Once a landmark for tech vests and cargo pants at Woodward and Nine Mile, Ferndale's Rust Belt Market came to life Friday night, and finally opened it's doors to the public. It was a night filled with do-it-yourself entrepreneurs -- selling everything from homemade spices and candy to Motor City inspired screen-printed t-shirts to tiny succulent plants to home furnishings and vintage accessories -- that filled the 15,000 square foot space, formerly occupied by clothing giant Old Navy.
Functioning as a preview, folks were given a sneak peak into what the Rust Belt Market will be offering every weekend. Partygoers enjoyed entertainment provided by musical guests , as well as a set from the Blueflowers as they nibbled on cake from and sipped beer from the Royal Oak Brewery. Crowds of people strolled through, taking a sneak peek at the homespun art and commerce created by local artisans and entrepreneurs, who will be on hand this weekend to sell their goods from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.
Ferndale Mayor Coulter was on hand to christen the space, and loads of art and crafts connoisseurs turned out to witness the ribbon finally being cut on a formerly vacant space that has occupied the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward for far too long.
Rust Belt Market founders Chris and Tiffany Best celebrated months and months of hard work leading up to the opening, and Ferndalians showed up in droves to show their support.