The Downtown Detroit Markets, popup shops in Cadillac Square, have returned for a third consecutive holiday season. Detroit-area small businesses that are Detroit-based, female-owned, or minority-owned have space in the square.
Products include fiber artwork, temporary tattoos, apparel, pet toys, and more. The popups are housed in individual glass sheds. Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund organized and funded the markets.
“This season, we will be working with an eclectic mix of small businesses offering products that truly have something for everyone to enjoy,” says Francesca George, director of experience at Bedrock. “The Downtown Detroit Markets have proven themselves to be a successful platform for local entrepreneurs to test out the downtown retail scene – and we know this season will be the best one yet. As downtown Detroit continues to establish itself as a retail and entertainment destination, Bedrock stays committed to developing innovative ways to support local talent while creating unique experiences in the city.”
The area also includes Cadillac Lodge, a popup indoor area furnished with Christmas trees, couches, and rustic décor where snacks, s’mores kits, and drinks will be sold. There will also be board games and popups in the lodge, including those from Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Blake’s Hard Cider. The space is also available for private rental.
Greystone Gardens, a family owned nursery in Honor, Mich., southwest of Traverse City, will also sell holiday greenery including Christmas trees, wreaths, and more at Capitol Park.
“Year after year, the Downtown Detroit Markets have supported inclusivity, vibrancy, and resiliency all across the city by building connections between local entrepreneurs and the growing retail market in downtown Detroit,” says Laura Grannemann, vice president of strategic investments for the Quicken Loans Community Fund. “These markets are not only a unique opportunity for Detroit businesses, but also a beautiful, festive space for all to come together throughout the holiday season.”
This year, there will also be a market dedicated to Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, providing winners of the annual entrepreneurship competition the opportunity to offer their products. Winners receive ongoing mentorship, support, and guidance from the Quicken Loans Community Fund’s entrepreneurship team. This market’s popups will include Detroit Dough, pre-packaged edible cookie dough; Eli Tea, a loose-leaf tea and tea accessories shop; Good Cakes and Bakes, gourmet baked goods; and Healthy Roots Dolls, dolls representing diversity.
Downtown Detroit Market vendors include:
- Awanya – textiles, couture, and home décor made from hand-dyed fabric from West Africa
- Detroit Fiber Works – fiber artwork by Detroit artists
- Dutton Farm Market – natural bath and body care products made by adults with developmental disabilities
- Ferosh Chick – apparel
- Inkcourage – temporary tattoos, stickers, and apparel
- KaraLyn Street – handmade jewelry
- Lush Yummies Pie Co. – pie cups and cookies
- Makamashi – handcrafted home goods imported from Morocco
- Mongers’ Provisions – artisan cheeses, cured meats, locally made jam, and craft chocolate bars
- SMPLFD – streetwear
- The Vintage Wick – all-natural, vegan candles
- Wild Little Fawns – parents and children clothing line
- 3Dogs1Cat – pet apparel, toys, and treats
The markets opened Wednesday and will be open through Wednesday, Jan. 1. They are open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Cadillac Lodge also opened Wednesday and will be open through Sunday, Jan. 26. On Monday and Tuesday, it will be closed for private events. Its hours will be 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.