Intentionalist  founder and CEO Laura Clise is headed to the 2019 Net Impact Conference to meet and dream with other changemakers, innovators, sustainability leaders, activists, and influencers. If you’ll be at Net Impact, be sure to check out the panels Laura is speaking on and #SpendLikeItMatters at one of the diverse local businesses on our intentional list.

Anchor Bar, owned by Zaid Elia

Anchor Bar has been a Detroit fixture since 1959, and while its since had an update (and is now sans pool table), its historic legacy still remains. The bar has stood through many historic moments, but it is reputably known as the location of a 1971 police raid that was later dismissed due to forged wiretap authorizations. Owned by Zaid Elia, Anchor Bar offers a hearty selection of bar food and signature cocktails. 

Bon Bon Bon, owned by Alexandra Clark 

At Bon Bon Bon, artisan dessert chefs known as “The Babes Babes Babes” are using French techniques and Detroit inspiration to make spectacular confections. From classic nonpareils to funky flavors like hot cheetos and black truffle, their small chocolates pack big flavor. This no frills dessert shop is owned by Alexandra Clark, who has been determined to innovate chocolate since age 19. 

Dime Store, owned by Larry Kahn, Ann-Marie Murphy and Jeff Alexander

Dime Store is a boozy lunch and breakfast spot that serves up creative dishes using fresh ingredients. From their Smoked Salmon Benny to their Duck Reuben Sandwich, Dime Store makes unexpected ingredients casual and approachable, and the cute atmosphere and decor make for spectacular brunch photos! Owned by long-time friends Larry Kahn, Ann-Marie Murphy and Jeff Alexander, the three opened the restaurant as a tribute to Americana and the great city of Detroit. 

Maru Sushi, owned by Robert Song 

After building extensive sushi chef and managerial experience, Robert Song left his career to make his mark in the sushi world. In 2009, Maru Sushi opened its doors as a chef-driven concept restaurant evident of Song’s passion and excitement. Inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, Song believes that sushi is a craft that is constantly being honed and perfected. This Detroit spot sources the freshest ingredients and ensures the highest quality. 

Central Kitchen + Bar, owned by Dennis Archer Jr.

Central Kitchen + Bar centers seasonal ingredients using recognizable bar food as a jumping off point for creativity. Positioned near the richly historical Cadillac Square, the restaurant pays homage to the Detroit Central Farmer’s Market by sourcing fresh, high-quality ingredients. Their hand-crafted cocktails make Central Kitchen + Bar a popular happy hour spot. Owner Dennis Archer Jr. prides the restaurant on being approachable and welcoming. 

Pro tip: Try the fried chicken! 

Bonus: Looking for quality caffeination while you’re in Detroit? Stop by Astro Coffee, owned by husband and wife duo, Daisuke Hughes and Jessica Hicks.


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