All over Detroit, kids participate in a fantastic, free summer camp thanks to Summer in the City. In addition to the camp, the group organizes hundreds of volunteers to work on urban gardening and mural projects. The group has contributed more than 175,000 hours of service.
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.
Eastern Market has been a destination for fresh, delicious food for Detroiters for almost 125 years. Detroiters can avail themselves of its bounty on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and find art, jewelry, and home goods at the market on Sundays, as well.
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.