Leon & Lulu is metropolitan Detroit’s own award winning lifestyle store, selling well-designed furniture, fun accessories and unique gifts in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Located in the historic Ambassador Roller Rink, you will find a shopping experience unlike any other. Leon & Lulu is serious about good design, fabulous service and great pricing, but it has a sense of humor about everything else.
Stop in to shop, attend one of many special events (we had 64 events last year, 51 benefiting local charities) or just to visit. There’s always a hot cup of coffee and a cookie waiting.
We’re becoming next door neighbors…with ourselves! We recently acquired the historic Clawson Theatre and have big plans for our even bigger expansion.
Built in 1941 (the same year as Ambassador Roller Rink) the Clawson Theater thrived for 21 years as the last film was shown in about 1962. Since then the building has been used as a warehouse, café and light industrial site but has been vacant for several years.
Plans for the 7,800 square foot site include replacing the marquee and thoroughly restoring the building for use as additional retail space as well as embracing the history and the spirit of “The Show”, as the locals called it.
The movie house will require massive renovation and retrofitting to regain the appearance of a classic downtown Main Street theater while providing a space for additional retail as well as a bakery cafe. The new store, as yet unnamed, is expected to open in spring of 2013.
Meet Leon & Lulu
Leon Redbone Jones
While Leon never worked at the store, his interest in the comfort of home was certainly an inspiration for the store that bears his name. Always one to find a cozy spot for a nap or a new tree to climb, Leon was the king of not just his castle but the entire neighborhood. Children loved him, dogs feared him and gardeners praised his chipmunk-hunting skills. Leon was nearly 19 years old when he died.
Lucille (Lulu) Magillicuddy
Lulu, a dainty 115 pound rottweiller, was the store’s first greeter. Her friendly personality and gentle demeanor was a big part of the store’s success. In Lulu’s spare time, she enjoyed entertaining, naps on the couch and car ride, preferably with her head out the window.
Spot joined the L&L team straight from the Detroit Zoo’s adoption event in 2008. Spot works most days at the store, greeting customers, making friends and finding any morsels that have hit the floor. Spot, a triple purebred, (Shepherd, Labrador and Pointer), is easily the most popular, memorable and even-tempered member of the staff. In addition to his duties at the front door, Spot tests all dog toys and many of the human ones as well.