The holiday season brings nostalgia to many area residents who remember spending a whole weekend shopping for gifts in downtown Detroit. Get ready to make new memories as retail returns with the Somerset Collection CityLoft, which will take up residence inside the First National building near Campus Martius beginning December 3.
In its sixth season, nearly 40 popular retailers including Pottery Barn, Lilly Pulitzer, Gap, The Body Shop, LEGO and many others will showcase some of their coolest gift items for everyone on your list. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment with DJs, carolers and other acts while shopping, for a truly festive experience.
For any purchase over $25, you’ll receive a $5 gift card that can be used at any of the retailers in the Congress lobby of the First National building.
Also inside the First National building is Santa’s Wonderland, a special “kids only” holiday store where children can shop for their loved ones. For a $5 donation, children will be given five gold coins that can be used to purchase gifts, which they can have wrapped in the store. Somerset Collection retailers donated all of the merchandise, and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). Santa’s Wonderland first opened the night of the tree lighting, and more than 600 kids participated, raising $3,000 for CTF! While kids are shopping, adults can get a complimentary coffee at Roasting Plant, courtesy of Somerset Collection and Roasting Plant.
Somerset Collection’s CityLoft and Santa’s Wonderland will be open December 3 – December 23, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Speaking of Roasting Plant, they’re offering a few holiday gift sets including one with 6-oz. bags of the following coffees: Roasting Plant blend, Ethiopian Harrar Masala, Guatemala Antigua Acate and Good Cheer blend. They’re presented in a logo-stamped wooden gift box ($40) that’s sure to impress the coffee lover in your life.
Nojo Kicks (1220 Library St.) is a great place to go gift shopping for sneaker enthusiasts, as they have rare collectible shoes and designer socks! In addition, they have exclusive hats, designer jeans and custom jerseys for a wardrobe that will definitely stand out from the crowd.
Stop by The Detroit Shoppe (1261 Woodward Ave.), which sells and supports some of Detroit’s favorite brands and institutions, from Better Made and Faygo to the DIA and Motown, with all proceeds benefitting Detroit charities. It will be open on Sundays during Lions home games; otherwise, you can catch their pop-up shop inside the CityLoft space in the First National building.
Looking for a Patagonia jacket or tech gloves from The North Face? Don’t forget to visit Moosejaw (1275 Woodward Ave.) for all of your cold-weather clothing and accessories for the outdoors. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays have extended hours until 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays the store is open noon – 5:00 p.m. Moosejaw will also have a pop-up space in CityLoft if you’re short on time and want to get all your shopping done in one store!
After you’ve crossed some gifts off your list, relax with food, drinks and music inside the Showcase D’Holidays tent in Cadillac Square, featuring fare from some of Detroit’s most popular restaurants and bars.
Mark your calendars: On December 17 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodhouse Day Spa is hosting a Holiday Spa Crawl for $75, where you can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while you rotate among three spa stations for 20 minutes each. Choose from chair massage or reflexology; mini manicure or mini pedicure; mini facial or facial wax. If you bring a toy, book or game for Orchards Children’s Services, you’ll receive 10,000 rewards points at Woodhouse Day Spa. There’s limited availability, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible by calling (313) 965-6270.
Downtown Detroit is aglow with holiday lights, fun activities for the whole family including ice skating and horse-drawn carriage rides, and now, holiday shopping. It’s time to make new memories in Detroit, so who’s ready to explore with me?