Applications are now open for entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and small businesses to take part in this winter season's Downtown Detroit Markets, hosted by real estate mogul Dan Gilbert's Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.
Thirty vendors will be selected to set up shop inside the 1001 Woodward building or outside at Cadillac Square and Capitol Park downtown. For $1,000, vendors will get a 130-square-foot glass booth with electrical, some lighting, heaters and security, the application details said. The pre-fabricated original structure booths will be designed by Philadelphia-based Groundswell Design Group Inc., the news release said.
The market will run Nov. 17-Jan. 7. Deadline to apply is Oct. 23. Apply here.
Organizers are looking to curate a mix of makers, artists, food and beverage so the market will be a place for shoppers to find a gift or a bite to eat downtown, spokeswoman Natalie Gray said.
"We like to focus on local businesses, but if brands from other states and cities are interested, we will work with them," she said. To avoid competing with stores downtown, "we're hoping it will draw more traffic downtown. People will be inspired to come downtown since there will be more shops and it would assist the existing brick and mortars. It goes along with our existing theme of density, to try to create density downtown."
The selection committee will choose vendors based on the following criteria, according to its website:
- Excellence: What makes a retailer stand apart from competition?
- Unique story: Creative, thoughtful and forward thinking (socially conscious is a plus).
- Packaging: If you are a pre-packaged edibles vendor, you offer unique packaging and flavors and have a well-designed booth. Artisanal food vendors should live up to the same levels of integrity and quality with their products and displays as the market's other art and craft participants.
- Booth design: Booths must be well-designed and reflect an original brand aesthetic.
Organizers will announce the 30 businesses on Oct. 26 via Bedrock social media channels.
Downtown Detroit Markets will operate 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
The market will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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