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Polish Art Center, Hamtramck

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Gift & Specialty Shop
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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  • We shopped at their online store as we haven't been able to get to Detroit yet. Great products and service. We love the Polish dark chocolate covered plums. Their imported Polish products make wonderf...  more »
  • We attended the piskany class on 03/18. Our instructor was Michelle, and her mom also assisted the class. It was so much fun! They both were very patient and explained everything step by step. We neve...  more »
  • A group of 12 of us signed up for a class to learn how to create pisanki eggs. We car-pooled from Lansing to Hamtramck on Sunday, February 19th. We had so much fun and had a marvelous time "writing pi...  more »
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  • First Class Customer Service! Best in the Business! Fast Shipping Too!
  • 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!!