Shopping – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A 23 Photo Tour Through The Beautiful New Downtown Detroit Holiday Markets Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:04:02 +0000 The folks at Bedrock have been busy little elves getting this season’s Downtown Detroit Markets in time for the 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This year there will be four markets set up throughout downtown. 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square, Capital Park and finally Spirit Plaza.

In total the market will feature 37 different small businesses that sell everything from clothing for the whole family, jewelry, home goods, and beauty products. You will also have plenty of places to find food and drinks.

Out of the 37 vendors featured in the market, 22 of them are based in the city of Detroit.

The Downtown Detroit Market will be open November 17 through January 7, 2018.

There will be three valet drop off stations if the thought of finding a parking space is daunting. There will be one at Michigan and Woodward, Congress and Woodward, and Clifford and Woodward.

You can find additional information like maps, schedules, and a vendor list at the Winter in Detroit website.

Enough with the details, let’s get this tour started.

Our first stop is 1001 Woodward. It is the only market that is indoors.

The Farmer’s Hand have set up a lovely pop up market. You will be able to find all sorts of Detroit and Michigan made foods, like Beau Bien Fine Foods.

We are huge fans of the work that Rebel Nell does. Not only do they create beautiful pieces of jewelry, but they are also helping women get back on their feet.

Every woman (and let’s face it some guys too) need a statement lipstick for the winter. Go treat yourself to these amazing lip products from The Lip Bar.

You will also find DCreated Boutique which is an adorable boutique that makes clothes for babies and toddlers. We did a write up about the store a few weeks ago.

These are just a handful of the vendors set up in 1001 Woodward.

Let’s move on to the next spot Cadillac Square.

The square is lined with glass huts that feature the vendors.

ASHE Supply Co. will offer small batch coffee and accessories.

Detroit GT features Detroit-based clothing for all ages.

You will also be able to find venders like Detroit Hustles Harder, Detroit Vintage Collective, Somerset Children’s Collection, Somerset Home Collection, and Detroit City Nut Company.

In the center of the Cadillac Market is the Cadillac Bier Garten with an outdoor bar. This means you have have a beer or glass of wine while you’re doing your holiday shopping.

If you continue past the Cadillac Bier Garten you will find the Cadillac Lounge, which is probably my favorite place out of everything we saw today.

The lodge is heated and is just a really cozy place to hang out for a bit.

If I didn’t know any better I would think we were transported to a sky lodge in the Rockies.

There are a few places inside the Lodge that would be perfect to capture a family picture.

I don’t know about you, but shopping makes me hungry. You will be able to get bar snacks, desserts and cocktails from Central Kitchen + Bar and Cortina Local inside the Cadillac Lodge.

We have now completed our tour of the Cadillac Market. We’re continuing our walk through the esplanade down the middle of Woodward.

There will be a new lighting display that connects Campus Martius to Spirit Plaza.

On the way you will also find some penguin topiary.

The next stop is Spirit Plaza. While it wasn’t finished when we went to see it. It should be complete by tomorrow.

There are a total of six igloos. There will be three vendors; Good Cakes & Bakes, Detroit Marshmallow Co., and New Order Coffee Roaster.

You will be able to warm up in the other three igloos.

Spirit Plaza will also have an ice maze and a place to roast marshmallows.

We’re almost finished with this tour. As Nature Cat would say “onward and yonward!”

The final spot is the market in Capital Park.

If you feel like hanging out with some friends around the fire, then you should head to Capital Park.

Capital Park also has a handful of glass huts with vendors.

You will be able to find The Detroit Shoppe, Flamingo Vintage, and Black Vinyl.

Also check out the newest spot in Capital Park, Eatori. They will be serving up hot soups, grilled cheese, and beverages.

There is one more special thing about the Capital Park Market, Christmas trees.

If you live in downtown Detroit you can now pick up your fresh Christmas tree in Capital Park.

So there you have it. This year’s Bedrock’s holiday shopping extravaganza.

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You Can Now Be Fancy With Shinola Headphones. Here Are Three Reviews. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:59:07 +0000 Detroit’s newest pony in their stable of fancy goods with a connection to Detroit are headphones.

Revealed earlier today, they range from $195-$650 and come in over the ear, on the ear, and two in-ear styles. They’re all named “The Canfield,” much like one of their signature watches and a street in Midtown neighborhood of Detroit.

Before we get started, I really wish they had given names to the different types. This makes writing about them confusing.

The over and on the ears come with steel components and lambskin ear pads. The all models have an inline cord microphone.

The in-ears are made in collaboration with a startup called Campfire Audio out of Portland and will be available in December. There will be two options available, one that costs $195 and the other $495.

Available today are the over the ear and the on ear Canfields. As someone who produces a podcast, the slang of “In the cans” referring to if you can hear something in your headphones isn’t lost on me.

The on the ear Canfield headphones range from $495-$550, and the over the ear model ranges $595-$650.

Final assembly of the headphones happens in Detroit, and they’re apparently “tuned and tested” here as well.

They’re pretty. But are they worth it, if you’re really into sound? We’re not fancy enough to get sent a test set so here’s a roundup of initial reviews.

The Verge: “Shinola’s watches are stylish and well-made — they look like high-end mechanical watches. But the reality is that they’re quartz watches (which get as cheap as, say, a Swatch) inside a really nice package. Shinola’s bet is that the style and story of something matters as much or more to many customers than the function … That bet really comes into focus when you see the price on these headphones …. Those aren’t outrageous prices for headphones, but you can find models that sound great and look just as good for far less.” Full Verge review here.

CNET: “..the Shinola featured more of a “smile” curve to its sound signature — something more readily associated with Beats headphones. The bass was a little too prominent — “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads, for example, was bassier than I’d ever heard before. Competition is tight and by charging at least $200 more than its B&W competitor, the Canfield On-Ears may struggle. The in-ears look quite promising, however, and we look forward to hearing them as well.” Full CNET review here.

Gear Patrol: “I tried both on-ear and over-ear headphones and was struck by the weight and natural noise isolation of each. They felt substantial, in a good way, with naturally heavy ear cups that created a surprisingly strong seal on my ears. Even on the on-ear headphones, the noise isolation was pretty phenomenal — I couldn’t hear my colleagues talking across the table. They were comfortable, too. I listened to a few curated rock playlists on Tidal and thought they sounded great, but I’m no audiophile.” Full Gear Patrol review here.

So are you interested in these?

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Vintage Bridal Boutique To Open As Part Of New Peacock Room + YAMA In Historic Fisher Building Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:13:00 +0000 Rachel Lutz, creator of the popular Peacock Room is one of Detroit’s leading ladies when it comes to retail fashion, and she’s been hard at work expanding her mini-empire.

Her flagship store, Peacock Room, and her new store, YAMA, will officially open on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

Since the Midtown Peacock Room is staying open as well as its companion store, Frida (it focuses on Bohemian-inspired fashion), Lutz’s four stores in two buildings will encompass nearly 7,000 square feet.

At the Fisher Building flagship store there also will be a small bridal boutique for the “non-traditional bride who is looking for a vintage-inspired look.”

There also will be a large selection of high-end vintage costume jewelry and handbags.

“Our success has been built on customer loyalty and customer recommendations,” said Lutz. “They told us they wanted more options for bridal and vintage, and they also showed that there’s a real need for a streamlined, modern style in retail. The Fisher Building is a great place to be, and I’m looking forward to seeing holiday shoppers fill the building like they did years ago.”

Both stores will open officially on Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As with all of her stores, the Peacock Room’s flagship store and YAMA will continue to offer clothing options in sizes from 00 to 26, at all price points.

There will be a couple of events before the openings. One is a “State of the City: Women and Children in Detroit” panel on Monday, November 20.

That panel will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) and Enough SAID. The panel features Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who founded Enough SAID, Carolyn Cassin, the Michigan Women’s Foundation President and CEO, and Larry Burns, CEO of CHMF. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in CHMF’s new second-floor office space, the trio will discuss the current challenges and opportunities faced by women and children in Detroit.

VIP tickets for the panel and reception are $150, and tickets for The Peacock Room’s opening reception and shopping evening only are $75. Food and Lot 40 signature cocktails will be served at the opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Antique cars from Detroit Classic Car Rentals will be on display on Second Avenue.

The next night on November 21, YAMA’s preview event will benefit THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, which provides utility assistance for Detroit residents in need. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests can browse YAMA’s modern clothing and jewelry inspired by modernist Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki. Tickets for the benefit opening are $50, and food and Lot 40 signature cocktails will be served.

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Shinola Releases New Limited Edition Lake Erie Monster Dive Watch Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:09:53 +0000 If you are a fan of Great Lakes lore, watches, and have some deep pockets — I have the perfect thing for you.

Shinola is rolling out a new limited edition watch that pays tribute to the legend of the Lake Erie Monster. Shinola only made 500 of these watches.

The Shinola Lake Erie Monster Dive Watch is a 43mm watch can withstand depths up to 1,000 feet underwater.

The watch is also powered by Swiss-made aromatic R-150 which makes it Shinola’s first ever mechanical watch. It features a 40 hour power reserve.

While the face of the watch is cool, the design of the Erie Lake Monster on the case back of the watch is pretty impressive. The monster even has a sapphire eye.

The watch comes with a cool case, two additional watch straps, a Princeton Tech Genesis dive flashlight and a map of Lake Erie.

It should go without saying, but this watch is going to cost you some cheddar with a price tag of $2,250.

If you are looking for an even more rare version of this watch then you need to head over to StockX.

StockX is set up like an online stock market for highly sought after products. Customers then bid on items to purchase them. They can also sell products on the website.

Shinola and StockX have partnered together to sell five prototype Lake Erie Monster watches to the highest bidders. The prototype watches will feature a 000/500 designation on the case back.

A portion of the proceeds from these five watches will go to The Empowerment Plan and Detroit Children’s Fund.

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5 Cool Baby Stores Around Metro Detroit That Aren’t Big Boxes Sat, 04 Nov 2017 01:20:53 +0000 Are you a soon to be mom looking for cool things for the nursery? Maybe you are in need for a cool baby gift for a baby shower, but you don’t want to shop at a big box store?

If this sounds like you, then I have you covered. Having a toddler means I have spent my fair share shopping for all kinds of things for him.

Most of the time I look to small businesses to purchase items because I like supporting local mom and pop stores.

Like all of our lists, I have personally visited each store on this list and this is my own opinion after doing the research.

Beautiful Beginnings Baby Boutique & More

The name of the store might be a bit of a tongue twister, but this baby boutique offers some really great products for those with babies and toddlers.

Beautiful Beginnings Baby Boutique & More carries mid to higher end clothing for infants and up to 4T. They also have baby furniture, accessories and an amazing selection of children’s books.

If you happen to be in Boca Raton, Florida be sure to check out their other location.

29875 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48034

Modern Natural Baby

This Ferndale baby store has held a special place in my heart since I had my son. This is not the first time I have included this store in one of my lists. They made our Small Business Saturday list last year.

Modern Natural Baby is my go-to recommendation when a friend or acquaintance is looking to cloth diaper their new baby.

They carry everything you need from postpartum care, breastfeeding, diapering, baby carriers, car seats and strollers, toys, and clothing.

Everyone who works in this store is knowledgeable and friendly. If you have a question about a car seat they have two car seat technicians. Need a new baby carrier? They can help you find the right one.

200 W. 9 Mile Road Suite B Ferndale Michigan 48220

DCreated Boutique

If you are in need of a unique baby gift then you need to check out this baby boutique located in the heart of the Avenue of Fashion.

Everything in DCreated Boutique is had made in the store, so there might only be a handful of each outfit.

The clothes are cute and hip while also being reasonable. There is something for every budget.

DCreated Boutique make number 10 on our list of 28 Things To Do in Marvin Gaye’s Old Neighborhood.

19480 Livernois Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48211

Little High Flyers

Little High Flyers baby boutique

This cute boutique popped onto my radar last December when I was driving down Cass Avenue in Midtown. I turned around and ended up checking it out and writing a post about the store.

Little High Flyers carries these really cute pilot hats, clothing, shoes, and wall decor for children.

4240 Cass Avenue Suite 106 Detroit, Michigan 48201

Connie’s Children Shop

Photo courtesy of Connie’s Children’s Shop Facebook page

If you live on the Eastside and have had to buy a baby gift, then you know all about Connie’s in Saint Clair Shores.

This store has been around since 1954, so they obviously have been doing something right.

Connie’s carries clothing for babies up to children. If I need an outfit for a special event I go to Connie’s first.

23240 Greater Mack Avenue Saint Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

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Explore Store Inside The Michigan Science Center Expands To Carry Detroit Based Products Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:30:40 +0000 The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching. We wanted to give you one more place to check out Detroit made products, and it might come as a surprise.

The Michigan Science Center has expanded the products it currently carries in the Explore Store.

The Explore Store has always carried an assortment of experiments, science kits, educational toys and other Michigan Science Center merchandise.

But now they have now added The Motor City Made Shop the Explore Store. The Motor City Made Shop will carry items from City Bird, Made in Detroit, Firebrand Candles, Woodward Throwbacks, Iconic Detroit and Cyberoptix Tie Lab.

The Michigan Science Center will offer holiday discounts in the future including a Black Friday sale.

If you own a Detroit-based business and are interested in selling products at the Motor City Made Shop you can contact LaBria Browder.

Hours: Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R Detroit, Michigan 48202

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REPORT: Meijer To Open Near Downtown Detroit Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:56:40 +0000 When it comes to retail, downtown and the immediate surrounding area has been gaining a lot of options.

Although there are more full-service grocery stores than people think (Lafayette Foods is walking distance of this location, Harbortown Market, and Whole Foods among others are all in short driving distance), most of the non-food shopping options in and near downtown Detroit are niche, and often luxury or speciality.

That may be about to change. It looks like the city of Detroit is about to get a third Meijer store, although smaller in footprint than their traditional stores.

According to a report in Crain’s, their ace development guy has learned that as part of a project on East Jefferson between Rivard and Riopelle Streets that will also include apartments.

Daily Detroit created map of the location, via Open Street Maps.

It’s interesting to note that the area is now nestled between some of the highest income census tracts in the city, as we’ve illustrated in the map below.

The open date is slated for 2019. It’s important to note that the news has not been confirmed as of this writing by Meijer corporate. More details, including a rendering, are here. 

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23 Detroit Neighborhood Corridors To See $125M In Bond Funds Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:35:05 +0000 A program pitched by Mayor Mike Duggan to make 23 of the city of Detroit’s commercial streets more attractive and pedestrian friendly was approved by the Detroit City Council.

The idea is that through this investment, and follow-up investments by businesses, Detroit would recapture some of the estimated $2.6 billion in spending Detroit residents do annually in surrounding communities, according to a study soon to be released by the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC).

Here’s the plan for how the $125 million in bond money will be spent.

  • About $80 million of the bond revenue would fund major infrastructure improvements along the city’s key commercial corridors, such as Livernois-McNichols, West Vernor and East Warren. On the to-do list for the corridors are landscaping and reconfiguring traffic lanes to add bike lanes, improved street parking and in some cases wider sidewalks to allow for outdoor café seating.
  • $45 million will complement existing road funds to improve 300 miles of city roads and replace hundreds of thousands of broken sections of sidewalk across the city.

Because the city of Detroit is still under financial oversight, the bond sale must next be approved by the Financial Review Commission (FRC) and Michigan Finance Authority (MFA).

According information the city has provided from the yet to be released DEGC report, major improvements will bring millions of dollars back to some of the city’s retail corridors. One corridor, at Livernois and McNichols, for example, could capture $215 million in retail activity annually.

So where are the dollars coming to pay back the bond? Not the general fund or would there be money diverted from current projects, says the city. Detroit is receiving increased revenues from their share of state gas taxes and vehicle registration fees that have not been included in its current road improvement plan. Instead of piecemeal work, the administration wanted to get the dollars together for a bigger push.

Map of proposed improvements. Source: City of Detroit

The 23 corridors are: Livernois, W. McNichols, E. Jefferson, W. Jefferson, Jos Campau, Kercheval, Vernor, Bagley, Clairmount, Russell, Beaubien, Fisher Fwy. Service Dr., E. Warren, Dexter, Lawley, E. Davison Service Dr., Mt. Elliott, Redford St., Puritan, Warwick, Plainview, Plymouth and 7 Mile.

At least 51% of all work hours on the publicly-funded projects, according to the city, will be done by city residents, and for prime contractors, they anticipate to award 100 percent of the business to Detroit-based businesses.

The bond money is expected to be available in mid-November to begin work.

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New Retail, Design, And Production Space Opening October 11 In Jefferson-Chalmers Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:38:17 +0000 The Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood will soon have a new retail store called POST. The store will be located on the corner of Kercheval and Marlborough Street.

The Detroit based design firm Mutual Adoration will officially open the flagship store on Wednesday, October 11.

All photos courtesy of Clare Fox and Wayne Maki

The store, design studio, and production space was formerly a U.S. Post Office that was built in the 1940’s.

Mutual Adoration, Leadhead Glass, Tait Design Co., and Scarlet Crane Creations will be located in the 10,000 square foot building.

POST will carry Mutual Adoration’s full line of furniture, frames and housewares. Customers will find Abigail Murray ceramics, prints from Marcy Davy and Vichcraft, soap from Cellar Door Soaps, and JKM soy candles. The store will feature American made goods from studios across the country.

“We’re very excited to open our new store and become even more engaged in the community. POST will be Detroit’s destination to buy a handmade gift, design a custom dining table, or get your holiday shopping done.” said Clare Fox, co-owner at Mutual Adoration and POST.

Later this fall POST will also offer classes, workshops, special events and tours of the workspaces.

The Grand Opening party will be held on Saturday, October 21 from noon until 7:00 p.m.

POST is located at 14500 Kercheval Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48215

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Henry The Hatter Finds New Home In Eastern Market, To Open By Thanksgiving Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:16:10 +0000 We’ve been following the story of Henry The Hatter since he was unexpectedly booted out of his long-time location in downtown Detroit.

If you want to get nerdy, we have a neat episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast with an in-depth interview.

The latest is that Paul Wasserman, the owner, has found a new Detroit location and that although there’s work to be done, he’s aiming to get it up and running in time for the holiday shopping season.

It’s going in the former 3 Dogs 1 Cat 4 Detroit location. That pet store moved over to 2714 Riopelle, still in Eastern Market.

Detroit’s Henry the Hatter is moving into a part of the market that’s starting to be a place to see and be seen. Detroit City Distillery’s tasting room is right next door, and down the street is the new Eastern Market Brewing Company (more on them here).

A little background, in case you didn’t know.

Henry the Hatter was founded in 1893 by Henry Komrofsky and is the oldest hat retailer in the United States. In 1919, Komrofsky began a partnership with Gustave Newman, who became sole owner in 1941 and sold the company to Seymour (Sy) Wasserman seven years later. In 1952, Wasserman moved Henry the Hatter to its location on Broadway in 1952. Sy is Paul’s dad.

The next chapter for Henry the Hatter in the city will be at 2472 Riopelle in Detroit. Their Southfield store continues to operate as normal.

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