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Holiday Shopping In Downtown Detroit

December 07 2012 | no comments

There’s something special going on in downtown Detroit. On one block of Woodward, across from where Hudson’s once stood, are stores–open for holiday shopping.

The hours are limited. But the possibilities for the future are endless.

Is it a glimpse into the future of downtown Detroit? Stores—filled with shoppers.

It’s happening now…on one block of Woodward…the 1200 block…with pop up stores.

At one end of the block–the outdoor retailer Moosejaw,with merchandise from brands like Patagonia and The North Face.

At the other end of the block–The Detroit Shoppe—with all things Detroit..and where all proceeds go to charity.

And Somerset Collection’s City Loft has returned…with fabulous items from more than 40 stores from Somerset in Troy…including Brooks Brothers and Coach.

“The goal really is to bring retail back to Detroit, and again we’re an inspiration-a model home for that. It depends on the response of the people of Detroit and the surbubs–if they want retail, we hope to bring it back,” said Linda McIntosh of the Somerset Collection.

And, granted, it is the holiday shopping season…but if this is any indication, you could see more stores open up permanently downtown.

Shoppers who live outside of the city and work downtown—hope to see more stores here in the years to come.  For now, they like what they see. “I love it as you can see I’ve done a lot of shopping so I’m thrilled…this is really great,” said Leslie Randall of Inkster.

“Absolutely awesome” is how Patty Jones of Clarkston described the shopping on the Woodward block. “Love the decorations, love the selection, love the opportunity to walk to work and do my shopping for Christmas,” Jones told Detroit 2020.

Every Thursday through Saturday until December 22nd from Noon to 9 p-m…the entire block of Woodward between Grand River and Gratiot/State is open for business with the theme, Holiday DLight—Made in Detroit.

Free trolleys are rolling on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.

Will downtown Detroit have a vibrant shopping district again one day?

Real estate developer Dan Mullen says it’s not a matter of if, but when. “It’s just a matter of time on when it comes…people are here, people are going to shop, and the opportunities are endless,” Mullen, of Bedrock Real Estate Services, said.

“We’ve been grateful that the Quicken Loans family and Dan Gilbert and his vision to bring in close to 7,000 folks down here working. Several hundred people have relocated and are now living here, and that’s growing every single day, Mullen said.

Mullen’s team hopes to create shopping districts in a five to six block stretch of Woodward. He also says Detroit needs the M-1 rail, that drops future shoppers off right at the curbside.

At CityLoft’s magical Santa’s Wonderland shop just for kids, for $5, children can buy gifts for their parents, and proceeds go to charity.

FREE Downtown Trolleys

  • Every Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. through Friday, December 21
  • CityLoft and Moosejaw will provide trolley riders with coupons for $10 off a purchase of $25 or more.


Trolley Pick Up Points (stops every 15-20 minutes)

  • Renaissance Center: main entrance on Jefferson
  • DTE Energy: on Bagley in front of the fountain
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan: at the main door on Lafayette Street
  • One Detroit Building and First National Buildings on north side of Congress St. across from the One Detroit building and at the side entrance of First National Building


Trolley Drop-off:

  • East side of the 1200 block of Woodward between Gratiot and Grand River



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