November 18, 2022
Nov. 5, 2022
Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF) unveil plans for the return of the Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge providing Detroiters with a seasonal, fun, and immersive experience. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 10, eighteen local businesses, the majority of which are BIPOC or female-owned, will pop up in Cadillac Square to provide residents, Southeast Michigan visitors and out-of-town travelers with engaging and diverse retail opportunities. The Downtown Detroit Markets, funded by the Gilbert Family Foundation and managed with support from Bedrock and the Downtown Detroit Partnership, will be open through the end of 2022.
“The Gilbert Family Foundation believes in the power of entrepreneurship and public space,” said Laura Grannemann, Executive Director of the Gilbert Family Foundation. “The Downtown Detroit Markets are an important opportunity for Detroit entrepreneurs to test new products, gain exposure to new customers, and grow their brands in a beautiful public space that brings everyone together.”
Now in its fifth year, the Downtown Detroit Markets have offered a launchpad to more than 130 small businesses that have generated nearly $6 million in overall sales. Over the years, nineteen small businesses have taken part in the Markets more than once, and some have gone on to open brick-and-mortar storefronts.
“The Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge have become beloved traditions for many local residents and families to visit during the holiday season,” said Ivy Greaner, Bedrock’s chief operating officer. “Throughout the years, we have been fortunate to help foster the growth of a mix of local businesses at the Markets, and this makes the program truly special. There will be something for everyone to enjoy this season and we are ready for this next round of entrepreneurs to flourish.”
In addition to providing space for local entrepreneurs, the Gilbert Family Foundation and Bedrock have partnered with TechTown, Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub, to support the Market vendors with workshops and one-on-one business mentorship.
“TechTown is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation to support these 18 exceptional small businesses who were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Downtown Detroit Markets,” said Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University and president and chief executive officer of TechTown Detroit. “We look forward to utilizing our expertise as premier small business service providers to support these local businesses in bringing unique products to the community while maximizing sales.”
“I am thrilled to participate in the Downtown Detroit Markets for the second year in a row,” said Michelle Gebhard, founder of Whimsy & Wine. “Last season was an incredible experience – from the guests and fellow small business vendors to the staff and security team – I loved it all and am so ready to be back again this year to make new connections and continue to grow our brand.”
The Gilbert Family Foundation and Bedrock are also proud to announce the return of the Cadillac Lodge. A welcome, winter fixture in Downtown, the Lodge offers a warm, family-friendly environment for all Detroit residents and visitors. The Cadillac Lodge is one example of the Gilbert Family Foundation’s commitment to funding inclusive public spaces and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to connect and strengthen their sense of community in the heart of downtown.
This season, Detroit’s The Iconic Collection will operate Cadillac Lodge and serve tasty treats including walking tacos, Detroit-style chili, and warm, soft pretzels. Cadillac Lodge’s menu will feature festive drinks including non-alcoholic ciders, hot cocoa, soda, and more.
“The holiday season is truly special in Detroit, and we are excited to craft meaningful and iconic experiences for the community at Cadillac Lodge, a tradition that brings so much joy as well as support for our local small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Zaid Elia, founder of The Elia Group and The Iconic Collection. “We appreciate our relationship with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Bedrock and the Gilbert Family Foundation and the opportunity to collaborate on this meaningful downtown event.”
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