Downtown Detroit is in the midst of a tremendous resurgence. Take a walk down Woodward Ave and the signs of new life are obvious: where we once saw emptiness and decay we find new residential and commercial projects. For the first time time in decades, construction cranes have become a common sight.
With all of the new life injected into the Downtown area it was only a matter of time before retailers began to make their way back. Detroit's famed Woodward Ave is where many of these new retailers now call home.
Metro-Detroit based Moosejaw was one of the first to get the party started. In 2012 the outdoor recreational apparel store opened what was supposed to be a temporary pop up shop. That store remains open today and was joined by a second storefront in 2015. High end clothing retailer John Varvatos, named after the famous native Detroiter and designer, opened up on Woodward in 2015. Since then it's been joined by other retail heavy hitters such as Kit and Ace and most recently Nike. Those stores will be joined in 2017 by an Under Armor factory store as well as Warby Parker, makers of fashionable and affordable glasses.
The Z Garage, a Bedrock Real Estate project was also a catalyst for new retail Downtown. The Z is home to the first Detroit location for Michigan based 'Vault of Midnight', a favorite of comic book lovers, as well as NoJo Kicks. NoJo has become a mecca for local sneakerheads, stocking what's new as well as sought after classics.
Foodies have your appetites and camera phones ready, as Downtown has no shortage of great places to eat. Local favorites include Hudson Cafe for breakfast, and highly acclaimed restaurants Roast, Townhouse, and Vicente's Cuban Cuisine to name a few.