The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday every year; It’s a day when consumers are encouraged to shop “small” to give back to their community, shopping at local stores, rather than chains. Check out these local businesses below that are deserving of your business.
SocraTea Detroit
71 Garfield St., Suite 50
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-7100
www.socrateadetroit.com

SocraTea Detroit opened on Noel Night 2012, with the mission of “serv(ing) exceptional tea at fair prices in an inviting environment.” Its location is close to Midtown and the WSU campus, and all of its teas are USDA-certified organic and fair trade. SocraTea also has non-dairy milk, for those who need or prefer it, and gluten-free desserts. The shop sells jewelry, paintings/ceramic items, clothing and food items from local artists and hosts art openings; the tea house enjoys being a “show space for art.”

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

The Detroit Artists Market was founded in 1932, and it promotes, exhibits and sells the “work of emerging and established artists.” The market has educational programming and art exhibitions, and also serves as a resource for art lovers. Check out DAM’s Elements Gallery to find work by local artists in a range of media and prices. The market also hosts special events. Parking is available for $3 off Forest, but free on-street parking is also available.

The Black Dress Co.
87 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-7795

The Black Dress Co. opened in 2008 and focuses on women who like a classic look, but with a “taste of trend.” It’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays. The store includes private label, manufactured, couture and haute couture in its collection. Their clothing is also available in most women’s sizes (size 0 to size 4X). You can commission a custom piece as well, but that’s by appointment only, with a 2-3 week lead time. Make sure to check out the sale rack when you go as well.

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Westborn Market 
21755 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 274-1000
www.westbornmarket.com

Westborn Market has three locations: one in Dearborn, as well as Livonia and Berkley. The market is known as a local Whole Foods-type store. It’s known for its fruit market, flower shop and various other departments. It was originally opened half a century ago by George and Annette Anusbigian as a simple flower stand. The market primarily sells produce, meats and bakery/cake items, but it also carries an assortment of other items as well.

Tai Pan Bakery
31666 John R. Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 583-3088

There are a few Asian bakeries in the Madison Heights and Warren area, but Tai Pan stands out as one of the best. Most of the smaller bakery items are inexpensive, $1 and up, and you can find yourself a smorgasboard of good eats here. Try the lotus bun or perhaps a sweet cream bun; if you’re looking more for meal items, try the barbecue pork bun or the hot dog bun (hot dog in a sweet roll). Tai Pan also has bubble tea for sale and cakes for order. The bakery is cash-only, so make sure to bring some cash with you when you visit.

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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 Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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