The 2016 winner of Hatch is Meta Physica Massage and Sauna. Meta Physica is owned by Jenaveve Biernat a massage therapist.
The win comes after Meta Physica made it to the top ten out of over 150 applications were turned in, two rounds of public voting, a live presentation, and a question and answer session with the panel of judges.
The panel of judges deliberated for over an hour on Friday evening to decide who would be this years winner. This years finalists were all great, and I would have hated to be on the judges panel.
During Biernat’s presentation she addressed the lack of affordable massage studios with in the city of Detroit. Her mission is to bring self care to every one, and to make sure that it is affordable and accessible.
Meta Physica is currently located in Midtown, but plans to use the $50,000 to move to a larger location in Corktown. Inside the new location there will be two massage rooms, infrared sauna, raw juice bar, and an apothecary.
Along with the $50,000 prize, Meta Physica will also receive over $200,000 worth of pro bono services from GTB (formerly Team Detroit), MCCI, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, and Hamilton Anderson Associates.
Hatch has been addressing the need for small businesses through out the city of Detroit since 2011. “Small business is the life blood to a neighborhood.” said Nick Gorga founder and chairman of Hatch Detroit.
Meta Physica joins the growing list of Hatch winners; Hugh, La Feria, Batch Brewing, Sister Pie, and Live Cycle Delight.