In December, Davin Salvagno, left, and Shane Gianino,  of Neway Creative in Mount Clemens, created a GoFundMe restaurant support fund. Proceeds went toward local restaurants and small businesses.

In December, Davin Salvagno, left, and Shane Gianino, of Neway Creative in Mount Clemens, created a GoFundMe restaurant support fund. Proceeds went toward local restaurants and small businesses.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Local business helps Mount Clemens with restaurant support fund

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 26, 2021

 Neway Creative opened amid the pandemic and offers people an alternative to working from home. It’s described as a creative coworking space that provides the opportunity to work in a positive and innovative environment.

Neway Creative opened amid the pandemic and offers people an alternative to working from home. It’s described as a creative coworking space that provides the opportunity to work in a positive and innovative environment.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Neway Creative has been offering a new way of working since the middle of the pandemic.

It’s also recently offered another way of helping the community, by way of supporting local restaurants impacted by pandemic restrictions.

Based in Mount Clemens, Neway Creative is owned by Shane Gianino and Davin Salvagno.  

Neway, located at 59 N. Walnut St., is described as a faith-based creative coworking space that provides the opportunity to work in a positive and innovative environment.

In December, Salvagno and Gianino began a GoFundMe restaurant support fund, which as of Jan. 18 had over $2,000 in donations. The goal was to support local restaurants and small businesses, with Neway matching the first $1,000 raised.

Through Jan. 15, lunch was provided from a different local restaurant to folks in the community. Food was purchased from Mount Clemens restaurants including Tortas Mexcal, Golden Greek, John’s Family Gril, and Gus’ Coney Island.

“We buy tons of meals and deliver them to different places,” Salvagno said. “A few days ago, we sponsored the first 50 meals at Tortas Mexcal, and up to $15, it’s on Neway Creative. We’re feeding the community and supporting these restaurants.”

They agreed the turnout has been great, and in two weeks, over 150 meals were delivered, supporting a dozen restaurants.

“A big portion of the money raised is from our members,” Salvagno said. “We didn’t ask to donate, but they are so enthralled with this comeback that is Mount Clemens.”

When the pandemic began, they renovated the third floor of the Vicant Building and now rent it to entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups and small businesses who want a space to go to for their company if they choose to not work from home.  

By early June, the business was ready to launch.

Gianino, 42, is a Mount Clemens High School graduate and owner of Pathway Staffing. He started QStride Inc. in Troy in 2012. He returned to Mount Clemens in 2018, moving his staffing company to the Vicant Building.

Salvagno is the founder and CEO of PurposePoint Professional, a professional development organization that formed in 2018.  

The two entrepreneurs met at Salvagno’s Purpose Summit in 2019 in Detroit.

“We look at that as everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and God puts certain people in your pathways,” Gianino said.

Salvagno, 40, of Macomb Township, said the idea of coworking and collaborative communities is a hot idea, and the pandemic has thrown gas on the fire.

“There was already this migration of people working from home and coffee shops, and the idea of remote work was taking off,” he said.

Salvagno described Neway’s clientele as diverse and collaborative with small business owners, entrepreneurs and employees working remotely.  

Gianino said the vision is to create a community development hub.

“This isn’t making enough money to pay our bills, but it’s more of a community hub where we can help other small businesses,” he said. “If you have a business, we can help you get grants.”  

By late 2019, noticing that purpose-driven organizations, collaboration and entrepreneurism were on the rise, the two asked each other about creating a “purpose-driven WeWork.”

“We planned on doing that in February, and then COVID happened and slammed on the brakes,” Salvagno said. “We asked our landlords to freeze our rent on the one suite.”

The floor consists of offices, desks, conference rooms, a community library, a podcast room, a mailroom, a commons area, in-house masseuse and hosts two church offices — The Cornerstone Michigan and New Anthem.

Neway provides flexible work spaces, Wi-Fi, mailing address, events, member meet-ups, workshops, networking and conference rooms.

Custom membership levels are offered at Neway, whether someone needs to drop in for the day, once a week or even call the space their full-time office.

In May, Purpose Point will host the Purpose Summit at the Emerald Theater in Mount Clemens. The summit is aimed at bringing together national speakers, thought leaders, business leaders and community leaders. Over 2,400 have registered so far, both in-person and virtually, with in-person tickets are capped at 500.

To learn more, visit newaycreative.com.

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