January Roundup: 5 New Businesses Coming to Detroit

By Gabriela Jovel on January 14th, 2013 / Comments

In the January edition of this series we feature new places for you to feed your belly, enrich your soul, and rest your head.

For the Foodies

The Roasting Plant
Boasting 11 types of coffee beans to choose from this fresh coffee shop will be opening later this week in the First National Building near Campus Martius. In-house roasting and made to order cups can be seen as resurging or antiquated (we think resurging) and brings charm to a sea of cookie cutter cafes. With its location not too far from the North American International Auto Show taking place at Cobo Hall this week you might want to stop by.

Detroit Institute of Bagels
It has been a long road for Ben & Dan Newman and their new Corktown bakery. From an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to participating in Hatch Detroit’s 2011 competition, their dream is becoming a reality. In the past year the DIB has sold their product in Eastern Market and are slated to open their new home later this year. Follow the DIB along.

Moving into the D

323East
This Royal Oak marketing agency turned local and international artist’s gallery is making the move to 1410 Gratiot in spring 2013. Owners Jesse Cory and Dan Armand say that in addition to needing more space they are missing the energy of downtown. The new location is situated near Eastern Market and the Red Bull House of Art, which opened last year.

New Ventures

Drive
Looking for a new hangout to relax and play and invigorating game of ping pong? With its grand opening just around the corner, Friday, January 18th, you’ll be able to head own to Detroit’s Table Tennis Social Club. Founded by Diallo and Jameel Smith the space has six tables, each with its own charity. Players can come in and rent the tables with a portion of each fee going to a local charity. In addition to investors the Smiths had a Kickstarter campaign to help cover licensing and additional costs. It was successfully funded earlier this year.

Boutique Hotel & Community Work Space
The brain child of Shel Kimen, MSU graduate with many ties to Michigan, this 36 room hotel and communal work space marries urban development and entrepreneurship beautifully. The space would be near Easter Market and constructed from shipping containers. Kimen hopes the 16,000 square-foot space and hotel will open in 2013.

In the event we missed your business or one you love, let us know and we will add it. Check out our December roundup too.

About the Author

Gabriela Jovel

Aspiring to learn something new every day and make a difference in Detroit by helping the little guy. @gjovel.