Small Business Saturday Favorites in Detroit

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and I hope everyone reading this blog plans on supporting some of their favorite independent shops in their holiday shopping! Of course I’d love it if Reware Vintage was in that list, but I also hope there are many, many others.

For my readers in the Detroit area, here are some really fantastic shops in the city that I love and I know you will too. You can cross off a lot of people on your gift list with a short trip downtown (and maybe pick up a treat for yourself while you’re at it).

The first of my favorite shops is Detroit Mercantile . Located at Eastern Market, Mercantile has a fantastic mix of vintage treasures for your home and locally made and inspired gifts, clothing, prints and housewares. Two of my favorites are cold weather wool gear from Stormy Kromer in the U.P. and blocks from Uncle Goose in Grand Rapids.

These handmade Michigan quilts are incredible and warm to up under in the winter, or a fantastic to hang and display in your house.

While you are buying gifts, grab some holiday cards to send to out-of-state friends!

Of course, if you head out to Detroit Mercantile on the weekend, take some time to shop Eastern Market as well for freshly made wreaths and garlands, and some jams, pies and pierogies, and of course, local produce.

Next, head on over to The Park Shelton for a number of great stores. First is The Peacock Room – a vintage inspired collection of women’s clothing and accessories. Even if you don’t know the size of the ladies you are shopping for there are fantastic scarves, fun socks and retro gloves any girl would love, and gorgeous jewelry too!

This rabbit fur collar would be beautiful over a velvet holiday dress.

Next in the Park Shelton is Goods – a cute little handmade shop and “T shirt bakery” that does custom screen printing for just about anything you need. Of course, they also have a great selection of original T shirts for kids and adults for you to scoop up, too. I love this “Run Michigan” shirt!

I have had a pair of these Michigan Mittens, from Michigan Mittens, for years and always get compliments and comments on them.

They also have a great selection of locally made Cellar Door Soap (lots of seasonal scents, too) and my friends Stinky Bomb Soap too (not pictured cause I took a blurry pic).

*Bonus* Goods is having a great Small Business Saturday sale! From 10:00-12:30, get 50% off their T shirts (limit 3).

Next door to Goods is Emerald Gifts and Provisions, which carries lots of locally themed gifts and accessories, and a great selection of books.

I am so adding this “Pantone: The 20th Century in Color” to my wish list. I couldn’t help but pick up a smaller Pantone book, “35 Inspirational Color Palettes” and a cute book called “My Little Stocking” for Roy’s stocking (all from Chronicle Books).

Another great stocking stuffer there – Detroit and Michigan themed leather luggage tags!

Next shop up will take you a little north, near the Wayne State University campus, to Nest. Nest is a great little home goods shop with indie styling, owned by brother and sister Andy and Emily Linn. They’ve got something for every room in your house, starting with a great selection of vases, pots and all sorts of succulent plants.

Love these little pencils (and that they are only $1)!

and some great syrups and serving ware for foodies and home bartenders.

Next, take a few steps on over to City Bird, neighbor to Nest and also owned by Emily and Andy. Here you will find something handmade for everyone left on your gift list!

Framed prints, plush, clothing, bath and body products and fun paper goods are plentiful.

And some fantastic jewelry! These necklaces are from Peg and Awl, one of my favorite fellow vendors that I met a couple of years ago at the Bust New York Craftacular. It was great to see a store carrying them here in Detroit.

Thanks for taking this little tour with me! There are SO many great shops in Detroit, and these are just a handful. While you are in town, don’t forget to also stop by Avalon for some fresh bread to serve at dinner, grab some used vinyl at People’s Records, and stop into Showtime Clothing for a little something edgy to wear out on New Year’s Eve!

For my readers outside of Metro Detroit, I hope that this post has inspired you to visit or maybe discover some new favorite indie shops in your own neighborhood…this Small Business Saturday, and often afterwards!