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Previewing the Action on Detroit's Avenue of Fashion

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[Photos by Chris and Michelle Gerard]

Grants totaling over one million dollars are headed for the Avenue of Fashion, a historic shopping district on Livernois adjacent to the Sherwood Forest neighborhood. While some of the cash goes to general improvements like lighting and landscaping, a good chunk of it is meant to help artists and entrepreneurs enliven the district's sleepy storefronts. The goal here is more ambitious than just getting art and retail into white-walled storefronts — it's much more open-ended than that. There are exterior walls ripe for murals, a vacant lot in need of a patio/event space, raw spaces ready for anything, and even chicken n' waffles. Check out the spaces in the above gallery, then get the deets on the district map just ahead.

We included info provided by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's REVOLVE retail program to give a feel for what to look forward to when new installations start to debut in September. Interested in participating? Get the details here, but you'll need to hurry -- the application deadline is July 8.


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1. Community Storefront

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19410 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
The Community Storefront is sandwiched between 1917 American Bistro and Simply Casual Clothing Store. It's ready to host immediate pop-up action or art installations.

2. Avenue Plaza (South)

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19359 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
Just next to the Foxy Den in the Avenue Plaza building, this space is approximately 1,200 square feet and is ready for permanent occupancy. All uses encouraged.

3. Avenue Plaza (North)

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19363 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
The larger Avenue Plaza Space with the purple interior, this 2,400 space is also ready for everything from pop-ups to permanent retail.

4. Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

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19345 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
The building on the right of this lot is going to be Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles, a restaurant partially owned by Lions player Ron Bartell. The windows are available for art installations, while the restaurant is open to collaborating with an artist to create an outdoor community event space in this lot.

5. 19323-19331 Storefronts

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19323 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
These three storefronts are basically shells, so it's window art only for now. All are due for total renovation, so they should be available for normal use later this year.

6. Eighty-Foot Wall

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West Outer Drive & Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
This publicly-owned wall is open for an ambitious muralist.

7. Former Wig Shop

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19376 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
This storefront might be the best of them all. Needing only light renovation, it's ideal for a cafe or any sort of retail. Valuable parking is also provided.

8. Wig/Gallery Walls

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19376 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
Walls on either side of 19376 Livernois are open for murals by a single artists or a combination of efforts.

9. Hunter's Supper Club

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19344 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
Hunter's Supper Club is a historic building headed for major renovation at the hands of top-tier designer Chad Dickinson. We're told the building predates more of the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood surrounding it. The end result of the renovations will be a 10,000-square-foot "retail village." The building wraps around a large courtyard facing Livernois.

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1. Community Storefront

19410 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
The Community Storefront is sandwiched between 1917 American Bistro and Simply Casual Clothing Store. It's ready to host immediate pop-up action or art installations.
19410 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

2. Avenue Plaza (South)

19359 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
Just next to the Foxy Den in the Avenue Plaza building, this space is approximately 1,200 square feet and is ready for permanent occupancy. All uses encouraged.
19359 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

3. Avenue Plaza (North)

19363 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
The larger Avenue Plaza Space with the purple interior, this 2,400 space is also ready for everything from pop-ups to permanent retail.
19363 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

4. Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

19345 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
The building on the right of this lot is going to be Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles, a restaurant partially owned by Lions player Ron Bartell. The windows are available for art installations, while the restaurant is open to collaborating with an artist to create an outdoor community event space in this lot.
19345 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

5. 19323-19331 Storefronts

19323 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
These three storefronts are basically shells, so it's window art only for now. All are due for total renovation, so they should be available for normal use later this year.
19323 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

6. Eighty-Foot Wall

West Outer Drive & Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
This publicly-owned wall is open for an ambitious muralist.
West Outer Drive & Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

7. Former Wig Shop

19376 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
This storefront might be the best of them all. Needing only light renovation, it's ideal for a cafe or any sort of retail. Valuable parking is also provided.
19376 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

8. Wig/Gallery Walls

19376 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
Walls on either side of 19376 Livernois are open for murals by a single artists or a combination of efforts.
19376 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221

9. Hunter's Supper Club

19344 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221
Hunter's Supper Club is a historic building headed for major renovation at the hands of top-tier designer Chad Dickinson. We're told the building predates more of the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood surrounding it. The end result of the renovations will be a 10,000-square-foot "retail village." The building wraps around a large courtyard facing Livernois.
19344 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221