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Weekend In Detroit Offers Food, Fun And Fashion At Winter Festival

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Pop-up stores around Campus Martius are part of Winter Festival scene in Detroit. (WWj/Sandra McNeill)

Pop-up stores around Campus Martius are part of Winter Festival scene in Detroit. (WWj/Sandra McNeill)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s not just Noel Night that is drawing people downtown this weekend. The Winter Festival is in full swing, with ice skating, food, a beer garden and plenty of gifts to buy.

The booths feature many made-in-Detroit products like t-shirts, books and home decor.

Jeramie Roy of Wooden Hangers store in Royal Oak has a booth with men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.

“We have vendors from … all over; from the U.K. … Spain, we do have (some) from the U.S.,” said Roy.

Detroit designer Breena Davis is selling t-shirts under her label ‘Love the 808.’

“No guns, it’s all love,” she said. “It’s so cheesy but it’s all love.”

The shirts have a heart and boast sayings like: ‘I kissed a Detroiter and I liked it” and “Detroit is still in my heart.’

“People who would know I went to school for fashion didn’t know why I stayed in Detroit, so I said, ‘hey look, this is how I feel’ and I put it on a t-shirt,” she said.

Joe Paglino of Grosse Pointe tells WWJ he likes the festival:

“Some vintage sweatshirts that look pretty cool over here. Made in Detroit. It’s good, it’s good for what’s going on in the city … I’m looking forward the beer garden at the end,” he laughed.

Michelle Bouzou is selling Sweet Artisan Marshmallows in what she calls funky flavors.

“We do Atwater’s Vanilla Porter, we have egg nog and apple pie for the holiday … anything really that is found in nature, we can make marshmallow out of it,” she said. “The marshmallows kind of remind you of when you were little and you were not thinking about your bills.”

She tells WWJ that sales have been good but she really loves getting a chance to meet all of the people who come to the festival from around the state, country and internationally.

The festival takes place at Campus Martius this weekend and next. Find more information – HERE. 

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