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As one of the midwest’s oldest cities, Detroit was called home by a large number of immigrants looking for a better life. From Italians and Polish to Irish and Greek, the Motor City has been home to them all. With these immigrants came their delicious and mouthwatering recipes from far away, and now you can find a number of local establishments here in Detroit that cater to those looking to purchase that special edible holiday gift for a loved one.

Astoria Pastry Shop 
541 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9603
320 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 582-9220

Established back in 1971 by the Teftsis family in the historic Greektown district of downtown Detroit, Astoria Pastry Shop has long been considered one of Metro Detroit’s top locales for fine pastries and sweets. With well over 100 fine pastries to choose from, you’ll have no trouble assembling the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday list. For your enjoyment, Astoria also offers a variety of gourmet coffees available to savor right there in the store with your fresh pastries.

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Avalon International Breads 
422 W. Willis St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-0008

Tracing its roots back to 1997, Avalon International Breads got its start in the heart of Detroit’s Cass Corridor area. Using its newly installed hearthstone oven, Avalon uses only 100 percent organic flower to create its fine breads and holiday-themed gifts. On top of creating healthy, delicious creations for Metro Detroit, owners Ann and Jackie are committed to the revitalization of the city of Detroit and support a number of charities throughout Motown. You can check the website for current specials, menus and blogs about their wonderful work in the Detroit area.

West Warren Baking Company (also known as West Warren Bakery)
15708 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 584-2746

If it’s a Polish-themed gift you’re hungry to try, then the West Warren Baking Company is likely more your style. Established over 50 years ago in Detroit, this locale is well known for its pączkis, baklavas and wedding cakes. But it also creates some of the best personalized gift baskets and tins in the region. With all of the products being made fresh without preservatives, you can be sure that your timely gift will be wholesome and much appreciated. Check out the website for more information on special orders and call today to place an order. The West Warren Baking Company also offers delivery of goods and shipping to anywhere in the U.S.

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Tringali’s Bakery
29100 Schoenherr Road
Warren, MI 48093
(586) 777-9010

In 1948, Dominic and Giuseppe Tringali traveled from their birthplace of Augusta, Sicily to Detroit to start a new life. After years of working for the Ford Motor Company, older brother Dominic decided to open an Italian bakery in 1958 in the style of many of those he left back home. Today, Tringali’s Bakery in Warren is home to some of Metro Detroit’s best and most authentic Italian baked goods thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Tringali brothers. The biggest draw of this bakery is its homemade cannolis, which draw people from all over the region, and the brothers are more than happy to supply you and those on your holiday lists with as many as you could possibly desire.

Detroit Eastern Market
2934 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 833-9300

As one of the country’s oldest public markets, Detroit Eastern Market has been in operation since 1891 and more than 250 independent vendors call this place home. Each Saturday, more than 40,000 people descend upon this Detroit landmark for all types of gifts including fruits, veggies, jellies and jams, fresh-cut flowers and other locally produced specialty foods. While shopping, you can even be dazzled by some of the area’s best musicians and entertainers as the Detroit Eastern Market encourages talented individuals to busk for the crowd. Check out the Detroit Eastern Market’s website for a complete list of vendors and their specials during the holiday season.

Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.