(WWJ) Metro Detroit is home to thousands of small businesses. They are run and staffed by our neighbors, friends, family and members of our community.
Community leaders say the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting local shops especially hard.
“62% of U.S. small businesses with fewer than 100 employees need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay in business,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said.
A Yelp survey said in September nearly 164,000 small businesses have closed nationwide due to the pandemic with at least 60% of those closures expected to be permanent. With record COVID-19 cases across the country, small business owners and economists fear that number will be far higher.
More than 800 small business here in metro Detroit have disappeared from Yelp as of mid-July, according to the Detroit Free Press.
This makes it more important than ever this year to shop local.
While it is impossible to give a shout-out to every one of the unique boutiques across Metro Detroit, we have compiled a list of 35 to get you started.
Metro Detroiters have put their Motor City grit, heart and soul into all of the businesses listed below.
The following businesses were all founded in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw or Wayne County. They were all given at least 4 stars on Google. From a Shelby Township woman who donates one third of her proceeds to a charity dear to the customer's heart to a company that offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities; these local businesses’ impact and originality is boundless.
Bath and Body:
City Girls Soap, Online (Based in Pontiac)
Detroit Grooming Co., Ferndale
Green Daffodil, Ferndale
Moon River Soap Company, Rochester
Motor City Soap Company, Detroit
The Lip Bar, Detroit
Books and Toys:
Adventures In Toys, Birmingham
The Books Connection, Livonia
Detroit Book City, Southfield
Learning Gizmos, Warren
Pages Bookshop, Detroit
Paper Trail Books, Royal Oak
Read It Again Books, Novi
Clothing and Accessories:
Detroit Is The New Black, Detroit
Good Neighbor, Detroit
K.Carroll, Auburn Hills
mi State of Mind, Rochester
Simple Sarongs, Online (Based in Saline)
Skinny Tees, Online (Founded/based in Birmingham)
Sum Girls Boutique, Berkley
Willow and Fernn, Birmingham
Edible Stocking Stuffers and Gifts:
Birmingham Chocolate, Birmingham
Ellis Island Tea, Detroit
Mel’s Toffee, Royal Oak
Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce, Inkster
Unique Gifts and Miscellaneous:
Angel of Grace Awareness Bracelets, Online (Founded in Shelby Township)
Bundled, Online (Founded/based in Commerce Township)
Catching Fireflies, Berkley, Rochester, Detroit
Guitar Grip, Online (based in Ferndale)
Leon and Lulu, Clawson
Love Travels Imports, Detroit
Posey, Royal Oak
Xochi’s Gift Shop, Detroit
Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley