Business

After “epic” flood, Detroit Zen Center looks to be a model for stormwater management

Picture a Zen monastery and what do you see? Monks and apprentices meditating and performing their daily duties quietly. A silence that’s interrupted only by the sounds of nature and the gong to indicate the changing day.  Though located in Hamtramck and not an isolated mountain range, the Detroit Zen Center may seem similar to this picture on the outside. ...

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Ferndale chocolate and cheese shop opens second location in Midtown

Now is the season for comforting snacks and desserts. Which means it’s the perfect time to open for Mongers’ Provisions, a chocolate and cheese shop that will celebrate its grand opening on Cass Avenue in Midtown on Saturday, Dec. 8.  This will be the second location for Monger’s Provisions, which already has a shop in Ferndale. The stores are owned ...

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This hip-hop entrepreneur is hoping to build a smart village in his hometown of Highland Park

Buena Vista Street in Highland Park is in pretty rough shape. The road is potholed to nearly gravel. Abandoned houses and overgrown lots line the street.  But one remarkable transformation on the block carries the promise of a new direction for the economically-challenged city. Developer Juan Shannon is in the process of turning the grounds of Thompson Elementary School — ...

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How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.  In December 2008, Classic Chevrolet shuttered its location in Wyoming, just outside Grand Rapids. The huge building stood empty. ...

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Tourism is up in Detroit. What does it mean for the city’s economy?

After several years of advertising Detroit as “America’s Great Comeback City,” the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled a new marketing campaign this year, shifting focus from changing perceptions of the city to selling it as a bona fide tourist destination. Whereas billing Detroit as America’s Great Comeback City was an image campaign, the new one, It’s GO Time, ...

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