Lana Rodriguez has sold handmade creations and favorite vintage items from around the world at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Sunday Street Market at Eastern Market and at a ton of pop-ups around the area. But this August, Rodriguez will bring all worldly finds and special trinkets to Corktown at her new shop, Mama Coo’s Boutique.

Rodriguez will sell an eclectic selection of clothing, handmade art pieces, jewelry, small home furnishings and more at Mama Coo’s, an upscale resale and vintage boutique, located in the former Trumbull Market. Her vintage ethnic pieces come from South America, Africa and many places in between.

“Mama Coo’s Boutique is a true reflection of my passion for my culture and for the community, a place where I want everyone to feel comfortable shopping,” Rodriguez said.

Her own homemade pieces are also among the boutique’s collection, in addition to products from other local artists and makers.

She grew up in Southwest Detroit, served as an intelligence specialist in the Navy, obtained an art history and political science degree from the University of Michigan and dedicated much of her time to working for social justice organizations.

As if that collection of information wasn’t impressive enough, Rodriguez also worked on creating her business over the years and went on to be a part of TechTown’s Retail Boot Camp, SWOT City and she recently received a Motor City Match grant.

“I like to say I went through the Detroit small business public education system,” Rodriguez said. “I started in BUILD Institute, then went through TechTown and graduated from Motor City Match High.”

As an activist, Rodriguez sponsors community events, including an annual Prom Dress Drive and Giveaway event in the springtime.

“My success to date, and in the future, is a win for all the organizations, advisers and people who helped me through this journey,” she said.

Mama Coo’s will host a grand opening ceremony from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 12 at 1701 Trumbull. Ribbon cutting is set to take place at 6 p.m. with music to match the affair by Neenuh Sofia.

Reilly Craft Creamery, a fellow boot camp grad, will provide refreshments and Cabresto Tequila will provide cocktails.

The store’s hours run 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Stop in to 1701 Trumbull, find the team on social media or email mamacoosboutique(@)gmail.com for more information.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5


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