(Photo above by: Action Photography by Juan Carlos Perez, Photos below by: Kate Bordine)
Fresh Cut Friday
Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?
My name is Sarah Pappas. I have a small flower farm in Woodbridge called Fresh Cut.
What do you make/do?
I grow flowers! And I arrange them, for weekly bouquet customers, special events, and a few special businesses in town. I worked for some of the farming nonprofits in town before this, doing a lot of growing and also a lot of organizing and educating, and I can’t help but get some of that into my time now. I’m doing my best, from a social/interpersonal angle, to help growers and potential buyers find each other (this basically means a lot of farmer/entrepreneur parties).
What is your growing and harvesting process?
Growing begins with planning. Planning begins… well, it has a couple cycles that it operates on, but let’s go ahead and say that it begins in the late summer/early fall. I plan what I’m going to grow, in a mix of annuals, perennials, and biennials. I look at the colors and textures present, and the spread of bloom time over the season. I skew towards things I’ve grown before, but always mix in a few newcomers. Bulbs go in in November, then direct seeds and transplants (bought from local nursery growers) go in in a couple of waves, beginning in March and ending in July. Well, but here it is September and I’ll be planting some 1 and 2 gallon-sized perennials that I started from bare roots in the spring and grew up over this summer. We just tilled a new field at the edge of Rosa Parks and I’ll be aiming to establish a windbreak of sorts, because that wind from the west is strong!
Got a little off track there, sorry. As for harvesting, that happens on Mondays and Wednesdays, about 10 buckets or so each day. This prepares me for my accounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Friday morning deliveries. Most of my flowers have a great shelf life, well over a week. Some of them (dahlias I’m looking at you) are not so strong, so I harvest them the morning that they’ll go out.
How are you inspired by Detroit?
So many ways! I’ve grown personally so much in the 4 years that I’ve been here. My consciousness about class, race, and privilege has grown by leaps and bounds, pushed along by friends and neighbors who are generous, interested, hopeful, angry, triumphant, compassionate, and restless. People have shared so much of themselves with me, and I am so grateful for it. This year I’m so inspired, gratified, and honored by the interest that people/businesses/press have shown in Fresh Cut. There has been enough demand for me to buy supplemental flowers grown by other friends in the city! This was part of my 5 year growth plan, so it’s exciting that demand is high enough to necessitate it now.
Why do you work with Our/Detroit?
They pay me to bring them flowers! What could be better? They trust me to bring what I think will work best for them; they are going out of their way to divert their capital into the very local business and artistic economies; and they make vodka and coffee taste delicious together.
What are your plans for the future?
More perennials in the ground, bringing more unusual and beautiful blooms to Detroit. Saturating the local market before I extend delivery into the suburbs. Hiring more help – on the farm, deliveries, design and event work. Forcing more customers to put their face in a flower and SMELL. Buying more flowers from more local growers. Building a hot tub at my house. Managing the woodlot next door to grow shade-loving perennials and maybe even mushrooms. Trading perennial divisions and cuttings with gardeners from all over metro Detroit. Building an amazing haunted house experience that takes up the whole block. Improving my Arabic and Spanish skills so that my business is tri-lingual. Fostering bonds with more rural Michigan farms.
Buuuttt, in the shorter run: helping to organizing the Black Farmers Conference http://blackurbangrowers.org/, supporting Friday markets at Live Coal Gallery http://livecoalgallery.com/, pre-selling next year’s Weekly Bouquet Service, pre-selling Thanksgiving centerpieces, and collaborating with a couple local friends on a very nice plant-based gift for December. my homepage freshcutdetroit.com and on social media: Facebook & Instagram
(Bring your own food)
Hungry? There are some great local food options to ‘take out’ or ‘order in’ Ask one of our bartenders for recommendations and we’ll give you the inside scoop. Get the best of both worlds, get your food in Detroit and eat it while you sip on some yummy cocktails!
This week we sat down with Andrew Ward, the man behind Line Studio. Learn about his design process and the making of the Our/Detroit bar!
Who Are You And What Do You Want People To Know About You?
We are Line Studio Detroit, specializing in cast concrete. We make concrete countertops, vanities, bar tops, fireplace surrounds, water features, tables, benches and much more. We love concrete because the material lends itself to personalization, whether for individual needs or style and personalization with respect to location or context. Our mission is to create products and relationships that are built to last while igniting our personal drive to push the limits of what’s possible in our medium. Andrew began making concrete in 2003 and brought his wealth of experience to Detroit in 2013. His goal is to have his experience with the concrete and dedication to his craft be evident in the surfaces he creates. “I want every piece to be built upon the ones that came before it, and I believe that is evident with the bar at Our Detroit.” Jessica, Andrew’s wife and partner, grew up in Detroit and after being away for 13 years decided it was time to come back home.
Why Did You Build The Our/Detroit Bartop?
We wanted to showcase the possibilities of concrete, while keeping the context of the space at the front of our mind. The qualities intended to be expressed were elegance, mass, nature, and the history of building. We want our work to come in contact with as many people as possible, almost like a piece of public art, but a highly functional one. I believe in Our/Detroit’s mission to create community, have great love and respect for the owners, and are grateful to have been a part of this project.
How Were You Inspired By Detroit For This Project?
The buildings of the city loom large over me. I am interested in their shape and think of the people who occupied the buildings in the past, wonder who will be in them in the future, and I’m especially fascinated by how the buildings were constructed. Ponyride, where my shop is located, is a concrete building. The concrete floors and walls, poured in stages, make up a frame that is filled in with large windows, flooding the interior with light, This type of building is an example of the factory style utilitarian building championed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn and was significant for several reasons. The amount of light the windows brought in the building created a better working environment, the building cost was economical, and if properly done the building would last a long time.
Board forming is the building technique used to construct buildings such as Ponyride. The forms for the floors and walls were made from various widths and lengths of pine boards, and if you look closely at the ceilings, stair wells, and sections of walls that haven’t been covered over the years, the imprint of the board is plainly visible. The imprint of that wood is a fossil, a legacy of building, craftsmanship, and innovation. Visually, the grain pattern of the wood contrasts well with the straight line of the boards and cold mass of the concrete.
What Is Your Artistic Process?
The base of the bar was cast first. I used the process of board formed concrete to cast the base of the bar with white concrete. It began with oak boards taken off an old trailer that I milled flat and seamed together to create the curved form for casting the base. After the base was cast and the form disassembled, the boards I cast against were milled down again and used to build black tables throughout the tasting room.
About a week after the base was cast, the bartop was cast. This involved building a form nearly out of thin air, as there was no cabinetry for the top form to rest on. The top was cast, demoulded, polished, a HUGE mess was made, cleaned up, and finally sealed.
What Are Your Plans For The Future?
We plan to grow roots in Detroit. Currently the majority of our business is custom projects. As that continues to expand, we will begin offering small housewares, bathroom vanities, and planters to be shipped across the country. We also want to explore large outdoor public works such as water features, gardens, or sculpture and build upon the legacy of those types of works in Detroit. We’ve started a more in depth blog about this project here.
The Patty Cools: Mary Ann’s Soda strawberry soda, balsamic vinegar, house made black peppercorn simple syrup, and basil.
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
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!
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.
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
August 13th 2014
Photos by Jonathan Fambrough
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
Antoine Przekop Little Guy Wine & Spirits a division of Great Lakes Wine & Spirits
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