Opening in fall 2014, Selden Standard caters to young professionals looking for an upscale meal minus the white linens. Offering small, sharable plates that feature seasonal, local fare, the restaurant also has a tasty, affordable wine list.
Troubled by lack of access to high-quality, healthy foods in Detroit, the folks behind Fresh Corner Café decided to create a network of 21 locations, including gas stations and corner grocery stores, where you might not have thought to look for a healthy, fresh, deliciously affordable meal.
Two brothers driven to bring “fine bagels to the masses” proffer small-batch bagels like rosemary olive oil and bacon cheddar alongside more traditional flavors. They also make spreads and schmears ranging from cream cheese to butternut squash tahini spread.
Taste Love Cupcakes cupcakes are made from premium ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. With scrumptious flavors such as sweet potato and dark-chocolate salted caramel, it’s no wonder this Royal Oak–based bakery has been such a hit. In Detroit, you can find their half-pint and mini cupcakes at Whole Foods.
Red House Imports sources coffee from an organic, environmentally conscious co-op in Costa Rica. That’s great for Costa Rica, but it’s also great for Detroit, because the company plans to donate a portion of its profits to local charities and education programs. Red House Imports sells coffee on its website and hopes to make the coffee available at retail locations later this summer.
What began as a line of city-themed products blossomed into two booming retail stores: City Bird and its neighbor two doors down, Nest. City Bird sells handmade goods, T-shirts, and vintage map notebooks with a hip Detroit flavor, while Nest offers an array of beautiful housewares.
Semester in Detroit students live, learn, and work in the city, engaging with local community organizations and leaders to make a difference—and become invested themselves. Students not only spend their semester living in the city, but also interning with a community partner. The program also co-sponsors a “Detroiters Speak” series of public talks each term, highlighting the history and culture of the city.