Shopping – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch A Walking Tour Of The New Detroit Shipping Company Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:55:45 +0000
Today is the soft opening for the Detroit Shipping Company, the new food court/biergarden/art gallery/event space made out of shipping containers in Midtown the lower Cass Corridor. While it doesn’t open for real until July 30, we got a chance to check it out during a VIP preview party this week, and we shot this video to show you around.

The facility has six restaurants, two full-service bars, a Falling Down Beer Co. microbar, a combination coffee shop/ice cream parlor, popup retail space and indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, Podcast Detroit has a new studio there, where we figure to be recording lots of episodes while overlooking the back of the Masonic Temple and the downtown skyline.

It’s a super cool space and definitely worth a visit.

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Developers Demolish Pharmacy For New 7.Liv Project at 7 Mile and Livernois Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:17:04 +0000 Activity at the site of the $8 million 7.Liv mixed-use development has entered a new phase with the demolition of a former pharmacy next to the long-vacant B. Siegel Department Store on the corner of 7 Mile and Livernois on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion.

The corner has been busy for months, with crews working on underground infrastructure having dug up the entire corner. Today we were driving past on the way to grab lunch up the street when we noticed the entire former Revco pharmacy structure on the corner was demolished and being cleared.

A rendering of the 7.Liv development. | Bagley Forest Properties

Developer Bagley Forest Properties plans to restore the B. Siegel building and build a 10,000 square-foot retail building on the corner, with space for an anchor restaurant and retail businesses. Also planned are 10 residential units geared for students of the nearby University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, plus 29 underground parking spaces, according to Curbed Detroit. The development is being led by Matt Hessler, who redeveloped the building at Cass Avenue and Peterboro in Midtown that houses the Peterboro restaurant, 8 Degrees Plato and other businesses.

It’s further indication that the Avenue of Fashion is changing.


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LISTEN: Karen Dybis Previews The New Spring Market In Downtown Detroit Thu, 24 May 2018 14:58:09 +0000 Remember that Winter Market that happened in downtown Detroit over the holidays?

Well, it turns out retail in downtown Detroit is a really popular idea with shoppers. So a version for Spring and Summer is coming back.

We caught up with reporter and regular Daily Detroit contributor Karen Dybis to talk about what’s happening in Capitol Park and Cadillac Square.

The market is now open. There’s also a new website by the Bedrock folks to highlight this and other events connected to their world. It’s

This interview originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast. 

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News Byte Podcast: Detroit’s Bond Rating Goes Up, Karen Dybis Checks Out The Downtown Spring Market, Majestic Renovation & More Thu, 24 May 2018 04:01:23 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for May 23rd, 2018. Here are your stories for today.

– Detroit’s bond rating has been upgraded by Moody’s. We talk about how increased tax collections have improved Detroit’s financial picture and how incentives come into play.

– The crowdfunding dinner Detroit SOUP is coming to Ferndale

– Karen Dybis checked out a preview of Bedrock’s Spring and Summer market in a couple of parks in downtown Detroit. She comes on the show to share her thoughts and favorite businesses.

– Trump talks NAFTA and that affects Detroit automakers

– Caesars Windsor is shut down for the longest time in its history and is cancelling concerts and rooms

– And the Majestic Theater is undergoing a $1 million makeover and shutting down their cafe bar.

Like the podcast? Find back episodes and subscribe links here.

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Birmingham Developer Wants To Build $100 Million Downtown In Commerce Township Tue, 08 May 2018 15:57:24 +0000

Could Commerce Township get a new shopping district?

Commerce Township, located in western Oakland County, could get a new $100 million dollar open-air shopping district. The development would be similar to The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township and The Village of Rochester Hills.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the developer would be Robert B. Aikens and Associates of Birmingham. The project would be called 5th & Main and would serve as the township’s downtown.

The development would be located off of Pontiac Trail and Martin Parkway.

It would have shopping, a movie theater with reclining seats, an upscale grocery market, a full restaurant and bar, and up to 13 other fast casual and sit down restaurants.

The project would also feature 300 market rate residences with half of them part of a residential community for people over 55.

The first phase would be 42 acres. A 14 acre, second phase, is possible.

This isn’t a done deal. Aikens & Associates are still securing tenant commitments for the project. The project would have to be at least 65 percent pre-leased in order to get construction loans.

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Want To Rock That Detroit T-Shirt Nick Jonas Wore At The Grammys? It’ll Set You Back $98 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:51:40 +0000 The local internet is abuzz with the nod to Detroit that Nick Jonas gave to Detroit at the Grammys with a shirt that had, in stencil lettering, “Detroit” on it.

The shirt is one that he has a stake in promoting as one of many who are creating brands in light of the rise of the Detroit name.

After all, a marketing study showed that “Made in Detroit” has a much higher resonance with customers than even “Made in America.”

Last week was the announcement that designer John Varvatos (from Metro Detroit and purveyor of very expensive clothes) and Jonas had partnered for a line called JV x NJ.

Here’s a look from E! News.

In the partnership statement Jonas said, “In our first conversation we were talking about Detroit. I’ve had the chance to play some really iconic music venues there and I love the city. I love the people, and so we thought, let’s take a great American city and show some love, pay respect to so many musical icons and just great men and women that have come out of there.”

He also has a hoodie available with a stylized tiger that says “Rock City” on it for a cool $168.

They have a linen t-shirt for $178, and a leather jacket for $798. You can find them here.

Jonas is from Dallas, Texas. Varvatos is from the area, but as far as business operations, maintains a retail outlet on Woodward Avenue downtown but their corporate headquarters is in New York City.

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Motor City Creations Brings Popular Faygo Candles & More To Monthly Pop-Up In New Hudson Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:08:06 +0000 New Hudson might not be the first place you think of for a pop-up shop, but hear me out.

A local candle and sign business, Motor City Creations has started their own monthly pop up.

I took the drive out to New Hudson in Oakland County to check out the new store.

We first featured Motor City Creations in 2016 because we saw their Faygo candles and wax melts at the Detroit Bike Company.

The candles are great. I gifted the Faygo wax melts to my siblings this year and everyone loved them.

But they do so much more than just candles. They also make sweet hand painted signs, blankets and doormats.

There are Detroit signs.

Fun Valentine’s Day signs.

And cheeky signs that would look great in any room.

They even have throw blankets with sayings on them.

The store features not only Motor City Creations products but items from other metro Detroit businesses.

Like women’s clothing from Avabelle Boutique.

Soaps and bath salts from Cellar Door Bath Supply.

They also feature some snack items like Detroit Gourmet Nut Company and cookies from MP Life Is Sweet.

This pop up for this month is currently going on and Motor City Creations will be open on Friday until 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The next pop up will be the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you can be sure to get your special someone something special.

Motor City Creations is located at 56230 Grand River Avenue New Hudson, Michigan 48165

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All Things Detroit Returns To Eastern Market For Three Dates In 2018 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:28:11 +0000 Get your calendars out because it’s time to start making plans.

The popular vendor market and food truck rally, All Things Detroit will be returning to Eastern Market for three markets in 2018.

The 2018 dates will be:

Sunday, March 25

Sunday, May 6

Sunday, November 4

This is the sixth year that Jennyfer Crawford of Ask Jennyfer has organized All Things Detroit. Since the beginning it has been a great way for shoppers to get to know small businesses.

All Things Detroit has grown so much since it first started that the market now has over 250 vendors that take over Sheds 3,4 and 5 at Eastern Market.

The market also receives more than 12,000 visitors each time it is held. If you have ever been to All Things Detroit I’m sure you have seen how popular the event is.

Tickets for the first All Things Detroit are $5 for general admission or $15 for Beat the Crowd tickets. You can buy your tickets to All Things Detroit here.

If you are looking to shop small before All Things Detroit in March check out Crawford’s latest project, the All Things Marketplace. It is filled with all sorts of great things, like Faygo Candles from Motor City Creations.

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8.5 Fabulous Reasons To Shop At The Stunning Fisher Building Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:38:10 +0000 Whenever my brother comes into town from Denver I will take him to one (or two) of my favorites places in the city.

This visit I  decided to take him to the Fisher Building in New Center.


If you have yet to check out the Fisher Building during the holidays, do so. It is magical.

Since we were already at the Fisher Building, I decided to do a little round up of some of the shopping you will be able to do while you visit this beautiful building.

Let’s get shopping!

1. The Peacock Room

I’m not sure I can find the words to use to describe what a great job Rachel Lutz did putting together The Peacock Room’s flagship store.

This place is simply beautiful. Not to mention the clothes and accessories are divine. If you are looking for a beautiful gown for a swanky New Years Eve party you need to stop into The Peacock Room.

2. Yama

If your fashion sense is more modern and streamlined then you need to check out Rachel Lutz’s other store inside the Fisher.

They had this amazing red coat that caught my eye. Not that I need another red coat, I already have two. I’m just saying, go check Yama out.

Yama is located next to Stella in the main Gallery.

3. Stella

Stella is technically a coffee shop, but they do sell some really cute coffee mugs, tea cups, and water bottles. Plus, there is nothing better than grabbing a hot cup of coffee and sitting in the lobby of the gallery.

Hours: Monday and Tuesday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

3. Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts 

The Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts is one of those stores where you never know what you might find. They do have some more limited hours compared to the other stores inside the Fisher, so unfortunately we weren’t able to check it out on the day we visited.

Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Hours may be extended during the holidays or for shows.

4. The Dendrophile Pop Up Inside Of Workshop

If you are looking for a statement piece of furniture then you need to check out Workshop showroom. Each piece is made from reclaimed wood from Detroit homes.

There is currently a pop up inside of Workshop called Dendrophile. This pop up has all kinds of great gift items for people in your life that love nature and more sustainable items. You will be able to shop at the Dendrophile pop up until February.

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

5. Pot and Box 

Floral designer extraordinaire Lisa Waud has opened the new Pot and Box store inside the Fisher Building. We were at the Fisher on the day of the grand opening, but we were just a few hours too early to see it.

Judging by her previously awesome work, I can’t wait to check it out the next time I am at the Fisher.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

6. The Fashion Place 

There should be something said for the stores that have been in the Fisher Building for years. The Fashion Place has called the Fisher Building home for 35 years.

This cute women’s boutique is tucked away next to the main elevators.

Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

7. Pure Detroit

What can I say about Pure Detroit that hasn’t already been said. Pure Detroit has been a mainstay in the city since it opened in 1998. Now it has grown to five brick and mortar locations and one pop up at The Packard Plant.

Pure Detroit has a pretty solid selection of Detroit authors. My top book pick for the season? Dan Austin’s Greetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards From The Motor City.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8. Vera Jane

You know those really hip put together women that you see walking down the street? They probably bought their cool sun glasses at Vera Jane.

This store carries women’s accessories like purses, sun glasses, and jewelry. But they also carry Korean sheet masks, body products, candles and lingerie.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

8.5: Santa!

Parents, Santa will be visiting the Fisher Building on Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

If you are looking for a great backdrop of pictures, this is a great option. The best part? The pictures are free since you bring your own camera, and it is encouraged you do so.

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Corktown-A-Glow Returns For A Second Year On Saturday, December 9 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:14:07 +0000 There is no lack of holiday festivities happening between now and the New Year.

But I’m going to propose that you should make time if you can on Saturday, December 9 as I have just the event for you in one of Detroit’s most storied neighborhoods.

The Corktown Business Association (CBA) will be throwing the 2nd Annual Corktown-A-Glow holiday celebration.

The free community event will give people an opportunity to join in caroling, shop and dine around Corktown, roast marshmallows at The Farmers Hand, drink hot chocolate at Mudgie’s Deli.

There is a pretty great set of Corktown businesses participating in the event like Brooklyn Street Local, Detroit Barber Co., Eldorado General Store, George Gregory, The Farmer’s Hand, Hello Records, Mama Coo’s Boutique, Nero’s Bar & Grill, The Ponyride Holiday Makers Market, and Takoi.

Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to get pictures with Santa when he rolls up in his sleigh at 5:00 p.m.

You’re going to want to stay until 6:00 p.m. because there will be a tree lighting ceremony on the corner of Bagley and Trumbull.

Because giving is always better than receiving the CBA will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys, gloves and socks for families in need. They will be given to the Detroit Police Department to be distributed.

Corktown-A-Glow starts at 12:00 p.m. and will end at 7:00 p.m.

Just a tip, park your car and take the complimentary shuttle that will take you throughout Corktown.

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