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Brenna Lane, partner and and director of production and operations at Detroit Denim

Detroit Denim makes sturdy jeans, by hand, with less waste

Even after graduating from the makerspace Ponyride into a bigger production facility and storefront, Detroit Denim has dreams of scaling up further.

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The gig economy: Can you make a living freelancing in Metro Detroit?

Be your own boss, work from home, skip the commute—it's the fantasy of many an office drone. But can you survive doing it? Patrick Dunn tells us the story of a few Metro Detroiters who are living the dream.

Skilled Trades

Agricultural skilled trades offer job opportunities for Michiganders

What does not require a four-year college education, is in demand, and pays well? Skilled-trade food and ag jobs. And the opportunities are out there across Michigan.

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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. 

Walther Farms

Potatoes, Pop, and JIFFY Corn Muffins: Michigan's agri-businesses thrive and reinvest

Agriculture, food processors, and related businesses employ 923,000 Michiganders—22 percent of the state’s workforce. And many of them are committed to staying, and investing, in the state. 

Colleen Cartwright facilitates a workshop a the Matrix School of Theatre

Michigan Nightlight Voices: Inclusive inquiry through drama

In her role as the director of education at Matrix Theatre Company, Colleen Cartwright has seen numerous students of all ages go through the life-changing experience of creating a collaborative play in a safe space. 

Rendering of Michigan Avenue redesign

Michigan's highway: The future of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part three of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the people and projects that will result in massive changes to the buildings, the infrastructure, and the very way we use Michigan Avenue.

Time Jumpers in class

Unearthing Detroit: WSU program teaches kids the skills and value of archaeology

Time Jumpers is a Wayne State University Archaeology Department program where professors and graduate students introduce local students to archeology through fun, hands-on activities. 

Pop Pop's Gourmet Pop Corn

Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law

Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.

Visitors to "Footwork"

Power of Detroit's creative, corporate partnerships on display at international design festival

As part of the UNESCO City of Design designation, a team of Detroit designers curated an exhibition for the city's entry in the festival in Saint-Étienne, France. The result is "Footwork: The Choreography of Collaboration."

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Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

A cyclist on the Dequindre Cut

Guest column: New bicycle crossing over Detroit River a major victory for non-motorized transit

It will soon be possible to explore both sides of the Detroit River on two wheels or two feet. 

Roosevelt Park and Michigan Central Station

Michigan's highway: The present state of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part two of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.

A Parducci relief

Q&A: Parducci Society president on the sculptor's legacy and her organization's annual tribute

Model D spoke with Jennifer Baross about Parducci's significance to Detroit, characteristics of his work, and what guests can expect at the society's annual Parducci Tribute at the Masonic Temple.

Joe Spencer, owner of Louisiana Creole Gumbo

Video: Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo at Startup Story Night

On Thursday, January 19 five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo tell his.
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