Reporting Marie Osborne
DETROIT (WWJ) – They’re back! The Somerset Collection’s CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe pop-up stores have reopened in Detroit on Friday, featuring nearly 40 luxury retailers.
There was no hint of the uncertainty clouding the city as one stood packed among shoppers crowding the CityLoft, just minutes after the doors opened Friday.
One excited shopper said she just ran into the pop-up shop, having no idea it would be there.
“I love it, I love it,” Felicia Young told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne. “This reminds me of being out-of-town, and we
actually have like the Chicago feel in Detroit.”
Young said this proves the city still has so much to offer. ”I’m hoping that we can back on point … this is what we need to get back on point,” she said.
Rachael Fisher, a 20-something former Royal Oaker, moved downtown just a week ago so she could enjoy thing like the CityLoft.
Fisher calls herself a pioneer.
“Everybody said you’re crazy; they’re bankrupt; you’re nuts. And I said, well the city’s bankrupt, but the people aren’t,” she said. “The city’s about the people — it’s not about the business behind it. The people will bring Detroit back up.”
The retailers themselves are also optimistic.
“Regardless of what you’re reading and hearing, this is one of the greatest cities in the world — and retail will be back here thriving very, very soon,” said said Patricia Willis, direcor of Marlee’s, a women’s accessory shop. “This is only the start of it through Somerset.
CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting Friday, through Aug. 24.
CityLoft is located at 1261 Woodward Ave. between Grand River and State Street, and The Detroit Shoppe at 1201 Woodward at the corner of Woodward and State. The Detroit Shoppe carries merchandise from iconic Detroit brands and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit local charities.
CityLoft retailers include:
7 For All Mankind
Marlee’s by Tapper’s
Sur la Table
Saks Fifth Avenue
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory