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While rambling around the New Center Place in downtown Detroit, one gets a good mix of white collar workers discussing the latest entrepreneurial ventures and eager shoppers looking to get a bargain in the nearby stores. While most bustling cities often separate shopping and commercial districts, one can find it all in here. Plush high-rises housing the richest of businesses, a variety of stores with clothes and antiques on display, theaters playing the latest movies and large food courts serving up plates of food are all mixed together into a buzzing hub of activity. Art lovers will enjoy visiting the Motown Museum and Contemporary Arts Gallery. At night, the various clubs open their doors to the workaholics, soon converting them into party animals.
A destination that holds a cherished place in the local community's life, The Village is more than your average shopping complex. Spread over the downtown area of Grosse Pointe, this 'shopping community' has been serving Grosse Pointe for more than 75 years. A warm and friendly atmosphere prevails here, something one cannot find in large, modern malls and shopping centers. Besides being home to known brand names like GAP and Ann Taylor, The Village is also home to not-so-known local brands. Of course, all the shopping is bound to empty the stomach, which is why there are restaurants and cafes spread throughout the complex. The Village also has a prominent events scene, playing host to Music on the Plaza, the Annual Village Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival, and Grosse Pointe's Greatest Block Party.
As one of Detroit's suburbs, Royal Oak offers a variety of attractions to visitors and is known for its urban-chic downtown entertainment district. A plethora of restaurants, bars, shops, and night-life have made this a top entertainment destination. Many popular events and venues take place here as well. A local farmers market is open year-round and features unique finds.