Art Is an Essential Part of Life
Leaf and Blossom, a tea and artisan boutique working with local artists in Detroit to provide handmade gifts, opened last December during the pandemic after art shows were being cancelled. Co-owners Lillian Li, Victoria Li and Maggie Massara, all artists themselves, support their peers by allowing them to sell their artwork and products.
Public art classes are available offerings range from handmade birdhouses to photography and even tarot card reading. There are 26 other artists that sell their works in the store, and the owners say residents from Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit are customers. “It was the perfect fit for our neighborhood,” said Lillian Li. “It was so important to make sure that we engage the artists in the community to be a part of our store.” They also expanded outdoors and started a community garden for children.
“We want children to be engaged in art and I feel like art is this lost thing in schools,” says Lillian Li. “For us, we feel art is an essential part of somebody’s growth as a person.”