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The Artist Village

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen The larger than life technicolor murals of Chazz Miller are the first signs that you’re nearing the Artist Village. The numbers of murals indicate a rooted commitment to the neighborhood. The enclave of artists and that make up the ‘Village’ have been slowly expanding their vision of community workshop and art sanctuary throughout a cluster of buildings that sit on t ...

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Nandi’s Knowledge Café and Ray’s Grill

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen There’s a new spot in Highland Park that has already made a name for itself as a place to gather for the nurturing of the mind and the body. Open just a month now, Nandi’s Knowledge Café is the collaboration of Nandi and fiancé Ray McDonald. Their storefront, located on Woodward just south of Glendale, is a seamless combination of used bookstore in the front and a sm ...

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Glover Meeks keeps Detroit sharp

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen The story of Glover Meeks Cleaners is one that could be told about many of the struggling Black owned dry cleaners throughout Detroit. Starting in the 1970’s, original owner John Meeks operated up to seven stores throughout the metro area. He began to sell his stores in the 90’s. Tony Miller bought two of them in 1996, including the ‘plant’ on Forest and Van Dyke. Fo ...

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Coaching your child for entrepreneurial success

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist You are the single most important factor that can influence your child’s growth and development. Your love and support can help put your child on the path to great success. You can teach your child the art of survival and how to solve the problems he or she will inevitably face. You may not be able to give your child money or connections, but you can give them the values to liv ...

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Waterman Printing: Black ink for 91 years

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen Understanding the long term success that Waterman and Sons Printing has enjoyed as a business means recognizing four generations of the Waterman family. It also means going back to the year 1916 when William A. Waterman, grandfather of current operators Homer E. Waterman and William O. Waterman, first started the family business on old Vernor Highway. Waterman and So ...

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Shabazz Fish Supreme

By Eric Campbell The Michigan Citizen Norman Thrasher is an entrepreneur who likes to keep his hands in several different ventures. It’s the restaurant business, however, that allows him to practice his belief that visible restoration and the healing provided by good food can reinvigorate a community. Located on Detroit’s west side, Thrasher’s Shabazz Fish Supreme is due to open on the first of May and will ...

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Naim’s Unique Designs

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen Amidst the hustle and bustle of university students quickly getting from one class to another, slowing down only to grab a sack of fast food or cram for an upcoming examination, sits a tiny oasis of calm and serenity. Curiously located on the first floor of the Wayne State Student Center, Naim’s Unique Designs offers the young scholars a serving of African culture. K ...

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Mama needs your help

By Michael D. Wynn, CFE Many of our mothers, fathers and elderly people in general are being neglected or sometimes forgotten about. Elderly people are at an increased risk of losing their money and property to family, friends, and even strangers for a variety of reasons. When it comes to maintaining finances, tending to the costs of a household, keeping track of medication and trying to find the best cost ...

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The Black Whole Collective

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen A group of like-minded people coming together to share in an experience that’s expressive and healing for the body and mind sounds like a utopian gathering not commonly witnessed in the cityscape as you drive up or down Woodward Avenue. But if you look closely as you pass the block south of Glendale in Highland Park, you’ll notice a sign that is entirely indicative o ...

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BOB’S CLASSIC KICKS: Sneakerhead Temple

By Eric Campbell The Michigan Citizen Bob’s Classic Kicks is a study in contrast and combinations. It’s a sneaker boutique that could only have been conceived without the obstruction of a corporate formula. The pairing of the old school and the new; the splashes of paint alongside the rows of ‘sneaks’; and the national line of products competing with the local designer, are all brought together seamlessly i ...

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