October 26, 2016

The Mercantile Detroit!

I've always been a lover of craft shows, art fairs, and flea markets. My family and I used to take a trip down to the markets at Shipshewana, Indiana every summer to stroll down their endless isles finding hidden treasures. To me, that's what those shows are full of: treasure. The people who partake in these types of shows are those with imagination to admire, creativity that defies the box, and persistence beyond comprehension. The products that they sell are crafted with love and dedication, and are innovative and different. The companies that they have built, are built with passion, and have a meaningful story behind them. Pure gold, pure treasure. When I was invited to The Mercantile, I couldn't wait to attend! For the first time, The Mercantile brought it's touring retail market event to Detroit. The aim of this event, is to blend commerce, cause, and community. Created by former metro Detroiter Matthew Ford, The Mercantile takes a different approach to typical shopping by bringing together local and national cause-based retail brands in one place. Along with live entertainment, food, and beverages, it makes for a great evening out! Not to mention the beautiful atmosphere with lights strung from the ceiling, and custom-made maple wood and copper vendor booths by former HGTV lifestyle personality, Emily Henderson. I very much enjoyed indulging in music by Nashville-based pop funk/soul band The Shadowboxers, food from the vendors of Dine Drink Detroit, and shopping and chatting with the wonderful owners of the brands involved! I spoke with Rebel Nell, a company that turns scrap pieces of layered graffiti from Detroit into beautiful works of wearable art and jewelry. They employ disadvantaged women in Detroit, and educate and empower them towards a successful life. I also talked with Original Stix, a made in Detroit company that works directly with the NHL and NCAA to recycle old hockey sticks into protective phone cases. I ended up purchasing a top from Breathe in Detroit, perfect for future ventures in rock climbing and yoga. It features their logo, designed after the Om symbol, the sacred mantra for personal transformation. The company chose this symbol, because, "Like Om, Detroit is not just a word or a place. It's a feeling and a source of original sound. From one breath, one sound, one city, each person, comes all power and all creation." Here's to many more events like these to remind us how powerful our city really is. 

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