A bright blue shipping container sits in a vacant lot next to Eastern Market; the interior is decorated with leftover wood scraps. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, First Container opened its doors in May 2013. It’s a prototype and teaser from Collision Works, a planned 36-room boutique hotel, co-working and public event space built from repurposed shipping containers that will complete construction by spring 2014. With prime real estate next to the epi-center of Detroit’s food and art culture, Collision Works wants locals and visitors to interact and share stories through this creative space, starting with First Container. The “Story Box” has already hosted storytelling seminars and served as a public library branch, and more community events featuring showcases from Detroit contemporary artists and maker classes are being planned during its six-month-long residence, after which it will be moved permanently to the Dequindre Cut. The lobby-like feeling of First Container is the perfect place to rest tired legs after a hectic day at Eastern Market—and to top it all off, there’s free Wi-Fi.