About The Project

Return to Detroit holidays gone by, in a televised tribute to the famous Hudson’s Department store, and their lasting holiday legacy!

The Hudson’s Department store was the beating heart of downtown Detroit, serving tens of thousands of guests every year, and the home of countless jobs. This legendary store touched the lives of every Michigander for over a century. A major landmark of the midwest, and Detroit’s home for the holidays. If you have a love for Hudson’s, a history with the famous building, or some life-long holiday memories you’d like to share, we want to hear them!

Started by Hudson’s, the Thanksgiving parade has been a holiday tradition in Detroit for 98 years. The parade first rolled down Woodward Avenue in 1924, the same year that Macy’s began its parade in New York City. We’d love to hear what stories you have to tell about this essential Detroit Holiday tradition! Old stories, new ones, we want to capture what it is that makes our parade so special!

With this special broadcast, Detroit Public Television is taking viewers back in time, to hear familiar stories, and to reinvigorate Detroit’s holiday spirit. To return older viewers to a familiar home, and introduce a new generation to the special feeling of Hudson’s after Thanksgiving with this festive “Hudson’s Holiday” documentary.

About the Producers

Michael Hauser

Is currently Marketing Manager for the Detroit Opera House.  He is co-author of six books for Arcadia Publishing, including Hudson’s-Detroit’s Legendary Department Store, Remembering Hudson’s-The Grand Dame of Detroit Retailing, 20th Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit, Detroit’s Downtown Movie Palaces, 20th Century Retailing in Downtown Grand Rapids, and Detroit Opera House.

Additionally, Hauser was Guest Curator at the Detroit Historical Museum for the Remembering Downtown Hudson’s exhibit and the Hudson’s Holidays exhibit and The Reel Story exhibit, which focused on the movie going experience in Detroit. He is a frequent presenter at various metro area libraries and non-profit organizations.

Hauser was a sales associate specializing in men’s dress shirts and ties for over a decade at Hudson’s Southland Center store, and worked many of the Hudson’s Downtown Warehouse Sales.  He was previously employed at two large department stores in Grand Rapids.

Eric Longs

Managing Partner of Comet Interactive, a video and event production company serving corporations and non-profit organizations. Eric has lent his expertise to the marketing efforts of Detroit metropolitan non-profit organizations including the Michigan Opera Theater, Cass Community Foundation, Alternatives for Girls, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, and the Michigan Aids Coalition. He has also served as Assistant Producer for the nationally syndicated, Ricki Lake Show in New York, and as a Film Producer at Young and Rubican (Y&R), in New York and Detroit. Eric currently serves on several Advisory Boards including IABC Detroit Henry Ford College and Matrix Human Services; and he was appointed in 2009 by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to serve on the Eastern Market’s Citizens District Council.

Sponsors

We are grateful to have these wonderful sponsors backing the project!

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If you are interested in sponsoring “Holiday at Hudsons”, please click “Contact Us”, send us a message and we will be in touch!

FAQ

Holiday at Hudsons is scheduled to air this 2022 holiday season! Stay tuned for updates!

Please understand that not nearly every wonderful story can be told in an hour long special. We may not include every story or photograph, but we want it understood that we appreciate all contributions to the project.

If we love your story or your photos/videos, we will reach out to inform you that they will be featured in the film!

You can share stories, photos, or videos directly to us here on the website! Click the “Contact Us” drop down, share your story, attach any photos or videos, and hit send. You’ll hear back from us shortly!

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this project, “Contact Us” through the link on this website. We’d love to hear from you!

Yes, DVD copies will be made available after airing! Stay tuned for more information on that, and sign up to receive email notifications.
There are no plans to make the film available for digital purchase.

You’re in the right place! Click the submission link, provide your name, your story and whatever photos or digital video that you have to our Google Drive submission link.

CONTACT US

Interested in contributing to the Holiday at Hudson’s project?

Supply your name and contact information below! If you have a story to tell, or photos and videos to share, either drop a digital file at our Dropbox .

We are endlessly excited to see what you have to share! Submitters, look out for our email and to everyone else, we hope you’ll look forward to “Holiday at Hudson’s” this holiday season.