NYT writer Frank Bruni on Hatch winner Sister Pie & Detroit’s revitalization

  • September 9, 2015
NYT Writer Frank Bruni On Hatch Winner Sister Pie & Detroit’s Revitalization

Sister Pie's latest glowing review hails from New York Times writer Frank Bruni: I bought the cookie at Sister Pie, a bakeshop that opened earlier this year in a resurgent neighborhood here. Sister Pie is unusual, and not just because it makes scones with cauliflower and puts rosemary in its shortbread. Even more noteworthy is its location: a stone’s throw from dozens of the deserted houses and decrepit lots for which Detroit is notorious. Sister Pie shouldn’t be here. That was my first thought when I walked through the door last week to find the kind of hipster crowd and funky scene that I’m accustomed to in Brooklyn, where the shop’s owner, Lisa Ludwinski, lived for six years. My second thought was that Sister Pie is exactly where it belongs, in a city whose future hinges on a new generation of…

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Daily Detroit: Winner Of 2015 Hatch Detroit Contest Live Cycle Delight Shares Prize-Money Plans

  • September 3, 2015
Daily Detroit: Winner Of 2015 Hatch Detroit Contest Live Cycle Delight Shares Prize-Money Plans

Amina Daniels straps on her helmet and pushes off on her bike. Seven bikers follow suit as they follow Amina from Capitol Park in Detroit (across from Detroit Bikes) on a bike loop that includes Harmonie Park, the Dequindre Cut, the United Auto Workers building, Mt. Elliot, and Lafayette before returning to Capitol Park. The route changes weekly, but it typically spans 8-10 miles, starting around 6:45 p.m. until 8:20 p.m.de The group, Live Cycle Delight, is diverse. The youngest is in elementary school wearing a shirt almost to his knees and the oldest rider has visible gray hairs. Live Cycle Delight, owned by Amina Daniels with minority partner Jackie Palmer, is a free-of-charge bike riding group that meets every Wednesday at Capitol Park. Read the rest of the Daily Detroit article from Janis Tsai here.

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Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit top four finalists announced, round two voting open

  • August 21, 2015
Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented By Opportunity Detroit Top Four Finalists Announced, Round Two Voting Open

DETROIT, (Aug. 21, 2015) – The top four finalists for the 2015 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit were announced today. Metro Detroiters have until noon Friday, Aug. 28 to cast their vote for their favorite retail business idea. ““With the more than 15,000 public votes received during this year’s contest, it’s clear Detroit is eager for new business growth in our city,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “With the remarkable success of previous winners Batch Brewing, Hugh, La Feria and Sister Pie, we are confident this year’s winner will continue the tradition by positively impacting Detroit business community.” The final four businesses vying for public votes are: Eskimo Jacks Artisan Cookies + Ice Cream has been serving their made-from-scratch cookies & ice cream through their food carts, events and in several markets in the…

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Freep: Help pick the Detroit Hatch Finalists starting today

  • August 14, 2015
Freep: Help Pick The Detroit Hatch Finalists Starting Today

The 10 semifinalists vying for a $50,000 in this year's Comerica Hatch Detroit contest include a wine store, a cycle studio and a meatball-focused restaurant. You can help select the winner by voting today online. The 10 contestants are: Bohomodern -- a clothing, furniture, decor and gift boutique for women, men, kids and home. Eskimo Jacks Artisan Cookies + Ice Cream -- made-from-scratch cookies and ice cream, sold via food carts, events and in several markets. House of Pure Vin -- a wine store, featuring Michigan vintages, in downtown Detroit. Live Cycle Delight -- a cycle studio in downtown Detroit. Mi Alma -- a southwest Detroit restaurant, featuring "locally-sourced food that comes from the soul" fresh baked goods, house-made sausages and blended juices. MOR & Co. -- an outdoors store for city dwellers, selling high-quality, responsibly made gear, accessories and clothing. Motor City Meatball Kitchen (MCMK) -- a "scratch…

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Detroit Unspun: Comerica Hatch Detroit presents its 2015 Semi Finalists, a group with moxie and business sense

  • August 14, 2015
Detroit Unspun: Comerica Hatch Detroit Presents Its 2015 Semi Finalists, A Group With Moxie And Business Sense

This article was originally published on Detroit Unspun By Karen Dybis What happens when you take a room full of raw ambition, cross it with a $50,000 prize and add the prestige of winning a chance to jump start a business in one of the most desirable addresses in the Midwest? The answer, if you’re a fan of high-energy business competitions, is the the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit. Now in its fifth year, the contest will begin its public voting Friday, Aug. 14, in hopes of finding the next rising retail star in the city. The Top 10 semi finalists were announced Thursday, and their desire to claim the Hatch title was, in some cases, so strong that you could feel it radiate off their bodies. This is a situation where Gordon Gekko-like greed is not only…

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Top 10 semi-finalists announced for 2015 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Opportunity Detroit

  • August 13, 2015
Top 10 Semi-finalists Announced For 2015 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, Presented By Opportunity Detroit

  DETROIT, Mich. (Aug. 13, 2015) – The top 10 semi-finalists in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit were announced today at the One Woodward Building in Detroit. Public voting will begin Friday Aug 14. “This year’s semi finalists have some of the most innovative retail business ideas I’ve seen throughout the contest’s five years,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “Small business growth is what’s going to make this city flourish and we can’t wait to see how this year’s winner will positively impact and inspire future entrepreneurialism in our city.” The top 10 businesses vying for public votes are: Bohomodern will become a brick & mortar boutique featuring clothing, furniture, decor, and gifts for women, men, kids and home. Their new storefront aspires to impart a sense of creativity, optimism and discovery to…

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DAILY DETROIT: Here’s 5 Reasons to Explore Detroit’s West Village

  • August 9, 2015
DAILY DETROIT: Here’s 5 Reasons To Explore Detroit’s West Village

This article was originally published on Daily Detroit By Janis Tsai When a neighborhood becomes “trendy” or “hot,” it is easy to forget how much work and money was involved to get there. West Village is on the east side just past the bridge to Belle Isle and neighbors the more well-known Indian Village. Although the area has weathered the ups and downs of Detroit a bit better than others thanks to a stalwart and resilient community, there’s an additional resurgence happening here based upon that foundation the long-standing community kept in place. It’s a neighborhood with a character all its owns and ties to Detroit’s past that’s worth a look. According to an in-depth Crain’s Business article detailing West Village’s 2014 revival, Villages Community Development Corp. spent $2.83 million rehabbing five properties in the neighborhood. The Detroit Lions made a six-figure…

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Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest kicks-off May 1

  • April 28, 2015
Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Kicks-off May 1

2014 winner Sister Pie opens in West Village April 24 DETROIT– The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns for its fifth year and will begin accepting applications on Friday, May 1. Entrepreneurs with a retail concept must submit their business plan for a chance at winning a $50,000 cash prize provided by Comerica Bank. In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, the winner will also receive a package of services including legal, marketing and advertising, accounting, public relations and IT support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. All applications must be submitted online at www.hatchdetroit.com. For complete submission guidelines and contest rules, visit www.hatchdetroit.com. The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015. Last year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner Sister Pie will open Friday, April 24, just eight months after becoming the contest’s fourth champion. Sister Pie aims to celebrate the…

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New spot grant funding through Detroit Lions awarded to six Hatch Detroit Alumni businesses

  • November 12, 2014
New Spot Grant Funding Through Detroit Lions Awarded To Six Hatch Detroit Alumni Businesses

DETROIT/November 12, 2014 - In an expansion of the Hatch Detroit Alumni Program, six Hatch alumni businesses have been awarded grants to improve their business or get closer to opening their brick and mortar storefront. “We believe strongly in all of the businesses who have competed in the Contest,” says Vittoria Katanski, Executive Director of Hatch Detroit. “This funding from the Detroit Lions will give them the support they deserve as they work to open their doors or advance their business.” These grants have become available through the Detroit Lions in an extension of the Hatch Detroit Alumni Program. Those who were accepted into the Top 10 Semi Finalist rounds of the Contest and who have followed through on their business plans but need additional support, are eligible to apply. Each year, $40,000 will be awarded to selected alumni projects…

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