UP TO CODE
I was provided a $10,000 loan from Kiva Detroit that helped me bring the building up to code. We developed two handicap accessible restrooms and obtained security and surveillance monitoring equipment.
Kiva Detroit: https://www.kiva.org/detroit
HOW WE STARTED
I loved studying in coffee shops during my undergrad and law degree at Michigan State University. The relationships you can develop around something small, like a cup of coffee, are important. I saw an opportunity to provide a space where the Detroit community can meet, work, and play. In January 2016, Detroit Sip was awarded a $35,000 Motor City Match grant that got us started with construction.
See our Small Biz Story here: https://youtu.be/QZaed9l95cM
Live6 Alliance, Urban Consulate, and Model D hosted an urban development “Speakeasy” in collaboration with Detroit Sip bringing guests from Chicago and Philadelphia onto the Six Mile. We were able to connect Detroit neighbors as well as “neighbors” from hundred of miles away in conversation about "ethical redevelopment, community engagement, and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to create more vibrant, equitable cities.” (Nelson, ModelDMedia) The three main projects discussed that night were Ethical Redevelopment Salon (Chicago), Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship (Philadelphia), and American Street Feast (Philadelphia).
Read more on the projects and the event here:
Photography by Bree Gant for Model D
A COMMUNITY SPEAKEASY
The Chessmate Café was “a center for change in Detroit” and I was honored to commemorate their rich history and social legacies at Detroit Sip before I even officially opened as a coffee shop. The night was filled with live performances, storytellings, DJs, and community discussions.
We officially filed trademark applications for the Detroit Sip name and logo! We worked with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) — a University of Michigan team that brings together students and faculty from law, design and business. In addition to legal assistance, DNEP refined and extended our brand through our space, website and social media and provided assistance with our financial and operating decisions.
CALL FOR ACTION
A Prayer for Peace, led by UDM’s own Father Phillip Cooke, was a community call for action for an end to the senseless violence plaguing our communities.
When people come to Detroit Sip, I want them to automatically feel better and right at home. I have always found quotes to lift my spirit and wanted that to be a part of the space. Paige Wilson, a University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design student, designed hand-lettered quotes to decorate our space. During a beautiful summer day, my friends and family came to Detroit Sip and helped me paint these inspirational words onto our tables.
Photography by Michelle & Chris Gerard, www.michelleandchrisgerard.com
Designs by Paige Wilson
OUR QUOTE TABLES
Beauty Bar Organics
C Franks Originals
Arise Detroit's Neighborhoods Day: Detroit Sip Presents "The Smalls," was a vendor marketplace event with live entertainment. The Smalls is my nickname for other small business owners without a brick and mortar space. It is important to keep money local and I feel a sense of pride in giving back to my community. We collaborated with these awesome businesses:
Cliff Live Apparel
GreenhouseSoups & Chili
Miss Kari's Kreations
Jett's Gourmet Popcorn
A LIVE6 DIALOGUE
Detroit Sip hosted a Speakeasy Event for Live6, a planning and development nonprofit working to improve social and economic opportunities in Northwest Detroit. We discussed topics around community development such as the fact that Marygrove was closing its undergraduate programs.
Read more on the important topics discussed here:
THE 3RD ANNUAL ACT
Detroit Sip hosted the third annual act of Young Not Foolish presents "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Lady, Be A Lady." There were amazing event speakers such as Ashlee Chesny. She talked about changing your personal narrative by focusing on your main character: YOU.
Every time these doors have opened for various reasons, the community has always responded. Detroit Sip’s Grand Opening was an event of a lifetime. Detroit Sip will continue to shed a positive light on Detroit and Detroiters all over a cup of coffee. Thanks to you, things are truly falling into place for Detroit Sip.