Holidays are stressful, crazy events and somewhere in there you have to find it within yourself to be glad you’re spending the night in your grandma’s attic with a lumpy pillow and a dusty comforter. While I may not be able to help you with the time management or grandma’s attic-quilt, I can help you handle the influx of family and friends that happens en masse during the holidays. Whether you’re heading out to spend a few days of family all up in ya grill 24/7, or you’re hosting them at your home, I have a few tips on how to have – and be – a happy houseguest during the holiday season.
It’s an exciting week in Detroit! The Target Fireworks will light up the sky tonight on the Detroit River, and the once bustling shopping hub on Woodward Avenue will get a dose of energy and nostalgia June 28-30.
What’s going on June 28-30 you ask? Only the return of Somerset Collection’s CityLoft and Downtown Detroit Days!
Downtown Detroit Days? Wasn’t that something my parents and grandparents went to back in the day? Yes, and yes. And now you can say you’ve been to Downtown Detroit Days too. Tell you more? You got it.
Somerset Collection’s CityLoft, the once-a-month pop-up shop concept that launched last summer, makes its triumphant return in a newly renovated space at 1261 Woodward Avenue between Grand River and State (just one block south of last year’s location). Three dozen of your favorite merchants from the Somerset Collection will sell their goods in the 6,000-square-foot space from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. You will receive a gift with purchase from each merchant and if you spend $100, you get a $10 Somerset Collection gift card!
Imagine buying a swanky Kate Spade case for your new iPhone, snacking on sweets from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and then walking across the street to find…MORE SHOPPING! Merchants like Pink Pump, Denise Ilitch Designs, Metro Devious art and Marlaina Stone jewelry are just a few of the area favorites setting up shop for the Downtown Detroit Days Marketplace.
That’s right, Downtown Detroit Days is making a comeback atop the Premier Parking Garage which is the former site of J.L. Hudson’s department store. One of the biggest events of the year from the 1950s to 1980s, Hudson’s spearheaded the event to promote Detroit’s retail district. It’s absolutely fitting for this year’s event to take place on the grounds where so many people had fond memories. So what can you expect? Will it be like the old days?
Tents with 40 retailers and artisans from throughout metro Detroit selling their wares? Check.
Detroit retail memorabilia on display in storefront windows, live entertainment and modeling? Check.
“Secret shoppers” passing out gift certificates to Detroit restaurants? Check.
But what about parking? Back then they had buses chauffeuring people around!
The fine folks putting this event together (Somerset Collection, Quicken Loans & Rock Ventures) thought of everything. There’s free parking in the Premier garage, free shuttle buses between Somerset in Troy to CityLoft and shuttle buses between CityLoft and Midtown!
I bet you’re as excited as I am and will make it a point to round up all of your friends and visit Woodward Avenue this Thursday, Friday or Saturday to soak up some sunshine, shopping, entertainment and fun!
One more thing…the fun doesn’t end this week! CityLoft and Downtown Detroit Days will return July 26-28 and August 16-18, so mark your calendars!