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Detroit-based arts and health businesses among Motor City Match recipients

Michelle & Chris Gerard

The latest round of Motor City Match awardees were announced this past week, and among them were businesses focused on arts, wellness, and an alternative to traditional models of healthcare. Motor City Match awards some grant funding, along with business development support and help with matching businesses with building owners.

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art was the biggest award recipient, with an $80,000 grant to open a second location at 4230 Grand River Ave., near the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard. According to the press release, the new location will include, “an art incubator, co-working space, gallery and educational platform that connects creatives to unconventional business opportunities and cultivates the establishment of new small businesses. There are currently 3 retail spaces lined up to fill the new center including a gallery by a Chicago curator, a photography studio and production company.”

Other award recipients include:

  • The Wise Decision, a health and fitness business that is looking to open at 7640 Kercheval Avenue. They were awarded $65,000.
  • Plum Health Direct Primary Care, which will offer annual check-ups, urgent care services, and access to a doctor. The business will provide an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model. They were awarded $50,000 and will open downtown at 607 Shelby.
  • The Kenilworth Club, a neighborhood restaurant and bar that includes a food incubator and restaurant accelerator and will serve New Orleans inspired cuisine with a West African twist at 9425 John R St.
  • Social Sushi, a restaurant and gathering space at 16647 Livernois Ave.
  • The Detroit Marshmallow Company, who produces gluten-free marshmallows, will open a production facility at 17215 Mack Ave.

The next round of Motor City Match applications will be open between December 1 and January 1.