The holiday season is upon us, and the malls and other stores are going to be crazy busy. Consider checking out a holiday market or pop-up shop instead. Check out this list for the best in the area.
First National Building
660 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(248) 643-6360

Date: Now through Dec. 23, 2014

CityLoft is back for the seventh time since it originally opened in 2012. It brings shops from the Somerset Collection in Troy, and will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through December 23rd. Check out the Santa’s Wonderland store, where kids can shop donated merchandise (from Somerset businesses) upon making a $5 donation to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Kids will also like The Snowman Collection (new for 2014), where the snowmen live in a 30×18-foot igloo in Cadillac Square. If you’re looking for Michigan-specific items, check out the Detroit Shoppe. Any shopper who spends $25+ at a CityLoft store will also receive a $5 gift card to spend in the First National Building, which includes stores such as Subway, Hosiery with Style and Dressed in Detroit.

Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-8540

Date: Now through Dec. 30, 2014

The Detroit Artists Market was founded in 1932, originally as the Detroit Young Artists Market, and is a non-profit gallery. In November and December, however, it hosts “Art for the Holidays,” a market with works by local artists. Items sold range from those that “match the taste and budget of collectors” to those for “first-time shoppers,” and they include paintings, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics and more.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts Holiday Market
407 Pine St.
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 651-4110

Date: Now through Dec. 30, 2014

The Paint Creek Center for the Arts Holiday Market is ongoing until December 30th and features handmade gifts for any type of budget. The market is closed on Sundays, and open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The market will also be closed on December 24th and 25th for the Christmas holiday. PCCA was founded in 1982 and “has been dedicated to promoting the arts and artistic excellence” through many different programs; it offers classes, outreach prorams, community involvement, the Arts & Apples Festival and more.

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BBAC Holiday Shop
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 644-0866

Date: Now through Dec. 20, 2014

The BBAC Holiday Shop is open until December 20th and includes more than 3,000 square feet of shopping. The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center uses two exhibit galleries for space for the shop, and work by more than 100 artists is featured including everything from jewelry to soaps to paintings to clothing. The Holiday Shop is open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The BBAC was created in 1957 with the mission of “connecting people of all ages and abilities” with art education, exhibition and other “creative experiences,” and almost 5,000 people per year from Southeast Michigan have taken classes at the BBAC.

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Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at and