NewsroomDetroit’s Commercial Corridors Open for Business All Year Long
From Lily Hamburger
Director of Small Business Retention & Attraction
Customers are invited to Shop Local for all of their needs — year round
Small businesses offer in-demand goods and services in Detroit neighborhoods
Shopping Detroit’s small businesses keeps spending dollars in the City
Detroit’s retail community is asking shoppers to think twice before heading to the mall or big-box stores and choose neighborhood businesses instead. Detroit’s shopping districts are a great place to find everyday items and specialty products highlighting the city’s unique flair.
This effort is especially important as many of Detroit’s commercial corridors undergo Streetscape construction to improve roads and other structural elements. Detroit’s neighborhoods are rich with small businesses that have served our communities for generations, as well as those recently opened or in the process. Everyone is urged to support these businesses throughout the year and spread the word throughout metro Detroit.
Several of Detroit’s shopping districts, such as Grandmont Rosedale, are destination neighborhoods with a thriving retail hub. Shoppers are invited to spend the day in these communities enjoying the many shops and unique amenities.
Businesses along Detroit’s iconic Avenue of Fashion are encouraging shoppers to utilize the free shuttle service and convenient off-street parking lots during Streetscape construction. Several new businesses, such as Shears & Shaves, Three Thirteen Shoe Doctor and The Broadway Men’s Clothes have recently opened, giving consumers more reasons to shop Livernois. Even institutions, like Baker’s, are reminding everyone that the Avenue of Fashion is open for business. You can find a complete list of the businesses impacted by Livernois construction here.
Shop Local: Small Business Saturday
For the ninth year, the DEGC is coordinating a campaign to drive shoppers to Detroit businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Spending in Detroit’s neighborhood stores on Small Business Saturday is another way to strengthen our communities. In addition to helping Detroit, you’ll find a variety of affordable, practical, unique and fun items. The DEGC is leading the charge to make shopping local, easy and stress free, which helps everyone enjoy the holidays, including our neighborhoods’ cherished small business owners.
Small Business Saturday began in 2010 as a nationwide effort to encourage customers to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season. Since then, Small Business Saturday has taken its place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the season’s most popular shopping days.
Information on Detroit’s Small Business Saturday, including a complete list of participating businesses and retailer offerings, is coming soon.
DETROIT’S NORTHWEST GOLDBERG NEIGHBORHOOD SET FOR CHANGES
The first privately-negotiated Community Benefits Agreement in Detroit’s history was recently signed for a mixed-use development in Detroit’s Northwest Goldberg neighborhood.
PAYMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITY WILL BE UNIFIED STARTING THIS FALL
Beginning in October, QLINE, DDOT AND SMART will all utilize the same payment system, allowing QLINE riders to easily transfer onto DDOT and SMART buses and vice versa. Read more about the change in payment systems here.
ANOTHER FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATTRACTION SLATED TO OPEN ON DETROIT WATERFRONT
Atwater Beach is expected to open soon as part of Detroit’s network of family-friendly open spaces. The area will include a sandy beach, playscape, event shed and more. Read more about the 3.2-acre site here.
DETROIT’S CORE CITY NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS IS ON TRACK
The Core City neighborhood is seeing more progress as developer Philip Kafka continues to rehabilitate properties in the area. A new restaurant, Magnet, is expected to open in September and several new tenants have moved into the area, including Round 11 Motor City Match cash awardee, Ochre Bakery. Read more about the development progress here.
FREE SHUTTLE HELPS BUSINESSES ON LIVERNOIS AVENUE OF FASHION DURING CONSTRUCTION
To help combat traffic and parking issues during the Avenue of Fashion’s beautification project, the City has implemented a free shuttle to help customers get to and from businesses in the area. Read more here.