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.
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 largest one-level shopping mall is laid out in a racetrack oval that encompasses 1.4 million square feet. The mall includes high-end outlet stores such as Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet and Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center as well as value retail options, including a Harley Davidson outlet. More than 200 stores plus restaurants and entertainment outlets are divided among six architecturally separate themed areas. The theme concept is ubiquitous. In the Rainforest Café, there are mechanical animals and ersatz thunderstorms, and at the Alcatraz Brewing Company, the décor and personnel are prison-related. A high-tech indoor playland called GameWorks was developed with filmmaker Steven Spielberg's help. It's a shopper's paradise.
Devonshire Mall is one that appeals to the whole family. Apart from the usual stores and restaurants, all of which you can find here, this shopping center goes above and beyond to ensure no one is left out. There are often special events hosted at Devonshire Mall, like "Fun Fridays," which caters to youngsters. The food court provides more than just something to snack on: it also offers health awareness workshops aimed at educating families about nutrition. There's even a "Mother and Child Comfort Station" for when the little ones need a break. No matter your needs, Devonshire Mall has you covered.
Built in the 1990s, Laurel Park Place departs from the wide-open mall look and has the feel of a series of shopping courts. Shops tend toward the elegant and the upscale. Laurel Park Place also has the only Parisian store in Michigan. Dining options are a cut above the usual mall fare. Laurel Park Place has spawned the familiar satellite system of stores, eateries and office buildings, transforming a sleepy section of the western suburbs into a central destination along the burgeoning I-275 corridor.
Not to be confused as a consignment store or simple flea market, The Rust Belt Market features carefully curated vintage pieces, from photography to clothing to salvaged furniture. Open only on the weekends, the shop regularly rotates the inventory and hosts a variety of local vendors. This giant retail space also features live music from local musicians. This local hotspot is a must visit for one-of-a-kind Detroit treasures.
Set at its current location since early 1980, Western Market is a place where you can find farm-fresh produce. Most of the vegetables and fruits that are sold here are organic and they also have a range of dairy products. Kielbasa, duck meat, salmon steak and other regular meat cuts are all available here in addition to more than five types of hams. The famous Beemster Vlaskaas from Germany is also sold at the Western Market. Wines, champagne, nuts, crackers and other groceries fill rest of the aisles at this extensive market.
Launched in 2010, UHF Records is the mecca for music buffs and record collectors in town. One of the best independent record stores in all of Michigan, it is home to a mammoth collection of vinyl, original compositions, latest labels as well as unheard finds. Their well-preserved inventory has been sourced from basements and storage rooms across the world and represent myriad genres - from punk and pop, to heavy metal and alternative rock. Occasionally, this shop plays host to emerging talent with live gigs and music events on their calendar.
Voted as one of the top Detroit vintage stores, Lost and Found Vintage features an array of fashion relics from various decades past. Housed in a giant warehouse and storefront, this establishment has been around since 2003 and has quickly asserted itself as the go-to place for great vintage pieces. Have old clothes you need to get rid of? Lost and Found Vintage also features a buying program, where the staff will issue cash or store credit for fashionable items. For more information on their clothes buying program or what they have to offer, be sure to visit their website.
Royal Oak, a city of Detroit, is filled with charming boutiques and Scout is one the local favorites. This eclectic little shop is filled to the brim with unique finds, from trendy home decor to jewelry, perfume and prints. Give your home that extra special touch with one of the many unique items found here.