Shop Local for Uniquely Crafted Decor, Gifts & Clothing

By: Toni Cunningham | March 17, 2014

Let’s begin with a question: when it comes to shopping, are you more likely to frequent a quaint local business, or are you more often than not found perusing the aisles of a chain superstore? If the answer is the latter, shame on you!

Thus far, I’ve shared plenty of ideas with you, dear reader, including where to buy the best Michigan-made gifts and where you can deck out your pad with Michigan-made furniture and home décor items.

Now, it’s time to grab your credit card and a shopping buddy and head to these local stores that carry cute, crafty items that you can fill your home with, give to a friend, or even wear.

Detroit Mercantile, 3434 Russell St., Detroit, is in Eastern Market, and sells both new and vintage items, plenty of which are made in the U.S. and Michigan. If you’d like to (literally) wear your Detroit pride on your sleeve, you’re in luck! Detroit Mercantile sells plenty of Michigan-made clothing, including this Detroit bus scroll t-shirt.

Other Michigan-made items include whiskey stones (because watered-down whiskey is a sin), and Detroit photo frames. Michigan shot glasses, pillows with the Detroit cityscape, coasters emblazoned with Detroit and the like are all readily available for purchase at Detroit Mercantile.

Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, is a family run store that carries furniture, gift items and accessories. Fun fact: the store is named after a cat (Leon) and Rottweiler (Lulu), and if that doesn’t win you over, I don’t know what will.

Antique button jewelry, throw pillows and artwork are just a few items you’ll find in the store. Leon & Lulu carries pieces by artists and artisans like Chris Roberts-Antieau, POTHEDZ and Lee Neary.

As if that doesn’t sound good enough already, they’ll provide you with a complimentary cookie and coffee while you shop, a practice that I believe should be implemented in all stores worldwide.

Yellow Door Art Market, 3141 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, carries handmade items from 60 plus Michigan artists. Walking through the doors is like strolling through the street at an outdoor art fair in the summertime (just use your imagination, we’ll get there again sometime!). The store is full of whimsical and crafty items, like jewelry, canvases, prints, scarves and more, all crafted by local artisans.

At Yellow Door Art Market, you can find things to wear, things to deck out your living space with, and more than likely, something unexpected.

When you shop local, you shop unique! Find one-of-a-kind items by shopping at mom and pop businesses in Metro Detroit, all while supporting the local economy.