Detroit Wants You - December 2016

"Detroit Wants You" is our way to share great job opportunities, news, and events with you. We feature positions from a variety of industries that require different skill-sets and backgrounds, so there's a little something for everybody. This insider resource posted monthly and includes some of the latest job openings around the city! 


DXF Summer Kick Off Party


Friday, May 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar


Detroit Experience Factory - 123 Monroe Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 

Join us for our official Summer Kick Off Party! Be the first to pick up your copy of our dynamic Summer Tour Schedule. 

Enjoy Cookies and Coffee with us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Happy Hour drinks and snacks from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Festivities will also include lots of great raffle prizes, a chance to ride a Detroit Bike and outdoor sidewalk games throughout the day. Remarks from Executive Director and Founder, Jeanette Pierce, will begin at 4:30 p.m. 

Many thanks to our sponsors!

  • Atwater Brewery
  • Bonnie's Sundry Plus
  • Blumz
  • CK's Mediterennean Grille
  • Detroit Bikes
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • McClary Brothers
  • Pulse Fitness 
  • Straight Outta Detroit
  • Zarkpas Purses & Accessories
  • Zipcar

Bites, Brews & Banter - New Citywide Checklist

Just in time for March 13th, also known as 3/13 Day, the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) Downtown Bar and Restaurant Checklist has hit the magical 313. Yes, that’s right. There are 313 bars and restaurants in greater downtown Detroit. This comes right as DXF is celebrating Ten Years of Tours and ten years of keeping the checklist up-to-date….the first list in 2006 only had 100 places on it!

Though the restaurant scene is booming downtown, there are also great spots, new and old, throughout the city of Detroit. That’s why DXF is excited to announce their brand new Neighborhood Bars & Restaurant Checklist! This list with its 265 places shows that great food and drink can definitely be found outside of the 7.2 square miles of greater downtown.

The list has places that have opened recently to great fanfare like El Asador in Southwest, Good Cakes and Bakes on the Avenue of Fashion and Detroit Vegan Soul Food in West Village but it also includes places that have stood the test of time like Caper’s Steak by the Ounce on Gratiot, Vince’s Italian Restaurant on Springwells or Elias Donuts on Grand River. Bottom line: Whatever you’re looking for you can find it in Detroit.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard locals say, ‘There’s nowhere to go!’ or ‘I’ve been everywhere,’ explains Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director at the Detroit Experience Factory.

“That’s why we started the list in the first place...because we wanted to be able to show folks that there were tons of great small businesses in the city that they should know about.”

Curious about how many you’ve been to? Want to know where all these bars and restaurants are located? Download the checklists and explore the interactive map (courtesy of WDET) below. Oh...and you can always come on a tour!


Sustaining Detroit’s Momentum at the Detroit Policy Conference, Feb. 24


For the first time in decades, Detroit has a sustainable path forward. The momentum is undeniable and a testament to an unwavering spirit and resilience. As Detroit’s businesses and downtown continue to thrive, maintaining the momentum requires ensuring opportunity reaches neighborhoods throughout the city. The 2016 Detroit Policy Conference brings business, civic and government leaders together to meet that challenge. 

Be a part of maintaining the Detroit momentum by attending the Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Programming will highlight key issues affecting Detroit's neighborhoods such as financial literacy, regional transit, education, government, safety, blight, technology and sustainability.

The Conference features an action-packed agenda with key business and community thought leaders who are leading Detroit’s new era, including Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit native David Maraniss, best-selling author of “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” and associate editor of The Washington Post. 

The Detroit Regional Chamber, in partnership with Detroit Experience Factory, is pleased to offer all Chamber members a special rate of $159 to attend this event – a $66 savings over the nonmember rate. Just enter “DPCPtnrs” when registering to receive your Chamber discount. Please note, this special pricing will expire on Wednesday, Feb. For more information or to register, please visit

Meridian Winter Blast Announces Awesome Line-up:

Mark your calendars - Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans returns to Downtown Detroit February 12-14, 2016!    Don’t miss these exciting features:

The Return of the Meridian Snow Slide:  The 200 foot Snow Slide returns on Michigan Avenue.  Tickets are $3- come early to line-up for this popular attraction, a favorite of kids and adults!   

Bedrock Zip Line Adventure:  Meridian Winter Blast brings back the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure, providing daredevil festivalgoers the coolest 20 seconds of their lives with the first zip line EVER in downtown Detroit. Thrill-seekers will be lining up to experience the ultimate rush of flying 300 feet across the sky -- the length of a football field!   

Additionally, Meridian Winter Blast features great live music from 50 local performers, free snowshoeing from Meridian Health Plan, great food from top restaurants in the Meridian Taste of Detroit Tent, science fun for kids, free skating on the Campus Martius rink, and more!  The tents are heated, the snow is being made -- the only thing missing is YOU!  
Admission is three canned food items, a children’s book, or $2.00.  All donations benefit Matrix Human Services.  There is no fee for admission before 5pm on Friday. 

For additional information, go to

Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans Hours:
            Friday, February 12, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
            Saturday, February 13, 11:00 am-11:00 pm
            Sunday, February 14, 11:00 am-9:00 pm

DXF Wins 5x5 Pitch Night

Jeanette Pierce, executive director of Detroit Experience Factory pitched her MI City Swap idea and won $5,000 during 5x5 Night's Connect the Dots statewide pitch competition at Michigan House in Detroit.

DXF's MI City Swap program will coordinate a series of events that will introduce groups from one city to another through interactive experiences so they can connect with residents, learn about community assets and understand the challenges and successes of another city. Then they will swap and the first city will host a day full experiences for the second city. We hope this program will build cross state relationships to move Michigan forward. 

The grant will be used to cover the costs of a two-day pilot MI City Swap between Grand Rapids and Detroit this summer. 

January Tours

Tuesday Tasting Tour
January 12

Join us on our Tasting Tour as we visit some of the wonderful and unique small businesses in downtown Detroit. Sample products, meet the owners, see major developments and historical spots while we walk between shops downtown.

Stops Include:

  • Good People Popcorn
  • NoJo Kicks
  • Hugh
  • Lunchtime Global
  • House of Pure Vin

Tickets $15

Innovation and Inspiration Tour
January 13

Detroit is full of innovation and inspiration and during this tour you’ll see how those themes are woven throughout the city. We will take you inside Detroit’s most innovative projects where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the doers that are inspiring people near and far. The route also includes a sampling of Detroit's neighborhoods including Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Brightmoor, Grandmont-Rosedale and Palmer Woods. Whether you’ve been in Detroit a day or a lifetime this tour will give you a better understanding of Detroit’s people, places and projects. Transportation option from Grand Rapids.

 Stops Include: 


Experience Detroit:
Classic Detroit Bar Tour
January 23

Visit three great bars that have stood the test of time, are are full of character and characters alike! There will be fun Detroit facts along the way, drink specials and maybe even some free food or drinks! We'll start at the Anchor Bar, then stop by Tommy's Bar & Grill before ending at the night at Grand Trunk Pub.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Tickets $15

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2015 DXF Challenge Winner

Why did you want to participate in the DXF Challenge?

The DXF Challenge was perfect for me because it allowed me to track what I was already doing. I love going out for a meal, and checking out all the new restaurants &  bars every week. I’m also a super competitive person by nature.

What are some of your favorite bars & restaurants from the checklist?

New spots that you found on the checklist: Greenwich time, Z- Villa Patio and Volleyball, Cilantro, Corktown Tavern – the staff there was super friendly; it was such a  good find. Love the dive bars  and small businesses.

Any memorable experiences or anecdotes?

Two friends of mine became my #DXFchallenge wingmen. They kept me going and the three of us met so many people through the challenge. [Also they were less familiar with the city so] The DXF Challenge really gave me a chance to introduce them to many new spots and welcome them to the area.

Early on in the challenge, we crossed off almost 20 places in a single day. We went to Grand Trunk  to start for dinner and when the waiter saw the list, he highlighted his favorite spots-- then met up with us after his shift for an impromptu tour.

What’s next on the list?

Top of the Pontch as a last hurrah, and more riverfront area exploration. Andrew’s, They Say, music venues like St. Andrews.

Any challenge tips?

Find wingmen to motivate you and keep you going throughout the challenge, keep it fun! Selfie Tips—I’m not a natural selfie taker, so standing the middle of restaurant taking a was hard...sometimes, you just have to suck up your pride and do it.

Merissa visited 192 locations during the #DXFchallenge and won a night stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center with breakfast package, a $50 gift card to Traffic Jam & Snug, and a private bar tour for 8 people from Detroit Experience Factory


Check out our challenge for Dine Drink Detroit from October 1 - 10, share photos from the 27 participating restaurants and you could win gift cards and prizes!

2015 DXF Summer Interns



Andrew Geller

DXF Marketing Intern

As a Marketing Intern for the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF), I assist with the research and creation of marketing and outreach materials. I also contribute to the DXF blog, coordinate event posting, and offer assistance to social media and marketing projects.

Sophomore, University of Michigan. Economics.

Why Detroit?

The city of Detroit has played a major role in my life since I was born within its borders 19 years ago. Since then, it has played host to some of my greatest childhood memories: baseball, hockey, and football games, the North American International Auto Show, incredible meals, and much, much more. Without Detroit, I could have never become the person that I am today. There’s no other place I’d rather be.



Natika Readous-Price

GDYT Community Outreach Intern (DXF)

As a Community Outreach Intern with the Detroit Experience Factory, I meet and greet guests on arrival at the Welcome Center. I also perform the role of receptionist by answering phone calls, taking messages, and performing other duties as requested.

Freshman, Ferris State University. Pharmacy

Why Detroit?

I chose Detroit because I live in the city and I wanted to learn more about it. Growing up, the news was never short of stories showing the city in a negative light. Working in Detroit gives me the opportunity to see the other side.


Benji Currie

GDYT Community Outreach Intern (DXF)

As a Community Outreach Intern with the Detroit Experience Factory, I’ve served primarily as an ambassador for the organization, motivating guests and encouraging participation in DXF events and activities.

Senior, Henry Ford College

Why Detroit?

Detroit is a beautiful city. Growing up in Detroit, I’ve watched it struggle through its decline and slowly rise from the ashes. I chose to intern in Detroit because I wanted to be a part of the change, growth, and innovation taking place in the Greater Downtown area.



DeAndre McDay

Business Support Intern DXF/M1 Rail

As a Business Support intern at the Detroit Experience Factory, I assist with the nonprofit's overall workload to ensure smoother operations and make sure business needs, customers demands, and key objectives are being met. My work with the M1 Rail group helps increase the visibility of businesses affected by the project's ongoing construction, and encourage locals to make connections with new people, places, and projects in the Greater Downtown Detroit area.

Senior, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Journalism and Screen Studies.

Why Detroit?

I chose Detroit because it’s a city that doesn’t run away from it’s problems. Growing up, Detroit always seemed to be the runt of the litter in comparison to other successful metropolitan areas--we were always bearing the brunt of their jokes.

Now, with the revitalization of the Greater Downtown area, Detroit is relying on its own strength to beat its giants, and when the “outcast” becomes the “cool kid”, I’ll be there to see it!


Hayden McNeil

Challenge Detroit Fellow Intern (DXF)

As a Challenge Detroit Fellow Intern with the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF), I’ve gathered and organized data from past DXF events to determine patterns that may give further insight into market patterns. Additionally, I’ve been researching best practices for the tourism industry in general.

Post grad. University of Kentucky. Graduated, May 2013.

Why Detroit?

Detroit provides an authentic and entrepreneurial environment that is attracting and retaining young talent. Detroit continues to move upward everyday while trailblazing its path back from its unprecedented situation.


This week at DXF

Detroit's 314th Birthday Celebration at the Welcome Center

Friday, July 24, 11:30 - 6:00 pm

Join DXF on Friday, July 24th, as we celebrate Detroit’s 314th birthday! We will be hosting a celebration from 11:30am-6:00pm at our Welcome Center, located at 123 Monroe, between Campus Martius Park and Greektown. All are welcome, and admission is free.

Come test your knowledge with Detroit trivia, win raffle prizes, and play sidewalk games. We will also have free food and beverages, courtesy of Taste of Flavors, Cafe Kabob /CK Mediterranean Grille & Catering, Bonnie's Sundry Plus, Angelina Italian Bistro - Detroit, Greenwich Time Pub, Steve's Detroit Deli, The Ham Shop, Hard Rock Cafe Detroit., and Mcclary Bros. Stop by for some food, drink, and fun!

Downtown Happy Hour Bar Tour

Thursday, July 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Downtown has over 150 different bars and restaurants, many of them are perfect for happy hour! Join us as we go to three of our favorites. We'll start at Downtown Louie's Lounge before heading to Cornerstone and then ending at Angelina Bistro.  Along the way there will be great Detroit facts, reduced drink prices and maybe even some free food or drinks! All attendees must be 21 or over.

DXF Challenge update!

The DXF challenge is going strong with 774 posts and registered participants from over 70 zip codes in Detroit, greater metro area, and even Canada! It's not too late to register and participate. 

View the #DXFchallenge hashtag on instagram.

ZipCar's Opening Day party at DXF

When: April 6, 10am - 3pm

It's another year and another chance at the World Series trophy. We're teaming up with Zipcar® to celebrate opening day! Come on over to watch the Tiger's home opener at the Detroit Experience Factory (123 Monroe Street) on Monday, April 6 from 11am-3pm. Grab free crepes from our pals at Le Petit Zinc and wash 'em down with a cold beer. If that wasn't enough, Zipsters get $10 in free driving just for coming out. As always, make sure you don't drink and zip.

All are welcome so bring your team and get ready for a good time. We’ll have special Tigers and Zipcar giveaways so be sure to swing by.

Please RSVP on Facebook.


123 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226


Grand Opening: New Brand, New Welcome Center, New Offerings

DETROIT, March 4, 2015 — Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) is a new organization that recently grew out of the resource hub, D:hive. DXF connects you to Detroit’s people, places and projects through eye-opening experiences and specialized resources. The Grand Opening will take place at their new Welcome Center at 123 Monroe St. in downtown Detroit as a way to celebrate 313 Day on Friday, March 13.

D:hive was designed as a three-year project to welcome new recruits and assist existing innovators in the city, in order to grow and keep more talent in Detroit. All D:hive programming has continued with small business initiatives growing under the Build Institute brand and the tours, welcome center, live and work resources expanding as the Detroit Experience Factory.

“We accomplished so much with D:hive, taking over 30,000 people on tours in 3 years for example, but with the new brand, new welcome center and new offerings the potential to help even more people to understand and experience Detroit is limitless,” says Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director of DXF.

The new DXF Welcome Center will continue to help individuals find information, connections, and key tools needed to live, work & engage in the city whether they’ve been here a day or a lifetime. DXF will also continue to offer free Downtown Walking Tours every Saturday at 2pm, Community Bus Tours 1st & 3rd Saturdays and monthly bar tours as well as customized private tours.

In addition to the existing tours and resources, DXF is launching many new programs. They include:

Detroit Experience Pass 

Model D Experience Series

Detroit Experience Package


Kids tours with the Michigan Science Center

DXF's Talent Exchange powered by WorkFountian 

For more information about any of our programs or if you just want some free food and swag, stop by the new Welcome Center Friday, March 13th between 8am and 7pm. Schedule below.

Breakfast: 8am – 11am: Sponsored by Detroit Institute of Bagels and Great Lakes Coffee

Lunch - 11am – 2pm: Sponsored by CK Mediterranean Grill and Cottage Inn Pizza

Snacks 2pm – 4pm: Sponsored by Golden Fleece and City Market

Happy Hour – 4pm – 7pm: Sponsored by Firebird Tavern and Angelina Italian Bistro

Bar Tour – Pre St. Paddy's Day Edition - 7pm: Sponsored by Downtown Detroit Partnership

Let us know you’re stopping in by registering at

As a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Experience Factory creates experiences that are enlightening, entertaining and led by Detroiters in order to demonstrate that Detroit is an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Learn more at

Downtown Detroit Partnership is a partnership of corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders that supports advocates and develops programs and initiatives designed to create a clean, safe, and inviting Downtown Detroit. More information available at


The Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and are inviting college students and recent graduates from around Michigan and beyond to Live.Work.Detroit., a career networking event taking place Friday, Feb. 27 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theater in Detroit.

“Detroit is making global headlines for its amazing transformation by attracting new businesses, visitors and young professionals, and we encourage college students to take a close look at all the city has to offer," said Amy Cell, senior vice president for talent enhancement at the MEDC.

Live.Work.Detroit. is an MEDC initiative designed to connect Michigan’s college graduates to Detroit job opportunities and promote the city of Detroit as a preferred post-graduation talent destination. Since 2011, more than 4,000 college students from universities and colleges across Michigan and surrounding states have participated in Live.Work.Detroit events.

The Feb. 27 event is being hosted by Detroit Experience Factory and sponsored by MEDC. Participants will have the opportunity to network with a wide range of Detroit employers including General Motors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quicken Loans, and Challenge Detroit, among others. The event will include keynote speaker Jason Hall, Co-Founder of Slow Roll and Detroit Bike City, a panel discussion with some of Detroit’s young leaders, networking, and a tour of some of the exciting small businesses, restaurants, museums, and places to live.

"Many college graduates from around Michigan look to Chicago or New York after graduation without knowing what Detroit can offer them," says Jon Chezick, Director of Tour Operations at DXF. "Once they see firsthand that there are tons of entertainment options, amazing residential spaces and a one-of-a-kind sense of community, it's amazing how quickly Detroit becomes an option for them."

Registration is required but the cost is only $15. The registration fee covers all activities including bus transportation from University of Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Wayne State and Oakland University as well as dinner and the interactive tour of the city. To register as an individual, or if your company would like to participate in Live.Work.Detroit, please go to

2015 Meridian Winter Blast

Detroit Experience Factory is excited to offer the following events during the upcoming Meridian Winter Blast weekend, which hosts a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that are centered on Campus Martius Park. 

Drive Detroit: Bus Tour
Saturday, February 7, 11am - 1pm. $10 for first 6 people, $20 for the rest (15 max)

Let’s start with an important disclaimer: Detroit is a city that may shock and surprise you. From the stunning natural landscape of Belle Isle Park, the largest island city park in the United States, to the bustling melting pot of food vendors at Eastern Market, we’ll explore some of this city’s most awe-inspiring and enduring destinations. The route will pass through Detroit’s central neighborhoods, including Downtown, East Riverfront, Midtown, New Center, and Eastern Market. Excited? Curious? Ready to geek out? So are we.
Tickets available on Eventbrite

Walk Detroit: Downtown Walking Tour
Saturday, February 7, 2-4pm AND Sunday, February 8, 2-4pm, FREE

Downtown Detroit has a residential occupancy rate of 99%. Surprised? There’s more where that came from. Whether it’s the striking Art Deco architecture, animated public spaces, or stylish lofts and high rise living, we’re pretty sure you’ll find yourself asking: Where the heck am I? In the past few years, major developments have emerged along the Woodward Corridor, and downtown is the epicenter of it all. We’ll show you everything from city’s historic point of origin in Campus Martius Park, to the sleek new residential units at the Lofts at Merchant Row. But be warned, once we get on a roll, it’s hard to stop us. After all, we’ve been to all 139 bars and restaurants downtown. Have you?
Tickets available on Eventbrite