News Release

Livernois Storefront to Provide New Business Opportunities in Detroit

Business leaders as well as community stakeholders in Detroit's Livernois Avenue community now have a place to call home to further develop growth and success in the area.

Art + Retail Event Held at the Livernois Community Storefront

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture held Art + Retail on the Ave. on July 25, an event which showcased proposals for new art and businesses along Livernois in a gallery type setting.

Held in the Livernois Community Storefront, the goal of the gallery was to provide a venue for community feedback on the future of Livernois. Guests provided input on what they would like to see in the community and submitted their own business ideas. The final voting on the proposals will be on August 5.

The Livernois Storefront is a temporary community space that opened last May and serves as the welcome center for the Avenue of Fashion. Since then, various events have been hosted there, such as Light-up Livernois, a weekend long event that featured various Livernois businesses and artists.

Over 90 artists and entrepreneurs from Detroit and across the world have submitted their ideas to transform the neighborhood. A review panel of leaders in the community, arts and business areas has been assembled to select the finalists that will be displayed in the gallery. The project is being led by the REVOLVE Detroit Program, University Commons Organization, DCDC and several local business owners. This project is being supported by a grant from ArtPlace America Foundation and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Through its Impact Detroit initiative, and in partnership with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Revolve Detroit and Challenge Detroit, the Detroit DCDC at the UDM School of Architecture is spearheading the Livernois Community Storefront project on the Avenue of Fashion.

The Livernois Community Storefront

The Livernois Community Storefront is a temporary community space that occupies a former vacant storefront on Livernois. The storefront will also serve as a welcome center for the Avenue of Fashion, Livernois Avenue's business district, and will hold community events throughout the year. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit School of Architecture is spearheading the project, working with new Detroit entrepreneurs.

View local media coverage of the Livernois Community Storefront

The storefront opened in the community last May with “Light-Up Livernois” a weekend event of fashion, art and fun, getting the community excited about expanding more businesses in the area.

"The event was a great success and both days were well attended," said Virginia Stanard, Director of Urban Design at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center. "President Garibaldi and Will Wittig, the Dean of the School of Architecture, were there alongside the other 600 guests, meeting neighbors and community and business leaders."

"In early June, we held our second storefront event," said Stanard. "Livernois Soup” was where business owners and other members of the community, including some UDM students, got together in the storefront and shared soup while voting on community-based projects to partner with. The money raised was given to fundraiser the winning project."

visit the Livernois Community Storefront page at, to stay on top of future events being held.

Local Media Coverage

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 31, 2013
Detroit Lion Ron Bartell plans new Kuzzo's restaurant as part of Livernois revitalization
Amy Haimerl/Crain's Detroit Business

... Bartell will be developing the other properties for retail or pop-ups, but that effort is further away. His first focus is Kuzzo's, on which he anticipates spending $500,000 between buying the property and build-out. He is seeking financing but is prepared to spend his own money. "It's always better to spend someone else's," he joked. Read More ...

March 21, 2013/WXYZ Channel 7
Virginia Stanard, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center's director of Urban Design at University of Detroit Mercy is interviewed by WXYZ-TV as she prepares the Livernois Community Storefront. The Storefront project will provide a hub for the growing Livernois Avenue corridor in Detroit.

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 21, 2013
Publisher's notebook: The Avenue, a love story
Claire Nelson/Model D

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced UDM President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has joined the organization’s board of directors, effective Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He will also be joined by Andrea Dickson, Mary Kramer, Linda Orlans, Irvin Reid, Hubert Massey, Amy DeBrunner; Lillian Demas, Donald Ritzenhein, Jennifer Fischer and Thomas Guastello. Read More ...

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 20, 2013
Livernois Avenue in the fast lane for $1.7 million face-lift
Amy Haimerl/Crain's Detroit Business

... Starting in June, the DEGC will be issuing a call for artists -- five with national reputations and five local talents -- to pair with students from University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College to create artworks that reflect the district's history. Read More ...

UDM DCDC Livernois Community StorefrontMay 20, 2013
$200K grant to give Detroit's former Avenue of Fashion a boost From The Detroit News
Michael Martinez/ The Detroit News

... REVOLVE Detroit will use the money to pair national designers and artists with university students — from nearby Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy — local residents and entrepreneurs. Artists will create temporary and permanent art installations to hang in empty storefronts and public spaces. Read More ...

Release date: June 10, 2013

# # #