Thursday, July 12, 2012
I helped my friend Raffaella celebrate her birthday with an afternoon of dining and shopping in the city of Detroit. It was a delightful day filled with new experiences, wonderful flavors and a longer-than-usual shopping wish list.
We started at Flo Boutique situated on West Willis Street off of Cass Avenue in the Midtown district. This little retail strip, known as West Willis Village, includes Avalon International Breads and Goodwells Natural Foods Market, and is so cheerful and welcoming, it’s understandable why this is such a busy section of town. Flo owner Felicia Patrick has put together a darling little boutique, filled with unique yet comfortable apparel for women and men. We were particularly enthralled with the flowing pants and interesting prints on dresses and skirts.
We couldn’t leave this area without a stop at Avalon. It’s worth popping in just to inhale the scent of the glorious fresh breads. This artichoke lemon pesto caught our eyes, and we both left with a jar in hand. I added a fresh baguette to layer it on. (It was delicious!)
After being inundated with the aromas of the bakery, we were unable to continue our shopping trip without a proper lunch, which we had at Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes, inside the beautifully restored Park Shelton building, on Woodward Avenue and Kirby.
We both selected the Amanda Crepe, filled with spinach, Parmesan, herb de Provence, and pine nuts. Unbelievably tasty. Ready to go back at any time for another.
Satiated and unbelievably content post crepe, we posed for our only photo together of the day. Now we were ready for more shopping.
Our next stop was The Peacock Room, located next door to the creperie. The Peacock Room was heavenly, with a mix of new and vintage, a plethora of fantastic hats, uncommon jewelry, and a plentiful inventory of clothing from small, rather unheard of labels that deserve attention. Cheers to owner Rachel Lutz for opening this fine shop – and providing excellent service.
I have a rather strange affinity for gray sweatshirt-ish tops, and this one from The Peacock Room was most fabulous, so home it went with me!
Our final stop of the day was at Fotoula Lambros Design, located near Eastern Market. (By appointment only or shop the website.) Raffaella, who is already a fan and owner of Fotoula’s Convertible Tank, was dying to try on the Lafayette 5-in-1 Jumper, which as the name implies, can be worn five different ways. Raffaella got a lesson in creating the looks from the sweet and knowledgeable Amy Gutz.
By the time we were finished at Fotoula’s, Raffaella and I were ready for a nap. But we’re already planning our next Detroit excursion with new restaurants and stores to explore.StyleTease