It is coming and there is nothing any of us can do to stop it – Black Friday, the day of shopping madness that opens the holiday shopping season. But there is a way to avoid the madness of the malls with the shopping zombies and that is by checking out the deals at these local shops. Not only are they independently owned and support the local community, but they specialize in what they sell and will fight harder than anyone to satisfy their customers.
2944 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Every male can use some new clothing for Christmas and at Chelsea, you will find up-to-date fashions that will make the guy getting the gift look great. From Hart Schaffner Marx suits or Detroit’s own Pangborn Design Neckwear, to casual clothing and shoes, you will find that special item at Black Friday prices to please the most discerning recipient. Every Black Friday, downtown Wyandotte comes alive with special deals at area retailers, so while you are at Chelsea, plan on stopping in at some of the other shops in town.
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Willow Tree Fashions
3000 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Once again ,clothing is at the top of the list in gifts, and for the ladies, Willow Tree will be offering some of the best buys of the season. Unlike the chain stores where you will be lucky to see a sales person, at Willow Tree the focus is entirely on the customer. Fashion lines run the gamut from AZI, Jag, French Dressing and Mu jeans to sweaters from Belldini, Curio and Nally, to name a few. Again, like Chelsea, it is located in downtown Wyandotte so you can kill two gift birds with one credit card by shopping these local shops.
323 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
When it comes to finding some deals on up-to-date fashions in Royal Oak, you need to go Incognito. The shop carries one-of-a-kind fashion items at prices that will shock and help you stock the Christmas gift bag. There are shoes for men and women along with accessories that anyone will want to find under the Christmas tree. You will find some of the most unique foot fashions around. The Jeffery Campbell line alone offers a selection that any lady would be glad to find in a gift box on Christmas day.
424 S. Main St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
If you want to add a real wow factor when it comes to gifts, then Dazzling Daniela is the place to go in Plymouth. Like other smaller independent shops, you will find a sales staff willing to help, and at Daniela, there is a selection of fashions that range from simple to stunning. As in other smaller communities, downtown Plymouth comes alive at the Christmas season, and on Black Friday the best deals of the year will be on tap at Daniela and other shops in town.
22501 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
If you are looking for an eclectic gift for the special someone and you want to find it at the right price, Dearborn Music in West Dearborn is the place to go. There are thousands of titles that you cannot find online and all at prices that will make you more than a bit happy on Black Friday. Want to find more than a few of the older tunes out there that may no longer be in distribution? Then you can search through a massive collection of Dearborn Music’s used CDs and DVDs. With the massive and complete collection of videos along with the music, it will be easy to find what you are looking for and at special holiday prices.
Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at Examiner.com.