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

BIZ Small Business Spotlight – House of Pure Vin

BIZ Small Business Spotlight – House of Pure Vin Owner, Regina Gaines November 2023 BIZ Small Business Spotlight features Regina Gaines, owner of House of Pure Vin, which has been . . .

Small Business Spotlights

Spectacles in Downtown Detroit, the Place to Be!

Zana Smith opened Spectacles in Downtown Detroit and believes this is just the beginning. She loves being Downtown because the community has so much to offer and it is the . . .

Small Business Spotlights

BESA, Where Customers Come First

The word “Besa” is Albanian, which means “our guest before ourself.” Learn about this restaurant that provides a taste of the Adriatic Sea and how they aim to live up . . .

Small Business Spotlights

100+ Years of Experience, Invaluable Advice

Hot Sam’s has been in business in Downtown Detroit for more than 100 years. Cliff Green and his business partner, Tony Stovall became owners of the staple men’s clothier in . . .

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?

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 . . .

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