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Shorpy Saturday – The Lincoln Store: 1925

By Jeffrey Buck

When I think of a car dealership… it’s usually expansive and not very elegant. That’s not always been the case. This picture of a city dealership in Washington, D.C. back in the 20s is not your average window shopping experience.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Lincoln Store: 1925“:

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Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Exterior, Warfield Motor Co.” The Lincoln dealer whose service garage we recently saw here. In 1927 the company moved next door into the building on the left. National Photo Co.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Art of Selling: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

There is an art to anything and in today’s world it’s much more digital when it comes to clothing catalogs.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “The Art of Selling: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department at the Crowley-Milner department store.” Which for the better part of the 20th century occupied this building. Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information.

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Shorpy Saturday – First the Shoes: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

If the shoe fits… a great photograph depicting a time when shopping was less clicking and more visual to the passing customer.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “First the Shoes: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department with new model at the Crowley-Milner department store.” Booting from the desktop. Large format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information.

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Shop Locally With Styleshack.com

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DETROIT – Shopping at Detroit-area boutiques has become easier with the launch of Styleshack, a customizable website designed to give busy consumers a personalized shopping experience with local retailers — all at their own convenience.

Detroit-based Styleshack allows users to search local retailers online based on their personal style and location.

“Shopping online can become overwhelming, and it’s not as personalized of an experience as people would like it to be. At Styleshack, we simulate the experience of working with in-store stylists by learning about our shoppers’ preferences and delivering relevant results,” said Rachel Schostak, founder of Styleshack. “By creating a customizable, local shopping experience online, we can help drive business to the local economy.”

Currently, Styleshack offers products from 18 Detroit-area stores and designers. Consumers are matched to products from these businesses after taking a personal style quiz that identifies a shopper’s preferred stores, brands and style genre. Once registered, the user can search for products, and put items on hold for up to 48 hours if a nearby retailer has the item in stock.

“A lot of people want to shop locally, but often don’t have the time to go from store-to-store looking for the exact product they are seeking. Our website allows them to hop on their computer and start searching to see what is out there,” added Schostak.

Schostak’s interest in unique local products sparked the idea to start Styleshack. Originally from Detroit, she has experience in the fashion industry following stints working in Chicago and New York.

Schostak moved back to Detroit, started her business, and applied to Bizdom, the startup accelerator for tech-based businesses in the urban cores of Detroit and Cleveland.

“It was while working for a retailer in metro-Detroit that the idea came to me. It should be easier for local retailers to be discovered online; Styleshack will do just that,” said Schostak.

About Styleshack

Styleshack is a customized fashion and style search engine that enhances shopping experience by allowing users the ability to shop locally-based stores that match their personal style preferences. For more information, click here.

About Bizdom

Bizdom is a non-profit start-up accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, tech-based businesses in the urban cores of Detroit and Cleveland. The nonprofit was founded in 2007 by Dan Gilbert, Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. For more information, click here.

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Shorpy Saturday – Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

By Jeffrey Buck

I always imagine what it must have been like to shop downtown Detroit in its heyday around the Holidays. I’ve seen photos of window displays at Hudson’s and while studying in Europe got to see some great interactive and moving displays. Indoor mall shopping isn’t anything magical but with the recent success of pop-up shops downtown I hope to see a vibrant shopping experience downtown soon!

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Take a look at the photograph entitled “Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915“:Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. “Pardridge & Blackwell department store.” Many interesting details lurking in the corners here; note the phantom streetcar on the left and billboard advertising “Death-Daring Drivers” in a 24-hour auto race on the right. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Shorpy Saturday – Order Online: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

Ordering “online” was a little different back then but in a sense it hasn’t changed.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Order Online: 1941“:

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July 1941. “Operator taking telephone orders at the Crowley-Milner department store, Detroit.” Continuing this series by Arthur Siegel.

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Welcome Somerset CityLoft & The Detroit Shoppe back to downtown Detroit

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By Jeffrey Buck

With so much negative news going around it’s with pleasure that I can say that Somerset CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe are once again open in downtown Detroit starting today.

The stores will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Saturday, August 24.

CityLoft will once again showcase nearly 40 pop-up shops from some of the Somerset Collection‘s most notable brands and retail partners. Joining last years list of retailers includes 7 for All Mankind and L.K. Bennett. Other notable brands include:

Aveda
Bachrach
Cache
Eddie Bauer
Gap
Hugo Boss
The Limited
Macy’s Bridal
Gymboree
Vera Bradley
Sweet Factory
Marlee’s by Tapper’s
Lego
Paradise Pen
True Religion
Swarovski
Fossil
Hallmark
Brooks Brothers
Gucci
Coach
Lilly Pulitzer
Marmi
Sur la Table
Williams-Sonoma
Anne Fontaine
Maxmara
Wolford
Buckle
SEE
Eileen Fisher
Saks Fifth Avenue
Madewell

CityLoft is located at 1261 Woodward which is between Grand River and State. The Detroit Shoppe is located just south at 1201 Woodward at the corner of Woodward and State. Don’t forget to stop in at Moosejaw who after a successful temp store last fall has been a permanent staple downtown since.

Coneys, Faygo and Better Made chips will be available every Thursday at CityLoft for only $5. The Summer in the City program and Boll Family YMCA will benefit from every penny in food sales.

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