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My family’s December calendar is filling up fast with fun holiday activities. One thing I want to carve out time for is the chance to do some Christmas shopping at Somerset Collection CityLoft.

Now that my daughters are old enough to enjoy helping me cross items off of my list, I’d like them to experience shopping downtown.

This year’s Somerset Collection CityLoft, a pop-up shop in the heart of Detroit, is our chance! The project was first launched by the Somerset Collection in 2011. Somerset teamed up with Bedrock Real Estate Services for the retail concept, spurring a revival of the shopping industry in downtown Detroit.

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Detroit10 ThingsToBeThankfulFor

Happy Thanksgiving, Detroit! Today is a good time to stop and remember all of the amazingly cool things that make Detroit, well, Pure Detroit.

Here are 10 things about Detroit to be thankful for:

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Why mourn the end of summer when you can celebrate the start of a fabulous fall? As soon as the first leaf turns red and the hint of an autumn chill lingers in the morning air, you know it’s time to plan a visit to one of metro Detroit’s many cider mills.

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Halloween is a one-day deal. But as with most holidays nowadays, there are weeks worth of celebrations leading up to the big event. Here’s a look at some of the family-friendly haunted happenings coming up in the next month:

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EasternMarket peppers DS

Detroit’s Eastern Market holds a special place in my family’s history. My grandparents were truck farmers, raising crops on a 40-acre farm in Macomb County and selling their harvest of corn, green beans, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries and more at one of the market’s open-air stalls to support their five children. They were one of hundreds of families in Michigan and the surrounding area who depended on the market for their livelihoods.

While Eastern Market has a rich past, it remains as relevant today as it was when it began more than a century ago, aided by the “buy local” movement. It’s still an important economic engine for the region. The Saturday public market is a vibrant urban shopping destination for fresh local produce, honey, syrup, nuts, jams, meats and more.

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