A Conversation with John O’Brien, GRDC’s Founding Executive Director

In 1989 John O’Brien was the first and only employee of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation. John’s basement office at Mercy College was just big enough to hold a desk with a telephone, and a chair. As John remembers, “it did have a window well, and it was free.” From that basement office, GRDC began its…

Produce Vendors Speak on the Benefits of Shopping at Farmers’ Markets

With access to produce in every grocery store, it is important not to overlook the many benefits of shopping at a farmers’ market. Fresh Produce The produce at a farmers’ market is not quite the same as what is found at the grocery store. Longtime Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market vendor Norris Stephens from Good Medicine…

Meet a New Market Vendor: Evan Neubacher of Central Detroit Christian Community Development

It is Evan Neubacher’s first year at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market. Although it’s still the beginning of the market season, Evan already has loyal customers. At just the third market of the season, Evan chatted with a returning customer and even remembered that his customer’s wife was out of town visiting their grandchildren. Of…

June Neighborhood Safety Meeting Focuses on Summer Safety

We all have a stake in the safety of our community. So, on Thursday, June 27 community members from Grandmont Rosedale and beyond gathered for a Neighborhood Safety Meeting at the North Rosedale Park Community House to discuss just that – neighborhood safety. The meeting was hosted by GRDC’s Crime Prevention Task Force, a group…

Welcome Ariya’s Apparel and Accessories to the Grand River WorkPlace Pop-up Spot!

Sometimes, despite a lot of preparation, education and practice, one still needs a little encouragement to do something daring. Making the step from a mobile business to a brick and mortar location, even if it’s only for a few months, was a step Akeya Muhammad was reluctant to make. Luckily for her, GRDC’s Economic Development…