There are businesses that have been a part of Detroit’s history, and some new businesses which are becoming staples within the Motor City. A resurgence in Detroit has provided new entrepreneurs a great place to bring their dreams to reality, while older iconic businesses gain some new clientele. The rich history of music and food offer a culture where small businesses have a great opportunity to shine. These are 10 Detroit businesses that we love.

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Eastern Market, Detroit – 1445 Adelaide St, Detroit, MI 48207

You cannot visit Detroit without shopping in Eastern Market, part of Detroit’s history since the 1800s. Eastern Market is the place for various food and specialty product vendors, and cultural events.


Motown Museum (Hitsville, U.S.A.) – 2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208

If you know anything about Detroit, you know it has a strong history in music, and that it is home of the legendary Motown Records. To experience some of the history of Detroit, visiting the Motown Museum is a must.


Hello Records, another great spot for music – 1459 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48216

If you’re a lover of music, vinyl, shellac recordings, and vintage music memorabilia, Hello Records is definitely the place for you.


American Coney Island – 114 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226

American Coney Island is a family-owned business, and has been a Detroit staple since 1917. In the same downtown Detroit location for 97 years, “Detroit’s Original Coney,” known for their hot-dogs, has been a favorite among the locals and visitors nationwide.


Roostertail – 100 Marquette Dr., Detroit, MI 48214

An icon of Detroit’s social scene since 1958, Detroit’s premier waterfront entertainment facility is part of Detroit’s history. Roostertail is the go-to for the who’s who, to see and be seen.


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Detroit Vs Everybody – 400 Monroe Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Detroit Vs Everybody is a clothing brand turned movement, which was launched by Detroit native Tommey Walker. What started as a brand to celebrate Detroit, has now become a movement to celebrate wherever you are from, as well as to promote the causes you believe in.


Detroit Vegan Soul 8029 Agnes Street, Detroit, MI 48214

100 percent plant-based and organic ingredients, Detroit Vegan Soul provide a healthier alternative for some soul food favorites.


Detroit SOUP – 1401 Vermont, Detroit, MI 48216

$5 will get you soup, salad, bread and a vote. Detroit SOUP provides funding to local entrepreneurs, with full community input. With a $5 donation, SOUP host dinners that allows the community to vote on the business they like best. All proceeds are given to the chosen entrepreneur.


Green Dot Stables – 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216

What’s better than going out to the bar with friends or family, and everything on the menu is $3 or less? Green Dot Stables offers a great atmosphere, great food and drinks, all at an affordable price.


Grand Circus – 1570 Woodward Avenue, Level 3, Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Circus is one of 9 Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs, providing tech training bootcamps, technology, mentoring, and connections to Detroit’s ecosystem. They also offer a free workshop that travels throughout Metro Detroit, teaching introduction to coding.



This article was written by T. Marie Adams for CBS Small Business Pulse.


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