Just surviving the consumerist frenzy that is Black Friday leaves many shoppers with something of a post-spending hangover. Fluorescent lighting often causes headaches, waiting in interminable lines makes for tired, aching feet, and there's just something about dodging shopping carts in beyond-packed big box stores that makes our blood pressure rise.
We've got the perfect antidote: Small Business Saturday, a nationwide tonic to Black Friday initiated by American Express that encourages shoppers to visit brick-and-mortar clothing stores, record shops, delis, wineries and any other independently-owned retailers in your area on Nov. 24.
Because, when you shop small, it's not just a matter of finding unique gifts for the holidays or enjoying personalized service from a neighbor. Small businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net jobs in the United States over the past 20 years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. And Main Street retailers aren't just a thing of the past -- roughly half of all Americans work for a small business today.
Given that spirit, check out this slideshow for a list of some of our favorite independent businesses located within the city limits of Detroit. Last year, 100 million Americans turned out for Small Business Saturday. Find out how to drive some of that spending traffic to the Motor City, and let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite shopping spot.
John K. King Books
17th century sonnet collections. Autographed first editions. Vintage Detroit yearbooks. Natural birth pictorials from the 1970s. These are just a sampling of the discoveries we've stumbled across during our hours wandering the floors of <a href="http://www.rarebooklink.com/cgi-bin/kingbooks/index.html">John K. King Books</a>, the biggest, best, most awe-inspiring emporium for the printed word in the city (maybe the state). If you take a chance and kiss off the Kindle this holiday season, the store's unbelievably knowledgeable staff of resident book nerds are on hand to find the perfect bound gift for the Luddite in your life. <a href="http://www.rarebooklink.com">John K. King Books</a> 901 W Lafayette Blvd (313) 961-0622
Woodhouse Day Spa
Much like candy canes and "Santa Baby," stress is one of those unavoidable traditions that always accompany the holidays. Plus, have you noticed how much busier downtown Detroit looks just this year? Relax and escape the crowds with a signature holiday package at <a href="http://detroit.woodhousespas.com/">the Woodhouse Spa</a>, tucked away on Woodward Avenue in the Central Business District. Or surprise that special someone with an (incredibly amazing) gift of massage, pedicure, facial or another therapeutic treatment at this chi chi day spa. <a href="http://detroit.woodhousespas.com/">Woodhouse Day Spa</a> 1447 Woodward (313) 965-6270
The Peacock Room
So often, Detroit style translates to t-shirts with prideful slogans and gritty fashions that seem tailor-made for exploring the Michigan Central Station. But you won't find that aesthetic at this <a href="http://www.facebook.com/peacockroom">charming Midtown boutique</a> located inside the Park Shelton. Proprietress Rachel Lutz has an eye for elegant, vintage-inspired accessories and feminine creations that prize fancy over function. Her latest pop-up is the gift shop, Emerald, which brings a similarly old-fashioned aesthetic and celebration of the city's glory days to the corner of Woodward and Kirby. The Peacock Room & Emerald 15 E Kirby (313) 559-5500
Hello! Welcome to your new music collection. This <a href="http://www.hellorecordsdetroit.com">Corktown vinyl shrine</a> has new indie selections for the Pitchfork-reading music snob, affordably-priced Motown favorites for the elder generation (and those of us who still love Marvin and the Marvelettes), serious jazz cuts, classic rock favorites and one of the best bargain bins in town. The shop's affable staff will order in anything you can't find in the stacks -- and, if you're looking to upgrade, they also buy vinyl. Hello Records 1459 Bagley St (313) 300-5654
Motor City Wine
The Detroit Ca$h Mob chose <a href="http://motorcitywine.com/">Motor City Wine</a> for this weekened's event to bring consumers out to support one local business, a recurring event that aligns with Small Business Saturday's mission. And we totally get it. The downtown spot is warm and inviting and perfect for gift giving -- you can never go wrong (except with your teetotaler friends, and children) with a bottle of wine. Plus, after picking out the perfect bottles, you can have a self-satisfied drink at the bar. <a href="http://www.motorcitywine.com/">Motor City Wine</a> 608 Woodward Ave (313) 483-7283
City Bird And Nest
With <a href="http://www.ilovecitybird.com/">City Bird</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nest/302403689786151">Nest</a>, side-by-side in the Cass Corridor, you get two shops for the price of one. Owners and siblings Emily and Andy Linn bring their sensibility to the two shops. At City Bird, you can stock up on holiday cards, art, jewelry and more. Nest has gorgeous homewares --- think Anthropologie, but for Detroit. And no one will know if you're buying those plates adorned with woodland creatures for yourself. <a href="http://ilovecitybird.com/">City Bird & Nest</a> 460 W Canfield St (313) 831-9146
Division Street Boutique
DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER. It just does, and the Eastern Market shop <a href="http://divisionstreetboutique.com/">Division Street Boutique</a> is the place to pick up gifts for all the people in your life who embody Detroit's hustling style. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Division-Street-Boutique/113188600322?sk=app_184367687735&app_data=/promotions/3137">Division Street Boutique</a> 1353 Division Street
Germack Pistachio Co.
Pistachios, chocolates and coffee -- perfect stocking stuffers. Germack, the coffee shop and specialty grocery store in Eastern Market, has plenty of delicious edibles. And they've got history -- this delectable destination was founded in 1924. Still looking for more edibles to give as gifts, or covet for yourself? Mosey across the parking lot to <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/devries-and-co-detroit-2">Devries and Co.</a> for some of the best cheese around. <a href="http://www.germack.com">Germack Pistachio Co.</a> 2509 Russell St (313) 393-2000
Detroit Mercantile Co.
Give your loved ones the gift of Mitten State pride. Books from local authors, Michigan-made tees, Carhartt jackets, and other Detroit ephemera stock the shelves of this Eastern Market shop, which opened earlier in 2012. The Mercantile Co.'s old-fashioned staging makes us feel like we're stepping back into the past -- if the past had presents this cool. <a href="http://www.detroitmercantile.com">Detroit Mercantile Co.</a> 3434 Russell (313) 831-9000
Of all the swaggering Detroit t-shirt companies across the land, this company is the O.G. Pure Detroit's four retail locations across the city offer Detroit garb in fashions running the gamut from gritty to girly. And we can't get enough of the line of rompers and tiny tees for Detroit-loving babies. Get 'em while they're young, we say. <a href="http://www.puredetroit.com">Pure Detroit</a> 3011 W Grand Blvd (and other locations) (313) 873-7873
Book a scenic tour of the city via two wheels at this riverfront retailer, or look ahead to summer and spring for a brand-new road bike. The Wheelhouse's savvy cycling staff will pick out the perfect cruiser or mountain bike for you, made by brands like Kona, Sun and Surly. <a href="http://www.wheelhousedetroit.com"> Wheelhouse Detroit</a> 1340 E Atwater St (313) 656-2453
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