Grand River WorkPlace Member Spotlight: Danielle North

Danielle North, Founding Executive Director of Degree Forward, is passionately pursuing college completion rates for working adults and professionals. What inspires you? My commitment to supporting my community and making an impact in the lives of disenfranchised members of our society. Who is your ideal client? Working professionals and adults. Why did you choose Grand…

Chantele Jones, Owner of Estella’s Vegan Dessert Boutique in the pop-up retail space in Grand River WorkPlace

Chantele Jones, owner of Estella’s Vegan Dessert Boutique is proud that her shop is the first and only black women all vegan bakery in Detroit. Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation is proud that she chose to open her business in a brick and mortar space for the first time in our Grand River WorkPlace pop-up retail…

Grandmont Rosedale’s Boy Scout Troop 123 Welcomes New Members for Adventure and Fun

At a meeting in March, the nine young men of Boy Scout Troop 123 sat around two tables. The younger group was putting together personal first aid kits, and the older group was working out the details of their upcoming trip to Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. This Trip Committee figures out how much…

Grand River WorkPlace Member Spotlight: Alicia Skillman

Alicia Skillman, PLLC assists small business, families, and individuals on their journey to freedom: probate and estate planning, trademark and copyright, contracts, small business general counsel, real estate closing, DEI, ethics, and life. What inspires you? There are many routes to financial freedom and this is one for me. I assist my clients with their…

Summary of GRDC’s February Neighborhood Safety Meeting

Every other month, members of GRDC’s Crime Prevention Task Force organize a Neighborhood Safety Meeting, which welcomes residents to express their concerns about crime and safety. A guest speaker and topic is chosen for the Neighborhood Safety Meeting, and relevant Detroit Police Department officials (and others) are asked to attend and participate. On Thursday, February…

Aaron Hall’s Small Business Grows at Grand River WorkPlace

Aaron Hall started his business, Motor City G.S.D (German Shepard Dogs), at Grand River WorkPlace, 19120 Grand River, about four years ago, and business has been good. So good in fact, that Aaron is looking for his own storefront, preferably somewhere close by so that he can continue “living and working in Grandmont Rosedale.” Motor…

Many Residents Attend the Community Conversation about the Senior, Mixed-Use Development Coming to 19505 Grand River

Over 50 Grandmont Rosedale residents attended the Wednesday, Feb. 23 virtual meeting about the demolition and redevelopment of the old IHOP at 19505 Grand River. This new development will feature 42 apartments. There will also be three spaces set aside for communal activities. These apartments are in response to residents’ desire to age in place…

Attend the Community Meeting for the New, Mixed-Use Building Coming to 19505 Grand River

You may have heard about Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation’s plans to demolish the long vacant and blighted old IHOP at 19505 Grand River. In its place, GRDC will build a new, mixed-use building that will include 42 one and two bedroom senior apartments. There will also be three community spaces set aside for communal activities.…

Meet John Jones, Jr. – The Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Manager

John’s introduction to outdoor Detroit produce markets started not as a shopper or a vendor. John’s dad was in charge of security at Eastern Market, and about seven years ago, the security department was looking for some more workers. John figured, “Why not? It’s a job, right?” Over time, John came to love Eastern Market.…

DTown Vinyl: Detroit’s Only Black, Women-Owned Vinyl Supply Store Opens in Grandmont Rosedale

Co-owners Sidney Farrington and Jessica Tidwell opened DTown Vinyl, Detroit’s only black and woman-owned craft vinyl supply store in Detroit about 10 months ago, right in the middle of the pandemic, and business is good. The store offers heat transfer vinyl, printable vinyl sheets, glitter, rhinestones, and more. This willingness to take a risk, and…