TechTown Limited Edition Store

Shop local for a cause at the TechTown Limited Edition Store. All purchases directly support small businesses in the city of Detroit and help TechTown remove barriers to help entrepreneurs with the resources for success. To learn more about our clients and their stories, scroll down for the details!

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Black Economic Exchange Group

Founded by Crystal Rice in 2017, Black Economic Exchange Group (BEEG) is a marketplace that features and promotes Black-owned businesses to create a community that allows them to thrive and feel supported. Rice has accessed TechTown resources including Retail Boot Camp to help strengthen her business and thrive in today’s retail environment.

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CommodiTeas

Founded by Katrina Anderson in 2011, CommodiTeas provides premium quality teas from around the world. She began her business to invite others around her to enjoy the feeling of being envolped into the sense of calmness and tranquility that come from sipping on exceptional, handpicked tea blends. Anderson has been a client of TechTown since 2019 and has participated in programs like Retail Boot Camp and The SHOP that helped her open a long-term pop-up shop in Corktown this fall.

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Bags to Butterflies

In 2015, Michelle Smart founded Bags to Butterflies – a social enterprise business that employs formerly incarcerated women who are re-entering the community. The hand-made bags are constructed from repurposed woods, conveying the message that something old can be made into something new. Michelle Smart was a part of The SHOP and Winter and Artist Retail Market (WARM) – TechTown services that helped Smart increase product sales by participating in pop-up marketplaces.

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The Natural Market

Founded by Victoria Roby in 2014, The Natural Market is a boutique that specializes in handmade bath, beauty and home products. She wants her customers to reclaim their environment by surrounding themselves with premium products made with care and shea butter – homemade, of course! TechTown resources like Retail Boot Camp and Strategy Sessions have allowed Roby to figure out her customer base, partner with other local businesses and find her current brick-and-mortar establishment in Midtown.

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ILERA Apothecary

Chinonye Akunne started ILERA Apothecary, a clean beauty and skincare company in 2015, to create vegan products for customers that have the highest quality ingredients without compromising their budget or the environment. Chinonye has actively drawn upon TechTown resources since graduating in 2015 from Retail Boot Camp to continue growing. ILERA Apothecary’s products are designed to be a complementary system, as each product is formulated to work together and reveal healthy, smooth skin from naturally derived and sustainable ingredients

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Cook like a Boss in Detroit

Created by Debra Winfrey in 2018, Cook Like a Boss in Detroit will be the city’s premier shop for all things in the kitchen. Winfrey enrolled in TechTown’s Retail Boot Camp to open a Detroit-themed brick-and-mortar where she will sell kitchen essentials and hold cooking classes. Her current online shop offers supplies to help customers craft delicious, homemade meals.

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Socotra Island Soaps

Deriving its name from a group of four Yemeni islands in the Indian Ocean, Socotra Island Soaps was founded by Haima Mohamed. Her business produces candles and homemade, vegan soaps with ingredients like oatmeal, vanilla and aloe that help to gently soften the skin. Mohamed participated in The SHOP and accessed advice from TechTown on how to increase the sales of her products through one-on-one Strategy Session consultations.

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Love Travels Imports

Love Travels Imports sells hand-made artisan goods that journey from across the world and are curated right here in Detroit. Founded by Yvette Jenkins, this business is aimed at helping the world feel a little less big by connecting people and cultures through high-quality and carefully crafted products. Jenkins has actively used TechTown resources since 2013 and has participated in numerous programs including Retail Boot Camp.

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Thumbprint Detroit

Thumbprint Detroit is a fair-trade marketplace that carries hand-crafted items made by artisans from across the world. Founder Becky Riess created her business to support global artisans by providing sustainable employment for those who would otherwise struggle to make a living. In 2020, Riess enrolled in TechTown’s 313 STRONG program for one-on one coaching on how to sustain her business while navigating the pandemic.

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Donations of any amount will help TechTown support small businesses in the city of Detroit, to start and grow a business that makes our community better.

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Product Testimonials

Crystal Rice is the real deal she cares about us and what we are doing she works hard to pull us together to support each other. TOGETHER WE CAN PUSH FORWARD!

Sun'dra Friend-Rollie (Black Economic Exchange)

Wonderful little shop I was there earlier today, it’s got such an inviting atmosphere and the wonderful lady who runs the place is so warm and friendly.

Hourglass Mage (CommodiTeas)

I purchased a bag about 4 years ago and absolutely love it. Today I just purchased bag numbers 2 & 3. Excellent quality and it benefits a wonderful cause.

Shawn S. (Bags to Butterflies)

The scents are out of this world phenomenal! All of the products work miracles for my skin. What's even better is all of the products are handcrafted. I choose to shop local as much as possible!

Tiffany Tiara (The Natural Market)

I have struggled with my skin (acne, and now scars from said acne) for years. This oil is not only balancing my skin to avoid new breakouts but has significantly helped manage my pore size and is even helping even my skin tone.

Kerri (Ilera Apothecary Soap)

Debra made Gumbo for a Super Bowl gathering that was more than worthy of 5 stars. The chicken and sausage blended perfectly with the vegetables in the gumbo with plump rice but the seasonings in the gumbo which were hot and spicy but not overbearing made this dish perfect.

Darrell Mayberry (Cook like a Boss)

I received this soap as a gift from my friend Carrie (TechTown) and I’m blown away!! My old skin rejoiced from this luxury. Loaded with indulgent natural oils that your skin will thank you for! In love 

Anonymous (Socotra Island Soaps)

Love Travels Imports have the most unique and exotic imports that consist of jewelry, scarfs and clothing items and much more from all over the world. I've recently purchased beautiful purses and jewelry from Morocco.

Cassandra Floyd (Love Travels Imports)

This place has the cutest candles, ornaments, frames, ceramics, etc... perfect for a great gift for a friend, in-laws, and host gifts! The products are so unique and authentic - everyone asks where I get my gifts!

Chrissy C (Thumb Print Gallery)