Two Sisters Open Detroit’s Newest Black-Owned Bed & Breakfast

The Cochrane House Historic Luxury Inn

216 Winder Street | Detroit, MI 48201

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The Italianate Architecture style mansion was built in 1870, in the Brush Park Neighborhood of Detroit, for an eye doctor named John Terry.  A year later Lyman Cochrane purchased the home in 1871. Lyman Cochrane was elected to represent Detroit in the Michigan State Senate for two years, and later was appointed Judge of the superior court of Detroit in 1873. We decided to keep the historic name of the home, thus, the Cochrane House Luxury Historic Inn was born in 2018.

The Cochrane House is an art-filled, 18th century mansion in Detroit’s historic Brush Park, located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. We are an adult venue with lodging and reception space for guests. Our surrounding and decor was created with luxury and comfort in mind. We are a private luxury Bed & Breakfast located in the center of Downtown Detroit.  Our B&B is within walking distance to many of the city’s attractions, such as: Comerica Park Stadium, Ford Field Stadium, Fox Theater, Detroit Opera House and the new home of the Red Wings–Little Caesars Arena!

What was your child hood aspirations?

Roderica aspired to be a fashion designer and Francina aspired to be a journalist.

Can you give our readers a quick answer on business advice?

It’s never too late to build on something that is your passion. There may be people who discourage you, or tell you it can’t be done or that it is not in your realm. As long as you stay dedicated and faithful to your project, you will succeed. Do not allow obstacles to stall your progress, those obstacles are stepping stones to your final destination.

We’ve been inspired by a couple of hard-hitting, self–motivated, women entrepreneurs that we’ve seen become successful, making something out of nothing. Through their hard work, sacrifice, and seeing them do what they need to do to make it happen, these women helped mold who we are as entrepreneurs. Bottom line, if you want to start a business, stay dedicated, realize your dream, and pursue your passion, it is right on time. When the seed is planted, water it and pray.

What was your toughest challenge?

Being young, African-American women entrepreneurs/ developers in a developing downtown area, such as, downtown Detroit. We encounter more obstacles than larger entities with more capital.

Two Sisters Open Detroit’s Newest Black-Owned Bed & Breakfast



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