Books + Folk, a collaboration between the Folk market in Detroit’s historic Corktown, the local coffee consultant and roastery Caffeehaus, and Assouline books, will host its grand opening today in the Somerset Collection South on the second floor near the skywalk.
Books + Folk offers an array of coffee, teas, pastries, and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads. There is also a selection of best sellers and gorgeous coffee table books available from Assouline, a luxury publisher in the fashion, design, travel, and lifestyle spaces.
In addition to Folk, Luke Kirtley, owner of Coffeehaus, has been engaged to support the design, training, and product curation for the shop. Micky Mardirosian, who for over 30 years has owned cafés and shops in downtown Detroit, manages the operation.
Every purchase at Books + Folk runs through The Detroit Shoppe, the philanthropic arm of The Somerset Collection that celebrates and supports the people, places, and products of Detroit, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting charity.
As part of the grand opening, Somerset Collection has also commissioned Detroit artist Mike Han to live-paint an original eight-by-twelve-foot mural titled “Together we Rise” at the entrance of the store.
Hahn is a Korean-Detroit artist and designer whose creative practice has been cultivated by exploring the unresolved tension between graffiti and architecture, creation and destruction, and his identity as a first generation American born with Korean heritage.
The Somerset Collection is located on the corner of Big Beaver Road and Coolidge in Troy. A 700-foot-long glass enclosed moving skywalk spans Big Beaver connecting Somerset North with Somerset South. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s, the Somerset Collection is home to more than 180 stores and restaurants.