Over the past year, Galapagos founder, Mr. Elmes and his wife, Philippa Kaye, have bought nine buildings totaling about 600,000 square feet in Detroit’s Hubbard-Richard neighborhood and in neighboring Highland Park, paying what he described as the price of “a small apartment in New York City” for the properties.
Preliminary plans call for converting the spaces into artist resident/studio spaces with performance and exhibition spaces.
Shinola (flagship store on W. Canfield)
Love the products and love the spirit behind the brand although must admit I have never bought a single Shinola item. I’m not a watch person but am totally in awe of their bike building prowress.
Shinola CEO Steve Bock, a four-year veteran of Fossil, says the company is on track to do $60 million in revenue this year — up from $20 million in 2013.
Also, in this West Canfield location, Northern United Brewing Co. LLC plans to open its fourth Jolly Pumpkin location in a 5,000-square-foot space. The new micro-brewery and distillery with a restaurant and tasting room will join Willys Detroit, RUNdetroit, Fellow Barber and of course Shinola in the Willys complex.
The Greening of Detroit/ Urban Farming
The Greening of Detroit is a well-established nonprofit resource agency with a history of successful and progressive initiatives in helping provide hope for the future of the city of Detroit. Would love to meet with them and check out what they’re doing in the communities around Detroit.
Burnside Farm occupies Kate Daughdrill’s yard and much of her time. The community garden she’s cultivated since moving to Banglatown produces food for her and her neighbors and serves as the backdrop to weekly community meals in the warmer months, which have steadily grown in attendance despite language and cultural barriers between Kate and the Bangladeshi families.
Also recently opened and on my list to check out:
Republic Tavern (1942 Grand River Ave)
Opened in February 2015 by Executive Chef Kate Williams in Detroit’s historic G.A.R. Building, emphasizing local ingredients, butchered whole animals, “extremely seasonal, nose-to-tail eating.”
So far reviews are mixed but sounds promising and the building looks amazing! Link to full article here.
John Varvatos menswear shop (1500 Woodward, in the Wright-Kay building)
I did not realize that John Varvatos was originally from Detroit. “It’s a very different thing, when you have your roots and your family and your friends here — and part of something that’s happening here in the city,” he said. “There’s something very special going on. I’ve been following it. I see the energy and sense the energy.”