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

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Shop Local at Tangent Gallery

Everyone is doing their best to support local businesses and artists this holiday season. Tangent Gallery is making it easier to do this all in on place. Last weekend, they kicked off their holiday market. The market features a vintage shop from A Bazaar Universe, and pieces from local artists, including Michelle Boggess, Janice Park, Evans Tasiopoulos, Robin VanDenbussche, Dave Messy, and Matthew Blake Hutfloetz. After you shop inside, you can even grab a drink from the bar and sip it around the fire outside. 

A Bazaar Universe Holiday Market is open from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday thru Sunday until Christmas Eve. The shop will also be open on Christmas Eve from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., for last minute gifts. 

Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom is located at 715 E. Milwaukee Street in Detroit. For more information on this event, click here


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Get Something To-Go and Go See the Holiday Tree at Campus Martius

Last weekend we needed to get out of the house and we wanted to see the new Holiday Tree at Campus Martius. So, during the warmest part of the day, we drove down to Downtown Detroit and had a fun little adventure. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted to share the idea with all of you. 

First, we parked by the Shinola Hotel and got takeout from Twist and MadCap, two of the three takeout window options in the area. Then, we took a stroll from Farmer Street to One Campus Martius and took a few pictures in front of the holiday tree. It was easy to stay socially distanced and we didn't even have to go inside anywhere to get a coffee and something to eat. So, if you don't mind talking a little walk and are looking for something fun to do this December, stop by one of the following to-go windows before or after you take a stroll downtown to see the tree. It's a low-cost, low-risk way to get out and do something different in the era of COVID.

Here are the three windows you need to check out:


Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

This takeout window only serves three things, but they excel at making these three things. This includes soft pretzels with a variety of dips, a short rib burger and fries, and to-go cocktails in a Capri Sun style bag. You can keep up with their current hours and menu by following their sister space Olin here.

Huddle Broth Serve:

Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Huddle was a great place to grab something to cool you down all summer. Now they have teamed up with Johnny Noodle King to warm you up all winter. The walk-up window is now serving pork, chicken, or vegetarian broth in 12-ounce cups with your choice of mix-in flavors. This includes options like burnt garlic miso and smoked butter.

MadCap Coffee:

8 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily

This Grand Rapids import serves up a great cup of coffee. Their menu also includes lattes, teas, and a variety of daily snacks. You can take a look at what they are currently offering and preorder everything you want before you get there by clicking here.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Eastern Market is Hosting Special Holiday Markets

You probably already know that the Eastern Market is open from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. all year round, but you may not know that they also host a few extra special holiday markets in November and December. I recently stopped by a Tuesday Market to get everything I needed for my Thanksgiving Day meal and was so pleased with my experience that I thought I would share this opportunity with all of you!

These markets are scheduled to help you get your last-minute holiday gifts and food for your holiday meals. The Holiday Markets take place on Tuesdays and Sundays. The Tuesday market is more food-focused, with a few local makers selling gifts. The Sunday Markets are more gift focused with a few food stands. All of the vendors that they feature during these holiday pop-ups are local and have something special to offer, so this is a great way to shop local and a good way to find something that no one else will get.

The Holiday Markets are held inside Shed 5 and strict COVID safety is followed by all. This means that you must wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet of space in between yourself and others. If you need some good gifts or some last-minute food for your holiday dinner, we suggest hitting up this not so crowded market instead of the mall or the grocery store!

My Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day Haul

Holiday Market Dates:

Sunday, December 6

Sunday, December 13

Sunday, December 20

Tuesday, December 22

The Eastern Mart is located at 2934 Russell Street, 48207. All ages are welcome and admission is free.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Here are 3 Ways to Support Detroit Artists this Weekend

Playground Detroit is Hosting an Artists Market On Small Businesses Saturday
This Small business Saturday, Playground Detroit will be opening a new temporary artist market that they have curated to help everyone shop local this season. The pop will feature 25+ artists and makers with limited, exclusive items and gifts! This will include books and magazines, gifts under $20 and $100, original artwork and limited edition prints, as well as apparel, accessories, home goods, baby, textiles, and more. The shop will be open to the public Thursday - Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5p.m. The pop-up shop will be located at 1435 Farmer St., Detroit, MI 48226-2101. Metered parking is free on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, so do not worry about paying, just come shop! You can find out more and keep up with this event here.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair is already in full swing. They have had 2 artists taking over their Instagram every day for a month and a half and the entire experience has been amazing. You can head over to anytime and shop 112 makers in the same space. Each maker has a bio, some have discount codes, and they all have something special to offer to shoppers looking for a unique gift. You can learn more and shop here.

Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Artists Market is not canceled. They have taken everything online this year where you can shop a variety of one of the kind original works that were created by local Detroiters. You can learn more and shop their current selection here.


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