Eastern Market is not just about Saturdays. With friendly businesses, hip new housing and some of the hands-down best pizza in the city, the neighborhood is a worthwhile destination any day of the week. Itâ€™s an exciting place to live, work, shop and play.
Whether youâ€™re visiting the market for lunch on Saturday or stopping by for dinner during the week,Supinoâ€™s delectable thin crust pizza is not to be missed. Toppings like spicy sausage, salty prosciutto and smoky gouda will wow your taste buds. Choose one of Supinoâ€™s signature creations or build your own. Order a 12â€ť or 18â€ť pie to share, or grab a single slice for under $3. Expect a wait (but know itâ€™s totally worth it).
Bertâ€™s Warehouse Theatre
Bertâ€™s Warehouse Theatre
This intimate theater is as well-known for itâ€™s live jazz and blues as it is for itâ€™s mouth-water barbecued ribs. If you werenâ€™t looking for it, youâ€™d probably walk right past the unassuming facade. But step inside (or onto the patio if the weatherâ€™s nice), and youâ€™ll be immersed in the theaterâ€™s energetic, eclectic atmosphere. If youâ€™re feeling brave, step up to the mic and belt out some Motown karaoke.
Busy Bee Hardware Stores, Inc.
Busy Bee Hardware
Originally opened in 1918, Busy Bee has long maintained a reputation for friendly, helpful customer service. The shop is stacked with everything you need for home improvement and repair projects. In May this year, Busy Beeâ€™s owners purchased the vacant building next door and bulldozed it to create a free parking lot for customers.
FD Lofts/Urban Life Development
Detroitâ€™s newest housing concept is a dynamic live/work residential community. The mixed-use lofts are perfect for creative individuals who hate to commute; the units are zoned both for residential purposes and businesses such as art studios. The building itself was constructed in 1917 and underwent a major renovation in 2004, reopening in 2007. Lofts are currently available for rent.
The Eastern Market
Detroitâ€™s first farmerâ€™s market actually opened in 1841 at Cadillac Square. The Eastern Market location we know today was added in the 1850s. Originally devoted to hay and wood sales, Eastern Market added its first sheds in 1891. Covering 43 acres, it is the largest historic public market district in the country. It also boasts the nationâ€™s largest open-air flower bed market.
With more than 150 specialty businesses and 45,000 visitors, Saturdays at Eastern Market are always bustling with activity. Stop by Shed 2 tomorrow (August 18) to watch cooking demos by Zingermanâ€™s Chef Aubrey Thomas (and nibble on free samples).
Eastern Market is bordered on the south by Gratiot Ave., the north by Mack Ave., the east by St. Aubin and on the west by the I-75 freeway. Saturday market hours are 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays, the market is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Have you been to Eastern Market? What are your favorite places to shop and dine in the market?