Paul Vachon

Paul Vachon is a freelance writer with expertise in journalism and content marketing. He is also a published nonfiction author. 

As a journalist, he has written for a number of trade publications in the areas of the supply chain, retail, self-storage, real estate development, and meetings and events. His work has appeared in Inbound Logistics, STORES, Mini-Storage Messenger, Crain’s Detroit Business, and Michigan Meetings and Events.

Paul has also contributed to consumer publications, writing on Michigan history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the HISTORY Channel Magazine, the Detroit Free Press, Michigan History, and others. 

Please see the Book Credits section for a list of Paul’s published books.

Paul also writes content marketing for HOUR Custom Publishing and for Crain’s Content Studio–Detroit.

Paul also revises two guidebooks to Michigan travel on a regular basis, MOON Michigan, and MOON Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His work includes taking photographs for publication.

In his free time, Paul enjoys travel, nature photography, and acting in community theatre. 

info Subjects


Arts & Culture
Business & Finance


Retail, supply chain, Michigan history, Detroit area business.

notepad Skills

  • Books
  • Blog posts
  • Content marketing
  • Feature writing
  • Photography
  • Case studies
  • Web copy
  • Essays

notepad Writing Credits

Crain’s Detroit Business
; Detroit Free Press
; The Detroiter
; HISTORY Channel Magazine
; HOUR Detroit
; Inbound Logistics
; Michigan Chronicle
; Michigan Meetings and Events
; Mini-Storage Messenger
; Oakland Press
; Pacific Standard
; Preservation

notepad Book Credits

Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline, 2nd. Edition (Reedy, 2023)

Becoming the Motor City: A Timeline of Detroit’s Auto Industry (Reedy, 2021)

Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline (Reedy, 2019)

Lost Restaurants of Detroit (The History Press, 2016)

Legendary Locals of Detroit (Arcadia, 2013)

South Oakland County (Arcadia, 2011)

Forgotten Detroit (Arcadia, 2009) 

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.

Madeleine Vedel ’89’s Heart and Work Are on the Cote d’Azur

This piece is a profile of a Princeton graduate who regularly hosts guests at her home on the Cote d’Azur, offering culinary experiences.   


Belle Isle Has Emerged From Neglect--but Its List of Needs is Daunting

This article is an update for readers on the progress of efforts to restore and revive Belle Isle, an island urban park situated in the Detroit River.


Digitalizing the Human Connection

This article describes an innovative e-commerce tool at an upscale menswear retailer that can improve customer service while allowing the salesperson to build her personal trade.


Welcome Back to the Grand: Upgrades To The Pool Area Offer New Amenities

This piece is a short article describing some of the updates to the pool area at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.


Becoming the Motor City: A Timeline of Detroit's Auto Industry

This book traces the development of the automotive industry in Detroit, Michigan over the course of more than a century. It's published in a hardcover, coffee table style format.


Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline 2nd Edition

Through brief textual vignettes, this book presents significant events in Detroit's history over more than three centuries. 


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