Ferndale’s Naka boutique booms with local artists

Who needs the mass produced/mall style jewelry when you have Ferndale’s Naka boutique? All this shop needs is a healthy stock of local artists and crafters.


“I was already making my own jewelry, and most of my friends are
artists of one kind or another,” she says, as she sits with the shop’s
mascot, a black rescue dog named Ava, in Naka’s sunny front window. “I
thought it would be cool to have a place where we could sell our goods
at a reasonable price point.”

“Cool” is definitely the word for
it. Pettibone LaPointe’s penchant for attractive, unusual objects has
made Naka the “go to” boutique for one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing and
jewelry. Named for the Shona, Zimbabwe, word for “beautiful” (Pettibone
LaPointe studied abroad in Africa), the shop features the work of more
than 140 artists, many of them based in and around the Detroit area.

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