Congratulations to the top 4 finalists in the 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest! They are competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Now the contest will turn to the public to cast their vote and help determine the four finalists who will go head-to-head in a Hatch Off business pitch competition Friday, Aug. 25.

“As Detroit continues to prosper, so does the independent small business retail,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director, Hatch Detroit. “This year we received more than 160 business applications and look forward to standing alongside the community as it determines the businesses that will become this year’s finalists.”

Baobab Fare

BAOBAB FARE is a restaurant, market, and juice bar, offering an array of prepared menu items, groceries, juices, and other retail products unique to East Africa. Customers will be warmly welcomed to simply shop for retail products such as herbs, spices, produce, fresh meat, or other groceries.

Bar Botanica

BAR BOTÁNICA will be a mixed-use craft cocktail bar and café in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit. Its unique concept takes inspiration from the mystery and magic of botánicas—shops that sell plants, herbs, candles, and other mystical products used in Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices.

Detroit Blows

DETROIT BLOWS will efficiently provide women in Detroit with high-quality, specialized blowout hair styling services at a great value, utilizing non-toxic, high-performance products in a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Lip Bar

THE LIP BAR is a beauty brand that exists to disrupt traditional beauty ideals by focusing on their beliefs to guide the products they produce. The products are free from harsh chemicals and filled with natural and organic oils. The products are responsibly made and affordable.