Where you can find everything you need to rep Detroit for 313 day
This Saturday March 13th is 313 Day, the unofficial holiday celebrating the city of Detroit. Today Jason got the chance to chat with Chris Gorski, the owner of Detroit GT, a store where you can find all kinds of arts and apparel themed around the city. He said he grew up in Dearborn Heights and saw the pride people had for the city of Detroit. He said he takes all his inspiration from Detroiters and the city, particularly in the historic buildings, the music, and the automobiles. AdTo find out where you can find your own Detroit GT merch, watch the video above.
How the COVID pandemic has impacted Metro Detroit businesses
DETROIT – In addition to the nearly 16,000 COVID-related deaths in Michigan over the last year, we know the pandemic has been devastating to businesses. AdThere have been a few bright spots with some businesses seeing an uptick in businesses due to the pandemic. Dimitri Polychronou owns Earl’s Dry Cleaning. People have been great to work with during this pandemic,” Millen said. AdThe majority of locally-owned businesses have really struggled, but there is hope of things improving as vaccine distribution expands.
Savor your Pi Day celebration with these pot pies
This Sunday 3/14 is Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that measures a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter, which is around 3.14. Jannie Teitelbaum from Great Lakes Pot Pies in Clawson joined Jason Carr to show off some of the kinds of savory pies you can pick up from them this weekend. Now Great Lakes Pot Pies offers Italian meatball, beef stew, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, along with multiple sizes and hand pies. Between today and March 19th, if you spend $30 at Great Lakes Pot Pies, they’ll take $3.14 off your order in celebration of Pi Day. To hear more about where you can get your own pot pies, watch the video above.
This local company provides natural family care products and inspiration
Sometimes there is a story that has you feeling good, inside and out. Natural Red Family Care products and the story of how the company started is sure to do just that. Founder Karen Guilmette spoke to Kila Peeples about how she began Natural Red after she wanted access to all-natural lotions, deodorant, and other daily care products for her five children, all while she was in the middle of a divorce and having to adjust to her new life as a single mother. Now years later, Natural Red is sold in numerous stores all over Detroit and the Midwest, and she continues to support her kids and the desire for natural-based hygiene products. Watch the video above to learn more about Karen and Natural Red.
See how this noodle business grew out of one family’s basement
March is National Noodle Month, so why not celebrate with a local homegrown pasta business? Mama Mucci’s started in one family’s basement, but is now available in more than 200 stores and restaurants across Southeast Michigan. Mama Mucci’s president Vince Mucci said the business started more than 35 years ago with an idea that came out of the basement of his childhood home. He said he grew up eating his mother’s fresh homemade pasta which she cooked for special occasions like their weekly Sunday dinners. Now it’s not just a family recipe, it’s a family business.
Check out how the city is celebrating one local store’s 100th anniversary
The lock down has put many local businesses in a tough spot, but Hot Sam’s Detroit is showing just how resilient the Detroit spirit can be by turning 100 years old this March. Lauren Stovall from Hot Sam’s Detroit stopped by the show to share how the city plans to recognize the store’s historic anniversary, and to show off some of the styles that have kept them in business. The store’s official birthday is on March 18th, which the Detroit City Council will dedicate as “Hot Sam’s Day.”The local holiday will be about acknowledging not just Hot Sam’s, but also other small businesses that have overcome and survived in the city of Detroit. Stovall said Hot Sam’s is best known for its unique and authentic Detroit style, along with quality at an affordable price. “The people want to see us succeed, they want to see us here.”To see more of what Hot Sam’s has in store, watch the video above.
This local hot sauce company is getting noticed by top celebrities
Hosts Jason Carr and Tati Amare got the chance to chat with Don Button, the founder of Hell Fire Detroit, a Royal Oak based hot sauce company, that has a hot sauce for every taste. Button said Hot Ones first reached out through Heatonist, a specialty store in Brooklyn, New York that carries 100 small-batch hot sauces from around the country. They were already carrying Hell Fire Detroit sauces, but suddenly reached out for an extra 12,000 bottles. “We asked why, and they told us they were considering us for Hot Ones,” Button said. Hell Fire Detroit sells their sauces direct from their website, or you can find them at local stores across Michigan.
Pick up a book for National Read Across America Day from this local store
March is reading month, and we’re checking in with a local bookstore with one of the largest collections of rare and used books anywhere. Debra lee from the John King Books stopped by to chat about what you can expect at the store. They’ve grown so much they’ve expanded to the building next door to house some of their rare books. She says currently, Virginia Woolf’s book is her favorite, but you’ll never know what they have in store. To find out more about John King Books, watch the video above.
Metro Detroit haircare business breaks through, expands beyond Ferndale store
DETROIT – Haith and Henry Johnson started Le’Host Hair in their basement and after years of hard work, they now have their products on the shelves of major stores. Le’Host products caught the eye of Walmart executives and the products now are on the shelves of the world’s largest retail store. She took the products she had been developing and selling at her brick-and-mortar store to Walmart, where she won a pitch contest to get her natural-hair and wig friendly products into stores. AdLe’Host products are currently in about 200 Walmart stores, but they’ve been flying off the shelves. Read more: Local and national business headlinesMore information on Le’Host Hair & Wigs can be found on its official website here.
Find fun trinkets and gifts at this cute, colorful store
If you are looking to buy something fun and different for a friend or loved one, there is a tiny pink house in St. Clair Shores that is full of big surprises. Kitty Deluxe is a shop that has various handmade items such as jewelry and face mask holders that are mostly made by the store’s owner, Cat Massoff, and her family. The store also sells handmade goods from local business owners, such as lotions, face masks, and candles. Kitty Deluxe also sells cool pop culture items such as puzzles, magnets, and mugs that feature musicians like Prince and Dolly Parton. Watch the video above to see all of the awesome stuff that is inside the little pink house called Kitty Deluxe.
Celebrate MLK Day by reading up on his writings
Source Booksellers in the Midtown district of Detroit is here to help you celebrate MLK Day with book suggestions for the young and old. Jason Carr got the chance to chat with the store’s owner, Janet Jones, and her daughter Alyson Jones-Turner about their reading recommendations. The first book they recommended to anyone looking to celebrate MLK Day was Strength To Love, a collection of his writings. They also got the chance to talk about the store’s virtual storytelling program, where young readers can tune in online to have stories read to them. To celebrate the holiday today, the group read Malcolm Mitchell’s book, My Favorite Book In The Whole Wide World.
Celebrate National Pizza Week at these 7 Ann Arbor eateries
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In case you needed an excuse to stop by your favorite pizza place, it’s National Pizza Week! To celebrate (because why wouldn’t you) we’ve put together a list of seven Ann Arbor eateries that are slinging slices and whole pies. COTTAGE INNHaving gotten its start in Tree Town in 1945, Cottage Inn has grown into a huge franchise with locations around Ann Arbor and Michigan. Bigalora is on Tree Town’s south side at 3050 Washtenaw Ave.PIZZA BOB’SWhile the historic Ann Arbor eatery is known for its Chipatis, it also serves pizza. Pizza Bob’s is at 800 S. State St.Read: Historic Pizza Bob’s in Ann Arbor will move to new location
Get sweet jam and personality with Gus & Grey
Eastern Market has more than great, fresh produce, you’ll also interact with vendors selling all kinds of products that they create themselves. One specialty stand is Gus & Grey Handcrafted Delights. Kila Peeples met with the owner, Tara Grey, to learn the story of her journey to create her homegrown business. Now Tara sells her jams at Eastern Market, which she said is a dream come true because of the history and diverse vendors. Watch the video to see more on Tara’s journey to creating her homegrown company.
See how a teen went from student to CEO of Detroit Salsa Company
One local teen has a summer job unlike most: He’s running his own company! Kila Peeples caught up with Finn Gomez of Detroit Salsa Company to see how his booming business keeps him busy. Due to the demand, he began making more of the delicious dip, and talked to his dad about turning it into a business,Now Detroit Salsa Company is growing! Not only is the high school senior running the company, he’s also preparing for school, applying to colleges, and doing another thing that makes him happy, playing the trumpet. Watch the video above to learn more about Finn and the Detroit Salsa Company.
Get last-minute gifts from this local skin care company
Christmas is this Friday and there is still time to grab a few last-minute gifts, while supporting a local business at the same time. Bath Savvy is a family-owned business that makes homemade bath and skin care items using plant-based ingredients. Owner Shannon Reaves joined Tati Amare to discuss her business and the gift sets that are available to purchase. She said she takes pride in using fresh and organic ingredients like lavender and eucalyptus to not only refresh skin, but also the calm the mind and soul. Watch the video above to see some of the gift sets that Bath Savvy offers.
Michigan shoppers: Are you more likely to shop at small businesses or big-box stores?
The day after Black Friday is commonly known as Small Business Saturday, when consumers are encouraged to patronize and support small, local businesses. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said if Michiganders switched one in every ten purchases from big-box stores to local businesses, it would pump more than a billion dollars into the economy and create more than 10,000 jobs. With the coronavirus pandemic hitting locally-owned businesses extra hard, it’s safe to say that it’s important to support small businesses on more than one day this year to help them stay afloat. Michigan shoppers, we want to know: Are you more likely to shop at small, locally-owned businesses or big-box stores? Take the quick poll and give us your reasoning in the form below.
Holiday shopping for your pets? Consider supporting small, local businesses
LIVONIA, Mich. – This Small Business Saturday, consumers are encouraged to patronize small businesses to support their local communities. Even those shopping for holiday gifts for their pets can find those special items at small, local businesses, like Premier Pet Supply in Livonia. Shopping locally can have significant benefits on individual communities and their economies. Watch the full report in the video player above. Related: Michigan leaders encourage residents to support local shops
Michigan leaders encourage residents to support local shops
LANSING, Mich. – State leaders are asking Michigan residents to beat lines and avoid crowds by shopping at local small businesses on Black Friday. One in five jobs in Michigan are in the retail industry, according to the Michigan Retailers Association. Gretchen Whitmer has been encouraging residents to support local and small businesses that have been hit hardest by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. “Now more than ever, small businesses in Pure Michigan need your support. It's about making small choices to support the local businesses that support your community, Lorenz said about the “Support Local" campaign.
Get your International Legging Day on with Skinny Tees
One of the most popular fashions in women’s clothing are leggings, and these days they go way beyond basic black. Sunday is International Legging Day and one local business is celebrating in the best way! Linda Schlesinger started a homegrown business in casual wear, including leggings, and it has really taken off. She spoke to Tati Amare about her company, Skinny Tees in Birmingham, and the skyrocketing popularity of leggings. Watch the video above to learn more about Skinny Tees and the special offer you can claim when you purchase a pair of leggings.
My pandemic business story: ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do if this doesn’t work out’
We weren’t sure if we’d qualify for PPP loans.”Her business, Skin To Soul Wellness, had been doing really well earlier in the year. Inside Skin To Soul Wellness (Photo provided by Megan Wilson)Then her employee said she didn’t feel comfortable returning to work. But Wilson wants people to know, she’s doing everything she possibly can to make this a clean and safe experience for all. Inside Skin To Soul Wellness (Photo provided by Megan Wilson)The extra precautions come second nature, considering her background. I don’t know what I’m going to do if this doesn’t work out.”
City of Ann Arbor expands e-bike discounts with local shops
ANN ARBOR – The City of Ann Arbor is expanding its electric bike discount program, which it originally launched in July. Part of the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations, the partnership program with Human Electric Hybrids in Kerrytown has expanded to include Arbor Vacuum. As part of the city’s sustainability goals, Arbor Vacuum is offering $100 off all e-bikes. Customers can also enjoy discounts on two e-bike models at Human Electric Hybrids. To secure the discount, customers only need to mention the discount program at check out.
Historic Pizza Bobs in Ann Arbor will move to new location
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Fans of Pizza Bobs in Ann Arbor have until Aug. 31 to visit the historic eatery at its current location. The new location, formerly RedLight Cafe, will allow Pizza Bobs to double its seating. Pizza Bob's has served Ann Arbor for over 50 years. To celebrate the move, Pizza Bobs will give away Pizza Bob facemasks and have $8 meal deals, including a Chipati and milkshake combination. Pizza Bobs will be located at 800.
Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbors Bivouac works with vendors to handle changes in shopping
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Its been drastic. Sales are way down, said Ed Davidson, owner of Bivouac said regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted his retail business in downtown Ann Arbor. (Bivouac)Unlike many other businesses in Ann Arbor, Bivouac, which sells backpacking gear as well as clothing and accessories, hasnt experienced problems with distributors or suppliers. So, the issue now is just planning, planning, planning, said Davidson. The downtown Ann Arbor store has taken numerous precautions to keep employees and customers safe.
Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbors The Little Seedling puts people over profits during pandemic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Small business owners already feel a lot of responsibility but Molly Ging, owner of The Little Seedling in Ann Arbor, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has been an immense burden. She closed the doors to The Little Seedling on Stadium Boulevard early on in the COVID-19 pandemic -- a cue she took from Ann Arbor bookstore, Literati. She brought in a large supply of kids masks and began posting videos on The Little Seedling Facebook page to show parents how the masks fit. Luckily, The Little Seedling has been able to bring back many employees to help with curbside services. Updated hours can be found on a calendar on The Little Seedling website.
Bao Boys food truck opens in Ann Arbor, brings LA inspired flavors
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Bringing Los Angeles-inspired flavors to Ann Arbor, LA natives Steven Choi and Brian Kim opened up the Bao Boys food truck in the yard of York on July 1. Choi and Kim dont have backgrounds in the food industry but they both love food, Bao Boys co-owner Steven Choi said. The current bao menu at Bao Boys was an amalgamation of different flavors inspired by different cuisines the friends experienced in LA. Choi said that eaters should check for updated hours and times on the Bao Boys Instagram account where the food truck will make announcements. The food truck naturally acts as a barrier to separate the food-truck owners from their customers and that customers cant come in the food truck.
Om of Medicine kicks off month-long celebration of advocacy
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Om of Medicine in downtown Ann Arbor is celebrating its 10-year anniversary throughout July with a concert, a comedy show, yoga and other programming. Om of Medicine Director of Community Outreach Lisa Conine said that the celebration was a way to mix the centers community engagement and celebrate its impacts within Ann Arbor. Om of Medicine is also a supporter of many Ann Arbor nonprofit organizations and projects including Food Gatherers, the Main Street Area Association, Prison Creative Arts Project, Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild, Ann Arbor Wellness Coalition and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Currently, Om of Medicine can have 10 guests in its center at one time. For more information about the events hosted by Om of Medicine, visit https://omofmedicine.org/.
Ann Arbor hair studio announces permanent closure due to pandemic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Located on the west side of Ann Arbor, zoey + joey has announced it will permanently close on July 19 due to impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although known as a childrens hair salon, zoey + joey stylists also worked with teens and adults. Also remember to continue to support your local small business and above all, be kind to the people that serve you. The small business owners and employees are parents that live in your neighborhoods and their kids go to your local schools. Related: Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbor salon zoey + joey anticipating touch-and-go future
Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbor-based The Wood Garage experiences growth
Then, The Wood Garage quickly started selling items across the United States and internationally, but at an exhausting pace. While that may not seem like a lot, Stom said, The Wood Garage crafts items from start to finish. Since it is predominately online, The Wood Garage has actually experienced the opposite. Aside from its growth over the past few months, Stom said The Wood Garage was lucky. Currently, pieces and custom items from The Wood Garage are either made in Stoms garage in Ann Arbor or out of her brothers shop in Belleville.
Small Biz Saturday: Nicolas Books fulfills increased demand during COVID-19 pandemic
ANN ARBOR Approaching its 25th birthday, Nicolas Books is known as a townie go-to spot for books and book-related events on the west side of Ann Arbor. First named Little Professor, the independent bookstore in the Westgate Shopping Complex was rebranded to Nicolas Books after it was purchased by Nicola Rooney in 1995. In March, Nicolas Books had to shut its doors to the public. Nicolas Books also began selling puzzles, gift boxes and hosting virtual events, like webinars with authors, workshops, storytimes and book previews. She said that Nicolas Books will celebrate its 25th birthday in some fashion but doesnt yet know what that will look like.
Small Biz Saturday: Juicy Kitchen grateful for community partners, gets ready to reopen
But the closure didnt stop Behan and Ziola from using Juicy Kitchen to make wholesale meals for community partners, paying their staff and making meals for frontline workers. Started in 2011, Juicy Kitchen originated as a healthy meal delivery business by Susan and George Todoroff. Juicy Kitchen would drop off premade food at community partners, White Lotus Farms and Argus Farm Stop, who would then sell the food to hungry customers. Ziola credited the two markets as being a reason why Juicy Kitchen survived while closed to the public. Juicy Kitchen is at 1506 N Maple Rd.
Small Biz Saturday: Tribble Painting Company makes changes for post-COVID-19 shutdown painting
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Operating since 1992, Tribble Painting Company has become synonymous with exterior and interior painting in the Ann Arbor area. It was also when Tribble Painting Company started to schedule work for the season. (Tribble Painting Company, Inc.)According to Tribble, responses from clients have been mixed because of the pandemic. Luckily for Tribble Painting Company, there is now a pent up demand for painting. (Tribble Painting Company, Inc.)The company has had to re-think how employees interact and move, which might slow down some painting jobs.
Small Biz Saturday: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green keeps community caffeinated
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Located in the Plymouth-Green Crossings Shopping Center, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green usually has a hoard of commuters passing through its doors fueling up for the day. The Sweetwaters location is popular among commuters and students as a place to study or work. (Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green)To respond to the pandemic, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green also launched its mobile ordering application. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green usually hosts several events each month within its space. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Plymouth Green is at 3393 Plymouth Rd.
Small Biz Saturday: Ozs Music offers music online, looks to adapt future needs
So, hopefully we can be creative enough to make it work for everybody, said Steve Oz Osburn of Ozs Music. Having started his Music Environment in 1979, and his store, Ozs Music, in 1990, Osburn has been a part of Ann Arbors musical community for decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he and the other instructors at Ozs Music have had to teach their students online. At Ozs Music he usually offers weekly Open Stages for musicians to show off their skills he now holds those online. Ozs Music is at 1920 Packard St.Related: Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbor salon zoey + joey anticipating touch-and-go future
Small Biz Saturday: FitPoint in Ann Arbor takes one-on-one training online
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Owned by former professional tennis player Dominika Wozniak, Ann Arbor training studio FitPoint has taken fitness training online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through working with individuals and small classes, Wozniak said that the gym is able to adjust training and conditioning to individual client needs. With the closure of gyms and training spaces on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FitPoint moved online to make sure its clients kept moving. They are offered at various times during the day for FitPoint clients and those interested in dropping-in. However, the training studio offers its virtual classes every day of the week at various times during the day.
Small Biz Saturday: Ann Arbor salon zoey + joey anticipating touch-and-go future
ANN ARBOR, Mich. In 2012, Ilze Meija-Ham opened zoey + joey when she couldnt find a salon for her children, now shes trying to anticipate how and when she will be able to reopen. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Meija-Ham said zoey + joey clients were willing to drive from up to an hour away to have their children work with her stylists. Owner Ilze Meija-Ham said that clients drive from up an hour away in order to visit the Ann Arbor salon. (Ilze Meija-Ham)If she can reopen zoey + joey, Meija-Ham said that things will be touch-and-go. She anticipates barely being able to make ends meet after paying her overhead costs and her stylists. Nevertheless, she is trying to plan for the changes that will have to be made to zoey + joey.
Small Biz Saturday: Wheels in Motion keeps cyclists moving around Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Established in 1933, Wheels in Motion has served Ann Arbor cyclists for 87 years. Now located on Washtenaw Ave, the bicycle business and repair shop has been busy working to help essential workers and Ann Arbor cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic. His suppliers are actually out of new bicycles, so hes moved all of his inventory to the Ann Arbor location of Wheels in Motion. The Wheels in Motion has been repairing bikes from around Ann Arbor since the end of April. Over the course of its long history in Ann Arbor, the bike shop has been involved in community events and organizations.
Submit your favorite Ann Arbor small business for small biz Saturdays
Published: May 1, 2020, 6:59 pm Updated: May 2, 2020, 11:30 amANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbors small businesses are awesome. From eateries to gift shops, comic book stores to cafes, small businesses keep Ann Arbor interesting and community-focused. To celebrate local small businesses, particularly now that they need community support more than ever, well be featuring small businesses every Saturday. Tell us your favorite small business in Ann Arbor and why it rocks.
Art Van Furniture closing all Pure Sleep locations
Copyright 2020 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved. DETROIT – Art Van Furniture is closing its freestanding Pure Sleep stores and consolidating all inventory within Art Van Furniture showrooms beginning March 16. If you need help with the Public File, call (313) 222-0566.