New Business Roundup: Great Things Coming to Detroit

By Gabriela Jovel on December 15th, 2012 / Comments

Michigan is booming with new industries, laws and creativity daily. From tech companies to new companies moving from the suburbs to the D, we have compiled a December roundup for you. After all, the best consumer is an informed consumer.

For Foodies

Rodin
Situated in Park Shelton this new restaurant brings French cuisine to Midtown. Named after the famed artist Auguste Rodin, whose sculpture The Thinker sits stoically outside of Woodward Ave’s Detroit Institute of Arts, this addiction is sure to bring a new vitality to the area. More so if you hear Torya Blanchard, entrepreneur and owner of Good Girls go to Paris Crepes, describe it as “A David Lynch film as a bar with dancing.” Having celebrated its grand opening on 12-12-12 they are ready and eager for new customers.

Whole Foods Market
It may still be under construction but the new store located at Mack and Woodward Ave is certainly coming along. Continuing on its founder’s mission to find balance between corporate and social goals, this new location will provide 75 new jobs to Midtown, and provide healthy food options to the community around it. The $1 million incentive from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to Whole Foods is going to pay off for consumers.

Moving to the D

Agency 720
Announced in June, this national advertising agency made the move just last week to One Detroit Center in Detroit. Recently their Metro Detroit office was located in Troy, but according to a statement they are “ready to take Detroit by storm.”

NanoSteel
Based in Providence, RI, NanoSteel specializes in nano alloy technology and is looking to push their products to Michigan’s biggest industry, automotive manufacturers.

New Developments

Ilitch Holdings
Despite accusations of not paying taxes, the Ilitch family recently announced new development plans for downtown. The project will cost $650 million, which will be publicly and privately funded, and the Illitch family plans on building a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings along with retail, residential, and office space. It is speculated this new development will take place near the Fox Theatre, which is also home to Comerica Park and Ford Field.

Are you helping lead the movement back to Detroit? Let us know if your business should be on this list and we’ll add it.

Photo via Rodin

About the Author

Gabriela Jovel

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