Daniel A. Washington

Emagine Entertainment Inc. Partners with Detroit Dough to Offer Patrons Edible Cookie Dough


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CANTON, Mich. — Edible cookie dough, the newest foodie craze sweeping the nation, is now available at Emagine Theatre concession stands across Southeast Michigan. The company announced a joint partnership with the Detroit-based startup the last weekend in March and will begin offering the sweet treat to patrons at its Macomb and Canton locations.

“We are excited to partner with a Detroit startup. We are passionate about supporting local products and the renaissance of Detroit,” said Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment.  “The cookie dough is delicious and a great addition to our expanded concession assortment.”  

Detroit Dough is the brainchild of Detroit residents Autumn Kyles, Victoria Washington and Daniel A. Washington who together took second place and fan favorite award at the Michigan Women’s Foundation Dolphin Tank competition last year.

“We are extremely excited to have our safe, delicious and ready-to-eat cookie dough available at Emagine,” said Kyles, CEO of Detroit Dough. “We believe in the Emagine brand and believe this partnership is a perfect way to get our product to consumers in more ways than one.”

Washington said the company had originally planned to open a location in Detroit’s NW Goldberg neighborhood this year. However, after re-evaluating the market, Detroit Dough is working with local companies like Emagine to expand its product nationwide. It is also continuing to host pop up locations with businesses around the city.

Detroit Dough’s signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough will be available to purchase at Emagine Macomb and Canton starting immediately. The price per cup is $7.50.

For more information on Detroit Dough, contact Daniel A. Washington, chief marketing officer, at 313.522.6816 and visit facebook.com/eatdetroitdough.


City of Detroit cleans 50,000 tags of graffiti in 3 years

DETROIT (WJBK) - In Detroit's fight against blight, the city hit a major milestone this week when it officially cleaned up it's 50,000th act of illegal graffiti.

It's more than just washing away paint, it is helping the city rebuild and move on from some of its darkest times.

In the past three years, the city has been hard at work scrubbing both vacant and occupied buildings. According to Jessica Parker with the General Services Department, by cleaning up the graffiti, it helps feel like they're part of a greater good.

"You don't feel threatened by the environment, because some of it is gang-related - they feel like they are not alone," Parker said.

While 50,000 are clean, the city estimates they're only half done. Parker said they notify building owners who have a week to get it cleaned up before the city can step in - and it's the building owner who foots the bill.

"They give the owner at least 7 days to go ahead and remove it themselves (and) on the the eighth day we have the right to remove it," Parker said. "It can range anywhere between $800 and $2,000 depending on how many crews are needed to come out and remove it."

Beyond the takedown, the city also has to make sure the graffiti doesn't come back but they have a plan for that too - find the person responsible and make them clean it up.

"Once we see the same tag, we log it," Parker said. "And then they can identify and try to catch the people. We've had a good success rate. I've gone to court 10 to15 times already."

But neighbors say it's nice now but don't think it will last.

"It's good for two or three months but next summer I believe it will be the same way," resident Lorenzo Edwards said.

But Parker says that won't stop them.

"Soon as they come back out - we come back out," she said. "Because we want them to know this city is not tolerating the old culture of graffiti."

Edwards isn't sold though. He said that the city would be better off just taking the building down.

"That's all it is window dressing," he said. "Knock it down and put something else there."

Well, he's getting his wish. At the corner of Ferry Park and Linwood, something else is going in: a cookie dough store, "Detroit Dough" founded by a Detroit native and entrepreneur.

"I'm here because I was born and raised here. It's home and that's the biggest thing," said Daniel A. Washington. "We want to start Detroit Dough on this corner because the people need it."

That store opens in the summer of 2018.

View the original article here: http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/city-of-detroit-cleans-50000-tags-of-graffiti-in-3-years

We tried Detroit Dough’s safe-to-eat cookie dough

By Kinsey Clarke

If you’re like me, you may have spent more than a few times snacking on frozen cookie dough at home on the couch, despite FDA warnings that raw cookie dough is not safe to consume. Having repeatedly ignored those warnings, I was thrilled to find out that Detroit is getting its own cookie dough café in the NW Goldberg neighborhood.

Detroit Dough is run by local twentysomethings Autumn Kyles and siblings Daniel A. Washington, Theodore Washington III, and Victoria Washington. While they haven’t opened their location at Linwood and Ferry Park just yet, they are having an ongoing pop-up November 9 - 11 at Detroit Clothing Circle, located at 499 W. Alexandrine in Midtown. 

Though the shop boasts five flavors to choose from – brownie, sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and plain dough with no chips – Chief Storyteller Aaron Foley and I visited the pop-up to try just two flavors: brownie and chocolate chip. Here’s what we had to say about the experience.

AF: I had the brownie flavor, and I could easily see this becoming a guilty pleasure. It’s rich and chocolately, and none of the base ingredients (like, for example, flour or egg) overpower the actual flavor. There’s a reason why this will taste better than the cookie dough I’ll try to make at home.

KC: This is classic chocolate chip cookie dough without the looming threat of salmonella. I could definitely eat this while watching The Crownon Netflix during the long weekend. 10/10, would eat again.

Thoughts? See more from Detroit Dough here.

Detroit’s First Cookie Dough Cafe Opening SOON!

By Rat & Puff - November 8, 2017 9:01 AM

A raw cookie dough cafe is opening its doors as soon as spring 2018. But don’t worry, this cookie dough is safe for consumption and salmonella free. The cafe will be called Detroit Dough and it plans to feature 5 cookie dough flavors: chocolate chip, brownie, peanut butter, no chips, and sugar. They’ll also have 50 different toppings if straight cookie dough isn’t enough. The cafe will be located in Northwest Goldberg in Detroit!

View the original article here: http://987ampradio.cbslocal.com/2017/11/08/detroits-first-cookie-dough-cafe-opening-soon/

'Detroit Dough' bringing cookie dough cafe to city

By Alexandra Bahou - 8:40 AM, Nov 8, 2017

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Cookie dough lovers, you're in luck: Detroit Dough is on a mission to bring a "safe-to-eat" version of the tasty treat to the city with pop-up locations and a storefront slated to open next year. 

"We've been operating with this whole mantra...Why not Detroit? Why not us?," said Daniel Washington, chief marketing officer for Detroit Dough. 

Washington and CEO Autumn A. Kyles, General Manager Victoria Washington and Executive Dough Chef Theodore J. Washington III saw the craze taking off in other parts of the country and decided to make it happen here. 

Washington said Detroit Dough is aiming to bring energy and excitement to local businesses with its pop-up circuit.

The next opportunity for you to get yourself a helping of cookie dough will be November 9 through November 11 at The Detroit Clothing Circle at 499 W. Alexandrine Street. 

According to the Detroit Dough website, flavors include Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Brownie and Hold My Chips (cookie dough without the chocolate chips.) 

The cookie dough, he explains, is safe to eat because Detroit Dough uses an organic heat treated flour instead of egg. 

Washington says eventually they will have more than 50 mix-ins available, referring to Detroit Dough as the "Cold Stone of cookie dough." 

On Wednesday night, the company will also be participating in The Dolphin Tank, a business plan and pitch competition hosted by the Michigan Women's Foundation, where the founders will try to secure up to $10,000 for their business. 

The Detroit Dough cafe is expected to open in the spring of 2018 on the corner of Linwood and Ferry Park Street. 

View the original article here: http://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-dough-bringing-cookie-dough-cafe-to-city

Team plans cookie dough cafe to help boost Detroit neighborhood

By Tyler Clifford - November 07, 2017 7:15 a.m.

  • Team plans to invest $400,000 into edible raw cookie dough cafe in Detroit
  • Detroit Dough expects to launch in the spring
  • Owners plan to give back to community with sales, discounts

A band of millennials are mixing up a new cookie dough business that they hope will serve as a "beacon of hope" in the depressed NW Goldberg neighborhood in Detroit.

Chief Marketing Officer Daniel Washington, a 24-year-old Detroit native, said his team of partners plans to invest $400,000 to launch Detroit Dough LLC, which will serve edible raw cookie dough. His sister Victoria Washington, 27, and business partner Autumn Kyles, 24 of Farmington, will lead the business as general manager and CEO, respectively.

"As a kid, I always loved to sneak a scoop of cookie dough when my mom made cookies. Today, I'm still in love with cookie dough and I know that most people still love it, too," Kyles said in a statement. "I think in today's age there's always that opportunity to push the boundaries and try new concepts that connect people together through food. This is my way of sharing my love with others while giving back."

In a Cold Stone-style service, patrons will be able to create their own treat, starting with one of five dough bases and choosing from more than 50 mix-ins. One scoop costs $5, two scoops for $7 and three for $9, with mix-ins available for 50 cents each.

The cafe will also serve 20 signature creations, it said in a news release. Homemade pastries, milk, Faygo pop, coffee and ice cream are among the other goodies that will also be on the menu.

"The dough will be safe to eat because there are no eggs. The recipe allows for an amazing product at the end of the day. My brother is an executive chef, who worked out the recipe," Daniel Washington said. 

Executive Chef Theodore Washington, 29, runs custom cake business Cakes By: Teddy Washington III LLC out of his home in Detroit. "(The dough) cannot be baked, so we are going to hang our hats on the people who like cookie dough without it being baked," Daniel Washington said.

Detroit-based Three Squared Inc. was tapped to design the 1,200-square-foot cookie dough bar on the corner of Linwood Street and Ferry Park Avenue out of six custom-built shipping containers. The cafe will feature patio and (nonalcoholic) bar seating. A contractor has not been selected.

The entrepreneurs are looking at a mix of loans, accelerator grants and private investments to fund the startup. Victoria Washington and Kyles will pitch for a $10,000 grand prize in the Dolphin Tank pitch event in Detroit on Wednesday hosted by the Michigan Women's Foundation. On Dec. 1, they will pitch for a chance at $2,500 in seed money in Lawrence Technological University's Detroit Center For Design + Technology Design Accelerator 10-week program. The accelerator "helps aspiring business owners take an idea from concept to creation to grow new opportunities in the city of Detroit," according to its website.

With a projected spring launch, Daniel Washington said they expect to break even in the first two years before realizing $300,000 in annual sales. 

The owners will offer NW Goldberg residents a 10 percent discount on all orders and donate 10 percent of nonresident sales to organizations and programs that serve the community.

"We want to remove blight. We see the disparity between the downtown and the neighborhood," Washington said. "So that's our mantra: Why not us? It's a neighborhood that deserves the same love and investment as others."

Editor's note: This version of the story corrects the location of Cakes By: Teddy Washington III and the order of names of the partners in the photo.

View the original article here: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171107/news/644311/team-plans-cookie-dough-cafe-to-help-boost-detroit-neighborhood

Sweet! Detroit to open its 1st cookie dough cafe

By Georgea Kovanis - 3:19 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017 | Updated 3:22 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017

This just might be a dream come true.

A cafe selling safe-to-eat cookie dough — as opposed to the kind with raw eggs, uncooked flour and a real potential for salmonella — is looking to open in Detroit's Northwest Goldberg neighborhood this spring.

Detroit Dough plans to feature five cookie doughs — chocolate chip, brownie, peanut butter, no chips, and sugar  — and 50 different items to mix into the dough

The team behind the cookie dough concept — twentysomethings Autumn Kyles and siblings Daniel Washington, Victoria Washington and Theodore Washington — plans to open the shop, built from shipping containers, at Linwood and Ferry Park. 

Residents of Northwest Goldberg, where the Washingtons grew up and still live, will receive a 10% discount on their purchases and 10% of the proceeds from purchases by non-residents will be given back to neighborhood churches, non-profits and families who could use some help. "It might be something as small as paying someone's tax bill," said Daniel Washington, who is 24.

The Northwest Goldberg neighborhood is bordered by the Lodge, I-94, West Grand Boulevard and Grand River. 

“We want to do something different and unique," Washington said. "We believe we can attract people to this neighborhood."

Want a taste? Detroit Dough is hosting a pop up Nov. 9 - 11 at  Detroit Clothing Circle, 449 W. Alexandrine, Detroit. Hours: noon to 7 p.m. Price: $5 for one scoop, $7 for two scoops and $9 for three scoops. 

For more info: eatdetroitdough.com. Also: facebook.com/eatdetroitdough.

View the original article here: http://www.freep.com/story/life/shopping/georgea-kovanis/2017/11/07/cookie-dough-cafe-detroit/840429001/

An Edible Cookie Dough Bar is Opening in Detroit in the Spring

By AJ - November 8, 2017 8:41 AM

It’s safe to eat and you can include over 50 toppings. *drool*

FINALLY. Somebody figured it out, and I’ll be first in line.

Detroit Dough will be opening up in the spring of 2018 in Detroit’s northwest Goldberg neighborhood. They’ll feature five different cookie dough selections and over 50 toppings options.

And yes, it’s safe to eat. No raw eggs or flour.

Even better yet, the founders are all Detroit natives who want to bring new business to the area.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go get my tent so I can camp out for the grand opening.

View the original article here: http://wcrz.com/an-edible-cookie-dough-bar-is-opening-in-detroit-in-the-spring/