Mariah has been a Sales Associate at City Bird for a little over a year, and we love the creative energy she brings to the shops! An actress, singer, and artist, Mariah grew up in Dexter, Michigan and studied Musical Theatre, obtaining her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Oakland University in 2021. Read more about Mariah below!
What brought you to the Detroit area? Film/commercial work brought me to Detroit.
What do you like about working at the shops? I enjoy my friendly coworkers and customers that I see regularly and the employee discount is nice too ;)
What's the most recent thing you bought at the shops? Michi-Gummies - the BEST.
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending time in nature, thrifting, and eating delicious food with people I love.
What's something surprising/interesting about you? I've been vegetarian for the majority of my life.
How would you spend your perfect day in Detroit? A trip to Eastern Market to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at Belle Isle after.
What will you be selling at the Summer Saturdays event? I will be selling crocheted items I made from repurposed yarn, including earrings, keychains, hats and more!
What inspired you or drew you to that line of work? Over the pandemic I picked up crocheting as a time filling hobby and fell in love with the fiber arts!
What's your favorite product of yours that you've made? One of my most recent items are my daisy earrings, which I am very proud of.
Another Oakland University grad, Emily has a Bachelors of Arts in Art History, and a Bachelors of Science in Cultural Anthropology. She grew up in the Metro-Detroit area and has been at City Bird and Nest for almost a year working as a Sales Associate. Her wide range of interests and talents make her a stellar employee with customers! Read more about Emily below!
What do you like about working at the shops? The environment and products at CB/Nest are amazing, and both Andy and Emily are fantastic bosses that make you feel like family.
What's your favorite product from the shops? So many products it's almost hard to narrow down, but probably at City Bird the Michigan Map Cookie Cutters- great for new home owners/parents and as Christmas gifts. Literally any of the candles.
What's the most recent thing you bought at the shops? A card for someone's birthday, City Bird has a unique collection of hand made cards.
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy outdoor activities, and reading. I'm also big into craft activities, and woodworking.
What's something surprising/interesting about you? I've worked aboard in South Korea teaching English.
How would you spend your perfect day in Detroit? I'd probably spend a day on Belle Isle or in one of the museums, and finish with a meal at one of Detroit's numerous restaurants.
Where's your favorite place to travel? I have loved all the places I've traveled but enjoy the Upper Peninsula for backpacking/camping.
What else do you do outside of working at City Bird and Nest? I'm an artist and hand weaver. My business will be mainly focused on sustainable and earth-friendly hand woven home goods as well as furniture, so I've been spending time working on getting some of the designs put together for a larger launch of products in the new year.
What will you be selling at the Summer Saturdays event? On the 27th I'll be selling some wood jewelry that was a side passion project; I wanted to set some sustainable and eco-friendly parameters and see what I could come up with. The wood comes from off cuts from furniture I've built, and I've hand stained it in a natural Indigo Vat, and sealed the product with an all natural shellac.
What inspired you or drew you to that line of work? I love working with wood as a part of my art practice, and wanted to find a way to reuse these small pieces, while testing out using natural dyes as stains.
What's your favorite product of yours that you've made? My favorite product I've made are some Rep Woven placemats and a table runner, which I will be selling in the new year through my business, 5FT Fiber & Design.
Anything else you'd like to share?
You can find me on Instagram: 5ftfiber.and.design.