Fruit Pies, Flowers and a Philosophy | Reasons to Love The DModified: March 04, 2020
As if we need to list more reasons to love our city … but why not? Here are a few places, faces, items and events that make Detroiters all happy and tingly inside.
What do you get when you mix savvy entrepreneurs with a redeveloping city and a community hungry to move forward? You get a contest hatched on a philosophy focused on crowd entrepreneurship. Since 2011, Hatch Detroit has been asking startup innovators to submit ideas for what their brick-and-mortar Detroit stores could be. Then the org puts it up to a vote, asking area residents who would actually be frequenting these places to speak up for their favorites. Possible funding, education and mentorship soon follow. Guess what? Past Hatch contest winners and finalists are now some of Detroit’s most-praised and -patronized retail and restaurant destinations: Batch Brewing Co., Orleans + Winder, Sister Pie, La Feria Spanish Tapas and Detroit Institute of Bagels are just a few.
Tree farms, sculpture parks and raised-bed veggie gardens in alleyways aren’t the only ways Detroiters are utilizing the city’s underused open spaces. Flower farms are “blossoming” all over Detroit in unlikely places. And these endeavors are more than beautification projects. They are legit businesses providing fresh-cut flora to neighboring restaurants, retailers and random buyers planning special occasions. Michigan Flower Farm, Fresh Cut Detroit, Detroit Abloom (look around town for their ice-cream-truck-turned-pop-up-flowershop)
Lemon Butta Pie
Butter. Fresh-squeezed lemons. Warm cinnamon and sugar. These basic ingredients are making a pie that is basically out of bounds, no matter how you cut it. Jennifer Lyle is the mastermind behind the Lemon Butta Pie sold by Lush Yummies Pie Co., and her story and pie are all about getting back to her roots. After experimenting with different fancy desserts, from wedding cakes to granola candy bars, she scrapped all that, took a long pause and went with what reminded her of home — her grandfather’s favorite lemon pie recipe. With or without the meringue, this pie proves that going back to the basics and keeping it simple are what satisfy. Sold at Eastern Market.
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1Batch Brewing Co.1400 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48216313-338-8008
2Eastern MarketRussell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300
3La Feria Spanish Tapas4130 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-285-9081
4Detroit Institute of Bagels1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-444-9342
5Fresh Cut Detroit1764 W Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48208, USA313-731-2882
6Detroit ABloom1701 Trumbull Avenue, Corktown, Detroit, MI 48216, USA313-587-2446
7Sister Pie8066 Kercheval Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-447-5550
8Michigan Flower Farm22460 Garfield Rd, Northville, MI 48167, USA248-390-7266
9Pot and Box3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI, USA313-212-1869