Patrice Peck & Nefertari Adams are the co-founders of CRÈME, an online platform that provides on-demand beauty services that empower professional women to realize and elevate to the greatest versions of themselves.
Desiree Wrigley Vargas and Ethan Austin are reinventing healthcare coverage as co-founders of GiveForward, an online fundraising platform that helps patients handle out-of-pocket medical expenses through crowd funding. Since 2008, the company has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars online for things like general medical expenses, cancer treatment, transplants, funeral costs and disaster-relief.
A thrifty revolution is starting right here in our own backyard. Your “trash” could soon become someone else’s treasure as thrift, vintage, and consignment stores continue to sprout up around Detroit. THRIFT on the AVE, Eldorado General Store, Savvy Gents, and Detroit Clothing Circles are a few of the most recent. All of them with their own unique take on resale.
Husband and wife team R. Christopher & TaNisha Prater and their business partner Jessica Glen, all started out in different professions before their foray into entrepreneurship. Their backgrounds, ranging from healthcare to hospitality, led to feelings of discontentment as they were ready to embark on something new. Their joint venture THRIFT on the AVE solved that problem, providing them a new, exciting career and offering thrifty Detroiters a nontraditional, upscale resale experience.
32-year-old Erin Gavle combined her love for travel and her knack for treasure-hunting into her business, Eldorado General Store in Detroit. The boutique carries a unique assortment of vintage and found curiosities from her life travels. She’s a former New York City advertising executive who left her cushy job and moved home to Detroit to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. She took the risk of uprooting her entire life to find peace of mind doing work that doesn’t feel like work at all.
I dropped out of college a few years before starting I Am Young Detroit in 2009. I left school early to move back to Detroit and join the workforce. I just couldn’t with school anymore. I loved design and enjoyed learning, but wasn’t feeling the traditional classroom setting that college offered. I was a mover and was always in need of motion, anything other than sitting down at a desk drowning in monotony. I admired my friends who thrived in college, but it just wasn’t for me. I hated the routine.