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November 22, 2019


Holiday Shopping In Detroit? Here's Your Game Plan.


November 22, 2019

Lights, fire pits, igloos . . . Detroit sure knows how to do the holiday season right.

At Shinola, we kick off the holiday season by walking down Woodward Avenue in America’s Thanksgiving Parade. But we don’t stop there. While we’ve been hard at work crafting gifts for even the people who are the toughest to buy for on your shopping list, we also like to enjoy the festive nature of the city this time of year. From shopping at local boutiques or markets, to having a cup of cocoa at the Cadillac Lodge, we have a few suggestions for a perfect wintery day in the city. Shop unique, local gifts for the ones you love—and have some fun partaking in the festivities.

The Morning

We’ve got a big day planned for you, so it’s best to start with a cup of coffee. If you want to explore Corktown’s record stores, vintage boutiques and handcrafted gifts, start with a cup of Joe from Astro Coffee and then hit the shops. Or if, you wanted to start in Midtown and explore shops like Nest and City Bird—and of course the Shinola Canfield Store—start with a cup of hot coffee and a sandwich at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company. (Plus, if you stop by later in the afternoon, you can swap your coffee for a happy hour drink. Yes, a drink drink.) Starting at the holiday markets in Eastern Market? Grab a cup of coffee at Germack—or, if you’re feeling like it’s five o’clock somewhere, start with a famous bloody Mary from Vivio’s. Browse the local vendors and handcrafted gifts while you wait for a table. Pro tip: Eastern Market is a great place if you’re putting together a basket of goodies for your boyfriend’s family. They’ll love it.

The Afternoon

You’re fueled up and warmed up. Let’s get this holiday shopping done. Head to Parker’s Alley for some local shopping and holiday fun. Here you’ll find a giant snowman, holiday lights, and roasting chestnuts. You might even run into some carolers. There are also many independent, local businesses—many of which are owned by women. For your fashion-forward friend, try Good Neighbor, a men’s and women’s fashion boutique owned by Carli Goltowski. Her goal is to bring quality, socially conscious brands and a unique shopping experience to Downtown Detroit.

Another locally owned shop is the Velvet Tower, a vintage clothing boutique owned by Emily Bernstein. Here you’ll find statement pieces, bold colors and unique accessories from the 1940s through the 1980s. It’s perfect for the one on your list who seems to have been born in an era long gone.

Have a socially conscientious friend or a sister who likes makeup? Head to The Lip Bar, tucked in Parker’s Alley behind the hotel. Detroit native Melissa Butler opened The Lip Bar to provide vegan, paraben-free, nontoxic and cruelty-free lipsticks, lip gloss and liquid mattes.

Before you break for lunch, check out the Shinola Woodward store to find a gift for that person who appreciates quality craftsmanship and American design. Want to make a big impression? Go for a Canfield Sport timepiece or our new Runwell Automatic. Want to give your mom something personalized? Engrave select pieces of jewelry or a Vinton or Omaha timepiece. She’ll appreciate it a lot more than you getting MOM tattooed on your arm.

For a more in-depth gift guide for in-store shopping, read more about our holiday shopping appointment at the Canfield store last year.

Next up: lunch. Stop at Penny Red’s for a fried chicken sandwich. Don’t forget the dunked honey butter biscuit.

Full of chicken and biscuits, you’ve got your second wind now and are ready for more.

The pop-up markets in the city (open until January 1) are a must. You can find one near the Shinola Hotel in Capitol Park or you can head down Woodward and check out the markets in Cadillac Square. Here you’ll find heated, glass booths with vendors selling gifts from clothing to cards, jewelry to décor. Poke around the little shops. You never know what you might find.

When you need a break, head to Cadillac Lodge—a large, cozy tent that feels more like grandma’s house than a tent in the city. Decorated with rugs and wreaths, and with plenty of couches, chairs and blankets throughout, you can grab a bite to eat and a drink at the bar and sit down and relax with a board game. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate, gather around a fire pit if it’s not too cold outside, or head to Spirit Plaza and find the heated igloos and relax with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

The Evening

It’s probably dark by now, but that’s the best time for holiday festivities in the city. Head back to Campus Martius for a skate around the rink. You can bring your own skates or rent them, and admission is $10 for adults (keep an eye out for discounts for children and seniors and other specials throughout the season). As you glide along the ice, take in the festive glow from the hanging lights around the rink and the towering Campus Martius Christmas tree.

Are you getting hungry again? We recommend heading back up Woodward for dessert at San Morello or a nightcap at the Evening Bar, both in the Shinola Hotel. You could even do dessert AND a nightcap. After a busy day like this, you deserve it.

If you still have a few people to check off your list, check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. With a vast collection of products for anyone you could imagine, Shinola will help you find quality gifts for spreading quality cheer.


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