Ferndale contemporary art gallery The Butcher's Daughter
is moving into the Auburn in Midtown this May after four years in its previous Ferndale location. "We had looked for about a year for the right property," says Butcher's Daughter Director Monica Bowman. "Eventually I met Sue (Mosey) and she got me involved in the Auburn. It was heaven-sent."
Another Ferndale business, Treat Dreams, was intended for the space but the decision was made not to move forward, leaving the space available for someone else to snag. Bowman saw it as the opportunity she had been waiting for. "We had always intended to (move) to Detroit. It is literally like a dream."
Auburn developers the Roxbury Group
are building out the space according to Bowman's specifications down to details like placement of outlets and light switches, an added wall, and special lighting accommodations. "They went all out. It's like your imagination coming to life," she says.
The Butcher's Daughter is moving from a very small second-floor space that was not handicap-accessible and didn't easily invite foot traffic, things that Bowman felt were hindrances to her business, into this 1,200-square-foot space with tall ceilings. The new, larger space allows Bowman to show more works, larger pieces, and expand her programming in ways she couldn't in her previous location.
The Auburn was a particular draw because of its proximity to all of the major cultural institutions of Midtown as well as other galleries like Dell Pryor
. It is also home to design-focused home décor and gift stores Hugh
"I can't imagine not having my business here," Bowman says. "It's so centralized and integrated. It's a nice community to really add to what's already going on."
Bowman plans on opening in May.
Source: Monica Bowman, Director of The Butcher's Daughter
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg
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