Buyer’s remorse? Not a chance when you support one of these local companies that benefit organizations in education, health care, and more. There’s something for everyone, from the fashion forward to the foodie, and while the price tags may vary on this eclectic group of items, their value can’t just be measured in dollars and cents.
The Caliber Collection
Caliber takes the concept of repurposing to a whole new level — all of their jewelry is made from illegal guns and metal bullet casings taken off America’s streets. Their Detroit collection specifically consists of cuffs, bangles, and cuff links, and all of the diamonds used are conflict-free. The Caliber Foundation also organizes donations for victims, families, and communities that have been affected by illegal gun violence across the country.
The Detroit Shoppe
Located in the Somerset Collection in Troy, the Detroit Shoppe is dedicated to preserving memories and showcasing the products and people that make Detroit, Detroit. Sponsored by community staples like American Coney Island and Vernors, the store offers products that are sure to resonate with every Detroiter at heart. As a nonprofit, 100 percent of proceeds are donated to various Detroit-based organizations, including The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, and Pewabic Pottery.
Created by metro Detroit high school student Noah Bloom, Hear Detroit offers a pair of headphones that’s built to last, just like the city that inspired them. With the highest regard for sound quality and aesthetics, Hear Detroit’s hardware is made from aluminum alloy and has the iconic cityscape etched on the exterior. After their first wave of production, 10 percent of all profits will be donated to Sit On It Detroit, a local organization dedicated to refurbishing bus benches around the city.
â€‹Imerman Cake Company
Co-founder Jane Imerman became interested in baking with all-natural ingredients after her youngest son, Jonny, was diagnosed with cancer in his early 20s. After experimenting with organic cake recipes, Imerman and her eldest son, Jeffery, created the company in 2010, offering flavors like chocolate chip and cinnamon. A portion of all the proceeds is donated to Imerman Angels, a worldwide, family-run cancer support charity.
This Detroit-based jewelry company was founded when Joan Frank and her mother were both diagnosed with cancer in 2008, prompting Frank to set out on a journey of healing, serenity, and spirituality. With the help of her sister
Patty’s creative vision, Frank and her mother (both now cancer free) began designing jewelry with ancient symbols, positive energy, and healing principles. A portion of the proceeds is donated to cancer support organizations.
Founded with the purpose of employing, educating, and empowering disadvantaged women, Rebel Nell offers a variety of jewelry that combines street edge and style. The company’s earrings, bracelets, pendants, and cuff links are made with graffiti recycled from Detroit buildings. The products are made by women who are transitioning to a more independent life. The organization provides access to financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs, as well as empowerment classes.
Wrapped in Love
After watching her mother spend Christmas in the hospital, founder Karen MacDonald was inspired to create fashionable cover-ups, head wraps, and infinity scarves to provide warmth, comfort, and style to those wearing hospital gowns. Each quarter, a portion of the proceeds from Wrapped in Love is donated to a charity such as the American Cancer Society.