From rotten meat to high-end leather: Cass Corridor gets new retailer

Will Leather Goods is moving into the former Tomboy Market building. By Steve Neavling/MCM
Will Leather Goods is moving into the former Tomboy Market building. By Steve Neavling/MCM

The transformation of the Cass Corridor continues after a high-end leather retailer announced today it is opening up shop in the former building of Tomboy Market, an affordable grocer that often reeked of rotten meat.

Oregon-based Will Leather Goods plans to open its eighth location on Sept. 1 at Second and Alexandrine, just around the corner from Shinola, Willys Detroit, RUNdetroit and Fellow Barber.

Will Leather Goods sells belts, duffel bags, purses, wallets, dog leashes, footwear, keychains and much more.

Founder and CEO William Adler was born and raised in Detroit.

“Detroit is the perfect backdrop to bring together my past, the present, and future of Will Leather Goods,” Adler said in a press release.

“The city is a metropolis of creativity firmly rooted in America’s history and we’re delighted to be part of the growth of Midtown.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Michael N Jaskolski

    Someone in the parking enforcement section is selling blank parking tickets to the valet company that parks cars by Marios. They illegally park the cars put a blank ticket in the window and the cars are left alone. When you leave they take the ticket back .

  • maggiemay

    This is great that Midtown/Downtown/Corktown is getting new investment. Meanwhile WSU students are being priced out of Midtown housing and Detroit neighborhoods are decaying. People need investment in their neighborhoods so families have places to shop and children can walk to school safely and it’s not happening. A city is much more than a downtown and high end retailers.

  • Nick Nightmare

    I remember shooting bums with a BB gun from the frat house next door to the Tom Boy. Good times.

    • bebow

      Are you proud of your behavior and this admission?

      • Nick Nightmare

        Of course. It was always less risky shooting bums in the ass, than playing hooker baseball over at John R between Seven Mile and State Fair.

        • bebow

          Of course. Your name describes your character. As you sow, Old-Nick-The-Nightmare, so shall you reap. 100% guaranteed. Remember it.

          • Nick Nightmare

            I don’t even understand it. But believe me, I’ve had just as many bottles broken over my head as I broke over those drug-addled prostitutes. It actually seems rather rare for the bottle to break, generally it just kind of ‘pings’ off of your head.

            (breaking the bottle is a home run, not breaking it is a foul ball, if you are unfamiliar with hooker baseball.)

    • maggiemay

      You are disgusting.

      • Nick Nightmare

        Yeah? You try leaving your car parked next to the Tomboy overnight before all the honkies started building Meijers and Wholefoods in the area, see if it would still be there in the morning. (it wouldn’t be)

        • maggiemay

          It wouldn’t be if you left in parked at Whole Foods or Meijers overnight either. You’re naive if you think it would.

    • Daniel David

      There was a frat house next door to the Tom Boy? Who the hell joins a Wayne State frat?

      • Nick Nightmare

        Sure was! And you’d have to ask them, I was just a visitor.