Detroit has boomed over the years into Michigan’s start-up hub. With the expansion of Eastern Market in Midtown and the addition of several other markets within the past few years, small businesses have more chances than ever to show off their brand. Detroit has even developed programs like the Motor City Match that awards business owners seed money to help start their businesses. With new businesses ranging from breweries to boutiques, Detroit has a little something for everyone.
Eastern Market Brewing Co.
The long-awaited Eastern Market Brewing Company finally opened this past October. The brewery’s location is one of the coolest aspects of this new business. The German-inspired beer hall is located in an old meat-packing building in the center of Detroit’s Eastern Market near all the best local food vendors. The old brick space is complete with modern touches like hanging plants and an open garage door that’s perfect for drinks on a summer day. One of their signature beers is the unique Pecan Pie Scotch Ale that uses pecans from vendors at Eastern Market. The company also trades out different beers regularly for their “Feel Good Tap” with a portion of the sales from that beer benefitting local non-profits.
My Book Buddy
My Book Buddy isn’t your typical bookstore. The CEO of the company saw that Detroit area students were struggling to reach grade level reading skills. She figured out a way to get local children practicing reading while also involving the community. When you purchase a book from My Book Buddy, they also give a book to a Metro-Detroit area student. The company also partners with local schools and organizations to promote reading and you can even sponsor a read-along for a local classroom.
Brix is a whole cafe dedicated to wine and charcuterie boards. The owners of Brix wanted to bring the enjoyment of wine and a one-of-a-kind experience to Detroit but at an affordable cost for locals. You can browse their wine list with a selection of both international and Michigan-made wines to pair with seasonal charcuterie cheeses, spreads, meats and more. This business is the first of its kind in the area that mixes the luxury of wine with local flavor.
Mama Coo’s Boutique
This boutique in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood features upcycled items and handmade pieces that celebrate the history of Detroit. There’s something for every budget at Mama Coo’s and the store has become a local staple since its opening last year. Some of the shop’s featured items include art prints of Detroit landmarks, vintage clothing, and handcrafted jewelry. The boutique also gives back to the community by hosting prom dress drives. Through these events, you can donate prom dresses to local women who may not be able to afford one.
The Farmer’s Hand
Also located in Corktown, The Farmer’s Hand is an artisanal grocery store and cafe that uses only Michigan made products from over 100 small batch growers and producers. The shop’s goal is to connect with consumers to strengthen their relationship with their sources of food and products. They support local agriculture, sustainability and local food shoppers in the area. At the cafe, visitors can enjoy food made with seasonal ingredients including soups, grain bowls, and coffee. The grocery store has all the local food and products you could ever want such as eggs, herbs, handmade soaps, wine and more.