Cliff Green is an example of professional cool. Green’s style and perspective have been a guide for all men in Detroit looking for fashion ideas since the 1980s. Cliff Green is an owner of Hot Sam’sClothing celebrating 100 years of business. In this interview, Green opens upabout the deal to buy Hot Sam’s in 1994. Cliff shares how his family has played arole in the business and the success of business must be anchored with successin family. Cliff celebrates 100 years of Hot Sams Clothing.
Tony Stovall’s presence is felt when you are in a room with him. The classic laugh, inspirational knowledge, and uncompromising support of Black business will make an impact on you. Tony is one of the owners of Hot Sam’s Clothing which has been a staple in Detroit for 100 years. In this Detroit is Different feature we discuss the business, family, faith, and how the style changed over the years. Tony celebrates before the 100-year celebration of Hot Sam’s Clothing.
Monda Mims is a true creative. Living blocks away from Detroit is Different incubator Monda is making lifelike infant dolls selling across the nation and world. What began as an interest has become a business. Today people call, request, and ask for Monda to make dolls in memory of their lost children, grown children, and for those who can’t have children themselves. Monda’s creativity began in fashion as a teenager customizing her clothes with cuts, glitter, and airbrush. When her family wondered why Monda was building a grander vision. This is also a discussion on building a business while working and engaging a customer base. Her experience as a stylist for years is explored as to how to grow business. This is a fun and eye-opening discussion into a world of arts I knew nothing of.
Miguel was born in Mississippi and as a child made his way to Detroit. Growing in Detroit in the late 1970s and 80s he navigated a new reality in the world of the Urban metropolis through the landscape of the phenomenon which crack cocaine swept Black communities nationwide. Incarcerated his senior year of Central High School Miguel never graduated but learned valuable business lessons that he applies to his properties and Sno-Cone business today. This discussion opens up the relationship between opportunity, street business, and legit business and how learning from each have strengthened Miguel.
Ron Taylor is the new President and CEO of Detroit Area Agency on Aging. For over a year he’s taken the helm of the organization that was run by Paul Bridgewater for years. Ron’s experience in organization, aging, and leadership has taken his travels through Atlanta and now he’s in the original chocolate city of Detroit. In his interview, we discuss his upbringing in Toledo, family, and aging care. We also talk about why so much Funk music was coming out of Dayton? This was a great introduction to Taylor’s understanding of developing relationships and building a team.