Our/City

Happenings & Thoughts

The Patty Cools: Mary Ann’s Soda strawberry soda, balsamic vinegar, house made black peppercorn simple syrup, and basil.

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Feature Friday

Mary Ann’s Soda has been a working concept for a while now, but came into being this May 2014. Seeing that there was a lack of handmade craft sodas, specifically those made in the Detroit area, that paired well with alcohol, we saw it as our golden opportunity. The passion and creativity for our offerings comes from the balance of the four co-founders that we have balancing all facets of the business. And also, the relationships that we have with our partners. We have already been approached by several businesses to partner on custom sodas specifically for their business – everything from plum soda to a jalapeno soda to a coffee soda. Which leads me to our passions about the Motor City. The resurgence of a city that’s fallen on hard times has only been possible – thus far and in the foreseeable future – through partnerships, friendships, networking and teamwork. They are traits that have always been present in metro Detroiters, and will be the cornerstone on which the reemergence of Detroit rests. Our product and service would not be possible without the amazing relationships and partnerships that we’ve built thus far. We are fortunate to have been very selective as to where our product is featured. There are only a handful of bars/restaurants who currently carry Mary Ann’s, and we would like to keep it special and discerning. And in terms of where we would like to go with the company, we see no reason why we should put a cap on our growth. As long as our partnerships are fulfilling for both parties and we are able to provide product to those who have helped us along the way, we would love to be able to grow exponentially. Offering a line of seasonal, artisanal sodas is what we enjoy, and we would be thrilled to be able to grow our client base.  Check out their Website Here

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Detroit, don’t let summer float away..

Our tasting rooms opens back up this Wednesday-Friday 4pm, Sat & Sun 1pm. Hope to see you here! If not, make a request to your local watering hole, party store, or favorite restaurant.. Ask them to carry Our/Detroit Vodka!

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Artist Statement

I believe in the power of creativity in all its forms. I enjoy the collaborative efforts of fellow creatives and hope to better the community with the time I have.

 

Brief Bio

I am a Detroit native. I have learned about the vital role of creativity through my rigorous education at Cass Technical High School. Through community service and collaboration with various creatives I have learned how to tell a compelling story. Through my four years at the College for Creative Studies I have also learned learned that storytelling is an essential role in the life of an Art Director/Creative.

 

Q & A

We Sat down with Ndubisi and asked him a few questions, here is what he had to say:

 

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

My name is Ndubisi Okoye and I am a creative from Raleigh, NC but grew up in Detroit. I have a passion for creativity and storytelling. I am currently a senior at the College for Creative Studies studying Advertising Design.

 

What is your artistic process?

My process usually starts with an inspiration & idea, then I begin to sketch out that idea, bounce those sketches off of a couple people and then I fully render or execute that idea.

 

How were you inspired by Detroit for this project?

I was inspired by Detroit in this project because the girl in the mural is a native Detroit and the combination organic and geometric shapes symbolize the rebirth and restoration of the city.

 

What are your plans for the future?

While doing the mural I spoke with a clothing brand out my aspiration and plans for the future, I think they all can be summed up here

 

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We’re Here 4 U!

Come visit our tasting room, and building featuring work by local artists. The Tasting room is available for special events, community meetings, and fundraisers on Mondays and Tuesdays.

If your in the trade and are interested in selling Our/Detroit in your store or serving drinks with our vodka at your bar or restaurant, please contact:

Lynne Savino Sales Director OUR/DETROIT

lynne.savino@ourvodka.com

Antoine Przekop Little Guy Wine & Spirits a division of Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

antoine@littleguywine.com

Tasting Room Hours

Tuesday- Friday 4pm

Saturday 1pm Sunday 12pm

Come visit our tasting room to sample Our/Detroit vodka or order a fresh cocktail from our menu!

2545 Bagley St. Detroit, MI

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Last Call!

This rotating mural exhibition is a giant community canvas that beautifies the Northeast corner of this building and a platform celebrating one talented local artist winner each year… and today is the LAST DAY to submit your artwork! Read below for details and submit your entry to be judged by our community panel. We’re looking forward to seeing what you got, Detroit.

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Call for Artists

OUR/DETROIT is looking for artists to design and paint murals for a revolving public art piece. This contest offers you a chance to reach out and work with the local Detroit community by featuring art that represents Detroit. This rotating mural exhibition is a giant community canvas that beautifies the Northeast corner of this building and a platform celebrating one (1) lucky local artist winner each year.
ELIGIBILITY:    The Our/Detroit Local Community Mural Exhibition Contest ( the “Contest”) is open only to  legal residents of the United States residing in Detroit, Michigan, age 21 or older at the time of entry. Officers, directors and employees of Our/Detroit Vodka LLC, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates; individuals or entities responsible for the development, printing, distribution and implementation of this Contest; suppliers, distributors and retailers of alcohol-beverage products; and individuals who are employees of or members of the immediate family or household, whether or not related, of any of the foregoing are not eligible to enter to win.
OUR/DETROIT COMMUNITY MURAL EXHIBITION CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD:    The Contest will begin on May 20th, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and end on June 16th, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.  To be eligible, all entries must be received by June 16th, 2014 or postmarked by June 13th (the “Contest Entry Period”). Only entries received during the Contest Entry Period and which are otherwise fully compliant with these Official Rules are “Valid Entries.”
TO ENTER[1]: There are two (2) ways to enter the Contest.
1.     To enter via internet. Visit http://ourvodka.com/ourdetroit (the “Web Site”), follow all instructions, and complete and submit an online entry form, along with an electronic image, preferably in jpeg (.jpg) format, of proposed mural, and email: detroit@ourvodka.com with subject heading “Our/Detroit Community Mural Exhibition Contest.”

 

2.    To enter via regular mail. Visit http://ourvodka.com/ourdetroit and complete an official entry form or legibly print your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address (optional), and daytime telephone number on a 3×5 postcard, and mail to: Our/Detroit Vodka LLC, ATTN: Our/Detroit Community Mural Exhibition Contest, 2545 Bagley Street, Detroit, MI, 48216, along with an electronic image, preferably in jpeg (.jpg) format, of proposed mural submitted by CD.
Artists must submit all the requested items.  Applicants who fail to submit both of these items may be disqualified. A complete digital application form may be found here.
SELECTION OF WINNER(S): On or about June 16th-20th, 2014, Sponsor or an independent judging organization will select four (4) – six (6) finalists from all Valid Entries in accordance with the Judging Criteria. The Sponsor and/or its independent judging organization will determine, in its/their sole discretion, which entries are deemed Valid Entries, and their decisions and the result of the finalists will be final, binding and conclusive in all respeocts.  Finalists’ mural entries will then be uploaded to Facebook for a public vote. The finalist with the most votes above all others will be a potential winner.
Odds of winning depend on the total number of Valid Entries timely received as well as the amount of votes the finalists receive.

 

PRIZE: Winner will have the opportunity to display their work on the Our/Detroit designated 500 square feet mural wall space and will receive $2,000 upon completion of mural and satisfaction of Detroit Local Community Representative Committee (approximate retail value (ARV): $2,000.00) (the “Prize”). Prize includes:  $2,000 and chance to showcase their artwork on the designated wall of Our/Detroit Vodka’s 2545 Bagley Street building between June 20th, 2014 – July 1st, 2014.

[1] If artist cannot submit image of a mural it is recommended that he/she produce one sample design for a hypothetical mural that reflects the artist’s style and imagery.
Click here for official rules.

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Tasting Room Daydreams

Imagining what the tasting room and bar area will feel like. Can’t wait to have everyone in the finished space.

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Detroiters in Berlin

There’s nothing like family. It was great visiting our sister distillery in Berlin. Jon and Pauline and the Our/Berlin team are super talented! We’ve got big shoes to fill in Detroit, and we’re excited for the challenge!