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Downtown Detroit Markets open for the summer

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Photos by Michelle & Chris Gerard

Just in time for the busy holiday weekend, the Downtown Detroit Markets are now open in Capitol Park, Cadillac Square, and 1441 Woodward. This season’s lineup of vendors are majority women-owned, with over 50 percent owned by people of color. We stopped by to preview some of the new offerings.

In both Cadillac Square and Capitol Park, you’ll notice the same terrarium-like outposts that were up for the winter. Capitol Park includes vendors such as Paisley Paper Co., Love Travels Imports, Pewabic Pottery, and dale&blue. We noticed a lot of gift items, home goods, accessories, and skincare available. Capitol Parks also has picnic tables and lounge chairs, plus some food carts. As the summer moves on, they’ll host a food and bar incubator in a shipping container. A weekly farmer’s market is planned for Tuesday afternoons.

In Cadillac Square, we noticed a lot of greenery outside and around the markets and beer garden. This area has food trucks and a sports zone in addition to the markets. Here you’ll find Ashley Gold, Ink Detroit, York, and Flamingo Vintage. You can shop for Detroit-based and Michigan-inspired gifts, streetwear, vintage clothing, and popcorn. The shops are open now; the beer garden will open on Friday.

1441 Woodward sits across from the Shinola Hotel construction. This collective has many returning vendors who sell items including clothing, jewelry, mugs, glasses, and prints. Here, you’ll find local businesses such as Fly Behavior, Ferne Boutique, Detroit GT, and Purpose Planner.

This first phase of the summer market has just over 30 vendors; a second phase with more programming is expected mid-summer. The markets are sponsored by Quicken and Bedrock, who also launched a new website called xodetroit.com with different vendors, public spaces, and businesses around downtown. Bedrock officials said they’d be adding more planters, food carts, and seating outside of local businesses this summer as well.

The markets themselves will mainly run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with food and beverage options open later. The 1441 Collective will also be open on Monday. Find more information here.