Where to Shop in Detroit
Collected by Shandana A. Durrani, AFAR Local Expert
From boutiques featuring artisanal wares, to one of the most historic open-air markets in the world, to a haven for bibliophiles, Detroit offers a wide range of shopping destinations for every person on your gift list. Stroll through miles of books at John K. King Used & Rare Books or look for that elusive vinyl reissue at Records for the People. You won't be disappointed in the Motor City.
15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
A mix of thrift store, consignment shop, and ready-to-wear boutique, The Peacock Room offers a variety of clothing and accessories to metro Detroiters. Situated in the historic Park Shelton, the kitschy shop also features antique bric-à-brac.
441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The word "shinola" was popularized during World War II when the phrase, "You don't know shit from Shinola" became a commonplace colloquialism. Back then, it referred to a Texas brand of shoe polish, which was government issue for all soldiers. In...
10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever. The historic Tudor Revival building on Jefferson that houses Pewabic is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum, and...
4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The light-filled retail space that is Nora on Cass Avenue is a haven of good design, unusual gifts, and all manner of tempting delights you didn't know you needed. The site claims Nora is a collection of "Scandinavian housewares, Japanese pottery,...
3434 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Detroit is built on American industry, so a stop at The Detroit Mercantile Co. is a must. The products are tough, rugged, and American-made, just like the city itself. Find everything from retro Slinkies and decks of playing cards to...
901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If John K. King Used & Rare Bookstore looks more like an enormous factory than a sweet independent bookstore, consider this: The building, which was once an old glove factory, stuffs more than a million secondhand and rare books onto each of its...
1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
The Motor City has been host to some of America's greatest music, and People's Records is a great place to look if you want to bring some of it home. The classics tend to be a primary focus of the shop, with more contemporary music moving in and...
Eastern Market, Detroit, MI, USA
The eat-fresh, know-your-farmer trend that's sweeping the United States hasn't skipped over Detroit. But lest you think Eastern Market is just like the pokey farmer's markets cropping up all over the country, know this: Eastern Market is an entire...
460 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Brother-sister duo Andy and Emily Linn opened City Bird, a studio and gallery located in Midtown Detroit, to house their line of handmade Detroit- and Great Lakes–themed housewares, apparel, accessories, and objects. The work of more than 200...
460 W Canfield St #101, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Just next door to its sister shop, City Bird, Nest is under the same ownership and shares the same unique, handmade aesthetic. Where the two differ is that Nest specializes in design-oriented, one-of-a-kind trappings for the home, from candles to...
1345 Division St #102, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
The Eastern Market neighborhood is expanding to become a haven for the arts as much as for those seeking fresh, locally sourced food. Signal Return is a product of that expansion. Open every Saturday (the main market day) as well as Thursdays and...
4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit has style. It has always had style. From cars to music to art, the city has influenced good design and curated good sense since long before it received its current reputation that would suggest otherwise. Walking into Hugh is a reminder of...
5708 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Showtime Clothing, in the heart of Detroit, has a 'rockstar' appeal. In fact, many musicians and artists stop by looking to spruce up their wardrobe before a big gig. The store is packed to the brim with a never-ending assortment of leather,...
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