The Downtown Detroit Markets are returning for a second time in the city since their inaugural debut during the Winter in Detroit programming.
Born from a partnership with Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund (QLCIF), the pop-up markets are scheduled to run from April to September, featuring 50 local Detroit and metropolitan vendors and small businesses selling food, beverage, art and retail.
Like the winter set-up, the markets will be stationed in Cadillac Square, Capitol Park and 1001 Woodward. Let’s talk about what you can expect this spring.
Spring Market Expectations
Using the success of the 2017 – 2018 holiday pop-ups as momentum, the spring markets will incorporate a similar concept, featuring artists, makers, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Through an application process in early March, 50 were chosen to receive a five-month residency in the heart of the city – prime shopping real estate.
As part of their on-going commitment to drive entrepreneurship and provide diverse retail, food, beverage and art-focused offerings in the city, Bedrock and QLCIF relaunched these shopping hubs to allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to test market their concepts, before locking down a brick-and-mortar space in the city.
The 2018 retailers have been announced on Bedrock social media channels.
The Downtown Detroit Markets made their debut in the form of holiday “pop-up” shops scattered in parks surrounding the center of the city, and a few located in the inside of 1001 Woodward.
The shops opened their doors around the annual Tree Lighting, welcoming over 30 businesses to set up shop in tents, booths, igloos and glass huts, offering just about everything from jewelry, to clothing, to home goods.
After a successful first few weeks, the markets were extended through the Auto Show, allowing out-of-town visitors of the NAIAS a chance to experience shopping in the city.
The success amounted to over $2 million in sales, exceeding expectations for this pilot program. However, the monetary success seems like a nice bonus given the positive energy that attracted both local Detroit residents and out-of-state visitors, welcoming more than 30,000 people in the first two months, alone.
Fueled by the success of the holiday pop-ups, Francesca George, Director of Tenant Relations & Experience at Bedrock, revealed in a press release that not only would the shopping hubs return in the spring and summer seasons, but that Bedrock would continue to deliver “one-of-a-kind experiences” throughout the city with dining, beverage, retail and entertainment options.
“We were very pleased with the success of the Downtown Detroit Markets this winter and are thrilled to welcome new vendors this upcoming season. We are continuing to use this market strategy as a unique way to give these local entrepreneurs an opportunity to sell their products and showcase their brands,” said George.
Did your favorite holiday pop-up shop return for the spring markets? Tell us where you’ll be shopping this spring in the comments below!