Tina-Marie Shop was started in 1947 as a counter in a small Downtown Detroit department store. The idea was that women needed special undergarments for special occasions. Within a few short years, the business had grown into a complete woman’s specialty store located on West Grand River. From that low plunge bra needed for a certain dress to sexy lingerie for a weekend away. You could find just about anything at Tina-Marie Shop. Also, by this time, we had become well known for having expert fitters for those who could never find the right bra at the department stores. In February of 1984, we opened a second location in Southfield. A few years later, we moved our Downtown store around the corner onto Woodward Ave. We remained there until July of 2000 when we were forced to close due to the sale of the building we were renting. That was on of the hardest things we’ve ever done. Downtown Detroit had been our home for over 50 years. With only three weeks notice, we knew we would lose many of our customers….our friends. With ours being such a personalized business, our patrons are more than customers to us. Many have become like family. You can’t get much more personal than a bra fitting! This is one tradition that has never left us….the right bra fitting is something every woman deserves.
This is why our web site does not have purchase capabilities. We are willing to mail you an order, but, our main goal is to make sure you are fit correctly. Your clicking on a style that looks nice is just going to cost you a lot in shipping and return shipping charges. If you have shopped with us before, or, know your style # and size, we will be happy to mail your order to you. We already ship to dozens of regular customers who have moved away or can’t make it in. Just give us a call (248-557-7165) and we will take your order.
75 to 80 % of all women are wearing either the wrong bra size or a style that is not meant for them. How do you know??? There are no longer people walking around the lingerie aisles of department stores that know how to do a bra fitting. And, while at Tina-Marie Shop we don’t make bras or do alterations on them, we will do our best to find you the perfect fit. We try to make it a point to know about styles we don’t carry, and if we can, will special order them for you. While we try to carry most sizes, we do specialize in the larger sizes. After all, there are all different shapes and sizes . From a small back with a large bust to a large back with smaller bust, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit.
Longline bras are also not a thing of the past at Tina-Marie. To get that ultimate lift and smoothed out back, a longline will do the trick. And if it’s for a special occasion, a longline strapless may do the trick. Whether for the prom, bridesmaid dress or for that special day when all eyes are on you, the right bra can make all the difference in not only how your dress fits but how you feel in it!
We also carry a lot of girdles. Yes, old fashioned, suck you in, no spandex girdles. Some styles were designed in the 1940’s and 1950’s, when women wanted to look as nice and neat as possible. Other styles are not as structured but, will hold you a bit and help to smooth you out. A proper fitting on a girdle (if you choose to wear one) is as important as the fitting on your bra. When you put the two together, you can come out of the fitting room looking like you’ve lost 20-30 pounds!
There are many other items we carry to help complete your undergarment wardrobe. Full and half slips are not obsolete items. Some women just don’t feel dressed without a slip or a camisole and half slip. We also carry panties. From full briefs all the way to the naughty ones. Caftans, gown and coat sets, baby dolls, long gowns, garter belts and hose are just a few of the items we carry.
All in all,Tina-Marie Shop is an old fashioned, service oriented store that would rather you wait until the correct garment comes in than get something that isn’t the right thing for you. Our three fitters have almost 120 years collective experience between them. We may not know everything, but we do know our “boobies and bootys!!!”
So…To be sure…be fit at Tina-Marie!