Show Love: City Walls Detroit Calls for Artists

City Walls Detroit has released the first wave of open calls for this summer with over $650,000 available for the Detroit arts community! Visit the City Walls website and download the artist packet for the project or projects you’re interested in. Pay close attention to the Vision Statement as developed by the community to inspire your vision for these spaces.

4 Calls Open Now

Godfrey Hotel
Deadline to apply: March 19, 2023
City Walls Detroit together with the Godfrey Hotel, is seeking artists (or collaborative teams) to create two new murals on the Godfrey Hotel.  

Community Vision Statement: The Godfrey Hotel and The Corktown Community have collaborated to discover common themes and inspiration for the upcoming mural(s) that will be placed on The Godfrey Hotel in Spring/Summer 2023. According to the Detroit Historical Society, Corktown is the oldest existing neighborhood in The City of Detroit and was a welcoming point for waves of immigrants who have generations of families… Download the Artist Packet and Apply >

DTE Corktown Substation Mural Project                                           
Deadline to apply: March 19, 2023

Community Vision Statement: The Corktown Community and City Walls Detroit have collaborated to discover common themes and inspiration for the upcoming mural. According to the Detroit Historical Society, Corktown is the oldest existing neighborhood in The City of The DTE Mural project seeks to highlight the tightknit Corktown Community bonds. Residents of the oldest neighborhood in Detroit share a familiarity with each other, with baseball, with parades… Download the Artist Packet and Apply >

Stein Park Mural Project
Deadline to apply: March 19, 2023

City Walls Detroit together with the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC (CRCAA), is seeking artists (or collaborative teams) to create a new mural in Stein Park in the Warrendale/Cody Rouge area on the West Warren corridor.  This project will be executed in the service of promoting the City of Detroit as a vibrant community. The murals theme is based and derived from a place of civic pride and it strives to have a deep connection with residents. Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC has been serving this area for over ten years… Download the Artist Packet and Apply >

Show Love: The Detroit Way
Deadline to apply: March 19, 2023  
The City of Detroit has a vision for neighbors to feel connected to each other, to foster a sense of belonging, and have a collective say for what happens in their neighborhoods.  

Vision Statement: As we have learned through the pandemic outdoor public spaces are our most important spaces. Even when we couldn’t be with each other we could be outside. It’s now more important than ever to ensure our public spaces are healthy, safe, inviting, and empowering… Download the Artist Packet and Apply >

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Meet Mari Byrd

Mail Coordinator and Office Assistant at SpaceLab | Owner of Accessories by Gigi

In November, Mari Byrd joined the team at SpaceLab Detroit to assist with our growing virtual office and mail service. She has quickly become a valuable part of our entire community, helping to nurture our welcoming atmosphere.

Mari Byrd

Mari is an entrepreneur; she owns Accessories by Gigi and is designing and developing a line of high-end handbags. The company’s new website will be live soon. (Ask her about “Full Circle.”). See her discussion with NextOpp Social on Embracing Small Beginnings on the Way to Merchandising Success.

Previously, Mari was Business Liaison for Detroit’s District 2, working with Councilman Roy McCalister, Jr., connecting with and assisting business owners in problem solving, identifying opportunities for capital, talent resources, and business support from various City Departments. Her professional experience also includes managing art galleries at Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion and consulting as an event planner.

New! Content Creation Rooms

All new! Content Creation Spaces are available in downtown Detroit. Reserve rooms for: podcasting, video interviews, training and online course videos, photo shoots, social media content and more.

Special Introductory Rate for Non-Members of SpaceLab: $50/hour.

SpaceLab Members can include content studios as part of their monthly meeting room booking.

HD webcams, microphones, lighting, black and white backdrops, and green and blue screens are available for use with rental. Camera equipment not yet available for rent.

Contact us at or 313-379-7000 for more information, for a tour, or to book space.

SpaceLab at Work: Meet Madison

Who’s the new face at SpaceLab. Madison joined us about 6 months ago as a high school intern and Mail Associate. She makes sure all of the mail we receive is sorted and distributed professionally. Madison is organized and very meticulous is her work and is a great addition to the SpaceLab team.

A rising senior in Detroit, Madison says math is her favorite subject, and she is an integral member of her school’s robotics team. Madison joined the team because she wanted to build something. “I wanted (my) creativity to flow on a physical project.” She wasn’t able to participate in robotics when she was in middle school, but was persistent in joining the high school team. She proudly reports that her Renaissance team has participated in state competition and world competitions.

Madison plans to combine her love for robotics and engineering with architecture. Since working at SpaceLab, she’s been introduced to many architects, real estate professionals, and others who’ve given advice and shared experiences that can help her along her career journey. Madison hopes to attend college in California or Florida, and one personal and professional goal is to have a hand in making her parent’s dream come true by designing a new home for them.

Get out of the house to a safe workspace environment

When you need to get away for a web meeting, conference call or just for a quiet space to get work done, SpaceLab Detroit has your flexible office solutions:

Day Passes $20
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM

See our safe workspace guidelines: build, create, innovate – safely.

More productivity options:

DeskPass Membership:
12 Day Passes* $200 + Member rates on meeting rooms
*Use one Day Pass per month, all 12 in one month, or any way in between

 Conference Room Rental with cutting-edge tech amenities

Monthly Desk and Private Office Memberships with short-term options

Call (313) 379-7000 or email us for more details. Book a tour.

Female Founders Promo Book

We’re thrilled to be a part of Rebel Nell’s Female Founders Promo Book – a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned businesses! Enjoy discounts at 35 of your favorite small businesses. With a value of over $500 and discount codes that are valid for one year, what’s not to love!

By purchasing this book and frequenting the establishments included in it, you’re investing in women’s economic empowerment, vibrant communities, and the growth of the overall community in Detroit.

Female Founders Promo Book

The Female Founders Promo Book, curated by Rebel Nell, is a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned small businesses. Included in this promotional book are discounts to over 35 women owned businesses in Detroit. Value: over $500. Discount codes are valid through 02/28/2022. Promo Book: $35 + $2 shipping


Promo Books can also be purchased at SpaceLab Detroit (downtown).

Thank you to Amy and Diana, the fabulous female founders of Rebel Nell, for curating this book and inviting SpaceLab to participate. Rebel Nell provides employment, equitable opportunity, and wraparound support for women with barriers to employment. Read more about their artful mission here.







































Newest Coworkers Design and Power City Buildings

Welcome Bryant Electrical Contractor and Dokes Design & Architecture to SpaceLab Detroit!

Roland Bryant is founder at Bryant Electrical Contractor and leads the company in a variety of project types. Successful projects include those with the City of Detroit – at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Belle Isle and Cadillac Square – Eastern Market Corp, Detroit Metro Airport, multifamily residential projects, and health facilities, including the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dokes Design Architecture is a full-service design firm with a focus on urban building projects. Founder and principal Kimberly Dokes was recently named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Design. Damon Dickerson is the company’s Director of Architecture and an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.

Detroit businesses share good news even during COVID-19 crisis

SpaceLab members are continuing to operate their businesses and serve their clients. Here’s some great news they’ve shared over the past weeks. We hope the good news motivates you to keep moving your business forward.

Member SDG Architects & Planners is architect for the Detroit City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) office renovation in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) – the first renovation of the area in over 40 years. SDG worked with LLP Construction Services on this Design-Build project. 

photo by LLP Construction Services

Izzie LLC has contracted with the City of Highland Park to disinfect and sanitize the city’s four main buildings: Police Headquarters, Fire Department, Robert B. Blackwell Municipal Building, and the Ernest T. For Recreation Center.

Black Girl MATHgic reached a milestone with founder Brittany A. Rhodes giving her first-ever presentation as a full-time “mathpreneur” at the Mid School Math Conference in Santa Fe, NM, the largest middle school mathematics conference in the nation, in early March.

New members LottMetz Crutcher Architecture – a partnership of Grand Rapids-based Lott3Metz Architecture LLC and metro Detroit’s Crutcher Studio, Inc. – came together to propose larger developments in Southeast Michigan and plan to “positively contribute to Detroit’s urban revolution.” Read more on MiBiz >>>

Karen Burton, along with Saundra Little, AIA, spent time with Melissa R. Daniel on her podcast Architecture is Political. The conversation focused on architecture, their Noir Design Parti project, Detroit and entrepreneurship. Listen here >>>

Limited Access at SpaceLab during COVID-19 health crisis includes Mail Processing

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer (MI) issued a Stay Home, Stay Safe order for all non-essential businesses that took effect, Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. It will be in place for at least three (3) weeks in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

SpaceLab is currently closed for most business activity. However, as a postal agent, we will continue to process mail from the downtown location. We ask all Virtual/Mail customers to schedule mail pickup between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 313-379-7000 or email to schedule.

As always, Members with a keycard or keyfob still have access at both downtown and Seven Mile Road locations should you need to retrieve something. Use your best judgement when entering the space, as regular daily cleaning activity has ceased. Cleaning products and hand sanitizer are still in the space for your use.

There should not be any meetings or gatherings taking place at the downtown or Seven Mile locations.

Additionally, Day Passes have been suspended at both locations until further notice.

As current events and messaging about COVID-19 evolve, we continue to monitor and implement recommendations by government and health officials. We understand how difficult this time is as you continue to operate your business. Please email Bobby or me if you need assistance in any way, and we will do our best to help. See our Support Resources and Events pages for more information.

Karen A.D. Burton

Co-founder and CEO

SpaceLab Detroit

SpaceLab is Open for Business and Operating with Caution

As current events and messaging about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolve, we continue to monitor and implement recommendations by government and health officials, practicing social distancing, postponing live events or taking them online, and following the preventive measures outlined on our website and posted in our offices.

We know that many in our community may be experiencing disruptions in work and regular daily life. As small business owners ourselves, we understand that the current conditions may be especially difficult for SMBs, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers. While we are taking precautions, SpaceLab’s coworking spaces, offices and meeting rooms remain open for our members and guests. However, we are implementing the following changes for the foreseeable future:

  • Members with a keycard or keyfob will still have access to desk and meeting space and assigned private offices at both downtown and Seven Mile Road locations.
  • Virtual/Mailbox members are asked to schedule their pick up times, either by calling the reception desk or using your mail app.
  • Day Passes for the downtown location are available for download through Eventbrite. We have decreased the number of passes available each day to allow for social distancing (six feet to 10 feet between coworkers).
  • Day Passes have been suspended at the Seven Mile Road location.
  • Meeting rooms for small teams are available for rent, and private offices are available for short-term lease. Call 313-379-7000 or use the “Apply” button on our website to contact us for a reservation.

Our offices are cleaned each evening by a professional cleaning team, disinfected at mid-day, and meeting rooms are disinfected after each use.

SpaceLab wants to keep you connected to a business and urban innovator community. Watch our event calendar for upcoming online events and presentations.

Wishing you health and prosperity,

Karen Burton
Co-founder and CEO
SpaceLab Detroit