When Tony Piraino and Owen Burke opened the doors to Pulse Lounge in 2005, they wanted to channel their inner entrepreneur and experience the thrill of going into business for themselves.

“Choosing Detroit was a pretty easy decision.  We wanted to be a part of something and in our own way help add to the city’s rebirth,” recalls Tony.

But after six years at the original Pulse location, Tony and Owen discovered that their building was slated to be demolished. The time came to see what their options were for a new location, and there was no doubt in their mind as to where that would be.

“We decided rather quickly that we wanted to remain in Detroit due to the direction of the city and what we could already see, touch and feel around town,” Tony says. “When we were told that our current location might be available we jumped at the chance.”

And so they landed at 419 Monroe Street, in the heart of Greektown.  With substantial renovations, including exposing the brick, refinishing the original woodwork, adding a state of the art beer system and more, it became the recently-opened Firebird Tavern.

But where did that name come from?

“The name….a long strange trip,” says Tony. “After months of research and friendly battles we wanted to somehow tie into what the city is all about and the current rebirth. In the Seal of Detroit in Latin it reads ‘we look forward to better day and we will once again rise from the ashes,’ a Phoenix or Firebird rises from the ashes.”

Tony says customers can look forward to a ‘true American Tavern’ with a great menu, beer and hand crafted cocktails – perfect for lunch, happy hour, pre/post games and events. The new addition of a second floor is also ideal for corporate functions, fundraisers and more. But be sure not to miss Friday and Saturday nights, when the second floor is open and host to some of Detroit best local talent, both DJ’s and live acts.

Take a look at the menu and other information at http://www.firebirdtavern.com/. Follow them on twitter at @FirebirdTavern for updates and specials.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo credit: Facebook



Our city has built a strong foundation for entrepreneurship, starting with Henry Ford.  And a major component to Detroit’s comeback will be the continued cultivation of ingenuity and entrepreneurship.  But as every entrepreneur knows, you need to start somewhere.

Upon opening this past July, Bamboo Detroit set out to create a facility that would harness and foster talent, provide shared work space and resources for a community of entrepreneurs to get their start.

“The entrepreneurial community in Detroit is growing very rapidly,” said Dave Anderson, one of the co-founders of Bamboo Detroit. “We noticed that there is a pent-up demand for a collaborative workspace open to entrepreneurs ready to make great changes in Detroit. We wanted to do what we could to serve the community and we felt this was the best way to do so.”

And serve the community they do, offering entrepreneurs a place to collaborate, network, along with providing the basic amenities of an office, like Wi-Fi, coffee, conference rooms and 24/7 access, with monthly memberships starting at just $99/month. It’s just what Detroiters need to get the jumpstart on the next big idea.

“We want to be an outlet for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small teams to receive the resources they need to grow fast and strong,” Dave said. “We believe the co-working contributes to job creation, so we’re setting out to positively impact the unemployment rate.”

Now that’s a cause we can all get behind. And even if you’re not a member, Bamboo Detroit hosts various monthly professional development and networking events – for their kick-off, Bamboo brought in Brian Wong – 22 year old founder of Kiip who raised $15.4 million dollars to start his company when he was 19 yrs. old, for a fireside chat. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on great events like this one.

For now, Bamboo is home to about 20 businesses that often utilize the space like a gym membership, coming and going throughout the day at their convenience. If it sounds like just the place for you, you’re in luck. Bamboo Detroit is now accepting applications through their website.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo Credit: Facebook



It’s the kind of jewelry that begs the question – “Where did you get that?”  And if you hit the streets at Dally in the Alley this weekend, you won’t want to miss this new jeweler on the market.

Unlike anyone else around, Rebel Nell makes their jewelry out of a unique, but abundant, Motor City resource: graffiti. Founded by Amy Peterson and Diana Russell, the business also offers something more – an opportunity to improve the lives of others.

The jewelry is made from graffiti that has fallen from the walls due to the weight of layers of paint, or damage caused by mother nature. After being cut to appropriate size, Amy and Diana hone in on their design skills to treat the graffiti pieces in a way that highlights and reveals their various colors and layers, and affix the pieces to necklace pendants, cufflink backings and ring settings. Others are crafted into earrings.

However, purchasing a piece from Rebel Nell goes far beyond walking away with a unique piece of jewelry.

“Rebel Nell creates defiant jewelry with a purpose,” said Amy Peterson, co-founder of Rebel Nell. “Rebel Nell will employ disadvantaged women in Detroit to make jewelry from unique local resources starting with graffiti, educate them on business and life management skills and empower them to transition to an independent life.”

Right now, Rebel Nell is working on funding their start-up costs through a crowd-funding campaign page you can visit here. When you make a donation, you can feel great about the fact that you’re helping to employ a disadvantaged woman in the city, and giving her a fresh start.

“We want to provide them with more than just a job,” said Peterson. “We want them to learn life management skills like how to set up a bank account, how to establish credit, the ins and outs of business, etc. so that one day they too will have the knowledge and skills to be entrepreneurs, work in a field that they are passionate about or be promoted internally at Rebel Nell.”

Rebel Nell’s Dequindre Cut Collection debuts at their booth at Dally in the Alley from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Second and West Forest avenues in Detroit (just south of Wayne State University’s main campus). Previews are also available at theirwebsite and their Facebook page.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo credit: Facebook