Small business event in Eastern Market signals return to normalcy for homeowners

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DETROIT – For Detroit small business owners, Eastern Market was the place to be this weekend.

The All Things Detroit event at Eastern Market featured 200 vendors selling everything from clothing to mugs to artwork.

“He’s grown tremendously in the last eight years,” said All Things Detroit’s Jennyfer Crawford. “(We) went from one shed to three. I think All Things Detroit is a community that wants to see everyone succeed.

Throughout the event, there were several generations of Detroit business owners. At a stand, Krista Conyers and her daughter, Hailey, were selling jewelry from their company Hailey & Co. Following their passion for jewelry, the duo started their own business together.

“I grew up in Detroit, my daughter was born here,” Conyers said. “If we don’t support Detroit, we don’t support Michigan.”

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Tafari Roberts, owner of Rove Soapsheets, was born and raised in east Detroit.

“Detroit is a bustling, very diverse city,” Roberts said. “It’s like a melting pot, like where my parents, Jamaica, are from.”

Roberts used paper soap sheets in Jamaica and decided to start his own brand here in Detroit. She says anyone can be an entrepreneur.

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And when it comes to preserving Detroit’s rich history, business owner Debbie Lapratt of Debbie Lapratt Art says she’s inspired to create every time she walks through the city.

“I tell people to look up, look down, look around – we have the most amazing architecture in (this) city,” Lapratt said.

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Finally, after the pandemic lull, business is picking up again. Entrepreneurs can earn thousands in a single day at Eastern Market.

“It’s the best thing for small businesses,” Lapratt said. “You have the malls, but it’s the small businesses that keep us alive.”


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