The 10 semi-finalists for the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit were announced last night at the contest launch party where guests got to meet the owners and sample the goods from the businesses. From now until August 28th, Detroiters can vote on the website for their favorite business. The winner will receive $50,000 to help them open up a storefront in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.
This is the 5th year of the contest and it’s safe to say that the semi-finalists are in good company. Previous winner include Detroit favorites, Sister Pie, La Feria, Batch Brewing and Hugh. All four businesses took away the grand prize and have since made a huge impact in Detroit’s business community and in their neighborhoods.
The grand-prize winners aren’t the only businesses finding success in the city. 12 of the business that have participated in the Hatch Detroit Contest went on to open up brick and mortar stores, pop-ups and trucks. Together Hatch Alumni have invested over 2.4 million in Detroit and Hamtramck and employ over 70 people.
So who are the semi-finalists competing for a chance at $50,000 and joining the ranks of these Detroit favorites? Check them out!
Motor City Meatball Kitchen
These aren’t your momma’s meatballs! Motor City Meatball Kitchen is serving up familiar flavors (like meatballs and zesty tomato sauce) and kicking them up a notch! They’re watch you’d call a “scratch” kitchen, meaning they’re grinding their own meat, supporting Michigan suppliers and serving up made-to-order salads, pasta and sandwiches.
If you’ve heard their name before, maybe you saw them in HOUR Detroit’s “Best of Detroit” list for the best carry out!
They’re currently in Warren, but if you want to see them in Detroit, make your voice heard and vote!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And you’ll definitely want some from Eskimo Jacks! They bake gourmet cookies and whip up homemade ice cream then put them together for the most decadent ice cream sandwich you’ve ever tasted!
They started with a catering cart, and after more than 700 catering events, Eskimo Jacks bought a food truck and hit the road! Their delectable treats were so well received; they started selling in grocery stores!
If you can’t wait to get your ice cream treats in the city, go vote for Eskimo Jacks.
Norma G’s Fine Caribbean Cuisine
Lester Gouvia worked in the corporate world for more than 25 years. He recently left all of that behind to focus on what he truly enjoyed – cooking.
Lester was born in Trinidad and was very influenced by his mother, Norma, who his food truck is named after. He cooks gourmet Caribbean food, providing diners with a variety of tastes that span many cultures.
You may have seen the colorful, Norma G food truck out on the street, and if you tried it, you know the food is always exciting!
If you want Norma G’s to have their own brick and mortar restaurant, go to the Hatch Contest website to cast your vote.
Orleans + Winder
If rare and one-of-a-kind pieces peak your interest, then have we got a store for you! Orleans + Winder bring modern, artful designs to shoppers, all of which you’d be hard press to find anywhere else.
The source from artists around the world to provide fashion and design pieces that are unique to their store, Detroit, and even the country.
Orleans + Winder currently has a showroom in the N’namdi Center for Contemporary Art Complex. If you want to see their goods first hand, stop by.
And don’t forget to cast your vote!
Lifelong Detroiter, Margarita Barry, is the creative mind behind Bohomodern. She always wanted to launch a lifestyle brand. Out of that dream and her creative vision, Margarita created colorful and whimsical designs that are sure to brighten up any home!
If her name sounds familiar, you may have heard of her social enterprise IAmYoungDetroit.com, where Margarita has been inspiring young Detroiters help shape their communities since 2009.
Bohomodern plans to open in 2016. If you want to help bring them to a storefront in Detroit vote today!
Live Cycle Delight
With the emergence of Slow Roll, North American Bike Week and cycling shops opening up across the city, it’s easy to see that Detroit is a biking city. But with all the new bike interest, we seem to be missing one thing – indoor cycling. Live Cycle Delight aims to change that.
They seek to open the first contemporary cycle studio where they will offer cycling classes, a bike lounge and a cold-pressed juice bar.
If you want a fun way to work out then Live Cycle Delight is for you! Vote for them in the Hatch Detroit Contest.
The Royce Detroit
Angela Rutherford and Ping Ho, founders of The Royce Detroit want to bring you the fundamentals of life. Things like wine, good food and home goods. These may sound like things you already have, but the goods they bring to the table are based on tradition, good design and sustainability, so you can feel good about what you’re buying.
Angela and Ping are planning to open in the downtown area as it becomes more and more retail oriented.
The Royce Detroit will also be a place to showcase local artists and musicians, as they plan to use their space for events for a variety of topics and causes.
If you want to see The Royce Detroit become a reality, cast your vote!
MOR & Co.
Every felt like you just needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Just a few minutes outdoors? MOR & Co. understands, and they’re bringing outdoor goods to city dwellers. Pieces with impeccable design that will get your off your devices and enjoying the great outdoors!
The outdoor retailer will offer responsibly curated pieces for picnics, boating, camping, road trips and so much more!
MOR & Co. will also host workshops and events that help people feel more confident exploring more outside. Everything from how to start a garden to making your own sparklers will be covered.
Want to help MOR & Co. open and explore your adventurous side? Vote for them in the Hatch Detroit Contest!
MI Alma Kitchen and Bar is a breakfast and brunch restaurant offering innovative and locally sourced options.
The name MI Alma has two meanings for owner Gary Mui. Alma is Spanish for soul and the “mi” represents him, but it also represents Michigan, where he was born and raised.
Although the restaurants name is Spanish, the food has no borders. Gary likes to cook everything form Italian to Asian.
Want to try out this eclectic brunch spot? Help them make their dream a reality by voting in the Hatch Contest.
House of Pure Vin
Alright wine connoisseurs, listen up! This semi-finalist wants to bring you a taste of Michigan wine in the heart of downtown Detroit!
Their retail location will be a destination for wine lovers and future wine lovers!
House of Pure Vin will be located at 1433 Woodward Avenue and will open on September 27.
Hatch Contest Schedule
Stay up to date about with the latest in the contest below:
- Submission period: May 1 – July 24, 11:59PM
- Top 10 semi-finalists announced: August 13
- Voting, round one: August 14, 12:00am EST – August 20, 11:59pm EST
- Top 4 finalists announced: August 21, 12:00pm EST
- Voting, round two: August 21, 12:00pm EST – August 28, 12:00pm EST
- Hatch Off & winner announced: August 28