PURE DETROIT — This past Friday, Pure Detroit had the pleasure of participating in Model D's Next Big Thing -- an event just as much about macro/micro small business financing as it was about celebrating. While various speakers (Model D's Brian Boyle, Lovio George's Jim Boyle) and the final four businesses competing for Hatch Detroit's $50,000 grant (voting opens back up on Wednesday, October 26) made their cases on stage, the small businesses that are helping transform the city were on hand to hustle their wares.
Pete's Chocolates introduced us to new flavor combinations; the Detroit Institute of Bagels teased us with their gourmet take on the bagel bite; Slow's BBQ warmed our chilly bodies with pull pork chili; and we unveiled our signature beverage the Irish Boston Cooler -- one part Alinosi ice cream, one part Vernor's ginger ale and one part Jameson Irish Whiskey. Didn't have a chance to attend? Well, last Friday night is the first of many times you'll have a chance to try our light and creamy creation.
Through minimal yet effective lighting, the lobby of the David Whitney building -- barren, exposed and raw -- made a case as one of the most breathtaking buildings in the city of Detroit. And where the heat wasn't, the amount of bodies jammed between the white marble walls last Friday night made up for it.
We think Model D is definitely onto to something. And we can't wait to see just what the next big thing really is. | PD
PHOTO CREDIT TO MARVIN SHAOUNI / MODEL D