Semi-finalists vying for a $50,000 grant announced

Ten local businesses will compete to win a $50,000 grant from Comerica Bank

A family bakery in Highland Park, sushi restaurant in Corktown and a wine bar in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood are just a few of the 10 business ideas are vying for the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit grant.

The public is encouraged to vote on their favorite business concept now through Aug. 18. After that, four finalists will advance and compete to win the grand prize of $50,000. Each person can vote online once every 24 hours, and in-person voting opportunities will pop-up around town. The winner will be announced Aug. 26 at the M@dison Building in Detroit.

“With more than 150 applications submitted to this year’s contest, it’s clear that Detroit is a destination for small businesses,” Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit said in a press release. “Now it’s up to the community to weigh in on which types of businesses they would like to see in Detroit by voting for their next retail neighbor.”

Since 2011, Hatch Detroit was built on what it calls “crowd entrepreneurship.” The public votes which business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck should get a $50,000 grant toward opening a brick-and-mortar space.

The winner of the grant is often, but not always, a food-related business. Recent 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 was last year’s winner.

For this round, the public can vote for four business to advance to the top four. For the top four voting, which begins Aug. 19 at noon, only one vote is allowed.

The 2016 Hatch Detroit semi-finalists:

Ash & Anvil: A company that designs clothes for men 5 feet 8 inches tall and shorter.

Bird Bee: A clothing boutique with contemporary and vintage wares.

Brut Detroit: An affordable wine bar in Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood.

Chugga’s Main Street Bakery: Family-operated bakery that is planning to open in Highland Park and uses all-natural ingredients.

Corbé: A ceramic design and manufacturing studio.

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

Detroit Dart Club: This gaming center in the Russell Industrial Center is looking to open a second location.

ITADAKU: Sushi restaurant in Corktown.

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

The Natural Market: Shop specializing in handmade bath and home products and customized fragrances.

Vote and learn more about each business at

(313) 222-2402

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