Hot Sam’s men’s clothing store is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an event that will highlight 25 other Black-owned businesses. 

Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius and Cadillac Square parks will be live Saturday with a fashion show, live entertainment, food and a Black-owned business showcase during the store’s event called “A Century of History: Presenting Detroit’s Black Wall Street and Entertainment Extravaganza.”

Hot Sam's co-owner Tony Stovall, 69, of Southfield places chairs and a table outside the store on July 7, 2021. Stovall says he wants people to come to the store for more than shopping. Hot Sam's Detroit is celebrating its 100th year of being in business in downtown Detroit and they'll be hosting a large event at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square this Saturday.

The business showcase will take place at noon Saturday featuring Vibe Ride Detroit, Red Rose Florist, Detroit Popcorn Company, My T Fine Soul Sauce and more. The fashion show and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. The store is located at 127 Monroe St., and the event will take place on the block of Monroe from Farmer to Randolph streets. 

“It is our job now to reach back and make sure that we can help and bring other small businesses on this journey,” said Lauren Stovall, legacy preserver and business lead at Hot Sam’s. 

Hot Sam's Marketing Director Lauren Stovall, co-owners Tony Stovall and Cliff G. Green are at the shop on July 7, 2021. Hot Sam's Detroit is celebrating its 100th year of being in business in downtown Detroit and they'll be hosting a large event at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square this Saturday.

“What has been great now is we’re a small business, but now we’re looking to big businesses. … How are you going to support small businesses like Hot Sam’s and like all of these 25 other vendors that we’re bringing? What is so beautiful is that these big businesses that we’ve reached out to, they understood the assignment and they signed up for it.” 

The Downtown Detroit Partnership is hosting the event for Hot Sam’s and is joined by many other sponsors and partners like Bedrock Detroit, the city of Detroit, Fifth Third Bank, Detroit Development Fund, First Independence Bank, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, Square and more. 

Hot Sam's Detroit is celebrating its 100th year of being in business in downtown Detroit and they'll be hosting a large event at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square this Saturday. Shoes are some of the items for sale on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

“We are all about celebrating and helping our Detroit small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs — especially now and especially coming out of the pandemic in 2021,” said David Cowan, chief public spaces officer for the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which will also be celebrating its centennial. “This is such an important way for us to begin to come back together safely here outdoors at Campus Martius park this summer, and really appreciate the businesses that have been there for Detroit for a long time.”