Shop local: 5 unique Metro Detroit boutiques for one-of-a-kind finds

By: Katie Goncalves | June 9, 2023
Vintage jewelry displayed at The Peacock Room in Detroit

Photo courtesy of The Peacock Room

Finding the perfect item for your home, office, or to give as a gift can be an overwhelming and sometimes time-consuming task. While the internet constantly tells us about things we need, most of those items are a dime a dozen and don’t have very much originality. So where does one go for unique finds and hidden treasures? Metro Detroit is filled with wonderful boutique shops filled with the perfect little gems for you, your family, or your friends. Here are some of the best places to shop the next time you’re looking for a unique or original item. 

City Bird and Nest

City Bird is a boutique store that specializes in locally made items such as clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Their sister store, Nest, is right next door and features an extensive array of unique home goods. They have a wide range of unique finds, including vintage maps, locally made candles, and quirky art prints. The stores are best known for their selection of Detroit-themed products, such as tote bags and t-shirts with Detroit-style coney dogs or the Spirit of Detroit on the side. City Bird and Nest have a strong focus on sustainability and offer a range of eco-friendly products, such as reusable water bottles and recycled paper notebooks.

The Peacock Room

The Peacock Room is a vintage-inspired clothing store that specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. They have a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories from different eras, including Victorian, Art Deco, and 1950s styles. They have sizes from 0 to 3XL and can place a special order for items that are not in stock. The store has a cozy, vintage-inspired atmosphere with chandeliers, antique furniture, and plush velvet curtains. The location inside the Fisher Building is open late on evenings when there is a performance.

Boxed gift with a white rose bow from The Peacock Room
Find the perfect gift at The Peacock Room

Shinola

Shinola is a Detroit-born luxury goods brand that specializes in watches, leather goods, and bicycles. They are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and American-made products that pay homage to their Detroit roots. They have a strong focus on sustainability and use ethically sourced materials in their products. In addition to their signature watches and leather goods, Shinola also offers a range of vintage-inspired products for the home, such as turntables and speakers. Shinola goods are built to last and every piece will stand the test of time. 

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Pure Detroit

Pure Detroit specializes in Detroit-themed clothing, gifts, and souvenirs. They have a range of unique finds, such as Detroit-themed art prints, locally made hot sauce, and vintage-style postcards. If you’re looking for something unique, check out their seatbelt bags or Detroit-style pizza party packs that every Detroit lover is sure to swoon over.

Yellow Door Art Market

Yellow Door Art Market is a 3,600-square-foot space that features the work of over 70 artists and makers. Here, you can find just about anything from locally made pottery to hand-stitched pillows and quirky art prints. They also have a selection of books written by local authors. Each area of the shop is unique and shoppers will enjoy strolling the many different areas looking for unique treasures.

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