Small Business Spotlights

Small businesses are critical to the growth and economic health of a Downtown. The BIZ works to support this community and step in when a need arises. Small Business Spotlights take a snapshot in time of a business in Downtown and tells a story that not everyone may know right away.

Small Business Spotlights

Shopping Small Makes a Big Impact

November 26 is Small Business Saturday. In 2021, U.S. consumer spending on Small Business Saturday was north of $23 billion.  Let’s break that down locally.   According to American Express, 70 . . .

Small Business Spotlights

Continuing the Legacy 

By Kitty Whitfield, Small Business Engagement Manager  The Atheneum Suite Hotel opened 30 years ago at a time when there was only two upscale hotels in Downtown Detroit. While the hotel . . .

Small Business Spotlights

Calexico, Freshii, Lunchtime Global, What’s Next For Randy Dickow?

By Kitty Whitfield, Small Business Engagement Manager Randy Dickow, owner of three Downtown eateries and son of a successful Detroit businessman, grew up familiar with the city.  He knew where . . .

Small Business Spotlights

City Market: Generations of Hospitality

By Kitty Whitfield, Small Business Engagement Manager Have you ever craved caviar at midnight and wondered where you could buy it in Downtown Detroit? Only at City Market located at . . .

Small Business Spotlights

Threads and Legs: A Truly Detroit Shopping Experience

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 . . .

Small Business Spotlights

Simmons and Clark Jewelers, Classic Detroit, Classic Customer Service

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 . . .

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