DBusiness Daily Update: Annual Noel Night Returns to Midtown Detroit, Cultural Center Dec. 3, and More

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.
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More than 90 venues are participating in this year’s Noel Night. // Photo courtesy of Midtown Detroit Inc.
More than 90 venues are participating in this year’s Noel Night. // Photo courtesy of Midtown Detroit Inc.

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Annual Noel Night Returns to Midtown Detroit, Cultural Center Dec. 3

One of metro Detroit’s longstanding holiday traditions is returning Dec. 3 — Noel Night.

The 48th annual holiday event will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the Cultural Center and from 5-10 p.m. in Midtown.

With more than 90 participating venues, this walkable holiday celebration features free indoor and outdoor programming, holiday shopping, outdoor art installations, yuletide treats, caroling, family craft activities, artist demonstrations, and performances by local and national artists.

“We are thrilled for the return of Noel Night and grateful to our partners working with us to bring back this holiday tradition for our community,” says Sue Mosey, executive director of Midtown Detroit Inc. “Noel Night will feature a large footprint of venues offering unique programming, holiday shopping in some really fantastic small businesses, family activities, live music and more all in beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces.”

2022 Noel Night participating venues include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “The Cube,” College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, MOCAD, Michigan Science Center, along with the area’s historic churches, galleries, unique small businesses, nonprofit organizations, other arts, cultural and educational institutions, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

Programming at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Public Library for Noel Night will be all outdoors this year, featuring interactive installations on their grounds. In addition, the DIA is hosting two holiday matinee performances in the Detroit Film Theatre that will be free to the public, as part of the Noel Night celebration.

For more information, visit noelnight.org.

AT&T Opens Connected Learning Center in Detroit to Help Bridge the Digital Divide

AT&T is opening a new Connected Learning Center inside SER Metro-Detroit in Detroit to provide internet access and education tools to those who face connectivity barriers holding them back from success in the digital world. As part of today’s launch, AT&T also announced plans to reach 50 total centers nationwide.

David Lewis, president of AT&T of Michigan says the center is part of its $2 billion commitment from 2021 to 2023 to address the digital divide through internet accessibility, affordability, and safe adoption. In addition, AT&T has made a $50,000 contribution to SER Metro-Detroit. This is the second Connected Learning Center that AT&T has opened in Detroit.

The launch of this Connected Learning Center comes shortly after AT&T’s “Bridge to Possibility: Closing the digital divide, together” campaign. The campaign aims to drive awareness of the challenges caused by the digital divide and the collective response needed to address it. Bridging the digital divide requires businesses, nonprofits, and government to come together for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring high-quality connectivity to millions of people that need it most.

The centers are housed within local organizations that support underserved populations, including some of our nation’s most vulnerable students and families. Lewis says the goal of the centers is to encourage more families to get connected through free access to the internet and education resources that teach the value of broadband and how to use it safely and effectively.

“Our investment in the AT&T Connected Learning Center at SER Metro directly reflects our commitment to get more Detroiters connected and make an impact in the communities we serve,” Lewis says. “The center will give local families access to free internet connectivity as well as educational and mentoring resources to help them succeed in digital school and job environments.”

For more information, visit here.

Dearborn Apparel Company Studious Monday Launches First Full Collection

Studious Monday, a Dearborn-based apparel brand, has announced the debut of its first full collection.

Launched in 2020, Studious Monday prides itself on a consistent and sustainable cycle of producing contemporary, ready-to-wear modest clothing for women with a focus on functionality.

Studious Monday was founded by Nawal Alsaeed, a daughter of immigrants. Alsaeed’s company got its start by creating and selling organic and hijab-friendly face masks and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Studious Monday seeks to shift the conversation in fashion; taking it from flashy to understated and from profits to ethics. Reimagining what is fashionable has inspired Alsaeed to redefine modest wear, one design at a time.

Modest Mod is the theme for Studious Monday’s first Autumn/Winter collection. It pays homage to the British mod scene of the 1960s and 1970s by incorporating corduroy, recycled polyester, and wool to design edgy, bold silhouettes indicative of the transformative era. Modest Mod resembles a rejection of the drab and narrow culture that dictates beauty and wellbeing to the contemporary modest woman.

The collection includes ensembles and sets with touchable texture, Bombzer (bomber + blazer) jackets, skirts, and pants in harvest hues such as autumnal orange and rifle green and a woven wool midi-dress that could serve as a stunning staple in any fall wardrobe.

The handcrafted items in Studious Monday’s collection range from $99 to $289 with sizes ranging from small to extra-large. The full collection is available for purchase at studiousmonday.com with free shipping worldwide.

Detroit Pistons, DoorDash Team for ‘Return of the Teal’ Sneaker Sweepstakes

In celebration of the return of the teal jerseys for the 2022-23 season, the Detroit Pistons and DoorDash partnered on a special 24-hour “Return of the Teal” sweepstakes last week, giving fans the opportunity to enter to win one of 33 pairs of custom-painted sneakers.

The custom-painted Nike Air Force sneakers were designed by celebrity artist Kickstradomis.  Winners also will receive a teal Detroit Pistons jersey and a pair of tickets to the Dec. 18 game where they will be recognized in-game as one the 33 lucky winners.

“This unique sweepstakes in partnership with DoorDash offers our fans a fun opportunity to continue to celebrate the return of the teal while grabbing their favorite meal and a chance at winning a limited-edition pair of custom-painted sneakers,” says Dan Lefton, the team’s chief revenue officer. “We look forward to celebrating with the lucky winners as we don the teal jerseys against the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 18.”

Huntington National Bank Unveils New Thanksgiving Parade Float

The Parade Co. and Huntington National Bank unveiled a new float, “Rooted Here,” last Friday during the Parade Co.’s Annual Pancake Breakfast presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The new float will make its debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White.

“Huntington National Bank is an extraordinary partner to our community,” says Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. “Huntington National Bank is a big champion of Detroit and its neighborhoods, and we are thrilled to debut their new float celebrating their deep commitment to our city and state on Thanksgiving morning.”

Designed and built by The Parade Co. artists, “Rooted Here” is more than 120 feet long and represents Huntington Bank’s commitment to the community. Eric Dietz, regional president of Huntington Bank, says the financial institution is strongly focused on supporting local Detroit neighborhoods including Warrendale/Cody Rouge and Grandmont/Rosedale through the bank’s strategic development initiatives and community engagement. Representing the bank’s Detroit roots, “Rooted Here,” the float showcases a vegetable garden. The fruit and vegetable baskets on the front of the float are large enough to fit 5,000 apples.

“As the hometown bank of Detroit, we are proud to participate in the 96th America’s Thanksgiving Parade and look forward to celebrating this beloved tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” Dietz says.

The second piece of the float features 150 linear feet of lights creating the water coming out of a watering can. The third piece celebrates Huntington Bank’s commitment to Detroit with a replica of Huntington Tower, the company’s new 20-story office building downtown. The replica, which is 28 feet high or about 1/8th the height of the actual building, is big enough to have an actual office space on the float. Also on the third piece of the float is a scale model of Huntington Place and the largest TV screen in the parade, displaying high-definition graphics.

DesRosiers Architects Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Film

DesRosiers Architects in Bloomfield Hills is recognizing its 50th anniversary with a short film, “Force of Nature,” in which Lou DesRosiers, the firm’s founder and president, shares stories from his upbringing, the inspiration behind the work, and what continues to drive the firm today.

“We didn’t set out to do this, but it became a film as much about my life as architecture, because I’ve never been able to separate the two,” DesRosiers says.

Over its five decades, DesRosiers Architects has designed luxury custom homes throughout Michigan and across the United States in picturesque locations like Telluride, Colo.,

Park City, Utah, Jupiter, Fla., and Beverly Hills, Calif. Every design shares the firm’s ethos “It’s all about view, view, view” as DesRosiers emphasizes in the film.

To view the film, visit here.

Annual Holiday Entrepreneurs Expo Coming to Lakeside Mall

The annual Expo Michigan Marketplace, hosted by The Oakland County Business Association Inc of Michigan, will take place from Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas Eve at Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights.

This 11th annual event features:

  • Michigan Artists and crafters from across the state.
  • Michigan businesses.
  • Vendors and authors.
  • Michigan Superstar Talents Show with hourly cash prizes – 15 spots are available.
  • Cotton Candy Artist and Hawaiian Honey Cones.
  • Networking opportunities.

This Expo is a vehicle for people with disabilities to display their crafts and artworks, and is an approved Autism Speaks event. (Many exhibitors have Autism.) Disability agencies exhibit free for their clients that make hand-crafted items. Admission is $1 for Autism Speaks.

Dates and hours for this year’s event are Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-1 8, and 22-24; Fridays 3-8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

For more information, visit expomichigan.com.

GameAbove Introduces its New Next-Gen Scholarship for Eastern Michigan Students

GameAbove, the alumni group at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, introduced the GameAbove Next-Generation (Next-Gen) Scholarship, offering financial support to EMU students on the brink of graduating but who are not able to finish their degree due to financial limitations.

In partnership with the university and its Engage @ EMU office, GameAbove is designating $75,000 toward scholarships starting in January 2023. EMU estimates nearly 80 students could benefit from the new scholarship in the next two years. Students can learn more about the scholarship by visiting gameabove.com/next-gen.

“GameAbove wants to do as much as possible to help students succeed,” says Karen LeVert, an advisory board member with GameAbove. “College should be a life-enhancing, transformative experience, but for some students, it comes with financial challenges. Those students then face the difficult decision to drop out and likely not to return to school.

“Working with the incredible Engage @ EMU team, we can provide students the opportunity to finish the journey they began, earn their degrees, and reap the tangible and intangible rewards of a college education.”

Emagine, Big Sean Partner Collaborate on Food, Fashion, Community Involvement

Troy-based Emagine Entertainment Inc. has announced a new partnership with global superstar Big Sean to create an offering of Big Sean’s favorite movie snack combo while supporting charity and providing guests a custom designed T-Shirt.

The Big Sean Cinema Mix will be available at select Emagine Locations starting Thursday.

This is the first time Emagine has featured a celebrity’s name on a menu item. The Big Sean Cinema Mix will include a large Detroit-style mix popcorn, large drink, and a bag of fruit snacks, plus a collectable Big Sean Don Life T-shirt, which was custom designed for this $40 offering.  This meal combination is Big Sean’s go-to snack mix when visiting an Emagine to watch his favorite movies. The T-shirt will be available separately for $25. Price and participation may vary.

A portion of proceeds from each purchase of the Big Sean Cinema Mix will go to the Sean Anderson Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan.

“Extraordinary concessions are synonymous with the movie going experience at Emagine,” says Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. “Teaming up with Big Sean, a true fan of Emagine, to create a menu item that he regularly enjoys at our theatres was a natural progression of our ongoing partnership, and to be able to bring a charitable component to this concept takes it to a different level.”

Grand Valley Trustees Approve New Applied Science Degree Program

The board of trustees at Grand Valley State University in Allandale, near Grand Rapids, approved a new degree program designed for students who completed an associate of applied science degree and want to strengthen their academic skills to take the next step in their careers.

The new Bachelor of Applied Science degree program will be jointly housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Starting in the Fall 2023 semester, students in the BAS program can choose from four majors: leadership and business fundamentals, professional innovation, technology project management, and web design and development. Trustees approved the program during a meeting held at GVSU’s Detroit Center.

Mark Schaub, dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, says the BAS program is distinct from most other GVSU degrees. The BAS program recognizes most of these students’ prior higher education credits, acknowledging their skills-intensive education, and will integrate that prior learning and workplace experience with a GVSU curriculum.

To enroll in the BAS program, students will need to meet transfer requirements and have completed an applied associate degree, or the equivalent. The program will be offered online, meeting the needs of working adults. Visit gvsu.edu/bas to learn more.

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