City Bird spreads its wings

by and

For the last four years, brother-and-sister team Andy and Emily Linn have been marketing Detroit-themed odds and ends under the City Bird name. Anybody who has seen their colorful soaps or plates or glasses emblazoned with a classic Detroit map (sans freeways, natch) knows the disarming appeal of their various tchotchkes, which they've successfully marketed online.

But now, the Linns have established a brick-and-mortar presence in Midtown, opening a City Bird store. We dropped in as the opening party was beginning to build on Friday night, and shot a few photos. Just in time for shopping season, the store looks terrific, and we wish Andy and Emily the very best in their new home. See for yourself at 460 W. Canfield St., Detroit, or virtually at

Andy setting up

Above: Andy Linn puts the finishing touches on the opening.


Interior 1

Merchandising 1

Merchandising 2

Merchandising 3

Andy & Emily 2

Above: Andy and Emily Linn take a moment to pose.

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

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.