Detroit Itinerary: Ways to Spend A Day or Two in the 'D'

Adventures aren’t limited to faraway vacation spots. From tours and sightseeing, dining and shopping, to hotels and cultural activities, there’s a whole lot to see and do right in our own backyard. So make a day (or a weekend) of it with this trek of Motown. Just remember to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.


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> Bureau of Urban Living: Creative home goods; 313-833-9336,

> City Bird: Detroit-centric housewares, accessories, paper goods, and work by more than 75 artists and designers; 313-831-9146,

> Detroit Antiques Mall; 313-963-5252.

> Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts: A selection of American crafts (in the Fisher Building); 313-873-7888.

> DIA Museum Shop: Items include a reproduction Frank Lloyd Wright Dana Sumac vase or a Starry Night jigsaw puzzle, for example;

> Eastern Market Antiques; 313-259-0600,

> Goods: Handmade merchandise and custom T-shirts (in The Park Shelton); 313-871-1466,

> Historical Museum Shop: Consider a Detroit snow globe, Little Mr. Detroit T-shirt, Belle Isle stationery, or a Detroit skyline poster, for example;

> Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History Museum Shop (above): Look for books, videos, and games that explore history and culture, dolls, puzzles, and handcrafted items from African and local artisans;

> John King Books: Rare and used books; 313-961-0622,

> Leopold’s independent bookstore: Graphic novels, art monographs, local ’zines, literary fiction, nonfiction, and a wide range of magazines with a focus on art and design (in The Park Shelton); 313-875-4677,

> Pure Detroit: Detroit apparel, gifts, accessories (three city locations);

> Russell Bazaar Weekend Marketplace: Inside the Russell Industrial Center;

> Savvy Chic: Antiques, Eastern Market; 313-833-8769.

> Sole Sisters: Women’s shoe boutique (in Midtown, also suburban locations); 313-831-9013.

> Marketplace Antiques Gallery: Fine antiques (near Eastern Market); 313-567-8250.

> Pauline’s Closet: Resale/consignment shop in Midtown; 313-832-4711.

> Renaissance Center: Shops offer fashion, jewelry, chocolates;

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