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Doing Business on The Ave: Baker's & Kuzzo's Anchor the Future of Livernois

February 20, 2015

By Travis Wright



Eric Whitaker, Hugh Smith & Ron Bartell at Baker's

Listen to a conversation about independently operated black owned business in Detroit. We hear from the owners of Detroit's legendary jazz club, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the oldest continuously operating jazz club in the world. Saved from a precarious financial situation by two lifelong patrons, Hugh Smith and Eric Whitaker, the club is now seeking federal historical district designation. No doubt about it, Baker's is the anchor of business on Livernois, the Avenue of Fashion.

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles is the newest business on the Avenue. When former NFL cornerback Ron Bartell opened the place, he did it with the community in mind, and now people are traveling from out of state to get a taste.

We hear about the importance of black owned businesses in Detroit from the newest and oldest establishments on the Avenue.

Baker's owners and operators Eric Whitaker and Hugh Smith are joined by Kuzzo's proprietor Ron Bartell in a conversation with WDET's Travis Wright.