The selection of produce at the Eastern Market is impressive. Choose from fresh flowers, specialty foods, and locally sourced meat. 250 vendor booths are opened to the public every Saturday, and you'll find that most products sold here are from local businesses and farms. Freshness is guaranteed along with prices that are sure to keep you engaged in shopping till you explore all stalls. If you work up an appetite, there are several restaurants at the market.
To bibliophiles, this book shop is a must stop. The four floors of the warehouse are home to millions of titles, ranging from the popular to the obscure, covering all kinds of subjects. It's a treasure trove for book lovers, who can spend many happy hours wandering the aisles. The owner of the bookstore moved here in 1983 after outgrowing his first location. There are two smaller King locations, one at Wayne State University and one in Ferndale.
Michigan's most up-scale shopping mall is so impressed with its offerings that it calls itself a "collection," not a mall. Indeed, many shoppers would consider some of these stores, works of art. Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Neiman-Marcus and Sunglass Hut are among the top destinations. Even during the busiest shopping days, Somerset has an unusual air of decorum. It's the equivalent of putting New York's Fifth Avenue indoors. Several dining options rise above the typical mall fare, but then, you'd expect that from a place that doesn't consider itself a mall.
As you browse through the shelves of Casa Chavela, take a tour of global cultures through folk art. This local store is home to a varied collection of fair trade folk art and crafts from over 40 countries, with everything from scarves, jewelry and handbags, to incense, aroma therapy oils and home decor to choose from. Shop for scented candles and incense to soothe your soul, or add a touch of the exotic to your wardrobe with a scarf from Africa. A colorful melange of treasures from across the globe, Casa Chavela is sure to delight.
Owned and operated by brother, sister duo Andy and Emily Linn, City Bird is an amalgamation of Detroit themed paper goods, accessories, housewares and more. Seventh generation Detroiter's, Emily and Andy have a deep rooted love for their city, which is showcased through their eclectic boutique. This studio and store prides itself on featuring the work of hundreds of local artists and designers. Find silkscreen printed t-shirts, Michigan shaped coasters, handcrafted greeting cards and more.
People's Records is a Detroit staple. With three large rooms filled to the brim with records of various genres, this music shop has some great tunes for everyone. Crate diggers will rejoice in the steals and deals that can be found here. Everything from Jazz, Motown, to R&B is available. If you're new to the world of vinyl records, the friendly and prodigious staff are happy to point you in the right direction.
Built in 1915, this Detroit gem was primarily a meat market. Today, the Gratiot Central Market located in the Eastern Market area continues the tradition of carrying a wide range of specialty meats, but has expanded to include an on-site bakery offering fresh baked goods and barbecue supplies. Some of their specialities include 16 varieties of fresh fish, lobster, scallops, crawfish, tripe, oxtail, corned beef, home-made sausage, goat, rabbit, lamb and more. If you are planning to cook a meaty meal make sure to stock up your refrigerator with supplies from here.
The Germack brand is known primarily for their pistachios and other nuts, but they also sell exceptional coffee and tea. Located in Detroit's Eastern Market neighborhood, Germack Coffee and Tea Shop shares space in the same building as the Germack Pistachio Company, so rest assured you'll have appropriate snacks to go with your beverages. In addition to their small-batch roasted coffees, Germack also offers over 60 loose leaf teas to choose from.
Eastern Market is a humongous historic market district and the biggest of its kind in the United States. Nestled within this shopping haven is Eastern Market Antiques, a wonderful place for antique lovers. Spread across 15,000 square feet (1393.55 square meters), it comprises 20 vendors who deal in a wide variety of antiques. Its like entering a treasure trove from a bygone era. Get fascinated by vintage books, clocks, furniture, records, chinaware, posters, light fixtures, Oriental objects and more. If you are looking for something peculiar, not of this period and affordable, then this is the place to be. Sure you'll have to really search for it, but that's the fun of antique hunting.
Detroit has an abundance of local artists, and Signal-Return is a link between these versatile talents and you. At Signal-Return you can buy all of the creations made by these talented artists making it a spot where you can pick up art that is absolutely unique. You can also unleash the artist within you at Signal-Return's studio by taking up one of their classes. These are usually addressed by resident artists. The place has everything from a letterpress to printing material enabling you to go places with your imagination.