With the holiday season and Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favorite small businesses in each region where our NBS Experience Centers are located. To kickstart your journey of shopping small and supporting local this year in Southeast Michigan (SEM), we’ve compiled some must-visit shops, restaurants, bakeries, experiences and more.
Here are some of our SEM team’s top recommendations!
Green Daffodil – Ferndale, MI
Green Daffodil is a great go-to for wonderfully scented, yet natural, bath and body products. From soy candles, lotion, bar soap, bath bombs and gift sets, you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for the person in your life who loves being pampered!
IRIS – Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Who wouldn’t want to support a business that empowers women in the community? This boutique is passionate about helping women express confidence through their fashion choices by selling beautiful clothing, jewelry, bags, and even household goods.
Leon & Lulu – Clawson, MI
You’re destined to find a little something for everyone at Leon & Lulu! From furniture and home décor, to clothing and accessories, to books, games and children’s toys, they make it easy to accomplish a big portion of your shopping list, all in one stop.
Mongers’ Provisions – Berkley & Detroit, MI
Cheese, please! Mongers’ Provisions displays a range of cheeses and meats that you can buy individually, as well as ready-to-impress charcuterie boards and gift baskets that are perfect for your next holiday party.
Whimsy & Wine – Fraser, MI
Whimsy & Wine offers a wide selection of handmade décor items that will make an excellent gift for someone special. They also host workshops, where you can get crafty and create a one-of-a-kind gift that you can personalize yourself.
Bitter Tom’s Distillery and Kitchen – Lake Orion & Rochester, MI
This Modern American restaurant offers a cool atmosphere, paired with tasty craft cocktails and exquisite dishes. From burgers and sandwiches, to tacos and flatbreads, they have options that your whole table will love.
Crispelli’s – Troy, MI
As a team favorite for our work week lunches, Crispelli’s offers delicious pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. It’s always a good day when Crispelli’s is brought into the office!
Downtown Café – Rochester, MI
Looking for an awesome breakfast or lunch spot? Downtown Café is a local favorite in Rochester, serving up tasty pancakes, omelettes, fresh squeezed orange juice, sandwiches and salads.
Jim Brady’s – Royal Oak, MI
If you’re looking for a fun time, as well as excellent food and drinks, Jim Brady’s is the place for you! With its retro décor paying homage to the original 1954 location, you can enjoy a craft Michigan beer or cocktail, while sitting in style.
Coffee & Bark Coffee Shop – Berkley, MI
Looking for somewhere to study or get work done, while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee? Oh, and somewhere your dog will love? With their selection of tasty coffee drinks, pastries and dog treats, Coffee & Bark will become your (and your dog’s) favorite spot.
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters – Detroit, Ferndale, Rochester & Royal Oak, MI
In need of a pick-me-up? Dessert Oasis offers a variety of delicious coffee beverages, cheesecake and flavorful pastries, so that you can energize with a cup of joe, while indulging in a sweet treat.
Best Cookies by Farr – Rochester Hills, MI
Need to bring a dessert to your next holiday party? Best Cookies by Farr specializes in cookies that are beautifully decorated, baked fresh and taste amazing – guaranteed to be a hit!
Sister Pie – Detroit, MI
Calling all pie lovers! Sister Pie serves delicious, fresh baked pies, as well as cookies and other sweets. In addition to baking tasty treats, they also support the community through buying seasonal produce from local farmers.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company – Birmingham & Rochester Hills, MI
Thirsty? Griffin Claw Brewing Company has a wide selection of beverages to choose from, including beer and hard cider, as well as spirits ranging from vodka and gin to bourbon and whiskey.
North End Taproom – Royal Oak, MI
If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out with friends, family or coworkers, North End Taproom is your spot! After you browse their 40 taps of craft beers, seltzers, ciders and wines, you can actually pour your own drink…how cool! Their tasty food menu has options that will perfectly complement any beverage you choose.
Mirepoix Cooking School – Royal Oak, MI
Have a passion for cooking? Mirepoix Cooking School offers a variety of classes instructed by expert chefs, where you will learn the fundamentals of cooking by getting hands-on and prepping a delicious meal yourself.
The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (The SHAC) – Milford, MI
If you’re an artist or want to become one, The SHAC offers art classes for all ages, providing a place for people to share their creative work, ideas and inspiration with one another.
The Corner – Ferndale, MI
At The Corner, you’ll find a fully stocked board game room, as well as a tasty food and drink menu to enjoy while you play. Or if board games aren’t really your thing, you can hang out at the bar or head upstairs to Detroit Axe for a friendly competition of axe throwing.
Urban Wick Candle Bar – Birmingham, MI
What if we told you that you could combine your favorite scents all in one candle? Well at Urban Wick Candle Bar, you can! This not only gives you something fun to do, but you will also leave with a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special.