DETROIT (WWJ) – There are two things outsiders need to know about India Sullivan: she’s a dreamer and she loves Detroit. In fact, she loves it so much the multi-media artist plans to open a Dream Factory soon in the city.
Sullivan says her father taught her she could accomplish anything, so when she saw an old home on West Grand Boulevard near Rosa Parks being slowly stripped, she decided to turn it into a place to raise the spirits of Detroiters.
Sullivan had an attachment to the home located not far from the Motown Museum. She and her husband had worked there a decade ago when it was a bed and breakfast with a tea shop next store.
And she spent a memorable birthday there.
Her plan is to create a large Victorian home with a cafe, art for sale, yoga, a working garden and even a recording studio and music classes for adults and children.
“This is going to be massage therapy,” Sullivan tells WWJ’s Sandra McNeill, showing an empty upstairs room, and noting that her husband is a massage therapist. “We’re putting in an independent sauna.”Next door, there will be a solarium, a rooftop garden for people to come and sit. There will be a library of sorts, too.”
Sullivan, and her singer-husband Michael, bought the home at a bargain in March. She jokes, “We’ve sold all the silver, we’ve pawned all the jewelry…we’re broke.” And she adds, “Because we don’t yet have any power here, we’re hand-sweeping, hand-washing.”
Her husband has painted every room.
But for Sullivan, when the Detroit Dream Factory opens in September, it will all be worth it, the realization, she says, of “my mad, mad…all these things that I have in my head.”
In other words…it’s her dream.
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