Summer may be winding to an end, but one of our favorite holidays, Labor Day, and the weekend that comes with it is just around the corner. As you begin to gear up for the festivities, make a conscious effort to support local Detroit brands as you stay in the comfort of your own home, grill, or have friends over for drinks while we are navigating the impact COVID-19 has cast.
The answer to why it is important to support locally owned businesses in Detroit is easy: locally owned businesses create jobs in the city of Detroit, shopping locally owned businesses gives you the opportunity to make a strong connection with the owner and/or community and it keeps money in the local economy, enriching the whole community.
Support local and look to these Detroit-based companies when shopping for your crowd-pleasing barbecue ingredients and remember – when shopping, always mask up!
Founded in 1997, the original Atwater Brewery made its debut in Detroit, Michigan in the historic Rivertown district and has since promised to provide the highest quality products at a very reasonable price for the most well informed customers. The passion for beer started in 1848 when the first mass produced beer was bottled in the Detroit area. As the business continues to expand, it is important to support the original location in Detroit, located at 237 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 48207.
AVALON INTERNATIONAL BREADS
Avalon International Breads, a bakery whose flagship location resides at 422 W. Willis, Detroit, MI 48201, offers a wide variety of baked goods, including breads, rolls, pizzas, cookies and pastries, as well as sandwiches and coffee. The offerings are perfect for an eclectic spread to offer guests.
BETTER MADE CHIPS
Of all the small Detroit potato chip companies operating in the 1920s, Better Made was a sole survivor through the Great Depression almost 100 years later, it’s important to remember the roots of the company: Detroit. The brand, founded by Peter Cipriano and Cross Moceri is made in Detroit, using Michigan potatoes for ten months of the year. You can’t have a Labor Day Weekend barbecue without delicious potato chips!
FAIRWAY PACKING CO.
The unique blend of old-style packing house quality and service plus state of the art equipment and the newest technology allow Fairway Packing CO to provide the finest finished product to Detroiters. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market (313 Erskine St., Detroit, MI 48207), Fairway Packing Co. offers Prime beef, as well as Wagyu beef and Piedmonte beef. Other products include premium pork, poultry, wild game and custom ground burger, all of which are perfect to serve on a summer day. The company prides itself on ensuring every order receives special attention to ensure they provide the best to each customer.
Kowalski Sausage, located on Holbrook Avenue in Hamtramck, has given Detroiters authentic Polisk Kielbasa and other sausages for 100 years after emigrants Agnes and Zygmund Kowalski made the move to begin their careers in Detroit. Through the years Kowalski has been in business, the secret family recipes have remained the same. As a well-known family business in Detroit, the popularity has continued to grow and products can be found in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne county delis, grocery stores, and markets.
DETROIT COOKIE COMPANY
Everyone needs a good dessert at the end of a barbecue. Located in the heart of Ferndale Michigan at 23421 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, Detroit Cookie Company offers a collection of cookies crafted to be unique. Every day, Detroit Cookie Company bakes and serves a different variety of 25+ cookie flavors, some rotating daily and you can always call ahead to see if your favorite flavor is available. Cookies can be purchased via walk-up window or delivery through Fedex. Visit the website to order cookies now.