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The city of Detroit has an incredibly rich history and is one of the most beloved places in the United States. To pay homage to such an incredible metropolis, artist and business owner Debbie La Pratt opened Art Is In Market.

The shop is an epicenter of all things Detroit. Currently located in Briarwood Mall, Twelve Oaks Mall, and Partridge Creek, Art Is In Market sells work of artists from all areas of Michigan, and has successfully put over $8,000,000 back into the state’s economy over the last thirteen years. The idea stemmed not only from La Pratt’s love of Detroit but also because she saw a need to give back. As for the future of the stores, she hopes to someday go national. As of now, there are three locations in Michigan and even one in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, which focuses on artists from that area. La Pratt also plans to open a store right in the heart of downtown Detroit. Each location also provides the public with various opportunities to meet and interact with local artists. In fact, La Pratt says, “we are always looking for artists, everyone is welcome!” The application process is fairly simple, just contact them through Facebook or their website.

La Pratt is an artist herself, who loves Detroit arguably as much as Eminem. She specializes in pottery and tiles. However, her tiles are made from pieces of iconic Detroit architecture. “Each tile is an impression from the original part of Detroit.” Perhaps her most prized piece is her Detroit Manhole Cover, which comes directly from where the new stadium is being built. La Pratt also strongly emphasizes that, “It is my intention to shine a spotlight on the importance of not only historical preservation, but also local pride.” To ensure her mark on the world, Debbie La Pratt signs each piece with her fingerprint.

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