Best of Detroit 2012
Real Deal - Reader's Choice
Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit
Published: April 25, 2012
The Getup is the go-to spot for mid-century mod style mavens. Its vast selection zeroes in on the '40s through the '70s, but if go-go boots, bellbottoms and mini-dresses aren't your thing, pieces from Victorian times up through the '80s can be plucked from the store's bursting racks. The owner's keen eye is evidenced by the stock of immaculately cared-for, premium-quality garments. Affordable prices, frequent sales, a continually updated inventory, and an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff just add to the Getup's perpetual appeal.
Best Indie Men's Clothing, Washtenaw County
336 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-6207; bivouacannarbor.com
For more than 40 years, Bivouac has supplied stylish hikers and campers with both top-notch gear and high-end fashions. While it seems like an odd combo, the formula has obviously worked — the shop occupies three storefronts and multiple floors, laying claim to passionately loyal customers whose devotion borders on fanaticism. For gear snobs, there's a wide selection of well-known brands, such as North Face and Patagonia, alongside smaller names. For style-savvy men, there's a vast selection of clothing by big-name designers, from Lacoste polos to 7 For All Mankind denim. Most of the items don't come cheap, but this is a case where you get what you pay for — and Bivouac will match any competitor's prices.
Best Place to Buy Jeans
See oldnavy.gap.com for dozens of locations
Whether you're looking for skinny or boot-cut, straight-leg or flare, Old Navy has your denim. Most jeans average about $30 a pair, but some dip as low as $15 or $20. Choose between dark and faded, distressed and clean-cut, or get a pair of each. You can shop in-store for the perfect fit or order online if you've already found your fit and want another pair in pastel or black. Unlike affordable jeans at other establishments, our readers love that Old Navy's jeans hold up as the wardrobe staples they are, resisting loss of shape and bagging out.
Best Place to Buy Shoes
A vast expanse of tantalizing designer footwear at reduced prices makes DSW an obvious stop for shoe lovers. Whether you're searching out the perfect pair of strappy heels, the latest summer sandals or even a pair of practical tennies, DSW is bound to have it. The wide selection represents brands as diverse as Reebok and Gucci, Converse and Via Spiga, in men's, women's and kid's styles. Check out the discount rack for even better deals on all variety of flashy kicks.
Best Eyewear Boutique
160 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-723-1900
308 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-8056;
more locations at seeeyewear.com
SEE's concept is inspired in its design and flawless in its execution: Use the best eyewear designers operating in Europe, hunting out obscure gems and talented up-and-comers; relentlessly review their prototypes and reject anything that's too pedestrian; stock shops with the most exciting frames, made exclusively for SEE. The result? Stores full of truly one-of-a-kind glasses that are chic, functional and miraculously affordable.
Best Indie Lingerie Shop
265 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-642-2555; harps-lingerie.com
At Harp's, it's all about the fit. With 65 years of experience in the lingerie biz, this downtown Birmingham shop can outfit any lady with the lingerie that perfectly holds it up, sucks it in, smoothes it out or turns it on. The store offers a wide variety of fun and functional intimate apparel of the finest European and American brands. Customer service and personal consultations are the hallmarks of Harp's, ensuring that no customer should ever have to wear an ill-fitting bra again.
Best Nail Salon
Best Makeup Studio
ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio
23341 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248- 439-6010; rougemakeupandnails.com
At ROUGE, the traditional salon approach of harsh beauty treatments built around toxic chemicals is a complete unknown. Instead, pampering comes courtesy of all-natural cosmetics and vegan and organic skincare and nail products. After all, it just makes sense that manis, pedis and makeovers shouldn't just make you look good, but also be good for you. And if sea salt scrubs, organic ginger oil and colorful, chemical-free eye shadows don't sound good to you, you don't deserve the indulgence. ROUGE offers services that range from full-on luxury to quick touch-ups. Make-up application lessons, girl's night out parties and other services are also available.
Best Flea Market
2045 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; 248-338-3220; dixielandfleamkt.com
More than 250 vendors populate Dixieland, a perpetual readers' fave. A true hodgepodge of merch is available for wannabe pickers, including instruments, antiques, collectibles, retro memorabilia, western wear, comics, coins, household goods, clothes — the things you need and the things you don't, but can't live without. Dixieland is open Fridays through Sundays; check the website for a calendar of upcoming special events.
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