1. DetroitGT has new gear! Seriously folks, we’ve had a rough year. Celebrate and commemorate with this rad shirt. Detroit GT has a huge assortment of kick-ass Detroit gear including bumper stickers, clothing, mugs, pins and more. You’ve probably seen his gear all around town. Bitch, please. I’m from Detroit is among the most popular quotes toted on DetroitGT’s items. (Photo credit: Heather from Painted Lady Trashions)
2. Every year, there are new and exciting things.
I’ve never seen Hickman Woodwork before, but their items are really unique. Handmade with nails, string and wood, this brand designs an array of Michigan-themed pieces. Incredibly creative. I definitely want one of these for my wall in the near future.
3. Ferndale is bike friendly.
It was lovely to see all of the racks jam packed with bikes. My family enjoyed the 30-minute stroll to the festival from our house. It was a bit brisk today, but we bundled up and had a great time. I really enjoy that we live in a town where biking and walking are easy commuting options.
4. Tree Trunk Art makes a hip assortment of copper-coated bronze-casted remakes of nature’s beauties. From seed pods to leaves, lovely little items are crafted into earrings and necklaces. Photo credit: Tree Trunk Art.
5. The food options are endless. Whether you want to dine in, fill up on food truck delights or snack on carnival food a;; dau, there’s tons to choose from. I’ve been wanting to try Hambo’s Coney Island for a good while, and a co-worker recently reminded me that it’s a popular joint. So, my little family enjoyed a meal there before exploring the art festivities. The Western Skillet with over-medium eggs was delicious. We’ll definitely be going there again.
Had I not been so full from brunch, I would have checked out Detroit BBQ Company. The smell was amazing, and the little spot was bumpin’ with patrons. Fresh-grilled corn on the cob looked amazing and there was a great selection of meat options.
6. JKM Soy Candles are some of my favorite locally made items. The Froot Loops candle is unbeatable, and it fills my entire house with the most delicious, nostalgic smell. Anytime I see this candle maker at art fairs, I can’t help but pick up a few soy lovies. They make great gifts. Smells vary widely, some of which include monkey farts, vanilla, dirt and campfire.
7. Theatre Bizarre is an amazing Detroit show, and it can be seen at DIY Festival. With its annual show taking place late October at the Masonic Temple, Theatre Bizarre features an array of performers, beautifully constructed enivornments, brilliant attire and great folks. The DIY Festival rendition included a juggler, games and much more. It’s so visually stimulating; I love these guys.
8. Rust Belt Market is a-mazing. The year-round market houses local artists, antique vendors, food creators and more.
9. Drinkin’ with the coolest folks in town. I saw so many of my favorite people, including many local artists. It’s such a great place to say hello to friends, enjoy time with loved ones and sip on a beverage.