The top 10 semi-finalists in this year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit contest have been announced, which means the public now has the opportunity to vote for their favorites up until August 18. The 10 semi-finalists are competing to win $50,000 from Comerica Bank to help open a brick and mortar location in the Detroit area.

Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based nonprofit organization that supports and champions independent retail businesses in the Detroit-area through funding, exposure, education and mentoring. Nick Gorga founded Hatch Detroit in 2011 and has since helped grow a number of city favorites – including, Hugh, La Feria, Batch Brewing, Sister Pie and Live Cycle Delight.

So without further ado…here are your 2016 semi-finalists:

  • Ash & Anvil launched a successful eCommerce store and is the first company to design clothing for younger and shorter-in-stature men. They’re looking to expand to a brick and mortar location.
  • Bird Bee is a boutique that offers modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, in addition to shoes, jewelry and accessories.
  • Brut Detroit plans to operate as Grandmont Rosedale’s spot for wine, with approachable, affordable wine tasting events and a wine bar.
  • Chugga’s Main Street Bakery is a women-owned business and a family operated bakery looking to open shop in Highland Park. Chugga’s specializes in breads that are healthy and nutritious by using all natural ingredients.
  • Corbé handcrafts porcelain houseware items as a ceramic design and manufacturing studio. The company is looking to open up retail space so that the community and its visitors can purchase their items for home and table.
  • Coriander aims to expand their urban farm and catering business. They want to open a cafe that features casual, local and affordable healthy food in a rustic setting.
  • Detroit Dart Club hosts Nerf battles and is looking to open a second and larger location in Southwest Detroit. They offer a different, engaging way for kids and adults to exercise.
  • ITADAKU (it-uh-da-ckoo) is a sustainable, fine-casual sushi shop that uses organic produce and sustainable seafood to curate their menu. The space is opening up in Corktown.
  • Meta Physica Massage plans to open a Wellness Center that offers therapeutic bodywork, full-spectrum infrared saunas, raw juice bar, meditation classes and an herbal apothecary retail space.
  • The Natural Market’s plans to open a boutique that specializes in handmade and carefully created bath, body and home products in addition to customized fragrances.

Bios of the above companies can be read in full at www.hatchdetroit.com.

The four entrepreneurs to make it through public voting will then present their final business pitches to a panel of judges. The winner will then be announced at the annual Hatch Off event, set for Friday, Aug. 26.

Public voting will close on Aug. 18. Visit hatchdetroit.com/vote to cast your vote or visit Facebook.com/HatchDetroit.

Happy voting!

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