Meet the Makers of Ponyride this Friday

By Lauren Ebelt on December 8th, 2014 / Comments

 Hot pink isn’t necessarily the thing that comes to mind when thinking of Detroit or the holidays—but it is the color that’s all over an annual event coming to the Motor City again this week.

Happening Friday, December 12, Ponyride will be hosting the third annual Holiday Merriment & Makers Market at Ponyride (1401 Vermont Street). This event, which will showcase over 60 vendors from the Detroit area in Ponyride’s 30,000 sq. foot building, is the hot (pink) spot to be this holiday season.

And the hometown aspect is what makes the event so special, says Karla Henderson, executive director of Ponyride.

“These vendors are all Detroit-based, all making Detroit products,” she says. “We want to encourage the entrepreneur spirit in the city and give these vendors the opportunity to sell their products. Because the vendor fee isn’t expensive, we can take on a lot of vendors that might not otherwise be able to participate.”

These vendors are selling a great assortment of things: jewelry, cuff links, scarves, candles and shirts, just to name a few.

But there will also be food provided, both at the event, and at Nemo’s Bar and Grill (1384 Michigan Avenue), where patrons will find free parking and a shuttle to the free event, which is open from 5:00pm-10:00pm. The event will feature food trucks for anyone who may get hungry during shopping.

All of this is the result of work from Phil Cooley and Kate Bordine, the originators of Ponyride, and the masterminds behind the annual event, which has grown significantly each year since its inception. In 2013 alone, with little promotion, the Holiday Merriment & Makers Event had over 800 show up—and this year, with a little more “elbow grease,” Henderson expects an even bigger crowd.

“We’ve been more strategic this year,” Henderson said about planning the event. “We’re so thankful to Shawn Wilson and the Ford Motor Company Fund for providing a heated tent, which has allowed us to double the amount of vendors from last year. Partnering with Nemo’s for parking has been great—we just want everyone to be comfortable. And we just found out that Quicken Loans will provide an Opportunity Detroit shuttle for their employees to loop between Ponyride and the Quicken Loan workspaces. We’re all so excited for what’s going to happen.”

Ponyride—which provides an inexpensive space for artists and entrepreneurs to work—has its roots in collaboration. They currently house over 25 organizations in their space who “share resources, knowledge and ideas to cultivate opportunities created by the strengths and crises of Detroit,” the organization’s website said.

Henderson shares this same spirit now into the holidays and for the makers market event: “This event is awesome for us, and for the entrepreneurs. People come to see us, and that’s great, but also to expose small makers and have them display their goods.”

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