Perennial Corktown has started leasing, and when many of the new residents move in this winter, two new businesses will be opening up in the development.
Corktown Market will bring a bodega-type grocery store into the development along Michigan Avenue. Owners Ahmed Alwhysee and Hadwan Hadwan, who also own the Midtown Market on Cass, plan to have groceries, as well as an in-house deli, coffee, and Zingerman's bread.
“The Corktown Market will not be a ritzy grocery store," said Ahmed. "Instead, it aims to serve as a neighborhood bodega, offering convenience to countless neighbors while making it affordable."
Along with the market, Haraz Coffee, based in Dearborn, will open. The Yemeni-style coffee house will also offer sweet treats from Dearborn's JJS Custard Co., and space for customers to gather and socialize.
“Coffee is an experience,” says owner Hamzah Nasser. “It is the first thing that brings me peace to start the day. We want to bring back that tradition of getting a cup of coffee, sitting down, and savoring it while working or relaxing.”
Perennial Corktown has 195 rental units through one seven-story building and seven townhouses. A building behind the development (next to the parking garage) will be redeveloped into lofts.