Board of Directors

Scott Saionz - President
Adam Jones - Vice President
Colleen Kurecka - Treasurer
Gary LaPointe - Director - Communications
Laverne Wainwright - Director - Artspace
 


August 7, 2019

HOWARD-MASON-MONROE STREETSCAPE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AUGUST 12

 

On Monday, August 12, 2019, construction of the North Connector Streetscapes will begin on Howard and Mason Streets and hardscapes are expected to be complete at the end of fall 2019. In Spring 2020, construction will begin on Monroe Street, and the remaining landscaping materials for Howard and Mason will be completed as well.

 

We thank community members and visitors for both their excitement and patience as Downtown Dearborn collaboratively aims to: 

  • Improve both the vehicular and non-motorized experience through Dearborn, including traffic calming and dedicated bike lanes on Monroe Street
  • Promote alternative transportation choices
  • Make downtown safer for the pedestrian and cyclist
  • Enhance neighborhood character

Please follow Downtown Dearborn's Howard-Mason-Monroe streetscape construction group on Facebook for the latest updates.

 

If you have any specific questions regarding the road construction, such as scheduling, parking or access, please contact Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities' Executive Director at csdecius@downtowndearborn.org; P: 313-943-3141.

 

BUSINESS PROFILE: GREEN BRAIN COMICS

Celebrating 20 Years

Green Brain Comics

13936 Michigan Ave.

 

1985, Opened

1999, Current Owners, 

Katie & Dan Merritt

 

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What does your business sell/do?

Green Brain Comics specializes in new comic books, graphic novels, and more recently, tabletop games. We put a strong emphasis on community building, with events, and activities that are designed to reach and attract a broader audience.

 

Why did you decide to establish your business in Downtown Dearborn?

 

When we bought the business in 1985, it had already been in Dearborn for 14 years. Within a few years of taking it over and rebranding as Green Brain Comics, we needed a bigger building to grow. In the process of scouting new locations, we knew it had to be in Dearborn for a few reasons. 

 

Our customer base developed regular shopping habits based on their commute from work to home, and that meant we needed to stay close to those major freeways. Dearborn is positioned perfectly in the middle of 3 major freeways, and of course, Michigan Avenue is the perfect street for fast access to each of those.

 

And in the East Downtown neighborhood, we enjoy a perfect mix of affordability, security and services. This is maybe the only place in the metro Detroit area where we can get that perfect mix.

 

You've been in Downtown Dearborn for 20 years. What is the most significant change you've experienced in Downtown?  

 

Downtown Dearborn has experienced a renaissance over the last 20 years. The East Downtown is now identifiable as an arts district, with the distinct businesses and institutions that focus on music, visual and performing arts, like the Arab American National Museum, Stormy Records, Retro Image Antiques and Blick Arts. And add to that the transformation of the historic City Hall into City Hall Artspace.

 

And maybe the biggest change is the idea of Dearborn as one city. For too long, Dearborn has been separated by geographical, financial, and psychological differences. Those differences are being addressed, and remedied, in a way that wasn't possible 20 years ago.

 

How has your industry evolved in the past 20 years? How have you adapted/changed with it to create success? 

 

Over the last 20 years, we've had massive change in the comics industry, such as changes in distribution, how we order products, how comics look and feel, and how we display and sell them.

 

Ten years ago, we went from a traditional cash register to a full functioning point of sales computer that we use for transactions, ordering and inventory. And we've also had a host of challenges, like digital comics and e-commerce giants taking large chunks of business away from traditional brick & mortar retail.

 

What is the best thing about owning/operating a business in Downtown Dearborn?

 

We can directly affect our neighborhood, and our city, by participating in its shared culture. By our partnering with the EDDDA / Downtown Dearborn, we've been able to energize and activate our community in ways that have positively affected our business, and our lives.

 

Do you have future plans/development for your business?

 

Our next big plan is to update our point of sales computer, and in so doing, create a customer facing interface so that ordering, tracking and purchasing products is more streamlined and 100% customizable. This new POS system will eventually allow us to put our entire inventory online for the first time. In so doing, we can reach a much larger audience, and give us much more flexibility in the way we do business.

 

We're also branding our event space, and this month, our lower level will officially be called The Secret Lair. Since moving into our current building, we have hosted a variety of events, like movie nights, tabletop gaming, live music performances, book discussions and readings. 

 

On Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m., we will be launching our first Laffs in the Lair, stand up comedy event. This will be our inaugural launching of the Secret Lair brand. Laffs in the Lair will be a reoccurring series, spotlighting local comedians, and the occasional touring act.

 

AUGUST HAPPENINGS IN DOWNTOWN DEARBORN

 

 

JAZZ ON THE AVE | City Hall Park, 7-9 p.m.

Bring a blanket or a chair, grab a bite from one of our local vendors, then sit back and relax to the smooth sounds. The 11th annual jazz series features local and national acts. Presented by Beaumont. 

  • August 7 - Four80East
  • August 14 - Dave McMurray & Wayne Gerard
  • August 21 - Alexander Zonjic & Special Guest Jeff Kashiwa

FRIDAY NITES MUSIC & FOODIE RALLY | August 23, Wagner Park, 5-10 p.m. Join us in Downtown Dearborn for the Friday Nite Music & Foodie Rally. This favorite summer series, featured on Channel 7, has something for everyone. Experience live music from Fun House, diverse cuisine from local restaurants and food trucks, craft beer garden, corn hole games, kids activities and more. Presented by Jack Demmer Lincoln.

 

TUNES @ NOON | Tuesdays at Wagner Park, 5-10 p.m.

Each Tuesday, bring your lunch, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer and local musical entertainment. Presented by Jack Demmer Lincoln and Andrea Fitzgerald, Realtor at Keller Williams Legacy.

  • August 13 - Aj Lynn
  • August 20 - Free2Bme Ministries

 

FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET | August 9, 16, 23, 30, Wagner Park, from 2-7 p.m. Vendors sell seasonal Michigan-produced farm products and goods, including fresh flowers and produce, artisan baked goods, cheeses and meats, soaps, woodworking, pottery and much more. Come check out this weekly event in the heart of Dearborn for a fun-filled day, and support local farmers and businesses! Presented by Beaumont and Jack Demmer Lincoln

 

KIDS' DAYS | August 9, Wagner Park, 2-7 p.m.

Face painters, balloon twisters, magicians and jugglers, bounce houses, slot car races, puppet shows and more! Presented by Kenwal Steel.

 

MOVIES IN THE PARKS | August 16, City Hall Park, 8:30 p.m./dusk

"How to Train Your Dragon" -- Bring a lawn chair or blanket, snacks, and settle in for a fun night under the stars. Presented by Kenwal Steel.

 

 

EV-MOBILITY KICKOFF 

 

 

The EV-Mobility and Economic Stimulus Program launched today in Dearborn, which will help to electrify the City of Dearborn fleet of police vehicles, support local transit options and provide incentives to consumers for shopping and dining at local businesses. 

 

Want to learn more? Check out all the details on the Dearborn's EV-Mobility and Economic Stimulus Program, (the 'no-conflict' means to improve mobility options) and how Dearborn businesses are showing their support. 

 

DCAC ART SALE FUNDRAISER

The DCAC (Dearborn Community Arts Council) is inviting all art collectors, artists and art enthusiasts to participate in its 4th Annual Art Exchange on Thursday, August 15 - Sunday, August 18, 12-7 p.m.

 

 

This exciting Art Sale is also a fundraiser offering participants a chance to display and sell artwork with a portion of sales benefiting the Padzieski Art Gallery, located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Submission forms can be found here.

 

YALLA EAT! FALL TOUR DATES

Saturdays throughout August and September, explore both Michigan and Warren Avenues in Dearborn on a docent-guided immersion into Arab American culture during the 

Yalla Eat! Culinary Walking Tours

a program of the Arab American National Museum.

 

 

Guests will meet business owners eager to share the story of their family-run enterprises and savor the sights, sounds and delicious scents at bakeries, nut and coffee houses and fresh produce markets. Traditional Arabic hospitality is on full display, as generous samples are offered along with the stories of individuals, their families and their history. 

 

 

 

One City, Two Great Downtowns!

 



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