Frequently Asked Questions


what is the meaning of 'Dssentials'?

The name symbolizes a collection of perspectives about Detroit. We hope people will appreciate a young couple's view of how the city is evolving, and that people from all walks of life can really make some incredible memories here. What are the essential aspects of living with purpose here in Detroit? That's the burning question we asked each other when we brainstormed this concept. Detroit's essentials = Dssentials!



how long have you lived in the city?

We moved to downtown Detroit in June of 2017. 




Emily will handle this one.  For all of you ladies looking to step up your fashion game with some Detroit-based boutiques and designers - here's a laundry list of my favorites!  Bird Bee, Detroit is the New Black, Shinola, City Bird, The Peacock Room, Nest, Will Leather Goods, Lululemon, and Nike.  For the guys out there, check out Bonobos, John Varvatos, York and the online brother-boutique to Bird Bee, Urban Angelo.  Also, for services - I'd recommend The TEN Nail Bar and Detroit Blows to compliment your new Detroit-based purchases!



What type of camera equipment do you use?

We currently take all of our own photography, unless we're both in front of the camera!  We have a Canon EOS Rebel t5i and love our 50mm lens for the perfect blurred background.  Some of our on-the-go shots may have been snapped with the Sony A5100 because of it's killer selfie flip-screen and wi-fi capability to send the photos immediately to our phones.  We also have a GoPro for vlogging and vacations, and a DJI Spark drone for epic overhead views.