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Lucky Detroit

Lucky Detroit supports Rising Star Academy

Lucky Detroit stormed onto the local coffee scene this fall with its mission to give back to the community already brewing.

Tucked atop Detroit Barbers’ Corktown barber shop, the hidden cove of an upper level coffee bar has a strong focus on coffee and tea beverages. General Manager Patrick McDermott developed its ever-expanding menu filled with espresso, lattes, pour-overs, mochas, chai and a line of locally-made teas.

But the baked goods you’ll find at Lucky Detroit are made in Centerline, Mich. An order of up to 15 dozen fresh pastries – think croissants, muffins and cookies – are delivered twice weekly from Rising Stars Academy. The nonprofit aims to support at-risk individuals by providing a hands-on education in a work-based learning program.

It was started in 2012 by Mark and Deb Prentiss. Rising Stars Academy is a school for students ages 18-26 with special needs. The school offers a curriculum rooted in the culinary arts that promotes education, hands-on experience, and personal growth to allow its students gainful employment in the future.

One visit to the campus and Chad Buchanan was sold. He wanted to work with the program in some way and has begun selling the fresh pastries, made by students under Rising Stars Academy professionals’ supervision, to clientele in Corktown.

“All the proceeds from the pastries sold go directly back to support the school,” said Buchanan, who along with his wife Jami is an owner at Lucky Detroit.

Rising Stars Academy pastries make a perfect complement to McDermott’s seasonal creations, including a Michigan Maple Latte that’s become a new favorite on the menu at Lucky Detroit.

In addition, the coffee shop shows its support of Michigan brands and snacks. Currently that includes: Faygo-inspired cotton candy by Spun Sugar; mitten state shaped candies by Michi-Gummies; Carlo’s Grain-Free granola and nuts; ReTea, le detroit macaron; Calder Dairy; toffee by Dave’s Sweet Tooth and more.

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