For over half a century, Red’s Jazz shoeshine was a cultural and commercial epicenter in the North End. A small- scale mixing chamber for the city’s top performers, politicians, and luminaries, the shoeshine provided a storefront cover for a speakeasy where the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Aretha Franklin made regular appearances. In collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Akoaki is working to reopen the space as a hybrid urban attractor combining services (shoe shine & cobbler), commercial space (boutique), and an event-space (performance & party) for family-size, intimate gatherings.



Detroit, Michigan, 2017-present


Design Leads: Anya Sirota, Jean Louis Farges


Design Team: Christopher Campbell


Production Team: Jonathan Watkins, Megan Mohney, Morgan Stackman