2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 semi-finalists announced for

Posted Aug 8, 2014

The top 10 semi-finalists for the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by the Detroit Lions were announced today at Ford Field in Detroit.

DETROIT, Mich. (Aug. 6, 2014) – The top 10 semi-finalists for the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by the Detroit Lions were announced today at Ford Field in Detroit.

“Detroit truly is a city with an entrepreneurial spirit and it shows in the 240 submissions to this year’s contest,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “The city is experiencing an upswing in the quantity and quality of small businesses open and we hope this year’s contestants will help continue that positive growth.”

The top 10 businesses vying for public votes are:

  • Alegria Pops will make paletas (Mexican ice pops) incorporating fresh, whole fruits and a variety of other authentic Mexican ingredients such as Chili and tamarind.

  • Bumbo’s aims to be a true working class neighborhood bar with a fenced-in, cozy back patio area featuring healthy yet delicious dining options.

  • Cockadoodle is a full-service breakfast and lunch concept planned for the Avenue of Fashion that embodies the values of farm-freshness, genuine hospitality, quality standards and community honor.

  • Gabriel Hall plans to be a live entertainment bar & restaurant which celebrates the rich New Orleans-Detroit musical history and connection featuring an authentic Cajun menu and signature drinks.

  • McClary Bros. Outpost aims to be a tasting room/soda shoppe/bottling facility in Corktown serving fountain sodas made from drinking vinegars otherwise known as “Shrub Sodas.”

  • Rocco’s Italian Deli hopes by offering high quality meats, cheeses, vegetables and herbs to add to Midtown’s food options and bolster its ethnic diversity by delivering a product and experience that is unique and affordable

  • Sister Pie plans to celebrate the seasons through pie and will use seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients to create sweet and savory food, including pies, cookies, breads and breakfast pastries.

  • Third Wave Music is an instrument retail store concept that plans to sell new and used instruments, provide lessons and operate a repair facility, and aims to become a necessary place for Detroit musicians.

  • Uncle Bug’s Organic Creamery intends to be an ice cream manufacturing company with a retail scoop shop and wholesale distribution business offering a sustainably delicious ice cream that closes the gap in Detroit’s demand for artisanal ice cream.

  • 1701 Bespoke is a group of clothiers dedicated to providing designer custom clothes, such as suits, shirts and overcoats, crafted from hundreds of fabrics for men who value fit and style.


To read full biographies of each company, visit

The winning business pitch will receive a $50,000 grant courtesy of Comerica Bank and legal, marketing, accounting and IT support from Hatch Detroit.

“Comerica Hatch Detroit contestants tend to be the premier group of entrepreneurs in Detroit,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Comerica Bank. “And the 2014 class is no exception. Detroiters will have a tough decision to make during public voting.”

“This year’s semi-finalists are a great representation of quality small business entrepreneurs that can play an integral part in Detroit’s resurgence,” said Tom Lewand, Detroit Lions Team President. “We’re proud to feature these contestants at Ford Field and introduce them to our community.”  

Important dates

  • Round one public voting runs Thursday, Aug. 7 at 12:01 a.m. through Thursday, Aug. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Top four finalists will be announced and round two public voting begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon.
  • The winner will be announced at the Hatch Off event, where the final four will present their business pitch one last time to a panel of judges in the glass atrium at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

About Hatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization that champions and supports independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding, education, exposure, and mentoring.  Hatch Detroit was founded by Nick Gorga, a Detroit native who is passionate about the revitalization of the city and inspiring others in the community to create change.

About Comerica Bank

Comerica Bank, with 214 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Founded in Detroit in 1849, Comerica continues to invest in Michigan. Comerica recently committed $1 million to the Detroit Institute of Arts “grand bargain” that will help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To find us on Facebook, please visit Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

About Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $7.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information, visit