Showing posts with label Shop Small or Die. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shop Small or Die. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2020

Shop Small or Die Featured Shop: ROUGE Organic Beauty & Eve Organics Beauty

23337 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 439-6012

HID - How would you describe your store to someone who’s never been there before?
Cheryl (Co-founder of ROUGE) - We’re that pretty little shop down the street that you’ve always wondered about. “I just stopped in to see what you do here” is something that we hear frequently, even after 10 years in business! When you come to ROUGE, you’ll see that we are divided into our retail side and our service side. We offer fabulous manicures and pedicures in our ROUGE Nail Studio. We are a fully licensed spa and body art facility to offer expert brow services including microblading, brow shaping, and brow lamination. On our retail side, we offer our very own Eve Organics Beauty, made 100% in-house, our makeup and skincare is organic, vegan, and results driven. We have so much to offer from our little red building on Woodward!

HID - What's the story behind your shop?
ROUGE - You should know that we were founded by 2 sisters, Cheryl & Jeny. Together, we have decades of experience in the beauty industry. When we were planning our shop (over 10 years ago) we knew exactly what we wanted to bring to the market: accessible healthy beauty services and quality products delivered with stellar customer service. Since our very first day, we have simply worked to take the mystery out of beauty. We opened in the summer of 2010. It’s been a decade of learning and growing along with our community. It’s a good thing, because this year has been a year of very big changes! We closed our business in March and opened back up in August due to the pandemic. We spent that “down time” working on revamping our makeup and skincare, and formulating new products that are perfect for now. We’re thrilled with the results. None of this has been easy, but we are very passionate about what we do and we love to share all of it with our loyal clients. Even when we are not “open”, we’re in our studio working on new goodies and surprises for you.

HID - Give us the top three gift ideas from your store this holiday season.
Our NIGHT & DAY Skincare kit is FABULOUS! It contains our Cleansing
Balm, Rose Day Cream & Night Cream for $75.

Our HOLIDAY BODY BUTTER KIT has 2 limited edition body butter aromas (flavors), Almond Macaron (sparkly) and Peppermint Stick!

3. Our third gift idea is an EVE ORGANICS BEAUTY Gift Certificate!
The lucky recipient of an Eve Organics Beauty Gift Certificate can purchase anything that they like from our site and we will pack it up to ship it out, or they can even pick their order up at ROUGE!

HID - Do you have any COVID-19 conscious options in place for your shoppers?
ROUGE - We take COVID-19 precautions very seriously here at ROUGE Organic Beauty. We shut down a full week before we were required to by the state and opened a full month after salons re-opened to ensure safety. We have cut our hours to 3 days a week and our capacity to 40%. You must sign in and get a temperature check upon entering the building. We require masks to be worn over nose and mouth at ALL TIMES when inside our building, including during services. We are not messing around. We want you to have the safest experience possible at ROUGE. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot allow anyone to accompany clients who are getting services, with the exception of those who require accompaniment such as minors or those with disabilities. A full list of our COVID requirements can be found here: 

HID - How can shoppers find you and what hours are you open?
ROUGE - Due to the pandemic, we have cut our business hours and the days that we are open.
We’re at 23337 Woodward Ave. Ferndale, MI with FREE PARKING.
We are open Wednesday 11-6, Friday 11-6 and Saturday 10-4.
We suggest that you call ahead at (248) 439-6012 just to make sure that we are open.
Clients can shop our website for retail at and we will ship anywhere in the country or you can opt for curbside pickup at ROUGE!
THANK YOU to everyone who is shopping small and local this holiday season.
All of your favorite small businesses really need you this year, more than ever.

For a list of other great places to shop and eat local, check out our Shop Small or Die Guide here.

If you would like your shop to be featured or you want to be added to our guide, email us at

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Shop Small or Die Featured Shop: POST

Photos Provided by POST

14500 Kercheval St., Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 939-2172

HID - How would you describe your store to someone that has never been there before?
Clare & Wayne (POST Co-founders) - We can always tell when someone walks into POST for the first time. There's usually a "wow", and they stop at the front door to try and take it all in. The outside of our building is a bit understated as it was built by the government as a US Post Office in 1940. The inside of POST is a completely different experience. We've converted the space to a retail store, carrying over 300 independent handmade brands, along with production facilities for 3 small businesses. It's a feast for the eyes.

Everything we carry at POST is handmade, much of it is one-of-a-kind, and some of it is made right here in the building. Mutual Adoration, Tait Design Co, and Scarlet Crane Creations design and make all of their products right here, at POST. Of the other 300 or so brands we carry, 80% are Michigan based companies, and over 90% are women-owned businesses. People can support multiple local small businesses in one place at POST.

HID - What's the story behind your shop?
POST - Clare Fox and Wayne Maki met and founded Mutual Adoration in 2012. Mutual Adoration builds custom furniture, picture frames, and housewares primarily from reclaimed wood sourced in Detroit. In 2017, we founded POST - an open concept retail store and workshop space on Detroit's East Side. Housed in a former US Post Office, built in 1940, POST carries over 300 brands of handmade goods from small independent makers, as well as offering hands-on workshops in contemporary craft.

HID - Give us the top three gift ideas from your store this holiday season. 
POST - I'll attach links to some of our most popular collections. Because so many of our products are one-of-a-kind, it's often easier to link to a group of similar products. :)

Handmade Marbled Picture Frames are built right here in the building, and each one is marbled by hand. They're a unique and fun gift!

Valet Trays are always a popular gift this time of year. They're great gifts for guys, and the perfect place to stash your keys, wallets, and all the things that end up in your pockets throughout the day.

Craft Kits are a super fun way to be creative while you're at home! We have a huge variety of DIY kits.

HID - Do you have any COVID-19 conscious options in place for your shoppers?
POST - Absolutely! We are currently limiting our capacity to 10 customers at a time, which means you might have a short wait during our busiest hours. Face masks and hand sanitizer are required at all times. We're also offering by-appointment shopping for those that want a more private shopping experience. Appointments are available from 12-7 on Wednesdays, and throughout the week either before we open or after we close. Customers can make a private appointment here:

We also offer curbside pickup or free shipping on orders over $50 through our website.

HID - How can shoppers find you and what hours are you open?
POST - We're always open at or
We offer free curbside pickups, or free shipping on orders over $50.

You can browse us on social media or @mutualadorationdetroit

Our regular hours are Wednesday: By Appointment (book on our website), Thursday + Friday from 12pm-7pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

We're located at 14500 Kercheval, Detroit MI, 48215. Street parking is free and plentiful, on both sides of Kercheval Avenue, right in front of the store.

For a list of other great places to shop and eat local, check out our Shop Small or Die Guide here

If you would like your shop to be featured or you want to be added to our guide, email us at

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Shop Small or Die Featured Shop: Youngbloods

24918 John R, Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 629-6626
Instagram: @youngbloodsshop

HID - How would you describe your store to someone that has never been there before?
Angie (Co-Owner of Youngbloods) - Most people know Youngbloods as a barbershop and don't realize that we have a full retail shop as well.  For that reason I would describe Youngbloods as a hidden gem.  We not only offer great cuts and shaves but provide a space for a guy to complete his look. Our merchandise is very eclectic, offering anything from amazing sweaters to high end leather jackets to cool graphic tees to premium denim.  Every item is hand selected with these two things in mind; quality and comfort.

Photos from Youngbloods' Social Media

HID - What's the story behind your shop?
Angie - The shop came about as a collaboration with my husband Lyle.  We wanted to combine our years of professional experience in our fields, his being hair and mine being retail and wardrobe styling and create a one stop shop for guys.  The retail store developed into what would be my closet if I were a guy!

HID - Give us the top three gift ideas from your store this holiday season. 
Angie - Can I do 4?
  • A Schott NYC sweater or jacket
  • A Straight To Hell leather jacket or gloves
  • A Thrills graphic tee or button down 
  • A 7 Diamonds flannel or something from their Infinity Collection

HID - Do you have any COVID-19 conscious options in place for your shoppers?
Angie - We are taking all the precautions to keep our staff and customers safe, but understand that some people may not feel comfortable coming in. If that's the case, I'd be more than happy to offer a facetime shopping experience with anyone with curbside pickup or porch drop off. Anyone can call the shop, or send us a message on social media to set this up.

HID - How can shoppers find you and what hours are you open?
Angie - Shoppers can find us in store at 24918 John R in Hazel Park on Tuesdays - Fridays 10am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm or on Facebook and Instagram.

For a list of other great places to shop and eat local, check out our Shop Small or Die Guide here

If you would like your shop to be featured or you want to be added to our guide, email us at

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hip's 2020 Guide to Shopping and Eating Local #shopsmallordie

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that nothing is for sure and nothing lasts forever. The ways things are will not be the way that they will always be and if you want to make sure that what matters to you is still here tomorrow, you might have to do something to make that happen. 

We have always believed in shopping local, but this year it's not a cute slogan or a fun thing to tell your friends when they open their gifts, it is life or death for small local shops and restaurants and right now our money is their only bail out plan. So, we wanted to make it easy for you to order things online, socially distanced shop, and to get takeout. It also would be cool to open up your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/ TikTok and follow as many of these small spaces as possible. They need your support to make it through 2020 and 2021. This is a call, let's answer it.

This list includes brick and mortar shops that have had to close during 2020 and takeout restaurants.
If you would like us to consider adding your spot to this list please email us directly at We know we have missed a lot of great spots, so if you think of one, let us know. We will keep re-sharing and adding to the list all holiday season so that we can all use it over and over again to shop and order takeout.

Armageddon BeachpartyBusted Bra Shop
Tailered Detroit

To-Go Food

Detroit Soul

Slows To Go

Detroit One Coney Island Restaurant

Grey Ghost Detroit


Supino Pizzeria

Bucharest Grill

The Peterboro

Green Dot Stables

Selden Standard


Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Grey Ghost Detroit

Lady of the House

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

Lafayette Coney Island

Mercury Burger & Bar

Ottava Via

Batch Brewing Company


Grandma Bobs Pizza


Pie Sci Pizza

Los Galanes Mexican Restraunt

Sweetwater Tavern

Hygrade Deli

The Whitney

Honest John's

Johnny Noodle King

Detroit Shipping Company

Michigan & Trumbull

Detroit Vegan Soul

Flowers of Vietnam


El Barzon

Mudgie's Deli and Bar

Joe Muer Seafood

Dime Store

Pho Lucky Detroit - Midtown

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

American Coney Island



Go Sy Thai

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery


Lumen Detroit

Rose's Fine Food and Wine

San Morello

La Lanterna


FOLK Detroit

Wright & Company

Niki's Pizza

The Brooklyn Street Local LLC

Harmony Garden Cafe

The Block

The Hudson Cafe

The Old Shillelagh

Rock City Eatery

Chili Mustard Onions

Central Kitchen + Bar

Brome Modern Eatery

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles


Avalon International Breads


Red Dunn


Cass Cafe

The Peterboro



Spread Detroit

The Block

Street Beet 

Sister Pie

Astro Coffee

Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

To-Go Drinks
Second Best

Lost River

The Sugar House

Cork and Gabel

Bagley Central

The Skip


Two James

Castilia Cocktails



Book Suey

Detroit Threads

Tekla Vintage

To-Go Food

Polish Village Cafe

Polonia Restaurant

Nosh Pit Detroit

Renegade Kitchen (at Small’s)

Kelly’s Bar

To-Go Drinks

The Painted Lady Lounge

The Film Lab



Eastern Market


Savvy Chic


Vintage Eastern Market

3 Dogs 1 Cat

To-Go Food

Supino Pizzeria

People's Pierogi Collective

Stache International

Jose’s Tacos

Milano Bakery

Amore da Roma

To-Go Drinks

Eastern Market Brewing Co

Detroit City Distillery

Vivio's Food & Spirits

Lagerhouse No. 5



John K. King Books North
Elaine B Jewelry

Margaux & Max

Detroit City Skateboards

Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop

The Rust Belt

Hook and Eye

The Rocket

Modern Natural Baby

Green Daffodil

Found Sound

Electric Vector



Rouge Nail and Makeup Studio

Whimsical Wit

To-Go Food

Ferndale Project

Red Hook

The Emory


Inyo Sushi

Anita’s Kitchen

Christine’s Cusine



Fly Trap

Otus Supply

Bobcat Bonnie’s

Detroit Fleat


Woodward Avenue Brewers

Detroit Cookie Company

Chazzano Coffee

Detroit Bubble Tea

Drifter Coffee

Treat Dreams

To-Go Drinks

The Oakland Art Novelty Company


Schramms Mead

Traverse City Whiskey

Urbanrest Brewing

Brooks Brewing

Valentine Distilling Co.

The W.A.B.

Royal Oak


Rail & Anchor


UHF Records

Lost and Found Vintage

Funky 7 Inc

Pitaya Inc

Noir Leather