Contributed by: Amy Kuras
Always Brewing Detroit celebrated Small Business Saturday with a wildly successful holiday market that brought together some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in Detroit.
The event was packed for most of the day, with throngs of customers visiting around 20 vendors. Always Brewing owner Amanda Brewington promoted the event tirelessly and it paid off, with vendors reporting terrific sales and lots of new connections being made.
An especially fun aspect of the event for shoppers and vendors alike was the opportunity to talk with the people who actually made the things they sold, from popcorn to jewelry to teas. Shoppers could get the inside scoop on how items were made, what materials they included, and where they came from.
Many of the vendors have a uniquely Detroit twist: Motor City Popcorn has he Renaissance Center emblazoned its bags, Firebrand Candles names each scent after a city street, while Trish’s Garage plays off the city’s automotive heritage to offer buyers a style “tune-up” or “overhaul.”
Grandmont-Rosedale Development Corporation’s Vacant Property Task Force got in on the act: Task force members made and sold cookies and cleared almost $100 for board-ups, lawn cutting and more.
There’s more holiday festivity ahead along Grand River. From 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 businesses along the avenue will host the Grand River Winter Walk, featuring shopping, classic holiday movies, ornament making, and more at local businesses.
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