10 Worst Kept Secrets about Detroit Grocers

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Detroit’s grocery options are rapidly increasing and expanding. It’s no secret that the foodie market here in the city is prominent as well.

Ensuring that grocers and Detroiters have the resources they need is the DEGC initiative “Green Grocer Project.” The initiative advocates for grocers in the city of Detroit, ensuring that citizens have access to fresh, nutritious food options. The program has helped create competitive, sustainable grocery offerings in Detroit while improving fresh food offerings for residents.

We’d like to share some of the “worst kept secrets about Detroit grocers” to celebrate all the incredible offerings here in the city.

  1. Bakery items – Prince Valley: This store has been in operation for more than 40 years. The store bakes more than 80 different items daily, including tortillas. Their bakery also has a wide variety of party cakes and makes wedding cakes to order.
    • 5931 Michigan Avenue Detroit, MI 48210
  2. Marinated Meats – E&L Supermercado: This store has been in existence for 70 years, originally beginning as a meat market before expanding into a full grocery store. However, meats are still the specialty and there are more than 25 marinated meat choices in E&L’s meat department. Five butchers on staff to ensure the best cuts at the 80-foot-long meat counter.
    • 6000 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
  3. Guacamole – Honey Bee Market: The variety of produce ranges from avocados to cactus at Honey Bee but they are perhaps best known for their guacamole. When you first walk into the store there are free tortilla chip, salsa and guacamole to sample.
    • 2443 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
  4. Downtown Access – City Market: This is the only full-service downtown store in Detroit. There are a variety of products in the 6,000-square-foot space, including many Michigan products. Chicken pot pies with all Michigan ingredients are made fresh daily. The store was voted best specialty food store by Metro Times.
    • 575 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
  5. Middle Eastern Sandwiches – Imperial Fresh Market, formerly Banner Supermarket has undergone a $6 Million renovation and expansion and will soon be branding their three other Detroit locations as Imperial stores. Imperial Fresh market has large meat, produce and dairy departments and a 2,500 sq. ft. deli where they make incredible chicken and beef shawarma sandwiches every day.
    • 14424 Schaefer Hwy, Detroit, MI 48227
  6. Fresh Vegetables – Del Pointe Foods: If you’re a vegetarian (or just a vegetable lover) Del Pointe is where you need to go. Fresh vegetables from greens to squash and more are available and prepared every day.
    • 16700 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48224
  7. Exceptional Produce – Parkway Foods: Parkway offers over 400 varieties of fresh produce including organic produce and herbs. When produce is in season, the majority is sourced locally from Detroit and Michigan. There is plenty to choose from in this newly renovated store which has $5 million worth of renovations. Parkway Foods also has an in-store florist.
    • 11250 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
  8. Seafood – Grand Price: This store increased its size by 40 percent to accommodate larger produce, seafood, meat and frozen food sections. The seafood section has unique products including more than 30 varieties of fresh fish, lobster and shrimp. You can even find frog legs here.
    • 12955 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48227
  9. Chicken and Ribs for dinner – Royal Fresh Market: Royal Fresh Market has undergone extensive interior renovations and recently celebrated their grand re-opening. Their specialty tasty chicken and ribs are available daily in their prepared foods section.
    • 18551 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
  10. Accessible Shuttle Service – University Foods: This store is dedicated to ensuring that Detroiters can get fresh food. Customers within a three-mile radius of the store location can call 313-833-0815 and get free transportation to and from University Foods to do their shopping.
    • 1131 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201

For more information about Detroit grocers and DEGC’s Green Grocer Project please visit http://www.degc.org/businesses/green-grocer-project.

Mimi Pledl

Senior Business Development Manager

July Marks 4 Quarters of Motor City Match Winners

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Later this month, Motor City Match will announce its 4th round of business winners. After a full year of award winners, Detroit’s signature small business development program is starting to show some real impact in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

Roughly two-thirds of the businesses supported by Motor City Match will be owned by Detroit residents and more than 70 percent will be minority owned. This includes longtime Detroit businesses like R&L Color Graphics, J&G Pallets and Advance Plumbing & Heating Supply that are expanding their operations, as well as new businesses like Brix Wine & Charcuterie in West Village, Beautiful Bridal on East Jefferson and Slyde, a burger restaurant opening on Livernois.

Just as important as the growth of new businesses is the impact they are having in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Third Round Motor City Match grant winning business, The Commons, is a great example. Owned as a for-profit subsidiary of Mack Avenue Community Church (MACC) Development, The Commons will transform an abandoned building at 7900 Mack Ave. into a gathering place for the neighborhood by offering a combination coffee bar and coin laundry facility with free Wi-Fi for customers. MACC Development plans to reinvest revenues from this project to help continue to grow new businesses in the area.

By the end of July, Motor City Match will have served nearly 400 businesses and more than 220 commercial properties. It is generating a pipeline of small business growth that is creating opportunity and spurring the redevelopment of Detroit’s neighborhood corridors.

Michael Forsyth

Director of Small Business Programs

D2D Buyer Ready Business: Liberati Group – Michael Turner, Sales & Marketing Manager

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Liberati Group is a strategic media consulting firm that helps amplify the voice/vision of any brand. A small but mighty team, Liberati assists its clients through PR, social media management, business planning, crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising and more. One of Liberati’s key team members and founders is Sales and Marketing Manager Michael Turner.

What is the history and background of Liberati Group?

The three core, original Liberati members worked together to assist the Detroit Water Brigade to raise $100,000 to give bottled water/relief to those whose water had been shut off. Liberati also helped the Brigade receive nonprofit certification. In doing this we realized our passion of helping other companies do good here in the city. Liberati Group came to be by realizing that all our skill sets combined are quite powerful in helping individuals and companies.

Personally, I have a lot of entertainment/promotion experience. In fact I was on tour with Kenny Rogers at the age of 10. Other Liberati members bring in the PR, social and other talents —  combined we’re a great team.

What are some of Liberati Group’s notable clients?

We currently service about a dozen clients. Some of them include Mid City Grill, The Workers and Builders, Youngblood productions and the performer Martha Reeves (we do web, PR, marketing and promotions for her).

What is Liberati Group’s culture?

The way we function is simple: anytime we get a client we evaluate their needs and based on the services they need or are interested in we form a plan.. From there we’re off to the races. We’re dedicated to creating quality products and services.

Why did Liberati Group select Detroit as its headquarters?

I was born and raised in Detroit. Within the last year we moved into our headquarters at the Renaissance Center and have continually grown our clientele here. We are passionate about the nonprofits here in the city and helping other companies in Detroit thrive so it was the only city we considered when selecting our headquarters.

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit?

Notably we’ve done a lot of work with the city of Detroit, specifically with CIty Council member Mary Sheffield. We’ve done two events with her so far in the community.

What are the benefits of connecting with other Detroit businesses?

Detroit businesses have a like-minded resilience — together we can do anything. There are so many benefits with working alongside Detroit businesses.

Brian Watkins

D2D Program Manager

Ninety Percent of Contracts for District Detroit, Nearly $500 M in Total, Awarded to Michigan Companies

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The Detroit Downtown Development Authority recently approved a number of contracts on behalf of Olympia Development of Michigan for work on the new Little Caesars Arena that raise the total dollars awarded to Detroit-based or -headquartered businesses to $308 million – nearly 60 percent of the total awarded, eclipsing Olympia Development’s 30 percent goal for Detroit business participation by nearly double. Michigan businesses have received $493 million in construction contracts for the project which represents more than 90 percent of total contracts awarded.

“From day one we committed to create real and significant business opportunities for local companies and their workforces through a Michigan Made, Detroit Built development,” said Steve Marquardt, vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan. “Just one year after breaking ground on The District Detroit and the arena project we’ve already awarded more than $300 million to Detroit-based businesses and nearly $500 million to Michigan businesses. This is a significant milestone for our project and is just the beginning. As more developments come on line, so will more business opportunities.”

“This shows that Olympia Development of Michigan is a partner that is committed and that they are working closely with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the City of Detroit and others to hit these targets,” said Rod Miller, President of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. “It also shows that Detroit businesses know how to get the job done and they know how to do it well.”

These contracts represent construction work on the new Little Caesars Arena and adjacent buildings to house new shopping, dining and entertainment in The District Detroit. More than 70 Detroit-based companies have received contracts to date as part of the project, including major awards to Motor City Electric, Adamo Group, Midwest Steel, Tooles Contracting Group, Ram Construction, Blaze-Iafrate JV, ChristenDETROIT and others.

“Blaze Contracting is honored to have the opportunity to play a significant role in The District Detroit,” said Kerlin Blaise, co-founder of Blaze Contracting, which is one half of the joint venture, Blaze-Iafrate. “We’re passionate about the city and are thrilled that the work we are doing will have a lasting impact on Detroit and the people who live, work and play here.”

Data released by the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will ultimately account for an economic impact of $2.1 billion by 2020 and create 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. More than $100 million in income from the arena project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income to be created through future private development.

“We’re proud to be connecting Detroit and Michigan businesses to the opportunities that The District Detroit and Olympia Development of Michigan offer,” said Douglas Diggs of Heritage Development Services. “The District Detroit is a catalyst for putting Detroiters to work, and is a key player in the revitalization of Detroit.”

Companies interested in working on The District Detroit development should visit DistrictDetroit.com/jobs to learn more and register for bid opportunities.

Olympia Development of Michigan

DDA Approves Firms to Redevelop Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District

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The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Detroit (DDA) recently approved a comprehensive plan to redevelop nine properties in a historically significant pocket of downtown with a $52.4 million investment in new construction and renovations.

The Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District project includes the simultaneous redevelopment of five existing buildings and four surface lots. The project will feature commercial and retail space, residential units, restaurants, entertainment venues and a boutique hotel; all scheduled to be built over the next three years. The DDA voted to approve four of five projects. To meet a legal requirement, approval of the final project is expected at a later meeting of the Authority.

The winning proposals came from developers with strong Detroit roots. Several of the developers, including Rainy Hamilton, Jr., Hiram E. Jackson and Ismail Houmani, already have a major presence in Paradise Valley. Other developers include Patricia Cole and Roger Basmajian, and Dennis Archer, Jr.

The development plan includes these five projects:

  • Hastings Place.Paradise Valley Real Estate Holdings, II, LLC, led by Hiram E. Jackson as managing partner, plans to build a new 189,660 sq. ft. building on three current parking lots at 1468, 1480 & 1496 Randolph St.
  • Randolph Centre Building. Hamilton Development Corporation, led by Rainy Hamilton, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, as president, plans to renovate the 36,000 sq. ft. building in which his firm, Hamilton Anderson Associates has been an anchor tenant for Paradise Valley, at 1435 Randolph St., and to build a 16,000 sq. ft. new office building addition on the parking lot next door at 1455 Centre St.
  • Harmonie Club Hotel. 311 E. Grand River, LLC, led by Patricia Cole and Roger Basmajian as partners, plans to renovate the 36,000 sq. ft. building at 311 E. Grand River as the Harmonie Club Hotel.
  • Harmonie Pointe. Gotham Capital Partners, led by Dennis Archer, Jr., as managing partner, plans to renovate the 17,328 sq. ft. in two buildings at 1407 and 1427 Randolph St.
  • La Casa Cigars and Lounge. La Casa Properties, LLC, led by Ismail Houmani as principal, plans to purchase and refurbish the 7,500 sq. ft. building at 1502 Randolph St., in which he now operates La Casa Cigars and Lounge.

The development of Paradise Valley has been nearly a decade in the making.

At the urging of Detroit City Council, the Downtown Development Authority used casino fund dollars to purchase the buildings and lots in 2006 with the intention of developing an entertainment district that would celebrate African-American culture and the vibrant music scene of Paradise Valley. At that time, crime and blight was becoming a major concern in the district and the buildings were only 20% occupied.

“Stepping in to purchase these buildings to stabilize this section of the district was the right move,” Rod Miller, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC), said. “I’m proud that a decade later, the DEGC has found developers who have the capacity to develop the entire district at once and turn it into a cultural destination and economic hub that’ll serve Detroit for years to come.”

Moddie Turay

Executive Vice President – Real Estate