11 Metro Detroit Food Businesses to Support on Small Business Saturday
S.Mall business Saturday is fast approaching. On November 28th, shoppers across the country flock to their favorite stores to buy housewares and appliances, Christmas gifts, and self-care items – because we all deserve to be pampered these days.
And this year, more than ever, it is important to support local businesses that are recovering from months of closure and changed business hours due to the pandemic. Buy a gift card at a restaurant, enjoy lunch at an outdoor restaurant in between your vacation shopping, or hit a coffee shop to warm up hot cocoa or coffee as the temperature plummets. Supporting a local business means supporting our local economy and that is a gift we keep giving!
11 local food companies support small businesses on Saturday
Photo courtesy of Farm Field Table
1. Farm Field Table
By supporting Farm Field Table this Small Business Saturday, you’re supporting farms in Michigan too. The entire animal butcher gets his meat from local farms with sustainable practices. Although there are two locations – one in Ferndale and a newly opened store in Grosse Pointe Park – customers can order from the company’s online store, which has options for delivery within 20 miles. Try individual cuts or curated packages like the Butcher’s Choice Package, which includes a selection of grass-fed and grain-ready beef, traditional pork, turkey or pasture chicken, or local lamb. If you are cooking this holiday season, take the guesswork out of shopping for your meat by having it delivered right to your doorstep. Farm Field Table; farmfieldtable.com for locations
2. Farm stop
From dairy products and eggs to pasta and sauces to breakfast meat and organic products from local farms, Farmstop offers customers the opportunity to support small and sustainable farmers. Farmstop is in the process of opening a second location in Orange County, California, so customers can support small organic farmers in southern and central California and continue to enjoy fresh avocados, citrus fruits, berries and grapes from Metro Detroit. Local customers will have access to California products starting November 25th. Farmstop 288607 Seven Mile Road, Livonia; farmstop.com
Photo courtesy of The Gathering Coffee Co.
3. The Gathering Coffee Co.
For small business Saturday shopping, head to The Gathering Coffee Co., the newest coffee shop in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction. Buy a filter coffee or a house special like A Mountain Range with oat milk, whiskey maple and honey shaken over ice. Or keep up the spirit of giving by ordering a suspended coffee, a brew that is given to someone else. The Gathering Coffee Co. is all about community support. Pastries are handcrafted here by Rose’s Fine Foods and Avalon Bakery, and the store’s refrigerator stocks Drought and Casamara. The Gathering Coffee Co., 2831 E. Grand Boulevard, Detroit; assemblecoffee.com
4. Old World Truffles
Nothing edible screams decadence like European truffles. That’s why Old World Truffles chases Italy’s finest delicacy and brings it straight to customers in the Detroit area. From November 27th, the company is offering a 20 percent discount on all truffle products made in Italy and black truffle honey, which is made from shaved truffles. Simply enter “TRUFF20” at checkout to redeem the discount by November 30th. As always, anyone in Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne counties can deliver for free on orders over $ 75. Old World truffles; oldworldtruffles.com
Photo courtesy Good Stuff Corktown
5. Good Stuff Corktown
This aptly named shop jewelry box is a charming bodega stocked only with the best groceries in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Find fresh bread and baked goods from Bread by Crispelli’s, grass-fed beef from McElroy Farms, and a nice selection of Belgian beers. Consider stopping by on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season. Good Stuff Corktown, 1444 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-285-8147; goodstuffcorktown.com
6. Lush Yummies Pie Co.
It’s cake season – and Lush Yummies Pie Co. is here to deliver! Recently featured as one of Oprah’s “favorite things,” this Detroit-based patisserie makes decadent cakes like the Peach Butta Cobbler, Mom’s Apple Butta Spread Pie, and the famous Lemon Butta Pie. There are also German chocolate chip cookies. Lush Yummies Pie Co., 313-629-0625; lushyummiespie.co
Lala’s photo courtesy of @ carb.cult
Lala’s was only opened this summer in the former Standard Bistro & Larder and serves upscale comfort dishes that are offered on the roadside, to take away or for delivery. The menu changes weekly and features fried feta with hot honey, a crispy pork belly shell with rice and garlic buttercorn, peach crumb cake, and take-away cocktails. Order in between your vacation shopping – or simply reward yourself for helping local businesses this season! Lala, 5827 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor; 734-263-2543; lalasannarbor.com
8. Table No. 2
When the fine-dining restaurant closed during the pandemic, head owner Omar Mitchell was unwilling to give up the restaurant he says customers loved so much. Shortly after leaving the room on the west side of Detroit, he launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a new room. Less than $ 5,000 away from his $ 30,000 goal, Mitchell could still use your help. Support this black-owned company today. Table No. 2, gofundme.com/table-no-2-new-beginnings
Photo courtesy Smash Cakes
9. Smash cake
This fun brand fulfills two needs this year: the urge to party at a time when solemn gatherings are discouraged and the urge to inspire a little aggression – at a time when solemn gatherings are discouraged. These whimsical cakes are not a cake at all, in fact. Spherical chocolate shapes are adapted to the design of your choice and filled with fun surprises such as candy or chocolates, gift cards or even lottery tickets. As with a piñata, customers have to crack open the cake to reveal the sweet treat inside. Smash Cakes is offering 15 percent off pre-orders from November 28th through December 28th. 4. Smash Cakes, instagram.com/smashcakesdetroit or [email protected] for orders
10. Michigan Local Gift Guide
This year you will get a pass if you want to do all your holiday shopping online. In fact, shopping is recommended virtually as we are all working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Taste the Local Difference has put together a guide to Christmas gifts that will help you shop Michigan-made grocery stamps from the comfort of your couch. Gift a friend with a craft bottle of Arbor Winter Gin from Ann Arbor Distilling Co., handcrafted jams from Slow Jams from the Detroit Food Academy, or enjoy a hot sauce sampler from Brewt’s in Grand Rapids outside of Metro Detroit. Try the Local Difference, michiganlocalgiftguide.com
Courtesy photo of Thyme and Honey
11. Thyme & honey
If you are shopping for the health conscious in your life, give Thyme & Honey a healthy diet with a gift certificate. The clean catering company puts together a weekly changing menu of homemade dishes that are free from refined sugar, starch and carbohydrates. Meals start at $ 15 and can be picked up or delivered at St. Clair Shores. Be on the lookout for holiday specials starting in December. Thyme & Honey, thymeandhoneyfood.com