Thursday, October 27, 2022 [DETROIT] – Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) unveil plans for the return of the Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge providing Detroiters with a seasonal, fun, and immersive experience. Beginning Thursday, November 10, eighteen local businesses, the majority of which are BIPOC or female-owned, will pop up in Cadillac Square to provide residents, Southeast Michigan visitors and out-of-town travelers with engaging and diverse retail opportunities. The Downtown Detroit Markets, funded by the Gilbert Family Foundation and managed with support from Bedrock and the Downtown Detroit Partnership, will be open through the end of 2022.
“The Gilbert Family Foundation believes in the power of entrepreneurship and public space,” said Laura Grannemann, Executive Director of the Gilbert Family Foundation. “The Downtown Detroit Markets are an important opportunity for Detroit entrepreneurs to test new products, gain exposure to new customers, and grow their brands in a beautiful public space that brings everyone together.”
Now in its fifth year, the Downtown Detroit Markets have offered a launchpad to more than 130 small businesses that have generated nearly $6 million in overall sales. Over the years, nineteen small businesses have taken part in the Markets more than once, and some have gone on to open brick-and-mortar storefronts.
“The Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge have become beloved traditions for many local residents and families to visit during the holiday season,” said Ivy Greaner, Bedrock’s Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the years, we have been fortunate to help foster the growth of a mix of local businesses at the Markets, and this makes the program truly special. There will be something for everyone to enjoy this season and we are ready for this next round of entrepreneurs to flourish.”
In addition to providing space for local entrepreneurs, the Gilbert Family Foundation and Bedrock have partnered with TechTown, Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub, to support the Market vendors with workshops and one-on-one business mentorship.
“TechTown is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation to support these 18 exceptional small businesses who were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Downtown Detroit Markets,” said Ned Staebler, Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University and President and CEO of TechTown Detroit. “We look forward to utilizing our expertise as premier small business service providers to support these local businesses in bringing unique products to the community while maximizing sales.”
Downtown Detroit Market Vendors include:
- 3 Dogs 1 Cat– An urban pet shoppe that carries an assortment of quality items for both furry friends and their humans. Products include treats and toys made in the USA, trendy apparel, Detroit-inspired accessories, and home decor.
- Alcott’s Attic– An independent, neighborhood book retailer that sells books and specialty products including candles, dolls, and stickers to make your own personal reading nook more special.
- Cookette– For people who love food and beautifully designed items, this specialty kitchen shop offers a growing collection of gorgeous cookbooks, globally inspired cuisine, specialty pantry staples, as well as exquisitely crafted gift baskets.
- Dcreated Boutique– A curated shop featuring aesthetically pleasing fashion and accessories for children and mamas. All items are either handmade by the founder or carefully selected.
- Estella’s Vegan Dessert Boutique– An all-vegan bakery serving flavorful cookies, cakes, donuts, bread, and a mission to spread a plant-based lifestyle with its many health benefits to all.
- Flamingo Vintage– An extensive collection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories, this Art Deco-inspired shop has a large inventory from purses, hats, wallets, jewelry, dresses, and menswear.
- Halie & Co.– A jewelry shop with the belief that everyone should have access to affordable jewelry that not only makes them feel beautiful, but that is created with high-quality materials, intention, and love. They sell size inclusive, handmade jewelry, candles, hairpieces, and various artwork.
- Inkcourage– Featuring encouraging gifts and apparel to make someone’s day brighter, their evolving product line includes temporary tattoos, sweatshirts, hats, and accessories with positive phrases.
- Janna Kay– Luxurious charcuterie boxes filled with exceptional ingredients intended to engage with the senses – the collection also includes glassware, lounge wear and other home accessories.
- Love Travels Imports– With artisan goods that journey from South Africa, Guatemala, Peru, and Haiti, their principle is to offer high-quality crafts through fair trade from developing areas of the world.
- Mongers’ Provisions– A culinary outfitter for fine cheeses, chocolates, and charcuterie, they also sell wine and beer, along with numerous other specialty foods.
- Not Sorry Goods– A sustainable and inclusive retailer that specializes in upcycled clothing and accessories, vintage, unique goods, and gifts from small batch artists.
- Opal Grove Games– A friendly local game shop with a mission to create a space where people feel safe and welcome to explore tabletop gaming. They sell board games, card games, RPGs, and accessories.
- Quétarshé Textiles Design Studio– A handcrafted selection of colorful wearable arts, home decor and print designs, the studio uses only natural materials for sustainability and longevity.
- Well Done Goods– A dedicated water based silkscreen print shop that sells t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, neckties, bow ties, scarves and pocket squares. They recently launched a new department that really rocks – crystals, minerals, and jewelry to uplift your vibe.
- Whimsy & Wine– Handmade wood decor, charcuterie boards, DIY craft kits, ornaments, doormats, and creative coffee mugs that feature a Detroit or Michigan theme or sarcastic slogans, encouraging customers to laugh and have fun with the products.
- Young Socialites Clothier– With confidence-building fashion for all ages, each piece of clothing is designed and manufactured exclusively in-house.
- Zapenda– An African-inspired apparel brand with the mission to connect the African diaspora through fashion – clothing and accessories are made-to-order by expert tailors in the Democratic Republic of Congo using high quality African wax fabrics. The brand is contemporary and accessible, marrying traditional prints with more modern styles.
“I am thrilled to participate in the Downtown Detroit Markets for the second year in a row,” said Michelle Gebhard, founder of Whimsy & Wine. “Last season was an incredible experience – from the guests and fellow small business vendors to the staff and security team – I loved it all and am so ready to be back again this year to make new connections and continue to grow our brand.”
The Gilbert Family Foundation and Bedrock are also proud to announce the return of the Cadillac Lodge. A welcome, winter fixture in Downtown, the Lodge offers a warm, family-friendly environment for all Detroit residents and visitors. The Cadillac Lodge is one example of the Gilbert Family Foundation’s commitment to funding inclusive public spaces and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to connect and strengthen their sense of community in the heart of downtown.
This season, Detroit’s The Iconic Collection will operate Cadillac Lodge and serve tasty treats including walking tacos, Detroit-style chili, and warm soft pretzels. Cadillac Lodge’s menu will feature festive drinks including non-alcoholic ciders, hot cocoa, soda and more.
“The holiday season is truly special in Detroit, and we are excited to craft meaningful and iconic experiences for the community at Cadillac Lodge, a tradition that brings so much joy as well as support for our local small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Zaid Elia, Founder of The Elia Group and The Iconic Collection. “We appreciate our relationship with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation and the opportunity to collaborate on this meaningful downtown event.”
For additional details including dates and hours of operation, please visit DeckedOutDetroit.com, follow @DeckedOutDetroit, @cadillaclodge, #DowntownDetroitMarkets, #CadillacLodge and #DeckedOutDetroit.
Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative city-building strategies, reaching far beyond the boundaries of bricks and mortar. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 22 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.
Click here to view a complete timeline of Bedrock and the Rock Family of Companies’ engagement within the Detroit community.
About the Gilbert Family Foundation
The Gilbert Family Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation founded by Jennifer and Dan Gilbert to accelerate a cure for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and build economic opportunity and equity in the city of Detroit. The Gilbert Family Foundation supports groundbreaking, cutting-edge research in hopes of eradicating NF1, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves anywhere in the body. Additionally, the Foundation supports the economic stability and mobility of residents in Detroit by investing in wealth-building opportunities and breaking down systemic barriers.
For more information on the Gilbert Family Foundation, please visit here.
About the Downtown Detroit Partnership
Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community. DDP is responsible for programming, managing and operating several of Downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces. For more information, visit DowntownDetroit.org.
Visit Detroit is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in Visit Detroit’s membership. Visit Detroit was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com