Charter One awarded $60,000 in grants Tuesday to 32 food-related small businesses that sell at Eastern Market.
The grants were made through the bank's Growing Communities program, which focuses on urban development, job creation and reinvigorating neighborhoods. The grants, made in partnership with the Eastern Market Corporation, are for new equipment or other items intended to help the businesses expand or become more efficient.
"Charter One is committed to Detroit and all of Michigan, and we believe there is an excellent economic upside to cultivating and encouraging the local food industry," Rick Hampson, president of Charter One and Citizens Commercial Banking in Michigan, said in a statement. "These grants from Charter One to these food-related entrepreneurs in Southeast Michigan can make a big difference in helping enterprises grow and create jobs."
Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corporation, said the grants were a way for the market to diversify.
"These grants are going to people who are operating small food-related businesses and enterprises," he said. "Encouraging these entrepreneurs makes sense on many levels. Growing the local food industry here means more jobs for Detroit residents."
Carol and Henry Kolbuch of Uncle Henry's Gourmet Meats have been selling at Eastern Market for about five years. The Troy-based company received a grant to purchase a refrigerated display case. Although it's not a very glamorous request, the case will help them expand their business, said Carol Kolbuch.
"It will help us to display our products better when we're here on eastern market on Saturday and get us out there better," she said.
Here is a complete list of businesses receiving grants and what they'll use them for:
■Always Brewing Detroit LLC, coffee shop, Detroit: reach-in freezer or fridge
■Beau Bien Fine Foods, fruit preserves, Detroit: semi-automatic piston filler
■Brendan Bielat Greenhouse LLC, greenhouses, Richmond: flake ice machine
■Brother Nature Produce, urban farm, Detroit: greens cutter and plow
■Chugga's Main Street Bakery, LLC, bakery, Detroit: 30 quart mixer
■Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, urban farm collective, Detroit: mobile wash station up to $600 and $1,200 for solar hoop house equipment
■DeVries & Company 1887, specialty grocer, Detroit: five credit card terminals
■DNV Jamaican Seasonings, specialty grocer, Oak Park: banner
■Fall Harvest Urban Farms, LLC, urban farm, Detroit: tent, tables and folding chairs
■Farming in the City LLC, urban farm, Detroit: high-tunnel supplies
■Germack Coffee Roasting Co., specialty grocer, Detroit: sign for side of building
■JaynRoss Creations LLC, specialty grocer, Saline: tilt skillet
■Labrosse Farm, urban farm, Detroit: greenhouse for tomato transplant production
■Mane Treats Kittens N Heel, women's clothing, Detroit: banner
■Mootown Ice Cream & Dessert Shoppe, ice cream, Detroit: mobile ice cream cart
■Neighborhood BUG, produce grower, Detroit: one hydroponics system and educational supplies
■Norman Holtz, farm, Ida: 1982 Kubota Tractor
■Oakland Avenue Market Garden, urban farm, Detroit: eight greenhouse tables
■Occasional Woodworking, furnishings, Detroit: woodworking tools to create bee hives for urban agriculture
■Peaches & Greens, produce, Detroit: one 49-inch two-door merchandising cooler
■Peck Produce, LLC, urban farm, Detroit: wood-fired eater for aquaponic system
■Pure Harvest Pesto, specialty grocer, Brighton: carrier van refrigerator
■Rising Pheasant Farms, urban farm, Detroit: tubing for greenhouse heating system
■Signal-Return, letter press studio, Detroit: a type saw, stone type cabinet and four cabinets of vintage wood and metal type.
■Slow Jams LLC, specialty grocer, Grosse Pointe Farms: piston filler
■Tiny Acres, urban farm, Hamtramck: roto-tiller and fridge
■Trinosophes, coffee shop, Detroit: double door commercial refrigerator
■Uncle Henry's Gourmet Meats, specialty grocer, Troy: 60-foot refrigerated display case
■Urban Oasis Herb Farm, urban farm, Detroit: food dehydrator, kitchen scale, label writer, herb grinder, stainless steel drum grater, three cultivators and three 5-inch stir-up hoes
■Verace Pasta Olio, specialty grocer, Shelby Twp.: 36-foot commercial electric six burner range with oven
■Zeff's Coney Island, restaurant, Detroit: bar stools and vinyl booth covering
■Eastern Market Produce, district business: Purchase lighting for warehouse.