Friday, December 02, 2005


Ah, the holidays. That abundantly joyous time of year when everyone is in a festive mood. When lights are shining bright, and good will is in the air.

From the excitement of picking out the perfect tree, to the pleasantness that arises from making snowflake-shaped cookies, the holiday season is truly a time of togetherness. A time to cozy up with a loved one, reminisce with family and friends over a glass of eggnog, and be thankful for all that we have.

Amidst the gingerly times of singing carols and making snow angels, though, the time leading up to the holidays can also be littered with unholiday-type things, like trying to find a spot in the jam-packed mall parking lot. Or trying to muscle your way through the crowds of people to the opposite end of the mall, because the only parking spot you could find was on the other side of the building. And then there's the real test of patience, which comes when you finally get inside the store you came all this way for - only to discover that seventy-five other people are in line in ahead of you. It's enough to turn anyone into a grinch.

Lucky for you, downtown Detroit offers a fun, stress-free alternative to the traditional holiday-shopping frenzy.

It's called
SHOP Detroit and it's happening tomorrow from 11 am to 5 pm in the heart of the city.

All you have to do to participate is head over to the atrium inside Compuware and sign up. The wonderful volunteers at
Detroit Synergy, the group responsible for organizing and putting on this traditional downtown event, will provide you with everything you need - a list of participating stores, a map of the area, a free day-pass for the People Mover and special promotions and discounts for participating SHOP Detroit stores.

Meet at Compuware between 11 am and 4:30 pm for SHOP Detroit

Plus, you'll even get a one-day WSU One Card, which will get you discounts at most of the restaurants within the SHOP Detroit area.

Be a part of SHOP Detroit and avoid the long lines and headaches of the mall and the crammed aisles of the Super Walmart. You'll get all of your shopping done in one fell swoop, and you'll enjoy the scenery of The Rink and the Guardian and Penobscot buildings much more than the blandness of the rows of big-box retailers on M-59. Plus, you'll get some exercise!

SHOP Detroit is a free annual event put on by the non-profit group Detroit Synergy. Just a few of the 50+ retailers participating in this year's event are: Pure Detroit, Brooks Brothers, Borders, Jos A. Banks, Riverfront Theater, Mark England De Mode, Art Detroit and Broadway.

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