Eastern Market to Open Sundays for Local Goods, Food Trucks, Entertainment

Posted on May 28, 2014

Photo: Crain’s Detroit Business


A new Sunday market will take place this summer in Detroit’s Eastern Market featuring nearly 80 vendors selling home goods, art, jewelry and other Michigan-made products.

The first Sunday Street Market is June 1, and the street markets will be open each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 28, according to a release.

“For over a century, Eastern Market has been pivotal in connecting folks with local fresh produce and plants, serving as an important economic engine for our region,” said Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp., in a statement. “The Sunday Street Market seeks to accomplish a similar mission for nonfood goods.”

The Sunday markets will take place in Sheds 2 and 3. There will also be food trucks and entertainment. At the inaugural market, artist and filmmaker Nicole Macdonald will have an exhibition featuring historic Detroit figures such as Mother Waddles, John Conyers and Rosa Parks, according to the release.

Venders participating in the Sunday markets include Detroit Manufacturing, City Girls Soap, Firebrand Candle Co., Rebel Nell and Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, which will open a pop-up resale boutique selling outfits for men, women and children as well as vintage and retro home goods. On June 15, emerging entrepreneurs from D:hive’s BUILD program will sell everything from fresh baked goods to artisanal candles and other handmade wares as part of a pop-up BUILD bazaar. April Boyle, D:hive’s director of small business initiatives, said more than 20 BUILD graduates are expected to be at the bazaar.

In addition, the Tuesday Market, a smaller version of the Saturday Market, is returning to Eastern Market beginning June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., running through Oct. 28.

Third Thursdays, a family-friendly night alternative to the market, will start June 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and run through Sept. 18. Highlights include live entertainment, wine tasting and rotating charitable giving opportunities, said La’Leatha Spillers, director of marketing and communications for Eastern Market.