Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 3

Hugh is closing this week - Saturday, April 3 is our last day! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Nuance Cocktail Shaker
 
This stainless steel shaker is classic but not boring, and the juicer accessory made it the perfect item for outfitting a proper bar for the cocktail aficionado.  Great design and durable enough to handle one too many.  $39 for the shaker, $19 for the juicer.

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 4

Hugh is closing this week - Saturday, April 3 is our last day! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Pure Champagne Flute
 
People tired of breaking fragile champagne flutes picked up this titanium crystal version by the box.  A simple flute that won't break when you knock it over - or when you throw it in the dishwasher.  $14 each, or 10% off a box of six!

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 5

Hugh is closing this week - Saturday, April 3 is our last day! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Kwame Sutra
 
This little tome caused quite a splash when it was published in December.  Fittingly for a book about a man who shirked responsibility like a true playboy, Hugh was the first store to carry it.  The authors even came to our holiday party to sign copies.  It's a limited print run, so you may as well pick up a couple - for posterity, you know.  They're only $7.99.

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 6

Hugh is closing this week - Saturday, April 3 is our last day! That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Ale Glass
 
The Ale Glass looks terrific and brings out the best in any beer.  As a bonus, this all-purpose beer glass is made of titanium crystal which is eminently break-resistant and totally dishwasher safe.  A great value at $12, you save even more when you order a set of 6.

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 7

Hugh is only around for another 7 days!  Saturday, April 3 is our last day. That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Stainless Steel Hip Flask
 
Never in my life as a retailer have I sold more of a single item, but this so perfect why wouldn't it be a hit?  A compact 2 ounces, it is unobtusive in a jacket or pant pocket, it holds enough to get you from one spot to the next, or to make a smart cocktail on the air trip to Chicago (it's under the liquid volume limit!).  A "steel" at $10!

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Favorite Things Countdown: Day 8

Hugh is only around for another 8 days!  That includes this weekend and next - Saturday, April 3 is our last day. That six months sure went fast. To mark this final week, I thought I'd highlight some of Hugh's "Greatest Hits," items that have been the most popular for the duration of the shop.

Wine Finer
We had a hard time keeping this item in stock.  It's the perfect gift for the wine enthusiast, host or colleague - it functions as a sediment filter, aerator, dripless pouring spout and stopper.  All for $29!

Stop in the store to pick one up, or buy it online here.

Block Party

My friend Oneita writes a great blog for the Free Press called O Street.  I've always admired her "tell it like it is" approach and her ability to connect with a broad audience all over the Metropolitan Detroit area.

Hugh hosted her Third Anniversary "Block Party" this week (we hosted two others at Mezzanine) and it was a Detroit Who's-Who.  What else would you expect from a Hugh party?

(Photo Sabrina Nelson)

I should be flanked by two beauties in every photo.  That's Oneita on the left, and fellow Lafayette Park resident (and writer of the great Marsha Music blog) Marsha Cusic on the right.

Take a look at some of the other photos from the party here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Vintage Trays

Here's your Hugh style tip for the weekend:  vintage Scandinavian trays always look good, and once you've got them around you'll find they really make life easier.  Combine them with your other stylish housewares for maximum enjoyment.  The right combination also makes a great housewarming gift.

Vintage Swedish Laminated Teak Round Tray  $32
Titanium Crystal Cordial/Spirits Glasses  $14 ea
Arne Jacobsen "Royal" Bowl, polished stainless  $58

Vintage Stainless Steel Tray with Rosewood Handles  $18
Origo Striped Porcelain Bowl by iittala (Finland)  $16
"Pick Ups" (for eating or serving) from Design House Stockholm  $14 ea


Vintage Laminated Teak Rectangular Tray  $27
Vintage Swedish Stainless Divided Bowl  $7
Vintage Holmegaard (Denmark) Mouth-blown Pitcher  $35


Vintage Scandinavian Glass Cheese Tray  $22
Vintage Teak Hors d'Oeuvres Picks  $6
Vintage Swedish Small Stainless Tray  $4

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Clock is Ticking

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall, and it's saying that Hugh is down to its last month.

It seems like only yesterday the opening party of Hugh spilled out onto the Park Avenue and an exuberant mix of folks clamored for attention classic bachelor accoutrements as only Hugh could provide.

Throughout the run of this retail happening people have asked, "Will you keep it going if it does well?"  I've always had to answer no.  Detroit doesn't need to feel bad if for some reason I decided not to continue Hugh.  Plus I said it was for six months and I am an honest person - Detroit also doesn't need more lies.

So what's next?  Hugh is open through Saturday, April 3.  After that the space will be closed for a week while we re-tool it a bit to be the Mezzanine Clearance Sale!  Hugh's goods will move to the online store, but Mezzanine still has a lot of floor model and discontinued merchandise that is not offered through that website, and for three weeks we will have a big old sale on Park Avenue!  There may be a party.

At the end of April we vacate the space, and from there ... it's anyone's guess!

So why don't you pop into Hugh during March and see what we've got that you need? Just because the store is winding up doesn't mean there isn't new merchandise. And don't think for a second that Hugh's Online Store does more than tease you with the greatest hits - we don't even have our awesome vintage finds on display there!
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