JEI’s Executive Director Talks June on Jefferson

JEI Admin

Melanie Piana


The last time we spoke I was up to my ankles in snow along a minus 10 degree East Jefferson Avenue.

But, summer is now nearly upon us and we are celebrating the season with a series of smaller-scale placemaking events that comprise June on Jefferson.

I know, I know – it’s not Jazzin’. But, we had to take a one-year break in order to do the final construction preparation for the Jefferson Avenue Streetscape enhancements that are slated to start later this summer.

But, worry not, we are still going to celebrate.

This Friday, come on down to the intersection of Jefferson/Chalmers to help celebrate the grand (re)opening of Coffee & (___) and Restoration & Redesign, a new high-end furniture repair and design firm. Music and goodies start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, June 14 we’ve got a day of community exploration and celebration in Jefferson-Chalmers. That morning, head to the foot of Alter Road (Mariners Park) for kayak tours led by Detroit Riversports and a soccer clinic/scrimmage with JEI’s very own Pink Pingrees of the Detroit City Futbol Club.

That afternoon, head back up to Jefferson Avenue for the grand opening of Hello Records east side pop-up and to JEI HQ for an afternoon of outdoor jazz, food and kid’s events. We close the evening out with the grand opening of the new backyard/creekside biergarten at Marshall’s Bar in the historic Jefferson-Chalmers Business District.

There are a bunch of other events throughout the month, so keep checking back with for updated information!

Happy summer and Go East!