All Things Detroit is officially National All Things Detroit Day!
When is this day celebrated? All Things Detroit Day takes place on the Sunday before Easter each year. In 2020, this falls on April 5.
What is this day? All Things Detroit is a day to celebrate the spirit of the small business owner. When Detroit’s shop small we support our neighbors and the growth of our city and state. When business owners take a chance on their own dreams, they rely on the support of others to grow and thrive. No other place supports its small businesses like Detroit. We’re a community of founders, makers and dreamers. Jennyfer Crawford took that sentiment and created a community from it. Her All Things Detroit events make it possible to celebrate the spirit of small business in Detroit – and this day will recognize those efforts.
By establishing All Things Detroit at the city’s historic Eastern Market, Founder Jennyfer Crawford supports the aspirations of hundreds of small business owners. More than an event, the spirit behind All Things Detroit deserves a day to call attention to these values and the community, 12,000 strong, that has grown around it. And the concept of supporting local business owners and small businesses is bolstered by All Things Detroit – enough so it should be celebrated with a day of its own.
How should this day be celebrated or observed? All Things Detroit day is the perfect time to shop for goods with a Detroit/Michigan based maker, founder or artist. It’s a day to support the work of small business owners and those who bring something unique to the city. From Coney Dogs to Detroit-style Pizza, street art to techno, the drive to do something new is strong in this city, And that’s a spirit that anyone might benefit from experiencing.
Zayna Sallum is one of those kitchen masters who have cooking and baking in their blood, answering what came naturally through generations from strong early influence from her mom and grandmother to passing delights to friends and family.
It was moving to Chicago that she quenched a thirst for baking and a desire to be free from the corporate life when a serendipitous ingredient mix turned into a delectable, irresistible masterpiece, the Cuffin. In that, a delicious business was born.
In this episode, LaVonne Ellis shares the story of her founding of Tealing & Co., and the budding empire that tea is making.
She shares the lessons from being a small business owner, and the many details and storms of starting a new business, including the two-sided coin of having a business degree being a benefit as well as also being what makes it filled with more pressure because people have higher expectations. Particularly because nothing really prepares one when you’re starting up a new business.
LaVonne shares the challenges of getting people (normally coffee addicts) to try tea, especially those of Tealing & Co., and the magical joys of three key components to success, however you may define it: doing something you love, being able to make a living doing what you enjoy, and having a market for what you’re passionate about.
In the first episode of All Things Detroit Conversations, Jennyfer Crawford interviews Megan Cowan of Finch Finery about how she started, how her company grew, and the unique type of products she sells.
Get a jump on holiday shopping and beat the crowds. All Things Detroit returns this fall to Eastern Market with hundreds of your favorite small business vendors, food trucks, entertainment and family fun.
Ahead of the Nov. 5 event, Jennyfer Crawford, founder of “All Things Detroit,” chatted with City.Life.Style.
City.Life.Style: What inspired the vision for All Things Detroit?
Jennyfer Crawford: “I’m a people person, and I feel that people are most happy in life doing what they love, so I wanted to create a platform that helps people follow their dreams. I was inspired by the people in my life that would say I wish I could do this or that, but never really knew how. They didn’t have help or that push that they needed. So my vision for All Things Detroit came along when I was on a journey to find my best self.”
CLS: What is “All Things Detroit” and what should attendees expect?
Crawford: “All Things Detroit is a community of entrepreneurs and makers who get together three times a year to network and showcase their products and services. Not only do we highlight the products these small business owners have created, but also tell the story behind the business. Attendees can expect to shop at a wide range of small businesses from across the state that showcases products and services. The event also features live entertainment and giveaways. We call it the All Things Detroit Experience.” …
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…