Best of Detroit 2013
Real Deal - Staff Picks
Our staff picks for retail in Metro Detroit
Published: March 20, 2013
Best Place to Buy Sausage Supplies
3317 Caniff St., Hamtramck
Where does one go when in need of hog casings, fatback, pork butt and any of the other ingredients needed for sausage making? You’re not going to find hog casing at the local big box store. Our favorite place to get all things hog is Bozek’s Market in Hamtramck. White smocked butchers are on hand to help you out with all your sausage making questions. This market has so much meat it gets its own chilled room, which presents an alternate reason for visiting in the middle of the broiling summer heat.
Best Place for Late-Night Shopping
See meijer.comfor scads of locations
Maybe everybody else has become inured to this, but … isn’t it just kind of amazing that you can charge into a Meijer at 1 in the morning, maybe in an altered state, and just start loading up a cart with 5-mil black plastic bags, a pick and a spade? Or with a few cases of beer, several gallons of whiskey, and a couple of boxes of shotgun shells? And that the checkout lady won’t even look at you sideways? Are we the only ones amazed by this? God. Bless. America.
Best Print Shop and Skate Shop in One Convenient Location
10229 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck
Do you have a hankering for a skateboard and a need to get something screen-printed? How will you ever have time to do both? Head over to Chiips. When the Chiips folks moved their skate shop from Plymouth to Hamtramck in late 2012, they moved their sister business, the Barber Shoppe Screen Printing, into the back of the 2,700-square-foot space, with enough room leftover for a half-pipe, so you can test out your new board right in the store.
Best Place to Find Unusual Detroit Records
2610 Carpenter St., Hamtramck; 313-870-9647
How things have changed! You may think you knew the Record Graveyard back when it was on Caniff Street in downtown Hamtramck, but now that it has moved to the northern fringe of town, it’s much changed and, frankly, for the better. The selection is better organized, and, best of all, the 45 RPM singles with Detroit origins have been sifted out. We’ve been thrilled to paw through the collections of Detroit rock, soul and, especially, gospel, buying original records featuring the Lemon Singers, even nameless recordings from storefront churches. Honcho Jeff Garbus deserves many thanks for running what has become, more than a shop, an important local historical resource.
Best Gift Shop for Browsing
621 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Sometimes “eclectic shopping experience” is a euphemism for rummaging through barely sorted stuff dumped onto shelves without care. Not at Shine. The various and sundry items are in balance on adjacent shelves, with no cognitive dissonance. The mix at Shine can include high-end candles, beauty products, stylish housewares, swanky jewelry — even retro pajamas. It’s one of the few places that makes shopping for gifts easy and enjoyable, and the kind staff is more than happy to help you find the perfect gift, pricey or humble. This is one store where the online experience simply can’t measure up to visiting in the flesh.
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