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Janet Jones, owner of Source Booksellers

Why Detroit's independent bookstores matter -- and have been steadily growing

Beginning with Source Booksellers, which opened in Midtown in 2002, the city has seen a slow but steady rise in independent bookstores. And they've survived largely because of their importance to local residents. 

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Behind every good beer in metro Detroit, there's a great woman

While the brewing scene still remains a male-dominated space here in Michigan, the number of women in the industry is growing. We profiled four women brewmasters in metro Detroit to find out more about their work.

Quiana Broden

Cooking with Que: Detroit foodie to launch school program out of new food incubator and kitchen

Food blogger Quiana Broden will open a new culinary hub, called simply The Kitchen, in New Center. But what she's most excited about is working with 10 schools to provide free courses on food purchasing, cooking, and kitchen skills.

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Juice cafe has a mission to bring healthy food choices to Midtown -- and the rest of Detroit

Fresh101 Superfood Café fills a nice niche in Midtown. But owner Monique Dooley, a former teacher, is also engaging with organizations throughout the city to encourage food education and healthy eating. 

The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Why the redevelopment of a Midtown apartment building is a crucial test case for inclusive housing

When the Milner Arms apartment building was purchased by real estate developer Broder & Sachse, many of the senior and low-income residents worried they'd be evicted. But when the building reopens later this year, almost all are expected to return.

Marsha Music at Bert's Market Place

Hipster history: Unpacking the stories of metro Detroit's legendary cultural scenes

In an effort to savor the stories of our rich cultural past, but also to better understand our area today, we dug into the history of the vibrant scenes in Paradise Valley, the Cass Corridor, Ann Arbor, and Palmer Park.

The Belt, an activated alley in downtown Detroit

Alley revolution: How Detroit rethought and repurposed its alleys

The alley has traditionally been a dingy place littered with trash and puddles. But several recent projects in Detroit have repurposed the typically unwelcoming environment of an alley in innovative and positive ways.

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Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can—and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Alejandra Villegas, pressing records

Wax is back: Detroit is poised to be one of the country's premier manufacturers of vinyl records

With the new Third Man Pressing joining the more than 50-year-old Archer Record Pressing, two of about 20 pressing plants in the entire United States are now located in Detroit.

Ne'Gyle Beaman runs the shop Bleu Bowtique, a seller of custom ties

The newest pop-up space in Midtown helps entrepreneurs test their businesses, together

The Cass Collective provides space to six retailers on a rotating basis so entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test their business without the upfront investment of a permanent shop.

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Detroit's publishing company: WSU Press marks 75 years of excellence in esoterica

In a world populated by numerous university presses and ever-increasing options for reading material, WSU Press seeks niches that it can truly own. And that's what's allowed it to stay in businesses for 75 years. 

Lucy Carnaghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods

Higher wages and split tips: Working for fair pay in the Detroit service industry

The tipping system is the cheapest, easiest legal way for restaurateurs to maintain a staff, but it also has unfortunate side-effects for that same staff. Some in the service industry, however, are rethinking the tip. 

Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Teen Leaders in the Arts participants Egypt Kyles, Karen Pacheco, Emmanuel Zavala, Antonio Jaimes, and Edgar Jaimes.

Leading through the arts: Teens across the state are transforming Michigan's creative landscape

When it comes to incorporating the voices of youth in arts programming, Michigan is leading the way. Teens in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids are bringing a fresh perspectives to important issues through the lens of art. 

Audra Kubat

Detroit songwriter Audra Kubat helps youth find their voice

The singer/songwriter, who's been working with youth in schools to develop their musical voice, is releasing her first album in a decade in a series of shows at the DIA.

HopCat Detroit

HopCat: the 'anti-chain chain'

What started as a hobby has become big business for HopCat owner Mark Sellers.
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