Your Detroit shopping guide while downtown for auto show

First stop: Cass Corridor

DETROIT – Detroit may be known as the “Motor City,” but it’s making its way to becoming one of the most unique shopping destinations in the country, too.

While you’re downtown for the Detroit auto show, you may want to clear some room in your schedule to do a little bit of shopping, especially if you’re not one for cars.

Cass Corridor is home to some of the best shopping you’ll find in the city.  Here’s a guide to some of my personal favorite places to swipe my credit card.

Third Man Records

Founded by Jack White of the White Stripes, Third Man Records is any music lover’s dream. With merchandise ranging from apparel, music from bands on Third Man Record’s own label, instruments and anything and everything related to audio, one could easily spend hours getting lost in things to do and see here.

“It’s a hub of artistic, creative energy and music,” says Roe Peter Hans, acting Director of the Detroit store and head of Detroit Design.

Visitors also have the chance to cut a two-minute vinyl of their own inside of their 1940s record booth.

You can also stop in and take a few snaps of yourself in the Impossible Project Booth---their one of a kind, only one in the world Polaroid Photo booth, with images printed on their signature Black and Yellow film.


City Bird and Nest

These are two stores with a very specific theme---their love of all things Michigan.

Siblings and storeowners Emily and Andy Linn have created a shopping atmosphere and experience you just can’t find at the mall.

Both locations feature a huge selection of all things Michigan---including house wares, paper goods, artwork, apparel, jewelry and more---all produced by hundreds of independent artists and designers from around Metro Detroit.

Their signature Great Lakes themed items are not only sold in their shops, but at 50 other locations around the Great Lakes region.


As soon as you walk through the doors of Hugh, you instantly feel like you’ve entered a scene from “Mad Men.”

A tribute to the mid-century and design taken straight out of any man’s “dream bachelor pad,” Hugh originally opened as just a pop-up shop, but due to its popularity and success, a full time location was opened on Cass Avenue.

Hugh offers a wide variety of bar ware, house ware, personal care items, accessories, as well as furniture lighting.

So if you’re someone who deals with the impossible mission to find that perfect gift for any man in your life---Hugh will make that a lot easier.