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Catching Fireflies

Catching Fireflies

22801 Woodward Ave Ferndale, MI 48220


  • NEIGHBORHOOD: Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Royal Oak

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Catching Fireflies

Yelp Review thanks to Heather J.

We’ve all got that one person who always finds the best presents or trinkets. You know the one. Your sister-in-law, your cousin’s boyfriend, the coworker in marketing. She wears the sweetest scarf, he brings the deliciously kitschy card. Let me share a little secret with you, Yelpers. The cat’s out of the bag on where to source your own charming books for the kids and the perfect spatula for your has-everything mom’s kitchen.

The name of your secret weapon? Catching Fireflies in downtown Berkley.

Catching Fireflies downloads the essence of Amazon with Portland’s eclectic boutiques, Papyrus, and the one Etsy store to die for into a one-stop treasure chest. Calling this just a stationary shop or a gift store does not deliver justice to the spectacle of inanimate wit and personality. Every corner pops with colour and interest.

I started off with the seasonal displays laid out on country kitchen shelves and barrels. At a glance, I found an array of witty books for grads including ubiquitous Doctor Seuss and Zen mantras (good in this economy), jewel patterned umbrellas, and tumblers begging for a hot summer afternoon. The store splits into a sumptuous array of children’s toys, from stuffed animals to the playsets that kept me occupied and learning over a weekend. Unique gifts for the impossible tween set can be picked up without a headache, and you can be sure your purchase will be unique.

Home décor is the real star of the show, though. Household gizmos you know you need but can never find seem to spill out from the woodwork, all with a strong emphasis on playful form as well as good ol’ functionality. Who wants a tape dispenser or a scrubber in any colour as long as it’s black/green? Pick up a package of ladybugs to wash your pans instead and make chore time fun time. That empty space on the bathroom wall might just fit a vintage metal clock or a glazed tile panel in a whimsical theme, like lily pads or the Detroit skyline.

All in all, this is becoming my go-to for housewarming and birthday presents, accessories, and decorations in my new home.

Address: 22801 Woodward Ave Ferndale, MI 48220