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Detroit Blows opens in Z Garage

Detroit Blows, a specialized blowout and hair styling salon, is open in the Z Garage in downtown Detroit.

Co-founders Katy Cockrel and Nia Batts advertise the business as offering “nontoxic” services at affordable prices.

The 2,000-square-foot ground-floor space at 1232 Library St. also has a hair-care retail component, according to a news release. The salon employs 15 now and plans to grow to 25 or more.

The salon is designed to appeal to the client on-the-go and plans to add services including express manicures and pedicures, makeup application and eyebrow waxing. Blowouts are $35 for hair shoulder length and above and $40 for longer hair.

Detroit Blows is a social enterprise at its core, Cockrel said. It is sending $1 from each blowout and 25 percent of net retail profits to its philanthropic arm called Detroit Grows, she said in an email. It aims to finance small grants for local women entrepreneurs and help fund programs that support women trying to find jobs. Cockrel said she expects the first grant to be given in November.

Detroit Grows received initial funding from the Detroit Blows founders and other investors, as well as through recent fundraisers.

The company has a multiyear lease with Bedrock LLC “that is on par with current average commercial lease rates in the central business district,” Cockrel said.

She declined to discuss sales or revenue goals, or the amount invested in the space’s buildout.
The architect on the space was Detroit-based LAAVU Studio and the general contractor was Oak Park-based PCI One Source Contracting, Cockrel said.

Detroit Blows was a finalist for Hatch Detroit this year and won $20,000 in Motor City Match funding in April.