Huffington Post Films Torya Blanchard of “Good Girls”

So, I realize this is probably old hat to those on the cutting edge of all things Google alert or RSS feed-friendly, but the Huffington Post did a film that went live last week on Torya Blanchard, the woman behind Good Girls Go to Paris. Torya tells a pretty great story of Detroit, about making it happen, about following that little spark in your belly that says DO IT. Or, in her words:

“This is the time to get in the on the groundwork, to open open your restaurant, to open your business, because you have a captive audience in this area. It’s a perfect time, rent is inexpensive, you can do whatever you want in the city of Detroit. I absolutely love it. I wake up every day loving my life. I don’t think I could ever go back to a nine to five.”

And there you have it. Detroit: all that and a Vera crepe (Whoo! That thing is delicious). Anyway, see the full film below.

Detroit! Another Nod From NYTimes

The New York Times gives another nod to Detroit entrepreneurship featuring all the big hitters around town– Burton Theatre, Leopold’s Books, Bureau or Urban Living, Good Girls Go to Paris, Curl Up and Dye. It’s a worthy salute to the faces that make Detroit a vibrant place to be.

There was also a little chatter this morning about the film screening on Thursday, 14 Jan. As a reminder, there will be a little DIY screen printing station for some added pizzaz. Bring a piece of clothing, cardboard, plywood, masonite, an old window frame, whatever. Just bring something to print on if you want to take part. The design available for printing will be something new for the event. Go, go, go gadget COOL!

The Quiet Rumble

There’s the smell of momentum as we round the corner in to winter. Single family home sales in the ten county area including Wayne are up 7.1% in Sept according to a research group in Farmington Hills. Small business seems to be kicking with new additions popping up. Take Hugh for example, a non-permanent retail store (on Park Avenue) celebrating classic bachelor style that will last until February and then.. well.. it’s gone. But hey, New York Mag says intentionally temporary is the next best thing in the retail world. So Detroit is hip now thanks to owner Joe Posch and his new store. Then there’s Alvin’s, a bar and restaurant that was once a popular WSU hangout, newly re-opened and ready for business. And in other food-related happenings, the “Vera” crepe at Good Girls Go To Paris does NOT suck at all.