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Tahir Whitehead

Tahir Whitehead Gives Back Through Downtown Boxing Gym

Four years ago, Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead was looking for a place to volunteer and work with children. The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program gave him that opportunity. By Andy Reid Photography by Erin Kirkland It’s a blustery Friday just before Christmas, and the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program in Detroit is a little quieter than usual. Kids, .....
Keasha Rigsby

Keasha Rigsby Brings Beautiful Bridal to Detroit

Former “Say Yes to the Dress” consultant Keasha Rigsby brings her own bridal salon, Beautiful Bridal, to Detroit in the historic Bagley Mansion. By Susan Peck Photography by Viviana Pernot Taking in the sights of the city streets downtown, Keasha Rigsby held back tears. Visiting friends in Detroit several years ago, the bridal fashion expert and native New Yorker felt the pain the city had endured. “My family and I came in just before the re.....

Q&A with Beatrice Wolnerman, Founder of Open Me When

SEEN sat down with Beatrice Wolnerman, owner and founder of the local gift box company Open Me When. By Rachel Schostak  Photography by Beatrice and Eli Beatrice Wolnerman shares insight into her career journey, how she started her gift giving business and some of her favorite spots in Detroit. 1. Tell us about yourself: I am the proud founder and owner of Open Me When, a premium.....

Q&A with Denise Ilitch

Denise Ilitch shares career advice, style tips and where she likes to shop and dine around Metro Detroit.  By Rachel Schostak  Featured photo by Boswell Hardwick  Denise Ilitch has been an integral part of Detroit’s business and philanthropic communities for over 30 years. Ilitch is president of Ilitch Enterprises and co-chair and board member for Horizon Global. She also serves on the University of Michigan Board of Reg.....

20 Questions with Isabella Tobias Lites

Former competitive figure skater and Olympian Isabella Tobias Lites talks about competing in Sochi, her fairytale wedding and her favorite local spots in 20 Questions.  By Rachel Schostak Featured image by Abby Rose Photo 1. Tell us about your background? I was born and raised in the Big Apple, New York.  I moved to Michigan at 18 years old to pursue my lifelong passion for ice dancing and happened to find the love of my life .....

Isabella Tobias Lites and Samuel Lites’ Fairy Tale Wedding

Isabella Tobias Lites and Samuel Lites’ real-life Cinderella-style wedding is finished with modern flourishes. By Lynne Konstantin Photography by Abby Rose Photo Isabella Tobias Lites started ice skating when she was 5. “I saw it on TV and absolutely loved it,” the Manhattan native says. By age 8, she had added ballet training to her resume, and she continued studying ballet and ice dancing at the highest level until she was 12. Although she had.....
Wedding Veil Designer Ariel Taub

20 Questions with Wedding Veil Designer Ariel Taub

Ariel Taub merged her passion for fashion and theater into a business that creates custom wedding veils.  Wedding veil designer Ariel Taub is the only designer who handcrafts veils with Swarovski crystals in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor’s degree in art history. She then attended .....
Ed Welburn

The Future is Now: Ed Welburn on Autonomous Vehicles

Ed Welburn shares his thoughts on the future of autonomous vehicles. By Jackie Headapohl “I’m excited about autonomous vehicles for many different reasons and I’m someone who loves to drive,” says Ed Welburn, retired chief designer at General Motors. “There are times that I would just as soon let the car drive itself.” Far more important, he says is the potential for autonomous vehicles to provide people with disabilities and aging seniors the freed.....
Chef Maxcel Hardy

Chef Maxcel Hardy: Making A Difference In Detroit

Detroit native and celebrity chef Maxcel Hardy is on a mission to open three restaurants in Detroit and help revitalize the city.  Detroit-born Chef Maxcel Hardy has quite the resume. He not only cooked his way to the final round on Food Network’s Chopped, but acted as personal chef to celebrities like basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire. He also authored a plethora of cookbooks while simultaneously owning a private catering company, Chef Max Miami. While this might sound exha.....
camillo pardo

Camillo Pardo Is Living A Designer’s Dream

Camillo Pardo, longtime car designer, breaks into the fashion industry, designing race suits and soon flight attendant’s uniforms. An artist is someone who can envision beauty and see the potential greatness in a piece before it’s physically created, someone who can pair shapes and colors together to make the world a brighter place, and someone who will dare to be different and create something new and unique. This is what multifaceted artist Camilo Pardo does. Pardo was dest.....