Tanisha and the Denim Shirt

Tanisha Redefines Thrifty

I was strolling up Cass Avenue today on my way to do some background reporting with my fellow British partner in crime Hannah, when a store front featuring gorgeous shoes displayed across old wooden chests caught our eye.

Tanisha (pictured here) and her husband just opened Thrift on the Avenue, which sells super cool second-hand women’s clothes at affordable prices.

“You don’t have to spend a lot to look good,” I heard one of our new friends declare as I tried a succession of dresses and skirts on.

Classy Tanisha didn’t need to say much to convince me.

Minutes later – and after a few warm goodbyes – I was leaving the store with a new bright purple dress and some “D” for Detroit earrings.

Many a long-term Detroit resident has told me that the Cass Corridor was a hotbed for crime up until just a few years ago. The area has since been rebranded a part of Midtown.

Shabby Chic Karen

Shabby Chic Karen

Karen has owned Shabby Chic in Eastern Market for 16 years now. Her shop is one of those places you walk into and instantly want to move in. Style meets homeliness. The smell of a scented candle greeted us as we came in from the cold, making the whole experience even more delightful. The boutique sold everything from cushions, to carefully selected cards and ties. My favorite discovery was a pile of t-shirts which read “Detroit, the Paris of the Midwest.”

Beautiful Karen was surprisingly reluctant to have her photo taken.