The Hustle: Shopkeepers and Stylists

NOW OPEN through October 8, 2023 in the Allesee Gallery of Culture

Detroit’s Black community has a long-standing tradition of entrepreneurship that dates to the early 1800s with masons, loggers, farmers and traders. In our modern era of box stores and conglomerates, Detroit still contains a rich mosaic of small Black-owned businesses that keep the city thriving, despite decades of economic hardship. Detroiters have developed a strong culture of work and determination. To succeed in Detroit, you need to know how to hustle. 


See the fourth exhibition in our series, featuring Shopkeepers and Stylists. Honorees were selected from crowd-sourced nominations in 2022. 


The Shopkeepers:

The Stylists:

The Hustle is sponsored by Gilbert Family Foundation, Toyota Motor North America, AAA-The Auto Club Group, Bank of AmericaPNC BankJPMorgan Chase, and Dykema.

Media sponsors: Michigan Chronicle and The LEE Group.