Real Deal - Readers' Pick
Best Indie Hardware Shop in Detroit
Published: April 25, 2012
1401 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-567-0785
Since 1918, Busy Bee has been the go-to hardware shop for Detroiters and Saturday morning Eastern Market shoppers. The story goes that Busy Bee was established to cater to the market's visiting farmers, eventually expanding to service everyone from the Detroit Police Department's mounted patrol to the circus when it came to town. Today, the shop retains its old-school charm, complete with creaking floorboards, vintage signage and the old-fashioned customer service that mom & pop shops specialize in. Stop in for all your hardware needs, plus seeds, canning jars, barrels, cleaning supplies, kitchen accessories and more.