Down the street from Traffic Jam & Snug and just a block away from Avalon International Breads in midtown Detroit is the Shinola store, which opened in June 2013. Originally known for shoe polish, the century-old brand is now a purveyor of watches, leather goods, bicycles, journals and more. Shinola is bringing production and employment back to Detroit, and a tour of their watch factory, just a few miles away, is highly recommended. The store also has a raw juice bar, Drought, started by five sisters from Michigan—an example of how the brand aids fellow community start-ups and supports the growth of small businesses.
Other notable stores in the midtown district are Hugh (selling both vintage and modern housewares to stock a classy bachelor pad) and Nora (stocked with design-minded objects from Scandinavian housewares to handcrafted Detroit jewelry). Round out the night with a unique movie-watching experience at the Detroit Film Theatre—built in 1927, entrance to the historic movie palace interior, adorned with gilded fixtures, and access to an independent film selection (on a lucky day, silent films with live orchestral accompaniment) is only $7.50.