At this point, you have more than likely heard about, visited and/or fallen in love with many of the new and cool stores in The D; although seriously ah–mazing, Detroit’s suburbs also have a lot to offer shoppers. Whether you are in need of some personal retail therapy or on the search for the perfect present for a family member or friend, here are five (of many) metro Detroit cities to visit and “shop till you drop.”
Metro Detroit Shopping Districts
Known for being an “upscale center for art galleries” with “fine antique shops and an eclectic array of unique boutiques,” Downtown Birmingham does will disappoint visitors who are in the mood to shop. Will your pup be joining your shopping spree, too? You may want to head down East Merrill Street and peruse through Teacups & Toys, a fashion boutique for all dogs ranging in size from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind handbags, accessories, crystal, sterling, decorative porcelains or clothing for a gift or for yourself, you’ll have to be sure to stop in at Woodward & Maple, located on East Maple Road.
2. Mount Clemens
If you find yourself on the east side of metro Detroit, you’ll have to visit Downtown Mount Clemens. From vintage shops like Max and Ollie’s to skateboarding stores like TGM to even record shops like WeirdsVille Records, Mount Clemens really has a lot to offer. Check out downtownmountclemens.com to see all of the city’s shopping offerings.
Downtown Plymouth is quaint, but boasts a wide variety of eateries, 100 specialty shops as well as apparel/shoe stores throughout the city. Searching for furniture and antique stores? Try Basement Vintage Furniture or Home Sweet Home. What about home accents and home gifts? You’re guaranteed to have luck at Bohemian Home or Haven. In need of something from a specialty gift shop? Check out R.S.V.P. or Sideways. Looking for women’s apparel? Bella Mia or Gigi’s Mode always has you covered!
Three antique stores, four art supply shops, two bookstores, 15 apparel/accessory retailers, eight gift shops, 11 home/office furnishing/accent stores, nine jewelry shops and three shoe stores are only some of many shopping options in Downtown Rochester. Make a day of it and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of Rochester’s fine restaurants. If you’re tackling holiday shopping, stick around until dusk to see the Big, Bright Light Show illuminate Main Street.
From antique and resale shops to boutiques and galleries, Downtown Wyandotte definitely offers visitors a wide range of options when it comes to shopping. 9 Month Bump on Elm Street is a well-known, upscale maternity consignment boutique that not only “celebrates pregnancy, babies and motherhood” but also features “trending baby items” that are locally handcrafted. Ladies, check out Traffic Jam Boutique on Biddle Avenue, they specialize in ladies’ formal wear, including many options for weddings, proms and homecoming dances. Gentlemen, be sure to stop by Chelsea Menswear, also on Biddle, for quality clothing and shoes, including formal apparel.
Looking for something unique and affordable for your home or the perfect housewarming gift? Abundant Living Gallery on Elm Street is a small shop that works with local artists and businesses to provide customers with exactly that.
Freelance writer Danielle Alexander’s favorite kid-free activity is shopping in and around Detroit with her mom, girlfriends or, hey, even solo!