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Video: Meet Melissa of The Lip Bar, Who Got a Shout During the State of City Address

March 07, 2018, 10:03 PM by  Allan Lengel

Melissa Butler right after the State of the City address in southwest Detroit.

Native Detroiter Melissa Butler got a shout out Tuesday night from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during his State the City address for her entrepreneurial spirit.

A Cass Tech High School graduate, she ended up as a banker on Wall Street in 2008.

After a couple years into that job, she created a company, The Lip Bar, and started making lipstick with natural ingredients in her kitchen. Nearly three years ago, she returned home to continue pursuing her business.

"Our Lipstick is made of a unique blend of natural ingredients and then loaded with pigment to give you kick-ass colors," her website says. "Each lipstick is enriched with shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E for maximum moisture."

Duggan mentioned during his speech that she got a $75,000 loan from Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, which helped her fill orders for Target stores. 

Butler, 31, runs a pop-up shop on Agnes Street in Detroit's West Village neighborhood and has a California manufacturer mass producing her product. 

Deadline Detroit caught up with her after Duggan's speech at Western International High School in southwest Detroit. 

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