We’re dreamers of the day

T.E Lawrence once said, “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” Since our opening in 2018, we’ve been dreamers of the day, and have seen many goals come to fruition.

We have over 75 members and continue to grow each week. We’ve hosted nearly 100 combined events and learning sessions. We’ve committed to providing the best amenities in Detroit, from free parking to weekly yoga classes, discounted massages, and 24/7 access. We’ve hosted volunteer clean up days, and have made commitments to give back to the neighborhood we’re located. The list could go on, and although we’re very proud of these things, we want to continue pushing the limits of our dreams.

The reason being is the understanding of this fundamental truth: As we grow, so do our members and even more so the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood we reside. We’ve always operated under the premise that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the real catalysts to Detroit’s growth. This goes beyond downtown, midtown, and the surrounding areas. We want to continue pushing our dreams because we want to advance the neighborhood further.

Hunt Street Station’s Plans for 2020

Internal Goals

The best way to break down our goals is to look at them internally and externally. One of our biggest internal goals is to focus on community engagement. Though this sounds external by nature, our focus is more directed at our member’s commitment to the community. As we continue to think about the neighborhood, we look for ways to get our members involved.

One way we’re doing this is by implementing a gamification process for community engagement. We’re hoping that by making things such as volunteering, assisting neighbors or other members, attending events, donating, more of a “game” that we can incentivize our members to commit more to earn badges, ranks, and rewards. Our other hope regarding this is that the focus on community engagement will become more natural for members, that it will be less about a game and more about being actionable for the sake of change.

Internally, we’re looking to host more social events and more learning sessions for our members to attend, as well as adding more amenities to Hunt Street Station. We’re also looking to become more environmentally friendly. We are spending a little bit more money on environmentally friendly supplies and implementing composting at Hunt Street Station. We hope this will encourage members to take home the composting practice. Lastly, we’re anticipating our second-floor deck to be finished for members to use both to work and for events in the warmer weather.

External Goals

Externally, our focus primarily lies on giving back to the community. We’re continuing to look for ways to help the community grow and remain involved with local non-profits and community leaders on how this looks. Recently, we were able to raise over $2,000 for two families during the holidays, and we’re looking for more opportunities this year to go even more significant. Additionally, we’re committing to volunteering more with various organizations, such as building beds 4 kids.

Conclusion

We anticipate that 2020 will be a giant year for Hunt Street Station and the members that are with us and join us. However, as with any business, we anticipate challenges too. Often, the challenges let you know that you’re on the right path.

Though we have accomplished a lot in just under two years, it certainly has not been easy. One of the most significant shortcomings in our minds is keeping our members engaged in the community. We’re hoping that in 2020 we will see a change in this through the gamification process.

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