The pop-up thrift shop The Detroit Riot will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration on June 9 at Cass Café in Detroit.
By Ellie Benson
On a girls trip to Paris, Iesha Mitchell and Myka Watts were inspired by the thrift stores and thrifting culture in Paris and decided they wanted to bring this culture to Detroit.
Through their company, The Detroit Riot, the 26-year-olds from Detroit host several pop-up shops a year where they sell unique, thrifted pieces and spread their passion to others.
Their pop-ups have featured catered food and mobile bartenders. Other vendors also sell vintage and modern fashion, jewelry and branded items. This month, Mitchell and Watts will hold a pop-up celebrating Juneteenth on June 9 at Cass Café in Detroit. They’ll also hold pop-ups at Eastern Market throughout the summer and Grand River Workplace in August.
The friends came up with the idea for The Detroit Riot in February 2016 and launched in August of that year. Mitchell and Watts pick the pieces by thrifting themselves, essentially doing the work of digging through thrift stores to find pieces for you.
Mitchell says they love introducing people to secondhand shopping. They also enjoy helping women stand out and find pieces that fit their individualized style.
“I love introducing women to retro pieces compared to today’s fashion,” she says.
Mitchell and Watts choose to hold a pop-up event on June 9 to celebrate Juneteenth — an African-American celebration on June 19 that commemorates the emancipation of slavery — because they believed people were not taking advantage of the day.
“We aim to host pop-ups around holidays, and we thought Juneteenth was the perfect holiday to celebrate during the summer months,” Mitchell says.
They held a similar pop-up last year celebrating Juneteenth, which they say was a success. They plan to continue the celebration each year.
This year’s pop-up will feature a special food and drink menu created for the event. Pieces sold will be selected by Mitchell and Watts, who choose pieces from different eras and regions, along with plus-sized pieces for the summer.
“We try to select unique pieces from thrift stores that have a sense of individuality,” Mitchell says.
Juneteenth Pop-Up Celebration
4620 Cass Ave., Detroit