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Hatch Detroit Final Four

Hatch Detroit 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

The 2014 Hatch Detroit Contest Final Four are in and voting has already commenced.  Voters now must choose only one business each day in this round. The four finalists that will continue to try and win your heart are the following:

Cockadoodle – Breakfast/Lunch concept on Avenue of Fashion

Gabriel Hall – Live New Orleans style entertainment bar & restaurant

Sister Pie – Bakery including pies, cookies and more

Third Wave Music – Instrument retail store

You can vote by visiting their website, click here. The Hatch Off, this Wednesday August 20th,is where the winner will be announced. The crown will be awarded by 50% popular votes and 50% Hatch Off Judge votes. If there happens to be a tie the winner will be determined by the total number of popular votes from both rounds of voting. Tickets for the Hatch off being held at Ford Field can be purchased by clicking here.

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Hatch Detroit Voting in Full Swing

Hatch Detroit 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

The 2014 Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 we’re announced last week and are now looking for your vote. Voters may choose up to four business for the first round of voting and participate once per day. The lucky ten semifinalists looking to win your heart are the following:

Alegria Pops – Authentic paletas (Mexican ice pops)

Bumbo’s – Polish bar/cuisine

Cockadoodle – Breakfast/Lunch concept on Avenue of Fashion

Gabriel Hall – Live New Orleans style entertainment bar & restaurant

McClary Bros. Outpost – Tasting room/Soda shoppe

Rocco’s Italian Deli – Midotwn deli

Sister Pie – Bakery including pies, cookies and more

Third Wave Music – Instrument retail store

Uncle Bug’s Organic Creamery – Ice cream manufacturer

1701 Bespoke – Custom clothing

You can vote by visiting their website, click here. Past winners have included Hugh, La Feria and Batch Brewing. The top four finalists will be announced on August 15th at which point Round Two of voting will begin. The Hatch Off and winner will be announced on August 20th.

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Detroit Zoo “Breaks the Ice” on Polk Penguin Conservati​on Center

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DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan and Vice Chairman Stephen Polk “break the ice.”

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) board members, donors, staff and guests gathered at the Detroit Zoo yesterday evening to ceremoniously “break the ice” on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPCC). The groundbreaking event marks the beginning of an 18-month development period for the largest project the Zoo has ever undertaken.

DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan and Vice Chairman Stephen Polk – whose family donated the $10 million lead gift for the project – swung ice axes at a wall of ice, which shattered on impact to reveal an ice-carved rendering of the PPCC.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with our plans for this amazing place for people and penguins that will be centered on conservation. It will be an extraordinary and unique experience for our guests,” said Kagan.

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions and epic crossings of the Drake Passage, the facility’s dramatic exterior design suggests a tabular iceberg with a crevasse and waterfall. The interior experience will feature effects such as arctic blasts, iceberg “calving”, waves and snow – evoking the harsh and visceral ice world of Antarctica. The entry plaza will include a water feature that will be a splash area in the summer and a skating rink in winter.

Kagan, Polk and other DZS leaders visited Antarctica to gain firsthand knowledge of and immersion in the Antarctic environment in order to bring the authentic polar experience from concept to reality. In addition, world-renowned polar ecologist and penguin expert Dr. Bill Fraser – who gave a talk on penguins and the impact of climate change at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center following the ceremony – served as a design consultant on the project.

One of the most dramatic features of the $29.5-million, 33,000-square-foot facility will be a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area. That feature, deeper and larger than the aquatic area at the Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life, will allow visitors to observe penguins as they deep-water dive – something that is almost impossible to see, even in the wild.

The PPCC will be home to about 80 penguins of four species: rockhopper, macaroni and king – which currently reside in the Detroit Zoo’s original Penguinarium – as well as gentoo, a species which will be new to the Zoo. The habitat will ensure an optimal environment for the penguins’ welfare and encourage wild behavior, from diving and porpoising to nesting and rearing young.

The DZS also unveiled an official penguin mascot that joins Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes, costumed characters that greet visitors at Detroit Zoo events. The penguin joins two Junior Z zookeeper mascots and the cape-wearing polar bear and giraffe Zooper Heroes.

The PPCC was designed by Jones & Jones – architects of Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life and National Amphibian Conservation Center – and by Albert Kahn Associates, architects of the Zoo’s Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex. DeMaria/Wharton-Smith has been named general contractor on the project. The facility will be built on a 2-acre site just inside the Zoo’s entrance and is slated to open in late 2015.

More than 100 design, engineering and construction jobs will be created and sustained for the development period of the PPCC. With an associated annual increase of about 250,000 visitors, it is estimated that the Detroit Zoo’s revenue will increase by at least $2 million annually. The new attraction is expected to have a regional economic impact of as much as $10 million dollars per year, adding to the current $100-million economic impact the Zoo already has on the region.

In addition to the $10-million grant from the Polk Family Fund – the largest gift in the history of the DZS – the William Davidson Foundation Fund has committed $3 million toward the development of the PPCC. Twelve gifts of $100,000 or more have set the pace for contributions from individuals and corporate and family foundations. The DZS Board has committed $8.5 million, bringing funds secured for the landmark project to $25.2 million and leaving $4.3 million yet to be raised.

For more information or to make a philanthropic investment in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, click here.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Lincoln Store: 1925

By Jeffrey Buck

When I think of a car dealership… it’s usually expansive and not very elegant. That’s not always been the case. This picture of a city dealership in Washington, D.C. back in the 20s is not your average window shopping experience.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Lincoln Store: 1925“:

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Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Exterior, Warfield Motor Co.” The Lincoln dealer whose service garage we recently saw here. In 1927 the company moved next door into the building on the left. National Photo Co.

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William Davidson Foundation Fund Grants $3 Million To Support Polk Penguin Conservation Center

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The William Davidson Foundation Fund has made a $3 million grant intention to the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) to support the development of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo. Construction of the $26 million facility will begin in the spring near the Zoo’s entrance.

“This very generous grant will help us create an extraordinary conservation center of international significance for iconic polar animals – penguins of Antarctica. The center will highlight that incredible ice continent and the dramatic effect of global climate change,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO.

“The Detroit Zoo is known regionally, nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of animal welfare, science education and visitor experience,” said Jonathan Aaron, president, William Davidson Foundation. “Research and personal experience tell us that having strong cultural destinations, like the zoo, promote the region’s growth and vitality. We are pleased to support this worthwhile and exciting project.”

More than 100 design, engineering and construction jobs will be created and sustained for the estimated two-year development period of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and the facility will add several full-time employees to the DZS staff. With an associated annual increase of 100,000 visitors, the new attraction is expected to have a regional economic impact of several million dollars per year, adding to the $100 million economic impact the Zoo already has on the region.

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions and epic crossings of the Drake Passage, the facility’s dramatic exterior design will evoke a tabular iceberg. The interior experience will feature 4-D effects such as arctic blasts, waves and snow, and will include a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area.

For more information or to make a philanthropic investment in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, visit http://dzoo.org/pcc.

The William Davidson Foundation, a family foundation, was established in 2005 in Detroit to honor its founder’s memory by continuing his philosophy of giving. It is committed to efforts to preserve and enhance Jewish life in the United States and abroad. In addition, the foundation is funding efforts to improve the economic prosperity of its home community in southeastern Michigan in order to make the region an even more desirable place to work and to live.

The William Davidson Foundation established the William Davidson Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in 2013.

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Zagster and Rock Ventures Bring Pedal Power to Downtown Detroit

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DETROIT – Zagster, one of the nation’s first bike sharing companies, announced it has partnered with Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans to launch Detroit’s first bike sharing program. Rock Ventures’ 9,200 team members in downtown Detroit can reserve and ride comfortable, city-friendly cruiser bikes, allowing them a healthy, convenient, sustainable and fun way to run errands, grab lunch, get to meetings or just exercise.

“With the success of public bike sharing programs around the world, more and more employers, real estate developers and universities are looking to offer a more customized, convenient and flexible program for tenants and employees,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans have really stepped up to show the world that the Motor City is ready for a new set of wheels.”

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Zagster has successfully launched bike sharing programs in large cities including Chicago, Boston and New York and is now doing so in Detroit’s burgeoning urban core.

Initially, 48 Breezer bikes will be available on-demand to Rock Ventures’ team members, and will be parked outside eight properties in and around Detroit’s central business district: Compuware, M@dison, One Woodward, 1528 Woodward Avenue, Chase Tower, Financial District Garage, 1001 Woodward Garage and Two Detroit Garage. Additional locations may be launched in future months.

After registering on Zagster’s website, riders simply text ‘start’ plus the bike number (e.g. ‘start 46’) to Zagster. A confirmation message with the access code for the lock box is texted back. This action reserves the bike for the remainder of the day or until the bike is returned. Riders text “end” to the same number, which releases the bike for the next rider. Bike reservations last up to 24 hours.

The Breezer Uptown bikes used by Zagster have won numerous awards for their lightweight yet durable frames. They are outfitted with spacious baskets ideal for transporting laptops and computer gear, take-out food or groceries. Riders can park their bikes anywhere they want using the included lock, allowing the ultimate in convenience. When done with their bike, riders simply return the bike back to the Zagster bike rack.

“The launch of Zagster in Detroit is another way we are activating our streets and helping our team members explore Detroit – on two wheels versus four,” said Jay Farner, Quicken Loans’ President and Chief Marketing Officer, adding that the company is sponsoring Zagster memberships for its team members. “Bike sharing fits in with our placemaking initiatives; we hope other downtown companies will follow our lead and consider bringing this perk to their team members.”

About Zagster

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is one of the nation’s first bike sharing companies. Zagster is uniquely focused on contracting with property managers, hotels, businesses, and universities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to tenants, employees, guests and students. This highly efficient and unique model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional city-wide bike sharing systems can’t reach. More information about Zagster is available online at www.Zagster.com.

About Rock Ventures

Detroit-based Rock Ventures LLC is an umbrella entity managing a diverse portfolio of companies, investments and real estate. Rock Ventures’ flagship company is Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender and third largest overall residential mortgage lender. To learn more visit www.opportunitydetroit.com.

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Hudson Editorial Locating in Downtown Detroit’s Technology Corridor

DETROIT – May 1, 2013 – Hudson Editorial, a new sister company of 25-year-old Avalon Films,  specializing in creative editorial, graphics, visual effects and audio finishing, announced it will open a 6,400-square foot post-production studio on the fifth and sixth floors of downtown Detroit’s historic Wright Kay Building, located at 1500 Woodward Avenue between John R and Witherell.

Hudson Editorial has worked with advertising agencies Campbell-Ewald, Team Detroit, Leo Burnett and others. Hudson’s downtown facility is expected to be a valuable high-end post production resource to the growing number of companies doing business in the heart of Detroit’s urban core.

The company is scheduled to open their Detroit office in early June with 16 full-time employees, doubling their current staff.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing a new creative resource to the thriving brain-economy and entrepreneurial businesses that are opening up shop and growing quickly in downtown Detroit,” said Hudson Executive Producer Kristin Redman. “As one of the first full-service post-production companies located in Detroit, we look forward to working with advertising agencies and corporate clients, while playing a role in the rejuvenation of the city.”

Hudson’s sister company, Avalon Films, is a leading commercial and content production company that provides services to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Based in Royal Oak, Avalon Films will also open an additional office in the Wright Kay Building. While the two companies plan to operate as separate entities, they will collaborate by packaging production at Avalon with post-production at Hudson to deliver exceptional services for their clients.

“We look forward to taking Hudson and Avalon Films creativity to a new level, feeding off of the energy that our companies will undoubtedly tap into being located in an exciting urban environment,” said Avalon Partner and Director Larry August.

Rock Ventures, an umbrella entity managing a diverse portfolio of companies, investments and real estate, purchased the Wright Kay Building in December 2011.

The lease was brokered by Bedrock Real Estate Services, Rock Ventures’ full service real estate firm, after major renovations to the 24,000 square foot structure.

“Hudson Editorial is the latest new economy, creative business to join the action along the high-tech Woodward corridor in downtown Detroit. Each day seems to attract a great business to the opportunity that is Detroit,” said Jim Ketai, managing partner, Bedrock Real Estate Services.

Neumann/Smith Architecture last month announced its new Detroit design studio will occupy the entire third floor of the Wright Kay Building.

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About Hudson Editorial

Hudson Editorial is a creative editorial, graphics, visual effects and audio finishing company. The idea behind Hudson is to take a small group of uniquely talented individuals, bring them together in a dynamic urban setting, and create an environment of total collaboration to deliver the highest level of creative execution and client service.

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About Avalon Films

Avalon Films is a boutique, full-service production company based in Royal Oak, Michigan, with affiliate offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto. Avalon’s creative philosophy is that great work starts with a great idea. Thanks to great clients, and the talent and dedication of their close-knit staff, Avalon has built a reputation as one of the very few regional companies that consistently deliver national caliber work.

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