Feet on the Street Introduces People to a New Detroit

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It’s always fun to discover new activities that can become an entertaining part of a pre- or post-meeting itinerary.

Feet on the Street Tours is one of those finds because it prides itself on introducing people to a new Detroit. Its mission is to promote cultural tourism and connect residents and visitors through “fun + food + art + architecture + history + music + unique neighborhoods.”

Officially launched by Linda Yellin in 2007, the small group of expert tour guides has been fascinating locals and visitors with the sights and sounds of the Motor City most have never experienced before. 

“Our winter and spring fill up with our specialty, customized, private walking, car and bus tours that we do for all kinds of groups, from two people to 100-plus, and everything in between,” says Business Manager Becky Scarcello. 

“People love hiring us—from event planners, recreation departments, schools (elementary to post-graduate), wedding parties, family gatherings, social clubs, small businesses and corporations, you name it. We design tours to help our guests engage and connect or re-connect with the City of Detroit by exploring, experiencing and enjoying all areas of town, from Campus Martius to Corktown and beyond,” she says.

One of its most popular regularly scheduled public tour is the $29 “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” strolling brunch in Detroit’s Eastern Market District. “We routinely add dates and many people are surprised to know that we offer tours in January and February. Our Eastern Market tour takes place outdoors and indoors in the shops, galleries and restaurants. So they are fun in any weather,” the life-long Detroit supporter adds.

On the culinary side, for example, its Delish Detroit activities include three to four hour progressive food crawls that provide inside looks at local food businesses and restaurants, a chance to meet the chefs, bakers and brewers, and enjoy a variety of food. The crew loves to customize outings for clients.

Various local, national and international companies and trade associations have hired Feet on the Street Tours to plan experiences for their annual meetings, including catered meals in meeting spaces, when employees and members gather in Detroit, oftentimes from around the world.

Some recent clients have included the American Bar Association (Detroit tours for spouses of conference attendees) and the Federated Electrical Contractors (an auto history tour).

“We like to provide unique options beyond the conference room, and have close relationships with out-of-the-norm meeting spaces, venues and restaurants,” she says. 

More than 55 CEOs and professional staff members of the Michigan Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus enjoyed the inspiring sights of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Nine during the group’s 24th annual educational conference in September.

The two-and-a-half day event, at the DoubleTree Hotel 28th Street Airport in Grand Rapids, was packed with professional content directed to destination marketing teams. It featured eight speakers and 15 vendor displays. 

 

The Holland CVB director is as colorful as the explosion of tulips that
annually dot her Lake Michigan community.

 

Connect Space, formerly known as Message Blocks, was developed by Len Gauger. Gauger spent years in the hospitality industry trying to find a single integrated software solution that could solve the gamut of meeting, convention and special event needs. “I’d find a great software program that handled registration, but couldn’t track meeting agendas or timesheets,” Gauger explained.