Hatch Detroit competition down to 4 finalists

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

The competition for the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit grant has been whittled down to four businesses competing for $50,000 to help them open a brick-and-mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.

Finalists are:

Bird Bee: Clothing boutique with contemporary and vintage wares.

Corbe: Ceramic design and manufacturing studio.

Coriander: Urban farm and catering business looking to expand into a cafe.

Meta Physica Massage: Therapeutic bodywork, plus raw juice bar, infrared saunas and health-inspired retail.

The public has until noon Aug. 26 to vote for their favorite. Each person can vote online once every 24 hours at hatchdetroit.com/vote.

People can vote in person at these locations: Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles, 19345 Livernois, 10 a.m. to noon 12 Saturday; Cadillac Square, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; and Eastern Market’s Shed 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 150 businesses submitted applications to this year’s contest.

Since 2011, Hatch Detroit was built on what it calls “crowd entrepreneurship.” Past winners include Sister Pie bakery in West Village, Corktown’s Batch Brewing and La Feria tapas restaurant in Midtown. Live Cycle Delight, a cycle studio that’s aiming to open in downtown Detroit, won last year.


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