Focus On: Detroit Renaissance
Local Community Loyalty
Whole Foods Market recently celebrated its Detroit location's 4th year of success. Whole Foods made this happen by integrating itself into the community whole-heartedly, from providing locals classes on job applying, food business management and how to grocery shop healthily on a budget, to using Detroit scrap yard recycled materials for store signs and proudly displaying local artists' Detroit-themed art. Read more about it in this issue's guest commentary.
Partnerships and Hires That Matter
Detroit non-profits Community Growth Partners and Eastern Market Corporation partnered together to form Red Truck Fresh Produce. Red Truck supports the local economy by supplying products from Detroit-based growers and businesses. Red Truck is staffed by veterans, trained through a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. Working together to enrich Detroit.
Detroit Manufacturing Reinvigorated
The great minds behind Shinola thought: "The question isn't why you'd build a watch factory in Detroit, it's why you'd want to see American jobs go anywhere else?" Shinola has brought back and continues to expand manufacturing jobs in Detroit, in categories from watches to bicycles to even hospitality - the Shinola Hotel - amongst several others. Of all the things they make, American jobs might just be the thing they're most proud of. #RollUpOurSleeves.
In The News
- Ken Nisch on Amazon fulfillment centers in MI
- Detroit dining scene invades the burbs
- design:retail gallery of Allen Edmonds' store design
- Power of scent lures Detroiters in the door
What's Trending: How Whole Foods Embraced & Enriched Detroit
When Whole Foods announced their decision to build a store in Midtown Detroit almost six years ago, the announcement was greeted with considerable skepticism. Many commented that the store would never get built. Others said that if it were built it would close within the first year. June 5 of this year, the store will celebrate the 4th anniversary of its opening and its success has been resounding...
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