Claire Nelson is more than just the owner of Midtown's Bureau of Urban Living (and a helpful friend of Model D) -- call her Midtown's quintessential good neighbor. Co-founder of the Open City forum on small business entrepreneurship, she's headed more projects than we could count, and it's rare to find a Midtown biz owner who hasn't benefited from her counsel.
Click here to read the Detroit Unspun blog's revealing chat with Nelson, who came to Detroit with a background in urban planning. As she says, opening a business in Detroit isn't exactly DIY -- it's DIO (do it ourselves). That passion for creating community in lieu of competition might be Nelson's greatest gift to Midtown.
"Over the last four years, we’ve seen dozens of Open City participants open their doors -- Wheelhouse Detroit, Supino Pizzeria, Curl Up & Dye, Leopold’s Books, City Bird, Good People Popcorn, City Living Detroit, 71 POP -- with more on the way. Even better, all of these businesses have paid it forward, helping mentor and support other new businesses around them. A lot of people talk about the DIY spirit in Detroit, but I think it’s really more "DIO" -- ourselves, plural, together."
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