When you gear up for holiday shopping in Detroit, don't forget to plan to visit the ephemeral markets that swoop in for a weekend and disappear before you've finished making your list and checking it twice. It's already too late for some of the temporary shops and markets, but fortunately, there's no shortage of spots to find gifts from local artisans this weekend.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the evening holds two chances for holiday shopping, whether you're looking for gifts to feed the spirit or the stomach.
555 Nonprofit Gallery is hosting a holiday art market from 6 to 10 p.m. with artists selling their wares, as well as creating new pieces on the spot. How often can you say you watched an artisan make the gifts you give? The market continues throughout the weekend, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the gallery on 2801 W. Vernor Highway in southwest Detroit.
Before or after you hit the art gallery, load up on treats at the third annual Holiday Food Bazaar from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Jam Handy building at 2900 E. Grand Blvd. At the bazaar, you'll find delicious food made by local chefs, from barbecue to goat cheese, hot chocolate to mustard, so you can eat dinner while crossing names off your shopping list. Some more tempting treats: sweet potato waffles, Detroit bagels, chocolate truffles, allergen and vegan items, cornbread kits, raw juices and more. Go ahead, buy two packages of Porktown Sausage -- they're "gifts," right?
On Saturday, Ponyride opens its doors for its first-ever holiday open house. The creative business accelerator will be showing off its talented tenants, like Detroit Denim, Stukenborg Letter Press and Context Furniture, as well as other local vendors selling food and other wares. The open house lasts from 4 to 9 p.m. at 1401 Vermont in Detroit.
On Sunday, check out the Historic Hubbard Winter Festival hosted by Detroit Farm and Garden at 1759 20th St. in Detroit. Besides gifts from artisans, there will be live music, games and a beer garden stocked with local brews from none other than the fine folks at Tashmoo. You can also find Christmas trees and wreaths at Detroit Farm and Garden.
This Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as every other weeks and extra days for the holidays, the Rust Belt Market opens its doors at 22801 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. Inside, shoppers can find a range of items from more than 60 artist, designers, craftspeople and collectors.
Obviously, the holiday markets don't end with the weekend. Look forward to next week's market and Santa Rosa pop-up at Honor and Folly on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shop in Detroit's cutest inn, located at 2132 and 2124 Michigan Ave., will have artfully designed housewares, food and other gifts.
And if you miss any of these ephemeral shopping experiences, never fear: we've compiled our favorite 11 brick-and-mortar shops in Detroit.