Get crafty with these local businesses

July 28, 2023
End Grain Woodworking Co

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When you stop and think about just how creative some people are, it’s absolutely mind-blowing. Next time you’re in your favorite local restaurants or shops, consider what it took to make some of the items you see. From signs on the wall to the wood tops for tables and everything in between, there are some incredibly talented and creative folks in Metro Detroit using their skills to craft incredible pieces and share them with the rest of the world. The best part is, some of these places invite you in to be a part of the creative process and let your own creativity shine through. Check out these local businesses to get inspired! 

End Grain Woodworking Co.

30958 Industrial Rd A, Livonia

End Grain Woodworking Co. was founded in 2011 and specializes in wood creations. “Making ideas come to life is what we’re all about! Working with local businesses of all sizes, we’ve been able to provide custom products to promote their various brands. Some of these projects include wooden signage, display racks, QR menu codes, custom furniture, awards, serving trays, etc. If you can dream it, we can do it. Since 2015, The End Grain Woodworking Co has been partnering with Michigan breweries and craft cocktail companies creating unique tap handles for nationwide distribution. There’s nothing more exciting than walking into a bar anywhere across the country and seeing our handcrafted tap handles in use. We never could have imagined the connections that we’ve made along the way and look forward to where this journey takes us,” says Sam Constantine, co-owner of End Grain Woodworking Co. You’ve likely seen their work at your local bar or brewery without even knowing it!

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Whimsy & Wine

32024 Utica Rd, Fraser, MI

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Whimsy & Wine is a DIY studio and handmade store. “We specialize in wood decor with an emphasis on humor and Michigan themes. Our DIY studio is a great place to get together with friends or coworkers to create wood signs in an instructor lead workshop. We offer private and public workshops, children’s birthday parties, and a retail area for shopping from other Michigan handmade artists.” Next time you’re looking for something unique for your home or as a gift, check out Whimsy & Wine!

Whimsy & Wine
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10125 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 and is one of the oldest continually operating potteries in the world. Today, Pewabic is an active working pottery, architectural tile studio, and ceramic arts education center. Visitors can stroll around the store to shop for handcrafted ceramics as well as other ceramic work from artists across the United States. When time allows, visitors can take a guided tour through the production areas to see ceramic works being crafted by hand. They also have a collection of historic ceramics on the second floor. Admission to Pewabic Pottery is free and they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. 

Yellow Door Art Market

3141 Twelve Mile Road, Berkley

Yellow Door Art Market is a 3,600-square-foot space that features the work of over 70 artists and makers. Here, you can find just about anything from locally made pottery to hand-stitched pillows and quirky art prints. They also have a selection of books written by local authors. Each area of the shop is unique and shoppers will enjoy strolling the many different areas looking for unique treasures. 

Yellow Door Art Market
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The Rust Belt Market

22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale

The Rust Belt Market is an artisan marketplace located on the corner of Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale. The market is home to more than 30 independently owned and operated small businesses that consider Rust Belt to be their primary storefront. There is a wide variety of unique shops inside the market from skincare to metalsmithing and everything in between. The Rust Belt Market also holds an event space and a bar.