Dara & David Harper are creatives. The couple met in NYC years ago both working in theater and film. Today they lead Noble Peak INC which publishes books, produces film, and directs theater. Partnering to produce, direct, and write a series of plays, the Harper’s are a team of creativity. Their play ‘Passing’ which has started Mayowa Reynolds has been well received to thousands of Detroiters over the years.
Dara shares her process of writing and producing. Today she is finalizing touches on her animated feature ‘The Ice Princess.’ (FYI: since the interview The Sky Princess has been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. Visit http://theskyprincess.com/ today and find out more about the movie today.)
Vincent Little Jr. Vincent owns 269 Walker St which is the home to his downtown UPS store. The facility face 100’s square ft. for your business as well. He shares the story of his space and how you can join the location matching your business to the riverfront Detroit experience.
269 Walker St is a motor City Match property ready for your business. Visit www.motorcitymatch.com to find out more information about placing your business in this location.
Interview with Vincent Little Jr. by Khary Frazier
Vince Little Jr.: My name is Vince Little and I am the owner of this building and also the owner of the UPS store, which is a tenant in this building. We are in the Rivertown area, just a couple blocks from the River Walk. So right down the street is Harbortown, and to the West of us is the Renaissance Center.
Khary Frazier: Okay, 269 Walker St. is where we’re at, and that’s what people have the opportunity for with Motor City Match. So what type of tenant do you think could use this space and take advantage of their business dreams?
V: Wow, you know, that’s a dynamic question. I’ve seen so many people do Motor City Match, and I don’t wanna give away some of the folks that are interested, but I’m thinking maybe a bakery or light manufacturing type of location, retail. There’s really, you know, no limit to the different types of business that could thrive here. Lot of things going on on the East river front. New walkways, new pathways, so it’s just going to bring a lot of folks down here, so yeah, you know, there’s just no limit to the number of businesses that could thrive in this area.
I was in the Harbortown Shopping Center with the UPS store, and then, well we started to outgrow the space and we were looking for more space to better serve our customers, and this building became available, and I was just fortunate enough to be able to purchase it.
You know, this is a big building—much bigger than I anticipated, so there’s several different areas. We have 8,000 sq. ft. upstairs that could be subdivided, or maybe someone wants the entire space. I also have two smaller spaces, both of them approximately 1,500 sq. ft. on the lower level. None of it is developed. This used to be a warehouse kind of building on the lower level. So it’s kind of warehouse-y-ish now. So, you know, so the sky’s the limit on what they can do with the space, and they can totally put new doors, new windows, new entrances are all fair game in this area.
K: Alright, so, as you talk about subdividing and changing things up, how open are you to someone coming in with their own people to contract and blueprints and ideas like that—could you be open to me bringing in my own people?
V: Sure. And that’s with—I have a prospective tenant right now who’s bringing in a firm from Motor City Match, an architect with her own ideas, and I have very little—whatever she wants to do. It’s an open canvas. So I hope she dreams to her heart’s content and it comes to fruition.
Sure, well my phone number is (248) 464-1180. Or I’m also listed on the Motor City Match website with contact information: email address and phone number is on there as well.
Detroit is Different is about culture and business makes up a lot of that for our city. The products, services, and the style/ process in which they’re delivered are uniquely Detroit. The gate of the Detroit River has welcomed world travelers for centuries. Today the port remains America’s busiest border for importing and exporting goods. I’ve always felt the best asset we’ve offered the world are Detroiters.
Dr. Paul Thomas is one of the Detroiters going against conventional wisdom. Dr. Thomas leads Plum Health which is a family medical practice. The likes of the conglomerate giants Henry Ford Health Systems, Beaumont, and the Juggernaut of the Detroit Medical Center has changed the way medicine is delivered here. America has witnessed the medical industry change over the decade to decade more than any other industry that flourishes. Dr. Thomas provides an old school style practice with today’s technology and savvy for clients. His 24 hour service, home visit, and self/tech reliant administration is cost conservative for clients.
I host a podcast discussion with Dr. Thomas about his practice, roots in the Metro Detroit area, time at Wayne State University Medical School, and more. We dove into his Grandparents ties from Eastern Europe to Hamtramck and Eastside Detroit. We also talk about his connection to Detroit City Football Club Le Rouge. In health we talk Diabetes, Hyper tension, and Heart Disease. Getting healthy, staying healthy, and changing lifestyle.
I welcome you to check out the Detroit is Different Podcast with Dr. Paul Thomas. If you’re interested in contacting Dr. Thomas visit him online at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ or call him anytime at (313) 444-5630.
Steven Dye is a Detroiter by way of Memphis TN. Since the early 2000’s Steve has applied his passion, southern charm, and devotion into Detroit Magic Child Development. Detroit Magic Child Development is an after school and summer program for Detroit children. Located on East 7 Mile Rd (near I-75 and Mound Rd) Detroit Magic Child Development welcomes hundreds of students seeking tutoring, sports, arts, and technology.
Steve shares the story of how he was inspired by the efforts of others in Detroit. Detroit Magic Child Development was a vision he built that has gathered the support of countless others in reaching it’s mission. Steve also speaks about how he remembers the impact of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis as a child. Thereafter his commitment to bring about the change Dr. King inspired has been instilled in him.
Today Detroit Magic Child Development is offering grade, middle, and high school student’s opportunities to learn drama, etiquette, engineering, and sports. This mix of culture provides eye opening lessons to students seeking opportunity. A collection of instructors, tutors, mentors, and volunteers devote themselves to the success of this program. Click here to give to the Detroit Magic Child Development Go Fund Me Account.
Off-Rip has since toured the nation with hits like ‘Don’t Show Up When I Blow Up’ and ‘Dollar Sign.’ He visited the Detroit is Different podcast studio to talk about creativity and music. We explore his ties to the 12th Street neighborhood, basketball, his father Mr. Hariston, and even his travels with San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popavich. Rip is one of the many hip-hop artists bringing national attention to Detroit’s industry today. His work with artist Cap brands Detroit Hip-hop for national appeal. Rip’s music has garnered the same response from many fans as I do ‘Why don’t you move out of Detroit?’ and we explore that question.
This was a great podcast interview to introduce, re-introduce, and establish the connection between myself and one of the hip-hop artists I’ve worked with from the beginning (shouts out to Mike Posner, Earlly Mac, Big Sean, and Tone Tone, too). Listen to the Detroit is Different podcast interview with Off Rip.
Rip also provides Detroit is Different an exclusive as how he was able to record his hit record ‘Cocky and Arrogant.’ The story of how this underground classic was released and featured his friend Franchise and legendary lyricist Royce 5’9 and Joe Buddens is compelling. Rip tells how he first recorded with Royce 5’9 engineer Asar and Royce’s tactical approach in the studio. It’s a great story here for you at Detroit is Different.