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TATTLER-June 2024

Sherwood Forest Neighbors –

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their summer! It was great to see more than 150 residents at our annual spring meeting last month. For those who weren’t able to attend, I have provided some key highlights and reminders:

1. Membership Drive. Annual dues for Sherwood Forest are $100 per household, which help maintain the beauty and vitality of our historic community and are kept at a cost that is affordable. The new fiscal year began on May 1, and we currently have 162 paid members for 2024-25. In particular, we have a targeted goal to increase membership over the next three years respectively, 235 (50% of homes), 352 (75%), and 400 (85%).

  • We are excited to announce partnerships with several local businesses offering discounts to residents who have paid their association membership dues. To take advantage of these discounts, have your current membership card ready, which can be printed from your profiles on the Sherwood Forest website. Merchants might also ask for a valid ID. 
  • A raffle will be held during the annual summer block party, with residents who pay their dues by June 29 entered to win various prizes such as gift cards to local businesses, annual memberships for local events, and tickets to professional sporting events. Below, you’ll find specific discounts at participating businesses, as well as the raffle prizes. 

2. Traffic Calming: The traffic calming subcommittee has been working consistently since 2018 internally and with the City of Detroit Department of Public Works to create a safer traffic flow. The traffic flow on St. Martins has been modified to one-way traffic direction and new signs have been placed to guide drivers. Our next steps are to study the adherence to the new traffic flow plan, share findings, and contact city officials for additional changes as needed. You can see more details here and leave feedback and ask questions here

3. External Home Modifications Reminder: Summer is the time many of us do work on our homes, so this is a reminder to make sure any exterior changes you have planned follow the local historic district guidelines and the Sherwood Forest property guide and modifications

4. Board Member Voting: The nomination process is now complete and all candidates have submitted their information. An announcement will be made letting residents know who the candidates are in August. We only had four eligible nominations and there are five open seats, therefore, appointments are through ascension. The elected members of the board of directors serve for three-year terms, with new terms beginning in September, and there are a total 15 board seats. 

Lastly, we heard your feedback at the spring annual meeting this year and have started archiving past issues of the Tattler to the website. We were thrilled with the positive response so far, but want to ensure the newsletter continues to evolve, delivers the news you need, and incorporates many voices from our neighborhood. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on our feedback form or reach out to me directly if you have ideas or would like to get involved. As always, thank you for being part of this incredible community – I’m grateful to be your neighbor and friend. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Summer Block Party on June 29!

In service.

Phillip Caldwell, II, Ph.D.
Sherwood Forest Association
President, Board of Directors


Raffle Prizes –

  • Detroit Repertory Theater One-Year Gold Subscription ($175 value)
  • 4 Detroit Tigers Tickets
  • Autographed Detroit Lions Memorabilia
  • Mad Nice Restaurant ($100 gift card)
  • Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park ($100 gift card)
  • One-year annual membership to the Outdoor Adventure Center ($50.00 Value)
  • Autographed Detroit Red Wings Memorabilia
  • 2 Tickets to a Historic Boston Edison Association Concert ($130.00 Value)
  • Detroit Pistons Memorabilia




  • Trap Vegan (15% discount)
  • Good Cakes and Bakes (BOGO cupcake equal or lesser value)
  • House of Morrison Shoe Repair (10% discount)
  • Skin Bar Vll (20% off services)
  • Dye Center (25% off Dye Class 101 Livernois, dye 3 items - 2 to keep, 1 to donate)
  • Suits for Less (15% off purchase)
  • Mad Hatter (15% off purchase)
  • The Shoe Box (15% off purchase)
  • Times Square (15% off purchase)
  • The Blue Door (15% off purchase)
  • Superior Screen Printing and Sportswear (20% off in stock merchandise, 10% off screen printing orders)
  • C. Grantston Bullard (10% discount on outerwear, handbags, and apparel)
  • Hooper’s Place (15% off of all purchases)
  • Tauntas Cosmetics and Beauty Bar (all purchases tax-free)
  • The Broadway (20% - 30% off)
  • Happy To Be Nappy ($10 off all styles)
  • Jo’s Gallery and Cafe (25% off selected framed art)
  • Alima Hair Braiding (10% off all braid styles and hair products)
  • Dixon’s Barbershop (Mondays & Tuesdays, 10am - 3pm: 1 ½ cuts, brush cuts, and quo vadis cuts $20 from June 14 - July 21)
  • MAC Galleries (15% off custom framing)
  • Natural-ish (Wednesdays: BOGO half off all beauty products and hair restoration services)



Meet the Harris Family:
Keya, Que, and Emori!

In our historic neighborhood, a new family has moved in, bringing with them a vibrant spirit and a genuine appreciation for the community. Meet Keya, Que, and their five-year-old daughter, Emori Harris.

Keya has always been drawn to Sherwood Forest and its surrounding neighborhoods. “Growing up in Detroit, I had friends in University District, Sherwood, Palmer, and Bagley. I spent a lot of time here and always loved the homes,” she reminisced.

Initially, the family had a soft two-year plan for buying a home in the area, but fate had other plans. Que sent me a picture of this house, and I decided to go for a casual tour with no expectations. I just fell in love with it,” she said.

Keya, who owns a consulting business in the fintech industry, and Que, who works for the federal government, officially moved into their Renfrew home with their daughter in November 2023, after purchasing it that August and making several updates. “We removed the built-in glass fixture around the fireplace, installed new hardwood flooring throughout, and painted,” Keya said. Other renovations are in their future, but they’re taking it one project at a time

The family is dedicated to honoring the rich history of their home while making tasteful updates. “Our goal is to incorporate some of the history of the home by respecting its original structure but making updates that align with the time period,” Keya explained. This blend of old and new reflects their appreciation for the home’s heritage and their vision for a comfortable, modern living space.

For their family, the sense of community
in Sherwood Forest is invaluable.

When we were working on the house before we even moved in, a lot of people stopped by to introduce themselves,” Keya said. The welcoming atmosphere and the fact that their daughter, Emori, has neighborhood friends her age have made the transition smooth and joyful.

Keya noted the sense of safety and connection that comes with a close-knit neighborhood. I was a neighborhood kid growing up, riding my bike around the corner. Everyone knew everyone, and people looked out for each other’s kids,” she recalled. This is the environment she wants for Emori. “One hot day recently, Em and a friend she made in the neighborhood played outside all day. She was gross and stinky, but it was so much fun watching them spend the entire day outside playing – it was exactly what I pictured when I dreamed of the house we’d end up in.”

For Keya, their house serves as more than a place for her family to spend time together – it’s also her office space and the place where she’s growing her business. Her journey into entrepreneurship began serendipitously. “I wanted to get into consulting but didnt have any experience,” Keya recalled. “A friend told me about a company that offered unlimited PTO and it was a consulting business. I applied and got the job, and it just so happened to be a Workday consulting firm.

Keya worked there for eight years, gaining invaluable experience before deciding to start her own business in December 2021. “It’s been amazing. I’ve experienced a lot of growth and opportunity, and the flexibility to own my time,” she said. Beyond personal growth, Keya is passionate about fostering diversity in tech consulting. “I have the opportunity to reach back and bring more minorities into tech consulting through my network.

Currently, Keya is in the process of becoming certified as a woman-owned and minority-owned business in Detroit. While her clients are spread across various locations, she hopes to focus more on Metro Detroit-based clients as she grows. 

As the Harris family continues to get settled in their new home, they’re loving meeting new neighbors and spending time with family who live nearby. 

Keya’s parents live in University District, having moved back to Detroit in 2016. “This is my parents’ first grandchild, so having them close has been phenomenal. Emori spends a lot of time at their house, and in case of emergency, they're super close,” Keya said. 

"Emori gets to grow up

with her full village around her." 



In May, the Lawn & Garden Club participated in this years Motor City Makeover, a city-wide initiative aimed at transforming our parks and public spaces into vibrant community hubs. You may have noticed the updates to Sherwood Park as well as the walking path to Livernois. The club planted hundreds of plants and flowers, and cleaned up the garden beds for everyone to enjoy.

This is a group for neighbors of Sherwood Forest to share ideas and news. All residents of the neighborhood are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining a quarterly meeting, reach out to During these meetings, we discuss challenges neighbors may be facing and help find solutions. Typically, we also cover different topics at each meeting and even host plant swaps throughout the year. We are working toward a Neighborhood Garden walk later this year. More details to come!


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  • June 29: Sherwood Forest Summer Block Party
  • June 27-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club
  • Aug 3-4: Belle Isle Art Fair
  • Sept 21: Palmer Park Harvest Festival
  • May - Aug: Palmer Park Yoga (Sat, 9am) 
  • May - Oct: Palmer Park Bike Group (Thurs, 6pm)
  • May - Sept: Palmer Park Tai Chi (Tues, 7pm)
  • May - Aug: Palmer Park Youth Disc Golf (Mon, 5pm)
  • June - Aug: Palmer Park Basketball (Sat, 9:30am)
  • June - Aug: Palmer Park Walking Group (Mon & Thurs, 6pm)
  • June - Aug: Palmer Park Chair Yoga (Sat, 10am)
  • June 26 - Oct 2: Palmer Park Farmer’s Market (Wed)



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