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Motor City Match awardees include jewelry designer, artist’s test lab, furniture maker, and more

One grantee will be setting up shop in a Quonset hut this spring
Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

The sixth round of Motor City Match awards were announced today. Among the businesses who were awarded funds for brick & mortar locations include a few who are setting up shop in locations we’ve recently visited.

Karissma Pringle, a designer and creator of precious and semi-precious metal jewelry, will be opening her studio in one of the Quonset huts that are being built in True North off of Grand River. Pringle was awarded $35,000 for equipment and start-up costs.

Another multi-use space is coming to Mack Avenue, across from MASH Detroit.

The forever-in-progress building at 2000 Michigan Avenue in Corktown is getting a new tenant.

Additional grant award winners include Mutual Adoration, a custom furniture and houseware maker coming to Kercheval near Alter; Truth Bookstore, a retailer and gift shop that aims to be a learning resource for the community on Meyers near Puritan; and Tiki’s Treasures, a consignment store in a mixed-use building across from the Motown Museum.

Fifteen businesses total received cash grants totaling $600,000 for their brick & mortar businesses today, and awardees were treated to visit from a very special guest - Vice President Joe Biden.

Among the winning Motor City Match businesses so far:

  • 76% are minority owned
  • 54% are minority-women owned
  • 68% are women owned
  • 62% of are owned by native Detroiters

Businesses are awarded grants and resources quarterly through Motor City Match. More information can be found here.