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Detroit Moves at the Detroit Shoppe

Faygo. Vernors. Coney Dogs. Badass beer. Pewabic Pottery. Germack pistachios. Sanders hot fudge. McClure’s pickles. Motown music.

These all say Detroit and guess what? You can find them all in one place – a new store at the Somerset Collection. The 4800-square-foot Detroit Shoppe is right around the corner from Macy’s on the mall’s second floor. It opens for business today (November 1).

What can you buy? Just about anything Detroit …from Parade Company novelties to Velvet Peanut Butter to items from each of Detroit’s major sports teams to clothing and accessories from Kid Rocks’ Made in Detroit label and much more.

“All the proceeds from the sale of merchandise go to Detroit charities and cultural institutions,” said Linda McIntosh, Somerset Collection’s marketing director. The Detroit Shoppe is operated by the Somerset Foundation.  Neither it nor Somerset Collection is earning any profit.

Besides getting all the goodies mentioned above you can also buy memberships to Detroit’s cultural institutions.  With each membership you’ll get a $25 Somerset gift card.

You can also buy items from the major Detroit area cultural institutions and venues such as the DIA, DSO, Detroit Opera, Museum of African American History, The Henry Ford, Eastern Market, Motown Museum, Fisher Theater, Pewabic Pottery and Detroit Zoo.

If you like karaoke there’s a Motown Records-inspired recording studio where you can make your own music video to songs from the Motown Records’ catalog.

Make sure you stop by the “Oh My Gosh I Remember That” hall. The pictures hanging there are bound to bring back terrific memories.

There are other little niches to visit. One area features the Detroit Hudson’s store complete with a preserved store directory and elevator light.

The Detroit Shoppe also has created a new T-shirt with “Detroit Moves Me” in a black, retro script, font. Want one of these shirts for free? Buy a new Lincoln. Each new Lincoln sold at Southeastern Lincoln Michigan dealers from November 5 through December 31 comes with two “Detroit Moves Me” T-shirts. Too pricey? Stop by the store and pick one up for 20 bucks. Every dollar goes to charity.

But hurry, the store will only be open through January 23, the end of the North American International Auto Show.

“The Detroit Shoppe is demonstrating, southeastern Michigan is more than that fractured, glass-is-half-empty image so readily discussed and dissected on line, in print and over the airwaves,” said Ed Nakfoor, a branding consultant working with the store.  “We’re not Northville, or Warren, or West Bloomfield.  Rather, collectively, we’re all Detroit.  And we’re a region of rich history, vibrant culture, and a bragging-rights dedication to philanthropy.”

“The Detroit Shoppe will most certainly remind those of us of a certain age of – and introduce a younger generation to – Detroit’s inherent cool factor, its wow factor and its glad-to-call it home factor.”

One of the goals of the store is to encourage people visit places in the city so to move that along it will host tours of some of Detroit’s wow factors.  Reservations can be made in person or by calling the store. Here’s the tour schedule:

November 7, Cliff Bell’s
1 pm
Meet at The Detroit Shoppe for mimosas and Motor City Mary’s
Jazz brunch at Cliff Bell’s
Return to The Detroit Shoppe for shopping and Sanders hot fudge sundae “shots”

November 12, Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum
10 am.
Meet at The Detroit Shoppe for continental breakfast
Guided tour of the museum and lunch at the museum’s restaurant
Return to The Detroit Shoppe for shopping and Sanders hot fudge sundae “shots”

November 18, Pewabic Pottery
6 pm
Meet at The Detroit Shoppe for appetizers courtesy of Eastern Market
Tour, shopping and champagne toast at Pewabic
Return to The Detroit Shoppe for shopping and Sanders hot fudge sundae “shots”

December 3, Detroit Institute of Arts
6 pm
Meet at The Detroit Shoppe for appetizers courtesy of Eastern Market
Tour of the museum
Return to The Detroit Shoppe for shopping and Sanders hot fudge sundae “shots”

December 10, Motown Museum/American Coney Island
6 pm
Meet at The Detroit Shoppe for appetizers courtesy of Eastern Market

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7 comments on “Detroit Moves at the Detroit Shoppe

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  2. The Cliff Bell's event sounds amazing! Wish it was later in the month…will there be a repeat?

  3. I'll be sure to check it out when we visit at Christmas. Need to stock up on a few items to take back to Virginia.

  4. i wonder if they are selling vintage pics of detroit?? i am trying to find as many as many as i can..

  5. Unfortunately, last Sunday was the only Cliff Bells stop. Sorry you could have been there, but stay tuned on our blog— we’re editing a video of the Jazz group that played and should post it soon. The internet hasn’t evolved to the point of serving food, but we hope this will suffice.

    Also: Eastern Market in tentatively being added to the list of destinations, if that suits your fancy…

  6. Tons of old pictures are available. Ad lots of shirts, Sanders, Velvet peaunt butter, Faygo. Lots of choices for you. Happy Shopping.

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