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Polish Art Center, Hamtramck

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Polish Art Center was originally founded in 1958, by Polish immigrant Joseph Kalenkiewicz. Located in downtown Hamtramck, the small Polish import shop was later sold in 1974 to Raymond and Joan Bittner, who had long since dreamed of running a family-owned and operated business celebrating Poland and all her rich cultural traditions. That dream actually began in 1967, when Raymond first fell in love with Poland during an educational pilgrimage. Later, he met Joan, a Canadian of Scottish descent, who immediately became enamored with Raymond's Polish heritage. The two residents of Farmington Hills, married, moved to Hamtramck and eventually welcomed three children who would go on to help support the family business.

Since then, the Bittners have developed The Polish Art Center into one of the country's premier emporiums of Polish cultural and traditional goods. The Center is also an important member of the Hamtramck Polish community. Aside from preserving Polish heritage through The Center's wide assortment of items, Raymond and Joan remain active in their civic duties, regularly displaying their Polish cultural artifacts at festivals, schools and libraries. In 2004, the couple expanded their operation into an adjacent building and converted it into an educational center featuring lectures, book signings, folk-art demonstrations, and pisanki-making classes.
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  • My wife and I visited here while we were in Detroit. When we walked in it felt like we traveled to Poland. The store at first is very overwhelming. My great grandparents came from Poland in the last 1...  read more »
  • Located in a little store, you have an amazing shop. The inventory of gift items, decorative arts, jewelry, music, religious items, sweets, pottery is expansive. Staff is very hospitable and knowledge...  read more »
  • A nice place with wonderful Polish items. A friendly staff.. Purchased some amazing handmade pottery. Worth the stop! 
  • Very full shop full of great items for those particularly with a love of their Polish heritage. Decorative items, housewares, jewelry, holiday items, flags, t-shirts - there is a very large range of gift ideas. Helpful staff assisted me in buying holiday cards although it was still summer. Definitely worth a visit. Leave time to browse.
  • Great music and good merchandise
  • The Polish Art Center is a wonderful shop located n Hamtramck. The shop has a large variety of hand made Polish art including stoneware, amber jewelry, music, candy, wood, and Christmas ornaments. It is a great place to find a gift for that hard to buy for person. The staff and the owners are very friendly and helpful. If you have never been I highly recommend it.
  • The store is absolutely wonderful. I have used their website many times and not only to they sell incredible products for unbelievably low prices, but they get the products to you very quickly. Great place to shop for memorable gifts too!!
  • The Polish Art Center is a cultural treasure and a must-visit! They have a stunning selection of Polish stoneware, books, and other imported goods, and the family that owns it is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about Hamtramck.
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