Visiting Eastern Market for fresh produce and flowers is longtime Saturday morning tradition for Detroiters in the summer months. But year-round, the neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s best furniture and home goods stores, with a range of eclectic offerings sure to satisfy both vintage lovers and those partial to modern styles. If you’re looking to add some character and style to your home, we’ve put together a list of The Indian Scene’s favorite stops for decor in Eastern Market.
DeVries & Co.
2468 Market St., Detroit, MI 48207
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
If you’ve spent time at DeVries, in business since 1887, you’re likely familiar with the specialty store’s exquisite selection of cheeses and meats. But after you’ve indulged in samples of the latest gouda blend or herb roule, make some time to head upstairs to the store’s third floor, which boasts an impressive collection of kitchenware and locally-produced household goods. There, you’ll find racks of dish towels, colorful glassware and Michigan-themed candles. Nearly everything on the store’s home good shelves is guaranteed to be a conversation starter, which makes it a perfect destination for housewarming gifts for others or finishing touches for your own home. In short, it’s the no-brainer stop for whatever quirky, statement knick-knack needed to liven up a kitchen or living room. And before you head into DeVries, take a look at the giant bins and wooden crates outside for fun seasonal items — inflatable pumpkins in October and colorful flags in the spring.
1948 Division St., Suite 101, Detroit, MI 48207
Closed Sundays & Mondays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Detroit-based furniture company Floyd has fashioned itself as an alternative Ikea, promising the same minimalist design, staple pieces and easy assembly that appeals to millennials with greater durability, portability and seamless online ordering. If you’re reluctant to order before doing some research of your own, head over to Floyd’s 3,500 square foot headquarters and retail space at Eastern Market, which opened last April. You’ll be able to test out Floyd’s signature items, from the modern Floyd Platform Bed to the simple Floyd Table. When the company says easy assembly, they mean it: At the Eastern Market shop, they’ve set up a table assembly challenge with a timer to show off how simple it is to put Floyd furniture together. Floyd’s understated but stylish pieces are the types of investment staples you can build a room around, with sleek designs sure to complement a busy rug or eye-catching piece of art.
Eastern Market Antiques
2530 Market St., Detroit, MI 48207
Closed Sundays and Mondays; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Just across the street from the farmers’ market’s main sheds is Eastern Market Antiques, a massive two-story store packed with charming collector’s items, small trinkets, memorabilia and kitschy Americana. The store is always selling new stock and hosting a variety of vendors, so stop by often to hunt for the statement furniture piece that will totally revamp your room. Not looking to plunk down lots of money? Don’t worry — you’ll find pieces here at a variety of price points. If you’re looking for some more functional additions to your home, EMA also stocks household appliances and kitchenware. And even if decor purchases aren’t a priority right now, a leisurely jaunt through Eastern Market Antiques is still the perfect way to kill some time after shopping at the Saturday Market. Who knows? You might just find something that’ll change your mind.
1345 Division St., Detroit, MI 48207
Closed Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
OK, so you won’t find much (or any) furniture for sale at this Eastern Market letterpress print shop. But what better way to dress up the pieces you already do have than with something from Signal-Return’s collection bold, stylish artwork? If you’re looking for a touch of local color, opt for one of their Michigan- and Detroit-themed pieces, like their bright, modern illustrations of Eastern Market or one of their Detroit Free Press Film Festival posters. There is always a range of prints — some made in-house at their letterpress studio, others made my outside local artists. There’s no easier way to add character to a room than adding some framed art to an empty wall. Signal-Return rotates their selection of prints every once in a while, so stop in and pick up a few pieces for your collection every few months. Only problem? Each piece is so nice, you might run out of wall space.