According to the Haberman family, we are in the midst of a sewing renaissance. Having been in the business of selling a variety of fabrics, sewing supplies, and accessories since 1958, they should know. Owner Toby Haberman sees sewers inspired by TV’s Project Runway and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wander the aisles of Haberman Fabrics’ 18,000-square-foot store, considering silks, lace, denims, or velvets for their projects. Many of them stay for sewing classes, in which both novices and intermediate sewers can learn new skills or wear thimbles on every finger.
The quaint, mother-and-daughter-owned Royal Oak knitterie offers an eclectic selection of knitting, spinning, and crocheting tools for everyone from the novice knitter to the experienced threadmistress. A wide array of fibers, from Merino silk ($25) to dyed wool ($30), are offered for any of your sock- or shawl-making needs, alongside popular needles such as the Addi Turbo circles needles ($13.50+) and the Lantern Moon silk-needles case ($30+), handmade by women in Vietnam. The house of knits also boasts a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is ready to assist you in finding the right fiber for your knitting needs and to help new and experienced knitters navigate the yarnerie.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
Dollar Castle's shelves brim with everyday necessities such as groceries and home goods stocked alongside toys, party supplies, gift packaging, and seasonal decorations. Shoppers can prepare for the holiday season with gift boxes and Christmas decorations primed to turn any home into an exact replica of Santa's igloo. Party supplies such as dinnerware, table covers, and paper products help to host extra guests, while storage containers are ready to stash away leftovers or the especially good pie that never got served. While perusing the aisles, customers can also stock up on cozy gloves, mittens, and scarves. Much like the exchange rate for a Sacagawea coin, most items in the store go for $1.