Shopping – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:25:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Ugly Sweater Lovers Unite: World Record Attempt For Largest Gathering Of Holiday Sweaters Dec. 9 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:06:00 +0000 Do you love ugly Christmas or holiday sweaters? Have you ever wanted to be part of a World Record attempt? Here’s your chance.

Here’s the plan. On Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Beacon Park in downtown Detroit the hope is to get together more than 3,473 people to break a nearly two year old world record of the largest “gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters,” as measured by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record-holding city is currently Lawrence, Kansas. They set the record at Kansas Athletics vs. Montana men’s basketball game on December 19, 2015.

Surely, we can beat Lawrence, Kansas.

It’s being organized by, a Walled Lake, Michigan-based online retailer of the ugliest of Christmas and holiday sweaters.

“My brother Mark and I are so excited to potentially bring a Guinness World Records title attempt to the city of Detroit,” said co-owner Fred Hajjar. “We hope the community will embrace the holiday spirit and join us on December 9 at Beacon Park to shatter the previous record.”

Right after, the silent disco at Beacon Park will fire up, there will be food trucks, outdoor firepits and two interactive light installations that are making their U.S. debut from Montreal, Canada.

If you’re interested in being a part of ugly sweater history, here’s the Facebook event. 

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Sfumato Fragrance Flagship Store (With A Craft Cocktail Bar!) To Open On Friday In Midtown Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:24:43 +0000 After months of renovations the Sfumato Fragrance’s flagship store will be open this Friday, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The store will be located on Second Avenue in Midtown.

The 650 square foot store will have a workshop, a place for consulting, and for classes. Customers will be able to design custom fragrances.

There will also be a craft cocktail bar called Castalia.

Castalia will focus on cocktails that are inspired by the signature scents that Peterson has created for Sfumato. Currently the plan is to offer ticketed events for Castalia.

The store will also carry essential oils, incense, and books related to fragrance and cocktails.

Sfumato Fragrances was started by husband and wife team Kevin Peterson and Jane Larson in 2013.

We had Peterson and Larson on our Happy Hour Podcast in May when they announced their plans to open the store.

Currently the shop’s holiday hours will be 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. The store hours will be expanded in January of 2018.

Sfumato Fragrances is located at 3980 Second Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201.

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New “Detroit Has Legs” Tights Featuring 32 Iconic Local Places To Benefit Cass Community Social Services Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:10 +0000 Looking for leggings with Detroit-themed style? “Detroit Has Legs,” with all the profits going to benefit the nonprofit Cass Community Social Services, might just be your ticket.

Skinnytees, an online retailer based in Birmingham makes these custom women’s leggings that feature 32 iconic Detroit buildings, sculpture and sites throughout the city.

They’re available in sizes XS through 3XL online for $56 here.

“Our team wanted to design an item that showcases our beloved city of Detroit in a visual and impactful way,” said Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, founder of Skinnytees. “Detroit Has Legs is only the beginning of the expansion of our brand’s themed clothing, and we look forward to providing our customers with more custom-made designs.”

According to the company, pulling this project together took a year, from finding the sublimation printer and contractor that could make the visuals work in the fabric.

Each pair of leggings is made in the United States, one at a time. The legging fabric is rolled out on all sides so that each Detroit photo can be cut out individually and printed on the fabric.

Once the images are cut and printed, the dye-sublimation process begins that applies the images to the fabric with sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

If you’ve seen Skinnytees before, it’s because they’ve been on Good Morning America, The View and QVC. Skinnytees also earned a spot on the 2017 Inc. 5000 as one of nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

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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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