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Detroit News Roundup for Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, 2007

Jack White Claims Journalists Are Lazy

Rocker Jack White has concluded journalists are the “laziest people on earth” after years of reading false facts about his band The White Stripes. The Hotel Yorba star now refuses to believe anything he reads in the music press.

He says, “Journalists are inherently the laziest people on earth. Even in the age of Google, they don’t do any work to check what they’re writing about. I’d say 90 per cent of what they get is from the press release. We have fun putting things in there - like in the press release for (The White Stripes’ 2003 album) Elephant, somebody inserted a joke about how none of our studio equipment was made after 1963. Before you knew it, people thought we wouldn’t touch a piece of equipment unless it’s 60 years old or something. It gets to the point where you’re answering questions based on a joke somebody made.”

Well, it’s true.
[via Starpulse.com]

Pair wants to start Web company in city

A Port Huron native hopes to bring the headquarters of an online marketing company to the city.

The company would employ 10 people at first, and if things go well, hire 20 or 40 people in the future, said Mark Roberts, who now lives in Santa Monica, Calif.

Roberts and his business partner, Jennifer Mathe of Irvine, Calif., are in Port Huron this week meeting with potential investors for their firm. They formed Leverage Inc. two years ago and have been working with money raised from friends and family, Roberts said.

With more venture capitalists in the region we could not only grow startups in Michigan, the VCs could also attract small companies from outside the region and use the promise of money to get them to relocate to Detroit. VC firms often require that companies they invest in be within driving distance.
[via Port Huron Times Herald]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Where can you find conjoined twin sock monkeys? Only at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair!

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, catch the second annual DUCF — organized by a group of 20- and 30-somethings who have made crafting cool and DIY daring. About 60 Metro Detroit and Midwest artists and crafters are selling their work at the Majestic Theatre complex, 4140 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit.

Admission is free, and you’ll find apparel, jewelry, accessories, glassware, plush animals, baby gifts and more, including unique and bizarre interpretations of traditional crafts. For more info, visit DetroitUrbanCraftFair.com.

[via DetNews.com]

Gourmet grocer eyes midtown Detroit site

DETROIT — A specialty grocer that emphasizes Michigan-made and gourmet food aims to set up a 4,500-square-foot store in a new loft project on Woodward in Midtown.

Traverse City-based Northpointe Food Ventures, operators of Zaccaro’s Market in Charlevoix, is in negotiations to set up shop in the Crystal Lofts, a former ballroom on the corner of Woodward and Watson Street in Brush Park.

The deal should be sealed in a few weeks, if not sooner, according to the loft’s developer and the food retailer. The Detroit store will also be called Zaccaro’s Market.

The Crystal Lofts include 13 lofts and three penthouse units ranging from $185,000 to $400,000, Belyue said. The target opening date is in mid-October. Five units have been sold.

Belyue is a prominent Detroit developer whose projects included the @water (pronounced at water), a $196-million development on the Detroit riverfront.

He intends to restore the entire block of buildings next to the Crystal Lofts.

[via DetNews.com]

Aerospace firm considering 400-person operation in Ann Arbor Township

A Spanish aerospace company is considering opening an operation in Ann Arbor Township that could employ more than 400 engineers, Business Review confirmed this afternoon.
Aeronova S.L., a commercial air transport firm, has contacted Ann Arbor SPARK about possibly opening a facility here, Ann Arbor Township Supervisor Michael Moran said Friday afternoon.

[via Michigan Business Review]

WSU to host entrepreneur workshops

Wayne State University will host its E2Detroit 2007 entrepreneurship symposium on Oct. 1-2.

The two-day event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops for business owners, students and entrepreneurs looking to start companies. Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Kim Lavine of Green Daisy Inc., Florine Mark of the Weight Watcher Group Inc. and Dan Mulhern of the Office of the Governor are among the people scheduled to speak at the conference.

For more information on the symposium, go to www.e2detroit.com.

[via Detroit Free Press]

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