Best of Detroit 2013
Real Deal - Reader's Choice
Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit
Published: March 20, 2013
Best Vintage Clothing Macomb County
Various locations; salarmythrift.com
When in doubt, go for the ganddaddy of vintage resellers. Offering resale clothes back when the clientelle was primarily the poor, the selection at Salvation Army is like panning for gold. You can wade in the water for days and get zilch. Then, the motherlode hits and you are the benficiary of some dowager’s closet-cleaning rampage. So, grab your patience and a friend for some company. There could be an amazing find just ’round the corner. Good luck.
Best Vintage Clothing Washtenaw County
The Get Up
215 S. State St., Ann Arbor;
The Getup is the go-to spot for mid-century fashion freaks. 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 maintained, premium-quality garments. Affordable prices, frequent sales, a continually updated inventory, and an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff all add to The Get Up’s perpetual appeal.
Best Place to Buy Jeans
166 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham
If you are looking for a store that stocks a better selection of high-end jeans than Caruso Caruso, let us know when you find it. In truth, there are too many brands they carry to list here, but we dare you to ask for one they don’t carry (and Wrangler or Jordash don’t count). In addition, the T-shirt, tank, bathing suit and select tops here are all Grade-A. Make sure you pay your mortgage before you visit, because looking hot isn’t for the frugal.
Best Place to Buy Shoes
Find locations at dsw.com
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 tennis shoes, DSW is bound to have it. The wide selection represents brands as diverse as Reebok, 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 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 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, seek out obscure gems and talented up-and-comers, relentlessly review prototypes and reject anything that’s too pedestrian and 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 Adult Novelty Shop
Locations at loverslane.com
124 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
All over metro Detroit, Lover’s Lane offers more than lingerie: It’s a judgment-free shopping experience, with a friendly staff that offers information and encouragement all those who want to explore sensuality. Same goes for Noir Leather. For more than a quarter-century, Noir Leather has been metro Detroit’s prime purveyor of kink, offering BDSM toys, leather gear, sexy threads, lingerie and almost everything necessary to satisfy any taste.
Best African-American Hair Salon
Textures by Nefertiti
4147 Cass Ave., Detroit
At her Midtown salon, Nefertiti provides a calming refuge from hectic city life, and she views herself as much a “spiritual coach” as a hairstylist. Her focus is on providing natural hair care to men and women, helping clients embrace their inner beauty as much as the natural kink and curl of their hair. This holistic philosophy is evidenced throughout the entire enterprise, which features all-natural, organic products and, along with standard salon services such as massages, facials, nail care, energy balancing and shamanic healing massages.
Best Nail Salon
Best Hair Salon in Macomb County
Skates with Scissors
33190 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser
As the tagline states, Skates with Scissors offers “Swanktastic hair for the rest of us.” The more we thought about it — and Macomb County — things came into relief. Looking to get glammed up with a style that’s maintainable? Look no further, ladies. When you’re there, go for the gusto and get a mani, pedi and other spa offerings.
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