‘Tis the season to shop ‘til you drop!
Holiday House offers a unique Detroit shopping experience featuring small businesses ready to take the retail spotlight.
This retail experience brings awareness to independent brands while providing a convenient shopping center for Detroiters and commuters alike.
Located at 1001 Woodward Ave, take advantage of the 12 pop-up retailers selling everything from Detroit-made goods to boutique fashion, now until Dec. 23.
Holiday House is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Check out our inside look at the featured vendors.
West Coast style meets Midwest vibes with Bird Bee’s unique selections of bohemian, vintage and contemporary-style women’s clothing and accessories.
They also provide a great selection of giftable items, according to Taylor Bolleber, Founder of Bird Bee. Socks, phone cases, scarfs and hats are just a few of their items that would be perfect for any fashionista.
“New items will be coming in every week so check back to see all our new stuff that’s coming in,” Bolleber advises.
When I asked Bolleber what she’d recommend for the holiday season, she raved about Bird Bee’s one-of-a-kind selection of jackets.
“Every single jacket that I have, I’m absolutely obsessed with,” Bolleber says. “Everything is super unique and I have a few things that you can only find in my store. Some of the brands aren’t carried anywhere else in the state of Michigan!”
Check out Corktown’s newest retail destination.
From furniture with character to re-purposed industrial lighting, Detroit Artifactry is your pop-up shop selling all things ‘unusual.’
According to Crystal Mackey, a sales associate of Detroit Artifactry, guests can expect Detroit made items, vintage furniture, décor and a featured section of holiday items.
“We’re excited to sell handmade Detroit items,” Mackey explained. “We have a lot of new Christmas items like glasses, toys, gifts and barware.”
Detroit Artifactry is located in Corktown at 2135 Michigan Ave. and open Monday from noon – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Take a trip to Paris without leaving the streets of Detroit.
Chef Matt Knio, a graduate from the Academie de Versailles in France, provides perfect French inspired breads and sweets in his downtown pop-up, Cannelle Patisserie.
Baguettes, croissants and macaroons are just a few fresh baked goods you can expect from Cannelle, who also serves up breakfast, lunch and coffee.
Yara Beydoun, an employee of Cannelle, can attest to the delectable desserts.
“We have a lot of croissants and signature pastries and it’s all very classic,” Beydoun described. “That’s something that Chef Knio prides himself on. If somebody has been to Paris, they would come here and say it tastes exactly the same.
According to Beydoun, the chocolate almond croissant is their most popular pastry.
In addition to his pop-up in Detroit, Knio owns a retail space in Birmingham, Cannelle Patisserie, at 159 N Eton St. open Tuesday – Saturday from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be sure to sample some sweets from Cannelle’s pop-up in the Holiday House and follow their story on Facebook.
The End Grain Woodworking Co.
The End Grain Woodworking Co. sells locally sourced, reclaimed wood creations with character and beauty.
With repurposed wood from blighted neighborhoods in Detroit, End Grain seeks to revitalize Detroit and the surrounding communities with a unique and inspirational narrative.
“All of our items are made from property deconstructed wood,” said Sam Constantine, Reclaimed Material Specialist at End Grain. “It’ll have an address on the back to tell you where the piece came from.”
End Grain seeks to tell a story in each piece, providing information about the source of the wood to preserve the past.
I asked Constantine what popular items guests can expect from the pop-up.
“Our growth charts are pretty popular,” he comments. “We made them for a holiday show last year and we sold 15 – 20 of them. They just flew off the wall. The wall vases are pretty popular as well. It’s not only the old wood, but also the old bottles so it’s a double part of history.”
End Grain is located at 30958 Industrial Road, Suite A in Livonia Michigan. Store hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
State & Liberty
State & Liberty provides perfectly tailored dress shirts for athletically built men.
Crafted from athletic performance fabric, State & Liberty dress shirts are wrinkle free with a four-way stretch.
“We started the company in January of 2015 as a project to find a great fitting dress shirt with more room in the shoulders and tailored waist for a fit guy,” says Co-Founder Steven.
State & Liberty dress shirts are made from a ‘nylon/poly/spandex’ blend, according to their website, that provides comfort beyond traditional cotton.
“We saw other companies with this new type of stretchy athletic fabric and we wanted to see if can make a professional-looking dress shirt out of that,” says Steven. “It came down to a product that we’re really proud and excited about now.”
What’s better than a Christmas gift that gives back?
Has Heart provides a therapeutic, creative outlet for Veterans by pairing a wounded war Veteran with a graphic artist from AIGA.
This collaboration allows the creative community to utilize their talents and the veteran to share their story through an art piece.
“It represents their road to recovery and what happened to them as a result of their experience in the military,” said James Holton, Assistant Creative Director at Has Heart.
Established in 2008, Has Heart co-founders Michael Hyacinthe and Tyler Way have provided opportunities for artists and Veterans to use creative outlets.
“What we do is take the Veteran’s story and create a product, specifically our tee shirts rendering the graphic, and we sell that. The proceeds go back to our organization and ultimately to the Veterans,” Holton explained.
Woodward Throwbacks is a reclaimed woodworking company based in Detroit.
Utilizing materials gathered from illegal dumping sites, housing renovations, demolitions and local businesses, the company strives to clean up city curbsides by recycling.
“We do a lot of home décor and bar ware; that is what our focus is on,” said Leah Prickett, Screen Printer at Woodward Throwbacks. “We have wall sigs, bottle openers and bar carts all made with reclaimed wood, as well as other custom products.”
Aside from the Holiday House, you can find their reclaimed good at their flagship store on 3511 Michigan Avenue in Corktown, open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.
Cutting Boards, wood knives, tables and lighting are just a few types of kitchenware you’ll find at the pop-up.
“We also have a new product: our reclaimed wood poster hangers,” Prickett adds.
Douglas & Co.
You might remember Douglas & Co. from our article on their new storefront on East Milwaukee.
Located in the city’s North End neighborhood at 609 E. Milwaukee, Douglas & Co. produces high quality leather goods in their studio. Check out the store every Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“We hand-make everything,” said Sydney Catton, an intern at Douglas & Co.
When asked about their popular products, Catton says their leather bags take the cake.
“They are beautiful bags and they’re great for everything,” Catton explains.
Their wallets and clutches are also eyes catchers in the pop-up, sporting various neutral colors that match with any outfit.
“We are also collaborating with Detroit Comb Company and Shark Line Glasses, which we are carrying for the holiday,” Catton said.
David Vintage is a haute couture streetwear brand that is sourced and based in Detroit, according to their website.
The founder and creator, Joseph David Murphy, conceived the brand from his middle name, shared with his grandfather’s first name.
“That’s where you get the vintage,” explains Murphy, “It’s paying homage to my grandpa.”
Murphy explains his most popular products, statements tee shirts reading “Detroit Is Back,” and “Detroit Never Left,” a testament to the city’s illustrious past and promising future.
Murphy is also proud of the stained garment line, hand-stained and washed in Detroit.
“We also have hand-made leather wallets, hand-made and painted in Detroit and made of U.S. leather. It’s made of a vegetable tan so it ages pretty gracefully, developing a nice golden look to it. We have them hand-stamped as well,” Murphy explained.
Black Vinyl sells stylish, high quality men’s outerwear at an affordable price.
Originating in Europe and Asia, Black Vinyl is a successful seller in 11 Countries and more than 160 around the world. The owners, originally from Detroit, are proud to be a vendor at the Holiday House.
The products are manufactured in their privately owned design studios and factories, producing men’s athletic jackets and coats that are stylish and functional.
“A big seller is the winter coats with the headphones attached to them,” explains Tiffany Waldron, sales associate at Black Vinyl. “You just plug your phone in the inside pocket.”
Black Vinyl believes that ‘music is the greatest creation of man,’ providing means of expression, the same qualities reflected in their products.
“We also have coats with fur around the hood, made of real raccoon fur,” said Waldron.
You can check out Black Vinyl at the Holiday House.
Looking for gifts for your furry, little friend?
Check out City Bark, a “boutique for pets and people who appreciate them,”says Owner and Co-Founder of City Bark, Jamie Judson.
City Bark specializes in unique and quality-made pet supplies and accessories, including a variety of Michigan and Detroit made items.
“Some of my favorite holiday items include our flannel bandanas, bow-tie collars and dog toys that are not only shaped like coal and Christmas bulbs, but they’re indestructible and mint-scented,” Judson explained.
City Bark currently resides in Grosse Pointe at 17027 Kercheval Ave. open every Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. They plan to open a store in Detroit’s Capitol Park in 2017.
Talulah Belle, according to their website, is a specialty lifestyle retailer that features apparel, apothecary and home décor with a southern charm aesthetic.
In addition to their holiday pop-up, they also have a storefront on 307 Main Street in Rochester Michigan, open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.
Their Bourbon infused toothpicks, made with straight Kentucky Bourbon are a fun twist on Christmas gifts.
If you’re looking for something sweeter, check out their Sugarfina line of sweets, like their single malt scotch cordials.
Looking for a gift that benefits the greater good? Check out their artisan, hand-blown glass ornaments, which benefit New Day Foundation for Families, assisting in financial and emotional support to cancer patients and their families.
“Talulah Belle is also offering complimentary delivery to businesses interested in corporate gifting,” says Owner, Amy Fonville.