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about corktown aglow

Corktown Aglow is an annual day-long holiday Corktown Business Association event presented by ford motor company and powered by countless Corktown small businesses and volunteers.

It’s a family friendly day filled with community spirit, Corktown history, a handful of falling snowflakes, a dash of holiday magic, and lots of free fun. Seeing so many people of all ages come together to participate in the Corktown Aglow festivities truly makes it a Detroit holiday event not to be missed. We’re looking forward to spending this holiday season with you in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.



Interested in participating with

or donating to Corktown Aglow?

We’d love to hear from you.



Our neighborhood-wide events focus on highlighting our storied neighborhood history, our wonderful residents, the hardworking businesses, and community wins like new bike lanes, public art, and developments.

Our first CBA sponsored event was founded in 2016 by Erin Gavle, owner of Eldorado General Store, stemming from this core idea; that creating spaces and experiences aimed at gathering people is a direct route to strengthening communities and the businesses within them.

As Detroit continues to grow, this idea is key to the city and our neighborhood’s success. We have made community our purpose, having witnessed how it leads to positive change.

As independent business owners who are committed to the community, the Corktown Business Association felt compelled to create something that would bring our neighbors together to celebrate and say ‘Thank You’ to the community that supports us all year round. We also wanted the event to create opportunities to welcome new guests and visitors to our neighborhood, in hopes of changing the perceptions of our city and neighborhood in a positive way.

Our mission is working

WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF CREATING EVENTS, WE WERE PRESENTED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION. Presented on behalf of the Detroit Police Department for our “commitment to families in the city of Detroit.”

IN THE SECOND YEAR, WE RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT AWARD. Presented by the City of Detroit for all the dedication and work the CBA does in engaging our community and for outstanding achievement and service to the citizens of Detroit.

Corktown aglow is volunteer run and created

Kelsey Hubbell - Owner of Roots to Rise Detroit + Events Director

Matt Buskard - Owner of Bobcat Bonnie’s + CBA Board Member + Events Co-Director

Debra Walker - Community Leader + CBA Treasurer

Rohani Foulkes - Owner of Folk & Mink + CBA Secretary + Board Member

Deveri Gifford - Owner of Brooklyn Street Local + CBA Board Member

Alana Rodriguez - Owner of Mama Coo’s