The Rocket Community Fund and Bedrock today announced the return of the Downtown Detroit Markets as well as other winter activities through Decked Out Detroit. The Cadillac Lodge by Bea’s will return to Cadillac Square on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, and new this year are the 1001 Winter Wonders and Decked Out Shopping Days.
Local small businesses will be popping up to participate in Detroit’s robust retail scene while providing engaging, diverse experiences for local residents, visitors from Southeast Michigan and out-of-town travelers.
“Owning a small business is a powerful tool for individual and community growth, and the Rocket Community Fund is proud to support our local entrepreneurs through the Downtown Detroit Markets,” said Laura Grannemann, Vice President of the Rocket Community Fund. “These markets are about more than space – this is a platform for our small business owners to test new products, connect with new customers and convert them into long-term supporters.”
The perennial activation is supported by a $2.3 million overall investment by the Rocket Community Fund, the nonprofit arm of Rocket Companies and the organization that administers Bedrock’s philanthropic initiatives. Now in its fifth year, the Downtown Detroit Markets have supported 119 small businesses, who generated nearly $5 million in overall sales. The Downtown Detroit Markets have seen 13 small businesses return for multiple seasons, and many have used the opportunity as a launching pad toward a brick-and-mortar storefront.
Located beside the Monroe Street Drive-In, the Downtown Detroit Markets will feature 18 local businesses, the majority of which are BIPOC or female-owned and Detroit-based. Bedrock and the Rocket Community Fund are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial community and prioritized small Detroit-based businesses.
“Entrepreneurship is a key part of Detroit’s history and it’s future. Our community prides itself on celebrating our own talent and at Bedrock we are honored to work alongside innovative individuals and brands to bring Detroit families memorable experiences in their downtown,” said Nadia Sesay, Bedrock’s Chief Community Growth & Development Officer. “The holiday shopping season is right around the corner and we want to make sure Detroit shoppers have ample opportunity to buy local and have some fun Downtown this winter.”
Bea’s Detroit will be activating the Cadillac Lodge, providing shoppers and travelers respite from the cold with exciting beverages and décor.
“We could not be more thrilled to take over the Cadillac Lodge concessions this year. We’ll be bringing our unique ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ concept from our Eastern Market location while adding some holiday twists to make every drink festive and fun,” said Beatrice Wolnerman, owner of Bea’s Detroit and Bea’s Squeeze. “We are honored to have been chosen for this opportunity and truly can’t wait for the Downtown Detroit Markets to open.”
Additional Decked Out Detroit Initiatives
Decked Out Detroit is a part of Bedrock’s ongoing effort to support Detroit small businesses and the community at large.
1001 Winter Wonders, an enchanting trip through downtown’s version of the North Pole, will set up shop at 1001 Woodward this holiday season. Visitors will enjoy an indoor, winter-themed pathway that takes you from ice paths to igloos, complete with a life-sized gingerbread house. Perfect for a family adventure, guests can wave to Santa and take a peek at his secret cabin before dropping a postcard into his magical mailbox. Opening on Saturday, November 20 and running through Sunday, January 30, the activation will be open from 4-8 pm on Fridays and noon-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
New this year, Decked Out Shopping Days will bring unique holiday programming events to Downtown retailers. Running from Wednesday, November 17 through Friday, December 24, more than 25 retailers will host holiday activations including sweet deals, giveaways, live music and more.
A different downtown retailer will be featured every week, and a full calendar will be posted on DeckedOutDetroit.com beginning the week of November 8.
Text the Halls is bringing the best deals, discounts and giveaways from an assortment of Downtown businesses! These exclusive offers are only available to those who sign up for the free XO Detroit text push. To subscribe, text “DETROIT” to 313-000 to opt-in – you’ll receive reminders on Decked Out Shopping Days and alerts all year long about the best Detroit deals and discounts.
While downtown, guests are encouraged to enjoy a variety of additional dining and shopping experiences. The Monroe Street Drive-In Powered by Emagine opens the same week as the Downtown Detroit Markets- making for a perfect holiday outing.
2021 Market Vendors Include
Adobe Impressions specializes in hand-painted and hand-poured home décor. Products include decorative trays, coasters and other home accessories. Adobe Impressions is committed to designing new quality products each month and no two items are ever the same.
Bow-Aholic Bowtique hand makes quality hair bows with vegan leather and glitter. Additionally, the company sells t-shirts, jewelry and various accessories. Many items are paired up in “Mommy and me” packages and custom options are also available.
Detroit Hustle Harder’s goal is to help promote the community through collaboration and quality merchandising. By partnering with local artists and small businesses, they create products that represent a true expression of Detroit. Products include shirts, jackets, hats, bags, home goods and more.
Detroit Man and Woman Collection creates Detroit themed apparel and goods for all occasions. The brand specializes in clothing, hats, drinkware and even outfits for little ones. Detroit Man and Woman Collection also crafts custom items allowing customers to truly express themselves.
Ferosh the Label
Ferosh Chick is a trending women’s clothing and accessory boutique that immerses customers with effortless style. Ferosh Chick is committed to curating high-quality products, sticking to affordable prices and finding distinctly unique pieces.
Good Cakes and Bakes provide quality baked goods with the most natural and fresh ingredients possible. They pledge to use organic and locally-grown produce when available. The wholesome treats include cake jars, gooey butter and pound cakes, cupcakes, breakfast breads and muffins.
K E P T Jewelry is a sophisticated and affordable collection of jewelry with a modern vibe. All jewelry is handmade and perfect for gifts and everyday wear. K E P T Jewelry’s line consists of pieces that are made mostly of brass with earthy semi-precious stones.
Little High Flyers curates a collection of unique children’s items sourced from small, women-owned businesses around the world. All Little High Flyers products are eco-friendly and socially conscious. They source clothes, footwear, toys, books, décor and more.
MuskOx provides high-quality men’s apparel for the modern-day adventurous man. All products are durable, thoughtfully designed and are made to be worn from the office to the outdoors. Products include shirts, pants, outerwear and hats. MuskOx is committed to wildlife conservation and donates a portion of proceeds to conservation groups.
New Millenium Books is a multicultural book and educational tool company with generally non- fiction titles for both children and adults. They strive to ensure all readers feel included with an inventory that allows diverse individuals from all walks of life to see themselves as the subject of a story.
Essence by Noble creates handmade soaps and personal care products that are always 100% vegan and palm oil free using only pure essential oils as scents. The line also carries shampoo bars, shaving soaps, body balms, deodorants and more. With a focus on sustainability, Essence uses biodegradable packaging whenever possible.
Nuts About Detroit
Nuts About Detroit is the only nut business that roasts locally in-house, in Michigan. Using only the finest nuts, the brand also sells unique chocolates, dried fruits, holiday tins and trays mixed with cashews, pistachios and more.
POST is focused on producing and selling handmade goods while also teaching their craft through various workshops and events. They source products from over 300 independent brands; 75% of their products are Michigan made while 90% are made by women-owned businesses. From home décor, to bath & body, jewelry and apparel, everything POST is handmade with love.
Preva Body is a community-based beauty supply shop committed to creating all-natural, vegan and organic products. Preva specializes in handmade whipped shea butter products, guaranteed to nourish your skin with natural moisturizers and protectants. They also create handmade soaps and body butters.
The Vintage Wick provides a luxury candle experience that combines the beauty of vintage style glassware with all-natural, vegan, hand-poured coconut wax. Their candles are made to be refilled and enjoyed for years to come. The brand sells additional one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly home décor, incense and smudge sticks.
Three Dogs 1 Cat is an urban pet shoppe that carries an assortment of items for a variety of customers, including both fury friends and their humans. Pet products include Detroit seatbelt collars, treats and toys made in the USA, trendy apparel and more. 3Dogs1Cat people products include an array of pet-themed gifts, Detroit inspired accessories and home decor.
Whimsy & Wine offers handmade wood décor, charcuterie boards, DIY craft kits, ornaments, doormats and creative coffee mugs. Many of their items carry a Detroit or Michigan theme as well as sarcastic slogans- encouraging customers to laugh and have fun with their products.
The Waffle Cabin, originally serving waffles at ski resorts, has several tasty treats to help guests warm up. The Waffle Cabin sells warmed waffles with an optional chocolate drizzle, a variety of candy, hot cocoa and coffee.
Cadillac Lodge by Bea’s
Bea’s Detroit will be the operator of the Cadillac Lodge- an open-air, family-friendly gathering space right next to the Downtown Detroit Markets. This year, the Cadillac Lodge will host unique programming events throughout the week, including trivia nights, magician appearances and more.
The Cadillac Lodge will feature a create your own holiday hot chocolate or coffee option with your choice of milk, flavor and specialty garnish. Homemade hearty soup, charcuterie nosh boxes by Thyme & Honey, cinnamon donuts and more will be served. Guests can also enjoy Bea’s classic Squeeze Lemonade or their holiday specialty lemonade- ‘Tis The Squeezson. Build your own non-alcoholic holiday hot chocolate or coffee with your choice of milk, flavor and specialty garnish.
Dates & Hours of Operation
The Downtown Detroit Markets and the Cadillac Lodge by Bea’s will open to the public on Wednesday, November 10 and close on Friday, December 31.
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Decked Out Detroit has made parking easier than ever. All visitors who make a purchase from a participating brick-and-mortar Bedrock retailer or restaurant will receive validation for two hours of complimentary parking at Bedrock-operated parking garages.
Click here for a map of participating businesses and parking locations.
For additional information, please visit DeckedOutDetroit.com.
About the Rocket Community Fund
The Rocket Community Fund is a partner company of Rocket Companies, which includes Rocket Mortgage – the nation’s largest mortgage lender. It also coordinates team member volunteerism for Bedrock and other affiliated companies who comprise the Rock Family of Companies. Its strategy aims to support thriving, resilient and inclusive communities through data-driven investments in housing, employment and public life.
Through its For-More-Than-Profit model, the Rocket Community Fund recognizes that business and community are inextricably linked, and it purposefully brings together all of the assets of the Rocket Mortgage and Rock Family of Companies business – team member talent, technology, policy advocacy, and philanthropic resources – to invest in comprehensive community development in Detroit and across the country.
Alongside financial investments, the Rocket Community Fund has organized team members to provide more than 815,000 volunteer hours nationwide, including 415,000 in Detroit.
For more information, visit RocketCommunityFund.org.
Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative city-building strategies, reaching far beyond the boundaries of bricks and mortar. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to developing and restoring more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland and leveraging its portfolio to help create memorable experiences for all while positioning its home cities at the vanguard of global discussions around the 21st century urban environment.
Current projects include landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modern and the May Company Building. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 18 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.
Click here to view a complete timeline of Bedrock and the Rock Family of Companies’ engagement within the Detroit community.