Another new clothing store, Rejoice, is fashioning Depot Town into a viable alternative to the mall.
Rejoice opened in August and carries new men's and women's wear, with an emphasis on jeans. Most pairs cost $20 and less, according to Dorothy Blackmon who co-owns the store with her husband Terry. "Our focus is to bring good quality to this area. Good quality at a reasonable price," she says.
The Blackmons sold clothes online and out of their home for nearly six years, then "the clothing kind of outgrew the home and it was time to look for a location, and then Depot Town came to mind," Terry Blackmon says. Their future plans include a resumption of selling online, where they will carry dressier styles.
"We come down to Depot Town for the festivities, for the festivals and Sidetrack for dinner," says Terry Blackmon. "What we decided is we wanted to be where the people are."
The store is 1,000 square feet and had already been painted and remodeled when Rejoice moved in. It employs five people right now, with more to be added as the business grows, according to Terry Blackmon. An Eastern Michigan University employee, he hopes that more retail will usher more students to the area.
Store hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12-7:30; Wednesday and Friday from 5-7:30; and Saturday 12-7:30. The store may be reached at (734) 484-0246.
Sources: Dorothy and Terry Blackmon, co-owners of Rejoice
Writer: Tanya Muzumdar