Best of Detroit 2018

Our reader's picks for the Best of Detroit winners in food, drink, leisure, people, and services


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Jen David Shot at Third Wave Music
 

In Tune With the City

 

Detroit is known for iconic musicians, but there’s a surprising lack of music stores. Third Wave Music, which opened in Midtown in 2016, is one of the few. While Third Wave won Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments (Single Location), it also offers repairs, lessons, and consignment services. It’s operated by owner Jen David (pictured), her husband Jeffrey Thomas, local musician Devin Gregory, plus teachers and repair technicians.

David’s love of music is life-long. “My upbringing almost makes opening a music store seem predestined,” she says. “My mom is a longtime manager of a metro Detroit music shop and my dad is a professional jazz pianist. Music was important to me from a young age, and when I moved to the city ... I noticed the abundance of musicians and the lack of an all-in-one music store, kind of like the one I grew up in.”

But it was about more than demand, she explains. “Detroit is an inspiration in itself, musically and otherwise, and the players in this city deserve a convenient, community-focused, one-stop shop for the all the things they need to keep playing.”

Visit thirdwavedetroit.com for more information. — LT

 

PLACE TO BE FITTED FOR A SUIT
// INDEPENDENT: Claymore Shop, Birmingham 
// CHAIN: The Suit Depot, Oak Park

WOMEN’S CLOTHING
// CITY: The Peacock Room, 313-559-5500
// SUBURB: La Vie en Rose Boutique, Wyandotte 

WOMEN’S EVENING WEAR
// The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500

FINE ANTIQUES
//​ Odd Fellows Antiques, Berkley; 248-399-6098

PLACE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND DRESSES
//​ The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500

VINTAGE CLOTHING
//​ Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak 

BIG AND TALL
//​ Destination XL

MEN’S CLOTHING
// INDEPENDENT: George Gregory, Detroit
// CHAIN: The Suit Depot, Oak Park

ATHLETIC WEAR
//​ Co. 512, Royal Oak

LUXURY BED AND TABLE LINENS (TIE)
A Touch of Lace, Bloomfield Hills & Cristions Fine Linen and Down, Birmingham

CUTTING-EDGE FASHIONS (TIE)
Bird Bee, Detroit & Guys N Gals, West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-1260

LINGERIE
//​ Bra-Vo Intimates, Royal Oak 

JEANS
//​ Caruso Caruso, Birmingham 

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
//​ Little High Flyers, Detroit

PLACE TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
// SINGLE LOCATION: Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods

BRIDAL GOWN
//​ The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley

GIFT REGISTRY
//​ Bed Bath & Beyond

PLACE TO BUY BRIDESMAID DRESSES
//​ The Dress Shop, Howell

PLACE TO ORDER WEDDING INVITATIONS
//​ Lace Boutique, Troy

FURNITURE STORE
// SINGLE LOCATION: Leon & Lulu, Clawson
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Art Van

PLACE TO BUY STATIONERY
//​ Write Impressions, Royal Oak

ACCESSORIES
//​ Lace Boutique, Troy

FARMERS MARKET
// CITY: Eastern Market, Detroit
// SUBURB: Royal Oak Farmers Market

CANDY SHOP
//​ Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Clawson

PERSONALIZED SERVICE
//​ Timeless Memories by MJ, West, Bloomfield Township

PLACE TO BUY LOCAL CRAFTS
//​ Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley

PLACE TO BUY A CAKE
//​ Holiday Market, Royal Oak

NURSERY/GREENHOUSE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: English Gardens
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Bordine’s, Rochester Hills & Telly’s Greenhouse, Troy

STORE FOR PRODUCE
//​ Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township

PLACE TO BUY APPLIANCES
// LOCAL: Bill & Rod’s Appliances and Mattresses, Livonia
// CHAIN: ABC Warehouse

WINE STORE
// MACOMB COUNTY: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// OAKLAND COUNTY: Old Woodward Cellar, Birmingham
// WAYNE COUNTY: House of Pure Vin, Detroit

FINE SPIRITS SHOP (TIE)
Hills Fine Wine & Spirits, Bloomfield Hills; 248-540-8200 Red Wagon Shoppe, Troy and Rochester

GIFT SHOP
//​ Freespace Decor, Ferndale

JEWELER
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
// SINGLE LOCATION: Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods

ESTATE JEWELRY
//​ Miner’s Den Jewelers, Royal Oak

FABRIC STORE
//​ Haberman Fabrics, Clawson

INDEPENDENT HARDWARE
//​ Frentz & Sons Hardware, Royal Oak

SALVAGE FURNISHINGS
//​ 28th and Chairs, Plymouth

PLACE TO BUY TOYS
//​ Toyology, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and West Bloomfield

NEW BOOK SELECTION
//​ The Book Beat, Oak Park

USED BOOKSTORE
//​ John K. King Books, Detroit

CLOTHING RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP
//​ Everything Home Upscale Resale, Royal Oak; 248-629-7010

SHOPPING DISTRICT
//​ Downtown Birmingham

DETROIT SOUVENIR
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Pure Detroit
// SINGLE LOCATION: City Bird, Detroit

ETHNIC FOOD MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Honey Bee Market La Colmena, Detroit

PLACE TO BUY A BICYCLE
//​ D&D Bicycles & Hockey

PLACE TO BUY SPORTS EQUIPMENT
// INDEPENDENT: The Varsity Shop, Birmingham
// CHAIN: Dick’s Sporting Goods

OPTICAL SHOP
// INDEPENDENT: Optik, Birmingham
// CHAIN: See Eyewear, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Rochester, and Troy

SMOKE SHOP
//​ Ambassador Cigars and Spirits, Troy

PLACE TO BUY ORIGINAL ART
//​ Art Leaders Gallery, West Bloomfield

 



Products provided by Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, The Peacock Room, The Claymore Shop, The Suit Depot, and Nordstrom
 

Glitz and Glam

Get dressed up for a night on the town with clothing and accessories from these local retailers

 

The Claymore Shop, Birmingham; The Suit Depot, multiple locations Gentlemen are in good hands at The Claymore Shop, winner of Best Place to be Fitted for a Suit (Independent), and The Suit Depot, Best Place to be Fitted for a Suit (Chain). claymoreshop.com ; thesuitdepot.com

The Peacock Room, Detroit With garments, jewelry, and more curated by owner Rachel Lutz, her two locations are a go-to for unique finds with vintage flair, nabbing The Best Women’s Evening Wear and Best Place for One-of-a-Kind Dresses. 313-559-5500

Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, multiple locations; Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods Taking home the gold, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is Best Jeweler (Multiple Locations), while Ahee Jewelers is Best Jeweler (Single Location). tappers.com ; ahee.com —EK

 

PET SUPPLY
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Premier Pet Supply
// SINGLE LOCATION: Cass Corridog, Detroit; 313-775-1018

PLACE TO BUY ELECTRONICS — INDEPENDENT
//​ American Jewelry and Loan, Detroit

BEER STORE
//​ 8 Degrees Plato, Ferndale and Detroit

COMIC BOOK STORE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Grand Rapids
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Detroit Comics, Ferndale & Green Brain Comics, Dearborn

AUTO DEALERSHIP
//​ George Matick Chevrolet, Redford Township

PLACE TO BUY ORGANIC PRODUCE (TIE)
Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township & Whole Foods, multiple locations

PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
// SINGLE LOCATION: Third Wave Music, Detroit // MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Guitar Center

GIFT WRAPPING SERVICES
//​ Talulah Belle, Rochester; 248-453-5054 

PLACE TO BUY RECORDS
//​ Found Sound, Ferndale; 248-565-8775

CHOCOLATE SHOP/CHOCOLATIER *
//​ Bon Bon Bon, Detroit and Hamtramck

PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S PLUS SIZES *
// INDEPENDENT: Hips Resale Boutique, Clawson
// CHAIN: Torrid

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CFA
Detroit Wick
Franco Public Relations Group
Greektown Casino-Hotel
Lyft Business
Viviano Flower Shop

 

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Abood Law Firm
Atwater Brewery
Berkshire Hathaway - The Loft Warehouse
Bud Light

 

Budweiser

 

Dr. Ellen Janetzke

 

 

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Michelob Ultra
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Tito's Vodka

 

 

 

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