1. is a homestyle retail store in Clawson that sells unique gifts, knick-knacks, home décor items and hosts events and fundraisers for the community. The store, a former roller rink, opened its doors in April 2006.
2. , in downtown Clawson, caters to magicians with a wide variety of magic trick items and entertainment the whole family may enjoy. They sell 3-D puzzles, masks, trick balls, zany arrow-in-the-head props, juggling pins, disappearing bouquets, trickster locks, cards, handcuffs, posters, books and movies add to the offerings. Patrons can take magic classes ($20 for about 1 1/2 hours, $100 for six children's sessions) or hire a magician for a special event (costs run from about $150-$225 for a 45-minute show).
3. Independently owned in Berkley is a pleasant surprise for downtown shoppers. The boutique sells funky clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry and accessories, including the Made in Detroit line and Harveys bags. But, let's be honest, the shoes and boots are the main feature – customers can even rent out the store for a shoe party with friends. Coupons are available online and discounts are given for birthdays.
4 . means "beautiful" in Shona, a language spoken in Zimbabwe. Owner Kelly Pettibone opened her shop in September 2005 and has since refined her boutique to attract anyone with even the slightest penchant for soft and subtle artistic beauty. Inside, you can find stationery, candles, jewelry, Ferndale and Detroit-centric gifts, winter accessories, original art and baby gear from local indie artists like Ferndale's Glass Action as well as national and D.I.Y. artists.
5. Paris is the perfect boutique in Royal Oak if you are looking for unique fashion, jewelry, accessories or home decor. The shop originally opened in 1999 as an antique store and evolved into offering both new and vintage items with new merchandise coming in daily. Merchandise may also be previewed online by visiting www.parisofroyaloak.com.
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