Crafting Michigan’s Future

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When you think of small businesses that benefit our economy, both on a national and local level, it’s easy to overlook some of the smallest businesses of all.  Many artists and artisans are solo-entrepreneurs.  They handle the design, production, marketing and sales of all their products.  They are the creative team, the sales team and the administrative staff – all in one.

Many of these entrepreneurs travel across the country to sell their products at seasonal markets and art fairs. Online marketplace sites like Etsy and Ebay  provide additional outlets, but it’s not easy to get noticed on these huge sites. A local location that is open on a regular basis offers artisans greater visibility and helps them build a strong customer base.

We’re fortunate to have several of these markets in, or near, the Metro Detroit area. These venues pick up where art fairs and farmer’s markets leave off. Not only do they offer an ongoing marketplace for local artisans to sell their wares, but they bring unique and diverse products to consumers who might otherwise purchase goods made outside our state, or outside our country. These artist and artisan markets recreate the excitement of an art fair shopping experience, but on a regular schedule. You’ll find everything from pies to pottery -and whatever you spend directly benefits the Michigan economy.

Yellow Door Art Market – Berkley, Michigan
Monday – Sunday

The Sunday Artisan Market – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Every Sunday from April – December (outdoor)

The Rust Belt Market – Ferndale, Michigan
Saturday and Sunday (and sometimes Friday evening)

The Russell Bazaar – Detroit, Michigan
Friday, Saturday and Sunday

State of MInd Art Gallery - Northville, Michigan
Monday – Saturday

There’s a huge benefit realized when we support local independent businesses. According to The 3/50 Project, if half of the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate $42.6 billion in revenue.  When you make a choice to buy something unique, hand-crafted and locally produced – whether it’s a jar of jam, a scarf, or art for your home – your purchase directly benefits the local economy. Your support of “small” business actually makes a BIG difference.


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