'All Things Detroit,' in Eastern Market, supports small businesses

By Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ®

DETROIT - The Lions play Monday night in Green Bay, which left Eastern Market free to host other activities Sunday.

The famed market became more Detroit-centric than ever Sunday with the "All Things Detroit" gathering.

Fall Sundays at Eastern Market usually have a dramatically different feel, as Lions fans get revved up for a game and often times are drinking by 8-9 a.m. But Sunday's gather was about business -- Detroit business.

Chris Blair, of Brighton, showed Local 4 News what she took home from the event.

"Pop Daddy popcorn; I have some wonderful lotion made out of Shea butter," Blair said.

Shoppers pay an admission fee to get in and vendors do the same.

"Why not support small business?" Jennyfer Crawford said. "We are feeding families. A lot of these people are, you know, what making a living doing what they love, so that's why I do it."

Crawford has been at it for five years now. She's brought along a lot of startups, and developed a loyal following.

Artworks Detroit owner Susan Rogal, known for putting Detroit artwork like Jerome Feretti's on sneakers, is a fan.

"We have grown with her. We have grown because of her," Rogal said. "She really goes the extra mile for you."

There is no shortage of Detroit love, or clever ideas. Union Town Woodshop's wooden electric guitar cutting boards with a magnet to hold your knife proved popular. And there's also food -- some healthy, some decidedly not.

Blair paid the early bird $15, and she said she's glad she did.

"General admission opens at 11, and when that happens, the place fills up quickly and you're elbow to elbow," Blair said.

For those who would like to be a part of similar events in Eastern Market, they are held three times a year. The next one is scheduled for March 25.

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