OUR Detroit, an entirely woman run vodka distillery, found its home in an abandoned liquor store. What was once an eye sore in the neighborhood, untrusting with barred windows and forgotten for many years, has been transformed to a transparent business with arms wide open to the community. It’s the new local hangout where you’re a friend as soon as you step through the door.
This relationship based mentality goes beyond hanging out at the bar, it transcends to their products as well. Our Detroit sources from local farms to make seasonal cocktails with their signature spirit. This openness and connectivity with the surrounding area creates a mood that people don’t typically associate with the city of Detroit. Many may be shocked by how supportive the community is among businesses and artisans alike. It’s a trait I’ve yet to see anywhere else.
“Historically the spirit industry has always been dominated by men. There are a lot of barriers of entry to get into the industry as a women like a number of fields. Specifically, with distilling it is heavy on the chemistry side and academically girls are often deemed not to be good at science and math. Obviously, this is changing and it’s really awesome for us to have a distillery manger that has such a chemistry/science heavy background we get to utilize in a really unique way. We hope to be role models for young women who are looking to get into the field and in general further awareness for women owned small business ownership.
We are excited to be able to put a new spin on things. We love the challenge of changing the face of what the spirit industry look like. This is just the beginning and it’s not just beards and boys anymore, the landscape is shifting and we’re really excited to be a part of that.” —Kate Bordine
Cheers to women who distill!