The day after Thanksgiving, commonly known as Black Friday, is the day that holiday shoppers are out in force thinking big; looking for big discounts and generally competing for deals with a large number of other shoppers. The day after Black Friday though is a day to think small, as Nov. 24 is designated Small Business Saturday, a day to shop at and celebrate all that’s on offer at smaller businesses. The residents of Detroit and vicinity love music and with that in mind here are our picks for the best places for music lovers to shop around the city on Small Business Saturday.
The Majestic Theatre
4120 Woodward Ave. – Detroit
A pair of concert tickets is always a welcome gift during the holidays or anytime. Some of the artists playing the Majestic over the next few months include Allen Stone, San Holo, Atreyu, Ministry, and revered English guitar player and singer Richard Thompson. Other upcoming shows include Lotus, Kurt Vile, Noname, The Amity Affliction and Sharon Van Etten. Also, GRiZ is playing at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Dec. 15 (Tickets) but his GRiZmas After Party will take place the same evening at the Majestic (Tickets).
Motor City Guitar
1565 Crescent Lake Rd. – Waterford
If you are a musician or you have one on your holiday gift list you’ll want to check out Motor City Guitar where they have a full array of guitars and all the gear to go with them. Choose from an enormous selection of amps, effects pedals, gig bags and guitar straps and be sure to check out the very cool cigar box guitars. Ukuleles and drum machines are available too, and Motor City Guitars carries a big selection of effects boxes from companies like Red Panda who make their gear in Detroit.
Third Man Records
441 Canfield St. W. – Detroit
Founded by native Detroiter Jack White, this record shop is the place to find releases from the eclectic group of artists who’ve recorded for Third Man Records or who’ve had their material reissued by the label. Find LPs, Eps, singles and collectible packages from performers like Liza Anne, Captain Beefheart, Father John Misty, Weather Warlock, Kasabian, John Waters, the Supremes and of course titles from White and the White Stripes. Lots of other fun items enhance the shopping experience here, and you can mellow out on the couch and listen to music while you decide what to buy.
Well Done Goods
1440 Gratiot Ave. – Detroit
If you’re a big fan of techno music you may be aware that the genre was invented in Detroit. Find iconic Detroit techno clothing here that harken back to the late 1980s when the city was the hotbed of the new form of electronic dance music. Hoodies, T-shirts, hats and women’s tank tops are among the offerings, and you can even take home a Detroit techno 808 motel-style key tag. And should you want a pair of socks decorated with boom box images, you’re in the right place.
Detroit Blues Café
14493 Gratiot Ave. Detroit
Considered by many to be Detroit’s hottest night spot, Detroit Blues Café features live entertainment from blues and R&B bands and also DJ nights. Whichever show you choose to attend, get there early and enjoy a soul food dinner. On the menu are goodies named after famous musicians; try the Etta Fitz fried catfish, Boney James wings, B.B. King steak bites and the Guy Buddy grilled chicken burger. On Small Business Saturday the joint will be swinging until 2 a.m.
For information on other music related fun to have in Detroit go here.