Eastern Market Welcomes Mitten Crate to the Neighborhood
Eastern Market Welcomes Michigan Made Goods Purveyor Mitten Crate
Launching over five years ago as a monthly box company, Mitten Crate has grown their company and service offerings over the years to now include a brick and mortar retail location, expanding on their online retail and gift box elements.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th with doors opening at 10am sharp, remaining open until 6pm. Going forward, the shop’s hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6pm, with the store open on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Extended summer hours will vary slightly, and will coincide with market events such as Flower Day, as well as the opening of Tuesday markets for further weekday openings.
“We’ve had so much success with seasonal pop-ups the last couple of years, both at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale and most recently the Bedrock Downtown Markets, that opening up our space was the logical next step,” says co-founder Cory Wright.
Running on the recent success of the Bedrock downtown markets, where Mitten Crate was featured in Capitol Park, the company has teamed up with local jam manufacturer Beau Bien Fine Foods to take up residence in the storefront adjacent to the production facility. The jam-tasting room has been transformed into a retail space filled with local small-batch products that Mitten Crate is known for. They will offer a full retail selection for shoppers, pre-made gift boxes, and even have the ability to ship your hand-picked gifts to anywhere in the country right from the store.
Upgrading their online offerings to a physical store, the team is excited to be able to tell consumers about the people behind the products. They’re also planning on using the store as a way to highlight seasonal vendors by inviting them to come in during market hours to demo and sample their products. Expect items like cotton candy, cold brew coffee, award-winning hot sauces, and refreshing drinks to be available to sample, meet the makers, and also purchase on the spot.
“We work with over 100 brands throughout the year, and what excites me the most is getting to be able to tell their stories to our customers face-to-face,” says Wright. “We can only do so much online, and this opportunity to have a conversation around the products people are purchasing is amazing.”
The new physical location for Mitten Crate is located at 2478 Riopelle. Situated between Detroit City Distillery and Eastern Market Brewing Company, and right next door to Henry the Hatter, they are indeed in good company and amongst like-minded neighbors. More information can be found via their social media channels, or at their website: www.mittencrate.com
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