Detroit has witnessed a remarkable transformation in recent years. The small businesses that have taken root in the city's neighborhoods are at the heart of this revival. These entrepreneurial ventures have breathed new life into once-neglected areas and played a significant role in making Detroit's neighborhoods beautiful.
With this in mind, the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods and DEGC District Business Liaisons (DBL) have partnered to recognize small businesses with great curb appeal in neighborhood corridors across the city.
"This year, the DEGC's District Business Liaison team partnered with the City of Detroit for the Detroit Beautiful Business Recognition. Whether a business owner has been around for many years or is just getting started, we felt it was important to honor those who intentionally positively impact the community," said Lashawna Manigault, Director of the District Business Liaison Program. "In many instances, local neighborhood groups are also working hand in hand to support business corridors in clean-up and beautification efforts. We are all so proud of our City and we want everyone to know that your efforts uplift us all and do not go unnoticed."
The DBL team has also partnered with the City of Detroit's BSEED and General Services Department to educate business owners about operating a legal, compliant, and safe establishment.
Throughout the summer, DBL's will hand out Beautiful Business Recognition certificates to business owners throughout the city.
Businesses that have been recognized so far include:
“It’s quite an honor. We’ve put a lot of work into this space and this street. It’s always nice to be recognized for the work that you put in," said SimplyCasual ClothingStore owner Rufus Bartell. "I’m a firm believer that you keep your head down and let your work show.”
Small businesses have become the unsung heroes behind Detroit's renaissance, working tirelessly to revitalize neighborhoods, foster community engagement, and celebrate the city's unique identity. Their impact extends beyond economic benefits, as they create beauty, inspire pride, and cultivate a sense of belonging among residents.
“We’ve worked really hard to (maintain) the business, making sure the community is clean, and we’re very thankful for this award,” said Kristina Duhani, of Motown Cafe & Grill.
Here are some resources available to Detroit's small business owners:
“I’m so excited and honored to receive this award. I’m going to continue to do my best as a business leader in the city of Detroit," said Skin Bar VII owner Sevyn Jones.
It is essential to recognize and celebrate the small businesses that have transformed Detroit as they continue to be the driving force behind the city's vibrant and prosperous future.