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Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace expands outdoor market to provide platform for artists, entrepreneurs

More than 50 vendors will be present for the first event, taking place Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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/Courtesy of the Downtown Market

/Courtesy of the Downtown Market

Beginning this weekend and continuing through the summer, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market launches an all-new Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace for entrepreneurs, artisans and artists. The Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace will focus solely on Michigan-made goods such as home decor, jewelry, clothing and art, food items and plants.

More than 50 vendors will be present for the first event, taking place on May 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., including local favorites Feather and Birch, Arthur’s Plaid Pants and Ellery Jane Boutique, along with some newcomers such as My Michigan Roots, MI Ice Pops and The Wittle Whale. Guests can also enjoy beverages from an outdoor bar featuring Michigan beer, wine and spirits.

“We are based in Traverse City, but looking to grow more in the Grand Rapids area. Shows like this give us a better understanding of what our market is craving, and help us to make good connections,” said Willow Myles-Nuffer of My Michigan Roots. “Supporting Michigan and protecting its beauty is a top priority for us. We love this state, and we are deeply planted here.”

The introduction of the new Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace aligns with the Downtown Market’s mission to be a dynamic public space for all people that provides access to local food, improves community health and is a platform for entrepreneurship and jobs in the city of Grand Rapids.

“As we look to build on the mission of the Downtown Market, we want to think more broadly and create the same accessibility to artisan products that we created to local food businesses,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “By expanding on the Outdoor Market idea, we aim to provide a strong platform, resources and opportunities to small artisans and artists who are looking for a low barrier of entry to consumers.”

The Made in MI Pop-Up Marketplace is open to any vendors from the Outdoor Farmers Market, as well as any interested companies with Michigan-made artisan products, and will continue on the fourth Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through September, under the Market Shed.

“Grand Rapids has become recognized as a destination for makers, artisans and food entrepreneurs,” continued Fritz. “The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is committed to providing resources and opportunities for those entrepreneurs, while ensuring consumers of all background have accessibility to healthy food options. “

More information at Made in Michigan Pop-Up or on their Facebook page.

 

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