Board of Directors

Scott Saionz - President
Adam Jones - Vice President
Hassan Bazzi - Treasurer
Gary LaPointe - Director - Communications
Laverne Wainwright - Director - Artspace


April 5, 2019




Each month, Downtown Dearborn will feature a different volunteer or community leader who is making a difference in our community--asking them why they are involved Downtown Dearborn. Recently, the East and West Deaborn Downtown Development Authorities (DDDAs) elected new chairpersons of the board of directors. This month, we are featuring Sam Abbas who took over as chairperson for the WDDDA in January. Abbas is owner of Brome Modern Eatery, Yogurtopia and Afor Concepts  opening The Great Commoner in Wagner Place . 


Q: How are you connected to the Dearborn community?

A: I was born and raised in the city of Dearborn, and live here today.


Q: What inspired you to get involved in the West DDA    Board?

A: As I conducted more business here in the city I felt like I 
needed to contribute my fair share.


Q: During your tenure as Chair, what is your vision for Dearborn?

A: I would like to contribute to the correct portrayal of the community. Many people have the wrong idea of

Dearborn, and we don't focus enough on our own

successes as a community. I also want to see more interest from other business owners outside of Dearborn and help them see the potential of doing business in such a dynamic and diverse city.


Q: How would you describe the Dearborn community to someone who does not live here?

A: Dearborn is the true melting pot of this country. We have people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, etc. It's a place where people from all walks of life can come together and where both large business (Ford, Carhartt) and small business meet.


Q: How do your experiences differentiate you from other members of the Board?

A: I think growing up in this city then living out west has helped me see how other communities do things. I believe I am the youngest member of the Board and the youngest Chair to serve. I feel like youth also brings a little more drive when it comes to development. I want to see things really come to fruition seeing that I will be living here and raising a family here.


Q: Is there a particular industry that you think has potential for growth in Dearborn?

A: We have to grow our retail and urban living in the Downtowns, and that should be our main focus as a DDA.



Art lovers rejoice! April Arts Dearborn is here, and whether you're a seasoned artist or simply enjoy experiencing art in various forms, April Arts has an event for you!


Taking place now through May 3, this series is a compilation of events that will cater to the masses, with highlights including the Gallery Rally this Saturday (April 6), as well as the Mayor's Arts Awards and Youth Arts Festival later this month. Downtown Dearborn businesses will also be a part of the festivities, offering a variety of events and programs. 


From performances by the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, fine art exhibits, concerts, film screenings to live demonstrations--April Arts is a month the whole family can enjoy. 


April Arts Dearborn is a project of the Dearborn Recreation Commission Cultural Arts Committee and coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund.


2019 April Arts Dearborn Calendar  

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#Dearborn Bike Share is back and better than ever, with three new docking sites at UofM Dearborn promoting mobility throughout town coming next week. In the meantime, see which Bike Share location is closest to you, and start exploring #DowntownDearborn on two wheels today!

Dearborn Bike Share Website




Ladies, this night is for you! Join us for an evening of pampering, socializing, and shopping, along with wining and dining Wed., May 1, 5-9 p.m. in #DowntownDearborn. 

Over 20 participating businesses in both East and West Downtown Dearborn will offer special Ladies Night only deals and discounts! Bailey's Dearborn and J.B. Bamboozles Bar and Grille will also be bringing in vendors which may not have brick and mortar establishments to be a part of the fun. There will be dozens of vendors between the two locations. A shuttle will be provided between East and West Downtown as well. 


Follow the Event Details on Facebook!



All gardeners, experienced and new, are invited to Downtown Dearborn's Spring Perennial Exchange & Garden Show on Sat., May 18 at City Hall Park, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Free to the public, attendees may bring divided plants to trade with other gardeners, and everyone can go home with something new for their yard. It's as simple as that.


For updates, please visit the Facebook Event Page.





With a wide variety of products to delight the senses including fresh flowers, produce, artisan baked goods, cheeses, meats, soaps, woodworking and pottery, the Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market is now accepting applications for 2019 vendors. The market will run June 7 through Sept. 27.


Please contact Jean Smith to find out if you are eligible to sell during the 2019 season at (313) 943-3141 or


2019 Vendor Application  




AANM's Book & Print Fest

Arab American National Museum's Book & Print Fest will take place on Fri., April 5 from 2-9 p.m. This year's event, curated by artist Noura Ballout, features vendors offering books, prints and other merchandise, along with on-site screen-printing, artist workshops and live music. Admission is free.


Event Page


Dearborn Glass Academy's Glass Eggstravaganza


Dearborn Glass Academy's 8th annual Glass Eggstravaganza is Sat., April 6 - Sun., April 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This show spotlights signature spring glass creations for purchase, including decorative glass birds known as Glassy Chicks; signature striped, spotted, and speckled glass eggs; and the classic Nest Bowls. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Farmer's Market. Free glassblowing demonstrations make this a family and date friendly educational show.


Event Page


Martian Marathon is coming!


The martians are planning to invade Dearborn on Sat., April 13, neutralizing all cars in the area; the only method of escape involves running, which we highly suggest you do in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 26K, Full Marathon & Kids' Marathon Races. All courses are traffic free, fast and fun. All race entries include a custom race shirt, a glitter filled custom alien head medal, a marked course with aid, finish line food and drink, live music and more!


Event Page Register Here 


Henry Ford FiftyOne O One Scholarship Dinner


On Thurs., April 25, help benefit culinary student scholarships at Henry Ford College's FiftyOne O One restaurant's Food and Wine Pairing Dinner. The

cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.


Event Page & Tickets

DCAC's annual "First Lady's Tea"

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is once again hosting the annual First Lady's Tea honoring Dearborn's First Lady, Christina O'Reilly, while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea on Sun., April 28 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.


Event Page & Tickets


14th Annual Mutt Strut


Walkers, runners & their dog companions are invited to fill Dearborn's Ford Field on Sat., May 11, for the 14th annual Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) Mutt Strut Walk & 5K Run. The run begins at 8 a.m. for runners & the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Dogs are welcome, but are not required for participation. Events will run during & after the official walk until 3 p.m. Runner registration is $45 & includes a timing bib, t-shirt & medal. Walker registration is $15 & includes a dog bandana. 


Registration & More Information


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