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Refresh Detroit
Refresh Detroit
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Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Enter from the Woodward-facing doors. Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the third floor. We are in the Green Room.

Location image of event venue


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Nick DeNardis (, director of digital communications at Wayne State University (, where he leads the strategy, execution, and implementation of all public facing digital communications for the university. His team is responsible for websites, social media, and digital signage around campus. They are also responsible for creation and maintenance of several university-wide tools including the content management system, events calendar, RSVP system, HTML email creator, form creator, and short URL system. Nick has 10 years of experience optimizing university websites for a forward moving user experience. He is a nationally recognized speaker, blogger and scientist in discovering and analyzing Web behavior.

Venue and Parking

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited street parking on Woodward.

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF) (