Under Armour store in Detroit to open April 13

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Frank Witsil , Detroit Free Press 4:13 p.m. ET March 28, 2017 636263018268611537-IMG-IMG-0138.JPG-DG-KP.j-1-.JPG The Under Armour store in downtown Detroit is set to open April 13. The store, which is part of a retail chain that specializes in making and selling high-end sportswear and athletic gear, was announced by the company’s CEO and Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert about four months ago. It will be at 1201 Woodward, not far from rival sportswear retailer Nike, which opened last spring to big crowds and fanfare. Under Armour said Detroit was an ideal location for the company as an “icon of Americana.” Like…

Albom: Detroit Pistons going back where they belong, in the city

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Does it really matter where a sports team plays? Don’t the New York Giants labor in New Jersey? Don’t the Los Angeles Angels suit up in Anaheim? Yes. But sometimes, sometimes, it truly makes a difference. The Detroit Pistons have been out of Detroit for nearly 40 years. For a decade, they played in a cavernous football stadium in Pontiac. Then they built a lovely but lonely home on empty acreage in Auburn Hills. But basketball is a city game at its core, and there was always a tug to get the Pistons to dribble back. On Tuesday, that tug…

Jeans retailer fits snugly into Detroit’s Rivertown

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Ian Thibodeau , The Detroit News 11:36 p.m. EST November 11, 2016 There’s nothing fancy about the rugged heritage jeans sold at Detroit Denim Co., despite the $250 price tag. They’re just well-made, says company founder Eric Yelsma. “We’re making something as best as it can be made,” Yelsma said, standing in the middle of the flagship store and garment factory that he and Detroit Denim co-owners opened earlier this year in part of a former warehouse called the Dongan Building in Detroit’s Rivertown neighborhood. The opening of the store at 2987 Franklin brought back to life one of the…

Minority presence growing in downtown retail boom

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Ian Thibodeau, The Detroit News 11:03 p.m. EDT August 12, 2016 2016-0727-dg-minority0092Buy Photo (Photo: David Guralnick / The Detroit News) Filling a 6,000-square-foot storefront on Woodward with merchandise was daunting for new business owner Roslyn Karamoko. But, she says, “There’s a community of people who are rooting for the store.” The 31-year-old African-American woman opened her clothing store and art gallery, Détroit is the New Black, in July in the heart of downtown Detroit’s blossoming shopping drag. Karamoko’s is one of a few minority- and woman-owned stores to open downtown recently. While the number of minority businesses is growing downtown,…

Detroit as a high-end shopping destination? Midtown carves out growing retail scene

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By Ian Thibodeau | ithibode@mlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on April 04, 2016 at 6:00 AM, updated April 04, 2016 at 8:12 AM DETROIT NEIGHBORHOODS Private college police could get more authority as Detroit Mercy seeks to improve neighborhood Tiger Stadium project brings neighborhoods, kids into Detroit’s resurgence, PAL CEO says Mini-grocery stores needed in Downtown Detroit, Bedrock CEO says Mayor Duggan plans for ’20 minute’ neighborhoods, ‘uniquely Detroit’ improvements Dan Gilbert says Detroit needs to start thinking big All Stories DETROIT – The 400 block of West Canfield in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood looked less like a…

Rugged Carhartt debuts Detroit Midtown store

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Detroit — Rugged workwear lovers, rejoice: Carhartt opens its first store in Detroit Thursday. The Dearborn-based apparel maker debuts its flagship store in a historic building at 5800 Cass Ave. It’s near the northern edge of Wayne State University’s main campus in Midtown. “The city of Detroit is experiencing a renaissance and rejuvenation led by small and large businesses alike,” Linda Hubbard, president and COO, said in a statement earlier this year. “Carhartt has been committed to the city for well over a century and we take great pride in calling Detroit home.” Carhartt is setting up shop in an…

Woodward Throwbacks

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We are a social entrepreneurship that focuses on using materials gathered from illegal dumping sites throughout Detroit. Our city has many problems facing it, and illegal dumping is one that hasn’t seen much action. We comb the city by bike in search of illegal dumping sites. We take truck loads out weekly, bringing the materials back to our workshop. We try to keep the materials as natural as possible. Sanding the splinters away but leaving as much of the character as possible. Detroit is a rough and raw place, and we want our products to reflect the environment they were…

Revitalising Detroit, a dish at a time

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Think of Detroit and the first words that usually come to mind are ‘cars,’ ‘Motown,’ or more recently, ‘broke.’ But with the bankruptcy behind the city (it emerged from Chapter 9 last November), the latest buzz on the street is not about ‘restructuring,’ but rather, ‘revitalising.’ One of the most visible signs of the city’s comeback is the number of new restaurants popping up in old buildings: nurturing Detroiters with both farm-to-table food and the refurbishment of beloved, previously vacant, spaces. It took brothers, David and Tom Carleton, and their business partner, Sean Emory, nearly four years to obtain the…

Menswear Designer John Varvatos Opens Shop in Downtown Detroit

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Thursday was a high-profile day for John Varvatos, a Detroit native and contemporary menswear designer, who opened an upscale shop in downtown Detroit. During the day, Dan Gilbert put on a news event at the shop to promote Friday’s debut at 1500 Woodward Avenue in the Wright-Kay building, one of the many buildings downtown that Gilbert owns. Then at night, Varvatos attended the Detroit Red Wing game at Joe Louis and ended up saying a few words on the electronic scoreboard for all to hear. “I’m so excited and stimulated,” he said Thursday, as he showed off his store during…

Freep’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year is Selden Standard

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Detroit’s restaurant scene blossomed last year in a way it hadn’t in decades — and Selden Standard is #1. A young cook stirs the glowing embers in the wood-fired grill and adds another log of Michigan hardwood to the flames. Nearby, guests begin gathering in the bar, their conversations blending with the staccato rhythm of cocktail shakers. It’s almost 5 p.m. — time for dinner service to begin at Selden Standard in Midtown Detroit. The kitchen’s daily prep is done: Hand-braided loaves of brioche rise in the pastry kitchen. Hanger steaks, duck sausages and glistening whole trout await the grill….