.

"Why Detroit? Everything is ready to go here," Osten says, comparing Detroit's potential to that of New York City's Chelsea meatpacking district in the late 1990's. "These ideas, of Detroit becoming an international center for the arts, this is not my idea. It's been brewing. It's been up in the air. A lot of people have been talking, thinking and writing about it," she says. "And I thought, it's just time to act. Somebody has to take the first step. And the first step is to add something that's missing from Detroit's art scene."

A rotating gallery of multimedia projects, film and light installations is certainly something new to the area.  It's also an opportunity to see a dozen of the nation's preeminent multimedia artists, most of them more accustomed to solo exhibitions at museums around the world, sharing 4,000 sq. ft. of space and a collective theme. With the museum's first exhibition, Time & Place, Osten says, "We're trying to connect video and light-based arts to visual arts in general."

Osten says the Kunsthalle has received enthusiastic welcome from both art insiders and neighborhood residents.

"Everyone understands film," she says. "It's the most understood and accepted medium for the widest audiences."

She found the building, which is around 100 years old, driving around Detroit. "We don't want to be where things are already done," she says. "We want to bring art education to where they are most needed. And people have never seen anything like this. That's the idea."

Kunsthalle Detroit
is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Source: Tate Osten, Director, Kunsthalle Detroit
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Detroitbigfdeal website to combine crowdsourcing and coupons

An innovative new website in Detroit seeks to combine two web trends -- couponing and crowdsourcing -- to build a virtual community to support the city's new projects.

is a web-based community financing platform. Unlike websites like Kickstarter, they aren't focused on hitting a targeted sum. Rather, a project gets funded when enough community members donate -- whether they give $10 or $50. Members who donate are then eligible for discounts and coupons from local businesses, like Union Street, The Raw Cafe, the Garden Bowl and GOODS.

The first project Detroitbigfdeal will fund is the 4th Street Farm community garden in Midtown. Website co-founder Tunde Wey says they hope to engage 50 members of the community to donate (click here to give).

Wey says, beyond financing, they are also hoping to create an apparatus where people can do more than donate -- they can adopt a project and be a part of it, based on his own experience helping grow 4th Street Farm.

"We're finding ways that we can take this offline platform, bring it online, and then move it back offline -- it's just this seamless connection," Wey says.

Though Detroitbigfdeal is a for-profit website, Wey says the site's first priority is creating a community of users who come back to the site -- and they'll work to make deals with local businesses whom their user base will support.

"We're trying to engage people here. We're trying to be a part of all this wonderful energy that's happening here," Wey says. "I think for me, Detroit is like a different speed. You reorient. What I think success is, what I think community is, what I think happiness is."

Support the 4th Street Farm and Detroitbigfdeal.com by attending a free benefit at the Magic Stick on Tuesday, May 31. Audra Kubat and others will play. Check out detroitbigfdeal.com for more information.

Source: Tunde Wey, co-founder, Detroitbigfdeal.com
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Fourth Street Farm makes a Midtown garden grow

The lot at Fourth and Alexandrine in Midtown is mostly empty. But Patience Young has plenty of dreams to fill it.

The Fourth Street Farm will offer community space for Midtown residents -- or anyone with a green thumb -- to garden for free. She and a dusty crew of organizers are working to amend lead levels in the soil, build a tool shed and a rainwater catchment system, and even plant a pumpkin patch for fall.

"There is a community garden in my neighborhood, but it costs $50 for a plot, and I didn't have the money to do that," she says. After talking to neighbors, they decided to expand the garden into a community project.

"The area where we live is more lower-income than the rest of the MIdtown area, and there are a lot of people who don't have yard space and can't access the only gardening resource around them, but are still interested in learning," Young says. "So my idea is to find a way to provide those resources to the community for free, so if they want to farm, they can. Because eating is a right, not a privilege."

While plots will be available for free, Young will plant tomatoes, potatoes and an herb spiral for community use. She hopes it will provide an impetus for the neighborhood not just to garden together, but meet together, eat together and enjoy the outdoors. They're even installing an art sculpture, which they hope will be the beginning of an art park. And that's just the seeds of her master plan.

"We're only farming one lot, but we're surrounded by five or six empty lots," she says. "There's no reason we couldn't expand and make this community self-sustainable."

Fourth Street Farm is in need of donations, both monetary and in the form of tools and sweat labor -- and they're looking for more growers to come together this spring. Find out more here or on their Facebook page.

Source: Patience Young, organizer, Fourth Street Farm
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

NSO breaks ground on historic Bell Building renovation

The Neighborhood Service Organization, known as NSO, breaks ground today on a renovation of the historic Bell Building, located at 882 Oakman near Focus:HOPE, that will provide housing for formerly homeless adults in transition, as well as NSO corporate offices and support services.

The $50 million renovation will create 155 one-bedroom apartments in the 255,000 sq. ft. structure, as well as a health clinic for residents, sundry shop, fitness center, walk-out roof gardens, library, chapel, and more. Services for residents will all be under the Bell Building's roof -- life skills training, addiction treatment, mental health counseling and case management. They found the building through Focus:HOPE's Debbie Fisher, and decided the location would help spur community redevelopment in the area.

"We serve a very large homeless population, and our philosophy is, the way you end homelessness, is you house them," says NSO President and CEO Sheilah P. Clay. "We wanted our project to be part of a revitalization effort, and really feel like we were going to help a community, but the number one goal was to end homelessness."

In addition to caring for the homeless, NSO also provides gambling treatment, addiction treatment, elder adult services, suicide prevention hotlines and youth anti-violence programming throughout Southeast Michigan. Those programs will be housed at the new headquarters in the Bell Building.

NSO has raised $40 of the $50 million needed to complete the project through equity financing, tax credits, loans and grants; and continues to seek funding. Current partners include MSHDA, the City of Detroit, Wayne County, The Kresge Foundation, the McGregor Fund, The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, Bank of America, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Opportunity Resource Fund.

Source: Sheilah P. Clay, NSO President and CEO
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Bricktown's Good People Popcorn expand retail; announce community fundraising

As the two-year anniversary of Good People Popcorn nears, their tasty treats are popping up all across Metro Detroit. Good People, owned by sisters Crystal Mott and Sarida Scott-Montgomery, along with their cousin, Kimberli Heard, report their gourmet product can now be found at half a dozen retail outlets across Southeast Michigan, including Pure Detroit, Kim's Produce, Frank's Deli and Harbortown Market within the city limits. Downtown's only store is located at 633 Beaubien in Bricktown. Mott says they were inspired by the memory of the city's popcorn shop on Woodward, which closed over 20 years ago, and try to recreate a similar experience for their clients.

"It's doing real well at the retail locations," Mott says. "Business has picked up at our main location, which is nice."

The secret to these three ladies' success appears to be the breadth and range of their sweet and savory snack food flavors. Good People has expanded their selection to offer eight variations onf the classic treat, including Spicy Chili Cheddar, Cinnamon Crunch and Bacon Cheddar. Yes, Bacon Cheddar.

"Sarida reads some food blogs, and so do I," Mott says. "Bacon was sort of gaining popularity last year, so we just tried it. It has some regulars. People love the flavor."

The ladies announced a new program to give back to the community -- a fundraiser aimed at sports teams, schools and other small groups in the area. The program gives 40 percent of popcorn pack sales back to groups who sell $500 or less, and 50 percent of the profits for orders placed over $500. They're also donating $15 from every popcorn tin sale to organizations. Unlike many other food-based fundraisers, the groups place their orders with Good People only after securing funds, instead of buying product up front.

"Popcorn is a small luxury that people can afford even in tough times," Mott says. "It's not a high price point, so you can treat yourself for five times."

For more information on GP2 fundraising, send your inquiries here.

Source: Kimberli Heard, Crystal Mott and Sarida Scott-Montgomery, owners, Good People Popcorn
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Eastern Market to build community kitchen

Thanks to Birmingham's Erb Foundation, Eastern Market will build a $200,000 community kitchen sometime in 2011, furthering one of the foundation's key missions: promoting environmental health and justice.

Plans for the grant, payable over two years, will allow Eastern Market to develop the community kitchen as an hub for food entrepreneurs, in a city where access to commercial kitchen space can be difficult to find. They also hope to increase access to locally grown and processed healthy foods.

"It's going to serve as an incubator for people, especially Detroiters, who want to start their own niche food processing business. It's a good way to not only support the local food system, but to create jobs," says the Erb Foundation's Jodee Fishman Raines.

It's also a way to make better use of produce and other perishables that can go to waste -- fruit that can't be sold can still be pickled or jarred, for example. There will be food demonstrations and workshops encouraging healthy eating, plus the community kitchen can be rented out by groups.

The Erb Foundation, which has distributed money over the past three years, focuses primarily on promoting environmental health and cultural wellness to help revitalize the Great Lakes region, with a focus on Metro Detroit.

"Eastern Market is really, we think, an important institution in the city, an important part of building this local food system ... the better and stronger it is, the better off we think it will help revitalize the city. When you've got these wonderful local institutions, you can make them even more accessible to people. Eastern Market is already very user-friendly, but this takes it to a whole new level," says Fishman Raines.

Source: Jodee Fishman Raines, Vice President of Programs, Erb Foundation
Writer: Ashley C. Woods

Five sisters pour their energy into kickstarting juice biz

The five James sisters had a dream -- opening a raw juice stand in Detroit.

"Recently, all of us girls needed to have something to call our own. We just had the general desire to self-actualize and start something. We took our passion of health and wellness, and in particular, juicing, and turned it into a business," says co-founder Cait James.

They turned to Kickstarter, the crowdsourcing website which has quickly become Ground Zero for several of the city's dreamers and creators -- and raised over $13,000 from 151 different backers.

"Our original plan, just based on being the most economical and practical option, was to open up as a specialty vendor in Eastern Market. That's the project we pitched on Kickstarter," James says.

The overwhelming support they've encountered from Kickstarter followers, local entrepreneurs and members of Detroit's food community have the DROUGHT sisters re-thinking their original plan to begin with a vending stall at Eastern Market. They're now pursuing a commercial food license to take advantage of bigger opportunities on the horizon.

"The food stall is still definitely in the plans, but we've had so much interest and opportunities open up to us, that we have to amp it up a bit," she says.

Cait is currently bouncing between Detroit and Manhattan, but she's excited to set up this business in Detroit proper.

"Our focus is still on the city and the Detroit area. We're from the suburbs," she says, "but we all have a natural inclination to go to Detroit -- everyone for their own particular reasons."

Find out more about DROUGHT Juice here.

Source: Cait James, co-founder, DROUGHT Juice
Writer: Ashley C. Woods
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