“Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” “I could give up shopping, but I’m not a quitter.” “If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it.” Whatever motivational quote you need to get yourself to these six beloved boutiques in Detroit, find it and go; you won’t be disappointed.
Unique Boutiques in Detroit
1. Bird Bee
Curating “nothing but unique, quality items” that the store’s employees would wear themselves, Bird Bee is more than just an average clothing boutique: it stands for a lifestyle filled with “adventure, creativity and badassery.” Whether you’re more expressive or fall under the category of edgy, Bird Bee wants you to explore your own personal style and feel good in every outfit you wear, including everything from your accessories and intimates, all the way down to your shoes.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
2. City Bird
In search of hand-screen or letterpress printed greeting cards? What about handmade jewelry or unique baby gifts? Celebrating over 12 years in business, City Bird carries its house line of Detroit- and Michigan-themed products as well as housewares, jewelry, paper goods, apparel, accessories and home décor by hundreds of independent artists and designers. Interested but prefer to shop online? Great news: City Bird has an online store and, even better, offers free standard shopping on orders over $100!
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Selling an eclectic collection of women’s clothing and accessories, Frida is all about the “color and texture of life.” With styles ranging from modern to bohemian, Frida is the go-to place for favorite new denims, soft sweaters, everyday adornments and much, much more.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Borsalino, Dobbs, Stetson, Biltmore, Giorgio Cellini and Kangol. For hat-lovers, I need not say more. Henry the Hatter, a retail specialist in men’s headwear, has not only existed in Detroit since 1893 but is actually the oldest hat retailer in the United States. Whether you’re in need of a fedora, dress hat, traditional mens cap, be-bop, apple, baseball or newsboy cap, Henry the Hatter “continues to provide one of the finest selections in the Midwest.” If you’re interested in ordering online, be sure to use Henry the Hatter’s sizing guide.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In need of a gift for someone’s home? Or, perhaps you’re looking for a high-quality item for your own? City Bird’s sister store, Nest, carries gifts and provisions for the home, including candles, soaps, terrariums, bar and kitchen accessories and home décor. Although one can really make an afternoon out of visiting both stores, Nest does share an online store with City Bird if you prefer browsing from the comfort of your couch.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Inspired from vintage looks, The Peacock Room is a women’s boutique, featuring clothing (including plus sizes), jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats, fascinators, gloves and more.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Freelance writer Danielle Alexander hates buying gift cards for family and friends, so she relies on local boutiques, especially in The D, for a memorable and personal touch.