Mr. Javier Lugo an immigrant from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, arrived to Detroit, Michigan in the 1980's at the age of 13. He joined the work force instead of attending school to help his family back in Mexico. Just by chance a position became available at Diseños and he immediately started working with Mr. Tony Martinez (former owner of Diseños Ornamental Iron). At the time Mr. Martinez was operating Diseños through a small shop he had built in a garage located in Southwest Detroit that was successfully growing. Through out the years Mr. Lugo became Mr. Martinez right hand and Mr. Martinez became a Mentor and friend to Mr. Lugo. Today they still remain friends and are in touch because a life time bond was formed between them. After working for 30 years for Mr. Martinez, in 2009 Mr. Lugo decided to venture off and open his own Ornamental Iron Company which he named "Artistic Iron Works". He continued to do business for 13 years until he discovered that the company he dedicated over 30 years to was in flux. He immediately took the opportunity and in July of 2022 he purchased Diseños and became the new owner. However, with the success he had acquired with Artistic Iron Works he just could not leave the name behind and with the history he had with Diseños Mr. Lugo decided to modify the business name to Artistic Diseños because both companies made him who he is today and have a special meaning in his life. Mr. Lugo does not only have a unique talent, he has a love and passion for creating ornamental iron and is hoping to continue creating beautiful work for many years to come.
Southwest Detroit restaurants to get all-season 'luminarias' for outdoor dining
As outdoor dining continues to evolve during this pandemic, some of the restaurants in Southwest Detroit are getting unique to their community: vented and enclosed structures called luminarias. Designed as a nod to traditional Mexican paper lanterns often used around Christmastime, 15 of the customizable, five-sided structures are being installed outside of restaurants throughout the Detroit neighborhood. ... Read more.
The Monarch Club rooftop bar opening soon in downtown Detroit
It could be the best rooftop-bar view in Detroit: The Monarch Club opens May 11 atop the Metropolitan Building in the heart of downtown. Outdoor patio areas flank both sides of the indoor, 13th-floor bar, with expansive sights that include Comerica Park to the north and the Hudson skyscraper construction project to the south. ... Read More.
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Young Nation is an outreach, education, and youth development organization which "attempts to affect change by inspiring young minds through example and engagement." Young Nation's flagship project, called "The Alley Project" (TAP) transformed a Southwest Detroit neighborhood alley and surrounding vacant lots into an inspirational graffiti art gallery, which connects neighbors and youth to each other as well as to community assets.... Read More.