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As a leader and partner in the revitalization of Midtown, Wayne State University is committed to being a good neighbor in a good neighborhood. The Office of Economic Development at Wayne State was created in 2011 to help leverage the assets of the University to be a catalyst for growth on our campus and throughout the community. Whether it's bringing Zipcar to Detroit to help people get around town, partnering with private developers on major mixed use projects in the neighborhood, or connecting businesses large and small to our talented faculty, researchers, and students, the Office of Economic Development works to maximize the University's impact in Midtown and Detroit.  


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November 29 2014 at 10:00 AM
eight & sand
  Pot & Box and The Detroit Bus Company present the second annual HLDYMRKT! Visit Eight & Sand in Hamtramck Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving to pick up locally crafted holiday gifts and treats. Visit hldymrkt.com for a list of vendors. Saturday Nov. 29, 10AM-7PM Sunday Nov. 30, 11AM-3PM  
Shop Detroit & Winter Magic!
November 29 2014 at 11:00 AM
Woodward Corridor, Detroit
Shop Downtown Detroit and Midtown! Your employees can support local business by shopping for the perfect unique gift this holiday season in Downtown Detroit on Small Business Saturday.  The Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Experience Factory, Build Institute and Detroit Synergy are proud to present the 11th annual Shop Detroit in partnership with American Express’ Small Business Saturday. The free event encourages people to shop at Detroit stores, not just for the holidays, but all year long.  Shop Detroit will take place Saturday, November 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Visit local stores & the Build Bazaar Local stores make shopping on a November wintery day warm and inviting. Shop for unique gifts, nosh on a cookie and enjoy holiday entertainment by many businesses that provide complimentary eats, entertainment and offer discounts in their stores.  On your shopping route, stop by the Build Bazaar a rotating pop-up marketing place celebrating 30 emerging entrepreneurial businesses with great things to buy.  The Build Bazaar is presented by the Build Institute and will take place inside the D:hive Welcome Center.  Once inside D:hive grab a Swag Bag with freebies. Free Shuttle Service Detroit Experience Factory is providing shuttle service that will run every 20 minutes on a constant loop with stops at:  - D:hive (Build Bazaar) - Willis & Cass - Grand Boulevard and Cass - The Park Shelton (Woodward Ave. & Kirby Street) - MI Science Center (John R. and Warren Ave.)  Park then ride the Free Shuttle $3 all day parking, sponsored by Universal Parking, located in the Z lot on 1234 Library Street.   Woodward Avenue will be reopened between Grand Circus and Campus Martius Park the week of Thanksgiving!  
Eastern Market Holiday Market
November 30 2014 at 10:00 AM
Eastern Market, Shed 3
The Sunday Street Market — the first ever during the holiday season — will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec 7 and Dec. 14 at Detroit's Eastern Market on Gratiot. It is to feature locally made gift items, wreaths, garlands, Christmas trees, poinsettias and — ta-da — Santa! It will be located in Shed 3. Eastern Market will also host a pre-Thanksgiving market on Tuesday. It will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Shed 3. The Tuesday market will feature specialty foods from Michigan vendors, including fresh cranberries and turkeys, pies and pastries. For more information, click here.
Detroit Made Holiday Pop-Up!
December 12 2014 at 11:00 PM
D:hive Detroit
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center presents The Detroit Made Holiday Pop-Up Shop welcoming more than 20 local designers and makers to Woodward Ave. To celebrate the growth of retail in Detroit, we have specially curated an array of local products from various design disciplines including ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, perfume, candles, lighting and more.This specially curated selection of unique products made and designed in Detroit will impress anyone on your gift-list, without having to go to the suburbs for your holiday shopping.The Detroit Made brand launched during DDF2014, providing a space for local makers and Detroit's growing workforce to connect with one another.Participants include:Mutual AdorationRebel NellCanvas Watch CompanyHomes EyewearTree Trunk ArtsSfumato FragrancesDetroit Fiber WorksFirebrand Candle Company44fortyfour Letterpress StudioHunt & Noyer WoodworksThe Distance BetweenYikkity YakQuetarshe Textiles Boutique StudioAdora Bella Ceramicskem3DSparklegarden ZBALLERINI DetroitOne Custom CityTenderSMPLFDMcclary Bros.
Merry Market at Detroit Mercantile Co.
December 13 2014 at 9:00 AM
Detroit Mercantile Co.
This is our biggest event of the year - featuring 40+ of the regions most dynamic designers/artists/brands and vintage/antique dealers. Merry Market will be sponsored by Metro Times, The Henry Ford, and Stormy Kromer. It will feature an enlarged vending area, and a bar serving Michigan craft food, beer, cider, and spirits! Saturday 12/13, 9AM-7PM Sunday 12/14, 10AM-6PM For more information, vist: http://detroitmercantile.com/merrymarket/
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