Eastern Market Corp.'s partnership with Strategic Staffing Solutions will help the market promote itself during the winter season. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)
Detroit’s Eastern Market Corp. has received what it calls a “major contribution” from Strategic Staffing Solutions, a partnership that will help the market promote itself during the winter season.
The information technology and business services company will become the market’s first seasonal sponsor, Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp., said in a statement. The three-year commitment will allow the market to advertise itself and expand educational programs of the Friends of Eastern Market.
“Strategic Staffing Solutions’ support will allow us to increase awareness of Eastern Market during the winter season and allow us to continue to build new programs as new market facilities, such as the Detroit Community Kitchen, come online,” said Carmody.
Carmody did not disclose details of the partnership or the amount of money donated.
From now until the end of March, colorful Strategic Staffing Solutions street pole banners and signs will welcome patrons to the market.
“Eastern Market is one of Detroit’s treasures and S3 is committed to supporting our city’s gems and the health of those who live here,” Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solution, said in a statement.
“Our sponsorship will help develop and advance one of Detroit's most cherished places, increase job opportunities and improve access to healthy foods at America's most complete metropolitan food hub.”
Eastern Market is still seeking sponsors for the spring, summer, harvest and holiday seasons as the corporation works to expand its operations. Carmody said a new Sunday market will be launched this year.
Eastern Market is scheduled to finish its $3.9 million Shed 5 renovation project by June. People will be able to sit at tables under umbrellas and enjoy fare from the market and food trucks. The area also includes a new community kitchen to help food startups.
In November, DTE Energy gave Eastern Market Corp. a $750,000 grant for the 200-seat social gathering area.
In June, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the farmers market, which is open year-round on Saturdays and on Tuesdays in the summer and early fall, a $1 million grant for the renovation.
The project has received funding from other foundation, corporate sponsors and the city, which is supporting it through bond revenue valued at $1.5 million and a community development block grant for $330,000.
In 2010, the market spent $6.2 million to renovate Shed 3.