The Commons

The Commons Spring Update

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The winter season gives us all an excuse to hibernate - to stay in on cold afternoons and put off laundry until the snow lets up. The mood at The Commons has reflected this tendency for a few months, but now as everything is thawing we’re coming back strong with a new line of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as launching a drop off laundry service. We’ve got a honey cinnamon latte on the menu, too. Really, there’s too much to summarize - its worth a visit to experience everything that has been going on.


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As we celebrate our one year anniversary (what?!?) it’s exciting to look back over all the customers we’ve been able to serve, the conversations we’ve had, awards we’ve won, the difficult moments we’ve grown through and all the jokes and puns our staff shoots back and forth. Some of the most rewarding moments are those when we see folks interacting who wouldn’t otherwise have the shared space to do so - sharing stories, attending meetings, and sharing their talents at open mic nights. A big thanks to all of our customers and supporters over the past year! It’s a pleasure to be able to serve you week after week.

The Commons Winter Update


In a new, small business, there is rarely a week that goes by that isn’t spectacular. The Commons has won awards, had a power outage that crippled the business, and been able to serve thousands of customers over the past few month. As a staff, we take the most joy in the small moments such as when our customers run into classmates they haven’t seen since high school, or others still walk into the space for the first time and marvel at the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Being that space where MACC Development interfaces with the community means that we get to walk through life with many of the regular customers who come through. 

In October we were one of ten new businesses in Detroit honored with the Commerce Deign Award, showcasing business that not only were design-forward, but also that reflected and promoted its surrounding community. While many of the winners are located in Midtown or Downtown, we were in the minority by being out in the neighborhoods, which is more rare of successful development in Detroit.


Also in October we experienced a power surge that cut power to the building for a few days and damaged five of our washers. Since then we have started a Crowdrise campaign to raise the funds to fix the washers and purchase a surge protector for the building. Through this effort we have been blessed by incredible support, and are still working toward our goal of $15,000. We plan to reach this through a fundraiser Christmas party on December 21, as well as ongoing online donations. This can be found at

Through the month of December we’ll be offering our festive peppermint mocha - yet another reason to visit The Commons and experience everything that is happening in our community first hand.

The Commons Summer Update

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The Commons laundromat and coffee shop is in full swing! We’ve been working diligently over the months towards this moment, and its exciting to have finally opened our doors to the community. Its encouraging to see folks from all walks of life getting drinks and fresh food, using the washers and dryers, and using the space to work and to meet with friends.

Our grand opening on May 12 was high energy with many families and friends coming through to enjoy the space and celebrate the accomplishments of MACC Development. The staff, all of whom are either lifelong Detroiters or live in the surrounding neighborhoods, are setting the tone of the space by being welcoming and inviting to everyone who comes in, as well as making some of the best coffee in Detroit (from what we’ve heard from our clientele.)

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It would be easy to talk at length about the last few months, but this space is something that needs to be experienced. If you haven’t yet, we welcome you to visit The Commons. As we enter the summer season, pray for effective marketing and increased traffic as we continue serving the neighborhood.