A5 Insider's Guide: Melinda Anderson

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A5 Insider’s Guide: Melinda Anderson

Melinda Anderson is the creative director behind the Detroit Design Festival.

For six years Melinda has used her background in architecture with her love for travel, collaboration and Detroit to organize one of the city’s premiere events.  The Detroit Design Festival brings together local and international talent to show how design in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and the products and services we use everyday can impact the way society functions and the way people experience the world around them. Melinda founded MeMe Design + Events in 2007 and has managed and produced large-scale social events for the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Institute of Arts, Movement Electronic Music Festival, ESPN, Jay Leno, and Lee Iacocca. A native Detroiter, we asked Melinda to share some of her favorite spots in the city.

EAT // Craft Work (West Village)

The food is delicious, the stuffed quail melts in your mouth, and I love the ambiance and staff. I live nearby and love to go after work. There’s dark wood and cozy, casual vibes -perfect on the weekend for “date night.”

DRINK // Narrow Way Cafe (Fashion Avenue)

I love a new coffee shop called the Narrow Way on Livernois. We work with many business owners in the neighborhood for Light Up Livernois and I like to support their businesses with my dollars. The interior design is amazing and all of the drinks are outstanding, especially the mango smoothie. 

PLAY // Campus Martius (Downtown) & Eastern Market

I think the concept of the beach within the heart of the city is pretty cool and I love that you can go ice skating in the winter or enjoy a concert on the lawn during the summer. I also love Eastern Market on a Saturday because you see such a great cross section of people.

EVENTs // Detroit Design Festival, DLECTRICITY and Movement

I always love to see how a space can be activated or transformed temporarily through sound, design, and lighting. This year at Detroit Design Festival, I think the Design Village is a must-see. We partnered with Ponyride to bring out the best of the best in the Design Community. We also partnered with the Michigan Science Center to bring an amazing Detroit Design Festival Youth Day. We also have two new competitions for 3 Urban Furniture pieces and Putt Putt installations created by local design teams. Our goal is to leave a lasting impression in the neighborhoods and you will be able to view design installations all year in the neighborhood.

Detroit is a place of possibility. I believe that if you are good to others, work your ass off, and make a difference in your community that anything is possible in Detroit.

-Melinda Anderson

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