The “All Things Detroit” event was held Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market, featuring products made in Detroit and supporting over 150 local businesses.
Browsing through Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products and custom artwork is just the start.
The real discovery is the people behind the products.
Monica Martin is selling Yumbitz Cookies, bite-size cookies made from all natural ingredients. When her husband lost his job as a branding specialist in Chicago, they fell on tough times.
“I was helping out at a food pantry, locally volunteering,” Martin said. “Instead of being the ones volunteering, we had to be the ones receiving.”
For every pack of cookies purchased, someone who can’t afford a meal is fed.
Francis Davis grew up eating her mothers’ soul food cooking.
“My mother was the first African-American female chef at the St. Regis Hotel back in the early 60s,” Davis said.
After Davis was diagnosed with diabetes, she took her mother’s recipes in a new direction.
“There’s still a lot of ways to cook soul food without all of the high-cholesterol items,” Davis said. “I have actually reversed my diabetes.”
Davis runs Last Minute Gourmet Catering.
“I do a sort of meals on wheels or some of the other home meal plans and bring you dinner,” Davis said.
Tammy Bachrine lost her job at a bakery and she opened her own business, A Serendipity Cakery.
“We specialize in about 60 flavors of cake balls,” Bachrine said. “I have dreams of opening another location and hopefully in the future franchising our business.”
The event was held in Sheds 3 and 5 from noon until 6 p.m.