Downtown Dearborn’s Shop Small event rewards local shopping


By Simon Albaugh

DEARBORN, Mich. – Small business Saturday in the City of Dearborn is going to look a little different this year. In hopes of bolstering holiday shopping, Dearborn’s Downtown Development Authority has created the Downtown Dearborn Shop Small Event. The event calls on holiday shoppers to take their business to the local level, and in exchange, Dearborn will award prizes from local businesses to holiday shoppers.

How it works is through obtaining a Downtown Dearborn Shop Small passport. The passport itself will get you deals and savings at 40 local businesses in East and West Dearborn. With every purchase at one of the 40 local businesses, you’ll get a stamp to fill your Shop Small passport.

Participating businesses range from local boutiques to eclectic restaurants. Here’s a list of all the participating businesses:

East Dearborn:

Alanos Restaurant, Al Wissam, J.B. Bamboozles, Blick Art Materials, Coco Divine Dearborn Fresh Supermarket, Factory Finish Shoe Repair Inc., Green Brain Comics, Habib’s Cuisine, Instacare Pharmacy, M Cantina, Retro Image Antiques, T Mobile.

West Dearborn:

The Biergarten, Biggby Coffee, Black Box Gallery, Brome Modern Eatery, Common Grace Coffee Co., Dearborn Brewing, District 12, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Dearborn Music, Dearborn School of Music, Famous Hamburgers, The Glass Academy, The Great Escape Spa, Manno Clothing & Tailoring, Lue Thai Cafe, Lolly by Golly Sweet Shoppe, My Moroccan Spa, Nichols Ski & Snowboard Shop, Nigosian Rug Company, Sneaker Legends, STEP Thrift Store and Donation Center, Steven Bernard Jewelers, Ltd., Village Picture Frame & Art Gallery, and Yoga Shala & Wellness Center.

Passports then can be returned to one of the following places for entering to win one of the locally-donated prizes:

  • Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities – 13615 Michigan Ave.
  • Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce – 22100 Michigan Ave.
  • Green Brain Comics – 13936 Michigan
  • STEP Thrift Store & Donation Center – 23830 Michigan Ave.
  • Village Picture Frame & Art Gallery – 22191 Michigan Ave.

Or a filled passport can be photographed and emailed to

“Locally owned businesses reinvest more than 70% of their earnings into their community, and since the pandemic has hit small, local businesses the hardest, we need to show our support by shopping and dining locally,” said Cristina Sheppard-Decius, manager of the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities. “The Downtown Dearborn Shop Small program is one way to do this, and we’ve made it easy, fun and rewarding.”

The Downtown Dearborn Shop Small event will start today and continue until December 6. This local event is sponsored by Dearborn Music, M Cantina, Manno Clothing and Tailoring, Steven Bernard Jewelers, Ltd., Green Brain Comics, Glass Academy, Lolly By Golly Sweet Shoppe, Retro Image Antiques, Yoga Shala, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Dearborn – Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities.