Articles in: Small Business Spotlight

Threads and Legs: A Truly Detroit Shopping Experience

July 23, 2021

By Kitty Whitfield, Small Business Engagement Manager Threads and Legs offers a truly Detroit shopping experience. Located in the First National Building, the unique and inexpensive boutique opened eight years ago by owner and creative powerhouse Pam Washington. Pam said she remembers loving to shop at the iconic Winkelman’s when she was growing up. She enjoyed the merchandise and the shopping experience each store was able to provide. And she envisions Winkelman’s as she works to recreate its cozy and welcoming environment at Threads and Legs. And aside from the steady stream of shoppers at Threads and Legs, she is happy to see those who simply look in to say “hello” or stop by for a chat. Pam appears to have hit her mark! When you step into the store, it is like a visit to the closet of your favorite Aunt who will let you try on anything you want.  Inventory stays fresh every month and is full of versatile pieces — from casual to office wear, and items in every size, shape, and form, including an unmatched supply of hosiery in sizes up to 5X! When Pam retired from AT&T she thought she was ready for a rest,…

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Simmons and Clark Jewelers, Classic Detroit, Classic Customer Service

April 23, 2021

By Kitty Whitfield, Small Business Engagement Manager To walk into Simmons and Clark Jewelers is like opening a door to the past. That feeling does not just refer to the beautiful original polished wood showcases on display that were a part of the building when they opened 96 years ago. It is the feeling you have been here before. You feel truly welcomed when you walk in the door and see the face of the third-generation owner, Michael Simmons. Michael learned the jewelry business and his love of Detroit from his late grandfather, Fred and his father George, who regrettably pasted away last year. Simmons and Clark was advertised almost every day on Detroit radio in through the 1960s and 70s. The business itself was like a member of the family. Michael says his Dad instilled in him that this business was here for the long haul and to “treat people the way you want to be treated.” The store was started by Fred Simmons and Harry Clark. They borrowed $5,000 and opened their store on October 1, 1925, just in time for the busy holiday season. They have never looked back. As one of the original credit jewelers in…

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Congratulations Hot Sam’s Detroit on 100 Years!

February 22, 2021

“Owned by two legendary Detroiters, Tony Stovall and Cliff G. Green. Hot Sam’s is an iconic Detroit Men’s Fashion Brand built on an essential lifestyle promise. The Hot Sam’s brand has always been synonymous with High Quality Detroit Style. The story goes that in 1974 a couple of determined and hard-working young men started at Hot Sam’s and worked their way up the ladder and in 1994 became owners of the very store they worked at, which makes this fashion and lifestyle label a true American/ Detroit Dream personified.”

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Meet Zack, Owner of Le Pecora Nera

October 27, 2020

Zach started out as a 14-year-old working in a restaurant in Dearborn Heights. When contemplating his next move, he was drawn to downtown Detroit. He has memories of coming downtown with his family as he was growing up and always had an affinity for the city. “I figured it was the best place to expand myself and my career,” Kostegian said.

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