Like many of our FoodLab businesses, entrepreneur Linda Yellin first started offering her talents to fill a need she saw among friends and family. After nearly 10 years of organizing informal gatherings and tours to help folks experience, explore, and enjoy Detroit, Linda decided to turn her hobby into a business and form Feet on the Street Tours.
Detroit has taken its share of body blows over the years, but proof of its rebound happens every Saturday at the Eastern Market when upwards of 40,000 people visit for fresh produce, handmade food items, laughter, music and camaraderie with strangers.
SOUTHFIELD — You might’ve noticed recently that the city of Detroit has seen a surge of support. Near and far, from T-shirts to Cadillac commercials, the struggling city is gaining hordes of fans who believe Detroit is headed for a comeback. And what better way to show your allegiance than to head downtown and explore all that Detroit has to offer?
That’s exactly what Linda Yellin set out to do when she started giving informal tours of Detroit’s Eastern Market to friends in her spare time. Now, 10 years later, the clinical social worker has grown her small walking trips into Feet on the Street Tours, a Southfield-based company that offers a variety of outings, classes, tours and other programs that highlight Detroit’s rich culture and social life.
“The tours are not only showing Detroit off to visitors, but also to people in the suburbs who want to connect or reconnect with the city,” said Yellin….