The top four finalists of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest have just been announced.

These four entrepreneurs are competing to win $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

The winner will use the money to open a brick and mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck.

“The community is as invested in this contest as we are and the amount of support we receive from them year-after-year is phenomenal,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director, Hatch Detroit. “We’ve already received more than 200,000 votes — the most the contest has ever received in the first round of voting — and hope the community will continue to support these businesses in the final voting round and also on their entrepreneurial journey to open their doors.”

Without further ado, let’s announce those finalists.

Baobab Fare 

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This husband and wife duo plans on opening an East African restaurant that will also have a market and juice bar.

Bar Botánica

This mixed-use craft cocktail bar and café will call the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood home. This neighborhood needs a good craft cocktail place.

Detroit Blows

Detroit Blows already has a location picked out for their blow dry bar. In fact work has already begun in the Z Garage downtown. The duo behind Detroit Blows is creating a welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.

The Lip Bar

Melissam the owner of The Lip Bar, is doing some great stuff in the cosmetics industry. She is shaking up the idea of what traditional beauty is, all while producing a line that is cruelty free and free of harsh chemicals.

Public voting is currently open until noon on Friday, August 25.

Votes can be cast at, Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page or in person at the following locations:

  • 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., Monday, August 21 at Cadillac Square
  • 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 22 at Eastern Market, Shed 2
  • 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 23 at Good Cakes and Bakes

The four finalists will then do a live pitch during the 2017 Hatch Off on Friday, August 25. The winner will be announced that evening.



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