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on the cover The cover of our 2017 Annual Manual is brought to you by The Epicurean Group, which owns or manages Southfield’s Nomad Grill, Novi Chophouse, Green Space Café in Ferndale, Plaza Deli in Southfield, and Soul Café in West Bloomfield Township. Cover photo: Jordan Buzzy


On the move Nomad Grill brings downtown’s top talent to the suburbs Long before he served as head chef at the iconic Coach Insignia restaurant in downtown Detroit’s Renaissance Center, chef Kevin Green got his culinary start in the suburbs. Growing up in Livonia, Green says he developed a passion for cooking by helping his grandparents in the kitchen. “Helping them out, doing odds and ends, washing dishes, whatever it was, I just developed a passion for cooking,” he says. That passion turned into a career that started in earnest by studying culinary arts at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, working as a dishwasher at Hudson’s at the Westland Mall, and eventually working up the ranks, including a stint at Rocky’s of Northville. During his eight years at Coach Insignia, Green transformed the restaurant from a traditional steakhouse, incorporating local and contemporary flavors into the menu. “It’s been a great experience,” he says. “I’ve seen this restaurant through the turbulent times with the recession, and then I’ve seen the rebirth of it. We made a name for ourselves.” But now, Green is bringing his fine-dining experience back to the burbs. Green will now head up the forthcoming Nomad Grill, the first-floor restaurant that will be part of the new multimillion-dollar renovation of the 16-story, 202-room former Holiday Inn in Southfield. Green describes his new menu as a contemporary take comfort food — “solid flavors, bold flavors, not too hoity-toity,” he says. “It’s a hotel, so we’re going to have a lot of business travelers. I wanted to just do simple, rustic comfort food. Everybody likes meatloaf, everybody likes a good steak. It’s not going to be a white tablecloth, stuffy feel. It’s going to be a meat-and-potatoes kind of restaurant, with a focus on quality.” “I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished — evolving Coach from a destination restaurant with a view into being regarded as one of the area’s elite dining experiences.” says Eric Djordjevic, president of the Epicurean Group in Detroit, which owns or manages Novi Chophouse, Green Space Café in Ferndale, Plaza Deli in Southfield, and Soul Café in West Bloomfield Township. “We are proud of our amazing chef and his team to put forth the best meals in the city.” And Green isn’t the only talent from Coach Insignia who is heading to the new restaurant. Djordjevic says he has offered jobs for all Coach Insignia employees. “We are truly a family-oriented company. All of our kids were raised in this restaurant and with each other,” Green says. “We’re a big small company. It’s family.”

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Detroit has more flavors than a Baskin-Robbins. Some are bracingly bitter, others are smoky and savory. Some are as sweet as that longawaited kiss on a spring day on Belle Isle. Some as salty as the sweat beading on your upper lip at 1 a.m. on the dance floor. Others can be as sour as a mouth-puckering pour of citric Calabaza Blanca. The secret is in knowing where those flavors are and finding a way to put them all together. Like a creative chef in a well-stocked kitchen, you just need to know where all the ingredients are. And we have them in spades. The only problem is that Detroit doesn’t necessarily give up its secrets graciously. Even longtime Detroiters can spend fruitless hours issuing broad appeals on social

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networking only to come up with a confusing array of near-misses that don’t help in the long run. So here’s our effort at helping: The Annual Manual, a field guide on where to find the perfect quirky bar for a history buff, or, say, that over-the-top yoga class that doesn’t hurt your wallet, or, again, a few piece of public art to spice up that crosstown drive. You decide what you want. This guide is just like a kitchen assistant: a way to ensure you find what you need to make your perfectly complex Detroit gumbo. And even if you’ve been in the city for a lifetime, we hope this guide tells you a few things you didn’t know, or points them out in ways you hadn’t imagined. By all means, dig in. —Michael Jackman




Detroit: Everybody thinks they know it, but even lifelong residents have a hard time truly understanding its nuances. It’s a hotbed of class, race, and tough economics, a city of extremes. And yet it has this hilarious tendency toward brittleness, toward exploding in a person’s grill. It’s a place where cynics upbraid people for their negativity. It’s a city of know-it-alls who simply can’t stand people who think they know it all. In short, it’s a great demolition derby of ideas. If you’re new to the city, then it’s best to fasten your safety belt and proceed with caution. Just to help you avoid those first few fender benders, here are some of those things a newcomer might think, but probably shouldn’t say, answered with a slap and a Z-snap, Detroit-style. “Where is South Detroit? Like in that song by Journey?” Detroit has many sides:

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west side, east side, a fading lower east side. There’s northwest Detroit, Southwest Detroit, and north Detroit. There even used to be a city called East Detroit (now “Eastpointe”). But there is no such thing as “South Detroit.” In a 2012 interview, “Don’t Stop Believin’“ songwriter Steve Perry admitted to simply going with what sounded best to him when writing that line about a city boy born there: “I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit.” There is, of course, a city just south of Detroit: Windsor, Canada. “I hear the city is all better now. Isn’t it?” It depends on where you are. If you’re in “the bubble” — one of the several square miles around downtown — yes, increased investment and development have given the streets an added vibrancy, as people with money in their pockets patronize trendy

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eateries, bars, and health clubs. But if you live in “the neighborhoods,” chances are things are just getting worse. According to a recent study by Michigan State University and Wayne State University scholars, the pain and misery in Detroit’s neighborhoods is actually getting more acute. “I heard everybody left the city after the riots.” The assumption that the city was hunky dory until the “civil disturbance” of 1967 “scared the whites out of the city” has been soundly disproved on many levels. People of means began leaving the city in large numbers after World War II, thanks to the G.I. Bill, federally insured mortgages, freeway-building, suburban shopping centers, and industrial decentralization. These trends were already well-established by the mid-1960s. In fact, what many call “the rebellion” was at least partly a response of mostly black Detroiters galvanized by the ongoing disin-

vestment in the city. Anyway, which riot you talking about? In addition to 1967, riots rocked Detroit in 1943 and 1863. Take your pick. “I want to see Eight Mile!” We’re betting you don’t. After that Eminem movie came out in 2002, lots of people seemed to assume that it was a notorious, infamous locale. Actually, Eight Mile is a divider, not a destination; it marks the boundary between the mostly black and poor city and the mostly white, largely affluent suburbs of Oakland and Macomb counties. If you were in the city and told a driver you wanted to hit Eight Mile Road, they’d figure you wanted to get out of town, not explore it. The thoroughfare is home, however, to many of the “gentlemen’s clubs” that appeal to city residents and suburbanites alike. (So maybe you do want to see Eight Mile after all. Just sayin’.)


“I hear Detroit is like a clean slate, ready for new settlement.” Oh, shut up. Detroit is still home to 600,000-plus people, and is still denser than, say, Dallas or Houston. And all those people get kind of rankled to hear that their city is a tabula rasa, ready for anybody to come in and draw their designs on it, especially when they use insensitive terms that smack of colonialism. Instead, think of Detroit as a place with an existing people, an established way of life, and a culture ready to teach the outsider a lesson or two. Don’t come with a chip on your shoulder ready to “put Detroit on the map.” It’s been on the map since 1701, Jack.

over to industry and railroads long ago. Though much of the industry is gone, and despite the fact that the RiverWalk is transforming the old waterfront into an appealing promenade, much of downtown’s shoreline is seawall and concrete, not beach. Outside of the riverfront’s parks, stillintact industry, contaminated land, and the occasional old fort or Coast Guard station, it is mostly private homes on the water. There is a swimming beach on Belle Isle, but in good weather, it’s packed. What do Detroiters do when they want a good sandy beach that’s not jam-packed? Unless they’re among the 1 in 3 Detroiters who don’t own a car, they drive out to one of the region’s Metro Parks.

“Where is the train to the airport?” There is no train to the airport. In fact, Detroit is probably the largest U.S. metropolitan area without a rail link to the airport. Welcome to the Motor City.

“I hear that the night before Halloween half the city burns down.” Back in the 1980s, a fair amount of kids all over metro Detroit would spend the night before Halloween up to no good. Known as “Devil’s Night,” it was an occasion for soaping windows, egging houses, and festooning trees with toilet paper. In the city proper, however, it became a firestorm of arson. The blazes peaked in 1984, with more than 800 fires in one night. Since then, Detroiters have organized neighborhood patrols to tamp down on the arson, and the community effort is known as “Angel’s Night.”

“Where are the taxicabs?” Oh, there are taxis. They do exist. But whether it’s due to the rise of app-based ride services or the spread-out nature of the city, it seems almost impossible to find one when you need a ride somewhere. “How far apart are People Mover stops?” That’s a good one. The People Mover, downtown’s monorail service, was originally designed to be the hub of a true mass transit system. The system never materialized, and so we’re left with a threemile loop. We guarantee that almost every stop on that loop is within walking distance of every other stop. Might as well hoof it. “Where’s the beach? I’d love to take a swim.” Thanks to Detroit’s industrial boom, the riverfront was given

“Why do you want to go to the ‘party store’? You need some balloons or funny hats or something?” If you’ve never heard it before, the phrase “party store” can conjure images of colorful bunting and bright balloons. But when we say “party store,” we mean a shop with all the makings for a party, as in beer, spirits, wine, chips, smokes, and “pop” (not soda). n



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1. What if La Salle had settled Detroit instead of Cadillac? On the morning of Aug. 10, 1679, the French ship Griffin arrived at the mouth of the Detroit River. That voyage’s chief chronicler, Father Louis Hennepin, described a wellsituated area of fertile soil and vast meadows, with grapevines, game, and groves of trees bearing fruits and nuts, as well as abundant timber for building. It is, of course, unlikely that the intrepid La Salle would have called off his search for new lands for New France just to put down roots in the future Motown. But had he decided to settle the straits, Detroit would have been founded 22 years earlier, and not by Cadillac, now widely acknowledged as a “wicked” and “scatter-brained”

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scoundrel. It couldn’t have hurt to have had a founder who was a hero instead of a zero. 2. What if the Jay Treaty had never been honored? At the end of the American Revolutionary War, the British remained in control of several forts in what is now Michigan, including the fort at Detroit. On July 11, 1796, under the terms of the Jay Treaty, Great Britain surrendered these installations to the Americans. But what if the British had sought a tactical advantage and refused to cede Detroit, and held it through the War of 1812 to this day? If that sounds bizarre, consider that it’s separated from Windsor, that bastion of “British North America,” by less than a

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half-mile of water, and is even to the north of it. Could the Detroit of today have been a Canadian city, with singlepayer health care, provincial public schools, and limited sprawl? Dream on. 3. What if the Woodward Plan had been adopted? On June 11, 1805, a fire destroyed almost the entire city of Detroit, leaving 300 households homeless. Less than three months later, 31-year-old Augustus Brevoort Woodward arrived in town as a judge of Michigan Territory. Woodward put himself in charge of laying out a new city, a system of dividing land into triangles, not rectangles, giving the city a repeating, honeycomb-shaped pattern with broad main thoroughfares and second-

ary roads lined with trees. But while Woodward was away in Washington, D.C., a trio of Detroit leaders decided to sell land according to the usual plan beginning June 1, 1817. And, in the absence of a plan to guide Detroit’s growth in an orderly pattern, the city grew by accretion and exigency, into a haphazard street grid that still frustrates people trying to drive crosstown. 4. What if Michigan had “won” the Toledo War? In the early 1800s, federal legislation establishing the boundary between Michigan and Ohio had relied on wrongheaded assumptions of where the Great Lakes lay. This resulted in both states claiming a long strip of land encompassing almost 500 square

INTRO miles, including the city of Toledo. In 1835, both states passed laws seeking to force the other to surrender its jurisdiction over the “Toledo Strip.” This developed into both states raising militias that faced off along the border until the almost completely bloodless “war” was finally settled by the federal government. Michigan lost the Toledo Strip — but received much of what is now its Upper Peninsula as a consolation prize. Had Michigan won the strip, it would now possess Toledo, but would have lost out on the bonanzas of the UP’s copper and iron mines. These days, fighting between the two states is mostly limited to college football. 5. What if “home rule” hadn’t been enshrined in the Michigan Constitution? The Michigan Constitution of 1908 conferred the power of “home rule” upon Michigan cities. In short, it meant that cities could adopt and amend their own charters, but it also included provisions that made it all but impossible for one city to annex another. As the city of Detroit grew in the 1920s, and as outlying suburban areas were incorporated into municipalities of their own, the city was increasingly deprived of an ability to expand and capture regional revenue to fund the central city. By the end of the 1920s, the city found itself corked off by Dearborn on Michigan Avenue, by East Detroit on Gratiot Avenue, and by Ferndale on Woodward Avenue. Detroit kept acquiring unincorporated township land to grow into the 1950s, but suburban sprawl, highway-building, and urban disinvestment has left metro Detroit politically fractured: a crazy quilt of 160-

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odd competing municipal governments surrounding a city increasingly deprived of investment, state revenuesharing, and taxes. 6. What if the Northern Migration never took place? In the mid-1910s, with World War I raging in Europe, U.S. immigration diminished to a trickle, stretching the labor markets in munitionproducing Northern industrial cities to the breaking point. Luckily for armaments makers, this also coincided with one of the greatest mass movements of people in U.S. history: Southern AfricanAmericans moving north to seek freedom and prosperity. They were helped along by a Detroit industrialist named Henry Ford, who sent recruiters down South and formed alliances with black Detroit pastors to help man his factories. The movement continued for more than 50 years, eventually helping establish a black middle class in Detroit, and bequeathing the city such cultural superstars as Joe Louis, Berry Gordy Jr., Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, John Lee Hooker, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Proof, Dilla, and Danny Brown. 7. What if Detroit’s subway had been built? In 1915, the firm Barclay, Parsons & Klapp published its finding on Detroit’s congested rail transportation system in a report suggesting the construction of a subway. The proposed line would have run up Woodward Avenue, from downtown to what is now Highland Park. Unfortunately, these ambitious plans were put forward at roughly the same time the city was considering buying out the Detroit United Railway,

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which ran the city’s extensive streetcar system. In 1920, the construction bond for the subway was defeated, and instead the city soon spent about $20 million to ensure municipal ownership of the city’s streetcars. But what if Detroit had built its subway after all? U.S. cities that made the commitment to subwaybuilding almost never decommissioned these underground railways. It’s conceivable that, had it been built, it would have provided a framework for lasting investment, much as subways in other cities around the world do to this day. 8. What if the Big Three not been unionized? The 1930s were a galvanizing time for workers in the United States, but arguably nowhere more so than southeastern Michigan. With the auto companies tottering along through the Great Depression, and an army of hundreds of thousands of unemployed and underemployed workers tramping the city’s streets, some thought a revolution was at hand. What happened instead was a wave of sit-down strikes beginning in 1936, forcing auto suppliers, parts makers, and finally General Motors to bargain with factory workers. In 1941, the last big automaker, Ford, finally capitulated to labor’s demands for representation. It was a decisive victory for industrial workers all over the United States. And had the industrial giants not been organized, the great postwar bonanza would have seen its profits accrue to the stockholders and owners. Without strong unions negotiating good contracts, it’s highly unlikely those profits would have ever “trickled down” to create the world’s largest middle class ever.

9. What if Detroit had accepted federal funding for a modern mass transit system? On Oct. 31, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford offered the metropolitan area of Detroit $600 million to fund a rapid transit system. In today’s dollars, that would amount to $2.5 billion. It was touted as “a rallying point for urban revitalization,” intended to help create the framework for more development in the city. It would feature modern light rail vehicles running along the spoke roads emanating from downtown, to be united by an elevated monorail to help riders transfer from one line to another. In the end, local leaders didn’t accept the gift, leaving the city with only a monorail traveling in a 3-mile loop. Keith Schneider, former director of the Michigan Land Use Institute, has called the inability to capitalize on the federal pledge, which eventually expired, “arguably the most damaging decision to the Detroit region in the last 50 years.” 10. What if Hudson’s Department Store hadn’t been demolished? At 5:47 p.m. Oct. 24, 1998, a push-button demolition destroyed the vacant Hudson’s Department Store at Woodward and Gratiot avenues. Today, the site still lies empty, with only cut-off girders showing the original footprint of the building. But with downtown’s skyscrapers being bought up and redeveloped at an unprecedented pace, it’s fair game to wonder what might have become of the red-brick landmark. As preservationist Francis Grunow once said, “What if Hudson’s were still there? That’s 2.2 million square feet of re-developable infrastructure that was built to last. It wasn’t going anywhere.” n


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When it comes to places to do craft beer crawls, you could do much worse than the Detroit area. The Michigan craft beer scene is still growing, and metro Detroit sports dozens of quality craft brewers. Even some far-flung tastemakers say Michigan is beginning to be seen as a “great beer state.” One thing you can say with confidence is that we do enjoy a cold one. It makes sense, given the city’s working-class heritage. And we’re not overly fussy about loyalties to our state’s dynamic beer scene. We have great craft brewers, and we have fabulous beer palaces, where you can get beer from Oregon to Vermont to Belgium. But craft breweries and brewpubs abound. Three of the finest spots in metro Detroit are in Warren, the

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massive, blue-collar Macomb County suburb north of the city. Technically, it’s Michigan’s “third-largest city” — after Detroit and Grand Rapids — but, with three craft beer operations that punch above their weight, it could be the No. 1 beer city in the state. Chief among them would be Dragonmead Brewery (14600 E. 11 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-776-9428). Hidden away off the service drive for I-696, it’s worth the search. Inside, it’s a commodious, comfortable beer hall sporting more than 50 taps, the walls lined with impressive awards. They do almost everything, and they do it all well. A given weekly beer menu might include all sorts of American and European styles of brew, Scottish-style ales, Czech-style lagers, even

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barley wines. Meads, cysers, fruit ales, and wines round out the choices. They’ll happily mix ales, and even sport a few nitro taps. Founded in 1997 by a few guys who used to work for the auto companies, Dragonmead focuses on its specialty, delivering a broad variety of quality pours. Don’t miss Dragonmead’s Belgianstyle ales, including the Final Absolution Trippel. The boxy buildings and sixlane roads of Macomb County melt away in the relatively historic Beebe’s Corners neighborhood, where Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. (5919 Chicago Rd., Warren; 586-979-8361) makes its home. Enter the open, airy space and one look at the crowded chalkboard and the steady stream of smiling dudes bringing empty growlers for a refill will

tell you this is serious beer. While there’s no food other than popcorn, who cares? Kuhnhenn is like a beer geek’s candy store, where flavors might include a double Russian imperial stout, a malty, German-lager style beer, a wild blueberry pancake ale, a coffee-crème-brulee concoction, or a raspberry eisbock. All that flavor — sweet, sour, hoppy, and malty — is hardearned, thanks to labor-intensive processes. If that weren’t geeky enough, there are coveted bottle release events and a home brew shop right across the parking lot. Rounding out Warren’s power trio is Falling Down Beer Co. (2270 E 10 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-799-2739), which offers good beer with unusual names. For instance, their red ale is called Give Two Fox,

DRINK their cream ale is called the Mother Cluster, and the American pale ale is called Ninja Chicken. Forget the names, though: The beers are sessionable and smooth. Don’t miss the small but fortifying menu, which includes Reuben egg rolls, beer-battered pickles with ranch, and pulled pork poutine. There’s another cluster of craft beer joints to enjoy in Detroit, specifically on Canfield Street in the increasingly upscale Midtown neighborhood. Traffic Jam and Snug (511 W. Canfield St.; 313-8319470) has been on the corner of Second Avenue since, like, forever, and was one of the concept’s pioneers back in the 1980s. It’s a large, manyroomed restaurant with a small bar — the Snug — off to one side of the entrance, featuring a half-dozen brews. Across the street and behind TJ’s parking lot is Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield St.; 313-832-2700), another craft trailblazer dating back to the 1990s. Chances are you may already be familiar with some of its popular beers — such as Ghettoblaster, Nut Brown Ale, or Summer Brew — sold by the bottle or on draft at local bars and events. But what keeps us coming back are the seasonal surprises, the sour brews, cysers, or barley wines, as well as the locally sourced pizza pies. Then there’s the relative newcomer across the street, the Detroit outpost of Jolly Pumpkin Brewery (441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-262-6115). Their Belgian-style brews are so good, they’ve even beaten the real thing in international competitions. Grounded in the open-fermentation tradition, they finish the beer in oak for added character. It’s so real, you can almost smell the wort

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boiling. Also, the nifty menu doesn’t hurt, with such items as truffle fries, a fried chicken sandwich, and a Korean short rib pizza. And while it’s not a locally based craft brewery, HopCat Detroit, a few blocks to the east, is a temple dedicated to the art of craft beer, with 130 taps flowing with beer, cider, mead, even sours, mostly from Michigan. Downtown has its share of beer destinations. Obviously, the Detroit Beer Co. (1529 Broadway, Detroit; 313-9621529) has a solid selection, from hoppy favorite Detroit Dwarf to maltier mugs, such as Grand River Red or Willie’s Kilt Scotch Ale. It’s comfy without being pretentious, with a gut-pleasing menu of bar fare that’s given upscale inflections. Grand Trunk Pub (612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313961-3043), is a historic, highceilinged room that used to be a railroad’s ticketing office. The Grand Trunk crew manages to combine Detroit history, scrumptious sandwiches, and a killer beer list, and it’s probably all enjoyed best at one of their popular weekend brunches. But even an upscale place like Roast (inside the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-2500) shines when it comes to beer. The bar is as stylish as they come, with floor-to-ceiling windows. And their beer selection is composed more like a wine list, an international smorgasbord of sours, porters, stouts, trappist ales, pales, IPAs, Belgians, and beyond. On the east side, the most unbeatable selection is found at Ye Olde Tap Room (14915 Charlevoix, Detroit; 313-8241030). More than 280 fine lagers from the world over, all served in the dim, cozy environs of a former speak-

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easy. Just looking at all the beer labels up on the walls is enough to make your head spin without imbibing a drop. In Ferndale, Woodward Avenue Brewers (22646 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-3696) — aka “the WAB” (rhymes with “bar tab”) — has been a popular hangout space since the 1990s, especially in summer, when the lower level throws open its doors and laid-back customers crowd the patio tables on the sidewalk. In-house brewer Chris Coburn offers a dependable selection of stouts, pales, blondes, IPAs, and porters, the better to wash down the menu of sandwiches, pizzas, and bar-style starters. But the hands-down most outrageous beer selection in Ferndale has to be at One-Eyed Betty’s (175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248808-6633), with 47 beers on tap and more than the proverbial 100 bottles. But it’s not just about quantity: It’s a darn good selection, constantly rotating, and seemingly churning up offbeat picks, such as German Hobo, a malt liquor brewed out near Lansing, or Hidden Effect, a barley wine from Plymouth. Then there’s the food menu, with choices rich enough to become almost a caricature of bar food — given such dishes as “beer cheese soup” and “bacon with a side of bacon.” Of course, there are dozens of other craft breweries in the area. These days, almost every

suburb has one or two, and many of the better restaurants also brew their own beer. But for that tight grouping of beer-centric establishments, it might be best to consider Ann Arbor. Sure, you’ll find busy drinking crowds at Grizzly Peak (120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734 741-7325) and Blue Tractor (205 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734 222-4095). Heck, there’s even a HopCat Ann Arbor (311 Maynard St., Ann Arbor; 734-436-2875) and a Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery (311 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-913-2730). There are homegrown efforts, such as Arbor Brewing Co. Pub & Eatery (114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-213-1393), and Arbor’s nearby ABC Microbrewery (720 Norris St., Ypsilanti; 734-480-2739). And Ypsi also has the Tap Room (201 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-482-5320). But one of our favorites is Ann Arbor’s Ashley’s (338 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-9969191), which pulls together an award-winning beer selection from the four corners of the world, including more than 50 taps, and backs it up with made-to-order food. By the time any drinker has made it through all these places, chances are the rotating selections at all of them will have changed — leaving you set to start all over again. n



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While a “new dive bar” may seem like an oxymoron, one Hamtramck bar is just that. Bumbo’s offers cheap drinking and inventive pierogi.

THE DETROIT CLASSICS ANCIENT UNUSUAL Ann Arbor’s 8 Ball Saloon has everything you love about a good dive bar — cheap beer, pool tables, and a chill clientele, while the Big Bad Wolf could blow Detroit’s beloved Tom’s Tavern over with little more than a huff.

Locals love Gusoline Alley for its killer jukebox and a smartass bartender Patrick, but the Royal Oak dive bar couldn’t be any different from its Detroit counterpart, Temple Bar, which regularly hosts electronic music dance nights. The latter doesn’t have AC, but it’s still always chill.

There are rumors that Detroit’s Two Way Inn is infested with supernatural beings and the place claims to be one of the oldest bars in Detroit — same goes from Stone House. The Painted Lady’s located inside an old (and musty) Victorian building. There is no mistaking it for new. What’s so quirky about Dakota Inn Rathskeller? Well, let’s just say that if you’re over 5 feet tall, using the women’s restroom is going to be a challenge. Midtown’s Traffic Jam and Snug has been around forever and they make their own beer and cheese, while patrons can hit Cadieux Cafe if they want to play a few rounds of feather bowling.

Wyandotte’s Frank’s Cafe is located inside an old farmhouse, and a trip inside reveals that not much has change since it opened nearly 100 years ago. Jolly Old Timers is a not-so-secret club located in the basement of an old Victorian home on the edge of Wayne State’s campus. Celebrities and locals alike are in love with the weirdness that is Downtown’s Cafe D’Mongo’s where one can sit atop a Queen Anne wingback chair while sipping a well cocktail amid a shared spirit of camaraderie. Atwater in the Park’s a little different. The brewery and restaurant are located inside an old church.


Briggs Detroit is a gay-friendly sports bar located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Not into sports? The Keep is located underground and has killer happy hour specials.


With a counterpart in Birmingham, Downtown Detroit’s Townhouse sparkles and shines with its swanky atrium and marquee lights, but those who’d rather stick to the suburbs might like Wyandotte’s Whiskey on the Water, which is just a stone’s throw from the Detroit River.

Foxtown’s tri-level martini bar, Centaur, has long been a staple in the entertainment district. You won’t find craft cocktails, but you will get art deco decor and tasty small plates. Vicente’s, on the other hand, offers authentic Cuban cuisine alongside a flirty atmosphere and salsa dancing.

Mr. Paul’s Chop House is replete with old school charm, and even if you’re not sticking around for a swanky dinner, you can still enjoy the tinkle of the piano and the din of diners enjoying the “spirited atmosphere.” Similarly, Detroit’s old school Italian restaurant, Mario’s, has a legacy to go along with its linguine.


There’s an $80 cocktail on the menu at Bad Luck Bar, so that should tell you something about Detroit’s newest cocktail lounge. Grey Ghost has gotten tons of hype thanks to thoughtful cocktails and an intriguing menu, and Downtown’s Maru Sushi also offers opulent environs and stiff drinks.

Michael Symon’s Roast is located inside the equally swanky Book Cadillac Hotel in Downtown Detroit, and while dinner in this posh place will cost you a pretty penny, you can get away easy during happy hour at the bar. Mexicantown’s El Barzon offers white tablecloth dining and a hell of a sangria blanca.

Detroit’s London Chop House is still sort of known Ghost Bar is a third-story as the end all be all of bar located inside the upscale restaurants in fancy Whitney restaurant, Detroit. The interior is the former residence outfitted like an old boys of lumber baron David club replete with lots of Whitney and his family. leather and dim lighting. The whole place is said to If you’re not staying for be haunted, but allegedly dinner, consider a trip the most supernatural to the lower level cigar activity takes place inside lounge where you can sip the bar. scotch on the rocks and puff away.

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Otus Supply, Ferndale’s new and already awardwinning restaurant, bar, and music venue, is also a bit of an unusual spot with Tolkien-inspired architecture and graffitistyle art, as well as inventive pizzas, small plates, and strong cocktails.





Just mention the words “Detroit” and “dive” and Old Miami instantly springs to mind. The bar and live music venue also has a gorgeous patio locals enjoy during the warmer months. The same goes for the patio at Hamtramck’s Whiskey in the Jar — it isn’t much to look at, but locals love the hammock out back.

Kelly’s Bar is your typical Hamtramck dive bar in just about every sense, save the fancy food chef Blair Wills prepares for customers during their weekend service known as Boboville Brunch. Royal Oak’s Ye Olde Saloon is known for cheap and tasty burgers, plus other outstanding fare.

Perhaps the only downriver bar to be critically acclaimed across the metro area, The Rockery is known for its ace selection of craft beers, live music, and Soul Deep dance night. UFO Factory, newer to the scene, welcomes an array of indie bands, and Small’s is a legendary bar and music venue at this point.

If you’re taking your date to a dive bar, you’re setting a precedent and we appreciate that. You can sing innuendo-filled numbers to each other via karaoke at a place like Sneakers in Ferndale. The Baltimore is so dimly lit you won’t even have to worry about that zit that founded a colony on your forehead this morning.

Northern Lights Lounge and its adjacent patio are perfectly beautiful — so what makes this place quirky? Mostly the fainting couch in the women’s restroom. Meanwhile, Coors Light Sky Deck atop the Detroit Opera House might be the best place to catch a Tigers game in the city.

The newish El Club has made a name for itself in two realms: live music and pizza. The Southwest Detroit lounge is also home to Pepe Z’s where Matt Ziolkowski slings inventive pies. Motor City Brewing Works, known for its Detroit-made Ghettoblaster, also makes great pies.

There’s no shortage of bars with live music in Detroit, although some options are more unique than others. You’ll hear jazz at Boo’s Lounge in Royal Oak, indie rock at Detroit’s Marble Bar, plenty of techno at the ever-popular TV Lounge, and industrial at the goth staple, City Club.

Punch Bowl Social, a Gilbertville adults-only playground, is a good call if your betrothed likes bowling, darts, pool, foosball, and other bar games. If you prefer a casual day date that still involves drinking, Great Lakes Coffee in Midtown has both caffeine and alcohol.

If there are two places where everyone’s been a little bit too sloppy it’s Delux and its neighboring bar, Old Shillelagh. These Greektown bars are great for singles because after being filled with cheap drinks, you’ll have fewer inhibitions.

Dearborn’s Andiamo Italian Restaurant has a lush patio that’s filled with greenery come summer time — perfect for an after-work drink. Meanwhile, 3Fifty Terrace is attracts the dressed-toimpress set on summer nights. Wyandotte’s Portofino has a patio that also serves as a dock for boats coasting down the Detroit River.

Sure the building housing Downtown Louie’s is housed is kinda weird, but that didn’t stop the owners from crafting a gorgeous interior, a stellar bar, and a great menu. Formerly of Hamtramck, Rock City Eatery is now located in Midtown where Nikita Sanches and his team are still serving inventive fare, Michigan brews, and craft cocktails.

Hopcat Detroit is huge and the aesthetic inside is pretty cool — but you’d be hard pressed to get a table on a Friday night. Upstairs in the Huma Room where there will inevitably be a local band grooving away on stage. If you’re more into longstanding places with tons of character, jazz club Cliff Bell’s is where it’s at.

Sugar House offers the backdrop for an impressive first date. The craft cocktail lounge doesn’t serve food, but they’ll make you an impressive drink. Alternatively, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge offers great jazz entertainment and also serves a respectable menu and a piano-style bar.

MT readers voted Clawson brewery Black Lotus the best place is pick up a stranger in 2014 for reasons not limited to the volume of music and good beer, while Greektown’s Exodos is known for attractive millennials in tight dresses and manbuns.

Arguably two of the best new restaurants in Detroit, Selden Standard and Chartreuse are both known for serving elevated small plates menus plus craft cocktails that have customers coming back again and again. Their cocktails are strong, so pace yourself.

Located inside Motor City Casino, Sound Board might be one of the nicest music venues in the city. Plus, it’s flanked with bars on either side. Sure, you can’t go here just to drink, but if you’re here to catch some tunes (George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic, Brian McKnight, and Patti LaBelle are just a few of their 2017 acts) you’ll be plied with booze.

Detroit’s poshest date night destinations are also some of the most expensive, but Motor City Casino’s Iridescence will impress with great views, a fine dining menu, and respectable drinks. Grosse Pointe’s traditional French restaurant, Marais, is as posh as they come and has an impressive wine list.

Valentine Vodka’s vampy tasting room in Ferndale is outfitted in red and the cocktails are stiff. It’s a recipe for fornication with strangers, people. Similarly, the second-story Sabrage, located above Bistro 82, hosts a weekly mating ritual replete with champagne and loud music.

The Rattlesnake Club has to have one of the most beautiful patios in the city come summertime, and you can sip mixed drinks in the shade to your heart’s content here. La Dolce Vita’s equally as nice, offering a late night summertime dinner replete with plenty of drinks, of course.

SINGLES Bronx Bar, known to some as the “breakup bar” is dimly lit with a great jukebox — and those two things can make up for your myriad unattractive qualities.

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The Last Word Era: Summer 1916 Origin: The Detroit Athletic Club Inventor: Unknown, often incorrectly ascribed to entertainer Frank Fogarty Recipe: 3/4 ounces Plymouth gin, 3/4 ounces lime juice, 3/4 ounces green Chartreuse, 3/4 ounces maraschino liqueur, shaken together with ice and strained Glass: Chilled cocktail glass What makes the drink special: Even for an experienced bartender, this drink is a challenging balancing act, given the distinct, powerful flavors of chartreuse and maraschino. Where best to enjoy it: Chartreuse, Detroit; The Last Word, Ann Arbor The Bullshot Era: 1952 Origin: The Caucus Club, Detroit Inventor: Unknown Recipe: 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 2 1/2 ounces beef broth, 1 lemon wedge’s worth of juice. 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 2 dashes Tabasco sauce, all shaken well with ice and strained (some recipes call for the mix to be heated before vodka is added) Glass: Old-Fashioned glass, with a pinch of freshly grated black pepper on top What makes the drink special: This unusual twist on the Bloody Mary gained cachet in the 1950s among celebrities.

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Where best to enjoy it: The defunct Caucus Club’s reborn sister restaurant, London Chop House, Detroit The Hummer Era: January 1968 Origin: Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit Inventor: Jerome Adams Recipe: 1 1/2 ounces rum (usually Bacardi), 1 1/2 ounces Kahlúa, 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, a couple ice cubes, all blended and served together Glass: 7 1/2-ounce rocks glass. What makes the drink special: Adams was looking for a signature drink to cement his new role as Bayview’s bartender. While he was experimenting, the club’s bar chairman, Ed Jacoby, tasted it and it was dubbed a success. Where to enjoy it: Bayview Yacht Club, served up by the original inventor The Valley-Yum Era: 1980 Origin: Lili’s 21, Hamtramck Inventor: Alan Karwowski Recipe: A trade secret among several bartenders in Detroit, it includes, among other ingredients, fresh milk, Kahlúa, Baileys, light and dark Creme de Cacao, light and dark Bacardi rum, blue curacao, and has a slightly nutty flavor, suggestive of Frangelico or Amaretto. Glass: Pint glass

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What makes the drink special: One of the house specialties at Hamtramck’s infamous punk bar, owned by Lili Karwowski, assisted by her sons (Alan included), this big, creamy, slightly green

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Two James Spirits 2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-4800 Founders: David Landrum and Peter Bailey Year: 2013 Story: With the help of a grant from the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, two entrepreneurs cranked up their small-batch stills in a hulking old Corktown building, gaining the first distillery license in Detroit since Prohibition. Tasting room: In an open, airy space, the walls decorated with art, sits a circular bar. Above it all, high windows frame the beaux-arts facade of Michigan Central Station in all its glory. Notable products: Two James distills a wide range of spirits — whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, absinthe, mezcal — but perhaps most interesting is the 98.8-proof Catcher’s Rye Whiskey, made with Michigan rye and Great Lakes water. Valentine Vodka 161 Vester Ave., Ferndale; 248629-9951 Founder: Rifino Valentine

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Year: 2009 Story: After working on Wall Street for 13 years, Michigan native Rifino Valentine returned to the Detroit area to open a microdistillery that eschewed the practices of mass production, using sustainable resources, locally sourced where possible. Tasting room: Valentine Vodka’s Vester Street tasting room has transformed a former mattress factory into a hip, moody hangout just off the main drag. Notable products: The distillery’s signature vodka won the title for World’s Best Vodka at the World Vodka Awards in London, and it even follows bleeding-edge spirits trends, producing a cask-aged gin with herbal accents: Liberator Old Tom. Detroit City Distillery 2462 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313338-3760 Founders: Distilling enthusiasts from Clinton County Year: 2013 Story: A bunch of friends from the Lansing area fell in love with Eastern Market and found a

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way to trade on the city’s gritty history with a line of spirits. Tasting room: A former meatpacking facility was taken down to the studs and completely redone in the dim style of a speakeasy, featuring what must be one of the longest bars in Detroit. Notable products: Detroit City produces whiskey, rye, vodka, and bourbon, but more interesting still are some of the distillery’s small batch gin releases, such as Peacemaker and Elvethea. Rusted Crow Spirits 6056 N. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-551-4164

Founder: Joe Schebel Year: 2015 Story: A designer graduated from the College for Creative Studies took a deep dive into distilling. Tasting room: Schebel’s background as a designer is no joke: The space he has created in Dearborn Heights is impressive, with brick, wood, a gazillion accent lights, and a few out-there hot rods. Notable products: Rusted Crow makes vodka, rum, moonshine, vodka, and gin, but the artwork on each bottle is stunning, making each bottle perfect for an eye-popping gift. n



DRINK Anchor Bar 450 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-964-9127: Anchor Bar can accommodate any sort of customer: Booths for small parties, the bar for lone gamewatchers, commodious back rooms for large groups, and enough Detroit history hanging on the walls that it’s a wonder the place stays upright. Ashley’s 338 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-9191; 7525 Wayne Rd., Westland at Westland Mall; 734525-1667; With an award-winning beer selection from the four corners of the earth, made-to-order food using fresh ingredients, and a genuinely hospitable attitude, you’ll never go wrong. CJ Mahoney’s 2511 S. Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-273-4600; Spacious sports bar popular on game day thanks to more than 30 TVs and an extensive American pub menu. Cork Wine Pub 23810 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge; 248-544-2675: Wine is the centerpiece, but there are cocktails, snacks, appetizers, salads, and even marinated beef tenderloin. Detroit Beer Co. 1529 Broadway, Detroit; 313-962-1529; If you’re enjoying some time in downtown Detroit make the brewery on Broadway a must see destination. Great brewpub with a fantastic menu and full bar. Gator Jake’s Bar & Grill 36863 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 586-983-3700: Bright, breezy sports bar serves Cajun and Southwestern fare, plus darts, pool, and live music. The Old Miami 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830: This kick ass dive bar is a Detroit institution. Live music rocks the house with the best local talent. There’s arguably no better spot in town to enjoy a beer than Old

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Miami’s backyard. Old Shillelagh 349 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-9640007: This downtown party palace is a madhouse on St. Patrick’s Day, but excellent on any day, with its rooftop patio, 30 Beers on draft, tasty burgers, game-day shuttles, it’s easy to see why everyone makes this a mandatory stop when in Greektown. One-Eyed Betty’s 175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248-808-6633: With dozens of tap handles and scores of bottled beers, Betty’s is to Ferndale what Hopcat is to Detroit: A place where craft beer from all over the world arrives with a menu of hardcore bar food, including burgers with garlic aioli and “bacon with a side of bacon.” Rock on Third 112 E. 3rd St., Royal Oak; 248-542-7625; This pub offers an expansive bar of over 100 craft beers from around the world and are known for their excellent food, the Reuben and pasta Bolognese are favorites. The Royal Oak Brewery 215 E. 4th St., Royal Oak; 248-5441141; Oakland County’s oldest brewpub has a comfortable interior and patio to enjoy their drinks and leaves their brewery on display so guests can experience the process up-close. The Wurst Bar 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-6720; This eatery’s beer list is crowded with the best brews from Europe, the United States, and Michigan, all paired with outstanding sausage: spicy rattlesnake chorizo, bison-and-lamb merguez, and alligator-and-crawfish boudin.




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The ‘What up, doe?’ Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles 19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-861-0229 Kuzzo’s abound with breakfast possibilities, including salmon croquettes and shrimp and grits, but chicken and waffles are Kuzzo’s reason for being, and so it only makes sense to zoom in on their grandest presentation. Michigan chicken gets brined in a mixture that includes hot sauce, for that seasoned-tothe-bone flavor. Then it gets dunked in flour seasoned with Kuzzo’s own blend of herbs and spices before its hot-oil bath. By the time the chicken is caramel or dark golden brown, it’s got the best crunch. Within 10 minutes, it’s on a plate in front of a customer, a breast, a leg, and a wing. But it also comes with two waffles, made using owner Ray Bartell’s secret recipe, as well as two eggs cooked to order and a creamy serving of grits, made with love and seasoned with Kosher salt. “The amount of food that you get for the price? You can’t beat it,” says kitchen manager Oscar Davis. “For $15, you get three nicesized pieces of chicken, two golden crispy waffles, eggs of your choice, and creamy grits. For $15? You can’t beat that.” The World War II Plate Gest Omelettes 25906 Plymouth Rd., Redford Charter Twp; 313-937-3540 This family diner specializes in omelettes, and there are many to choose among. If you can’t find one to scratch that eggy itch, you can even call your own ingredients, choosing from 14 meats, 12 vegetables, seven cheeses, and such extras as black olives, chili, and shrimp. But we love best their hungry-man breakfasts, especially the unusual, militaristic names. (The better to attack with fork and knife?)

There’s the Mexican Revolution and the World War I. But then there’s the big one: the World War II, featuring creamed, seasoned chipped beef and mushrooms, hash browned potatoes, two eggs, two strips of bacon, and toast. Remember: All’s fair in love and war. Cap’n Crunch French Toast The Bomber 306 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-482-0550 This special French toast has a special coating that has kept it a mainstay on the menu for 10 years. They start with white French bread from a local bakery, dunk it in an egg wash, dip the bread into finely ground Cap’n Crunch, and then cook it on a grill. It’s then decorated with dollops of whipped cream and a few more crunchies. If using crushed sugar cereal on French toast sounds over the top, consider that the original flavor of the Quaker product was supposed to bring to mind butter and brown sugar over rice, and so the finished toast isn’t overly sweet, just enough. Since it’s covered in a cereal with “Crunch” right in the name, it does have a pleasant chomp-factor, but you can have it well-done if you’d like it a little crisper. Want some protein? Bomber’s Jeanette Penn recommends “the Cap’n Slam,” which comes with an egg, two pieces of bacon, and a sausage patty. And don’t forget to look around at all the World War II related tchotchkes. The Toast Benny Toast 203 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-258-6278 The “Toast Benny” is one of Toast’s signature items, dating back to the days when it first opened in Ferndale. It’s a more-or-less traditional eggs Benedict. The foundation is

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EAT a choice of French toast or house-made biscuits. The plate contains locally sourced spinach and heirloom tomatoes, topped with a choice of bacon or ham (or an upgrade to turkey or veggie sausage), all covered in Hollandaise sauces that’s made fresh daily with just a skoche of mild red pepper. Add to that a choice of home fries, Parmesan grits, or bacon fried-rice. (Yes, you heard that last part right: They take Jasmine rice, cook it with bacon stock, and throw in some garlic and shallots with green onions.) Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the restaurant’s dining areas are stuffed with amusing memorabilia that will only help start your day with a smile. Voodoo Benedict Hudson Cafe 1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-237-1000 For six years now, downtown Detroit’s Hudson Cafe has catered to the city’s power breakfasters: that means a menu loaded with things that have just a little bit more to them. Their Voodoo Benedict (the place’s No. 1-selling Benedict) is no exception: two house-made pieces of cornbread drizzled with butter, topped with smoked, crumbed chorizo, and then cheddar cheese that’s melted on. It then gets two poached eggs, cooked soft for that runny, gooey feeling when the egg finally explodes. Finally, it’s all topped with “ranchero sauce,” basically a smoked chile sauce featuring, onions, green peppers, green tomatillos, guajillo peppers, adobo chiles, and crushed garlic, a condiment that takes four hours per batch to make in-house. Put it all together and you have a Hudson House classic, designed by owner Tom Teknos, and on the menu since Day One.

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Grandpa Richard’s Pancakes Rose’s Fine Food 10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-309-7947 One of the solid, simple selections on the breakfast menu at Rose’s, it’s like everything else at the finer diner: real food, made with actual house-made ingredients. Take these flapjacks inspired by co-owner Molly Mitchell’s family recipe from Up North. Mitchell says, “We use a lot of eggs in them, so they’re a little more custardy than your usual pancake. They’re more tender and eggier.” Mitchell says they also makes their own cultured butter by souring heavy cream, “like how you’d make crème fraîche,” and then they “beat the butter out of buttermilk,” form it into rosettes, and place it atop the griddlecakes. “It’s tangy and salty and contrasts nicely with the Michigan maple syrup,” Mitchell says. For added richness, the griddle station can add fruit (usually berries or pear slices) or crumbled bacon for $1.50. Mitchell also points out there’s nothing to stop you from having both added if you want to really get crazy. Vegan poutine Brooklyn Street Local 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6547 Canadian natives Deveri Gifford and Jason Yates moved to Detroit just to open a hands-on neighborhood diner. They just happened to move here as the popularity of that Canadian answer to chili cheese fries — poutine — was on the upswing. They serve a few different versions of the dish, but their vegan poutine may be a first, using hand-cut fries, mushroom gravy, and Daiya vegan cheese. It’s all in line with the thoughtfulness of the owners: always as friendly as possible to dietary restrictions. n


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Dining in Detroit has come a long way in the past few years. Where there were once only a couple of fine dining restaurants mixed in with an abundance of take-out places, there are now a slew of destination eateries. Some are fancy white tablecloth places while others are more casual joints, but all of them seem to be on the tip of every Detroit foodie’s tongue. Parc 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-922-7272 Though prices are high — pasta $18-$38, reserve steaks running from $27 for petite to $112 for 40 ounces — in Parc’s first weeks it was hard to get a reservation. Diners will find fresh flowers and heavy white linens, glowing candles in old-fashioned candlesticks, courtly if modern, ever-present service — teams of servers, mostly male — and a “unicorn list” of special wines ranging from $500 to $6,000 a bottle. Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles 19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-861-0229 It didn’t take long for the lines to form once Kuzzo’s opened its doors. The irresistible comfort food combo — chicken and waffles — is obviously the main draw, and Kuzzo’s is the latest in Detroit to try its hand at the dish. But it also offers up a host of other soul food staples. The early raves have held up and momentum has remained strong, which is a solid test of whether a restaurant is merely trendy or built for longevity.

Selden Standard 3921 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-438-5055 Chef Andy Hollyday is very much on the bandwagon of know-your-local-purveyor, and he includes locally grown produce in his popular small plates with much success. As an added bonus to the community feeling of a small plates restaurant, Selden also offers a long community table that seats 14, with patrons chosen randomly to rub elbows with strangers. Mabel Gray 23825 John R Rd., Hazel Park; 248-398-4300 James Rigato has done it again, this time in Hazel Park. His second restaurant, little Mabel Gray, is a carefully orchestrated mix of seeming blitheness in the decor and a piling-on of fastidious details in the food prep. The result is nothing but fun for lucky diners, who have filled the madeover Ham Heaven diner every night since it opened. Peterboro 420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313833-1111 The differences between the Peterboro and most local Chinese fare are evident on every level. Dishes are exquisitely plated, entrées are bursting with unique spices, and old standards are given a modern touch. At the same time, they don’t purport to be strictly “authentic.” What you’ll find is a cultural collision, where chef Brion Wong’s Chinese heritage is met with his New York upbringing, and his expertise in fine European dining.

Rock City Eatery 4216 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-265-3729 A recent move from Hamtramck to Midtown means Rock City Eatery’s owner and chef, Nikita Sanches, has a larger kitchen to work with — and he’s creating a menu unlike any other in Detroit. On top of classic comforts — like the robust and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, deliciously charred and semispicy Brussels sprouts, and its homage to the venerable poutine — are a number of entrées that embody Sanches’ persistent rebelliousness. Grey Ghost 47 Watson St., Detroit; 313262-6534 The place is stylish, with floor-length windows, but a big mural of the Grey Ghost, a legendary Prohibition-era rumrunner, seems out of place — he looks like Long John Silver. The vibe is casual but expensive, as every newcomer in this category is striving for these days. The menu is divided not into starters and mains but into cured (such as charcuterie), raw (oysters, tuna, steak tartare), not meat (one fish dish and one each of soup, salad, and pasta), meat (lamb sausage and quail as well as beef), and sides. El Asador 1312 Springwells St., Detroit; 313-297-2360 In 2014, owner and chef Luis Garza decided to bring sophisticated steak and seafood dishes, with fancy sauces, to Mexicantown. Diners can choose from rib-eyes, New York strips, and aged sirloin

steaks, plus squid, scallops, and mussels, none of which is common in the neighborhood. Most suburban patrons just know this restaurant as the place that prepares guacamole tableside. In an effort to be even more inclusive and revolutionary, Garza recently made his entire menu — save pork chorizo, which will be prepared separately from all other dishes — halal. The Conserva 201 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6133 Plates at the Conserva are brought out one at a time, at a nice pace. All are on the large side for small plates, and chef Matthew Baldridge seems to specialize in rich flavors (don’t be thinking light and salad-y), all of which are accessible to any chef but which are not super common. The recurring theme is some fairly outrageous richness in the main event with just a hint of contrast from an acidic element. Chartreuse 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313818-3915 Reservations are highly recommended at this super-hip Sandy Levine-owned restaurant located in Midtown, just across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts. The spot quickly earned local praise for its inventive and flavorful small plates, its stellar service, an intriguing interior, and complimentary bread and ramp butter baskets. You’ll find a long list of cocktails as well as a handful of liqueurs made by Carthusian monks in France — a family of liqueurs that shares the restaurant’s name. n

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Sometimes you want to go out to eat, but the stars just aren’t aligned for a sit-down dining experience. If the hang-up is the fact that you have two or three kids just a bit too young for table manners, there’s no reason to worry. That’s why there’s such a thing as ice cream. There are still dozens of neighborhood ice cream places in metro Detroit. They still ask you for your order through a screen and dispense soft-serve ice cream and hot dogs, cones with sprinkles and hamburgers. Some of these places have been in business for as long as 50 years. Take, for instance, Burk’s Igloo (10300 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-8726830). The permanent stand is closed in the winter, but opens every summer from noon to 10 p.m., featuring ice cream and a short short-order menu best enjoyed in


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the open air on the picnic table outside it. Or take Clark’s Ice Cream & Yogurt (3312 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-541-6560), which is open year-round. You won’t get a hot dog here, but they stock 60 different flavors, and still have that roadside stand feel despite the small lobby inside and benches and picnic tables outside. Those looking for a nostalgic ice cream parlor experience? Choices abound. Macomb County has Leason’s Dairy Bar & Grille (11475 E. 13 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-977-2680), family-owned and operated since 1970. Ice cream flavors include cookie dough and “moose tracks.” The “Glacier” is a popular item that mixes some of your favorite candies with vanilla soft-serve. There are also pitas, gyros, burgers and more. Over in Oakland County is Ray’s Ice Cream (4233 Coolidge Hwy., Royal Oak; 248-549-5256), another familyowned ice cream parlor that has logged almost 60 years in the business. They make gourmet ice cream on-site, more than 50 flavors of it. In the summer, there can be lines stretching out into the parking lot. Downriver has Calder Brothers Dairy (1020 Southfield Rd., Lincoln Park; 313381-8858). Having logged 70 years of operation, the Calder Brothers’ spot may be the last remaining Downriver dairy taking it from cow to cone. They still make their ice cream fresh, right on their own farm in Carleton, using milk from their own moo-cows. They do not use artificial hormones to enhance milk production, instead relying on healthy feed rations, good management, and lots of TLC. Flavors range from reliable vanilla to the more adventurous like cinnamony horchata, cake batter, and “Holstein paradise” — coconut with chocolate chips and almonds. Another old-fashioned ex-

perience through and through is Guernsey Farms Dairy Family Style Restaurant (21300 Novi Rd., Northville; 248-349-1466). You can go to Guernsey Farms just for an ice cream cone, or to buy dairy products from a little convenience store, or you can go for a meal. Guernsey Farms has kept families lapping up quality ice cream since 1940. With 48 flavors available at any given time (and many more in production), as well as an assortment of cones, sherbets, sorbets, and other ice cream desserts, you’ll probably have a hard time deciding what to order. Co-owner Marty McGuire, one of the founder’s sons, says the farmers Guernsey works with are traditional family farms that treat animals as more than milk-producing machines. He says, “Their cows are like part of their family.” McGuire adds, “I guess you would call us a craft dairy. We try to do the best we can and work with all the old formulas my dad created back when he went to Michigan Agriculture College and wrote up the formulas. We still use the basic formulas he created back then.” But those who must have something unusual and outré aren’t out of luck. There’s Scott Moloney’s Treat Dreams (22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3440), where the flavor board in his bakery and micro-creamery prove that just about anything can be made into a dairy-based dessert. Who knew that purple yam, potato chips, jalapeno peppers, and chicken are all legitimate ice cream flavors? In Moloney’s able hands, unconventional but inspired tastes just keep coming. His “Sunday Breakfast” is like maple syrup, bacon, and waffles, and his “Mango Unchained” mixes mango, Southern Comfort, and cayenne. Other out-there flavors have included macaroni and cheese, sweet corn, and chocolatecovered potato chip. n


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EAT Andiamo Italia for locations see Andiamo’s newly expanded banquet Warren facility can cater parties or business functions from 50 to 650 people in “luxurious splendor.” Anita’s Kitchen 22651 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-5480680: This popular Lebanese spot features a large, covered outdoor dining area in the warmer months. The bar serves beer, wine, raw juices and smoothies. Avalon International Breads for locations see The popular Cass Corridor bakery and cafe has expanded with new locations in downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor. Beans and Cornbread 29508 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-208-1680; Award-winning soul food restaurant fuses southern roots with an epicurean influence in traditional favorites and low country cuisine. Big Boy locatons at The classic diner still abounds in metro Detroit, offering a full menu, as well as that salad bar. Just look for the big boy in the checkered overalls. Black Eagle at the Bosco 22930 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248541-8818: Black Eagle’s food is handily on-trend, specializing on the recent mass market popularity of messy bar food, loosely adapting classic ethnic food favorites, and topping things with childhood snacks. Bread Basket for locations see This deli brings you the biggest and best corned beef samwich...period! Cooked fresh every three hours. Best of Detroit winner. Bucharest Grill for locations see Growing out of a shop inside the Park Bar, Bucharest now serves a large menu of everything from gourmet hot dogs to beef shawarma at three locations. Buddy’s Pizza for multiple locations see Celebrating 70 years, family-owned Buddy’s Pizza is the birthplace of the original Detroit-style square pizza and is a perpetual Best of Detroit Winner.

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CK Diggs 2010 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-853-6600: Family-owned and -operated eatery offers pasta, seafood, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and more in a comfortable dining atmosphere, with patio dining in good weather.

Grey Ghost 47 Watson St., Detroit; 313-262-6534; This place is stylish, with floor-length windows, a heated patio, and a big mural of the Grey Ghost, the legendary Prohibition-era rumrunner.

The Clean Plate 45629 Hayes Rd, Shelby Township; 586-580-3293; Vegetarian and vegan dining dedicated to using organic ingredients from local farms.

Ima 2015 Michigan Ave., Corktown, Detroit; 313-502-5959; Ima is small, with two long communal tables and blond-wood counters with high stools along three sides. Main dishes are based on either udon or rice.

The Conserva 201 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6133; The best way to go at The Conserva is straight to the longer “food” list — which will change frequently. Plates are brought out one at a time, at a nice pace. Dave & Buster’s 19375 Victor Pkwy., Livonia; 45511 Park Ave., Suite D, Utica; Part-restaurant, part-arcade, D&B is fun for the whole family. New games added all of the time keep the Dabe & Buster’s experience fresh. Jim Brady’s Detroit 1214 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-306-1954: A flashy throwback to the 1950s Detroit restaurant—plush, upholstered barstools and table seating, and an all-pink ladies’ room. Old school faves like steak and burgers share the menu with more contemporary choices. Gaucho Steakhouse 39550 W. 7 Mile Rd., Northville; 248-3807770: Michigan’s authentic 4 star Churrascaria (Brazilian Steak House) has a generous array of meat portions brought to the table on skewers and includes an expansive salad bar. Gold Cash Gold 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-242-0770; There’s usually around seven entrees, four shareable snacking plates, and five or so smaller plates — mostly salads and soup. The dishes range from skate wing to scallops to duck, with grains and greens and accompaniments of all types. Green Space 215 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248206-7510; A fully-vegan plant based bar and eatery emphasizing health, flavor and community.

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Iridescence 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7711; Iridescence takes 4-diamond dining to new heights. Perched high atop the MotorCity Casino Hotel tower, the restaurant is pure luxury. From the sweeping city views, to the winning entrées, experience true fine dining as the chef prepares your contemporary American and fusion dishes in their open kitchen.

777-7770: A good old steakhouse with Chateaubriand, lamb chops and steaks. The dimly lit, low-ceilinged, brick-walled structure can seat 200. Novi Chophouse Inside Crowne Plaza Detroit-Novi, 27000 Karevich Dr., Novi; 248-305-5210: Sophisticated steakhouse offers top-shelf meat and an extensive wine list. O.W.L. 27302 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-808-6244: this greasy spoon-style diner offers burgers alongside Mexicaninspired options. Parc 800 Woodward Ave., Campus Martius Park, Detroit; 313-922-7272: Let me assure you that the food at Parc is fabulous….Each plate has a lot going on, but in each case the elements combine to make a whole greater than the sum.

La Feria 4130 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-285-9081; Authentic Spanish tapas restaurant with a sexy, casual atmosphere.

Plaza Deli 29145 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-356-2310: Reminiscent of New York’s bestknown delis, Plaza is a casual cafeteria-style deli with delicious sandwiches.

Little Z’s BBQ 22428 Greater Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586585-1000: Dine-in, carry-out, or delivery, the barbecue at this small restaurant is a hit with aficionados.

Selden Standard 3921 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-438-5055; A rotating menu focuses on farm-to-table dishes.

Lockhart’s BBQ 202 E. Third St., Royal Oak; 248-584-4227; Authentic Southern BBQ. Smoked meat over a low wood-based fire using select and prepared cuts of beef and pork.

Toasted Oak Grill and Market 27790 Novi Rd, Novi; 248-2776000; A hotel restaurant that’s a cut above, charcuterie such as terrines, patés and rillettes are excellent, served among bare tables, a mirrored ceiling, vintage signs and posters. Don’t miss the wine list--Toasted Oak’s amazing selection will not leave you wanting.

Luciano’s Italian Restaurant 39091 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-263-6540: Upscale eatery serving Italian specialties amid Mediterranean-inspired decor. MGM Grand Palette Dining Studio 1777 Third St., (inside MGM Grand Detroit); 313-3937777; Indulge your creative side at Palette Dining Studio. Created by award-winning chefs especially for their all-you-care-to-eat gallery, these inspired creations are a delicious canvas of color, texture, and flavor. Mr. Paul’s Steakhouse 29850 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville; 586-

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine 1250 Library St., Detroit; 313-9628800: Downtown hotspot is a hub for Cuban culture, from such dishes as tilapia or shredded beef -- salsa lessons start at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Vinsetta Garage 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248548-7711; This former actual garage offers a stylish backdrop for comfort food dishes that include burgers, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.




Yoga is a niche workout that never seems to go out of style. Whereas cardio drumming was cool for a season or two, yoga’s remained a powerful way to exercise one’s mind and body for centuries. The practice has evolved little throughout the years, yet people still feel drawn to the spiritual and physical toil that comes along with pushing our mortal being to its limits. Metro Detroit is rife with studios that practice yoga in all different manners, giving both experienced and novice yogis plenty of intriguing options. Yoga Shelter With locations in Royal Oak, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, and West Bloom-

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field, Yoga Shelter is accessible to just about anyone who lives in a northern suburb. A membership is a tad expensive, but newbies are afforded a $29 30-day trial, plus they often run deals on Groupon. Those bargains will get you in the door, but the studio’s atmosphere will keep you coming. Instructors create their own flows and construct playlists around them usings modern music. Full disclosure, we’ve practiced at this studio and been generally impressed, especially the time a singalong to Whitney Houston’s “Your Love in My Love” erupted during pigeon pose. Iyengar Yoga 10023 Jos Campau, Hamtramck; 313-528-9493; iyen-

| Annual Manual 2017 Inyegar is the kind of yoga that is alignment-based and employs straps, wooden blocks, and other accessories (all of which are provided by the studio) to ensure the body can achieve the correct posture. Visitors to this Hamtramck studio welcomes all bodies, all abilities, all sizes, and those in wheelchairs. You can purchase a five-class trial membership for $30, but a month-long membership will cost you $95 plus a $100 yearly membership fee. Citizen Yoga 500 S. Washington St., Royal Oak; 248-268-2160; This studio (which also has a location in Detroit and

promises to open a studio in Bloomfield Hills soon) is your basic, straightforward yoga studio. They’re form-focused and they offer the usual types of classes like a slow flow for beginners and a vinyasa class for those a little better versed in their practice. Unlike other studios around here, they offer a kids yoga class ($40) as well as a free first class to all new students. Even better, they offer two free community class every Sunday, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Otherwise prices are a little higher here, $115 per month. Detroit Yoga Lab 69 W. Forest St., Detroit; 313831-9642; Detroit Yoga Lab provides a modern and unique experience that is as inclusive as it is unique, although it’s usually not during the world’s best techno festival. They offer a full schedule of classes including the usual slow flow and vinyasa as well as infrared hot yoga and a candlelit slow flow. They offer a month-long trial period of unlimited classes


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SHOP for $45 and an unlimited monthly auto pay program at $99 a month. Last year Detroit Yoga Lab hosted a special outdoor yoga class at Movement Electronic Music Festival in Hart Plaza and we have to say that we were particularly inspired by not only the coolness that was having a DJ provide fresh vibes for our practice on a grassy knoll in the middle of Detroit, but also by our beautiful lady instructor and her pit hair. Bikram Yoga Midtown 55 W. Canfield, Detroit, Ste. 1; 313-782-4663; Bikram yoga is a fancy way of saying it’s going to be really, really hot in the room. The practice involves cranking up the furnace to ensure everyone is sweating at the maximum sweat potential and coming very close to fainting. And that sentence was only slightly hyperbolic. Anyway, this Midtown studio is the only one of its kind in Detroit proper, although you’ll find similar studios in the suburbs. We suggest bringing a couple hand towels to sop up the sweat and you might want to keep the eyeliner light — otherwise you’ll leave the studio looking like Alice Cooper. (Hey, we’re speaking from experience here.) Pricing here is similar to other studios ($99 for an auto pay contract) and they offer a $45 30-day trial. Intentional Yoga 1394 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-651-7800; Upon hearing the foundation of Rochester Hills’ Intentional Yoga is a one hour and 20 minute-long practice in 103 degree heat, you might look elsewhere to fulfill your yogic desires. But, you’d be remiss to let the likes of such a practice turn you away from this studio.

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Let us offer another solution — how about a 60-minute slow flow class or a heat-free yin yoga class that will allow you to center your mind, body, and spirit? See, there’s something for everyone here. Classes are a teensy bit cheaper here than at similar studios — a three-month package will run you $267, which breaks down to $89 a month.

blocks and ropes to get into the perfect alignment) and vinyasa (moving in a sequence and focusing on the breath) yoga practices and he hopes his practices will give his students a sense of wellbeing and positive change that will carry through to the rest of their lives. That’s a noble pursuit. You can purchase a monthly membership for $99.

EnSoul Yoga 210 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-397-8808; Born out our Yoga Shelter, this studio is new to metro Detroit’s blossoming yoga studio scene. It’s run by a former Yoga Shelter instructor, so you can expect a somewhat similar vibe in that instructors use modern

Yoga 4 Peace 13550 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate; 734-282-9642; y4peace. org This downriver studio is a little bit different than the rest of this list, mostly because it’s a nonprofit that welcomes everyone to practice, despite their physical or financial limitations. All classes are drop-in only and


music to invigorate the practice and give it a more modern vibe. Owner and yogi Caren Paskel welcome yoga practitioners to join her tribe, and at a decent price too. New patrons get their first month for $39, a 10 class per month package is $89 and an unlimited monthlong package is $99. Detroit Yoga 1216 Catalpa Dr., Royal Oak; 313-647-8868; detroityoga. com Funny enough, this yoga studio isn’t in Detroit. It’s in Royal Oak. Instructor Jason Schramm specializes in Ashtanga (using

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you’re only required to pay what you can afford. They offer hot yoga, restorative yoga, slow flow, vinyasa, and a candlelit yin yoga, plus a Saturday morning class for kids. If you’re looking to break into yoga, this a great place to start — you can’t beat the price. Sattva Yoga Center 835 Mason St., Suite B120, Dearborn; 313-274-3995; With a packed daily schedule and a focus on putting their patrons on a path toward peace, Sattva Yoga stands out in a crowd of yoga studios not

only in Dearborn but across metro Detroit. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday they hold an early morning self practice hour, followed by classes that welcome yogis of all levels to pose, stretch, and breathe together. New students can purchase a month’s worth of classes for $77, after the package costs $95. 359° Yoga 3162 Biddle Ave. #200, Wyandotte; 734-309-7060; 359yoga. com New to Wyandotte’s little downtown district, this studio specializes in hot yoga and focuses on creating a fun and uplifting environment. You’ll find their schedule full of slow flow and vinyasa classes, but they also offer tai chi every Tuesday and Saturday, plus various workshops and trunk shows. The second-story studio is perched over the city’s iconic Stroh’s Ice Cream shop, so, you know, once you’ve finished you can get some strawberry cheesecake scooped into a waffle cone and not feel too bad about it. New students can sign up for a $33 30-day trial and after that monthly packages start at $88. Om at the Max 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313.576.5111; This one is something of an honorable mention, because Om at the Max only happens once every few months, but it’s worth noting because it’s a unique experience that you won’t find at a studio. It’s held inside the Cube at Orchestra Hall and the accompaniment is provided by an orchestral group or string quartet and the whole thing is taught by yoga pro/orchestra librarian Ethan Allen. It’s $25 a class, but they’ll pass out discount vouchers for upcoming classes at the end of your practice. The next class is March 5 at 10:30 a.m. n










Bow Wow Baketique You won’t find artificially flavored or brightly colored dog treats at Bow Wow Baketique, the owners have dedicated their business to creating tasty, wholesome, and well-made goodies for your canine companion. Bow Wow Baketique owner Lisa Bardy even hosts an ice cream social (serving a frozen yogurt treat that dogs love) every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. The store also carries an assortment of doggie accessories like harnesses, collars, and leashes, along with paraphernalia to outfit the most ardent of pet lovers. Fun fact: Shinola’s Midtown location distributes Bow Wow Baketique treats to all its canine patrons. 20207 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-469-7204; Cass Corridog Michelle Potas’ Midtown pet boutique understands that adorable doggie sweaters are just as vital to pet owners as a supplement that will keep your dog from raiding the litter box. The shop might be small but it’s packed with food, healthy snacks, gift boxes, flea and tick care, pet beds, and more. Potas is incredibly knowledgeable about the items she carries, which makes her a great resource when picking out the perfect plaything for your rambunctious puppy. Bonus: The store is right around the corner from the Shinola dog park. 4240 Cass Ave. #110, Detroit; 313-775-1018;

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City Bark When we spoke with City Bark owner Jamie Judson, she was in the middle of uprooting her Grosse Pointe pet store for new digs in Detroit’s up-and-coming Capitol Park district. She says the move was prompted by her lease expiring and consequently doing some soul-searching about what she really wanted to do with the successful pet boutique. She carefully selected a storefront inside the Albert building mostly because the mixed-use building is petfriendly. She says her shop will offer affordable accessories, treats, food, leashes, collars, and other supplies. They’ll also host vaccine clinics as well as mobile groomers that will make City Bark a one-stop shop. 1222 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-881-2275; citydetroitbark. com Canine to Five We’re partial to Canine to Five not only because they’re Ferndale location is just around the corner from our office, but because this doggie daycare really knows how to treat your furry friend. They focus on “pack-style all day play” which means your pooch is going to be pooped by the time you pick them up, plus they’ll be playing on other indoor and outdoor playgrounds. They also have a special lounge for senior dogs and dogs with special

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needs. Better than all that, the business offers webcam access so you can watch your furbaby frolic and play while getting down to business. 3443 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313831-3647; caninetofivedetroit. com Fido OK, so arguably dog training doesn’t sound all that luxurious, but what is luxurious is not having to check your blood pressure after walking your dog who doesn’t understand that the reason they’re choking is because you haven’t taught them to heel. Make life a little more enjoyable at Fido, where owner Tammy Crenshaw offers classes to fit even the busiest of schedules, plus gentle grooming, access to a carefully curated selection of toys, treats, and training accessories, plus dog-walking and pet-sitting ser vices, and seminars on perti-

nent topics for dog owners. 23440 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-607-9350; 3 Dogs 1 Cat You’ll find this cheekily named pet boutique on the outskirts of Detroit’s famous Eastern Market, tucked behind Vivio’s and DeVries & Co. on Riopelle, but the emporium for all things pet-related is larger than it’s obscured exterior would suggest. Inside you’ll find hip pet accessories like Detroit Manufacturing dog collars and leashes, beds, food and treats, and “interactive feeding dishes.” The best part of a visit to 3 Dogs 1 Cat might just be a visit with the store’s mascot, a friendly chihuahua mix named Elroy. 2472 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-285-8371; Pet Beastro Owner Jill Tack was always sort of destined to open a pet supply shop, but her parents and a dog named Max helped make that destiny a reality. She pleaded her parents for a pet as a child, but before agreeing they stipulated she’d have to commit to buying food and pet supplies. Upon agreement, the family welcomed a pooch named Max. As the dog aged and became ill with cancer, Tack began researching holistic, nutritionbased, and homeopathic pet care. Now, she helps educate other pet owners by offering healthy and affordable solutions inside her east side shop. 27637 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-548-3448; n



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SHOP American Jewelry and Loan 20450 Greenfield Rd., Detroit; 313-345-4000: Sure, you’ve seen the Gold family on Hardcore Pawn, and now you want to see them in real life. Get an appraisal, or leave with a treasure, even if it’s just a selfie.

Detroit Leather Company 10 years since its inception, Detroit Leather is still crafting an array of quality goods, be it goggles, masks, pouches or other artisan products. Their craftsmanship is exquisite.

Modern Skate and Surf 1500 N. Stephenson Hwy., Royal Oak; 248-545-5700; Royal Oak’s massive indoor skate park houses many ramps for skateboarding, skating, and scootering all year round. Lessons available for all ages.

Biker Bob’s Harley-Davidson 14100 Telegraph Rd., Taylor; 734-947-4647 At Biker Bob’s, you’ll find the very best signature Harley-Davidson apparel and pre-owned inventory.

Detroit Mercantile Co 6432 Russell St., Detroit; Located near the heart of Eastern Market, this Michigan-focused shop offers both kitsch and quality, vintage and new. A must-stop during any Eastern Market excursion.

Mount N Repair 205 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-647-8670; With one of the largest inventories of jewelry in metro Detroit, Mount-N-Repair provides custom designs, repairs, appraisals and more.

Chronic Releaf 21651 W. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-693-4564: Call it a wellness center or a medical dispensary, but it all means the same thing—caring staff, evaluation services, and access to the healing power of cannabis. City Market 575 Brush St., Detroit; 313-222-0000: Crammed floor-to-ceiling with fresh produce and delicious vittles, it’s an excellent urban market without the inflated prices. Their selection of wine and beer is superior and they make great sandwiches and salads. Hours go to midnight every day they’re open. Code Green 15500 W. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-649-2755: Dispensary with a comfortable atmosphere including free refreshments, unique promotions, and many options of medicine including but not limited to flower, edibles, wax, and balms. Comic City for locations visit Billed as Detroit’s “comic book and graphic novel headquarters,” Comic City has books, gear, novelties, shirts, even games. Dearborn Music 22501 Michigan Ave., With over 60 years in the business, Dearborn Music has new and used CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and vinyl covering rock, jazz, classical, and more. More than 50,000 titles, with knowledgeable staff.

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Detroit T-Shirts 26038 Grand River Ave, Redford; 248-7872724; Sells their own line of Detroit-themed merchandise and also provides custom screen printing services. Dixieland Flea Market 2045 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; 248-3383220: More than 250 independent merchants litter this wild antique collectable flea market. You might not find exactly what you’re looking for, but you’ll certainly find a few things you never knew you always needed. Found Sound 234 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-565-8775; Get your #tbts worth at Found Sound. The Downtown Ferndale record store buys and sells LPs, CDs and other music formats, both old and new. Green River Meds 24363 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313246-6912: State-of-the-art medical marijuana dispensary providing holistic medicine. Hydrogiant for locations visit One of Michigan’s foremost hydroponics retailers offers top of the line equipment, environmentally viable products and knowledgeable staff. Lover’s Lane see loverslane. com for many locations: From kinky costumes to adult toys, it’s mind-blowing to see just what’s available to those looking to spice up their love lives.

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Naughty Time Novelty 21354 Hall Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-4654688; Bachelor and bachelorette party gear, gag gifts, cards, exotic dancewear, role-playing costumes, lubes, bondage gear and more. Optik Birmingham 247 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-6466699; Vintage and contemporary eyewear, accessories and objets d’art. People’s Choice Alternative Medicine 2245 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-369-8573: Committed to helping members safely access medical cannabis in accordance with the Michigan Marijuana Act. Voted best dispensary in Michigan. The Pleasure Zone 35806 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights; 586722-7913: Adult store offers a full array of toys, lubes, apparel, and more. Red Wagon 2940 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-8529307; 1613 Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-404-9999: You don’t last 50 years in the vino business by phoning it in. Both Red Wagon locations have some of the finest wines, including Michigan brands, as well as a full selection of spirits and over 1000 craft beers. Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear 20411 Farmington Rd., Livonia; 248-476-1262; One of the midwest’s best Western outfitters, with thousands of boots for men, women and children.

The Station 25940 Michigan Ave., Inkster; 313-561-7969: Long serving waystation for heads, hippies, and novelty seakers, the helpful folks here will help you light up in style. Tha Head Shop Smoke Shop 737 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-677-0178: Head shop has it all: glass pipes, vaporizers, vapor pens, oil pens, blunts, papers, and all your smoking accessories. Warren Community Trade Center 2300 E 10 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-756-7660: Flea market with a wide variety of friendly vendors in a location with free parking, admission and Wi-fi.

SERVICES Blo Salon 45318 Market St., Shelby Twp.; 586-566-7700: Inspired beauty parlor motivated by high standards and the latest styles and techniques to ensure and elevated styling experience. City Place Apartments 1600 Antietam Ave., Detroit; 313-5670400:1600 Antietam Ave., Detroit; 313-567-0400; cityplacedetroit. com: Sleek modern urban apartments that offer an incredible view of the city and are within walking distance of Detroit’s most popular eateries and retailers. Detroit Public Health STD Clinic 50 E. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-577-9100: Clinic hosted by WSU’s school of medicine that provides screening, diagnosis, prevention and treatment with or without an appointment. Michigan ED Clinic 28237 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-752-7482: Honest, sensitive and experienced doctors provide personalized treatment to help all men perform the way they want to, regardless of age. Thru Luna’s Eyes 513 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-545-5413: Full-service hair salon trained in precision cutting, permanent and temporary color, extensions, and dreadlocks.


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Why waste one of Detroit’s rare sunny days inside a stuffy art gallery? The city boasts an increasingly incredible outdoor art supply, from an ever-evolving eyeball-grabbing mural district to public sculptures and more. Get a car, hit the road, and check out some of these outdoor works of art. (Many of these spots — and plenty of others — can be found in Art in Detroit Public Places by Dennis Alan Nawrocki, available from Wayne State University Press.) Onward: “Transcending” Situated in downtown Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza, this enormous installation

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is a monument to Detroit’s labor movement, dedicated in 2003. The 63-foot tall ring was designed by David Barr of Livonia, and the base, which includes quotes from labor leaders, was designed by Sergio de Guisti from Redford. (1 Hart Plaza, Detroit) “United We Stand” Detroit artist Charles McGee debuted this 20-foot-by20-foot sculpture outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in 2016. The abstracted blackand-white forms are meant to signify the 50th anniversary of the infamous 1967 civil disturbance in Detroit. (315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit)

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“Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust” Dabls Olayami started this outdoor installation in the early 2000s partially in an attempt to create an AfricanAmerican answer to Detroit’s other historic ethnic neighborhoods. While a neighborhood never took root in that way, the sprawling outdoor installation “Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust” will certainly make you ponder race in America — especially if you can catch a guided tour by Dabls. The space also includes Dabls’ African Bead Gallery and MBAD Museum, which features an extensive African bead collection. See why filmmaker Quentin Tar-

antino is a fan. (6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit) “The Spirit of Detroit” Created by noted sculptor Marshall Fredericks at the height of Detroit’s prosperity in 1958, this green giant has become a symbol of the city itself, as can be seen in the endless hand-painted parodies that decorate neighborhood shops and Coney Islands. While you’re visiting, the nearby “The Monument to Joe Louis” beckons. Dedicated in 1986, it’s perhaps Detroit’s second-most iconic sculpture. Go ahead. Take the obligatory selfie in front of them. (2 Woodward Ave., Detroit)



Michigan Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Dedicated in 1872, this more than 60-foot-tall monument was created by Randolph Rogers and is one of the oldest examples of public art in Detroit. An early monument to the Civil War, the work honors Michigan’s soldiers who fell during the war, and is topped by a heroic, swordwielding female warrior meant to embody the state. (Campus Martius Park) Eastern Market murals For the past five years, local print house 1xRUN has curated more than 75 murals in Detroit’s Eastern Market, transforming the historic food district into an outdoor art gallery in its own right. For the past two years, they’ve hosted the Murals in the Market Festival in September, which last year brought more than 50 local, national, and international street artists who decked the district’s sheds, garages, eateries, and other businesses with a smorgasbord of colorful murals. The nearby Dequindre Cut is a now-defunct rail line that has been transformed into a greenway for public

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use, and features even more murals. (Eastern Market, Detroit) Hamtramck Disneyland The so-called “Hamtramck Disneyland” was created over the course of more than 20 years by the late Dmytro Szylak, a retired General Motors auto worker who began installing this Rube Goldbergesque amalgamation of moving parts in his own backyard in 1992. After Szylak died in 2015, the fate of the installation was in jeopardy, but an arts group eventually bought the property. While much of the art has been removed for repairs, we’re told it should begin to return by the spring. (in the alley behind 12087 Klinger St., Hamtramck) The Z The Z is a parking garage, but downtown fine art gallery the Library Street Collective has spruced it up with murals by 27 artists from around the world in 2014. While you’re there, check out the nearby Belt alleyway, which features more murals, including works by artists like Shepard Fairey and Tristan Eaton. (Library

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Tyree Guyton has transformed empty lots and even entire houses into found-object art in his childhood neighborhood as part of the Heidelberg Project. And for nearly as long, the project has inspired both the city’s ire and endless debates (Is it beautiful? Is it ugly? Is it political? Is it even art?) But if you want to see the project, you’d better act fast: Last year, following a string of arsons, Guyton announced he would slowly dismantle the project to make way for a more permanent museum. Photo by Kelley O’neill (Heidelberg and Mount Elliott streets, Detroit) n



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If you haven’t been a spectator of live theater in a while, what you find might surprise you. In a day and age when overblown CGI graphics appear in lieu of character-driven drama, and when absolutely instantaneous videos on YouTube have shortened our attention spans, turning your cellphone off and giving yourself over to in-person performances right before your eyes can be revelatory. When the lights go down and the curtain goes up, you’d be surprised how the old magic of actual people telling a story in front of you still works as well as ever. The things that make live theater a great first or second date are also the things that make it worthwhile all the time. No medium is better for discussing over drinks afterward, mostly because good performances of great plays offer a chance to grapple with important issues in the here and now. Why is that? Because playwrights of all sorts of perspectives still write for the stage, where off-kilter

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characters and unconventional plots still do get presented by a dwindling number of courageous theater companies. The kind of stuff that used to be in interesting movies a decade or two ago still abounds on the live stage. Purple Rose Theatre 137 Park St., Chelsea 734-433-7673 Emmy-winning actor and Michigander Jeff Daniels founded his Purple Rose Theatre more than 25 years ago. The name was inspired by the 1985 Woody Allen film The Purple Rose of Cairo, in which Daniels starred, garnering a Golden Globe nomination. In 1986, Daniels moved back to his old stomping grounds of Chelsea, where he built this 168-seat house that often mounts productions of plays with local connections. The theater isn’t half as well-known as it should be, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

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Matrix Theatre 2730 Bagley St., Detroit 313-967-0999 Nestled off the main thoroughfares of Mexicantown, the Matrix Theater has been at the forefront of communityoriented, often communitydriven theater. At Matrix, the art of theater is just one of three pillars along with community and social justice. In a way, the theater’s mission is as much education as entertainment, with workshops and classes that seek to engage the people who live around it. In fact, many of the theater’s most successful shows grew out of working with the people of Southwest Detroit. The Detroit Repertory Theatre 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit 313-868-1347 The Detroit Repertory Theatre, or “the Rep” as it’s often known, is tucked away on a depopulated stretch of Woodrow Wilson Street on the city’s west side. For more than a halfcentury, “the Rep” has staged several plays a year, including plenty of national premieres of

topically important work. The theater was a pioneer of raceblind casting, and productions often trade in important social issues — although lighthearted comedy also has its place. All productions have a prestige factor, with quality sets, pitchperfect lighting design, and a tight technical ensemble, to say nothing of the gorgeous lounge and bar, which is probably the longest in Detroit. The Ringwald Theater 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-545-5545 About 10 years ago, Joe Bailey and Joe Plambeck leased a 3,000-square-foot former office in Ferndale and turned it into a theater catering to the LGBT community. The theater’s bread and butter is farce — outrageous plays that feature drag wardrobe, gender-bending, naughty satire, and intentional overacting, such as Southern Baptist Sissies, Lesbian Vampires of Sodom, and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. But they still manage to sneak in a play or two each season that veers into poignancy, even if they do often leave you laughing. n


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Planning a road trip around the city, and want to impress yourself? Are you in need of new tricks, having long since exhausted the available supply of MC5, Motown, Belleville Three, Gories, and P-Funk jams? Our panel of experts has compiled a list that will blow your socks off, Tiger. Detroit Sex Machines, “The Stretch” (Soul Track, 1972) Absolutely devastating and trippy funk jam rarity, thankfully bootlegged and readily available. The Index, “Eight Miles High” (DC, 1967) Barely ept high school garage psych at its finest from this Grosse Pointe trio. Jay Dee with Frank-NDank, “Pause” (BBE, 2001) This rare J Dilla production is infectious, head-nodding, and a bit weird — just perfect. One String Sam, “I Need a Hundred Dollars” (JVB, 1958) A diddley bow is a onestringed guitar, and Sam Wilson made a glorious racket on the thing. Essie Moss and Robert Grant, “The Detroit Riot” (Billesse, 1968) Did you know there’s an amazing, soulful gospel bal-

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lad released right after the riots? You’ve never heard anything quite like it. DJ Houseshoes, “The King James Version” (no label, 2009) No true history of Detroit’s hip-hop scene can omit this colorful and inventive cut-up artist. Pleasure Seekers, “What a Way to Die” (Hideout, 1965) Raw, heavy-rocking garage scorcher from a 17-year-old Patti Quatro and her 15-yearold sister Suzi. Fugi, “Red Moon” (Grand Junction) You already know about proto-punkers Death; what if we told you the first black psychrock band was from here, and that they were awesome? Dwarf, “I Won’t Be Back” (1975, Merlyn) Fabulously hard, cowbellfueled power-pop that came straight from nowhere and stayed there, but you just have to hear this; it rules.

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Anthony Shakir, “Systemic Advancing” (International Gigolo, 1997) Rarely mentioned second-wave techno artist who’s one of the most unusual, off-kilter voices in Detroit electronic music. Bro Robert, “Alcohol” (Jo Ann, 1968) Very bluesy, funky ode to alcoholism. Doctor Ross, “Cat Squirrel” (Fortune Records, 1961) Hopped-up, raw jump boogie from one of the greatest record labels of all time. L-Seven, “Insanity” (Touch and Go, 1982) No, not the grunge-era act, but an earlier, excellent post-punk act. Kaos & Mystro, “Mystro on the Flex” (1989, World One Records) Afrocentric hip-hop over speedy beats, so good. Nicodemus, “Backstreet Orange” (Zedekiah, 1978) Funky, moody, biker funk-rock? Lordy, all of those are here and more.

Carmen, “Time to Move” (Presents, 1984) An electro boogie jam perfectly suited for the roller rink. Ramrods, “I’m a Ramrod” (DRC, 1977) Understandably, some of the most brutal punk rock has come from Detroit, from the Stooges on through to Negative Approach. Here is a delightfully dunderheaded entry, straight from 1977. Richard Davis, “Methane Sea” (Deep Sea, 1978) None other than radio great the Electrifying Mojo used to start his shows with excerpts from this wacky proto-techno gem, thankfully recently reissued. Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Heavy Music (Cameo, 1967) Super soulful, heavy garage blaster from the days before Chevy trucks were “like a rock.” Superlife, “Go Bananas” (Go Bananas, 1982) Bonkers horny electro super funk; unfuckwithable. n


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MUSIC When the subject of industry in Detroit comes up, most people aren’t talking about vinyl production — but yet here we are, in 2017, about to become one of the only cities in the world with not one but two vinyl pressing plants. Third Man Records, you know. How could you not? The White Stripes defined an era and the garage rock revival sound, carving out yet another genre of significance in Detroit’s rich musical history. Jack White began Third Man as simply a label imprint in 2001; a move to Nashville in 2009 gained a physical headquarters that grew from just a few offices to a small retail space, distribution center, and theater for live performances, among other things. The Detroit location followed in 2015, with much more space for retail than Nashville but many of the other same features — now to WORKERS AT THIRD MAN RECORDS. COURTESY PHOTO


be built up even further with the addition of the pressing plant. The same look and feel, those bumblebee colors and a certain aesthetic flair, runs through all things Third Man; you can spot a Third Man operation from a mile away. With the addition of the plant, Third Man now has the ability to oversee every single part of the music production process — from initial recording at their in-house studios or live at the Blue Room in Third Man (the only venue in the world to record live shows direct to acetate) all the way

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through to the final, finished piece of vinyl, buoyed by both manual operation (the presses themselves are actually manual, so a human touch is necessary to manufacture each and every record) and intense quality control. Third Man Pressing is officially open to the public on Feb. 25, with a party that includes not only live music but also the first commercially available records to be pressed in the plant. These include red reissues of both the White Stripes’ first self-titled album and their second, De Stijl; a

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Destroy All Monsters/Xanadu split 12-inch on black vinyl that was originally released in limited numbers on Cary Loren’s Black Hole Records in 1979; and their first third-party release, a couple different versions of the first record in our own music editor Mike McGonigal’s Detroit Gospel Reissue Project, the Johnson Family Singers’ Don’t Let the Devil Ride. A peek into the goings-on of the Willy Wonka-esque space — brightly colored art has been painted onto the walls by Cass Corridor artist Robert

Sestok — will be visible at all times during the store’s business hours, with plans for tours through the facility and access to more information about some of the technical aspects of the manufacturing. In other words, Third Man Pressing is probably the world’s only immersive pressing plant. Although the plant came to life in the impressively quick timespan of a year, dreaming about it went on for a bit longer. It was when Third Man realized the potential of some extra space at the Detroit location that a concerted search to

MUSIC find machines began — and it wasn’t easy. Vinyl production plunged with the emergence of new formats in the ’90s, and decreased interest was quite enough that pressing plants around the world began to close as fewer and fewer records were made. But even with the sharp renewal of interest in vinyl over the last decade or so, the lack of pressing equipment has been a stumbling block for anyone who did want to open their own operation. People who held onto their machines knew what they had, to the point where one might even have better luck trying to track down a warehouse with forgotten equipment. Many who did hold onto their machines dumped them when the metal market spiked in an attempt to regain some of the money they had invested into storing the equipment. But the renewed interest in vinyl isn’t slowing down. People want to own more and

more albums on this format, for various reasons. Not just new music either — everything from previously unreleased ’60s psych and folk to ’90s alternative that never bothered with the format. But not even just that — major labels have hopped back on too, and all kinds of easy-tofind classics are being reissued in over-the-top deluxe editions. Delays of several months at a time are real. New machines will be doing the pressing at Third Man; in fact, they are eight of the first 10 new machines ever produced by German company Newbilt Machinery, the first company to make new presses in something like 40 years. And they won’t be pressing solely Third Man releases — they also intend to help relieve some of the bottleneck pressure throughout the industry as a whole — the first of which is, as noted, the Gospel Reissue Project. This also means for a peace-

ful coexistence with the pressing plant that has quietly kept Detroit on the vinyl manufacturing map since 1965: Archer Record Pressing, a sacred name to most local independent musicians, a group that has always been a loyal and consistent customer base for the enduring plant. It’s a family business, and current owner-operator Mike Archer is the third generation to man the machines. Opened at the height of vinyl in a city with an especially high caliber of music — not just Motown, but rock, dance, jazz, hip-hop, you name it — being produced on a daily basis, it’s impossible to even begin to truly consider how many terrific records have come to audible life at Archer in its 50-plus years of existence. And that’s without even factoring in the rest of the country, let alone the rest of the world. Even when the industry slowed down, Archer’s location in Detroit

continued to serve as a boon to business, partially thanks to vinyl’s role as a DJ tool (techno is often said, after all, to have been born in Detroit in the ’80s and early ’90s), and partially simply because the city’s strong connection to music has never wavered, no matter the ups and downs of markets and the industry. With the city now home to two pressing plants, that connection has only been deepened. But at the end of the day, Archer puts it best when he says with a laugh, “People want records. We make records. Don’t complicate it.” Third Man Pressing is at 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; retail hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11-5 p.m. Sunday. Archer Record Pressing is at 7401 E. Davison St., Detroit; for more info, see n

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City Club Inside the Leland Building, 400 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-962-2300 This may be the closest any club in the country in 2017 can come to keeping alive the club kid vibe of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Only swap out that scene’s bright costumes with some bondage gear and maybe a gas mask. The weirdos and the almost aphotic dance floor in this industrial club at the bottom of the Leland Hotel join together to create an atmosphere conducive to the in-the-zone Zen dancing that is the hallmark of a successful night out. If you can’t get down to the experimental electronic music though, at the very least City Club offers some good people watching near the better-lit bar. It’s also worth checking out if you’re into feeling nostalgic for a time you weren’t a part of. This storied club was the focal point of Detroit’s new wave scene in the late ’80s. It was also home to the notorious Richie Hawtin parties of the ’90s and early ’00s. City Club is also one of the few places for true night owls: It doesn’t close until after 4 a.m. TV Lounge 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-965-4789 Though this club may be named for the random-ass set of TV screens embedded above the bar, it is known the

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world over as Detroit’s hub for electronic music. TV Lounge (sometimes called TV Bar) hosts world-class DJs and a killer cadre of lesser-known residents. And it’s not unusual for the founders of Detroit techno to drop in to hit the decks with little notice. On most weekend nights, both rooms in the club offer their own lineup with little sound bleed in between. Those who fall victim to FOMO, however, can stand in the sweet spot just between the red and blue rooms to decide which set of beats to follow. This gets a little more difficult in the summer, when music on the sprawling patio gets added to the mix, though often the warm air wins out over musical preference. Regardless of which dance floor you pursue, the crowd will likely be dense and fairly diverse. Techno has that unifying quality in Detroit and all are welcome at TV.

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Marble Bar 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-338-3674 This nascent club has fast become one of Detroit’s premier places to party. Versatile bookings keep Marble’s name on the lips of hipsters, hip-hop heads, and ravers alike, but it has our attention not only for the musical acts it pulls, but also because it is nice as hell. The bar is marble. The reclaimed wood paneling on the walls is gorgeous. There’s a kick-ass mural by one of Detroit’s finest artists, Nick Jaskey. Light-up fake palm trees and AstroTurflined seating platforms lend character to the large enclosed patio area. The ceilings are basically sky-high with a lofted upstairs that offers a quieter place to sit or stand and check out the crowd below. Of course, we realize these details may be lost on the average partygoer just looking for a good time. So yes, Marble also has MT’s seal

of approval as a place to dance your ass off. Tangent Gallery 715 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-873-2955 To be sure, Tangent is more of an event space than a club. But when it does host DJs, it offers the dark and unpretentious vibe that is characteristic of a good warehouse party. The gallery consists of a pair of rooms with elevated stages, though it’s the more massive of the two that more often plays host to dance parties. That leaves plenty of space to get down, and, thanks to a booming sound system and a lack of seating, there is little else to do. The boogie oft continues well past the standard 2 a.m. bar closing time. And if you go during Movement for Interdimensional Transmissions’ infamous No Way Back party, hell, you’ll be dancing well into daylight hours. But never fear, Tangent will shield you from any kind of shame that may accompany such frivolity; the compelling sounds and windowless space allow Tangent to bend time unlike anywhere else in the city. The Annex 24 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-687-4350 What sets the Annex apart, oddly, seems to be the fact that it is so standard. Think girls in bodycon dresses, bottle service and booths. Colored overhead lights cast a glow on a densely packed crowd of dancers. There’s also some fog in the mix. But it’s not all fist bumping and body humping at this top 40 remix spot; the interior is actually pretty unusual and boasts big screens and massive windows that look out onto Foxtown. The Annex also books the occasional big DJ outside of the pop remix genre. Sometimes it’s an EDM DJ. Sometimes it’s Stacey Pullen. n

MUSIC, ARTS & FUN The Ark 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Venerable, intimate, and often sold-out — get your tickets early for the high-profile folk artists who appear here. Anton Art Center 125 Macomb Pl., Mt. Clemens; This long-established institution displays works and hosts exhibitions by local, national and international artists and offers classes year-round and for all ages. Caesars Windsor 377 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, ON Experience the thrill of gaming excitement with the latest in slot action and a wide variety of table games. Plus enjoy spectacular entertainment at The Colosseum, their elegant hotel and superb dining. The Crofoot 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; Oakland County’s gritty downtown club books top-notch national acts that would ordinarily hit downtown Detroit. The Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; The Motor City’s art museum has a collection that cities twice its size would envy, along with plenty of music, theater, film, and other programming. DTE Energy Music Theatre 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; The older generation knows it as “Pine Knob” and still calls it that. This indoor-outdoor amphitheater has a covered seating area and lawn cheap seats for the summer’s biggest acts. El Club 4114 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; A maverick national-level promoter touches down in Southwest Detroit, booking some of the best shows available in town. One of the city’s few all-ages venues, it also has tasty pizza pies. Elektricity 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; For those who love electronic dance music — and to those who just can’t get enough of lights, confetti, and pounding bass. The Fillmore 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; The venue formerly known as the State Theatre, the Fillmore pulls in an equally excellent assortment of recording artists and comedians. Fisher Theatrer, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; One of Detroit’s grandest performing arts spaces, the Fisher Theatre often hosts New York shows hoofing it on the road through the Midwest. Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts 12 N. Saginaw St,

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Pontiac; This recently renovated theater is the latest addition to Pontiac’s rejuvenated downtown, featuring the suburban expansion of Detroit’s popular Slows Bar-BQ. Freedom Hill 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; Until recently home to the Stars and Stripes festival, Freedom Hill is Macomb County’s answer to central park — driveable, easy to park, and with the freedom trail should you want to take a hike. Fox Theater 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Detroit’s most opulent art deco theater is now the showpiece of Olympia Entertainment, playing host to everything from international superstars to local TEDX talks. Grasshopper Underground 22757 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; This popular basement spot brings house and techno sounds to downtown Ferndale. Greektown Casino 555 E Lafayette Ave Detroit; Complete with table games, the synergy experience, poker and 2700+ slot and video poker machines, Greektown has a game for everyone. When you’re done gaming, book one of their luxury hotel rooms with an incredible view of the city. Jazz Café at Music Hall, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500: Billed as “Detroit’s best-kept secret,” this venue-within-a-venue is a cool café featuring jazz, poetry, and the occasional burlesque show. Interlochen Center For the Arts Michigan’s most prestigious school of music is located in northwestern Michigan, and has a full complement of arts programs. Kerrytown Concert House 415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor; Intimate concert venue showcasing music from emerging & established artists in a 19th-century house. Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; Billiards, bands, beer, babes, bros, and beards. Magic Bag 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; Crowded schedule of where-are-they-now surprise bills destined to warm the hearts of thirty- and fortysomethings. They’ll even screen the occasional musicrelated film or such tribute artists as Mega ’80s. Magic Stick 4120 Woodward Ave.,

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Detroit; It’s back and better than ever. The rock ’n’ roll bar that put pool and power pop together continues its run on Woodward. Majestic 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; The Magic Stick’s bigger brother, larger bills and broader sounds fill up this commodious performance space. Marble Bar 1501 Holden St, Detroit; A gathering place for heads of all sorts — garage rock, hip-hop, dance music, indie-pop. Masonic Temple 500 Temple St., Detroit; This venue faced an uncertain future — at least until Jack White stepped in to pay its back taxes. In addition to hosting the annual Theatre Bizarre, the temple is home to other edgy pursuits, including roller derby, national performing acts, and more. Meadow Brook Music Festival 234 Festival Dr., Rochester; 248-377-0100: This grand theatrical space can accommodate everything from big traveling New York shows to one-act local productions to top billing rock and hip hop acts. Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; Excellent programming includes classic films. It’s also where notable luminaries like Dan Savage speak when he drops in. MGM Grand Detroit 1777 3rd St. Detroit; Spectacular game environment also features spas, clubs, and such dining options as Wolfgang Puck Steak, TAP, and Palette Dining Studio. MotorCity Casino Hotel 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; Complete with award-winning restaurants, slot machines, video poker, table games, a 12-table poker room, and a 400-room hotel including a spa. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622: A major point in Detroit’s evolution was the arrival a decade ago of a contemporary art museum. MOCAD’s mission is to present contemporary art from around the world in hopes that it will resonate with the city’s unique sensibility. Otus Supply 345 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; The Parliment Room at Otus Supply’s psychedelic interior decor make it a great place for catching jam bands and Americana. PJ’s Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; PJ’s really does have it all, even in a smallish package: Historic Michigan Avenue barroom, great alternative rock booking, a kitchen that churns out excellent

vegan-friendly food most of the week, and especially during weekend brunches. Pewabic Pottery 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; Nonprofit historically rich and nationally-renowned ceramic design studio founded in 1903. Royal Oak Farmer’s Market 316 E 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak: Farmers sell only their own fresh fruits, veggies and other goods Fridays during farm season and Saturday all year round. Antiques and collectibles every Sunday 8am-3pm. Royal Oak Music Theatre 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak; This theater’s grand interior given over to not just top-shelf music performances but also inventive local events like MT’s own Vodka Vodka. Soundboard 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit Soundboard is a 1,500-seat indoor concert & performance venue at the MotorCity Casino & Hotel and features the most exhilarating nightlife and top name entertainment in Detroit St. Andrew’s Hall 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; A hotspot for punk, goth, and industrial since the 1980s, the hall books a variety of acts today. Perhaps more widely known is the basement club the Shelter, which inspired the rap scenes in Eminem’s 8 Mile. UFO Factory 2110 Trumbull, Detroit; From the perpetual fountain of popcorn to the strippeddown pop art decor, this is the Platonic ideal of a rock and roll club. It’s never too expensive, the drinks are strong, the staff is friendly but not like instantly your best friends, the music is loud as fuck, and you might make your next best friend out back in the smokers’ patio. University Musical Society 881 North University Ave., Ann Arbor; Heading into its 138th season, UMS is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world. University of Michigan Museum of Art 525 S. State St.,Ann Arbor; 734764-0395 UMMA offers tours, performances and naturally multiple galleries and exhibits showcasing Michigan, national and international art pieces. University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance 1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0583; Founded in 1880, the school has programs in dance, music, musical theater, and theater. The School puts on more than a dozen main stage productions and concerts annually.





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Spring Marche du Nain Rouge March 26; Detroit; This relatively new Detroit tradition occurs on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, making it the start of spring. It mixes a Mardis Gras-esque spirit with Detroit folklore, featuring a parade in which revelers chase out the impish Nain Rouge (the legendary “Red Dwarf”) out of the city.

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Ann Arbor Film Fest March 21-26; Ann Arbor; Now in its 55th year, the Ann Arbor Film Fest is the place to go for independent and experimental film. Ann Arbor Hash Bash April 1; Ann Arbor; Long before the rest of the nation followed suit, Ann Arbor has been a tolerant bastion for cannabis use. The Hash bash pre-empts 4/20

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festivities with this annual celebration of all things marijuana-related, held each year on the first Saturday of April. FoolMoon and FestiFools April 7 and 9; Ann Arbor; On FoolMoon, the streets of Ann Arbor get invaded with illuminated costumes and contraptions. On the sister event, FestiFools, a “flash mob” army of papier-mâché puppets takes to the streets.

East Lansing Art Festival May 20-21; East Lansing; A 50+ years old festival focused on engaging the downtown East Lansing community and its tens of thousands of attendees with many artists and craftspeople. Midwest Media Expo April 28 -30, Dearborn; This is a celebration of animation, TV, film, comics and gaming. The Midwest

ATTRACTIONS Media Expo brings a unique, all-ages blend of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Metro Detroit. Stratford Festival May - Oct; North America’s largest repertory theater company puts on dozens of plays each year with an emphasis on Shakespeare. Movement Electronic Music Festival May 27-29; Detroit; There’s a reason Detroit is the undisputed capital of electronic music. This annual event draws fans and DJs the world over. Cinetopia International Film Festival June 1-11; Ann Arbor, Detroit, Cinetopia honors the rich heritage of cinematic culture and Michigan’s proud legacy of outstanding cinema artists through special film events, panels, and presentations. Ferndale Pride June 3; Ferndale; Celebrate our local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Hoedown Dates TBA; Detroit; The Motor City goes country, drawing thousands of fans to see acts big and small. Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix June 2-4; Detroit; Each year, the gem of Detroit is transformed into a world-class IndyCar racing track.

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Motor City Pride June 10-11; Detroit; Motor City Pride is Michigan’s largest pride event, drawing some 40,000 participants.

Summer Ann Arbor Summer Festival Dates TBA; Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor’s massive festival practically takes up all summer with 22 nights and more than 150 events, featuring music, art, film, and more. Electric Forest June 22-25 and June 29-July 2, Rothbury Once again, a psychedelic neon hippie commune is erected in rural Michigan, featuring electronic music, jam bands, and more. Summer Solstice Jazz Fest June 23-24; Downtown East Lansing; The 21st annual festival features hours of top-notch jazz performances, including youth and community education programming. Michigan Elvisfest July 7-8; Ypsilanti; Celebrate the King with some of the country’s best Elvis impersonators. Wyandotte Street Art Fair July 12-15; Wyandotte; Art comes to the heart of Downriver. Pig and Whiskey July 14-16; 9 Mile Rd. and E. Troy St., Ferndale Sample some of the area’s best barbecue joints, along

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with whiskey, beer, and a killer music lineup at this familyfriendly event. Concert of Colors July 14-17; Detroit; Now in its 24th year, Detroit’s annual diversity festival features world music, ethnic food, and more. Motor City Steam Con July 14-16, Romulus; The Con with the ultimate SteamPunk Experience. Ann Arbor Art Fairs July 20-23; Ann Arbor; Stroll the streets of downtown Ann Arbor to browse contemporary fine arts and crafts in one of the country’s top-ranked art fairs. Michigan Summer Beer Festival July 21-22; Ypsilanti; Escape the heat with a cold one, celebrating the best of Michigan’s local brews festival at Riverside Park in Depot Town. Renaissance Festival Aug-Oct; Holly; Travel to another world somewhere between Medieval past and fantasy with jousting, musicians, costumes, and, of course, turkey drumsticks. The Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 19; various; Classic cars and cruisers are on parade at this annual cruise down metro Detroit’s main drag. APBA Gold Cup Aug 25-27; Detroit;

More than 100 years strong, the Gold Cup is the oldest active motor sports trophy, featuring high-speed hydroplanes on the Detroit River. Michigan State Fair Aug. 31-Sept. 4; 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-6942 After a 160-year-old familyfriendly state tradition was canceled, a new State Fair LLC stepped into the breach, organizing a privately run state fair in Novi in 2012. Detroit International Jazz Festival Sept. 1-4; Detroit; Spanning several city blocks downtown, this hip celebration of jazz features fireworks, jam sessions, and more. Arts, Beats & Eats Sept. 1-4; Royal Oak; Local artists, musicians, and restaurants from metro Detroit give Royal Oak a taste of what they’re all about. Dally in the Alley Sept. 5; Detroit; Celebrate the spirit of the Cass Corridor as a historic block of the old is cordoned off and given over to multiple stages of live music and vendors selling art, T-shirts, books, and beer.

Fall Arts & Apples Festival Sept. 8-10; Rochester; The city of Rochester transforms the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation’s top fine-art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country.


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ATTRACTIONS DIY Street Fair Sept. 16-18; Ferndale; Celebrate the philosophy of doing-it-yourself with live music, food, and vendor booths hawking all manner of art. Funky Ferndale Art Fair Sept. 22-24; Ferndale; Head to everyone’s favorite funky stretch of Nine Mile Road for an immersion in metro Detroit’s eclectic art scene. Detroit Fall Beer Festival Oct. 27-28; Detroit; Eastern Market samples the finest craft brews the Great Lakes State has to offer.

Winter Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23, 2017; Detroit; Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Every year, hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators line historic Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning to watch the larger than life floats, colorful heliumfilled balloons, thunderous marching bands, and exciting specialty acts! Noel Night Date TBA; Detroit; Catch Christmas carolers, ice sculptors, horse-drawn carriages — and most importantly, get some gift shopping done. Motor City New Year’s Eve Drop Dec. 31, Detroit;

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Detroit-style with the drop ping of a giant illuminated “D.” Meridian Motown Winter Blast 2018 TBA; Detroit; Originally devised as a backdrop to help populate downtown Detroit during Super Bowl XL in 2005, the Meridian Motown Winter Blast has now grown into a strong annual tradition featuring live music, a snow slide, and s’mores. North American International Auto Show 2018 TBA; Detroit; Detroit’s annual auto show opens to the public, and always draws huge crowds eager to see the latest industry offerings. Motor City Tattoo Expo March 2018; Detroit; Got ink? This event draws tattoo aficionados from all over, featuring seminars, vendors, live music, and more. Autorama 2018 TBA; Detroit; Since 1953, Autorama has celebrated the best of hot rods and custom cars. Custom builders compete for the coveted Don Ridler Memorial Trophy; other happenings include a pin-up beauty contest, a “Dancing With the Cars” sock hop, live music, a Toy-aRama collectibles exhibition, and more. Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade 2018 TBA; Detroit; Corktown’s longstanding annual celebration of its Irish heritage continues with a parade, traditional music, beer, and lots of green paraphernalia. n


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