Friday, August 17, 2012

Downtown Detroit Days and City Loft Bring Shopping Back to Woodward

Most of us are too young to remember the days when Woodward Ave. was full of shoppers heading to Hudson's and the surrounding stores. We've seen pictures and heard stories, but for most of our lives so far, Woodward was mostly full of empty store fronts and abandoned buildings. Luckily, we get to witness these buildings filling up again, with new shops and restaurants opening all of the time.

This weekend, shoppers will travel downtown once again to head to a department store along with a market full of artists, local business and vendors. Friday and Saturday Downtown Detroit Days will continue its August installment accompanied by the re-opening of The Somerset Collection's CityLoft. This is the third and final weekend that this event and store will be available to you this summer. 

Downtown Detroit Days takes place on Woodward Ave. just south of Grand River, in the empty lot where Hudson's once stood. The event includes numerous retailers with tents and tables set up outdoors. It runs Thursday, August 16th thru Saturday, August 18th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Across the street, Somerset's CityLoft houses some of your favorite shops from The Somerset Collection in Troy. They are all together in one large room with an open floor plan, making it feel as though you are in a big, upscale boutique. Think of it as Somerset Mall shrunk down into one store front. CityLoft is also open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on August 16th thru the 18th.

Downtown Detroit Days actually began back in the 1950's when Woodward Ave. was buzzing with people. Thanks to the great businesses downtown and events like this, the street is starting to buzz again. So rather than shopping in the mall this weekend, enjoy one of the last weekends of summer while shopping outside in Downtown Detroit. If you head down on Friday you can even grab a bite to eat from the El Guapo food truck! Once your done shopping, I suggest heading down the road a few blocks to Foran's Grand Trunk for a delicious Michigan beer. Definitely one of my favorite bars in town!


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