By Susan Peck
Holiday shopping list, check. Warm and comfy walking shoes, check. It’s time to kick off the holiday gift giving season as you head to Grosse Pointe’s picture perfect shopping districts; the only other thing needed is for your holiday spirit to match the sparkling lights and the unmistakable merriment in the air.
While there are too many fabulous places to mention in The Village, The Hill and The Park, we’re giving you a preview some of the stellar shopping and dining in downtown Grosse Pointe that you won’t want to miss.
Start your special shopping day with a brawny breakfast at The Village Grille. Indulge in the Eggs Benedict, strawberry and blueberry pancakes or their specialty breakfast burritos with fresh made sides like hash browns and corned beef hash.
Now that you’re fueled and ready to go, make your way to Vera’s Daughter at 16849 Kercheval- a home goods boutique for the finer things in life. Splurge on Juliska holiday dinnerware that you can dress up or down for a breathtaking tablescape, a spectacular gift such as stoneware from Mason Cash (used on Downton Abbey) or Northern Lights, and Michelle Design Works holiday scented candles for stunning holiday splash.
Duffey & Co. in The Park is another hidden jewel for unique and inspired gifts where you’ll find everything from fine chocolates to local artisan items from Detroit such as beard balm or the whimsical pin-up soap that’s locally made.
Kids, tweens and teens can be a challenge to shop for unless you pay a visit to El’s Boutique at 17110 Kercheval Ave. Check out the colorfully designed Pop Sockets – a cell phone grip and stand – for tweens and teens. Or wow them with the new night light that you “blow on and off;” a unique present that will gain you the title of “family’s most fun gift-giver.”
City Bark, 17027 Kercheval Ave., a one-of-a-kind dog store, has everything for the furry kids who want something under the tree. Items include Detroit Red Wings hoodies, camouflage, bandana and Navajo patterned dog beds and on-trend Detroit map dog collars.
Midday is the time to warm up with comfort foods at Sidestreet Diner at 630 St. Clair with homemade hot plates like turkey, meatloaf, beef or pork that include mashed potatoes smothered with gravy. For something lighter, try a spicy grilled bubba shrimp wrap or a J.L. Hudson style Maurice salad with homemade dressing. Top the meal off with another made-in-Michigan delight and visit Sanders (one of the few stores left) for a hot fudge cream puff; then pick up boxed chocolates or gift crates to round out your shopping list.
Time to do a little self-gifting after lunch and find a jaw-dropping piece or outfit you can don (or give as gifts if you must!) throughout the days and nights of the holiday season.
SHE at 16888 Kercheval Ave. Metro Detroit’s landmark women’s boutique, owned and operated by stylist Sharon Eisenshtadt, has a location in Grosse Pointe in The Village and in Bloomfield Hills. It features contemporary must-have colorful real fur puffs from $60-$95 that can be used as a keychain or perfect stocking stuffers for the girls; also available are Kacey K diamond and gold chain necklaces starting at $350. The Jocelyn army green jacket at $1,195 is street style with a touch of glam and can be worn three ways. You can wear it with its multi-colored fox zip-out lining and hood. You can remove the hood or you can take the lining out and wear it as a vest. It also crosses over for warm weather when you can wear the parka without any fur at all. And for the ideal hostess gift, you’ll want the long burning scented Himalayan candles from $42-$80.
Erica Pangopoulos, general manager of one of area’s finest women’s accessories boutiques, Capricious at 74 Kercheval Ave., says every fashionista knows that shoes or boots can make or break an outfit. Stop in the shop to get the latest styles by Sam Edelman, AGL, Aquatalia, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Ilse Jacobsen, Jack Rogers, Pura Lopez and more. Other hot items are Millianna single-strand beaded necklaces and White + Warren luxury cashmere scarves, hats and mittens starting at $120.
Is your holiday season going to include a tropical getaway? Then don’t miss the Village Palm, 17133 Kercheval Ave., a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store for resort wear and gifts. Visit sister store POSH for women’s elegant office-to-evening holiday event dresses by designers like Julie Brown and Sail to Sable and Vineyard Vines fine clothing for the whole family, inspired by Martha’s Vineyard.
Romance already in the air during the holidays makes it the perfect time for an engagement. Ahee Jewelers on Mack Ave. can help make your proposal a grand presentation with their Bez Ambar custom designed and made engagement ring, with a round brilliant cut diamond center stone surrounded by 14 blaze cut diamonds set in a platinum mounting for $19,500. Or the engagement ring with a round brilliant cut diamond center stone and 24 blaze cut and 112 round brilliant cut diamonds set in a platinum mounting for $22,500.
And for flawless timing and style, check out Ahee’s extensive collection of the world’s most coveted timepieces by Patek Philippe, hand-crafted heirloom watches made in Switzerland since 1839. The current on-trend styles are: men’s 18k rose gold perpetual calendar strap watch, $85,100; men’s stainless steel Aquanaut rubber strap watch, $34,100; and men’s 18k yellow gold manual-wind Calatrava strap watch featuring a hobnail bezel and a petite sweep second hand, $19,800.
With bags in tow and your list completed, you’re ready to unwind and end the shopping day with a Grosse Pointe tradition, The Hill Seafood & Chop House at 123 Kercheval Ave., a smart steak and seafood institution with a swanky vibe and a bustling bar scene. Nestled among the boutiques, The Hill Restaurant uses locally grown, in-season organic fruits and vegetables and entrees that include Block Island swordfish, prime center-cut Colorado lamb chops, oven-roasted Iowan pork tenderloin, as well as USDA Prime Choice and Creekstone Farms steaks and flown-in fresh seafood. NS
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice you can visit Santa on Saturday afternoons through Christmas. Children may give Santa their lists and you can take your own photos with him. Visit www.thevillagegp.com for times and more holiday events and information.
Parking: The beautifully renovated downtown area has ample street parking and is less than 35 minutes from virtually any point in the metro Detroit area. Downtown Grosse Pointe is conveniently located 10 miles east of downtown Detroit and just 5 minutes south of the I-94 freeway.
16888 Kercheval Pl.
Grosse Pointe | 313-571-3365
4076 W. Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills | 248-594-8181
20139 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods
313-886-4600 | 800-987-AHEE
74 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Farms | 313-458-8719
Vera’s Daughter Home
16849 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe | 313-743-5030
17110 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe | 313-571-3044
Village Palm and POSH
17133 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe | 313-882-PALM
17027 Kercheval Ave.
Duffey & Co.
15120 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park | 313-469-7050
The Hill Seafood & Chophouse
123 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Farms | 313-886-8101
16930 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park | 313-882-4555
630 St. Clair St.
Grosse Pointe | 313-884-6810
16837 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park | 313-884-4966