“My wife calls me a Detroit therapist.”
Q: What were your initial impressions of Corktown when you first moved from Chicago in 2004?
A: I loved Corktown because of its geographic location, available building stock, and of course, the sense of community and pride. At that point in my life, less infrastructure and amenities seemed like a positive, not a negative.
Q: What potential did you see here as a Realtor? How has the market changed since your arrival?
A: Before arriving, the majority of sales and rentals were done by word of mouth. We have also become a pseudo community development office as a hub for all things real estate and business development. We also help advise people on the steps of opening a business in Detroit. My wife calls me a Detroit therapist.
Q: How has recent business development had direct impact on the neighborhood?
A: I work with a number of landlords whose families have owned properties in Corktown for a couple of generations. This is the first time in 20 years that everyone is 100 percent occupied.
Q: You have two small children: do you consider Corktown a “kid-friendly” neighborhood?
A: There have always been places to walk with kids – Mudgie’s deli, a playground, Slows’ patio – but with so many new businesses opening, we have so many options. The best thing about the businesses here: they still feel small and personal.
Q: If you had a wish list of three new businesses that could open in Corktown this year, what would they be?
A: I feel like my personal wish list is already in the works. Honestly, I’m less concerned about the type of retail and more hoping that it’s done by passionate people who truly love and believe in what they are doing.