Detroit’s Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique to Open Thursday

A local grant helped this business owner launch her dream

Brix Wine & Charcuterie

In the heart of Detroit’s West Village, a new wine bar by the name of Brix Wine & Charcuterie is prepping to open its doors on August 17. This highly anticipated spot will soft-open with a three-day event featuring wines from California’s Joseph Carr as well as assorted selections from Italy. Each night there will be free samples of wine and a light charcuterie menu.

Founder Mikiah Westbrooks has strong ties to the West Village, as she grew up in the neighborhood and went to the school just across the street, formerly known as Butzel Middle School, now Marcus Garvey.  Westbrooks won a $32,000 grant from Motor City Match, which partners small business owners with local real estate opportunities, and put it toward refurbishing a 1,100-square-foot space in the old bank building. The interior draws inspiration from her travels with her husband, Fran. Westbrooks prides herself on creating an approachable experience to wine for all guests. She says, “I want people to feel as comfortable in the space as they would in my living room. I think the décor and overstuffed seats reflect that.”

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The bar will seat 40 people and serve imported meats and cheeses that pair with the fine wines. Brix will be open Thursday through Saturday, and eventually Westbrooks  will offer private events in the bank vault as well as wine tastings and a retail wine program in addition to food.