A couple of new shops, Sneaker City and Game Stop, have opened their doors on East Jefferson in Riverbend Plaza.
Um, is a teenage boy in charge there or what?
The stores are on the eastern end of the shopping center, near AAA Insurance, Radio Shack and a pharmacy.
Josh Elling, executive director of the Jefferson East Business Association
, says new stores mean that retailers are taking notice of the area's concentrated population. "They are choosing modern retail amenities, like Riverbend Plaza, given the population density and local income density," he says. "We're happy to see additional shopping amenities for residents of the area and visitors to the business district."
Another feather in the commercial district's cap is its crime rate. Real estate website Neighborhood Scout
ranks it as Detroit's safest, with the chance of being the victim of a violent crime one in 321 versus one in 57 citywide.
JEBA continues its ongoing business attraction efforts tonight, November 9, with the organization's monthly seminar entitled Vision to Reality. This class covers the basics of starting a new business, with topics that include financing, licensing and marketing. It is taught by a certified business consultant and will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
On November 17, JEBA will host a financing roundtable from 9 a.m. to noon with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a business loan banker and a small business counselor from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. This interactive session is designed to clarify the process of commercial lending for small business owners.
Pre-registration is a must for either session. Contact Aquanetta Sproule at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Josh Ellis, JEBA
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh