Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund have announced the return of the Downtown Detroit Markets for a third consecutive holiday season. Detroit-area small businesses will be popping up to join Detroit’s emerging retail scene while providing engaging experiences for local residents, visitors from Southeast Michigan and out-of-town travelers. As part of Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund’s mission to support the local entrepreneurial community, each business featured in the Downtown Detroit Markets is Detroit-based, female-owned or minority-owned. Merchandise ranging from fiber artwork to motivating temporary tattoos and locally inspired streetwear will provide all attendees a sampling of Detroit’s unique culture.
“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, Bedrock’s director of Experience. “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.”
Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund are both mission-driven and passionate about ensuring local entrepreneurs are supported. Each business featured in the Downtown Detroit Markets is Detroit-based, female-owned or minority-owned. Specifically, 77 percent of the businesses are female-owned.
The Downtown Detroit Markets, the Cadillac Lodge and the entire activation in Cadillac Square are funded through an investment by the Quicken Loans Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and Bedrock, one of the city’s largest real estate partners.
“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 be a market dedicated to Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, providing winners of the annual entrepreneurship competition the opportunity to offer their products as part of the Quicken Loans Community Fund’s continued investment in their success. Winners receive ongoing mentorship, support and guidance from the Quicken Loans Community Fund’s entrepreneurship team.
The Cadillac Lodge will be returning this winter season, providing a beautifully designed space for people to warm up and gather with friends and family. Operated by The Iconic Collection, festive drinks and snacks will be served in the space along with s’mores kits to be used at the outdoor fire pits. The Cadillac Lodge will be providing capacity for local vendors to pop-up and showcase their goods, including Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Blake’s Hard Cider. The space will also be available for private event rentals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family-owned nursery Greystone Gardens will be featured in Capitol Park selling Christmas trees, wreaths and holiday greenery. Residents of the area’s rapidly growing residential corridor will have the opportunity to purchase traditional evergreen trees and garland, as well as more modern foliage from the garden, commonly known as Lloyd’s Tree Farm, for the third season in a row. Outdoor seating with fireplace lounges and large-scale holiday decor will complement the space.
Cadillac Square and Capitol Park are programmed and managed by Downtown Detroit Partnership.
Dates and Hours of Operation
Downtown Detroit Markets
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 – Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020
Monday & Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday & Thursday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday – 11a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
Monday & Tuesday – Closed for private events
Wednesday – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday & Friday – 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.bedrockdetroit.com.