Lana Rodriguez was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. Upon graduation from high school Lana entered the United States Navy where she served her country for four years as an Intelligence Specialist. After her tour of duty Lana returned home and enrolled at The University of Michigan. There she received her degree in Political Science and Art History. Lana put her Political Science degree to work as a consultant for several Detroit based creative non-profits. It is at one of these non-profits where she conceptualized Mama Coo’s Boutique.
HISTORY OF MAMA COO’S
Mama Coo’s Boutique participated in successful pop-ups in metro Detroit and New York. With the help of many small business non-profits in Detroit and grants awarded to Lana Mama Coo’s Boutique’s first brick and mortar was opened on August 12, 2016. Mama Coo’s boutique is located at 1701 Trumbull, Suite C in the trendy Detroit historic neighborhood, Corktown. Within two years of pop-ups and her first couple months of opening a brick and mortar, Mama Coo’s has a growing consumer base and is becoming a staple within Detroit’s small business community.
With Lana’s non-profit background it is very important that Mama Coo’s is not only a premier boutique but also has a social mission. To support these beliefs Lana serves on the board of the award winning non-profit dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel. Through Mama Coo’s Lana sponsors local events and donates to community organizations. Mama Coo’s also holds an annual Prom Dress Drive and Giveaway. Last years drive gave over 50 young ladies from Detroit prom dresses, shoes, accessories, goodie bags, tutorials on hair and makeup as well as graduation dresses all free of charge.
Lana feels it is a necessity that every professional have one foot in the business word and the other in community activism. She believes only then we will be able to create future leaders that understand the importance of giving back and how only through giving back can one truly be successful.
- “Finding resources faster: Detroit’s rich and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem” – Model D, 10/31/2016
- “Motor City Match winner Mama Coo’s opens in Corktown as Round 6 application window opens” – Model D, 9/5/2016
- “New Corktown store will feature vintage clothing, art” – Crain’s Detroit Business, 8/8/2016
- “Detroiter opening vintage clothing shop in Corktown discovers deep roots” – Model D, 4/29/2016