Downtown spring markets celebrate small businesses
The tiny glass-house markets are back in full swing for spring, celebrating local entrepreneurship at three markets in downtown Detroit.
After the success of 30 unique vendors in the holiday markets this past winter, Bedrock and the Quicken Loans companies launched the spring version with expansions.
The first phase of market vendors opened Thursday with more than 30 Detroit-based entrepreneurs. The vendors include products from apparel and accessories to food and drinks spread throughout 1441 Woodward Collective, Capitol Park and Cadillac Square.
Ashley Gold, formerly associated with the reality show "Hardcore Pawn," started her handmade jewelry brand, which launched at the holiday market. She returns this spring to Cadillac Square after nearly doubling her business revenue through the market.
"As a result of last winter, we saw more than a 40 percent increase in sales, so of course, when there was an opportunity to return, we were all in," Gold said. "We're looking forward to the foot traffic and raising awareness of our brand."
Officials said this spring, more than half of the vendors are minority- and women-owned. The second phase of vendors will be announced mid-summer.
During the outdoor winter markets, customers escaped the cold into the heated glass shops. On opening day Thursday, Detroit had a high of 82 degrees, and it was hotter inside the glass shops. Some shops, including those selling cosmetics and food, closed for the day after products began melting.
"I bought an AC unit for the 10-foot space because it's like a greenhouse effect in there," said Steve Mansour, owner of Ink Detroit apparel brand. "We're mainly online and this helps us attract more retail customers and new people who want to see and touch the product before buying online ... It's a little toasty, but I think if people came out in the blizzard, they'll come when it's sunny."
The Cadillac Square Beer Garden will open Friday in the same location as the former Cadillac Lodge. Central Kitchen and Bar will serve cocktails, wine, frozen drinks and beer from Atwater Brewery and Great Lakes Beverage Co. The Garden will be open noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The following markets are open through July 1.
1441 Woodward Collective
- Fly Behavior - Women's clothing
- Detroit GT - Detroit apparel brand
- Ferne Boutique - Women's clothing
- David Vintage - Men's and women's streetwear
- MATURE -Men's products and attire
- Mira Estell - Handbags and accessories
- Purpose Planner - Stylish stationery
- Elaine B - Handmade jewelry
- Goldeluxe - Handmade jewelry
- Pingree Detroit - Leather and hemp totes
- Front & Scenter -Home sensory impressions
- 12th & VIV - Handmade candles, creams and scrubs
- Beau Dillion - Bow-ties
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
- Well Done Goods - Detroit apparel
- Merit - Clothing and accessories that help fund college scholarships
- Le Detroit Macaron - Taste of France in Detroit
- Dale & Blue - 100 percent linen dyed by hand
- SAHI Cosmetics - Luxury makeup for ethnic skin tones
- Paisley Paper Co. - Cards and paper goods
- Pewabic Pottery - Handcrafted ceramic art
- Touch - Natural skincare and hair care
- Detroit Dough - Edible cookie dough
- Susan's Tarts - Lemon tarts
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
- Ink Detroit - Detroit apparel
- Ashley Gold - Handmade, fashionable jewelry
- York - Streetwear that donates kits to homeless
- Flamingo Vintage - 1920s Men's and women's clothing and accessories
- Albert’s General Store - Curated Michigan home décor, gifts and clothing
- Motor City Popcorn - Gourmet popcorn
- Made in Detroit - Apparel for Detroiters
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday