Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rachel Lutz Wants to Dress You: The Peacock Empire

A few years ago when I was looking for a dress for an event a friend suggested I stop by The Peacock Room in Detroit. I wasn't familiar with the space, but my friend is a stylist with great taste so I actually took her recommendation seriously and made my way down to The Park Sheldon on a Saturday morning to see what they had. An hour later I walked out of the boutique with a new dress for my event without breaking the bank, which is something I've never experienced before. Being a size 12/14 means that you can't usually shop at boutiques unless you're looking for accessories, even the most eclectic places don't carry many items above a size 8/10. Surprisingly, The Peacock Room not only carried a wide variety of sizes, but they had a ton of options in each size. So I actually got to play "Pretty Woman" and try everything on to find the perfect dress without feeling bad that I couldn't squeeze into anything on their racks.

Since that first visit, I have continued to visit The Peacock Room when I needed something special for a night on the town or a big event. Sometimes I leave with a cool scarf and sometimes I leave with a new gown for an event, but I always leave happy. Which is why I was pleased to hear that they would be expanding his year and even more excited when I found out the new location would be inside the historical Albert Kahn designed Fisher Building. I was able to visit the new store on Small Business Saturday and found out that the owner, Rachel Lutz, owner of both shops, was also the owner of a shop a few stores down called Yama. I walked through both stores, fell in love with a variety of pieces, and celebrated the fact that a local female entrepreneur has low key built herself a little all-inclusive empire in the city of Detroit. (In case, I forgot to mention it she also owns Frida, a cool shop located next to The Peacock Room in The Park Sheldon Building.)

It's rare to see someone open and sustain a successful business with such a good reputation, but to be expanding that business and reshaping retail in Detroit is fascinating to us. So, we reached out to Rachel to learn more about her stores, her approach to style, and her passion for the City of Detroit. The interview, much like her stores did not disappoint. Check out what she had to say and stop by and shop local this holiday at The Peacock Room! 

HID- Why did you decide to open the original Peacock Room?
Rachel Lutz- "I opened the original Peacock Room because I hate shopping and I don't like the fashion industry. Ironic, right? I wanted to bring the pleasure back to shopping since it's a necessary chore. I wanted to give others the experience I always wanted."

HID- What motivated you to expand?
Rachel Lutz- "I had no desire or plans to physically expand earlier this year. The Fisher Building's new owners approached me in May and I declined, wanting to keep my business small. I then toyed with the idea of a modern, contemporary version of The Peacock Room, which is decidedly vintage-inspired. But additionally, I made the mistake of standing in the last intact storefront of the Fisher Building. I realized it was the same exact space I stood in front of two years earlier when the building was slipping into foreclosure. I gawked at the beauty of the original historic detail, turned to my friend and said, "If I hadn't already built The Peacock Room in the Park Shelton, I would've built it here." By the end of May, I had two leases signed. Surprise!"

HID- Why did you pick the Fisher Building?
Rachel Lutz- "I picked the Fisher Building because it's the Fisher Building! They don't call it the world's largest art object for no reason. I believe in The Platform's vision for New Center and I'm excited to help them serve this already-vibrant neighborhood. There is a great foundation for retail laid by many businesses that have been here for 30 years or longer. Many retailers are headed in the opposite direction, downtown. But I think it's important that as Detroit builds up, we build out into the neighborhoods."


HID- Why did you decide to open two stores at the same time?
Rachel Lutz- "I wanted to open two stores at one time because once you're mentally, physically and financially invested, you're all in. My two Fisher Building stores have very different looks, so between them, there's something for nearly everyone. I wanted to give my customers double the reason to come to New Center, bringing the neighborhood new foot traffic. I also wanted to help bring our customers back and forth across the storefronts on Woodward between Grand Boulevard and the Amtrak station, an area poised for major growth within the next couple of years."


HID- What kind of customer does the Peacock Room cater to?
Rachel Lutz- "The Peacock Room is very vintage inspired, but not costume-y. It's for someone who loves a classic feminine look."

HID- What kind of customer does Yama cater to?
Rachel Lutz- "Yama is a polar opposite of The Peacock Room. Inspired by Minoru Yamasaki, it favors his no-nonsense clean lines. It's for someone who appreciates architecture and modern design."

HID- Why was it important for the Peacock Room to cater to the Plus Size market?
Rachel Lutz- "It's important to cater to all sizes. Detroit's apparel scene has always been inspired, but there's a documented shortage of retail, especially clothing. I wear a size 2X, larger than the average woman, but not by much. Most boutiques the size of our Park Shelton location would never commit to carrying sizes 00-26 because it's only 1,000 square feet. But it was important to me that nearly every woman has options, even if it's a small but well-curated selection. I struggle to buy good finds in extended sizes- they're not easy to source, and it gets harder every season to find unique plus apparel that's made well. One of the great things about the new, larger space is that we can continue to expand our selection in every size."

HID- Do you plan to keep both Peacock room locations open? Will they feature the same merchandise or different merchandise?
Rachel Lutz- "I plan to keep both locations of The Peacock Room open as I decide my next steps. Both Peacock Rooms have some things in common, but enough unique merchandise that will make you want to visit both. Frida in the Park Shelton is completely different than Yama in the Fisher Building. That's the benefit of the stores being less than a mile from each other! You can easily take the QLINE and walk only a block from building to building, shopping at all four."


HID- What are some of your favorite style tips? Will you share them with us?
Rachel Lutz- "My favorite style tip is DO YOU. Stop feeding yourself the same images from social media and pop culture that everyone else consumes. Go to the library, go to a concert, get out in nature, people-watch. Get inspiration from life around you. Don't give into the expectations of others, and use your style to express yourself to the world. Don't think of fashion as an industry- think of it as the evolution of your own personal style. Fashion is the process of figuring out the next you, not letting others dictate their ideas to you. Fashion is your very own evolution."

HID- Why did you decide to open a second location in Detroit instead of somewhere else?
Rachel Lutz- "I didn't want a second location of The Peacock Room anywhere. But the combination of the Fisher Building and this specific storefront made it impossible to say no. Cities vary neighborhood by neighborhood, even block by block. The two buildings are only a mile apart, but each surrounding area has its own unique identity, needs, and challenges. I will only consider opening shop in the right context and Detroit gives me that context. It also has a wealth of beautiful historic spaces that provide a unique atmosphere. The future of retail is experiential, and it's hard to get your visitors inspired by the average suburban white box build out."

HID- What is your favorite part about being in the Fisher Building?
Rachel Lutz- "My favorite part of the Fisher Building is being able to hunt for fossils in the lobby. Check out the hidden fossils in the stonework next time you visit! I love that every inch of this building is beautiful for the sake of beauty. We don't build spaces like this anymore, so we need to fiercely protect the ones we have left."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Rachel Lutz- "I want to remind everyone, especially this time of the year, that your spending power is so important to your neighborhood. If you want to support Detroit, support its small businesses."


~S

Santas Take Over The City for Detroit Santarchy

If you want to dress up like Santa this weekend and get drunk, then you're in luck! This Saturday night the 18th Annual Detroit Santarchy will take over the streets of Detroit. This is the official Santa Bar Crawl in the city and it's pretty awesome. The event starts and ends at the Gaelic League in Corktown. From there, buses load up and take all of the Santas to bars throughout the city. The event already has their list made of naughty and nice bars that they will be visiting throughout the night, but that's all a surprise to you! Buses will leave about every 10 minutes each location, giving you enough time to get in, grab a drink, and get back on the bus!

Tickets for Detroit Santarchy are only $20 and can only be purchased with cash at the Gaelic League door. You should also bring cash to buy your drinks at each bar because you probably aren't going to stay at one place long enough to run a tab. Your Santarchy pass will get you into all of the participating venues and bars, even if there's a cover. You should plan to arrive at the Gaelic League at 7 p.m. and then the buses will line up and start circling the town starting at about 7:30.

Keep in mind, this is Santarchy! You have to go all out and dress like Santa or one of his awesome friends. You can't just wear a Christmas sweater or a bow in your hair though. If that's the party you're looking for, this isn't it. Here are some other tips for first timers:
Only 21 and up are welcome to attend Detroit Santarchy. The Gaelic League is located at 2068 Michigan Ave. in Corktown. For more information on this event, click here



~C

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Win Tickets to See My Brightest Diamond at El Club

This Saturday night My Brightest Diamond is set to perform at El Club along with Mic Write! Shara Nova is only playing a few upcoming dates, with shows in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Paris. So this is a rare chance to see this amazing solo artist live on stage.

Tickets for the show are only $15 in advance or $18 at the door. You can purchase your tickets online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #diamond in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and they will get into the show that night with a friend for free.






Hip in Detroit's Guide to Last Minute Local Shopping

The Detroit Mercantile Company- "The Detroit Mercantile company carries new & vintage goods from brands including Carhartt, Pendleton, Woolrich, Pewabic Pottery, Motawi, Better Made snack foods, Detroit Denim Co., Corbe Company, Sharklion Design, Smith Shop Detroit, and a broad range of private label items including apparel, prints, glassware, and jewelry."
Holiday Hours: Tues - Fri: 10am - 7pm, Sat: 7am - 7pm and Sun:11am - 5pm





Eldorado General Store- This neat sop is located in Corktown. It carries a variety of curated new and used items that reflect the owner's free spirit.

Holiday Hours; Monday- Friday 12 pm through 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday noon until 6 pm.  







City Bird/ Nest- These two little shops are located right next to each other in midtown. Each space features a unique collection of gifts items and Michigan made treasures.

Holiday Hours: Mon-Sat 11-7 Sun 11-6
Please note, they have been announcing special hours on Facebook so make sure you are following them for extra times! City Bird/ Nest 



Third Man Records- Stop by Third Man Records to pick up an album or a cool gift. You can even grab a gift card and let someone go record shopping for themselves!

Holiday Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm and Sunday: 11pm-5pm






Blumz by JRDesigns- Blumz by JRDesigns has a lot more than flowers! They also have a huge selection of locally made gifts and holiday decor. Plus they are running a sale on a lot of their holiday items!

Holiday Hours: Click Here
Peacock Room- The Peacock Room is the coolest place to get a holiday dress or beautiful accessories. This place specializes in vintage-inspired clothing and accessories in a variety of styles and they cater to plus size ladies! They have a new second location in the Fischer Building and a new store called Yama located two doors down inside the same building! 

Holiday Hours: 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday and noon until 5 pm on Sunday. 





UHF Records: Music is the universal language, give the gift of music!

Holiday Hours:11 am until 8 pm Monday through Satuifay and 12 until 6 pm on Sundays


Detroit is the New Black- You can shop inside the retail location or online, either way they have some great holiday shopping guides on their website!

Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat: 12pm–7pm, Sundays 12pm–6pm
Rouge Makeup and Nail Studio- Rouge is all organic and all vegan! they offer manis, pedis, facials, skincare, makeup and way more. They also have their very own to die for sauna. This holiday season they are featuring lots of great packages that would make the perfect gift for someone who deserves to be pampered!
Holiday Hours: 10 am till 6 pm Tuesday through Friday and 19 am until 4 pm Saturday ( Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on the daily hours as they post specials times throughout the
season)





Green Daffodil- This awesome Ferndale shop carries a variety of amazing smelling co-friendly bath & body products. We are personally obsessed with their candles. Everything in the store would make a perfect gift!







The Rust Belt Market- There are only two more weekends to visit the market before Christmas! This is one of our favorite places to shop local. They have a fancy bar where you can grab a drink before you browse through all the vendors that have set up shop in the space! Don't forget to visit Mitten Crate while you are there! 

Holiday Hours: See the graphic to the left.


Saffron- Saffron is one of our favorite local shops. They always have the coolest clothes and accessories for the free spirit on your list!

Holiday Hours: 11:30 to 6 pm Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 to 7 Wednesday through Saturday, and 12 pm until 5 on Sunday





Rail and Anchor- Looking for a cool gift? This the place to go! Plus, they will wrap it for you!

Holiday Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 am until 8 pm and 11 to 6 on Sundays



Found Sound- Give the gift of locally purchased music this holiday season!

Holiday Hours: 11 am until 8 pm Monday through Saturday and Noon until 5 pm on Sunday

Mitten Crate- Give the local gift that keep son giving! Send someone a year of cheer by signing them up for a mitten crate!  Don't forget you can also shop Mitten Crate in person at The Rustbelt Market in Ferndale!

Visit them online at here.






Lost and Found Vintage- Everyone loves finding a vintage treasure and this place is packed with them!
Holiday Hours: 11 am until 7 pm Monday through Thirsday, 11 am until 8 pm Friday and Saturday and noon until 6 pm on Sunday.








ZMC Pharmacy- This place is so much more than a pharmacy! They have amazing gifts for everyone on your list, from vintage inspired home decor to toys.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Win Tickets to See Stef Chura at El Club

In 2012 Stef Chura dropped out of college and began writing, recording, and releasing music from her house.  She spent most of September and some of October and November on the road and she is on the verge of releasing hard copies of her album Messes this February.   She is a self-made artist who sings about being an emotional, mess, something a lot of us can relate to.  If you haven't heard the new album you can stream it here.

Stef will be returning to Detroit to play at El Club this Thursday, December 14th, Prim ( solo project of Sina from Casual Sweetheart), Detroit's The Javelins, and Chicago based DEHD will be opening the show.  Tickets to attend are $5 to $10 in advance and they can be purchased here.  We also have one pair of tickets to giveaway to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions.  If you would like to enter to win them please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #stef.  We will draw one lucky person this Thursday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free!


~S 

Want to Play the Hamtramck Music Fest?

At the end of every winter, there is an event that brings the city's best bands and fans together for four awesome days. The Hamtramck Music Fest will take place March 1st thru 4th of next year. Now in its fifth year, the music festival will bring together nearly 200 bands to play at 20 venues throughout Hamtramck. A weekend pass for the event is only $10, which means for just a couple of dollars a night, you will get to bounce from venue to venue and see a ton of great bands. This is by far one of my favorite events of the year, and although it's a few months away, there is a good reason that we're telling you about it today.

If you are interested in being a part of the HMF in 2018 the time is now to apply to play! Bands can apply by filling out the online application here. Not everyone that applies will get to play, but you definitely won't get to play unless you apply. The application process runs now through January 7th, so don't put this off! Fill out your application now so you're not a Sad Sally the weekend of HMF, pouting about how you don't get to play one of the coolest events of the year.

So for now, save the dates, March 1-4. And if you're in a band head over and apply to play. Make sure you also head over and like the Hamtramck Music Fest on Facebook here so you can stay in the loop on the upcoming fest.


~C

Monday, December 11, 2017

Win Tickets to See Say Anything Play Back To Back Nights at St. Andrew's Hall

Pop punk band Say Anything is currently on tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 2007 hit album In Defense. To honor the last decade they are doing back to back nights in cities all across the US to play three full albums in full. This includes In Defense, Is a Real Boy and their Self Titled LP. That means that if you want to hear all three albums you have to head up to St. Andrew's two nights in a row!

The first night will feature the band playing Is A Real Boy and the second night they will be playing Self-Titled and In Defense. Tickets to attend each night of the show are $23 in advance and they can be purchased here. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to each night of the show. If you would like to enter to win a pair, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the night you want to attend the show in the subject line (Wednesday or Thursday). We will draw one lucky person each morning that the band is in town and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free. 


~S

Tell Us Whatcha Really Really Want 90's Party Returns for a Holiday Edition

A few weeks ago Hip in Detroit teamed up with The Crofoot to bring the best part of the 90's back for one night only. Over 700 people came out to party and dance to records spun by Detroit's own Crate Digga. 90's legend Mr. Belding even came into town to take some pictures and give away a cruise to one lucky attendee that made sure to RSVP to the event before the party. The entire dance floor was filled with people who were ready to party like it was 1999 and tons of people came out dressed in their best 90's gear.  Everyone had a great time reliving the decade that brought us Biggie, Tupac, and The Spice Girls.

In fact, the party was so awesome that we immediately knew that we had to do it again to celebrate the holidays. This Saturday, December 16th Hip in Detroit is once again teaming up with The Crofoot, Crate Digga, and The Magic Stick to bring you a very 90's Christmas.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the party goes until 2 a.m. Entry is $3 in advance and at the door and 18 plus are welcome. You can get in free if you dress in costume. That can mean 90's wear or holiday wear or both, that is up to you! We will be giving away prizes to anyone who RSVP's to the event and is there to claim their winnings. The prizes are pretty dope and include things like passes to every show at The Crofoot/ Magic Stick in 2018 and free pizza from Sgt. Pepperonis.

So, get your gear ready this week and join us to get down like its 1990 something this Saturday!

Here are a few costume ideas:

Light the night up like N Sync

Cop your best Santa pose like The Backstreet Boys.

Dress up as one of Santa's little elves like Destiny's Child.

or keep it classic like Brenda and Brandon from 90210


~S

Friday, December 8, 2017

Recap: Jimmy Eat World at St. Andrew's (with Photos)

Credit - Photography: CJ Benninger
www.photocj.com - Instagram: @themrcj
Last night 1990's pop-punk legends Jimmy Eat World packed St.Andrew's Hall from wall to wall and played hit after hit for over an hour and a half. They threw in a couple of deep tracks towards the end and did a power encore finishing off the show with one of their biggest tracks "The Middle".

We were lucky enough to send one of our favorite photographers, CJ Benninger, to capture the show. So if you missed it take, a second to smack yourself for missing out, and then check out these great shots from the show!






Opening Act: Baggage



Credit - Photography: CJ Benninger
www.photocj.com - Instagram: @themrcj




~S & C

Support Suck It Suicide By Downloading this Holiday Tune!

Suck It Suicide is one of our favorite non-profits in the Detroit area. Its goal is, "to prevent suicide through education, advocacy, and support; with a special interest in suicide survivors support and fundraising for families suffering from the loss of a loved one from suicide." The founder, Kate Hardy, is one of the most positive, caring, and inspiring people that we have ever met. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Her and her crew's work has helped to change the stigma surrounding suicide and get our community talking more about this issue and mental illness. They have helped to give us all the strength to reach out and to support one another. 

It's pretty obvious that we are big fans of Suck It Suicide and we aren't the only ones! A group of musicians called the Detroit Riddim Crew want to show their support for this organization. This holiday season they are releasing holiday songs that you can purchase through bandcamp and the proceeds will go to Suck It Suicide. The group includes, Eric Abbey, Paul Loos, Eric M., Chrissy Morgan, Liz Fornal Mackinder, and Steve Kachnowski. The first song, "What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas", was release this morning. You can check it out below and then please click the link to purchase the song, and by doing so you will donate $5 to Suck It Suicide.


We all know that as joyous as this time of year can be for some, it's the exact opposite for others. The holiday season can be super stressful and super lonely sometimes. Love one another, reach out to those around you, and if you need help or are down, talk to someone. Each and every one of us matters.

Thanks to Suck It Suicide for all of the awesome work that they do in our community and shout out to the Detroit Riddim Crew for this awesome move and tune.


~C