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Shopping in the D: City Bird & Nest

City Bird and Nest are two neighboring retail shops in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood featuring art, design, handmade goods, housewares and more Detroit-themed gifts than you can count.

I stopped in to City Bird after hearing so much buzz about this famous book, Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit. I’ve always taken pride in knowing a lot about Detroit and the fun places to visit, dine, shop and more. But even experienced Detroiters will enjoy reading about the lesser known gems and attractions throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods – which by the way are neatly organized and easy to use as a guide. Whether you’re a Detroit native, a new Broderick Tower resident or just a weekend visitor to Detroit, this book is a must-have.

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit – softcover, illustrated, 448 pages, $22. Printed in Detroit. Available at City Bird.

“Edited by siblings and lifelong, seventh-generation Detroiters Andy, Emily, and Rob Linn – with contributions from a team of more than 30 Detroit-based writers and researchers – Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit is the result of thousands of hours of research, thousands of site visits, and contributions and ideas from hundreds of local residents, making this streetwise guide a key for unlocking the city.” []

City Bird also carries tons of Detroit-themed housewares, accessories and paper goods as well as work by hundreds of other artists and designers. I picked up a cool hanging art tile with a photo of the Bronx Bar, and I’ve got my eye on the Motown record coaster set.

If you pop next door you’ll come across Nest, a home and housewares shop owned by the same siblings who opened City Bird. Tons of cool stuff here for apartment or home decorating with a unique items, and of course a touch of Detroit.

The shops are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Bird and Nest are located at 460 W. Canfield St. in Detroit, 1.7 miles north of Broderick Tower.

Have you shopped at City Bird or Nest? What are some of the fun items you’ve found at these unique Detroit shops?


Editor’s Note: This is Angela H.’s final blog post for the Talk of the Tower.

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