Shopping Detroit Shops
Detroit Hustles Harder Beanies
Division Street Boutique
1353 Division St.
Since opening in 2008, the Detroit Hustles Harder brand has become a mantra to be worn and declared with pride. Virgin Atlantic’s president Richard Branson notably deplaned in Detroit rocking the T-shirt, and a 2015 Huffington Post article about Detroit’s comeback used it for a title. Those three simple words, in all block cap letters, are as classic to the city as Vernors and the Model T. Their hats, perfect for keeping your keppie warm through a Midwest winter, come in an assortment of colors.
Made using repurposed wood from various parts of Detroit, these picture frames come in all standard sizes, as well as 5 x 5 and 8 x 8 for those Instagram photos that are keepers. Each frame includes a notecard indicating what part of Detroit the wood was salvaged from. Personalize the gift with a photo or purchase a print from the shop. Find the frames at City Bird, owned by seventh-generation Detroiters, siblings Andy and Emily Linn, who opened the shop in 2005. Located in Midtown, it features Detroit-themed housewares and gifts made by local artisans.
State of Michigan Pewabic Tile
10125 E. Jefferson
Pewabic pottery is a distinguished part of Detroit’s architectural heritage. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, the ceramic studio and school located on East Jefferson was founded in 1903. Pewabic tiles can be found in many lauded local structures, including Belle Isle Aquarium, Detroit Public Library, the Guardian Building, the Fisher Building and Henry Ford Museum. Detroit’s addition to the Arts and Crafts design movement of the early 20th century, the pottery’s iridescent glazes are Pewabic’s most important contribution to ceramic art.
Rebel Nell Jewelry
The Peacock Room
15 E Kirby St.
Tucked away inside the historic Park Shelton Building, the Peacock Room is a Detroit gem, filled with vintage-inspired garments and jewelry. On the more modern side, it also boasts a considerable collection of Rebel Nell jewelry. Offering pieces sourced and made locally, Rebel Nell gathers and repurposes chunks of fallen graffiti from the Dequindre Cut, Flint Rock, Grand River Creative Corridor and the Alley Project. Layers upon layers of paint make each piece colorful and unique. As Rebel Nell employs, educates and empowers disadvantaged women directly from shelters in Detroit, this is a gift you can feel especially good about giving. Collections include earrings, pendants, tie clips and cuff links.
Detroit Music Print
1345 Division St.
The winner of a Signal-Return design contest earlier this year, artist and local teacher Tim Gralewski was given free time at the shop’s on-site letterpress studio to learn the process and create his posters. A valuable and enriching component of the local artist community, the shop has a variety of educational workshops and programs available to the public as well as weekly open studio hours and guided shop time. Stop by to schedule a tour, arrange a private letterpress class or to see the constantly rotating prints available for purchase.
Recently opened in Eastern Market, Well Done Goods is the flagship brick-and-mortar store from Bethany Shorb, founder of CyberOptix TieLab. Handprinted and silkscreened directly upstairs, the Chanukah Sweater Tie will stand out at holiday gatherings, ugly sweater parties — or at the office during those eight crazy days. Stop by the shop to peruse a funky, affordable array of home goods, accessories and apparel, plus many more of Shorb’s inventive tie designs.
The Orbit Magazine Anthology
by Rob St. Mary
4240 Cass Ave.
Known for its “irreverent tone and unique editorial features,” Detroit’s ’90s alternative weekly Orbit, and its predecessors White Noise and Fun, are detailed in this collection. So punk is Orbit, it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, yet Quentin Tarantino made his Pulp Fiction cameo wearing a T-shirt with its mascot, Orby, on it. With a foreward by creator Jerry Vile, this volume shows that all three publications were “distinctive in their content and uniquely Detroit in their tone.” An independent, non-fiction bookstore, Source Booksellers is owned by a retired Detroit Public Schools educator.
Detroit Map Quilt
Detroit Mercantile Co.
3434 Russell St.
Exclusively made for Detroit Mercantile Company by Heptic Lab in Brooklyn, N.Y., the stitching of this throw-sized quilt (60” x 72”) makes up the street map of Motown. Your loved one won’t be able to resist locating the city’s landmarks and all his favorite city haunts while cozied underneath it. Visit the rustic store to outfit your urban pioneer with Carhartt gear and to discover vintage Detroit-themed treasures.
By Reisa Shanaman, Special to the Jewish News