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New link added to 50-mile Downriver Greenway

$800,000 in grants will pay for the latest link in a trail, which when completed, will be the largest greenway connector of Metroparks in Southeast Michigan. How long? Fifty miles!

The grants are earmarked for a 4-mile link to connect 24 miles of trails from Huron Park in Flat Rock to Oakwoods Metropark on the border of Belleville, making the entire Downriver Greenway a 50-mile path. The trail will take outdoor enthusiasts through trees, by waters, across open land, and more.

"It's huge. It traverses communities, historic areas, natural resources," Twardesky says. "People can use it to commute to work, schools, recreational facilities," says Anita Twardesky, co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, a consortium of groups that have worked for at least a decade on projects from a vision to lay a continuous trail from the Detroit on the Detroit River DLGI.

More than being a nature-rich spot for walking, running, kayaking, fishing and more, the trail could draw visitors from around and outside the state, Twardesky says.

"Through these greenways we are starting to reinvent our region and look at it as a tourist opportunity," Twardesky says. "Basically from the City of Detroit, down to Monroe over I-275 I consider a hidden jewel within the state. There are lotus beds, sturgeon spawning in the Detroit river. History, Henry Ford's village in Flat Rock, the building of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Making it possible are grants to the City of Flat Rock from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund to the City of Flat Rock.

The longer-term goal is to connect the Downriver system of trails to Monroe and, finally and eventually, Toledo.

The newest link fulfills a dream of Metroparks planners going back to the 1940s for the park system to be linked. DLGI Co-Chair Mary Bohlng, a Michigan Sea Grant educator, and a number of nonprofits and governmental bodies have worked for at least a decade on creating the system.

"In just over 10 years, the Downriver community has come together to provide its residents with an impressive network of greenway trails," Congressman John D. Dingell says in a statement announcing the grants.  "These trails greatly improve the quality of life in the region by providing a means of transportation and an outdoor recreational activity."

Source: Anita Twardesky, co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative and public relations and marketing manager for Riverside Kayak
Writer: Kim North Shine

Macomb County communities form task force to talk combining municipal services

Five Macomb County municipalities and the county of Macomb are the first members of a task force formed to research and implement new ways to combine municipal services.

MACRO, the Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, includes officials from Clinton and Shelby townships, the cities of Sterling Heights, Warren, and Utica, and Macomb County.

Combined, the municipalities make up more than half of Macomb County's population, and some have already begun discussions about sharing public services prior to the official formation of MACRO, which has met twice to date.

Among the areas of consolidation being discussed as local planners try to avoid eliminating or compromising services are police and fire, libraries, parks and recreation, building and inspection, and information and technology. There is also talk of combining employee training, facility and equipment maintenance, and of forming purchasing cooperatives.

It is the kind of consolidation encouraged by Gov. Rick Snyder in his State of the State address and follows up on a shared services agreement already struck with Shelby and Rochester.

More communities are expected to join MACRO, according to a written announcement of its formation. MACRO will meet at least monthly to discuss consolidation.

Source: City of Sterling Heights, Sue Giallombardo
Writer: Kim North Shine

Wayfinding signs with online synch capability are coming to Ferndale

The first phase of what's known as a wayfinding system begins in coming weeks in downtown Ferndale with the installation of eye-catching, user-friendly signs and the launch of online virtual tours to go with them.

About 30 signs, some illuminated, will be installed mostly along 9 Mile and Woodward and tied to information accessible from any computer or smartphone, letting visitors synch up online information about businesses, history, fun facts, and practical information such as where to park, says Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the Ferndale DDA, which headed up the project.

Two of the signs will be business directory kiosks, and there will be an online walking tour component.

They come at a cost of about $100,000, mostly from grants and a combination of contributions from the City of Ferndale and the DDA. Another $35,000 in volunteer hours has gone into the project.

Two more signs, funded by Woodward Avenue Action Association, or WA3, will go in this fall.

Designs will mimic a marquee such as Radio City, freshened up and stylized yet classic. Troy-based ASI Signage Innovations helped design and manufactured the signs.

Eventually, signs will be located throughout the city, including at its entrances.

Sheppard-Decius says she and other city planners have seen how well wayfinding systems work in other cities. Traverse City and Kalamazoo have nice ones, as does Madison, Wisconsin with its standout system of signs that make you feel like a veteran visitor, she says.

With the number of visitors to downtown Ferndale, the signs make getting around easy and fun and make the city more inviting.

"It's one of those things communities covet. It always seems to come up around town…that when you're a visitor you can't seem to find your way. If you're a resident you have the upper hand. To a visitor it's a blank slate," she says.

Besides, she adds, this is something that makes the city look good while answering repeated requests for better ways of navigating Ferndale. The signs put its best face forward.

"[It's] how we present ourselves," Sheppard-Decius says. "How people get around our city comes up many times at focus groups and in surveys. This is the answer to that."

Source: Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director Ferndale DDA
Writer: Kim North Shine

The Conservation Fund bestows national green award on Oakland County

Oakland County's environmentally-minded, regional approach to identifying and protecting its natural resources has earned it the love of the Conservation Fund, which is declaring Oakland a leader in protecting land, water, and other natural resources.

The Conservation Fund's National Green Infrastructure Implementation Award will be handed out to Oakland County officials Feb. 24th during the three-day National Green Infrastructure Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Officials from Arkansas and Maryland were also named in the top three of green infrastructure planners in the nation. Read more here about the awards.

Green infrastructure is a strategically planned and managed network of natural areas and open spaces, according to the Conservation Fund. It says that planning for those open spaces -- woodlands, wetlands, trails and parks -- conserves ecosystems, protects the air and water and benefits people and wildlife.

The award specifically recognizes Oakland County's Green Infrastructure Vision, which involved every community across the 900-square-mile county in a project to map out land, water, green space, trails and such -- all environmental resources -- and show how they connect.

The map, both printed and online, is part marketing tool in that it explains the richness of natural resources, and part development tool that helps local governments and private parties identify conservation areas as they look to develop or seek grants for environmental preservation or building efforts, says Bret Rasegan, planning supervisor in Oakland County's Office of Planning and Economic Development.

"I think what it really does is validate for us using that local knowledge of the communities to build a much larger vision," says Rasegan. "We could not have done it sitting in the office…That local knowledge was indispensable to piecing this thing together."

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson also spoke to the validation of hard work completed by many, many people.

"Preserving green space adds to the quality of life of our residents, but it is one facet of a larger green initiative. We also are attracting alternative energy companies to provide green jobs; identifying and incorporating energy conserving devices and strategies here on our government campus; and we are building the nation's first green airport terminal," Patterson says in a statement announcing the award.

The Green Initiative had already won accolades from the National Association of Counties, and, as Patterson says, is one of several eco-conscious programs implemented in Oakland County.

They include Oakland County Airport, the first green airport terminal in the country. Renovations at the airport are expected to be completed this summer and incorporate wind and solar power and geothermal energy as energy savers.

The county has also formed a Green Team to find energy savings at county government facilities, saving $4 million since 2005. In addition, the county issued an OakGreen challenge, asking residents, businesses and governments to decrease energy consumption by 10 percent by 2012. The county's goal for itself is 15 percent by 2015. In addition, it is instituting programs to foster the growth of alternative energy companies.

The Conservation Fund board that chose the winners looked for places that had set conservation goals and achieved them.

"These three projects stood out not only because they were able to accomplish real, on-the-ground solutions to their conservation priorities, but also because they are ahead of the national trend in which more and more communities are turning to green infrastructure planning to effectively address natural resource use," Kris Hoellen, director of The Conservation Fund's Conservation Leadership Network, says in a statement.

Sources: Bret Rasegan, planning supervisor in Oakland County's Office of Planning and Economic Development and Bill Mullan, Oakland County Director of Communications
Writer: Kim North Shine

Virtual 8 Mile shows sky-high views of the 3D street-level

Technology and marketing are converging in a push to promote business, transportation, and commercial development along 8 Mile.

If Virtual 8 Mile, an application developed by the Eight Mile Boulevard Association and Plymouth-based Luna Tech Designs, goes as planned the 27-mile corridor can be viewed on a 3D virtual interface using Google Earth.

Ideally, visitors to the site can zoom in on member businesses, which also will get Google priority listings during searches for businesses of their type.

The $5,000 in funding for the application came from the Michigan Dept of Transportation.

Virtual 8 Mile will also show visitors development possibilities and real estate opportunities, including details and photos of available land and property, along the stretch of road that cuts through Wayne and Oakland counties.

In addition, the site shows improvement projects, including facade renovations and median gardens, and public transportation routes and other information that can make patronizing a business or starting one easier.

For a business such as the Belmont Shopping Center, which now is viewable by visitors, "it is another way to promote an existing tenant mix and is also a business attraction tool for vacancies," says Tami Salisbury, executive director of the 8 Mile Boulevard Association.

The 13 communities bordering the Eight Mile corridor, which spans Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, stand to gain from increased exposure, Salisbury says.

"It really is a snapshot of 8 Mile, what's going on there and the potential that is there," Salisbury says.

In a larger sense, she says, the project helps the association in its mission to change the reputation, accurate or not, that 8 Mile Road is a has-been.

"It's equally as important to change the mental landscape as it is to change the physical landscape," Salisbury says. "We are changing mental perceptions people have of 8 Mile by showing them these physical transformations."

Source: Tami Salisbury, executive director, Eight Mile Boulevard Association
Writer: Kim North Shine

State grants enable dozens of Michigan schools to turn up solar and wind power

An innovative program that takes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects into Michigan schools is expanding, offering 90 new schools a share of $4.4 million.

Energy Works Michigan, an arm of the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, awarded its first round of $3.5 million in Michigan Renewable Schools grants in November 2009 and will distribute the next round in September to schools that are selected as good candidates to undergo energy efficiency audits and implement new energy programs. The next round will include colleges and universities, in addition to K-12 schools.

Winners use the money to cut energy costs, install solar and wind energy-generating systems, and to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy studies in the classroom. The outcome is not only energy savings but a decrease in emissions into the environment as well as educated students who ideally will change their energy consumption ways.

The Michigan Public Service Commission provides the money for what is seen as "a pretty unique program…There's not another organization doing this on a such a large scale," says Kendal Kuneman, project associate for Energy Works Michigan.

Energy Works Michigan administers the program that has its employees showing schools how to be more energy efficient, how to install solar panels or wind turbines and training teachers in renewable energy and energy efficiency curricula.

Currently 67 schools, including Allen Park Middle School, the Advanced Technology Academy in Dearborn, Pierce Middle School in Grosse Pointe Park, the South Lyon School District, and several Detroit Public Schools, including Cass Tech High School, are participating.

"All of the projects are currently being wrapped up. Most are completed by now," Kuneman says. Experience from those projects will be used to make the next phase of the project even more effective, she says.

The grants help pay to send engineers into schools to identify energy waste and show the schools how to correct it. Once a school is deemed energy efficient, it can choose to install a small, medium, or large solar or wind energy generating system.

The schools provide matching money to their grants.

"We prioritize how to get a return on investment in 5-8 years," Kuneman says. "So schools are seeing some significant cost savings. Some are getting return in less than five years."

Source: Kendal Kuneman, project associate, Energy Works Michigan
Writer: Kim North Shine

SMART bike rack grant helps Berkley promote cycling

A $2,000 grant from the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) will pay for at least six additional bike racks and contribute to a larger plan by the city of Berkley to put its residents and workers on two wheels. About a dozen bike racks are currently in place in the city.

"It's something we're seeing more of, and we want to see even more of," says Tom Colwell, facility manager and parks and recreation director for the city of Berkley.

The racks will be installed by July, Colwell says, and will be similar in style to existing ones.

Also this summer, the city is launching a bike riding program, and is in the midst of a project to make its roads safer for bikers, perhaps by adding cycling lanes, he says.

"The bike rack program with SMART is really in line with what we're trying to do," Colwell says.

The idea behind the grant is to help residents get around town without cars. SMART buses have bike racks for riders as well.

"Ultimately we're going to put some of the racks closer to bus shelters and around town," Colwell says. "What we want to promote is people not driving their own cars everywhere, but getting around by biking…We want to promote a healthier lifestyle."

Source: Tom Colwell, facility manager and parks and recreation director, city of Berkley
Writer: Kim North Shine

New cinema with 4D digital projection to rise in Westland

The former Showcase Cinema on Wayne Road in Westland will be demolished so that its nearly 50,000 obsolete square feet can be replaced with a modern 65,000-square-foot theater with 16 screens and room for 3,100 attendees.

The new MJR Digital Cinemas theater will feature the latest in screen, sound and digital technology. Demolition, which includes the parking lot, starts next week. Construction starts in March and the theater is scheduled to open in November. It will be the only theater in Wayne County with 4-D digital projection (3D with motion seats).

"It's huge for the city," says Lori Fodale, economic development director for the city of Westland. "It's right on the outskirts of our shopping and dining district."

With an estimated 800,000 visitors to the theater each year, "it's a huge shot in the arm for the restaurants and retail shops," she says.

About 10 permanent full-time jobs and 50 part-time jobs will be created by the project, a collaboration between the city of Westland, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, or MEGA and Wayne County T.U.R.B.O., a part of the Wayne County Land Bank.

MEGA is providing nearly $188,000 to the theater developer to aid in demolition, environmental remediation, and other work.

In addition, Wayne County TURBO offered tax incentives to bring the theater in, including 100 percent coverage of the first year of taxes and 50 percent off taxes for years two through five of the theater's operation, Fodale says.

The project was deemed a brownfield redevelopment and is eligible for tax discounts. It can receive the MEGA payout and the tax discounts because of the jobs created and the stimulus it will provide to neighboring businesses as well as future positive impact on state, local and school taxes to be paid. It was also eligible because contamination on the property will be cleaned, in addition to other factors.

Source: Lori Fodale, economic development director, city of Westland
Writer: Kim North Shine

Iconic Rochester Grain Elevator elevated in the history books

The Rochester Grain Elevator has been added to the National Register of Historic Places after more than a year of work by local historians, volunteers and city officials.

The designation not only generates the possibility of drawing visitors to the city's historic landmarks, it bolsters Rochester's image as a vibrant, contemporary community that honors of its past history.

Located in a paint-thin red barn plastered with worn ads for feed, the building looks out over the city's modern-day business district .

"It was once the center of all business and agricultural life in Rochester," Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson says. Today it operates as a supply store -- one of the, if not the, city's longest operating businesses, Cuthbertson says.

"I think that this is part of maintaining our historical character,"  Cuthbertson says. "I think that when people come to Rochester they feel a real sense of place. The elevator is one of those iconic buildings that contribute to that."

Groups involved in pursuing the historic designation include the Rochester/Avon Historical Society and the Rochester Historical Commission. The project has the endorsement of Lawrence Smith, owner and operator of Rochester Grain Elevator, which has been owned by his family for 55 years.

Source: Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino and Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson
Writer: Kim North Shine

Brownstown Twp to build $5M recreation campus

The first phase of construction on the Brownstown Township Recreation Campus is set to start in April.

The 150-plus-acre development will cost about $5 million and be completed in three phases with all work to be done by local businesses, says Kaitlyn Campbell, project coordinator for the Brownstown Township Downtown Development Authority.

The campus will be located at Telegraph and King Roads around and across the street from the township's municipal office complex. It is the largest project of its kind in township history.

The Recreation Campus will offer residents and visitors a variety of outdoor activities, including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, volleyball, and tennis courts. There will be walking and bike trails and fishing ponds.

Besides sports, there will be a splash park, a dog park, a sledding hill, a community garden, and a 5,000-square-foot event barn for use by the township and for private rentals. It is located near a historic home now on the land.

Most importantly, it is a balance of development and green space and of uses to suit most all age and activity levels, Campbell says. The land, some of it on wetlands, was previously zoned for residential development. The campus is located in a Downtown Development Authority district.

Source: Kaitlyn Campbell, project coordinator, Brownstown Township Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Ferndale nets 26 new businesses in 2010, says DDA

The amount of investment in downtown Ferndale increased by $3.3 million from 2009 to 2010, according to statistics released by the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority.

The $7.8 million expended in 2010 included 37 building rehabs, the opening of 40 new businesses, and the 7,000-square foot addition to the Ferndale Public Library. With businesses lost in 2010, the net gain of new businesses was 26, the DDA stats say.

The bottom line is an 85 percent increase in investment and proof that Ferndale has the ability to grow even during a puttering economy. While job creation numbers declined by 28% from this year over last, there was still a net increase of 204 new jobs, according to the DDA stats.

Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the Ferndale DDA, says the sunny numbers in this cloudy economy have much to do with "a lot of work for many years up to this point."

It helps that there is more interest in general from business owners who want to set up in downtown locations. Just because the economy turns sour, especially in Michigan, she says, "we can't just stop. We have to keep the dream going."

Source: Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Woodward Avenue gets 50 new signs, All American Road designation

More than 18 months of regional planning and state-local cooperation culminates this week with the installation of federal All American Road signs along a 27-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue.

A total of 50 signs worth $45,000 will be installed as part of the 2009 All American Road project, a U.S. Dept of Transportation program that awards funding for roadways deemed worthy of distinction and therefore dollars that make the roadways more appealing, useful, recognizable and memorable. Many such roadways around the country have been deemed scenic parkways, historic routes and such. The majority of Woodward signs will be installed this week by the Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) with a few not coming until spring.

Royal Oak-based WA3, the Woodward Avenue Action Association, is the local administrator of the program and worked with MDOT, all cities along the route, and DTE on the best placement and process for the sign installation

"The intent is to really bring awareness that this is an exclusive and important designation so that when visitors are here they say, 'Wow I've seen that in other parts of America,' and they understand this is an important part of history," says Heather Carmona, executive director of WA3.

"They're very different signs, not your typical MDOT road sign...It was a long process, 18-20 months. It was very challenging to get these different signs, but MDOT was very accommodating," Carmona says. "We were able to do something that was outside of the box and get something that was eye catching and appealing and safe."

A prototype sign is located at McDonald's on Woodward near 13 Mile.

Of the 50 signs, 23 will be installed in Detroit. The remainder run north through Oakland County communities.

Source: Heather Carmona, executive director of the Woodward Avenue Action Association
Writer: Kim North Shine

Signs Now moves U.S. headquarters to Plymouth Township

Signs Now, one of two main divisions of Allegra Network, has moved its leadership team from Sarasota, Florida to Plymouth Twp, bringing together its Northville and Florida operations under one roof, as the company branches into marketing and visual communications.

The move into an industrial building in Plymouth Twp consolidated Allegra's signs and print brands divisions. Allegra is one of the world's largest marketing, print and graphics communications companies and ranks in the top 200 of franchise companies worldwide.

Previously, the headquarters for its print brands operated from a 16,000-square-foot space in Northville and Signs Now was run from a 6,000-square-foot space in Sarasota.

"We ended up buying a 67,000-square-foot building that allowed us to bring those operations together," Allegra Network majority owner Mike Marcantonio says. "Plymouth Township has been great to work with. It is really a business-friendly community."

About 50 employees work at the new Plymouth headquarters, some hired since the move, and more are expected to be hired as the company adds new services, Marcantonio says. The company has about 20 employees in Florida and other parts of the country. Some employees remained in Florida. Top leadership came to Michigan and will work in offices carved out of the former industrial building. The other part of the building is ideal for operations and will be used for training franchisees and "rolling out new products."

Plymouth will be the site of administrative offices for company leadership, franchise training, research and development, and also house a number of related businesses, from commercial art provider Progressive Art & Frame Design to the new marketing and visual communications arm that will offer small- to medium-sized companies marketing and advertising services typically not available from large agencies.

"We're developing a marketing resource center here in Plymouth," Marcantonio says.
This will lead to the hiring of marketing strategists, social media experts, designers and other jobs, he says.

Allegra is privately owned by an investor group including Marcantonio, former vice president of Domino's Pizza, and Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder and former CEO of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University.

Source: Mike Marcantonio, majority owner Allegra Network
Writer: Kim North Shine

Lofts moving into downtown Wyandotte

A downtown loft development is the first of its kind to grow out of the creation of Wyandotte's Neighborhood Enterprise Zone.

Gilbert Rose, the managing partner of Newton Investment Co. LLC, the loft project developer, says the enterprise zone's offer of discounted taxes on renovations and improvements was "quite the enticement to make this investment in the city."  Pairing it with financial backing from the Wayne County Home Loan program sealed the deal.

The Lofts at Willow Tree project will cost at least $300,000, Rose says.

"The City of Wyandotte is eager to make this project and others like it happen so that more and more downtown places will be occupied by people," he says.

The four two-bedroom lofts will be rented, overlook downtown, and located at 3005 First St. Architect Tom Roberts will design the lofts and construction should begin by April and finish within four months, Rose says.

The Lofts at Willow Tree gets its name from the longtime Willow Tree women's clothing store, which is also owned by Rose. They will be built on the second floor of the building, above the clothing store, which faces Biddle, Wyandotte's main downtown drag. The apartments will also overlook Biddle but will be entered from First St. They are in the space formerly occupied by Barry & Co., a hair salon that moved to away to a first-floor, downtown location two years ago.

"We think lofts will be very attractive. We have great tenants now who love living in downtown Wyandotte," Rose says. "We put up a couple of signs for the Lofts at Willow Tree and we've had a ton of calls. We are very excited. We think after we do this, we'll see more and more of this."

Source: Gilbert Rose, managing partner Newton Investment Co. LLC

Writer: Kim North Shine

Rust Belt Market artists' venue planned for downtown Ferndale

Chris and Tiffany Best have been among the crowds drawn to Ferndale's four main art shows over the years so they've seen the pull -- and the market -- that Ferndale has on talented artists and consumers looking to buy local artists' creations.

"The shows all have the same great vibe, and we kept seeing the same artists over and over, the handmade merchandise and vintage pieces. We thought it's a shame that they only have four times a year to come out and no place to sell other than wholesale to retailers where they have no face-to-face time with their buyers," says Tiffany Best, a 25-year-old Oxford resident who spends a lot time in Ferndale, including at her job at Flip Salon and with friends on the weekend.

And so with the idea of giving artists and their buyers a permanent place to meet, the Bests are launching the Rust Belt Market, a year-round art market and artists' incubator, to be located in the former Old Navy clothing store on Woodward and 9 Mile.

The 15,000-square-foot building will be divided and leased, says Cristina Sheppard-Decius, director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority.

And Rust Belt Market is the kind of development that can add to the eclectic, round-the-clock feel of the city.  Law practices and offices have considered the site, but ideally, Sheppard-Decius says, the building will be used for ventures that "contribute to the energy of Ferndale."

At Rust Belt Market, artists would lease space on weekends or for longer blocks of time and the lease would include storage space. "The response to this has been overwhelming," Tiffany Best says.

She says lease negotiations for the 5,000 square feet  -- possibly with the option of expanding into more square footage should artists want a workspace as well -- should wrap up over the next month. After that the building owner will take a month to divide the space structurally, and a month afterwards the Bests would be done with their own renovations. The goal is to open around May, Tiffany Best says.

Tiffany Best, the owner of Earthy Girl gardening, and Chris Best, a 32-year-old licensed builder, don't want to compete with Ferndale's outdoor art shows such as the DIY Street Fair in September. They want to complement them by holding special events, perhaps fashion shows or exhibitions, during fair times.

Tiffany says she and Chris see staying in Michigan and cultivating an art spot here as a way to pay back their state and to join in with other Michigan residents who are ready for an economic rebound.

"We see an obligation to the state, kind of like a marriage. You don't leave when the going gets rough and when you stick it out you get to see what's wonderful on the other side. We feel the state and its citizens are ready for a new beginning. The creative class is here to stay. We want to create a development that will bring people together, get them out of the big box stores and in contact with quality, handmade goods that have a story, products that let you invest in a person by wearing or displaying what that person has made with their own hands."

Sources: Tiffany Best, partner in Rust Belt Market LLC and Cristina Sheppard-Decius, director Ferndale DDA

Writer: Kim North Shine

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