Northland Center Mall: Good place to shop, across Detroit border
This is a large and active mall in Southfield, just north of the border of Detroit. It is home to stores such as Marshall Field's, C'est La Vie, Kay Jewelers, etc.
A unique feature of Northland is its urban/city style. Stores such as Bhogalli Leather, Connektions, Hip Hop University, J. Bees, Max Green's, Sun's Clothing, and Van Dyke's Uptown, etc., all fit this category. Many people make the mistake of seeing "urban" clothes as lower-class, yet this mall tends to break whatever stereotypes there may be.
There are many stores that carry exotic Italian shoes, including City Slickers and Via Roma.
This mall also contains Afrocentric stores such as Truth Bookstore and Ethnic Expressions.
So for urban yet upscale clothes, as well as a number of other unique products, shop at Northland Center Mall!!!
What to buy: The most unique items I'm familiar with in this mall have to be the shoes. You can buy alligator shoes (authentic or imitation-leather) at Via Roma and City Slickers. In addition, City Slickers has shoes made from octopus, ostrich, crocodile, and calfskin.
What to pay: Imitation gator shoes should cost about $80, while the authentic ones cost somewhere between $500 and $1,000. Prices vary from store to store.
Shop till you drop
For people who like to shop till they get a frantic call from their partners about the limits on the credit card being breached, Detroit and its surroundings offer many options.
Here are a few....
1. Somerset Mall in Troy
2. The factory outlets at Monroe
3. The factory outlets at Kensington
4. The factory outlets at Birch Run
Pure Detroit: Cool Stuff
This store is very cool. It is full of real Detroit clothes, products, just about anything you can think of. I think they have a website but I'm not sure. Last year for Christmas I bought my little cousins (ages 15 and 13) shirts from there and it was the best present of the night according to them. It's just a fun unique store.
What to buy: They have fun shirts that say Detroit or have the spirit of Detroit on them. They also have bags and hats. One very cool aspect is they also sell Sanders, Fago, and other Detroit based companies stuff.
What to pay: Well it might be considered a bit expenseive. T-shirts are about $20-25, sweatshirts run about $50, but over all it's worth it.
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