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Independent Detroit Holiday Shopping Quest

The Detroit Bus Company

Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Independent Detroit Holiday Shopping Quest

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
One Pass, Independent Detroit Retailer Tour & Lunch   more info Sold Out Ended $35.00 $1.87

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You know that one person on your list who’s impossible to shop for? Is that everyone on your list? Don’t you wish you had a personal assistant to guide you to the most unique, hand-made gift ideas around Detroit? The presents that will make your in-laws fume with jealousy that you managed to find them such an original, thoughtful gift? Well BLAMMO! Detroit Bus Company’s got you covered. 

Local art, unique Detroit brands, one-of-a-kind home goods, ultra-classy vintage and more at over a dozen of the city’s premiere independent retailers. If you don’t find the perfect gift on this trip, you never will. As an added bonus, the retailers and the routes will be offering special suprises just for the participants on this trip: snacks, drinks, promotions and more

Plus, lunch is on us! Included in the ticket is lunch at our favorite neighborhood spot, Mudgie’s Deli. It's an artisan sandwich shop in Detroit's historic Corktown neighborhood, voted best neighborhood in Wayne County by the Metro Times for three years running ( 

And! The participating shops will be running these specials and offering treats for tour-goers!

  • Detroit Mercantile Company: 10% off all purchases
  • City Bird: three free Detroit stickers with any purchase
  • Pure Detroit- free coffee or cappuccino at adjacent Rowland Cafe with any purchase
  • Nora: beverages and treats
  • Hugh: hot toddies
  • Peacock Room: woozy boozy punch
  • Goods: 15% off t-shirts
  • Mother Fletcher's: 50% off merchandise


Nest in Midtown

Nest in Midtown

How it works:

Reserve your tickets to jump on the bus at one of the three pick-up locations listed below. We'll drop you off at each of the locations listed below to browse the stores, chat with the owners and engage in some low-stress holiday shopping. Halfway along the route we'll break to pick up lunch, then return you to your original pickup spot at the end of the afternoon!


Royal Oak: 11:40am at Gusoline Alley (309 S Center Street, parking available in structure across the street)

Ferndale: Noon in the lot behind the Rustbelt Market (22801 Woodward Avenue)

Detroit: 12:20pm at Peacock Room (15 East Kirby Street, parking available at The Park Shelton)


The Detroit Mercantile Company, Eastern Market

The Detroit Mercantile Company in Eastern Market

Our anticipated stops include: 

Rust Belt Market: 60+ of the best creative based businesses Michigan has to offer consuming 15,000 sq feet of a former corporate big box. A rotating mix of vintage, art, cottage craft & food companies and much more! Plus live music from fingerstyle guitarist JB Davies! 

Peacock Room: A classy collection of women's apparel and accessories with a classic vintage inspiration. Clothing, jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats, fascinators, gloves, and more! 

Emerald: The male corollary to The Peacock Room with a wide selection of gifts for the swanky man in your life. Cuff links, ties, belts, cigar cutters, lighters, drinking accessories and the like. 

GOODs T-Shirt Bakery: Tees, hoodies, bags, kids + pet gear personalized by you – made while you wait! Plus shop for Apparel, accessories, paper goods, art + more from local artists. 

City Bird: Brother & sister-owned shop featuring their own line of Detroit-themed housewares, accessories and paper goods as well as work by hundreds of other artists and designers from Detroit and other Rust Belt cities 

Nest: City Bird’s home goods corollary, with housewares and sundries featuring quality goods manufactured regionally 

Hugh: A contemporary take on classic bachelor pad style with vintage furniture, glassware and more in "high end" style of the '60s and '70s. 

Nora: Another brand-new boutique in the recently completed Auburn Building on Cass, Nora features Scandanavian housewares, Japanese pottery, Detroit jewelry and more.

Spiral Collective: A storefront collection of several businesses (Source Booksellers, Tualni Rose gift shop, Textures by Nefertiti, and Del Pryor art gallery) with a diverse array of art, books and much more 

Pure Detroit: The storefront of one of the city’s premeire clothing lines, offering authentic apparel and unique gifts that represent the city of Detroit. 

Detroit Mercantile Company: Provisions for the urban pioneer with a mix of new and vintage goods. They’ll be hosting “The Metro Times & Detroit Mercantile Merry Market" with vendors such as Pewabic Pottery, Rivers Edge Gallery, and many others - there will be a bar set up with adult "holiday beverages" for people to enjoy while they shop.

Have questions about Independent Detroit Holiday Shopping Quest? Contact The Detroit Bus Company


Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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