Press Room Café opens in former Detroit News building

via The Detroit News

The Press Room Café & Market opened Wednesday, offering what creators hope to be a customer-centric, easy lunchtime experience. Located in the former Detroit News building on West Lafayette Boulevard in what used to be the executive parking garage, the Press Room now serves pizza and pasta from nationally renowned Chef Fabio Viviani of “Top Chef” fame.

Inside Under Armour’s Detroit Brand House

via Curbed Detroit

The Grand Opening for Under Armour’s Brand House in Detroit is April 13. We stopped by early to check out the new store in the renovated Kresge Building.

Shake Shack downtown Detroit location opens today

via Crain's Detroit Business

Eager visitors were trying to get into Shake Shack’s first Detroit location all day Wednesday, peering in the windows and through the doors of the new restaurant at 660 Woodward Ave. to see what was happening inside.

Bonobos Guideshop opens in downtown Detroit

via Curbed Detroit

Last month, dudes couldn’t stop sending us pictures of the big sign out on Woodward proclaiming that Bonobos was setting up shop. The opening date was earlier than we thought, and now it’s open in downtown Detroit.

Shinola Hotel breaks ground in Detroit

via The Detroit News

Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock development company and Detroit luxury goods maker Shinola officially broke ground on a planned 130-room Shinola Hotel downtown Tuesday that will see the overhaul of two Woodward Avenue buildings, the demolition and construction of another, and the construction of a second new building that will link to a retail-filled alley.

NYC’s Calexico to open in One Campus Martius

via The Detroit News

Calexico, an award-winning Mexican restaurant chain born from a New York City taco cart, will open this summer in the 4,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Olga’s Kitchen. It will be the first Calexico outside of NYC.

Downtown Detroit Nets a New Sushi Spot

via Eater Detroit

The latest in a wave of new Detroit sushi destinations is quietly throwing open its doors today. The Detroit News reports that the highly anticipated outpost of Michigan-based Japanese chain Maru Sushi & Grill will debut today in downtown Detroit’s Federal Building.

Why this new downtown nail salon matters to Detroit

via Detroit Free Press

The TEN Nail Bar,  a sleek new salon in the Capitol Park area of downtown Detroit, is to celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Friday.

Trendy eyewear retailer Warby Parker coming to Detroit

via Detroit Free Press

Trendy eyewear retailer Warby Parker is preparing to open a shop in downtown Detroit, filling another once-vacant storefront along Woodward.

Minority presence growing in downtown retail boom

via The Detroit News

The 31-year-old African-American woman opened her clothing store and art gallery, Détroit is the New Black, in July in the heart of downtown Detroit’s blossoming shopping drag. Karamoko’s is one of a few minority- and woman-owned stores to open downtown recently.

Re-Imagining Detroit

via Commercial Architecture Magazine

Much has been made of what has been called a “renaissance” in Detroit architecture, real estate, and development, but it’s not something that has happened overnight nor is the transformation complete.

Why you’ll love Woodward’s newest retail spot

via Detroit Free Press

It’s been ages since a store in downtown Detroit has stocked true designer wear for women, but Detroit is the New Black — which is to open at 11 a.m. today  — will feature a collection by Tracy Reese, a Detroit native whose clothes are a regular presence on fashion runways and in the closets of celebrities, including first lady Michelle Obama.

Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit

via Detroit Free Press

Not since the Lafayette Park project a half-century ago has Detroit seen a residential development as ambitious as Dan Gilbert’s Brush Park project that breaks ground in a few weeks.

The Skip Starts Slinging Daiquiris in the Belt Alley This Week

via Eater Detroit

Downtown Detroit’s anticipated al fresco drinking destination The Skip has set the date. The outdoor bar, located in the art-filled Belt Alley next to Standby, is slated to make its official debut on Thursday, June 2. The cocktail lounge was developed as a more casual counterpart to the expansive modern cocktail menu found at Standby, with fresh seasonal cocktails and street food.

Detroit’s Nike store opens on Woodward

via The Detroit News

Detroit’s Nike store opened to the public Thursday morning to applause and cheers from Nike Inc. employees.
“We are Nike. We are fun. We’re Detroit. We’re No. 1,” the store’s employees, also known as “athletes,” chanted before the doors at 1261 Woodward opened.

Vault Of Midnight Comic Book Shop Opens In Downtown Detroit

via mLive

After about two years of planning, Ann Arbor-based Vault of Midnight opened the doors to its Downtown Detroit location Monday. It’s the only comic book shop downtown. “I don’t think we could have picked a better spot,” said 31-year-old co-owner Nick Yribar.

LoVasco Consulting Firm Moves Headquarters Into One Woodward

via Crain's Detroit

Detroit-based LoVasco on Thursday announced it has relocated its headquarters to the One Woodward building in downtown Detroit. The firm’s 20 employees now occupy 8,000 square feet on the 15th floor of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed skyscraper. LoVasco Chief Operating Officer Elena Prendes said the firm outgrew its old space and needed a fresh start.

Downtown Detroit’s Vault Of Midnight Comic Shop Set To Open May 2

via mLive

Vault of Midnight plans to open its new comic book store May 2. The Ann Arbor-based shop in February announced that work started work on the 1226 Library St. location, which nestles under a wing of Quicken founder Dan Gilbert’s Z Garage parking deck.

Mayor Mike Duggan To Detroit: ‘We Have To Get Used To Winning Again’

via mLive

Ally Financial has officially started the moved of 1,500 employees into its new offices in downtown Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he’s seeing a major shift in the downtown business environment.

New Mural Planned For Downtown Detroit Office Building

via Crain's Detroit

A giant mural is planned for One Campus Martius as downtown Detroit adds to its reputation as an urban art destination. New York artists and twins Davide and Raoul Perre have been commissioned to do the 184-foot-tall by 60-foot-wide mural on the office building and adjacent to another massive mural created last May by street artist Shepard Fairey.

Gilbert: 3,100 Employees Call Detroit Home

via Detroit News

Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert said 3,100 of his workers live in Detroit, up from the 77 who lived in the Motor City when Gilbert first moved his online mortgage firm downtown in August 2010.

Justin Verlander’s Charity Moves To Downtown Detroit

via Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers pitcher and multimillionaire Justin Verlander announced Wednesday that he has moved his veterans-focused charity to downtown Detroit.

Behold Central Kitchen + Bar, Downtown’s Slick New Gastro Bistro

via Eater Detroit

The latest in a series of summer openings, Central Kitchen + Bar is set to debut Monday at 11 a.m. in the First National Building. Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard were able to take a peek inside, ahead of the restaurant’s opening. Central features a slick design by Ron & Roman, with a combination of contemporary and historic attributes. “I think that [customers] will be really surprised by how much of the raw interior of this building, constructed in the 20s, that we kept,” says co-owner Dennis Archer Jr.

Townhouse Detroit holds soft opening

via The Detroit News

Earlier this year Townhouse Bistro in Birmingham announced on social media that Townhouse Detroit would open downtown this year at One Detroit Center.