Berkley Spy Shop man does his job very well



The mission, as we chose to accept it, seemed very simple: go to the Spy Shop in Berkley and grab an interview with the owner-manager. That has to be fun, right? It’s a spy shop. Our heads were full of images of James Bond, glamor, intrigue

Yeah, it wasn’t like that at all. Although, the Spy Shop does stock cool items that aren’t what they look like. Is that an iPod Shuffle? Nope, it’s a camera. A pair of sunglasses? Camera. Zippo lighter? Another camera. You get the idea.

So we walked in, and the manager guy was on the phone. When he was done, we introduced ourselves and asked if he’d be interested in an interview. He sighed and said no.

“Are you sure?” we asked. “It’ll be good fun, and free publicity. “No,” he said, again. He then looked down at the ground until we left.

Washout? Not at all. We learned that the guy in the Spy Shop on 12 Mile in Berkley is very good at his job. He keeps his cards pressed against his chest and reveals nothing. We couldn’t recommend him more. In fact, if you have a secret that you’re just busting to tell to someone, just drop into the Spy Shop and tell the owner, then leave.

His lips are sealed.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.