The new shop behind the Shinola Hotel offers a curated selection of jewelry, flowers and unique items you won’t find anywhere else in Detroit.
By Kirsten Johnson
Featured photo courtesy Angela Wisniewski
Stepping into Posie Atelier, pops of color highlight what feels like a modern, urban jungle. So much more than your average flower shop, it’s obvious that Detroit’s newest purveyor of flowers and fine jewelry sets itself apart.
“I’m really taken by unusual and interesting things,” says owner Meg Stojcevski, 35, of Detroit. “I have some pretty simple staple items, but I do try to carry products you won’t find everywhere else.”
Posie — the name for a bouquet of flowers, but also a name for the inscription inside of a ring — is located in Parker’s Alley at the new Shinola Hotel in Detroit. Owned by developer Dan Gilbert’s company Bedrock, the Woodward Avenue luxury hotel and the adjoining alley will be home to several retailers, restaurants and a coffee shop. Posie Atelier neighbor Drought juice and the hotel’s own speakeasy Evening Bar and restaurant San Morello already are open.
Stojcevski’s first job as a teenager was in an Allen Park floral shop. About 10 years ago she began doing floral arrangements for work events, then weddings and showers for friends and family. A friend within Shinola suggested to her in October that she open the retail space, then things moved quickly. She quit her job in early November and opened the shop mid-December.
“Bedrock understood my vision of combining flowers, house plants and fine jewelry all in one space, and it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” says Stojcevski, who had seen similar floral and jewelry boutiques in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. “Nobody was doing that in Detroit, and I thought this was a great opportunity to bring the two together here.”
There’s a lot packed into the 289-square-foot shop, each item carefully curated by Stojcevski. While they are not your average blooms and baubles, she wanted to make sure to have price points accessible to most. The rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets she carries are solid 14-karat gold, with one line of more sculptural pieces in brass and sterling silver. They are highlighted by several types of diamonds and other gems, including black onyx, citrine, opals and sapphires. While she does carry some items at a higher price point, pricing on fine jewelry begins at $80.
“I wanted to offer nice staples that can be worn every day, that can look good with jeans or with more formal attire and will last forever,” Stojcevski says. “I gravitate toward jewelry that transcends age and lifestyle, toward go-to pieces that are high quality and beautiful, but aren’t extremely expensive.”
All the jewelry in the shop right now comes from four women independent jewelers she says no one else in Michigan is carrying. Stojcevski’s current favorite is a ring with white and salt and pepper diamonds by New York’s Jennie Kwon. She also carries high-end velvet ring boxes from The Mrs. Box.
The shop also carries an array of house plants and planters, books from London publishing house Phaidon, as well as items from other local, women-owned businesses. You can find ceramics from Abigail Murray, The Empowered Life Planner from health and wellness coach Stephanie Popso and a signature custom candle from Detroit Rose, with more coming.
While Stojcevski focuses more on florals for weddings and other special events, her mother, Kyle, is the shop’s resident plant expert who manages the day-to-day operations. She says she couldn’t have opened Posie Atelier without support from her mom, as well as boyfriend Dave Kwiatkowski, who owns several businesses in Detroit including Sugar House, Wright & Company, Bad Luck Bar and Honest John’s. He also does carpentry and built out the space.
Kwiatkowski says the shop fulfilled a need in Detroit, especially at what he calls the best hotel he’s ever been in.
“People want a better experience and are willing to pay more for higher quality,” he says. “She’s not working with commonplace items. Her products are a lot more unique and even her floral arrangements are more unique. I think it’s a great addition to the neighborhood.”
You can find Posie Atelier in Parker’s Alley at the Shinola Hotel, 1435 Farmer St. in Detroit, and on Instagram at @posie_atelier.