Post is a unique shopping experience featuring handmade gifts, furniture, home goods, and accessories.
Looking for something old, something new? You might want to put Post on your list of places to shop. Located in Detroit, one block from the Grosse Pointe Park border, Post, a terrific store that opened in October, was originally a post office built in 1940 and closed in 1978. Telltale signs of its origin include some of the original light fixtures, the original terrazzo floor from the lobby, the original loading dock and some stationery mailboxes.
The store’s proprietors, Clare Fox and Wayne Maki, met five years ago. At that time, Fox, who studied fine arts at Wayne State University and has a master’s degree in fine arts from Ohio State University, was doing both sculpture and printmaking. Maki, who studied at both Michigan State University and the College for Creative Studies, was actively photographing events. Several months later, the couple decided to open Mutual Adoration, their Detroit-based design firm.
“We originally started out making furniture … benches, coffee tables, and dining room tables out of reclaimed wood … and discovered we got attached to the scrap ends and couldn’t bear to throw them away. We started handcrafting picture frames that could be custom-sized and colored,” Maki says.
Today, their frames account for half of Mutual Adoration’s business. The frames, along with other Mutual Adoration products, including serving trays, charcuterie boards, candle holders and coasters — all made of reclaimed wood — are being sold in 45 stores in 18 different states as well as at Post. The couple craft benches, dining room tables and cocktail tables in the back of the building. They also do commercial installations.
“We do very little with new wood. Eighty percent of our material is reclaimed. We get it from both contractors and homeowners who are either remodeling or tearing houses down. Wood goes through a whole lifecycle here,” Maki says. “It gets cut, sanded, stained and then assembled. There are a lot of steps.”
Besides Mutual Adoration, three other production studios, Tait Design Co., Scarlet Crane and Leadhead Glass, are also located in the Post space. Matthew Tait, founder and lead product designer of Tait Design Co., hand paints and assembles yo-yos, kite kits, balsa model airplane kits and perpetual calendars on site. Derek Smiertka and Chad Ackley, principals of Leadhead Glass, create hanging ornaments, chandeliers, lamps and terrariums out of reclaimed glass, also on site.
“One of our most interesting projects was the terrarium we made for the botanical gardens in Washington, D.C.,” Smiertka says. “The 5.5-foot piece utilized glass retrieved from deconstructed Detroit homes, and its copper channels were retrieved from the Statue of Liberty when it was renovated in the 1980s,” Ackley says. “We drove the terrarium all the way to D.C. last January.”
Also at Post, Scarlet Crane screen prints delightful fabrics on site, then uses them to create pillows, purses, tea towels and upholstery fabrics. “We have a wonderful selection of greeting cards made by a Detroit card company,” Fox says. “We also stock a large selection of photos, screen prints, maps and etchings, and most of the jewelry we sell is Michigan-made.”
Maki adds, “What’s been fun about Post is we combine our work with other people’s work. Showing work we admired from around town plus showing our own creations has been a fun experiment.”
Detroit, MI 48215
Wed – Fri: 12 – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.