After selling their Detroit-based items at art fairs and online, seventh-generation Detroiters Emily and Andy Linn opened City Bird in 2005 to celebrate their hometown with style. The small but nicely merchandised store is in an impeccably landscaped, brightly lit brownstone downtown next to the Motor City Brewing Works.
A brother-and-sister team, Emily and Andy are long-time veterans of the Detroit urban craft scene and have amassed a wide range of items for sale at their store. City Bird brims with nifty offerings like clocks made using repurposed Motown records and decorative glassware bearing the names of iconic Detroit neighborhoods. Shoppers can browse vintage maps, mitten-shape pendants, postcards, tote bags, books, cards, T-shirts and Great Lakes-theme gift items. One wall is covered with dainty pen-and-ink drawings of Detroit scenes.
Most emblematic of their work is a collection of small soaps ($6 a bar) and candleholders that bear translucent black-and-white maps of Detroit. (Emily also creates jewel-tone soaps with specific logos for special events.) Locals are sure to feel a sense of community pride while exploring the colorful and engaging selections at City Bird.