Made in Michigan

135. Eastern Market’s Sunday Street Market – August 16, 2015 – Detroit, MI

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So I can’t believe it, but it’s been almost a month since I visited Eastern Market’s Sunday Street Market! I vow that I will be more regularly updating this blog going forward! Fall is here now, and fall is a great time for writing and introspection – and of course, exploring! And one place you can still enjoy exploring through October is the Sunday Street Market. It’s different from the traditional Saturday market, which is more focused on produce – and which I hope to hit this fall. I haven’t visited the Saturday Eastern Market since childhood, about 20 years ago, and don’t remember much at all about it, so I figure this is a good place to declare that a statue of limitations has expired and that it’s indeed a new place for me! The Sunday Street Market, on the other hand, is packed full of vendors – a few selling produce, but it’s more focused on artisans and their various wares: jewelry; Detroit-centric T-shirts and artwork; hats; vintage clothes; gourmet popcorn – you name it! I bought a wrap dress made from recycled saris that can be wrapped in a zillion different ways. And when you are done shopping, you can grab lunch from one of the multiple food trucks clustered around the area. A perfect Sunday-afternoon-in-the-D destination.

2934 Russell St.

Detroit, MI 48207

Held every Sunday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., from June to October

http://www.easternmarket.com/attend/sunday-street-market

132. Batch Brewing Company – July 12, 2015 – Detroit, MI

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On a lovely Sunday afternoon earlier this month, I and some friends went to check out Batch Brewing Company and an event called Stop Drop and Detroit: Boards and Beers Edition put on by Citizen’s Yoga, Brooklyn Outdoor, and j’adore Detroit, an amazing Detroit-centric WordPress blog that I follow and that made me hip to this super-fun event. It was an afternoon of delish micro-brews and silly hijinks (we played Uno Dare! – imagine that coupled with alcohol). There were various boards game strewn across the bar tables, and it was great to see the place full of people having fun and interacting with each other. And to eat homemade pretzels! You’ve gotta try the fresh homemade soft pretzels with beer-cheese fondue and beer-infused mustard – yuummmmmm.

After a few hours of drinking and gaming, we went to Green Dot Stables and gobbled a couple of sliders there. That place, like Batch, was crowded. It warmed my little heart to see Detroit full of life on a Sunday that wasn’t a game day (the Tigers were out of town that weekend). I think the ghost-town days that used to characterize so many weekends when a major event wasn’t scheduled down there are, thankfully, a thing of the past. 🙂

1400 Porter St.

Detroit, MI 48216

http://www.batchbrewingcompany.com

85. Rust Belt Market – November 29, 2014 – Ferndale, MI

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After months and months and months of meaning to hit the Rust Belt Market on the weekend, I finally did last Saturday (on Small Business Saturday, appropriately enough). And I have to say, it’s pretty fantastic! If you love handmade stuff and antiques sold by local vendors like I do, then this place will be heaven for you.

This is just a great place to visit if you’re trying to avoid being generic in your holiday gift-giving. Uniquely flavored handmade chocolates, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handpainted mugs, and Michigan-themed T-shirts emblazoned with quips like “Bitch, please. I’m from Detroit” are just some of the many wares featured in a space referred to on its website as a “once defunct big-box store.” It makes me so happy to know that a formerly corporately owned space is now a market for artistically-minded independent entrepreneurs.

22801 Woodward Ave.

Ferndale, MI

(Open Saturdays and Sundays, with additional dates during the holiday season, plus a small boutique open Mondays thru Fridays; check the website for specific dates and times)

http://www.rustbeltmarket.com

10. Detroit Chocolat – April 10, 2014 – Sterling Heights, MI

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House-made chocolate + local ingredients = Deliciousness! There’s a wide selection available … if you’re at all a chocolate fan like me, you’ll definitely have trouble deciding on only a few things. Here is a picture of a chocolate-covered S’More and chocolate-covered Nutter Butter cookie.

13923 Lakeside Circle

Sterling Heights, MI 48313

http://www.detroitchocolat.com/