by Kendall Meade (Madewell)
If there’s one thing I know from growing up in the Detroit area, it’s that the Somerset Collection Mall is the destination for shopping. When I’m visiting home, I’m either planning a trip to Somerset or talking to someone who is about to go there. (You seriously cannot have a conversation without the word “Somerset” somehow making a cameo.) So I was psyched when I could finally tell everyone from my hometown that we were finally opening a Madewell there (in the old North Face space). It was like the ultimate talking point (they’ve all heard enough about my dog, anyway). So in honor of Madewell’s Detroit-area debut (today, yay!), here are a few of my all-time favorite local spots and hometown heroes.
1. Commonwealth Coffee — I make it a point to get a C-latte within 24 hours of landing at Metro Airport.
2. Avalon Bakery — An amazing organic bakery in the Cass Corridor (i.e., smack-dab in the middle of downtown). Seriously good bread and vibes.
3. While you’re in the ’hood, stop by Pewabic Pottery to check out their famous colored tiles.
4. Mae’s — A supercute retro diner (also my brother’s favorite new lunch spot).
5. Indian Village — It’s fun to take a Sunday fall drive around this historic neighborhood. Fun fact: Jack White lived in a turn-of-the-century manse here for a few years.
6. The Motown Museum — Two unassuming houses filled with Detroit’s amazing musical history. Don’t miss the studio tour, where the original sheet music for “My Girl” still sits on the piano (I got chills the first time I saw it).
7. Still hungry? Head over to Ronin for delicious sushi or go straight for dessert and get a Sanders hot fudge cream puff at The Hill.
8. Detroit Eastern Market — My mom used to go every weekend to pick up plants and fresh produce, and now they’ve invited the coolest local food trucks to gather there on Tuesdays. This is so great for the city and, selfishly, for me (looks like I’ll be taking a long weekend home soon).