It’s the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means… it’s time for another Travel Bug trip! To start off our summer, we asked blogger Maria of Lulu Letty to give us a tour of her hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan, before she left for her new home of St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband (he just got a new job there!) and their two pups. Maria took a break from moving, blogging, and running her Etsy shops to show us around this culture-packed Detroit suburb.
1. Lost and Found Vintage. “One of my favorite shops; [it] has such a great selection of quality, reasonably priced vintage pieces. The layout is clean and organized, never making you feel overwhelmed or confused about what section you’re browsing. Plus, the friendly staff is always there to help you hunt down what you’re looking for.”
2. UHF Records. “Conveniently located next to Lost and Found Vintage, it’s easy to pop in after getting your clothing fix. There’s no difficulty in finding any genre or band.”
3. Gusoline Alley. “By far, one of the best dive bars I’ve ever found. It stays true to Michigan, with all the Motor City paraphernalia, and has an awesome jukebox. Not to mention that Patrick, the head bartender, has a perfect greaser look and sideburns that rival Elvis’.”
4. Detroit Zoo (which is actually located in Royal Oak!). “I grew up less than a mile away [from the zoo]. My favorites will always be the butterfly and bird house. Nothing is more magical than walking amongst the huge butterflies that land on you at random.”
5. Astoria Pastry Shop. “First opened in 1971, in the Greektown district of Detroit. When the Royal Oak location opened, I couldn’t have been happier! My family would always stop by the original location and order the most perfect meringues.”
6. Monterrey Cantina. “As a kid, I used to try to convince my parents to take me here at least once a week. I have a mild obsession with Mexican food, and Monterrey’s is my favorite in town.”
Thanks for the tour, Maria! If you’ve ever been to Royal Oak, what would you add?