Motor City on the Move: The Holidays

By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor

The Holiday’s always bring people together. It’s a time to come together, no matter what you celebrate, and to be with family and friends.

Back when “the thing to do” was go into town, or into the city to the big stores, look at the window displays and meet Santa Claus to tell him what you wanted for Christmas.

For many, those days have come and gone. Yes, some stores still remain in big cities, such as the Marshall Fields (Macy’s) in Chicago as well the same store in New York City.

Detroit doesn’t have that, right? Well, yes, but only to a certain extent. You would think that Downtown Detroit doesn’t have any shopping, and again, you’re right, but only to a certain extent.

Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans, who is putting his career on the line to help bring the Motor City back to something of significance, is also looking to bring back street level retail into the city.

He has bought buildings upon buildings in Downtown Detroit, hoping to recruit companies to move to Detroit. Gilbert has been successful in doing so, hoping to rebrand Detroit into the next Silicon Valley and have Woodward Ave. be known as Webward Ave. in Detroit 2.0.

The Hudson’s block lit up for the holidays.

Anyways, the holidays bring people together. Downtown Detroit should do the same for you and your family and friends this year.

It’s not what it used to be, that’s for sure. It does have shops and is ready to be patronized by many.

How about making a day trip out of this? Thanksgiving is coming up and although they may not have big Black Friday deals, the trip is well worth it.

First, the Somerset CityLoft is coming back for the holidays. If you haven’t heard of it, you should find out firsthand. It’s a very important step in bringing back retail to Downtown Detroit. It’s a popup, that is composed of many stores, mini-stores from the ones that are in the Somerset Collection in Troy.

It’s been around since 2011 in the summer, returned last winter and was re-done in a bigger space this past summer because of the high turnout. Now, they will be coming back to the same address they used this summer. It is not yet been announced what stores will be coming Downtown for the holidays.

The hours are Thursdays-Saturday from November 15 to December 22.

You’re probably thinking, that’s just a few expensive stores from Somerset. Why do I want to go there? Answer: there’s more than just that.

Right next door to Somerset, another popup, at least for the holidays, is a Moosejaw store. It’s an outdoor retailer based in Michigan that has stores all over Metro Detroit and Michigan. It just recently opened and will remain open until December 22. It plans on being open from Thursday-Saturday, just like the CityLoft.

Not only do you get a wonderful shopping experience, but you can also go out to eat. Detroit is a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat.

A few of the joints around the CityLoft and Mossejaw store include the Hard Rock Cafe, Texas de Brazil (Brazilian steakhouse), Olga’s Kitchen, the Hudson Cafe, Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius Park, Angelina Italian Bistro, and Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, plus many, many more.

The Holiday’s are meant to bring people together. Go out and check out the tree in Campus Martius Park. Go out and shop in Downtown Detroit on the weekends. Go out and eat after you shop.

Make a day out of it. Make it more than just another shopping trip. Make your shopping trip a Detroit experience and find out firsthand, that retail is coming back to Detroit.

To read the original post that appeared in the tenth edition of The Michigan Journal, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org

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