Friday, November 27, 2020

Here are 3 Ways to Support Detroit Artists this Weekend

Playground Detroit is Hosting an Artists Market On Small Businesses Saturday
This Small business Saturday, Playground Detroit will be opening a new temporary artist market that they have curated to help everyone shop local this season. The pop will feature 25+ artists and makers with limited, exclusive items and gifts! This will include books and magazines, gifts under $20 and $100, original artwork and limited edition prints, as well as apparel, accessories, home goods, baby, textiles, and more. The shop will be open to the public Thursday - Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5p.m. The pop-up shop will be located at 1435 Farmer St., Detroit, MI 48226-2101. Metered parking is free on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, so do not worry about paying, just come shop! You can find out more and keep up with this event here.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is already in full swing. They have had 2 artists taking over their Instagram every day for a month and a half and the entire experience has been amazing. You can head over to anytime and shop 112 makers in the same space. Each maker has a bio, some have discount codes, and they all have something special to offer to shoppers looking for a unique gift. You can learn more and shop here.

Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Artists Market is not canceled. They have taken everything online this year where you can shop a variety of one of the kind original works that were created by local Detroiters. You can learn more and shop their current selection here.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hip's 2020 Guide to Shopping and Eating Local #shopsmallordie

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that nothing is for sure and nothing lasts forever. The ways things are will not be the way that they will always be and if you want to make sure that what matters to you is still here tomorrow, you might have to do something to make that happen. 

We have always believed in shopping local, but this year it's not a cute slogan or a fun thing to tell your friends when they open their gifts, it is life or death for small local shops and restaurants and right now our money is their only bail out plan. So, we wanted to make it easy for you to order things online, socially distanced shop, and to get takeout. It also would be cool to open up your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/ TikTok and follow as many of these small spaces as possible. They need your support to make it through 2020 and 2021. This is a call, let's answer it.

This list includes brick and mortar shops that have had to close during 2020 and takeout restaurants.
If you would like us to consider adding your spot to this list please email us directly at We know we have missed a lot of great spots, so if you think of one, let us know. We will keep re-sharing and adding to the list all holiday season so that we can all use it over and over again to shop and order takeout.

Armageddon BeachpartyBusted Bra Shop
Tailered Detroit

To-Go Food

Detroit Soul

Slows To Go

Detroit One Coney Island Restaurant

Grey Ghost Detroit


Supino Pizzeria

Bucharest Grill

The Peterboro

Green Dot Stables

Selden Standard


Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Grey Ghost Detroit

Lady of the House

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

Lafayette Coney Island

Mercury Burger & Bar

Ottava Via

Batch Brewing Company


Grandma Bobs Pizza


Pie Sci Pizza

Los Galanes Mexican Restraunt

Sweetwater Tavern

Hygrade Deli

The Whitney

Honest John's

Johnny Noodle King

Detroit Shipping Company

Michigan & Trumbull

Detroit Vegan Soul

Flowers of Vietnam


El Barzon

Mudgie's Deli and Bar

Joe Muer Seafood

Dime Store

Pho Lucky Detroit - Midtown

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

American Coney Island



Go Sy Thai

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery


Lumen Detroit

Rose's Fine Food and Wine

San Morello

La Lanterna


FOLK Detroit

Wright & Company

Niki's Pizza

The Brooklyn Street Local LLC

Harmony Garden Cafe

The Block

The Hudson Cafe

The Old Shillelagh

Rock City Eatery

Chili Mustard Onions

Central Kitchen + Bar

Brome Modern Eatery

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles


Avalon International Breads


Red Dunn


Cass Cafe

The Peterboro



Spread Detroit

The Block

Shield's Restaurant Bar Pizzeria

Mudgie's Deli and Bar

Street Beet 

Sister Pie

Astro Coffee

Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

To-Go Drinks
Second Best

Lost River

The Sugar House

Cork and Gabel

Bagley Central

The Skip


Two James

Castilia Cocktails



Book Suey

Detroit Threads

Tekla Vintage

To-Go Food

Polish Village Cafe

Polonia Restaurant

Nosh Pit Detroit

Renegade Kitchen (at Small’s)

Kelly’s Bar

To-Go Drinks

The Painted Lady Lounge

The Film Lab



Eastern Market


Savvy Chic


Vintage Eastern Market

3 Dogs 1 Cat

To-Go Food

Supino Pizzeria

People's Pierogi Collective

Stache International

Jose’s Tacos

Milano Bakery

Amore da Roma

To-Go Drinks

Eastern Market Brewing Co

Detroit City Distillery

Vivio's Food & Spirits

Lagerhouse No. 5



John K. King Books North
Elaine B Jewelry

Margaux & Max

Detroit City Skateboards

Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop

The Rust Belt

Hook and Eye

The Rocket

Modern Natural Baby

Green Daffodil

Found Sound

Electric Vector



Rouge Nail and Makeup Studio

Whimsical Wit

To-Go Food

Ferndale Project

Red Hook

The Emory


Inyo Sushi

Anita’s Kitchen

Christine’s Cusine



Fly Trap

Otus Supply

Bobcat Bonnie’s

Detroit Fleat


Woodward Avenue Brewers

Detroit Cookie Company

Chazzano Coffee

Detroit Bubble Tea

Drifter Coffee

Treat Dreams

To-Go Drinks

The Oakland Art Novelty Company


Schramms Mead

Traverse City Whiskey

Urbanrest Brewing

Brooks Brewing

Valentine Distilling Co.

The W.A.B.

Royal Oak


Rail & Anchor


UHF Records

Lost and Found Vintage

Funky 7 Inc

Pitaya Inc

Noir Leather

Leah's Closet

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Wild Lights is a Fun, Outdoor, Socially Distant Way to Get in the Holiday Spirit

If you're looking for a fun, socially distant way to get in the holiday spirit, check out Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. The annual event kicked off this past weekend, and we were lucky enough to snag some tickets and check it out. Wild Lights features over five million LED lights "illuminating trees, buildings and over 280 sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo." Your favorite holiday tunes play along the way, really setting the mood. Some of the light installations even put on a show in sync with the music! If you're a big fan of Christmas and Christmas lights, you'll love this event! Even if you aren't big on Christmas lights, but appreciate art or like to look at pretty things, you'll like this event too!

Wild Lights takes place on select weeknights and every weekend, now through January 3rd. Before you go, there are some things that we think that you should know, so you aren't disappointed and so you can take full advantage of what this event has to offer. 

  • You aren't going to the zoo to see the animals during this event, you're going to see the lights. This event takes place in the front area of the zoo, up to the Arctic Ring of Life. The only animals that you might get to peek and see are the camels and deer, and the beavers, if they decide to make an appearance.  

  • Tickets are required and are timed to allow for limited crowds and social distancing. 

  • Walk up tickets are not available. So, purchase yours online here

  • There are snacks and drinks available to purchase. We noticed booths selling funnel fries, donuts, burgers, kettle corn, hot chocolate, spiked hot chocolate, and even beer.

  •  Masks are required for all guests 5 years of age and older. 

    • Public restrooms are open and are being cleaned frequently. 

    •  The shop at the Detroit Zoo is also open. So get some Christmas gifts while you're there and help out the zoo!  
    •  You'll be outdoors the whole time, unless you go to the restroom or into the store. Dress appropriately so you are comfortable while you walk through the zoo. 

    Like all businesses and organizations, this year has been very difficult for the Detroit Zoo. This is a fun event, and you can feel good knowing that your money is going towards the zoo and helping the animals that live there. Tickets range $15-$20 per person and there is a parking fee of $8. Kids under 2 get free admission to this event. 

    Wild Lights takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 - 10:30 p.m., and on Sundays and select weeknights from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit