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Thursday in Detroit: Mexicantown business owners urging public to enjoy celebrations respectfully

Ashanti Seabron
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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Thursday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Only one more day until the weekend — let's finish out this week strong!

Today is Thursday, May 5, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Mexicantown business owners urging public to enjoy Cinco de Mayo respectfully
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Annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Southwest Detroit are expected to attract thousands to the area on Thursday, and some business owners are hoping for respectful celebrations.

Juanita Gonzalez Franco, the owner of La Gloria's Bakery, said that while she's happy to have her regular customers back following the lower COVID-19 health risk, she's noted a different attitude in recent years.

"Now it just seems like people want to drink and have their fun, but it's loud and sometimes it gets messy, so it is different in that way," Gonzalez Franco said.

Jose Villanueva, Manager of Evie's Tamales, also appreciates the support for mom-and-pop shops in the area, but hopes that celebrations will be respectful and acknowledge the legacy of Mexicantown.

"It is evolving compared to 20 years ago," Villanueva said. "I believe Mexicantown is here to say."

Detroit People's Food Co-Op to construct grocery store in city's North End
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The Detroit People's Food Co-Op is set to construct a new grocery store on a vacant lot on Woodward Ave. in Detroit's North End.

Malik Yakini, the primary figure behind the new grocery project, spoke about the store's potential for success in Detroit.

“Detroit is a city of approximately 645,000 people, roughly 80% of which are African American, but there are no African American-owned grocery stores. So we largely have an extractive retail food economy in Detroit," Yakini said.

Summer on the horizon: Michigan to see 80-degree days next week
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According to the National Weather Service office in White Lake, temperatures will rise into the 80-degree mark across southeastern Michigan by next week Tuesday.

The agency predicts that while Tuesday will also have a 25% percent chance of rain, the temperature throughout the week will remain in the 80-degree range.

Rihanna's lingerie brand opening new location in Detroit
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Rihanna's lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, announced Detroit as one of six locations in the U.S. set to receive a new retail location.

Detroit, along with Chicago, Long Island, New York, Atlanta, St. Louis and Newark, Delaware will join current locations in King of Prussia, Pa., Houston, Las Vegas, Arlington, Va. and Culver City, Ca.

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Your go-to news source for everything happening in Detroit. Ashanti Lee Seabron is a lifelong Michigander who's worked as a writer since 2013. He's committed to detailed and pertinent news for Metro Detroit.

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