Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Handmade, Local Christmas Gifts

In the past few years, I have really focused my purchases on local businesses- whether it is local food directly from farmers or the local hardware or book store. Gift giving is no different. This year, I have made many Christmas gifts myself-- sweaters, scarves, satchets, sunglass cases. I have also shopped at Detroit's independent retailers. Below is a list of some of my favorites. So, for all of you who need a last minute gift, check these out:

Avalon Bakery- Always yummy, organic bakery goods, coffee, tea, gourmet Michigan foods. Ann and Jackie have been in business for 13 (?) years. Wonderful breads, cookies, muffins, etc. They also support many, many local causes. Located at 422 W. Willis just west of Cass.

City Bird- new studio opened by siblings Emily and Andy Linn. They have their own line of Detroit street map themed soaps, jewelry, votives, etc. and carry items from other local artists.

Bureau of Urban Living- Great housewares and other unique items.

Both the Bureau and City Bird are located at 460 W. Canfield

Spiral Collective- Actually four women-owned businesses in one space. The Source Bookstore, Del Pryor Art Gallery, Textures by Nefertiti and Tulani Rose. Pick up rare books, natural skin and hair care products and wonderful art. 4201 Cass Avenue corner of Willis

Flo Boutique- Eclectic, funky clothes and accessories for women and men. Felicia has a great eye for unique items. Located at 404 W. Willis.

City Knits- Another jewel. I love the wonderful yarns, books and great, helpful staff. Check out the sale yarns at the back of the store. Located in the Fisher Building.

Detroit Artist Market- Always something new from the many talented artists in Detroit. Located at Woodward. 4719 Woodward Avenue in Midtown.

Biegas Gallery- The owner, Christine B. is retiring and the gallery will close soon. She has some wonderful items left-- all on sale. Located on GrandRiver east of Woodward, around the corner from the Boll YMCA.

Pewabic Pottery- Detroit's historic pottery located at 10129 E. Jefferson. Tiles of all sizes and designs, vessels, mugs and ornaments.

Pure Detroit- Detroit themed shirts, bags, sweat shirts and books. Three locations: Fisher Building, Guardian Building and Renaissance Center.

Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year!!

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