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‘Spectacles’ helps Detroiters look good

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By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen

“For those who like to stand out,” is the motto of Spectacles, owned and operated by Zana Smith. Spectacles has been in Harmonie Park for over 20 years and is one of Detroit’s most stylish small retail shops. This holiday shopping season, the store is once again filled from top to bottom with leading fashion brands, music, books and accessories for a unique gift-shopping experience.

Zana Smith, Spectacles’ owner   STEVE FURAY PHOTOS

Zana Smith, Spectacles’ owner

Featured clothing brands include Publish, Akomplice and SLVR, with hats from companies like Nobis and Grace. T-shirts from labels like Pure Detroit help keep the styles local, while knit hats from Mishka NYC give a look at popular styles abroad.

Spectacles, located at 230 East Grand River, has been a local institution for artists and musicians for over two decades. Smith has developed friendships with many of city’s influential electronic and hip hop music artists over the years, and carries many of their albums in house. The shop is a great place to buy new music from Detroit and national artists.

Featured Detroit albums available include “ManMade” by Zo! and Monica Blaire’s “Portraits Of Me,” as well as new collectible vinyl 45rpm LP from J Dilla and NYC emcee Joey Badass — proceeds benefit the J Dilla Foundation. jessica Care moore’s “God Is Not an American” poetry collection is another featured Detroit item for sale, published through her own company Moore Black Press.

Spectacles is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit online at


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