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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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  • Very intresting. One of my favorite stops in the polish area. Very nice owners and great place to pick up gifts for any occasion.  more »
  • Stopped as part of a family tour. Was the only place I was able to find rosehip jelly, one of my favorites from our trip to Poland.  more »
  • This is one great store to purchase imported stone ware pottery from the best designers in Poland. Absolutely beautiful. Also you can purchase all things Polish as well as religious items. Purchased a...  more »
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  • Wonderful store! Very friendly staff--willing to help you find what you're looking for and explain the difference between products. I would go back there again!
  • When I walked in I fell in love with the beautiful decorations hanging from the ceiling and wanted to recreate that for my grandson in his room at our house. This was the result! I love the Polish Art Center and the people who work there, I did a lot of Christmas shopping there for very special gifts, everyone loved those gifts. I am so thankful for finding this hidden away little jewel in Hamtramck and thankful to my friend who introduced me to it. She got one of those special gifts from The Polish Art Center! Try the Chocolates, they are delightful ( so I am told ) I am partial to the gingerbread covered with dark chocolate!
  • Such a great store! I love visiting with my family and looking at all the decorated eggs and fun candies. Always a joy to go in :)
  • Love this place! So many Polish items. Almost like being in Poland. Excellent customer service!!!
  • Coming from a Polish family, I have the utmost respect for their products that remind me of where we come from.

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