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Grace Turner

Grace Turner is associate editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, DBusiness Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers. Along with writing for these publications, she maintains the magazine’s online content and manages DBusiness’ internship program. She received the Mentor of the Year Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2019 for her work with interns. Before working at DBusiness, Turner was the education reporter at the Times Herald in Port Huron. While a student at Oakland University, she was managing editor of The Oakland Post and president of the university’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter. She also served as a content writer and project coordinator at the Oakland University Communications and Marketing department. Turner has degrees in journalism and French and was awarded Oakland University’s College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award, given to two students graduating from Oakland’s College of Arts and Sciences each semester. In her spare time, Turner enjoys traveling, practicing circus arts, painting, drawing, reading, and sewing formal gowns.
A Stitch in Time - The Himelhoch family opened their first store in 1876 before establishing a presence on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit in 1907 (shown). Growing to multiple locations, the business eventually closed in 1979, but today lives on as an online fashion house featuring multiple designers. Carol Himelhoch, opposite page, stands in front of the company’s former bricks-and-mortar location just south of the David Whitney Building, which has since been converted into a residential and commercial development. // Courtesy of Carol Himelhoch

Fashion Rebirth

Himelhoch’s Department Store, which started out as a pushcart in Caro, moved to downtown Detroit, expanded to multiple locations, and ultimately ended up as a luxury online retailer, has embodied retail evolution since its...
Top of the Class - Michael Jonna developed Ruru Technologies to provide virtual tutors. // Photo by Josh Scott

Instant Tutor

Three years ago, Michael Jonna was stuck on a homework problem, but it was too late in the evening to call a tutor. After a search on Google, “nothing could really help me,” he...
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Textile Turnaround

When retail sales for Scarlet Crane Creations, a silk-screening company in Detroit that makes tea towels, bags, fabric bucket organizers, and pillows, fell due to COVID-19, Shayla Johnson took the lull as an opportunity...
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30 in Their Thirties 2021

From owners and CEOs to presidents and directors, the 2021 Class of 30 in Their Thirties share a common trait — learning how to pivot their operations, often multiple times, to account for market...
Catherine Gusmano

Catherine Gusmano Named CEO of Better Made Snack Foods

Detroit-based Better Made Snack Foods has named Catherine “Cathy” Gusmano, chairman of the board, to the position of CEO. She will now serve in both roles.Gusmano is a second-generation family member and has been...
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Crate and Barrel to Open Twelve Oaks Mall Location

Illinois-based Crate and Barrel has announced a new location at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi after serving shoppers at The Somerset Collection in Troy for more than 27 years.The location will open June 3....
"The Reef Diver" mural by Chris Dyer

Detroit to Host Inaugural Augmented Reality Art Festival Starting in June

Ann Arbor-based BrandXR, a no-code augmented reality platform, has announced a partnership with Detroit’s Electrifly Co., an immersive art company, to produce Detroit’s inaugural augmented reality art festival, which will run from June 1...
The Color Bloc

The Color Bloc, a Benjamin Moore Retailer, Opens in Detroit

Area entrepreneurs Nicholas and Nicole Piach, owners of Banner Sign Co. and Digital Print Specialties, have opened The Color Bloc, the only independently owned and authorized Benjamin Moore retailer, and the first in the...
Jennifer Dukarski

Butzel Long’s Jennifer Dukarski Named to Transportation Research Board Committee

Jennifer Dukarski, attorney, shareholder, and leader of Detroit-based Butzel Long’s connected car and autonomous vehicle specialty team, has been appointed to the Transportation Research Board’s standing committee on emerging technology law. Her term runs...
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GMC Tests Off-roading for Hummer EV, Chevrolet Expands Fellowships to Black Journalism Students

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup from Detroit’s General Motors Co. announced the continuation of off-road testing in the lead-up to a production debut in the fall. The vehicle is the first all-electric supertruck going...