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Millennial Business Owner Looks to Revolutionize Auctions, Estate Sales For a New Generation

    Everyone thinks they have unpredictable work weeks, but Aaron Siepierski truly can claim that description. Siepierski is the owner of Aaron’s Estate Sales, a family-owned and award-winning estate-sale company based in Birmingham, Mich. Last week, Siepierski and his team put together one of the most well publicized and anticipated estates sales of 2017: […]

New Business Partners Hope to Revive an Old Detroit Tradition: The Schvitz

Some call it a sauna. The new owners of Detroit’s last public steam bath call it the “Motherhouse of Heat.” Generations of Detroiters have called it the best place to take a meeting, hang out with co-workers or meet new friends. It is The Detroit Schvitz, and it is undergoing a massive renovation and revival. […]

Author Reflects on Her Life and Memories of Michigan in New Memoir

Sharon Harrigan is the author of “Playing with Dynamite: A Memoir” (releasing October 1, 2017). Kirkus Reviews calls it “a warm, engaging read about the ways in which memory distorts our understanding of family.” Her work has also appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love) and elsewhere. Harrigan will be reading at Literati in […]

Wallace Guitars, Michigan Craftspeople Highlighted in Television Series ‘Handcrafted America’

A love of history. An understanding of what musicians want and what they need. A willingness to learn. These are the ingredients behind Wallace Detroit Guitars. The company, which Mark Wallace founded in 2014, takes ethically reclaimed wood and turns it into high-end guitars. The guitars, which use wood from Detroit buildings and historically significant […]

Business Owner Expands Her Reach with Unique Events Bonding Pets and Pet Owners

A love of dogs, an understanding of the need for dog-friendly events and a great group of dog owners are part of the reason Liz Blondy has such a thriving company in Canine to Five. Blondy, owner of the longtime dog-grooming, daycare and boarding business, recently celebrated the 10th year of “Drinking with Dogs.” She […]

Cobo Center Celebrates Local, Regional Artists with New Art Installations

Detroit is a city of art, history, muscle and creativity. So to get to know it, you need to invest in these parts of its personality, and you need to explore its artists, their work and their inspirations. That is what the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) and the DRCFA Art Foundation have done […]

Hatch Detroit Business Competition Reveals Its Top 10 Semi-Finalists to win $50k

The 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Bedrock has a new crop of sem-finalists competing to open the latest and greatest retail concept in the city. The Top 10, revealed in a special event Thursday, are competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and […]

Bike-Sharing Programs Moving Into Cities to Ease Commutes, Offer Healthy Travel Options

Maybe you want a two-wheeled commute. Maybe you walked to your meeting and need a faster way back to the office. Maybe you just need a mid-afternoon break. Whatever the reason, more cities are adding bike-sharing programs to their downtowns and neighborhoods to help people find convenient and healthy ways of getting around town. Along […]

Office of a Different Color

When you think of corporate America, tag artists and graffiti don’t usually come to mind, but this company took a different approach. When you walk up to Global Telecom Solutions (GTS), the outside of their building doesn’t prepare you for the masterful artistry of the colorful walls and doors of this telecommunications consulting firm. “It […]

Steal This Idea: Get Help When You Make a Surprising Business Announcement

Media from radio to newspapers to blogs as well as social-media sites exploded with the news: Detroit’s beloved Henry the Hatter had lost its lease for its longtime storefront. People assumed the worst, and many longtime fans were afraid that Henry the Hatter was closing. The news, which came out in early July, has remained at the […]

After 55 Years in Business, The Temptations’ Otis Williams Still Loves Making Music

Otis Williams not only has a top-notch singing voice – he’s the last living original member of Motown icons The Temptations – but he has a mind for business, marketing and storytelling. That is why Williams continues to focus on not only improving himself, but growing the Temptations brand. Looking at one of the music […]

‘Incredibly Grateful’ Shinola Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Making Watches in Detroit

Detroit is home to many iconic companies, and their names become synonymous with the city, its hard-working mentality and its overall forward-thinking attitude. They range from classics like R.L. Polk to tasty foodies like Better Made Snack Foods to beloved MBAD African Bead Museum. A relatively new addition to the list is Shinola – the […]

Adient’s First Timer Talks Investment, Economic Opportunity at Mackinac Policy Conference

He admits it: Glen Ponczak, Adient’s vice president of communications and investor relations, is a newbie to the Mackinac Policy Conference. It’s his first time attending the event, which takes place on Mackinac Island the end of May. “While I have been with involved with the auto industry for 30 years during my tenure with […]

DiChiera: To Inspire Creativity in Yourself and Others You Have to Make the Time

David DiChiera understands the work-life balance more so than the average American. After all, this is a man who started an opera company in Detroit, built a successful entertainment venue and composed beloved operas including “Cyrano.” This month, his Michigan Opera Theatre will conclude its 2016-17 season with “Cyrano,” the masterwork of MOT Founder and Artistic […]

Football Helmet Manufacturer Taps Students to Innovate Football Safety

What happens when a group of creative students is challenged to research, design and, in some cases, redesign football-safety equipment? You get an amazing partnership that changes people’s lives at all levels. Xenith, an innovative Detroit-based football helmet and equipment manufacturer, and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), a private, fully-accredited college, have wrapped up […]