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Through inspirational videos, podcasts, and features, learn how Detroit entrepreneurs have built and grown their of businesses. From start-up to stay-up.

Episode No 10 November 12 / 2020

Alice Brazelton-Pittman

Brazelton Floral

“I grew up in the business with my brothers and sisters,” she says. But Alice would forge her own path.

It wasn’t until 2017, following the deaths of both her brother Edgar Jr. and sister Irene that Brazelton-Pittman would find herself taking the helm of her family’s floral legacy.

Episode No 9 September 28 / 2020

Nyasia Bey

Ancient Wisdom Birth Service

Nyasia Bey vividly remembers the trauma she experienced when she gave birth to her first child, and as a doula in Detroit, she wants to see to it that other women avoid going through what she did.

Episode No 8 July 15 / 2020

Nailah Ellis

Ellis Island Tea

As the largest Black female-owned beverage manufacturer in the United States, Ellis Island Tea is on the cusp of becoming a beverage empire.

Ellis’s story captures her journey from starting her all-natural Jamaican Tea to landing a major investment from international star, comedian and actor Kevin Hart. Recently she traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to negotiate a deal with a major bottler that could be a game-changer in the beverage industry.

Episode No 7 June 25 / 2020

Hamissi Mamba & Nadia Nijimbere

Baobab Fare

“A little bit before the pandemic, we were focused on trying to finish our renovation at the restaurant,” says Hamissi Mamba, who along with wife Nadia Nijimbere, have been working for the past few years to open Baobab Fare, a traditional East African eatery and cafe in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.

The couple had plans to hold a grand opening in May, but as with every other eating establishment in Michigan and across the country, plans changed as the coronavirus surged.

That doesn’t mean the work halted, and that is only part of their relentless journey.

Episode No 6 May 8 / 2020

Paul Wasserman & Joe Renkiewicz

Henry the Hatter

Glimpse inside the nation’s oldest hat retailer and one of Detroit’s most iconic shops. This 127-year-old hatter has outfitted the likes of Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, the notorious Purple Gang, Jimmy Kimmel, and President Dwight Eisenhower, who wore a hat from the shop at his second inauguration in 1957.

Episode No 5 March 27 / 2020

Carol Himelhoch


“In the 1940s, my dad helped start the careers of Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder. If I go back in history, we help designers get discovered. It’s in our blood.” The Detroit legacy brand relaunched as an online retail platform in 2018, featuring indie fashion designers from Detroit, other parts of the United States, and even abroad.