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Detroit Heroes: Nya Marshall

During these uncertain times, we can lean on hope! We are starting a new series entitled "Detroit Heroes" where we will highlight the essential workers at the City of Detroit ensuring we are safe and our city is running! 


Imagine, after years of planning; opening your own restaurant -- only to have it virtually shut down just 75 days later.

“It was a horrifying experience,” recalls Nya Marshall, the owner of Ivy Kitchen, an American Fusion restaurant on the east side of Detroit. 


Style, elegance, family in DNA of Detroit’s Pink Poodle Dress Lounge

While working in the automotive industry, Raeshawn Bumphers would moonlight as a wedding planner and hospitality service specialist. After 20 years of doing both, Bumphers decided to pursue her real passion – fashion -- full time. 

That’s when she switched gears and took steps to open the Pink Poodle Dress Lounge. Named after her aunt’s bar and lounge in Milwaukee, everything about the dress shop on East Jefferson is inspired by her family’s fashion. 


Residents invited to community meeting to discuss streetscapes in Villages

A community meeting will be held Thursday night for residents in and around the Villages neighborhoods to discuss Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area.

The meeting is hosted by the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development department. Thursday’s meeting specifically hones in on streetscape improvement and retail attraction. Earlier this year, a new implementation plan was announced for the Islandview, West Village, East Village, Indian Village neighborhoods and nearby areas.

Improved Butzel Playfield, new Marcus Garvey Academy on docket for improvement in Villages [email protected] Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:16

More than $5 million in investments will go toward an improved Butzel Playfield, a more attractive streetscape along Kercheval Avenue, additional affordable housing options, and more neighborhood rehabilitation in the Villages neighborhoods are coming in the near future, City of Detroit planning officials announced Thursday night.


New plans for Villages neighborhood to be unveiled at community meeting Thursday night

A community meeting will be held in the Villages to discuss final recommendations from the City of Detroit’s Planning Department on Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area on Thursday night.

After a series of community meetings, the Planning Department will unveil its plans based on more than 1,500 comments and other feedback from residents.


How one resident is moving past the 'Mack and Bewick' trope and embracing a neighborhood packed with history

“I guess I was destined to live in this house,” says Bob Cafagna, sitting in the living room, looking out into the backyard garden. “I feel honored. I feel really honored.”

The teal-colored home on Bewick Street in the East Village neighborhood is the first home a visitor sees when turning off Jefferson Avenue. Along Jefferson, East Village – it is directly to the east of Indian Village – is hidden by apartment buildings and commercial structures. Its northwestern border, Mack Avenue, is a mix of churches, party stores and vacant spaces.


'Beauty in the chaos': Restoring a historical home in East Village

Carla Tinsley-Smith and her husband, Richard “Todd” Smith, were walking around their East Village neighborhood when they happened to see the front door of the 1910 Tudor-style house on the 1300 block of Cadillac Boulevard open.

Or so it seemed to Tinsley-Smith, who recalls that her husband thought otherwise. Nevertheless, she was on a mission. Feeling adventurous, she decided “to make a trek up the stairs,” she says.


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