A shop loaded with Michigana

If you've been all "yo Urban Outfitters, why don't you have any original scrolls of the Detroit bus system from 1932?", look no further than The Detroit Mercantile Co. Basically a Michigan-oriented orphanage for badass new and vintage goods, it's located in Eastern Market's historic FD Lofts -- which, fittingly, were originally constructed in 1917 and used as a horse hospital/stable for the fire department, back when horses were awesome enough to fight fires

Some of the gems just waiting to start conversations in your home that aren't about Bad Girls Club:

  • Detroit Manufacturing garb, like the Ernie Harwell Has A Posse tee, an ode to our fallen favorite orator
  • Stunning customized fixed gears from Detroit Bicycle Company, like the black, copper-plated Madison Street -- which, at about $4k, costs almost as much as a yearly membership to the Detroit Athletic Club
  • Super-durable Duck Detroit jackets from hometown heavyweight Carhartt, plus super-old overalls from Royal Oak's Lost And Found Vintage
  • Ancient wagon and tractor wheels from the city's agricultural days
  • Original concert artwork from Ferndale's Silent Giants, including Mayer Hawthorne, The Kills, and The Black Keys, which should Tighten Up your crib's decor a bit
  • A painstakingly preserved antique map entitled "Detroit and its Environs", from 1887, back when people were awesome enough to casually throw around the word "environs"