Designers and small businesses are the backbone of our city. These challenging times have not only threatened our families and communities, but also the small businesses that define our local culture. This time of change has also forced us to reconsider what is important in our lives. As our needs, desires, and perspectives have shifted, the thought of gifting fast fashion or scoring a deal on Black Friday feels meaningless.

Intentional and thoughtful gifting has never been more important than today, so let’s buy presents from local businesses and independent designers this holiday season. Amazon will make it through the pandemic, but many of our local businesses may not.

We have put together a list of 12 local shops that are adjusting their experience for the holiday shopper. Read on to get inspired.

Art Loft
4160 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Art Loft is here to help you find the perfect gift from their collection that includes internationally acclaimed home accessories, art objects, jewelry and fashions, all personally curated by Rachael Adadevoh-Woods.

HOURS: Mon-Sat 12-6pm

Shop online:


Art in Motion
19452 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Art in Motion is a place where artists from around the world share their paintings, jewelry, and other crafts with the city of Detroit, and where members of our community can learn to express their own creativity through ceramics.

HOURS: Sun-Tue by appointment, Wed-Sat 11am - 6pm

Learn more:


Coup D’Etat
3044 W Grand Blvd Suite L-460, Detroit, MI 48202
Shop at Coup D’Etat for vibrant, eclectic women's lifestyle apparel, accessories + more from independent designers. 

HOURS; Thurs-Sat noon-5pm or by appointment.

Shop online: and receive free shipping on orders more than $85. 


Detroit is the New Black
1430 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Detroit is the New Black continues to provide shoppers with a place to discover unique local and national brands at their store and on their website. 

HOURS: Open 7 days a week noon-6pm

Shop online:


House of Pure Vin
1433 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Find the perfect gift for the wine lover on your gift list featuring everything from unique bottles, glassware, books, or even a wine club membership.

View store hours and shop online:



4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Hugh is a boutique located in Midtown that is rooted in a classic modern aesthetic, but caters to contemporary lifestyles. We sell an always rotating selection of housewares, personal accessories, design-oriented books and gifts, as well as furniture and lighting.

HOURS: Wed - Sun, noon-5pm

Shop online by or book an appointment:



Farmer Street PLAYGROUND Pop-Up
1435 Farmer St. Suite 117
PLAYGROUND DETROIT is popping up in a retail space in downtown Detroit on Farmer Street next to The Shinola Hotel. On #SmallBusinessSaturday Nov. 28th, Farmer Street Pop-up publicly and will stay open until January 2021. Shop artwork and exclusive products from over 20 emerging Detroit and Michigan artists and makers. Learn more.


Additional Bedrock Pop-Up Shops include:


14500 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48215
POST, an open concept retail store and workshop space on Detroit's East Side, continues to serve up the finest selection of crafts, kits and gifts. 

HOURS: Weds by appointment, Thurs-Fri noon-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun noon-5pm. 

Shop online or schedule curbside pickup: 


Signal Return
1345 Division St #102, Detroit, MI 48207
Shop at Signal Return and discover curated selection of handmade gifts, novelties and art prints, all made in the USA. Let’s continue to support our community letterpress print shop in Detroit's Eastern Market!

HOURS: Tues-Sun 11am-4pm

View their holiday gift guide here and book an in-store shopping appointment by visiting


3980 2nd Ave E, Detroit, MI 48201
Sfumato Fragrances is a niche perfumery based in Detroit producing entirely natural and botanical scent products, including unisex perfumes and colognes, incense, and custom perfumes. 

HOURS: Fri-Sun noon-5pm

Shop online by visiting


Simone DeSousa EDITION
444 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201
EDITION offers ever-changing selection of unique works that are both accessible and collectible by Detroit, national and international artists and designers.. The current collection includes a selection of sculptural works, limited edition prints, vessels, functional objects, textiles, jewelry, media and publications.

HOURS: Friday and Saturday noon-4pm or email simone@simonedesousagallery to book an appointment. Shop the gallery store by visiting:


Source Booksellers
Source Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Detroit's Midtown district, is a unique niche of non-fiction books. Due to COVID 19, in-store browsing and shopping has been suspended. Continue to support Source Booksellers by shopping their hand-selected book at their online store