The annual Comerica Hatch Detroit contest announced their 10 semi-finalists on Thursday evening. The contest awards $50,000 in cash and a bunch of resources to folks opening a brick and mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck.

Hatch has been an important driver in the city’s retail revitalization. Of the 70 previous competitors, 34 have an operating business.

Here’s where you come in. The public is now able to vote for their favorites on Hatch to determine the final four. 

Barter aims to bring a sustainable arts venue and cocktail bar to Hamtramck. Their model for sustainable space will allow artists to “barter” for rehearsal space during off hours while meeting demand for music, entertainment and cocktails at night.

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que says they are Detroit’s premier demonstration kitchen and contemporary shared space. The Kitchen is a collaborative learning environment, featuring two state-of-the-art kitchens – one for live demos and one as a shared-use rental facility.

Mature is a new men’s clothing retailer that offers a unique collection of contemporary casual clothing and modern dress wear.

Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with small footprint, full line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.

Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating.

SkinBar VII (seven) is Detroit’s premiere facial spa. They believe in the long-term benefits of receiving facials and skincare treatments using only high-quality ingredients from the earth and making them accessible to all.

Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys. We talked about them yesterday – they plan to go into a space over on Third Street.

Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave.

The Upperow is a cut and sew luxury fashion house brand that offers classy, upscale and versatile, clothing for men, women and children.

And last but not least, Warda Pâtisserie is a Detroit based pâtisserie business making hand-crafted pastries and bread inspired by the seasons, celebrating Michigan farmers and influenced by travels through Algeria, France and Asia.

Voting closes on August 16, 2018.

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