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Polish Art Center, Hamtramck

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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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  • The Polish Art Center has everything Polish- from Polish pottery to Polish candy to folk accessories to Amber. They also offer Polish art classes. Went to the straw angel ornament class, had to make a...  more »
  • What a little gem! This sweet little store is stuffed full of interesting gifts and Polish items. The pottery is gorgeous. Could spend hours looking at the ornate Polish decorated eggs and Polish them...  more »
  • The streets out here are desolate and there is little Polish around anymore. However, once you enter this store/museum, you'll be awestruck by the amount of things from Poland. Very reasonable prices ...  more »
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  • Cute polish souvenir shop. This shop offers a variety of classes for $20 where you can learn egg painting techniques and traditional polish paper cutting. Staff was friendly and helpful.
  • My girlfriend is very interested in my Polish culture so she always gets excited when I get her something from here. Lots of amber jewelry from the Baltic sea and sheep leather goods from Zakopane. Highly recommend for cute Polish trinkets.
  • I cannot think of a better way to spend two unplugged hours on a weekend during Lent. Signed myself and daughter up for a Pisanki workshop with the incomparable Michelle. So. Much. Fun. Of course, the space itself is a wonderland, so if mastering a Kistka isn't your thing you can always shop the beautiful import shelves. A true jewel in Hamtramck. Not to be missed!
  • Hand-made art and supplies, some from Europe and some from local artists. You may find here cards, gifts, and ornaments not elsewhere available in Southeast Michigan. -- tg
  • Excellent customer service!! I was looking for Christmas ornaments to give to my siblings to celebrate our Polish heritage. I live in Texas, so I was not able to go into the store to see them. Joan worked with me during several phone calls to find the perfect one. Raymond and Joan were both wonderful to deal with.
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