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Shopping Local: Grosse Pointe Style

Drive miles away if you want, but you can find many of your holiday gifts right here in the Pointes. In a two part series, shops from throughout the Pointes will be featured.

The calendar has flipped to December. That means Christmas shopping has begun in full force. Before you head out to Somerset or Partridge Creek, do what I did. Shop local. And by local, I don’t mean just the Village.

Of course there are many fine stores that offer wonderful holiday gift options in the Village, but there is plenty to offer elsewhere within the Pointes too. And by shopping local, you will not be sacrificing your options, either. In fact, life can be a lot simpler and more fun by staying in the Pointes to do your shopping. Consider this:

  • The Pointes, from the north end to south end, have an amazing amount of fabulous restaurants for your holiday dinners (or lunches). They also offer a great option for gift cards for friends and family who live in the area. Make their life easier and buy them a gift card for a local restaurant.
  • Spas, spas and more spas. Receiving a spa service is one of the great indulgences in life, whether it is a facial, a massage, a pedicure or an eyebrow waxing. The Pointes offer many fine spas that offer top-of-the-line services for that special woman in your life.
  • Niche shopping. If you want big department stores, you will have to go outside of the Pointes. But if you want unique, quality gifts, the Pointes have just what you need, from the eye-dazzling sun catchers available at to creative items to pamper your pet available at .

I am a firm believer in supporting our local businesses. They are the lifeblood of our community, after all. For a well-rounded shopping experience: Take a walk. Park your car on Mack Avenue between Moross and Vernier and walk. You will soon discover all of the great specialty shops that make the area, well, special.

My personal favorite is the , located next to the , at about the midway point between Moross and Vernier, on the west side. While we’re sure plenty of framing goes on at this business, the gift items are the true hidden gem here. This business offers handmade art items, jewelry (some inexpensive, some a bit pricier), glass ornaments, soaps and candles, along with stunning small (or larger) unique pieces of art to hang on a wall. I went in there the other day and bought two gifts … and one for myself!

For the girl in your life, stop in at , situated on the east side of the street just north of Cook Road. Full spa services in a very girlie atmosphere is a hit for all tweens, teens and, ahem, more mature women. Be sure to check out their clothing, candles and jewelry, too. I tried out some of their hand lotion, too. The next day my hands were still soft!

Pointers love their sports, whether it’s the Red Wings, Tigers, Spartans or Wolverines. For the sports fan in your life, is your answer. Stop in at their new location, about 1/3 mile north of Moross on the west side, and you will find jerseys, T-shirts, baseball caps and even baby clothes with team logos. Although the lead-time for adding letter is usually 2-3 weeks, the staff will do their best to accommodate your needs.

If you have a coffee fan on your list, know this: Coffee drinkers love good coffee. Walk into north of Moross and you will have absolutely no problem coming up with great ideas for any java lover. Maybe it’s a pound of Reindeer Blend coffee, a new traveler mug (Caribou gives 50 cents off each coffee order if you bring in your own mug!), some dark chocolate covered espresso beans or a knit cap. You just have to stop in to see what they have.

These are just a few suggestions of how and where to shop on the north end. I could go on and on, mentioning , (great hostess gifts!) and . But you’ve got to walk it to see it. Then you’ll know what I do. Shopping local is the way to go.

Next week, you'll get a peek into shops at the south end. 

Joe MacDonald December 05, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Cynthia, I couldn't agree with you more. Mom's family is from the Park and I always do my holiday shopping in GP. Both my nieces will receive new clothes from the Village Palm; my new godson's toys have been shipped from the Village Toy Company to Illinois; I gave Mom a shopping spree at Talbot's and I received new sportcoats from Brooks Brothers. I also bought gifts for my friend's lab at The Barkery. All my wedding gifts, housewarming gifts, and baby gifts come from the League Shop. GPers only help themselves and their community when they support their commercial neighbors; communities are only as strong as the willingness of others to invest in them and shopping local is a key component of community investment. Thanks for posting! Joe MacDonald
Joanne Mualem December 06, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Thank you the excellent article to remind Grosse Pointers about what we have right in our own community. Most of what I want for gifts is available at our local stores. Besides having the merchandise, the personal touch is a plus. And the prices are competitive! Just need to look and shop.
sherry allor December 12, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Great article!! We do have some pretty amazing shopping right in our own city!!

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