The current situation with the COVID-19 virus has impacted many people and their ability to earn a living. We’re heartbroken to see the effect this is having on the artist community, especially those close to us in Michigan. And we want to do something to help. We’ve been using our social media platforms to help promote the artists that are most affected by this, whether they are musicians, craftspeople or food-makers – especially those that rely on retail sales, markets and touring to stay afloat.
Over the next several weeks (or months, whatever it takes), we’ll continue to share some of our favorite Michigan-based craftspeople with the goal of bringing awareness to their business and driving support when they need it most.
Below is a list of craftspeople that we’ve been in contact with that could use any and all support possible. Please consider purchasing an item, downloading an album, grabbing a coffee or whatever it might be to keep these craftspeople’s businesses open. We know if any community can bring the support, it’s you, the beer fans!
For MI-based makers who’d like to be considered for a feature, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Lakes Roasting Co. – They provide responsibly-grown coffee from around the world to the people of Detroit and beyond.
Solstice Handmade – Hand-printed artwork, textiles, murals and design inspired by nature.
Beer City Dog Biscuits – Grand Rapids-based nonprofit provides vocational training and meaningful employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the creation of all-natural, oven baked dog treats
Lazy Genius – A rock & roll band from Grand Rapids, MI.
Nature of the Dog – A locally-owned and operated pet care service that offers daycare, boarding and dog walking
Arsenal Handicraft – A husband and wife artist team who create original illustrations and screenprint them by hand in their basement studio.
Michigan Music Alliance – They seek to provide the Michigan music community with business education programming and rich community-building experience.
Brambles Woodwork – A Grand Rapids-based woodworker who creates one-of-a-kind and highly unique earrings.
Hopscotch Children’s Store – a Grand Rapids-based children’s store owned and operated by Emily and her husband, Mark.
The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra – The house band for Detroit’s annual Theatre Bizarre event. Rooted in Detroit’s burlesque, rock & roll, jazz, and vaudeville culture.
Mokaya – A Grand Rapids family-owned artisanal chocolate and confections business.
Rich and Maple – A Zeeland-based candle maker that offers 100% natural coconut wax candles.
Grand Rapids Ballet – Michigans only professional ballet company who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next season!
Mongers Provisions -A specialty grocery store focusing on cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and more located in Midtown Detroit and Ferndale in the Rust Belt Market.
Woosah Outfitters -A naturally inspired art and apparel brand. The designs and drive behind Woosah revolve largely around woodcuts and the outdoors.
The Brandino Extravaganza -A Grand Rapids, MI-based musician known for his one-man- band process.
Red Hydrant Press -A Grand Rapids, MI-based printmaker with over 20 years of experience. Her work is inspired by her concern for the environment, social justice and climate.
Natural Selections Studio – A Haslett MI-based artist and woodturner that exclusively uses reclaimed wood to make pieces that are fully functional and sublime.
Randi Ford Flow Painting – A Grand Rapids-based contemporary landscape painter who is inspired by the beauty and spirit that exists within nature.
Nantucket Baking Co. – A Grand Rapids MI-based baking company that specializes in artisan breads and pastries.
Baily & James – A West Michigan-based company that specializes in floral, home and gift.
Nicholas James Thomasma – A Grand Rapids, MI-based singer-songwriter and Earthwork Music artist.
Steve Leaf – A Grand Rapids, MI-based musician.
Nicolaides Knives – A Metro Detroit-based bladesmith who makes custom kitchen knives.
Culinary Combo Bakery – A family-owned metro Detroit-based bakery that has been serving the community with their delicious creations since 1989.
Eric Strader Pottery – A studio potter based in Plainwell, MI. Eric works full time from the studio on his farm where he makes functional stoneware pottery.
MOCAD – They are a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Detroit’s cultural center.