Best Place to Buy Women's Jeans - Caruso Caruso
Yes, Caruso Caruso has a fantastic selection of denim. And yes, their staff have some mystically fantastic skills in helping their customers find the right fit, but Caruso Caruso is so much more than just a jeans store. A Birmingham retailer, their goods also include clothing essentials like tees and hoodies as well as dresses, purses, accessories and more. But since we're supposed to be on the subject of denim, it's certainly worth it to note you can find a vast array of colors and styles inside this award-winning store. Oh, and if you've never been to a jeans swap, you're missing out!
Best Store To Open In The Last Year - P2 Exchange
Gush about P2Exchange we will. Shop, admire and adore this shop we have. Opened just this past summer, P2Exchange is another branch of the Pink Pump brand and its wares are even more accessible and affordable than those sold in its predecessor. Filled with clutches, bags, necklaces, earrings, shoes and even candy, this place is one-of-a-kind and just downright pretty. Brightly colored and super funky, you'll want to purchase everything on its shelves or just bring in a cot and call this place your new home. Whether you're looking for something to wear for a night on the town or a statement piece to let everyone in the office know you've got some super-fly style, this is the shop to get trendy pieces and wardrobe staples alike.
Best Bike Shop - Ferndale Bike Shop
We've often waxed philosophic about this little local bike shop. And it seems our dear readers have taken some notice, cast their ballot and voted Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop the best place to buy a set of wheels. Run by a man who knows more than a little bit about biking, the store is operated by Jon Hughes, a man who's been cultivating his love for bicycles since he first became a salesmen in his father's shop. At the age of 12 Hughes was the best salesman in the store and his knowledge has grown every day since. Selling MTB, BMX, fixed gear, road, cruise, commuter, hybrid and even more varieties of bikes, this store's staff are also masters at repairs and knowledgeable in their products.
Best Lingerie Selection - Lover's Lane
Gone are the days when shopping for intimate goods was thought of as taboo. Now openly celebrated, shopping for the affairs of the boudoir is no longer done under cloak of night or from behind a computer screen. And thanks to our friends as Lover's Lane, the experience is even more gratifying. With plenty of electrifying intimate apparel as well as accessories, jewelry, corsets, shoes, stockings, gloves and wigs, Lover's Lane has everything you'll need to spice things up without even taking a look though their full stock of toys, romantic gifts, fetish gear or media items.
Best Salesperson - Scotty Hagen
Scotty Hagen doesn't just run a record store and he has more than just some retail experience. Having grown up surrounded by vinyl, his breadth of knowledge is vast and his love for records is ever growing. UHF isn't the first record store he's managed either, having run a record store in Utica before being picked up by the ultra hip Royal Oak record store, Hagen has developed his skills in serving the public as much as his record wherewithal. In fact he's made a career out of sharing his love of vinyl with others. "I love wheeling and dealing records with people all day," he says. Having been the manager of UHF since it opened three years ago, his passion for music is evident in the stellar service he provides to all his patrons. And for that, we fully endorse our readers pick of the best local salesperson.
Best Specialty Market - Westborn Market
We've professed our love for Westborn Market on many occasions. We've never been one to keep mum with our feelings of devotion and affection. From their flower shop to their fresh produce to their line of hummus, everything they do is delicious and wonderful. We're frequenters of their olive bar and lovers of their soups du jour. We've picked up a few of the specialty pops available within and we've spent long nights at the office dining on their delicious deli options. Summertime purveyors of everything you'll need to plant a beautiful garden, this place is much more than your run-of-the-mill market; it's everything you want in a store and more.
Best Appliance Store - ABC Warehouse
As you all know, at ABC Warehouse you're getting the price closest to those who buy their electronic goods wholesale. And better than just having some great deals on kick-ass appliances (think refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, flat screens and vacuums), you can also by cameras, television equipment, turntables, theater seating, furniture and – gasp – shiatsu massage chairs. Basically there's no reason not to check out their store if you're looking for anything but clothes or groceries. With a selection that never disappoints and prices that can't be beat, there's no wonder why our readers have chosen them as the appliance store around.
Best Head Shop - 3 Doors Down
Founded and run by two young men with a cause, a purpose, an idea, a dream, this head shop isn't just your run-of-the-mill seller of all things blown glass. Instead, the shop's owners hope to help the culture of the hippie prosper and grow. With a focus on all things local as well, the shop's proprietors also have custom glass blown in all three of their locations. Eighty percent of the glass products in their Waterford, Traverse City and Bay City stores were made right on-site. In order to keep up with their fondness for hippie-style everything, they also sell clothing and jewelry, some even brought in by local artists.
Best Hydroponics Store - Hydro Spot
Growing indoors can be a tricky thing. It's not as easy as smashing some seeds into a ceramic pot and shouting "VOILA." Indeed, acquiring a true green thumb takes a bit more time and practice and, let's face it, equipment. But never fear, dear growers, there's no need to despair just yet. Hydro Spot is the best in the biz when it come to providing its customers with not just great lighting, nutrients, climate control, fans, filters, pots and hydroponics, they've also got the best advice to help both novice and seasoned growers alike. We'd have our doubts if you voted any other indoor gardening emporium the best in Detroit.
Best Art Supplies Store - Utrecht
The go-to spot for both art students and medium masters, this emporium for all things creative has been around for over half a century. Purveyors of paints, canvases, brushes, papers, drawing supplies, studio equipment, specialty items and much, much more, their wares are of the finest quality and their service is just as top-notch. Displaying their dominance in the art world, they're one of the few remaining true art supply stores in the area which, we're sure, is just one of the reasons why you've voted them the best around.
Best Car Audio Store - Car Tunes
When this auto accessory store first started out their main focus may have been to install some pretty wicked speaker systems. And while they're still the best in the business when it comes to installing some mind-blowing sound systems, that's not all they do nowadays. Tinters of windows, installers of touchscreens, remote starters and car alarms, fixers of iPods, Car Tunes does everything you can possibly imagine to turn your boring old coup into a souped up dream.
Best Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
We're pretty sure you didn't vote B&N the best books store around because it's pretty much the only one left. Though we may miss our dear Michigan-based Borders, the now defunct chain of stores never stood a chance again our beloved Barnes & Noble. With an in-store Starbucks, some fantastic seating areas, kitschy and cute gift items and, of course, tons of books, this emporium of all things hardcover and paperback has everything a bibliophile needs to feel comfy, cozy and fully sated.
Best Comic Book Store - Comic City
With three locations already up and running and one slated to open in Trenton this spring, a wide availability of shopping choices is only the first reason we'd guess our readers voted them the best place to pick up some graphic novels in the Motor City. Serving the area for two decades, they've also earned a reputation as the best around by stocking both well-known titles as well as some that are much more obscure. Purveyors of an assortment of shirts, action figures, posters and tons of other cool comic-related gear, it's no wonder they're considered a go-to shop.
Best Eyewear Boutique - Optik
Remember the phrase "eyes are the windows to the soul?" Well, eyewear is the window to the soul of your fashion sense. And at Optik, the need to express oneself through frames of plastic or metal is completely understood. You'll not find your stereotypical spectacles donned by all those who'll not admit they're hispters, but instead, a selection of unique and fitting ocular aids that will perfectly portray your personal style to the world. Considering they also sell real vintage eyewear and sunglasses, we absolutely agree with our wonderful readers for voting them the best eyewear boutique around.
Best Eyewear Selection - See
Their wares have been seen in magazines from Seventeen to Marie Claire to People, GQ and more. So, it's no wonder why you've noticed they've got the best eyewear selection around town. Their tagline, "hip without the rip," isn't just a fun-sounding rhyme, either. It's their mantra, their call to arms and their self-proclaimed duty. Providing metro Detroiter's with serious spectacles as well as funky frames, you can find anything from candy-colored plastics to mature metals. And since their prices are nothing but affordable, you'll have no problem finding something for your 9 to 5 as well as your extracurricular activities.
Best Suburban Farmer's Market - Royal Oak Farmers Market
More than just a pretty place to pick up some produce, Royal Oak Farmers Market is the host of craft shows, flea markets, food truck rallies, artist markets and many a beer-tasting event. Beautiful and spacious, the market is also available for rental (uhm, hello, great substitute for a barn wedding!). And specialty food vendors as well as antique and collectable sellers are also in-house every weekend. No wonder our insightful readers chose this suburban showcase for all things eclectic and local as the best metro Detroit has to offer.
Best Urban Farmer's Market - Eastern Market
Was there ever any other? Of course, there are myriad reasons to love and appreciate Eastern Market and we'd like to thank our beloved readers for noting each and every one of them while choosing them as the best of the best in urban farm markets. As their tagline notes, no week is complete without a trip to Eastern Market and we'd like to agree that the selection of produce, flowers, meats, jams, jellys, syrups and many locally-made specialty foods is second to none. Add to that a rich history as well as tons of street art, and you're got yourself a world-class market worthy of being named the Best in Detroit.
Best Flea Market - Dixieland
Oakland County's oldest and largest flea market, Dixieland is home to over 250 independent vendors who offer patrons the opportunity to purchase antiques, jewelry, books, music, movies, instruments, clothing, accessories, home décor, furniture, memorabilia, western wear, electronics, beauty products and many, many other unique items. With so much to choose from, it might be easy to get overwhelmed, but considering this rich resource for all things eclectic and exceptional, we wholly endorse our readers' choice.
Best Flower Shop - Blumz
Fresh flowers can brighten up a room, a mood or a day. Beautiful arrangements can save even the biggest scoundrel from spending the evening in the doghouse and can illicit joy from even the grumpiest of curmudgeons. But making unique arrangements isn't an easy task, although the folks at Blumz have made it look downright easy-peasy. From configurations placed in vases to those in woven baskets, they don't just put together any old run-of-the-mill designs, they're also known for doing gift baskets, balloon bouquets and catering to all your special occasion needs.
Best Gift Shop - Paris
Located in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, Paris is a gift shop unlike any other. With a whimsical Parisian feel, this emporium for all things beautiful and unique carries vintage and new finds. From jewelry and hats to clothing and home décor, they're known around town as the best place to pick up something you probably won't find anywhere else in the world. We particularly love the vintage undergarments sold within as well as their stash of clutches from the '50s and '60s. Even if we're not particularly looking to pick anything up, a stop inside the store always serves as the perfect mood-lifter and the right dose of retail therapy.
Best Healthy Food Store Whole Foods
The last time we spoke with Pauly Shore he was hitting up Whole Foods. For the same reasons we're not too astonished that our readers voted this place the Best Healthy Food Store around, we weren't too perplexed by why the stand-up comedian would frequent this market when picking up wholesome foods. Sellers of locally-grown produce as well as many organic goods, Whole Foods also keeps its customers on the up-and-up when it comes to what is and isn't acceptable to put into our bodies. With a website featuring healthy recipes as well as online ordering, they were certainly an easy pick for our readers.
Best Independent Furniture Store Bright Ideas
An independent furniture store found smack-dap in the middle of Royal Oak, you'll never have to worry about finding something any less than unique at Bright Ideas. Open for the past 40 years, the family behind the locally-owned business has made it their job to bring to metro Detroiters a whole host of exciting and exceptional home décor options. A lifestyle store at heart, Bright Ideas also provides a unique option for customers: a room planner. Don't feel obligated to take their suggestions, however. The folks behind this store know that if YOU love it, it can't be wrong.
Best Independent Grocery Store Holiday Market
The words "pumpkin mousse" should be enough to illicit excitement from anyone who's ever made a trip to Holiday Market near the onset of the holiday season. And that creamy confection is only one of the many magnificent offerings sold within the wonderful walls of this Royal Oak market. Dealing in plenty of fresh produce as well as ready-to-eat meals, they also sell some delicious coffees, have an amazing olive bar and one hell of a deli. With shelves stocked with everything on your grocery list, we'd pick this place as the best in Detroit if our readers hadn't already.
Best Store To Buy An Engagement Ring - Astreins
When picking out the ring your beloved will wear for (presumably) the rest of the days you two will live out together, it is important to buy something both beautiful and unique. Prospective grooms are in luck. Astreins in Birmingham is fully stocked with the prettiest of diamond rings. From simple designs to elaborate and ornate settings, you're sure to find just what will make your soon-to-be fiancé as happy as a clam. And although this store's selection of engagement rings is truly unrivaled within metro Detroit, you'll also find plenty of pretty earrings, bracelets, necklaces, watches and custom jewelry here as well.
Best Local Bookstore - John King
A long-standing edifice filled with used and rare books, John King is a staple and a mainstay in metro Detroit. A survivor of the digital age, those who still love feeling the printed word on a page before them as well as the smell of a good book can rejoice in this museum – nay, this monument of a book store, which has been mentioned in publications ranging from Martha Stewart Living to CNN Online. With over a million books in stock, an afternoon at John King Books can turn up untold treasures for those willing to spend the time uncovering them.
Best Local Detroit T-Shirt Store - Funky 7
Specializing in retro tees, local team memorabilia and sports gear, Funky 7 is the kind of retailer that makes Detroit proud. Happily displaying their love for all things local, these purveyors of all things cotton and jersey have come to be known for a wide-ranging stock of fun casual wear. We, personally, have our eye on their Detroit Tigers "D" hoodie. The cotton fleece body as well as the vintage-wash lend a retro vibe adored by all those who've loved the city's baseball team since they were but two feet tall. Carrying tons of men's and women's shirts as well as plenty of both new and vintage-style hats, consider this your one-stop shop Detroit-themed gear.
Best Local Independent Clothing Designer - Kathryn Johann
There's something we love about an independent lady who's looking to break the rules and break out of the mold. That's pretty much what Kathryn Johann did when she came to the realization that most swimwear is made by fascist corporations looking to make women feel terrible about themselves while trying, in vain, to find the perfect bathing suit. Okay, maybe she never used the word "fascist," but we digress. Taking matters into her own hands, Johann began the search for sturdier fabrics and frillier designs in order to make swimsuit shopping and wearing a more enjoyable experience for women the world over. Thus was born Morada Blue.
Best Sterling Silver Selection Mount N Repair
The folks are Mount N Repair aren't just the kind that hide behind their glass cases, waiting for you the politely inquire about a certain piece you'd like to marvel more closely at. Instead, they provide a jewelry shopping experience that's unparalleled by any other sterling silver jewelry store around. While we're guessing our wonderful readers already knew that about this Birmingham shop, considering they voted Mount N Repair the best place to pick up some sterling silver adornments. Just in case you're not familiar with this beautiful boutique, they deal in rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, charms, key chains, money clips, broaches, cuff links and much more, all cast in timeless sterling silver.
Best Mall - Somerset Collection
A collective sigh is heard 'round metro Detroit when the words "Somerset Collection" are mentioned in any turn of phrase. Beautiful, monumental, filled with the most handsome of material goods, this mall is what all malls aspire to be. With stores like Michael Kors, 7 for all Mankind, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Henri Bendel, Tory Birch, Tappers, the Detroit Shoppe and so many, many more, there's nothing you can't find at Somerset. Their Macy's is enormous and glorious, their Nordstrom, likewise. The restaurants found within are top-notch and the fountain located at the center of the north end is nothing but breathtaking. Poised and refined, it's no wonder they offer what all mall-goers truly desire: covered parking.
Best Men's Boutique - Two Eighteen
Having just opened this past fall, Two Eighteen is the kind of men's boutique women want their fellas to frequent. Run by the masterminds behind Burn Rubber, there's a certain flair that differentiates this shop from all others in its demographic. With an amazing stock of raw denim, tees, shoes and accessories, this contemporary shop for the male species caters to the young professional who's looking to include some stylish and upscale flair in his wardrobe. With a focus on heritage and quality, their wares are at the tippy top of the wish lists of fashionable men the metro Detroit area over.
Best Piercing Shop - Signature Tattoo
The reasons to love this little locally-owned tattoo and piercing shop are myriad. While we're sure you're aware of each and every one considering you voted them the best place to get pierced in metro Detroit, let us enumerate just a few of the things we love about Signature Tattoo. First and foremost, this place is run by the best in the business. With years and years and years of combined experience under their belts, the dudes of signature know their stuff. Talent aside, the pricing at this joint is beyond reasonable.
Best Tattoo Shop - Elite Ink
We've personally been inked at our readers' choice for the best tattoo shop in metro Detroit and we're inclined to agree whole-heartedly about their collective decision. Staffed by talented professionals, all three of Elite Ink's locations are the best of the best in the Motor City. And not only are the artists employed by Elite incredibly talented, they're also sincerely helpful. You won't feel pressured here. Instead, staffers work to ensure you're getting not only exactly the kind of skin illustration that suits you most, but an experience unlike any other.
Best Place For Designer Finds - Tender
You won't just find designer names at Tender, although, they've got plenty of those in stock. Instead, what you'll pick up are duds donned by stars in their every day life as well as designs worn on red carpets around the world. Pick up Lanvin, Jason Wu, Miu Miu and Isabel Marant here as well as myriad other designers whose work has been seen on celebrities and in the pages of prolific fashion magazines like Vogue and its British counterpart.
Best Place For Designer Shoes - Pink Pump
The first in the chain of brainchildren given birth to by Tawny Thieu, Pink Pump is the kind of retail oasis that has ladies always coming back for more and never wanting to leave. Though this chain of stores is beautifully stocked with handbags, clothing, jewelry and more, we have to agree with our readers that their stock of designer shoes in unrivaled. We're particularly enamored with a pair of baby pink L.A.M.B. pumps we last saw at PP's Bloomfield Hills location, but pretty much every pair of footwear we see inside these three stellar shops has a place in our hearts.
Best Jewelry Store - Tappers
Tappers isn't just another jewelry store. They've been the most trusted in Michigan since 1977 and their reputation hasn't wavered for an instant. With three locations, the folks behind this business pride themselves on being able to help their customers and clients find the perfect pieces to commemorate life's special moments and events. A luxury shopping experience with unparalleled customer service, their stock of bridal jewelry, watches, rings, necklaces and more are as sought after as their much as their accommodating staff.
Best Place To Buy A Wedding Dress - Roma Sposa
There are bridal shops and then there is Roma Sposa. Owned and operated by Anna Castaldi-Roselli, brides-to-be will only find the highest of quality gowns and the most up-to-date fashions inside this Birmingham dress shop and atelier. Having owned and operated a bridal shop in Rome, Italy before moving to the states, the shop's owner knows a thing or two about not just fashion sense, but taste and elegance as well. Stylish and classic, this shop is as warm and welcoming as it is fit for a queen.
Best Place For Unique Finds Complex
From kooky candle holders to genuinely unique jewelry to gadgets, décor, shoes and more, Complex is one of the coolest places to find the coolest things in metro Detroit. From high end finds like Heather Belle clutches to simple leather-bound diaries, Complex has something for everyone and a whole range of things in between. You can pick up a unique gift for under $25 or invest in a $700 statement necklace at Complex. Their wares never cease to amaze and delight.
Best Place To Buy Men's Jeans La Tags
If there's one thing we can all agree on as Americans, it's that we love the shit out of blue jeans. And while finding the right pair to perfectly accentuate your derrière can be as discomfiting as trying to suck a peanut butter sandwich through a straw, you, at least, won't have to worry about also choking on the ridiculously high price of designer jeans these days when shopping at LA Tags. With a bevy of beautiful blue jeans, you're sure to find just what you're looking for here as well as a fantastic deal.
Best Place To Find Home Decor Leon & Lulu
If you've never been to this enormous Clawson emporium for all things wonderful and weird; you're going to want to plan a trip here as soon as possible. And when we say "trip," we mean it. Stationed in an old skating ink, this place is enormous and every last inch in stocked with one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find objects. Simply put, you're going to need at least a few hours to check out everything from their cache of couches to their novelty kitchenware. Amid the candles, wall art, books and even cute cleaning supplies, you never know what you'll find.
Best Place To Find Local Flavor - Detroit Mercantile Company
Distinctive gifts as well as provisions for the urban pioneer can be found inside the Detroit Mercantile Company. The new shop has been referred to as a general store filled with new and vintage items. New or vintage, most things found within this old fire department equipment repair space are made in Michigan or even Detroit herself, and most, if not all, are Detroit-themed. And we're not just talking shirts and knick-knacks here: old theatre chairs, tables, wrapping paper, note cards and old medals are available here as well as myriad other fun and nostalgic items.
Best Place To Find Music Equipment Guitar Center
There are plenty of places in metro Detroit where you can pick up a piece of musical equipment. And then there's Guitar Center. A store where you can find almost, nay, absolutely everything you could ever need in order to complete either your on-stage lineup or your in-home jam session. With everything from instruments to amps to gear to recording equipment (and everything in between), you can even take ukulele lessons inside this enormous music emporium. With great deals, used equipment and a clearance section, you're always sure to get a great deal at Guitar Center too.
Best Vintage Store - MF Vintage With a specialty in men's and women's vintage, it's hard not to love this store and all the kooky and quirky things you'll find within. With a collections of hats, costumes, jewelry, purses, clothing, ties, cuff links and so, so much more, you'll find yourself poking around inside the store for hours and hours on end. The largest and (obviously) best in metro Detroit, MF Vintage also has a brand new storefront. Now found at 201 E. Nine Mile in Ferndale, their digs are even better than ever.
Best Place To Shop The Latest Trends - Incognito
We've been caught stalking their shoe section more times than we can count, and we usually try on as many pairs of sunglasses as we can manage while we're inside this Royal Oak store. And since the clothes they stock are just as hip as the Jeffrey Campbells found inside, we're not surprised you've voted them the best place to pick up something super stylish. From suede creepers to flirty dresses to Detroit-centric gear, everything here is as in-season as it gets.
Best Record Store - Detroit Threads
A Hamtramck record store, you'll find more than just tons of vinyl inside Detroit Threads. In fact, the folks behind this store are purveyors in vintage clothing as well as a vast selection of varying genres of records. From techno to house to electro to dubstep, you'll find tons of both Detroit-centric and national electronic albums as well as tons of rock, soul and funk albums, too.
Best Streetwear - Double Up
A unique boutique, Double Up deals in gear favored by sneakerheads and hat lovers alike. Stocked with brands like Akomplice, Supra, Huf, New Balance, Puma, G-Shock, Kidrobot, 10 Deep, Pink Dolphin and many, many more, there's plenty to delight even the haughtiest of streetwear fans inside this upscale Birmingham storefront. As unique as the offerings within, the folks behind this store are hoping to help you define your individual style through exceptional and exclusive clothing and accessories.
Best Shopping Experience The Mall At Partridge Creek
There's no other shopping experience in Michigan like the one you'll find at Partridge Creek. Not only is it beautiful and serene to walk through the open air market-style mall, but the stores available to patrons are second to none. With shops like Apple, Nordstrom, Parisian, Brighton Collections, Crocs, Banana Republic, Guess, J. Barbaro, Moosejaw, Lucky, Godiva and so many more, there's also an on-site theatre where you can catch a movie before, after or during your shopping extravaganza as well as a courtyard that constantly features live locals acts during the summer months.
Best Ski Shop Don Thomas Sporthaus
There are few things to love about winter. It's cold, the roads are bad and it's dark for about 22 hours a day. Luckily, we at least have winter sports to look forward to when the chilly months descend upon for half the year. And we're also lucky to have a retailer like Don Thomas to provide us with the best of the best in skiing gear. Carrying the best brands in equipment, apparel, accessories and sportswear, you're sure to find everything to gear up and enjoy your skiing extravaganza.
Best Sneaker Store - Burn Rubber
If you've never swung by Burn Rubber, you're missing out. Run by two business veterans, this boutique-style shop isn't just the best in town. It's the most cutting-edge, the freshest, the realest around. Run by Rick Williams and Roland Coit, it's Detroit born and bred and it's managed to stay on top of the game by providing sneakerheads with the most up-and-coming styles as well as the staples that sneaker freaks love. Currently starring in their own web series, Detroit Rubber, these guys – and their shop – aren't going anywhere soon.
Best Snowboard Shop Modern Skate And Surf
The weather has been good to those who love winter sports. Snow has been ample and temperatures have been chilly. And although Mother Nature is capricious in giving us what we need to delight in all our frosty fun, Modern Skate and Surf is a bit more steadfast is providing metro Detroiters with the best gear at the best prices. With snowboards, boots, binding and accessories for men, women and children, you can find everything you need here to get the most out of your trip to the slopes.
Best Store For The Bachelor Dolce Moda
Located in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, Dolce Moda isn't you typical clothing store. On the highest of high-end, this place is in the business of dealing out designer duds to the stylish men of metro Detroit. Fashion-forward and European-centric, single males who choose to frequent this store are getting the hippest of fashions and the best of designers. Often hosting in-store events as well, Dolce Moda also offers its customers informative and educational evenings as well as makeovers.
Best Store For The Rock N' Roll Star - Showtime
Whether you're an up-and-coming local rocker or just a lover of flamboyant duds, Showtime is the place to grab some gear that nobody else will be sporting. But it doesn't just stop at the clothing inside the Midtown shop. The service provided by owner Dan Tatarian is that which is unrivaled in the area. With no appointment necessary, the shopkeeper offers his customers personal service as well as comfortable attentiveness. In fact, you might not even have to pick anything out yourself. Tatarian is a wiz when it comes to matching his customers up with his wares and you won't be disappointed with what he picks out. Trust us.
Best Vintage Store - Lost & Found
The perfect name for the perfect mecca for all things vintage, Lost and Found isn't just a great place to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece. It's also just a wonderful amalgamation of beautiful things from every era the United States has had the pleasure to take part in. Find yourself a handsome brooch, some funky shades or some old school boots or part with those old clothes that do nothing but take up space in your too-small closet. This Royal Oak store deals in both selling and buying gently used goods and as the old saying goes, one man's trash is another man's come up. And you never know what you'll come up with at Lost and Found.
Best Watch Selection - Metals In Time
When you go to a store as fancy as Metals in Time, watches aren't called watches. Because the watches sold within the confines of Metals in Time are more than just fake leather bands that function well enough to strap a sterling silver clock to your wrist. The timepieces stocked by this Royal Oak jeweler are of much more particular note than that. Dealing in brands like Michael Kors, Gucci, G-Shock, Movado, Oris, T.W. Steel and many more, there are plenty of shiny things in stock here. And while their timepiece selection might be unrivaled in the metro Detroit area, don't forget to check out their selection of wedding and engagement rings as well as jewelry collections and accessories.
Best Women's Boutique - Shapes
A trendy boutique found in the heart of Royal Oak, Shapes is run by and made for women. With over 18 years of experience in fashion merchandising, Shapes' owner Treas Charow is creative, professional and incredibly accommodating to those women who call Shapes one of their favorite shops. Carrying original designs as well as brand names, Charow and Shapes have been delivering to area women original, exciting and incredibly flattering clothes.
Best Medical Marijuana Clinic A Detroit Alternative
With a motto like "Best Meds," it's no wonder this Detroit-based clinic was voted the best in the area. Catering only to their clients and caregivers, A Detroit Alternative carries all of its patrons' medical marijuana needs. Merchandise found within their dispensary includes pipes, bowls, skillets, papers, blunts, filters, jars, scales, tubes, grinders, vaporizers, magazines and much more. Their meds include concentrates, edibles, drinkables, waxes, hybrids, tincture. And with a selection of medical marijuana that includes The Platinum Girl Scout Cookie, you can best they have the best variety around.
Best Sporting Goods Store - Dunham's
Whether you're a true sports fanatic or you're just a fan of wearing your workout clothes everywhere you go, you probably love Dunham's. Dealers in absolutely everything recreation-related, you can find clothing, gear, shoes, equipment, accessories and damn near everything else you might need to work on your fitness. Having opened their flagship store in Waterford way, way back in 1937, Dunham's is the Midwest's largest sporting good store and thanks to your votes, they're also known as the best in Detroit.
Best Store To Buy A Local Team Jersey - Fanatic U
There's just something we really love about a company that refers to itself as FU. There's even more we love about a company that was born and bred in Michigan and has retained its love for the metro Detroit area. Having begun as toy sellers with a booth at Gibraltar Trade Center, the folks behind Fanatic U were those that sold the original "Bless You Boys" T-shirt during the Tigers 1984 trip to the World Series. Since then they've become the ultimate purveyor in Detroit-centric sports-related gear.
Best Vinyl Selection - Dearborn Music
Dearborn Music, the long-standing monument to independently-owned music stores, does many things well. And while they carry a bevy of instruments, merch, CDs, DVDs and more, we're inclined to agree with our readers that their best efforts are those spent in delivering to the metro Detroit area the best selection of vinyl around. From classics like Neil Young and AC/DC to new favorites like !!! and AC Newman, they literally carry thousands of names and titles in every genre imaginable. With almost 3,000 listed on their website, they have even more available on site.