DBusiness Magazine Reveals Finalists for Inaugural Commercial Real Estate Awards, and More

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies.
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The winners of the inaugural DBusiness Commercial Real Estate Awards will be announced at the DBusiness Breakfast Series event on Nov. 2 at the Godfrey Hotel in Detroit.
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DBusiness Magazine Reveals Finalists for Inaugural Commercial Real Estate Awards

DBusiness magazine, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, announces the selection of finalists for its inaugural Commercial Real Estate Awards. The program honors metro Detroit’s outstanding real estate projects, transactions, dealmakers, and industry executives — either largely underway or completed in 2022.

For a complete list of finalists, visit here.

“For several years, we have been encouraged by the region’s real estate sector to highlight and detail major construction projects, lease transactions, and professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty to exceed client and industry expectations,” says R.J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Hustle and Muscle, and Detroit 500.

“As the region continues to see development activity large and small, we felt the timing was right to debut the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Awards. Given metro Detroit has the first and largest manufacturing economy in the world, coupled with globally recognized talent across multiple specialties like architecture, engineering, and development, the timing for introducing an exclusive recognition program was ideal.”

The Commercial Real Estate Awards initially recognize more than 60 finalists across 21 categories, including Excellence in Architecture and Design, Developer of the Year, Best New Office Project, and more. In the November/December 2023 issue of DBusiness, 21 category winners will be featured, and correspondingly recognized, at the DBusiness Breakfast Series on Thurs., Nov. 2 at the Godfrey Hotel in Detroit.

For more information and tickets to the Nov. 2 breakfast, visit here.

This event will provide attendees and finalists alike a unique opportunity to connect with industry experts and like-minded professionals who share a passion for shaping the urban and economic landscape of metro Detroit.

Bedrock Marks Detroit’s Month of Design with Citywide Cultural Experiences

Bedrock announces a series of citywide shopping, dining, and architectural experiences to celebrate Detroit’s cultural and artistic heritage during the 2023 Month of Design. Through Sept. 30, guests will have access to exclusive exhibits curated by local artists, special Month of Design shopping promotions, and augmented reality applications as they explore Detroit’s most iconic art and architecture.

“As we welcome back Detroit’s Month of Design, we celebrate the community of artists, entrepreneurs, professionals and residents that intrinsically make our city a vibrant destination filled with creativity and ingenuity,” says Ivy Greaner, COO of Bedrock. “The partnership with Design Core is just one way that we can offer a platform to showcase the immense talent and businesses that call Detroit home.”

In partnership with Design Core, Bedrock will host a “Shop and See” event series in September. Local designers and creators will be paired with downtown businesses to exhibit custom artwork and provide visitors with the chance to shop and see the collections on display.

As part of Shop and See, guests can participate in “Shop and Sip,” a one-day shopping experience to access exclusive in-store promotions, an influencer-led tour of the Shop and See exhibits and a “sip” of a specially crafted Design Core and Eastern Market Brewery beer at each stop.

Other venues include Parker’s Alley, Book Tower, and the First National Building.

For a complete list of participating retailers and events, visit here.

Detroit People Mover to Close Sept. 11-12 for Noise Reduction Work

The Detroit Transportation Corp. (DTC) is shutting down the People Mover Sept. 11-12 to grind the systems rails to lessen the noise the trains make moving along the track.

“The equipment is hoisted onto the guideway,” says Robert Cramer, general manager of DTC. “It will make calibrations along the track to ensure that the rail is corrected and restored. We expect passengers and pedestrians will appreciate the difference – a quieter ride that will be a noticeable change.”

Regular service will restart on Wednesday, Sept. 13 to welcome visitors for the Detroit Auto Show’s Media and Technology Days. The People Mover will begin service one hour earlier on the weekends and remain open one hour later on Sundays until the end of the Detroit Auto Show on Sept. 24.

PXG in Troy Announced New Apparel and Accessories

 Arizona-based PXG, which has a store in Troy, has unveiled its latest apparel and accessory offerings designed to carry golfers and lifestyle enthusiasts through the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

This drop features a series of “must-have” classic and new silhouettes that boast technical innovations and thoughtfully crafted details for enhanced performance on and off the golf course.

The newest apparel is comprised of 64 trend-driven, performance-based designs — 32 looks for men and 32 for women. This collection elevates classic golf-wear, and introduces layering essentials, and innovative, lightweight, easy-to-pack outerwear, according to the company.

PXG’s classic black, white, and gray colorways anchor monotone, color block, and printed styles, while military green, blue, and purple hues add variety and depth to the series.

“We are excited to share the upcoming season’s performance driven, fashion forward apparel and accessory styles with our customers. Each piece is thoughtfully crafted with innovative design details that allow for comfort and protection in the wide range of Fall and Winter climates,” says Renee Parsons, president and executive creative director at PXG Apparel. “We are consistently dropping fresh styles and thoughtful designs throughout the season that will empower your game and have you ready for anything both on and off the course.”

PXG also will release its annual limited edition Darkness Capsule in congruence with the seasonal offerings. This exclusive line embodies the essence of the PXG brand, paying homage to its founder, CEO, and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Bob Parsons. The Darkness insignia, featuring a skull and the number 26, serves as a tribute to Parsons’ dedicated service with the USMC during the Vietnam War.

The deep black hues and subtle camouflage details deliver a touch of military-inspired flair, while boasting strong, tailored characteristics. With its powerful symbolism and distinctive design, the Darkness Capsule truly captures PXG’s esprit de corps.

For more information visit the PXG store or here.

Joe Vicari Restaurant Group Becomes 22nd Largest in the Nation

The Warren-based Joe Vicari Restaurant Group has become the 22nd largest restaurant group in the United States in terms of restaurant unit count with 25 restaurants across 10 concepts, as ranked by Nations Restaurant News and Technomic.

For more than 40 years, Detroit restaurateur Joe Vicari has opened restaurants based on three basic principles: fresh authentic cuisine, impeccable service, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. These three values are conveyed in each brand. Today, the restaurant group operates locations in metro Detroit, Las Vegas, and Nashville, Tenn.

Restaurant concepts in metro Detroit include Andiamo, Joe Muer Seafood, the Statler French-American Bistro, the Birmingham Pub, the Bronze Door, Andiamo Bistro, and 29º 41º Mediterranean Street Food. The company also owns The Country Inn Restaurants and Vito’s Bakery. Outside of Detroit, the group also owns Andiamo Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas Casino, and Joe Muer Seafood in Nashville.

Clinton Township’s Vince & Joe’s Re-introduces Fresh Start Healthy Eating Class

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market in Clinton Township is bringing back its Fresh Start Healthy Eating Classes, starting in September.

Executive Chef Angelo Loria and Functional Medicine Nutritionist Miranda Moore Stepnitz of Awaken Health Nutrition, will host the classes at the store’s Shelby Township location on 25 Mile and Van Dyke roads.

Each class will have a theme with the September class theme being Back to School Success.

Attendees will learn how to choose healthier, shop smarter, and therefore eat better.

Classes will take place on the second Thursday of the month starting with Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Registration is on vinceandjoes.com and is limited. Attendees will be doing taste testing and will receive recipes each class. Questions are encouraged.

Record Michigan Online Gaming Revenues in July 2023

Michigan has once again shown its prowess in the realm of online gambling, bringing in $176.1 million in July.

This number reflects an 18.8 percent increase compared to the when contrasted with the same month in the prior year. The state also marked a month-on-month upswing of 4 percent, tallying $169.3 million in total revenue for June 2023. These results halted a three-month decline of online gambling in Michigan.

Troy’s JARS Cannabis Gets Recreational License for Chesterfield Township

Troy-based JARS Cannabis has been granted the first recreational cannabis license in Chesterfield Township.

This achievement reaffirms JARS Cannabis’ commitment to providing high-quality cannabis products while fostering responsible consumption within the community.

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Clerk (Cindy) Berry and her dedicated department for their exceptional support and efficiency during the application process,” says Raymond Abro, COO of JARS Cannabis. “Their pivotal role in securing the township’s first recreational cannabis license cannot be overstated, and this historic achievement would not be possible without Clerk Berry’s outstanding leadership and her team’s diligent efforts.”

Southfield’s IMSE Awarded State Grant Funds to Assist Literacy Educators

IMSE, a Southfield-based provider of structured literacy professional development and classroom programs, has received a portion of the $1 million allocated through the renewal of the MDE 35d grant by the Michigan state government.

With this funding, local educators will be trained in a Structured Literacy course based on Orton-Gillingham, which follows the Science of Reading.

The grant is part of the 2023-24 Make it Michigan state budget. This marks the third consecutive year that the state has dedicated resources to Orton-Gillingham teacher training through the MDE 35d grant, with IMSE being granted a portion each year.

More than 1,600 educators from 180 school districts across Michigan have benefitted from the grant and IMSE’s Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Plus course. Looking ahead, 300 teachers currently occupy the waitlist.

“At IMSE, we are dedicated to empowering educators with the skills they need to transform students’ lives through literacy,” says Jeanne Jeup, co-founder and CEO of IMSE. “The MDE 35d grant enables us to reach even more teachers, ultimately helping us build a stronger foundation for lifelong learning in Michigan.”

For more information, visit imse.com.

Allen Park’s Belle Tire Employs Workplace Solutions from Florida Firm

Allen Park-based Belle Tire has selected Florida HR, payroll, and workforce management solution provider UKG to help the retailer “create a purposeful workplace where people come first.”

Belle Tire has more than 170 locations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and plans to open additional stores in additional markets over the next five years. Since going live on the UKG HCM and workforce management suite, the organization has created a companywide culture where store managers can spend more time developing and empowering employees and less time on administrative processes and paperwork.

“Partnering with UKG has allowed us to evolve our business and have a meaningful impact on our organization and people,” says Katie Roberts, director of employee relations at Belle Tire. “We’re able to streamline and automate administrative and HR tasks, so that our field leadership team and managers can spend more time with our customers, and coach, train, mentor, and listen to our people. We deployed UKG as we doubled the number of stores at Belle Tire and brought in new employees. UKG gave us the scalability to successfully manage that aggressive growth.”

To read a DBusiness feature story on Belle Tire, visit here.

Friendship Circle’s Walk4Friendship Raises $850K+ for Individuals with Special Needs

The Friendship Circle of Michigan, a nonprofit that supports individuals with special needs, celebrated its 18th annual and record-breaking Walk4Friendship event Aug. 27 at The Friendship Circle’s Farber Center in West Bloomfield.

The event surpassed its original fundraising goal of $750,000 by more than $100,000, totaling more than $850,000. The donations will support the nonprofit’s recreational, social, educational, and vocational programming that serves over 3,000 people with special needs.

This year’s Walk4Friendship theme was “As You Are.” The walk promoted the principles of inclusion and served as a reminder that Friendship Circle is a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of their abilities.

“The Friendship Circle community is unlike any other. The community’s unwavering support allows us to continue providing inclusion and supportive services to their loved ones with special needs,” says Bassie Shemtov, co-founder of the Friendship Circle. “On behalf of the entire Friendship Circle team, we’d like to thank the community for coming together for yet another record-breaking fundraising year. We couldn’t do it without you.”

While this year’s walk is over, there are still ways for interested individuals to support Friendship Circle’s mission of providing friendship to individuals with special needs. To learn more about Friendship Circle, including volunteer opportunities, visit friendshipcircle.org.

9th Annual Autism Hero Walk at Detroit Zoo

The Autism Alliance of Michigan’s (AAoM) annual Autism Hero Walk fundraiser presented by DTE Foundation will return to the Detroit Zoo from 7 a.m.-noon on Sept. 23.

“Every year, the Autism Hero Walk gives us an opportunity to celebrate individuals living with autism who strive and succeed every day,” says Colleen Allen, president and CEO of AAoM.  “The autism community is strong, supportive, and truly heroic. The Hero Walk brings together people who have unique experiences with autism to share stories and uplift one another. The Autism Alliance is proud to host this event annually as it provides a forum to share available resources that help people living with autism reach their greatest potential.”

Teams that raise the most are designated as “super walkers.” A minimum donation of just $10 per person (ages two and up) gets admission to the event and all-day access to the Zoo. All who attend will have access to the following:

  • A free mobile health unit with comprehensive health care services
  • Parking and admission to the Detroit Zoo for the entire day
  • Complimentary Autism Hero Walk back pack
  • Autism resource fair with more than 50 vendors
  • Meet and greet with super heroes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Entertainment and games

For more information, visit here.