While most people love finding a great deal first thing on Black Friday, I prefer to shop small. I love getting to know the store owners, and I love that they get to know me.
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. It is a day that is dedicated to shopping at independently owned stores. They can be near or far, but the point is to really invest some time (and money) in small businesses.
Some of these small businesses will have special sales on Saturday as an incentive to spend your money in their stores.
This post is going to focus on shopping, but don’t forget to grab your morning coffee at a local coffee shop. May we suggest Fourteen East (in the same block as the first entrant on our list and a regular Daily Detroit haunt)? Or another one, Germack Coffee Roasting, located in Eastern Market near numbers 2 and 3?
Let’s get going. We have shopping to do.
Peacock Room – Detroit
If you have someone in your life that loves vintage fashion or really unique jewelry, I highly suggest you check out The Peacock Room in the Park Shelton.
I forgot how much I love that store. I just happened to be going to 14 East last night and popped into The Peacock Room. There are so many shiny things to look at.
If you have a holiday party to go to this season I highly suggest checking out this store. If you are a curvy girl, don’t fret because the owner, Rachel Lutz makes sure to order clothing for all body types.
While you’re in the Park Shelton don’t forget to check out the other great shops and restaurants. Also you can validate your parking in the structure.
Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. | The Peacock Room is located in the Park Shelton Building 15 E. Kirby Detroit, Michigan 48202
Savvy Chic – Detroit
If you’re going to Eastern Market on Saturday you’re going to be close to Savvy Chic. It is located across the street from the parking garage on Riopelle Street.
This store is filled with so many interesting items. They have clothing, accessories, homewares, men’s items, and so much more. The list could go on.
Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Savvy Chic is located at 2712 Riopelle Street Detroit, Michigan 48207
Detroit Mercantile – Detroit
Stick around Eastern Market for a little bit longer and head over to Detroit Mercantile. When I need a Detroit or Michigan centric gift one of my first stops is often Mercantile.
They have a load of interesting items throughout the store, some of it is new and other stuff is vintage. You never know what you might find. If you are looking for a Stormy Kromer hat for the winter this is where you can find one.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Detroit Mercantile is located at 3434 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207
City Bird – Detroit
City Bird is one of those fun stores that you can find amazing prints and fun cards. They also sell homewares, jewelry, and clothing. Have someone in your life that loves to learn about all the cool stuff to do in Detroit? Pick up the book Belle Isle To 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide for them.
City Bird will have morning treats from Pinwheel Bakery, and $10 gift certificates for the first 25 shoppers. They will also have a raffle to win a basket of City Bird goods that retails for $250.
Special Saturday Hours for City Bird: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. | City Bird is located at 460 W. Canfield Street Detroit, Michigan 48201
Nest – Detroit
Nest is also filled with a lot of really fun items. If you have someone who loves stationary and home goods this is the place to look.
Special Saturday Hours for Nest:10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. | Nest is located at 460 W. Canfield Street Detroit, Michigan 48201
Hugh – Detroit
If you watch Mad Men and wish that the classic lines of mid century furniture would come back in style, you need to check out Hugh. It’s like walking into an idealized bachelor pad from the 1960s. But unlike watching TV, from the furniture to the accessories you can take everything inside home.
This store doesn’t mess around when it comes to classic design or classic cocktails. If you have someone in your life that takes cocktails seriously then you need to check out some of the great items that are stocked in this store.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 p.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. | 4240 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201
Nora – Detroit
Nora has a bit of everything. They carry items for kids, kitchen, bathroom, office, and the rest of your home.
If you are looking for something that has a more modern aesthetic this is the store you should check out. You can also pick up the book Tonight From Grosse Pointe there.
Hours: Sunday and Monday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. | Nora is located at 4240 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201
Pages Bookshop – Detroit
Finally something for the readers in your life. Of course some of the other stores might carry books, but Pages Bookshop is special.
There is a whole host of great things happening at Pages Bookshop on Saturday. There will be mimosas in the morning (so get there early). Local authors will play guest booksellers, and for every purchase you’ll get set up on a blind date with a book.
There is an entire Small Business Saturday event happening in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood. Here is the link to find out all of the great small business that are participating.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Thursday open until 8 p.m.) | Pages Bookshop is located at 19560 Grand River Detroit, Michigan 48223
Modern Natural Baby – Ferndale
Modern Natural Baby is one of my favorite stores in Ferndale. I have spent a lot of money in this store since my son was born two years ago. This store is more than just cloth diapers, strollers, and car seats. (Even though you can get all these items at this store. They also have a car seat technician if you need help installing your car seat.)
If you have little kids in your life and the idea of going to Babies R Us or Toys R Us gives you the shivers I suggest checking out MNB. They have a great selection of toys, clothing, books, and warm winter clothing.
MNB just announced all of the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales. You can find the entire list here.
Don’t be intimidated by the name of the store. I know it seems like they would be stuffy and judgmental but everyone that works in that store is top notch.
One more thing, they carry Lifefactory stemless wineglasses. You’re welcome.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. | Modern Natural Baby is located at 200 W. 9 Mile Suite B Ferndale Michigan, 48220
Rust Belt Market – Ferndale
You have a boat load of choices when it comes to shopping small when you go to Rust Belt Market. There really is something for everyone when you go to the Rust Belt.
Every week the different vendors open their shops and sell all sorts of items. This Saturday Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority will be passing out swag to people shopping. Pick up a map for the Ferndale Scavenger Hunt. You could have a chance to win a prize from all of the shops that are participating on December 15.
One more note about Ferndale; parking is free all day on Friday and Saturday.
Hours: Friday 2 p.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. | The Rust Belt Market is located at 22801 Woodward Ferndale, Michigan 48220
City Style – Berkley
City Style is a great little boutique. I love Harvey’s Seat belt Bags, and I can tell you all but two of my collection have come from this store. If anyone asks where to get their seat belt bag I send them here.
If you are looking for any Made in Detroit items, or Detroit Scroll items you can find them at City Style as well.
The owner of City Style, Carrie Vestrand has a great eye for clothing, accessories and shoes. She is also super friendly. If you find something you really love, but don’t have all the cash on hand you can also do layaway.
Berkley is having a special Berkley Bucks giveaway during this weekend. There are 11 different business participating, find out more information here.
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | City Style is located at 3017 W. 12 Mile Road Berkley, Michigan 48072
Second Glance – Multiple Locations
Second Glance is a resale and consignment shop and they have three locations. Yes, I said resale. There is a great mixture of new and used items at each location. Earlier this year I found a brand-new, still in the box Little People Farm for $25.
They will have a great sale on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26. You can find their St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods or Eastpointe locations on their website.
Nichols Ski and Snowboard – Multiple Locations
I’m not a fan of winter sports, however my little brother lives in Denver and he is an avid snowboarder.
If you have someone in your life that loves to spend time outside in the winter I highly suggest you check out one of the locations for Nichols Ski and Snowboard in Dearborn and Waterford.
Hours for both locations: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Dearborn store is located at 21938 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, Michigan 48124; The Waterford store is located at 4260 Walton Blvd, Waterford, Michigan 48329
R.S.V.P. Of Plymouth – Plymouth
If you have someone in your life who likes Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, and Alex and Ani stop into R.S.V.P. They also have some cute local gifts to choose from.
Do you or someone you know love stationary? Check out this store.
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Thursday open until 7 p.m.), Saturday 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. | R.S.V.P. is located at 833 Penniman Avenue Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Andy’s Tackle Box – Melvindale
I grew up fishing with my dad, so I like to buy him new fishing gear every year. Of course you could go to a big box store and pick out some random fishing items. But if you are going in blind, it might be better to talk to some fishing experts.
Andy’s Tackle Box has been a mainstay in Melvindale since 1959, so they know what they are talking about. You can also pick up your fishing and hunting licenses there.
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. | Andy’s Tackle Box is located at 17485 Dix Road Melvindale, Michigan 48122