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Up Front


She’s the first new mayor of Michigan’s third most populous city in 16 years.


A top CNN producer and Birmingham native introduced Gayle King to Slows Bar BQ.


Learn what you’re getting into if riding Cedar Point’s newly opened Top Thrill 2.



These two Detroit-area women boast award-winning car collections.


A Birmingham patio where transitional meets rustic has a putting green and kitchen.


HGTV’s Cristy Lee gives us a tour of her new Oakland County business.



Ryan Patrick Hooper recalls his Pine Knob arrest and previews this month’s stacked concert list. Plus, don’t-miss events for June.


PEZ collectors prepare for their convention in Farmington Hills this month.


Where to celebrate Pride month and Juneteenth.


Jit started in ’70s Detroit. This dancer is preserving its legacy locally and nationally.


Visit some local lounges where stogies are paired with the perfect cocktail.


Find fine Japanese eats in the basement of downtown Detroit’s Book Tower.


Did you know foraging is a profession? Here’s how wild Michigan mushrooms make it from forest to restaurant table.


Read our chat with chef Garrett Lipar. Plus, new local openings and experiences.

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Behind the Scenes


DOING A BEST OF DETROIT photo shoot at Royal Oak’s revamped Bowlero Lanes & Lounge has been on our wish list for a couple of years, but it never quite made sense. This year, the stars aligned: Not only did Bowlero win a Best of Detroit award (best venue for a kids’ party), but its playful, retro 2019 redesign, which pays homage to neighborhood bowling alleys of the ’70s and ’80s, fits in so well with our disco-themed Best of Detroit Party on June 28. And since Best of Detroit celebrates local businesses, we also loved the fact that co-owner Kelly Elliott, an interior decorator and vintage décor specialist, brought in so many local vendors to complete her $1.4 million renovation vision. Detroit-based Patrick Thompson Design handled the architectural details on the overhaul of the bowling counter area, the new booths, and more — and craftsman Jason Huyghe of Good Fortune Co. in Grosse Pointe led the construction. The vintage chandelier is by Oddfellows Antiques in Berkley; the wallpaper is by Detroit Wallpaper Co.; the mural is by Kelly Golden; and the room décor is by Elliott herself. Putting it all together for the magazine were the Hour Detroit staff and contributors (some are above), led on the day of the shoot by junior art director Steven Prokuda (in black, to the right of best radio DJ winner Jay Towers).


Ronald Ahrens



“I have 75 campaign buttons. They go from 1896 free silver to 2004 Kerry-Edwards. As a word guy, I favor slogan buttons like 1916’s ‘War in Europe, Peace in America, God Bless Wilson.’ Seems contemporary, eh? But an image with odd relevance is the 1912 Bull Moose: ‘Then, it was a party. Today, he’s a candidate.’” Ronald Ahrens has been a regular contributor to Hour Detroit’s sister title DBusiness since 2007. He also writes for Robb Report, where his most recent story was about a 16-year-old girl turning pro in motorcycle racing. And he tackles architecture and design topics and car culture for Palm Springs Life

Brad Ziegler


“I know it’s a cliché, but I collect old cameras. I have some dating back to the early 1900s that still work. My favorites are the German cameras from the ’40s and ’50s. They weigh a ton even though they are compact. They operate so smoothly and are designed exceptionally well with amazing lines.” Brad Ziegler is a Boston native and has been Detroit’s biggest cheerleader since his move to Michigan 20 years ago. He was a fashion photographer in New York City and has a passion for editorial work. You can regularly see his work in Hour Detroit magazine and its family of publications. Find him on Instagram (@BradZieglerPhoto).

Chuk Nowak


“I’ve been a voracious collector of vinyl records for the better part of a decade. Having a curated collection of physical media (some that can also function as art pieces) is for me a refreshing antithesis to the algorithm-based age we’re in. I love sharing/gifting music with people in this way, as I think it’s more thoughtful and can carry more meaning than a digital playlist or link.” Chuk Nowak is a Detroit-based commercial and editorial photographer. He creates portraiture and food and culture-related images for brands, advertising agencies, and editorial clients across the country and parts of the rest of the world. Find him on Instagram (@chuknowak).



I think it’s only fitting that the Best of Detroit issue is published in June.

For us, it feels like the end of a school year, where you ask friends to write in your yearbook and there’s a big graduation party when it’s all done. In this case, the Best of Detroit celebration on June 28 is the party, the Best of Detroit feature with the results of our readers’ ballot is the yearbook, and this column is the place for the friends (our staff) to “sign the page” with their top memories of the past 12 months. Here is some of the fun stuff we were up to:

“My family and I attended the Purdue vs. Tennessee game during the NCAA men’s Elite Eight basketball tournament at Little Caesars Arena. The atmosphere was electric. Being inside the arena surrounded by students and bands from both schools, plus other passionate fans from Detroit and elsewhere, was an amazing and unforgettable experience.” —Geri Wilson, audience development director

“A highlight for me was tailgating at Eastern Market for the Lions’ playoff game against the Rams and Matthew Stafford in minus 15-degree weather, followed by a “winner winner chicken dinner” at Penny Red’s. The cold couldn’t stop Detroit!” —Aubrey Kapala, account executive

“On one of the first warm days this year, my girlfriend and I went to the Detroit Zoo and then afterwards to Ray’s Ice Cream. It was just perfect.” —Jack Thomas, associate editor

“In November, my boyfriend and I saw comedian Hasan Minhaj at the Fox Theatre. I was so happy to finally watch him live!” —Juliana Lumaj, editorial assistant

“I was at my very first indoor opening day tailgate party within the beautiful Detroit Music Hall and, to my amazement, found they had the rooftop permanently set up for outdoor parties. I was enthralled by the view from that vantage point. It was certainly a sight to behold and definitely a unique space to experience the Tigers’ opening day.” —Cathleen Francois, marketing adviser

“Last summer, in select cities, Ed Sheeran played some small-venue acoustic set shows during his worldwide stadium tour. In Detroit, one was held at the Royal Oak Music Theatre the day before his Ford Field show. I live in Royal Oak, so I figured, ‘Let me go down there and see what all the fuss is about.’ Within just a few minutes of my arriving at the venue, multiple large SUVs pulled up, and out jumped Ed! He took my phone and snapped a selfie with me! He was extremely kind and humble. There was hardly anyone else around; it was a magical moment.” —David Benvenuto, senior circulation marketing coordinator

OK, it’s really hard to top David’s highlight (see his selfie with Ed on hourdetroit.com), but the NFL Draft was up there for me. I attended the first day’s events with Hour’s director of digital strategy, Travis Cleveland, and the second with my brother, Kevin. We were all grinning with pride to see Detroit successfully host such a huge event and to view people of all ages from everywhere in the country appreciating the city the way we do.

To see what our readers picked as their favorite places and people in metro Detroit, turn to page 50. I hope your personal faves made the cut.

From Our Readers

“City Guide 2024: The Skyscraper Guide” (April)

“As a Windsorite, I agree — you do have the most beautiful skyline, and we are fortunate to have this glorious view. I think we have the best river view of any city in Canada.”

—Janice Reese Foot, Facebook

“Detroit Underwater” (April)

“I was renting a house in Jefferson Chalmers right on those canals when the June 2021 floods hit. My basement flooded with 6 feet of sewage water, and then a pipe burst and I had to move out within 24 hours — it was horrific. And I was one of the lucky ones. … I helped neighbors move stuff out of their basements who had no idea how they would pay to rehab the damage. It’s a very special neighborhood, and I hope the city can fix the overflow system so that, as climate change continues, the residents don’t get hit with that again.”

—@meganjoklein, Instagram

“New Voice of the Tigers” (April)

“As a Tigers and Cubs fan living in Chicago, I can tell you he [Jason Benetti] and Steve Stone were the only reasons to even consider watching Sox baseball. Detroit media and fans are getting a good one in Benetti.” —@sparty914, Instagram

“1984 World Series Street Portraits by Photographer Carlos Diaz” (online)

“I remember that summer! Glued to the tiny little white kitchen TV that my parents let me move to my childhood bedroom to watch the Series well past my bedtime. This sounds like such a great exhibit!”


Digital Extra

Metro Detroit is gearing up for Independence Day early with fireworks shows galore. Get the details about the Ford Fireworks and other displays, including what to expect and where to watch them, at hourdetroit.com/fireworks

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Up Front

RENDERING COURTESY OF CEDAR POINT 06.24 OBJECT LESSON 120 MPH THRILLS What to expect — besides fear — on Cedar Point’s much-anticipated Top Thrill 2 p. 32 NEWS, NOTES, AND PERSONALITIES

Stone, a lifelong Warren resident, attended Fitzgerald Public Schools and would return to the district as a teacher after earning a bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy as well as a master’s degree in science education, both from Michigan State University.

“When I was in college, I thought I was going to be young and ambitious — graduate from college and jump right into public service,” says Stone, who wanted to champion education, adding that her mom, aunt, and grandmother were all teachers.

Her older brother advised her to get experience in the area where she wanted to shape policy, and so she joined the Michigan Education Association and taught for 14 ½ years before making the jump into politics when a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives opened in 2016.

She lost that Democratic primary to Patrick Green, but it inspired her to participate in some candidate development opportunities through MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program and Emerge America’s candidate training programs for Democratic women.

Just two years later, during the 2018 primaries, she defeated Green for the same seat and went on to win the general election, securing her seat in the House, which she held for five years before deciding to make her mayoral run, with a little encouragement from her fellow Warren residents.

The First Woman of Warren

Lori Stone, the city’s first female mayor discusses her background, political career, and future plans

DURING THE 2023 ELECTION, residents of Warren had a mayoral ballot they hadn’t seen in a while. It was one without the name James R. Fouts. Three years earlier, in 2020, voters had approved a charter amendment that established a 12-year mayoral tenure limit, effectively making Mayor Fouts, who had served in the position since 2007, ineligible to run again. Fouts went to court to get around the term limits, but he was unsuccessful.

The names on the 2023 ballot were state Rep. Lori Stone and George Dimas, the city’s human resources director. It was a close race, but Stone would win with 53% of the vote, becoming the city’s first new mayor in 15 years and the first woman to serve in the position ever

“I had community members reach out to me and say, ‘The mayoral position is coming available, and we don’t see candidates that reflect our values. We appreciate the hard work and integrity that you’ve shown as an elected leader, and we really hope you consider running for mayor,’” Stone says.

At first, she felt that local government wouldn’t be the right fit for her, but after careful consideration, she decided to run.

“As I looked around my community, I felt like my community deserved better leadership and deserved someone who was going to work hard and be ethical and fight for them,” she explains. “In the end, I said, ‘If you don’t put your name on the ballot, then you have to be prepared for whatever direction it goes,’ and so I put myself forward as a candidate, and I’m truly honored my community supported me.”

In addition to electing its first female mayor — an honor, but also something that Stone quickly points out comes secondary to her qualifications — Warren has also elected in recent years

 Stone was elected mayor last year. Here, she attends the City Council and treasurer swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 11, 2023.
“As I looked around my community, I felt like my community deserved better leadership.”

several other women to a variety of government positions. In fact, when Stone took office, she joined City Council President Angela Rogensues, City Treasurer Lorie Barnwell, and City Clerk Sonja Djurovic Buffa, among others. Mai Xiong, the first Hmong woman to be elected county commissioner in Macomb, took Stone’s place as District 13’s state House rep after winning the special election in April.

Stone says that this points to a shift in what the city is looking for out of its leaders. “I think it says that Warren is looking for new ideas; it’s looking for new perspectives. Women are a voice that have been missing in the conversation,” she says.

As a state representative, Stone fought for equity in education and served three terms on the state’s House Education Committee. She’s proud of her advocacy for a 2023 bill (now law) that repealed the requirement for Michigan schools to hold back third graders who fail a reading proficiency test. She also helped to support those experiencing unemployment during the

COVID-19 pandemic, quickly becoming the intermediary between her constituents and the overwhelmed state departments.

As mayor, she plans to continue to bridge the gap between the community and its representatives, as well as build upon the legacy of responsiveness set by her predecessor.

And while education and unemployment are still of utmost importance to Stone, she also plans to add environmental issues to the list by investing more into the city’s parks and recreation department and getting community input on what they’d like to see from the city’s 28 parks, many of which she says have been neglected. In addition, she plans to invest in city infrastructure, including roads and sewers, and lean into the city’s automotive and manufacturing industries by investing in electric vehicles and alternative energy sources such as solar power.

left: Jonathan Lafferty, Henry Newnan, Dave Dwyer, Mindy Moore, Steven M. Bieda, Lori Stone, Teri Lynn Dennings, Paul Wojno, Lorie Barnwell, Angela Rogensues, Melody Magee, and Gary Boike at the Nov. 11 ceremony.

“I say ‘Warren is the biggest small town in Michigan,’ but we have to push forward, and we want to compete for population,” she says. “We want to make people who grew up here want to stay here and raise families here and work here, and we also want to attract talent.

“I want to make Warren a better place to live, work, grow, and play,” she adds. “I think that speaks to what people want, which is a safe place, a clean place, a place where their basic needs are easily met, and so, if I can leave my community a better place than when I showed up here Nov. 20, then I’ve been successful.”

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Stone welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Claus to the Warren Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 2, 2023.

Up Front



Between producing some of cable news’ most gripping segments, the Birmingham native and Albion College alum had Buddy’s Pizza flown to CBS BY JACK THOMAS | ILLUSTRATION BY RACHEL IDZERDA


Intriguing findings from researchers across Michigan


Infection with Zika virus during pregnancy is well known to cause fetal neurological disorders — but also ocular abnormalities such as retinal lesions, hemorrhagic retinopathy, and optic neuritis. Despite this, no vaccines or antiviral treatments are currently available. However, researchers at Wayne State University have discovered avenues for treatment of the eyerelated effects of the virus. The team analyzed

Zika virus-infected retinal pigment epithelial cells and discovered there were significant changes in the cholesterol pathway. They studied two important regulators of cholesterol metabolism, which revealed that increased activity of one, called ABCG1, and inhibition of the other, SREBP-2, reduced viral replication. When tested in mice, treatments based on these findings mitigated ocular complications. The mechanisms discovered could potentially be applied to other viruses, including West Nile virus.



As our society transitions from petroleum to cleaner

energy, we’ll need to find new ways to manufacture the useful byproducts of gasoline production. One of those byproducts is propylene, a highly versatile chemical used in plastics, household cleaners, adhesives, and many other materials. University of Michigan researchers have now developed an efficient way to create propylene through natural gas instead. Natural gas extracted from shale is replete with propane, which can be converted to propylene, but current conversion methods are inefficient and expensive. U-M’s new reactor system improves this process by dividing propane into propylene and hydrogen gas. Just the hydrogen

gas escapes to an outer chamber of the reactor, where it is burned away safely and easily. The researchers estimate that a plant producing 500,000 metric tons of propylene from natural gas could save up to $23.5 million with this method.



Nonnative crop viruses can — and do — make native plants sick, contrary to previous belief, according to a new study from scientists at Michigan State University and the University of California, Riverside. Ecologists had assumed that wild plants were immune to the invasive viruses that harm crops, but when the study’s

TODAY, HIS NAME is attached to six Emmys. But when Ryan Kadro graduated from Seaholm High School in 1993, he had no aspirations to go into television.

At Albion College, he studied English, joined the soccer team, and performed around town with his band, Jabba the Funk. Post-graduation, he moved to Ann Arbor and tried to start a new band, bartending to support himself.

Then, his girlfriend, Maggie, got an internship at the Today show, and he went to visit her in New York City. “It was the first time I realized that jobs like that exist, that it really felt tangible,” Kadro says. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles and entered the NBCUniversal Page Program, a paid yearlong fellowship that serves as an entry point for many aspiring television professionals (like Kenneth Parcell, the 30 Rock character, for instance).

He moved up the ranks within the company and would remain there for 10 years, during which he spent much of his time producing Last Call with Carson Daly. In 2010, he shifted to CBS, where he was a producer for CBS This Morning for seven years. He also spent some time as the head of news for daily programming at Quibi, the short-lived short-form streaming platform that dissolved in 2020. Today, he serves as CNN’s senior vice president of content strategy (and Maggie is his wife).


authors examined the genetics of viruses in wild squash species in southern California, they found up to 88% infection rates of certain crop viruses, which impacted the plants’ growth and root health. The findings make clear that conservation efforts must include protecting native plants. “These wild plants are crucial components of desert ecosystems, providing food and habitat for other species,” says MSU’s Carolyn Malmstrom, co-leader of the study. “Their decline from crop virus infections could have cascading effects on entire ecological communities.”


What does a typical workday look like for you?

I’m involved in developing a lot of shows for the network. You must be fundamentally aware of what’s happening in the world, but you’re also trying to see where the audience is going. Some things work; some things don’t. And hopefully you’re learning enough in the process to make your next bet that much of a smarter bet.

What was it like growing up in Birmingham? I have three younger brothers. My dad is from the Middle East and came over from Syria. He and my mom, they met in Pittsburgh in ’71, and they moved to the Detroit area in ’73. I bring that up because the conversations that we would have around our kitchen table were really sort of different than a lot of other things that I was exposed to at the time.

Are there any conversations that come to mind? We were watching the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. I remember my dad really helping me understand what I was seeing: why people were throwing rocks, why this conflict was happening, from the causes, what everybody wanted out of it, everybody’s claims. That was typical. I also remember coming home one night around the time that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” conversation was happening in this country, during the Clinton administration, and having conversations about that. I remember, in my senior year of high school, they tried to change the curriculum in our health class to not teach us about LGBT lifestyle, even though we were all going off to college and were going to be exposed to it.

How did you get your first big break?

A guy named Steve Agase who worked in ad sales at NBC told me about the page program. He got me an interview there — he was helpful to me early on. As a page, I got an assignment in primetime series. And there was a [fellow Seaholm grad], Jeff Ingold, who was an executive at NBC at the time — we connected over our Michigan roots. Jeff helped me get my foot into different doors within NBC and helped me land my first job as an assistant in the development office at NBC Studios. We were developing a late-night show with Carson Daly at the time. I was still obsessed with music, and I knew that that show was going to be music-heavy, and I was into the idea of going to work on that show. And they gave me a job as a researcher.

How did the idea for CNN’s King Charles, the news talk show with Gayle King and Charles Barkley, come about? (Note: Shortly after the interview took place, CNN announced the show would end April 15.)

It would have been in the fall of 2022. Charles had signed a new deal with Warner Bros. Discovery. We were looking for different programming ideas for him beyond just Inside the NBA. I had worked with Gayle previously; she’s a unique talent. There’s nobody like her. And there’s nobody like Charles. The chemistry is never an exact science; you just get hunches. We approached them each separately about the idea, and they were both intrigued. And then we got them on a call together and within five minutes knew we had a fascinating pair. I think anybody who watches the show will see that they have something really special.

What can you tell me about the 2018 CBS This Morning segment at Michigan Central Station? [Ford Motor Co.’s broadcast communications manager] Dan Barbossa worked at CBS News before — he had an affinity for CBS. He brought Bill Ford Jr. to CBS News. And they were telling us about the project. We were like, “We want to tell this story.” So, we ended up doing it for the morning show. And I took Gayle to interview him at the train station before they’d done any of the construction. And then we went to Slows afterwards, which was fantastic.

How did she like Slows?

She loved Slows. We had a great experience with Bill. And then, when Detroit-style pizza was really starting to make its way into the national consciousness, we did a story on that at CBS. We had Buddy’s Pizza flown out to give to the staff. I’m always trying to represent the state.

What moments do you remember most vividly over the course of your career?

CBS was really a playground. Like, we did the first broadcast from the One World Trade Center when that opened. We also did the first broadcast from the Smithsonian [National] Museum of African American History and Culture [in Washington, D.C.]. Trying to tell the story of that museum for the first time was incredibly powerful for all of us. We also did a show from the White House looking back at the first 100 days of the Trump administration. That’s another one of those moments where you’re like, “How did I get here? How am I standing in the Blue Room by myself at 5 o’clock in the morning, about to broadcast live?” And then the responsibility that you feel when you’re producing an inauguration or breaking news coverage, and you have people depending on you for an accurate representation of what’s happening, why it happened, and what it means. Those are really powerful moments.



Detroit’s ranking on SmartAsset’s list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the most single people.

According to the the financial technology company’s report, 58.5% of Detroiters over the age of 15 have never been married. We are also No. 7 on the list of the top 10 cities with the most single women compared to men. Birmingham, Alabama, takes the top spot on this list.


Cedar Point Shores’ score out of 10 according to SwimOutlet, making Cedar Point America’s top water park. The scores are based on customer ratings, rides, facilities, ticket prices, and national search volume. Just so you’re aware, the worst water park in the nation is Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, scoring a 1.7.


About how many people attend Motor City Pride, Michigan’s largest Pride celebration. The festival’s roots trace back to 1972, when just a few hundred participants marched in downtown Detroit to protest homophobic laws. See page 97 for a list of local Pride events.

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Top Thrill 2

A closer look at Cedar Point’s newest addition

LAST SUMMER, Cedar Point unveiled plans for Top Thrill 2, its newest stomachchurning ride for the summer of 2024, and Hour Detroit readers were excited. The proof? Our web story about the news was one of our top stories of last year.

Built on the bones of the former Top Thrill Dragster, Top Thrill 2 is set to break world records as the tallest and fastest triple-launch strata (at least 400-foot-tall) coaster. Here, find details on how the park’s 18th roller coaster came to be and what to expect if you plan on tackling it during your next trip to the second oldest amusement park in North America, which opened for the season on May 4 and kicks into summer hours (10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily) on June 14.

What is it?

Top Thrill 2 uses the massive tower of Top Thrill Dragster, but the ride has been heavily modified by the Italian design and manufacturing company Zamperla to create a totally new experience.

Newly open for the 2024 season, Top Thrill 2 is the world’s only dual-tower strata coaster as well as the world’s tallest and fastest triplelaunch roller coaster, standing at 420 feet and reaching a top speed of 120 mph.

What does it do?

Top Thrill 2 comes equipped with three aerodynamically designed five-car trains that keep riders in place with over-the-shoulder lap bars.

A state-of-the-art linear synchronous motor system uses electromagnetic propulsion to launch each train from 0 to 74 mph up the front tower, but instead of cresting the top hat on the first launch, riders experience a “rollback” and feeling of weightlessness as they fall backward into a second 101 mph launch that takes them up a new 90-degree, 420-foot back tower, where they look down at the lift of the 145-foot Rougarou and the top of the 240-foot Power Tower.

Riders experience weightlessness again as they fall front-facing down into the third, final, and fastest launch, which catapults riders up and over the front tower, through a 270-degree spiral, and across the finish line.

The ride is a total of two minutes long. Guests must be 52 inches tall to ride. Those who do not wish to ride can watch the action from grandstands located near the ride’s entrance pavilion.

What happened to Dragster?

Top Thrill Dragster opened in 2003 as the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster as well as the first to top 400 feet. It held on to those records until Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey in 2005.

Built by Intamin Amusement Rides, a manufacturer based in Schaan, Liechtenstein, Dragster operated at the park until 2021 when an L-shaped metal bracket broke from the ride and struck a Michigan woman waiting in line in the head, seriously injuring her.

The ride was shut down after the incident and remained so until the park announced Top Thrill 2 and began construction on the new ride in 2023.

A civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman injured in the accident. That case is set to go to trial in February 2025.


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JUNE 2024 37 PHOTO SAL RODRIGUEZ 06.24 AUTOMOTIVE HOT WHEELS A look at two women who bonded over a shared passion — cool cars p. 38 MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE IN METRO DETROIT 24/Seven AUTOMOTIVE p. 38 I NEED MY SPACE p. 41 RETAIL p. 45


The automotive collections of two Detroit-area women could hardly be more different in scope or content but yield commensurate satisfactions

WHEN IT COMES to award-winning automotive collections, those of Karen E. Breen and Lauren Mendelson couldn’t be more different. You might call Breen’s the sleeper, while Mendelson’s is outré and exotic. Either way, the owners have realized childhood dreams.

Breen, of Birmingham, and Mendelson, of Huntington Woods, met in 2022 while exhibiting in the Speed & Style Expo during the American Speed Festival at M1 Concourse. Breen won the City of Pontiac Award for her 1978 GMC Royale motor home, a local product, while Mendelson reaped a People’s Choice Award for her 2020 Ferrari Monza SP1.

“I cannot believe that our paths had not crossed all those years,” Breen says. The centerpiece of her collection is a vacation palace on wheels with walnut cabinets and a smoked-glass

Mendelson’s collection is in a rehabbed industrial shop in Royal Oak. It includes 30 vehicles, 11 of which are Ferraris.

oven door. For her own part, Mendelson treasures 11 Ferraris among 30 cars living in a rehabbed industrial shop in Royal Oak. It used to be “dumpy, horrible!” she says — but now includes office and entertainment space.

When Breen displayed her 26-footer, it was a homecoming. From 1973 to 1978, the GMC Truck & Coach Division made 13,000 on the present site of M1 Concourse. Borrowing a name used by Bugatti, the Royale was a futuristic contrast to the shedlike Winnebagos of that era. The aerodynamic face and tandem rear axles — a six-wheeler! — gave reason to sing around the campfire.

The Royale sleeps six, especially if four of them are kids. The gray-and-yellow Monza SP1 seats one daring voyageur behind a 12-cylinder engine. Take your pick: Michigan bomb or Italian bullet.

Breen has good taste and a feisty attitude, says Tim McGrane, CEO of M1 Concourse, where at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of GMC motor home production, she promoted a conclave of Royales among other models last September. “Lauren is on the other extreme,” he says. “She’s built a significant, spectacular collection.” He ranks them among the female automotive leaders of Detroit with collector and Ferrari Challenge series competitor Melissa Kozyra and Andrea Robertson, who with her husband, David, scored

Lauren Mendelson (left) won a People’s Choice Award for her 2020 Ferrari Monza SP1 at the 2022 American Speed Festival.

a 2011 podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in their privately entered Ford GT — the first woman on the podium since 1931.

Cruising along Route 66 would be more Breen’s style. “I was actually the son my dad never had,” she says. He was in hardware wholesaling; she was the oldest of four girls growing up in South Bend, Indiana. “I could not wait to get my driver’s license.” (She passed the test in her dad’s 1977 Chevrolet Impala.) When she’s not behind the wheel or handlebars — the nastiest thing she picked up during the COVID-19 pandemic was a Kawasaki motorcyle — Breen distinguishes herself with polished contributions to the newsletters of two GMC clubs.

Through her own clubs and owner-exclusive opportunities, Mendelson has hit the asphalt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and California’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “I’m an Italian girl at heart,” she says while finalizing arrangements for a screening this past March 24 of Ferrari in her collection’s lounge area. Ele Bardha, a stunt driver in the film, was to be a featured guest; the list also included members of the DAC Car Club.

The start of Mendelson’s collection about 20 years ago, while she was still driving two daughters to school by minivan, was a 2003 BMW V8 Alpina Roadster that remains cherished. The wickedest car since is a Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series P One Edition coupe with a fire-breathing


800-horsepower monster under the hood. Only 24 examples were built for the U.S. market.

This is a long way to come for a girl whose mother was “a proper, perfect librarian” and whose father ran Allied Auto Parts at 3600 Mack Ave. Mendelson would go out back in the wrecking yard, sit in a junked Hudson or Olds, and play driver. Formal training came at age 12 from her dad in the vast parking lot of Northland Center in Southfield. Later, as she told The Jewish News, when her parents went out, she commandeered the family’s second car, loaded up her friends, and cruised Woodward Avenue or made the Oak Park scene. “I did it a million times and never got caught.”

In contrast to Mendelson’s former bastion of rust, Breen pinpoints her enthusiasm to an Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival with her dad. Looking at those big classics, some of the finest American cars ever made, she had an epiphany. “I knew it was something novel, and I’d never seen so much chrome.”

An employee of Ford Motor Co., Breen also prizes a 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Epilogue Edition convertible, the final Beetle produced in Germany. Only 900 examples, all in triple black, went to the United States. Her zesty daily runabout is a 2013 VW Golf R.

Breen and Mendelson concur on the belief that anybody can express themselves through a car collection. To get started, they say to visit a car show or museum, do some research, start to accumulate what you love, and see what happens.

Day-to-day, Breen

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Breen’s 1978 GMC Royale earned her the City of Pontiac Award during the 2022 American Speed Festival at M1 Concourse.
Karen Breen steps out of her triple black Volkswagen Super Beetle Epilogue Edition convertible, the last German-produced VW Beetle model.
gets around in her 2013 VW Golf R.
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Extending the Indoors Outdoors

An inviting porch lounge with a fireplace and kitchen area — along with a putting green — creates an outdoor paradise in Birmingham

SARAH KEPIC AND HER HUSBAND, Peter, love the transitionalmeets-rustic look in their Quarton Lake Estates home in Birmingham. “We like a reclaimed look,” Sarah Kepic says. “Our interior has a lot of color, wallpaper, and texture.” In the fall of 2022 when they decided to create an outdoor oasis perfect for entertaining, their goal was to extend their indoor look outside.

The couple called on designer Matt Mosher, whose business, Mosher Design Co., in Royal Oak focuses on outdoor space planning and landscape architecture, to make it happen.

The Kepics and Mosher collaborated on a design scheme that features an outdoor fireplace, a television, a kitchen, seating, a firewood storage area, and landscaping. Mosher’s challenge was to work around a six-hole putting green, which was installed by Waterford-based Southwest Greens of Michigan.

“These smaller lots in Birmingham are very common, and essentially, this one, besides the green, was plain and dated,” Mosher says. “There wasn’t much there except a paver patio.” His goal was to create a “cohesive experience so that the backyard represented and warranted the level of their beautiful interiors,” he says.

Mosher recommended Romine Landscapes of Utica to do the installation and implement his plans. Of the final product, completed last June after six months of work, Mosher says, “It’s exactly what that yard needed to bring it to life.”

Adds Sarah Kepic: “It’s now a great place for entertaining. Our teenage sons can hang out with friends, use the putting green, barbecue, watch football.”

Here, Mosher and Kepic, who owns four Goldfish Swim Schools in the Boston area, share insights on outdoor living — everything from putting tournaments to firewood-storage solutions.

Fire up: “My favorite part is the wood-burning stone fireplace and its copper hearth,” Sarah Kepic says.

Flooring flair: The team decided on bluestone flooring, a classic touch that never goes out of style.

Copper couture: The kitchen area features a copper backsplash and countertops.

Watch this: A SunBrite television can be left out all winter, and “there’s no glare when watching TV,” Kepic says.

A place for everything: “We had an obnoxious amount of wood that sat in the boys’ basketball court in the driveway, and they were like, ‘Dad, we have to move this,’” Kepic says with a laugh. So, Mosher designed a storage area between the driveway and fireplace that features a sliding wood barn door.

Furnishing a look: The seating and tables are all from RH, while the lighting is from Visual Comfort & Co. in Birmingham. The pillows are from Serena & Lily in Birmingham.

Pleasing pots: “Matt does all our pots with a variety of colors,” Kepic says. The Kepics found most of their pots at Shed Fine Goods in Petoskey. The topiary pot is from FleurDetroit in Bloomfield Hills. Mosher’s team fills the containers with various layers of “annual flowers, summer tropicals, and trailing vines,” Mosher says.

Putting pleasures: Peter Kepic, who works in commercial real estate for Colliers, and his sons are big on golf and often hold tournaments on their six-flag green. “Similar to basketball, they’ll play like P-I-G or H-O-R-S-E with putting,” Sarah Kepic says.

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Follow the path: A crushedgranite pathway runs from the driveway along the putting green and through the backyard.

Perfect patina: “The foundation of the wood porch structure is metal on the inside,” Mosher says. “We then wrapped that in cedar. We applied a patina on the wood to make it look like it’s at least 100 years old. This look sets the stage.”

Plants plus: “We created a correct layer of plantings to work with the green and the other areas,” Mosher says. Those plants include hydrangea varieties, hostas, and viburnum (a woodland shrub that “plays to a darker leaf tone than the hydrangea and hosta, so gives it a soft, billowy look,” Mosher says). The boxwood is placed strategically to create definition between spaces, he adds.

Bug out!: Optional dropdown screens with ultraviolet blockage prevent bugs and harmful sunrays from entering the porch. “They’ve got the bells and whistles,” Mosher says. “You don’t know the screens are there unless you hit a button.”

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Setting Up Shop

HGTV star Cristy Lee’s new metro Detroit design studio blends her expertise in interior design, cars, and motorcycles

CRISTY LEE MAY BE KNOWN best for her television career — but recently, she added “metro Detroit business owner” to her résumé.

MotorCity Built, her newly opened interior design studio and state-of-the-art garage in Oakland County, marries her passions for all things home and automotive. Lee sees her new brick-andmortar enterprise as a “fresh start,” she says.

“The biggest thing in interior design is accepting that your initial vision isn’t always the vision,” Lee told Hour Detroit in an exclusive interview in March. “Accepting that it’s a constantly evolving process is a huge part of it.”

With her project manager, Kelly Teutsch, Lee is excited to apply her resourceful, all-in design approach to clients who need everything from furniture selection to full-blown renovation to help building their own dream garage.

Known as MCB for short, the business is

dedicated to home improvement rather than automotive work, though Lee will always have her own car and motorcycle projects going on.

Housing originally brought Lee to the Motor City area, but motor vehicles were her first love. “Detroit means a lot to me,” she says. “I moved here and started my real estate business, and within a few years, I started working in motorsports.”

MCB houses several of Lee’s beloved cars and motorcycles, from minibikes to a 1998 BMW M3 she’s fixing up. There’s also a seamlessly integrated lounge area for meeting with interior design clients, which shows off Lee’s ability to use carefully chosen furniture, rugs, and artwork to make any space cozy and personal — even a garage.

Her new business is now open by appointment for virtual consultations and in-person projects in

Her Kawasaki Z125, on the table for maintenance.
Cristy Lee poses in front of her 1972 Chevy C10 Super Cheyenne in the garage of Motor City Built.

The lounge area is reserved for meetings with interior design clients.

Michigan. Lee will also be returning to television this summer as a competitor on the new HGTV show 100 Day Hotel Challenge

Since moving to Detroit from Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2005, Lee has worked her way up in the motorsports and home industries, renovating investment properties, reporting from events like the X Games and off-road truck racing, and hosting shows like Celebrity IOU: Joyride on Discovery+ and Garage Squad on MotorTrend. Most recently, she appeared on the new HGTV competition series Battle on the Mountain, which premiered Monday, Jan. 22, as challenge host. When her HGTV home renovation show, Steal This House, aired in 2022, it felt like she had officially made it.

Her high-speed lifestyle came to a grinding halt in early 2023 when she was diagnosed with interrelated autoimmune disorders Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease, or TED. After months of painful treatment, Lee is feeling better. But the ongoing fight gives MCB new purpose.

“I’m coming to it this time with a very different perspective,” Lee says. “Running a business can’t always be about the bottom line. It sometimes has to be about helping people.”

For Lee, the avenues for doing good with MCB are manifold: There’s the central focus of helping transform spaces to improve people’s lives, but also a focus on inspiring those struggling with health issues to persevere. She recently founded Blink of an Eye, a support group for people with TED, and says that the last year has increased her empathy for those around her no matter what they’re going through.

This 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT

manual is Lee’s next build. She plans to race it with the Sports Car Club of America.

“Everybody’s got something going on,” Lee says. “So let’s just be people who can do something awesome together. MotorCity Built isn’t going to cure cancer. But can it bring light to someone who is in a dark spot in their life? Absolutely.”

MotorCity Built has begun taking clients and is open by appointment only. For more information, visit the MCB Instagram page. Consultations can be scheduled at motorcitybuilt@gmail.com.

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Hellcat While her business is dedicated to home improvement, she’ll always be working on motorcycle and car projects.
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African Food

The Blue Nile Ferndale bluenileferndale.com

Finalists: Baobab Fare, Fork in Nigeria, Maty’s African Cuisine, YumVillage

All-night eatery ConeyLafayetteIsland Detroit lafayetteconeyisland.site

Finalists: Duly’s Place Coney Island, National Coney Island, O.W.L., The Telway, Universal Coney Island


Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails Detroit chartreusekc.com

Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Coeur, Le Suprême, Leila, Mad Nice, Prime 29 Steakhouse, Wright & Company

Bagel Shop

New York Bagel Ferndale, Southfield, West Bloomfield newyorkbagel-detroit.com

Finalists: Barry Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel and Deli, Detroit Bagel Factory, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill

Bakery (bread) Crispelli’s Bakery Royal Oak crispellis.com

Finalists: Avalon Café and Bakery, Give Thanks Bakery, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Bakery (desserts) Astoria Pastry Shop Detroit, Royal Oak astoriapastryshop.com

Finalists: Cannelle by Matt Knio, Culinary Combo Bakery, For the Love of Sugar, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Sister Pie, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Warda Pâtisserie, White Wolf Japanese Patisserie

Bar Food Green Dot Stables Detroit, Lansing greendotstables.com

Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Honest John’s, HopCat, Mt. Chalet, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Second Best Detroit, Sidecar Slider Bar

Barbecue restaurant Slows Bar BQ Detroit slowsbarbq.com

Finalists: Bad Brad’s BBQ, House of Barbecue, Mission BBQ, Union Woodshop, Woodpile BBQ Shack

Burgers (classic) Redcoat Tavern Royal Oak, West Bloomfield Township redcoat-tavern.com

Finalists: Grey Ghost Detroit, Hunter House Hamburgers, Mercury Burger & Bar, Miller’s Bar, Shamrock Pub, Townhouse

Burgers (specialty) Vinsetta Garage Berkley vinsettagarage.com

Finalists: Green Dot Stables, Grey Ghost Detroit, Le Suprême, T Burgers LLC, Unburger Café

CoffeeZingerman’sCompany Ann Arbor zingermanscoffee.com

Finalists: Cannelle by Matt Knio, Commonwealth Café, The Congregation, Eos Café & Coffee House, Espresso Elevado, The Red Hook, White Wolf Japanese Patisserie Cheap Eats Green Dot Stables Detroit, Lansing greendotstables.com

Finalists: Christine’s Cuisine, Detroit Wing Company, Hunter House Hamburgers, O.W.L., Old Port Family Restaurant, The Telway

Chinese restaurant Mon Jin Lau Troy monjinlau.com

Finalists: Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining, LC’s Asian Kitchen, Shangri-La, Trizest Restaurant, Young’s Chinese Food Carryout

Coffee shop

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters Detroit, Rochester, Royal Oak docr.coffee

Finalists: Drifter Coffee, Kekoa Brew Co., The Red Hook, Sabbath Coffee Roasters, Shaded Bloom Coffee House

Coney Island


Detroit lafayetteconeyisland.site

Finalists: American Coney Island, Duly’s Place Coney Island, Greek Islands, Leo’s Coney Island, Lipuma’s Coney Island, National Coney Island Cookies

Detroit Cookie Company Ferndale, St. Clair Shores detroitcookieco.com

Finalists: Culinary Combo Bakery, Men Bake Cookies, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Sister Pie, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Dessert (at a restaurant) The Whitney Detroit thewhitney.com

Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Mad Nice, Prime + Proper

Diner Whistle Stop Diners Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge whistlestopdiners.com

Finalists: Charlie’s Restaurant, Nick’s Country Oven, O.W.L., Oak Diner, SideStreet Diner, Travis Coffee Shop


Donuts Donut Cutter Berkley facebook.com/donutcutter1

Finalists: Apple Fritter Donut Shop, Avon Donuts, Daily Dozen Doughnuts, Knapp’s Donuts, Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

Farm-to-table restaurant Mabel Gray Hazel Park mabelgraykitchen.com

Finalists: Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Selden Standard, Sylvan Table, Tiliani

Fast-casual restaurant Anita’s Kitchen Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion anitaskitchen.com

Finalists: 2941 Mediterranean Street Food, Breadless, Detroit Taco Bodega, Detroit Wing Company, The Little Salumi, Zingerman’s Delicatessen Food truck Detroit 75 Kitchen Detroit, Troy detroit75kitchen.com

Finalists: Egg Roll Diva, Hero or Villain, Kabar Catering, More Life Foods, T Burgers LLC French fries HopCat Multiple locations hopcat.com

Finalists: Common Pub, Detroit 75 Kitchen, Le Suprême, Social, Townhouse Gluten-free menu Anita’s Kitchen Multiple locations anitaskitchen.com

Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Breadless, Brown Iron Brewhouse, Mootz Pizzeria + Bar, Tru Pizza Co.

Greek restaurant

Pegasus Taverna

Detroit, St. Clair Shores pegasustavernas.com

Finalists: The Auburn Café, Golden Fleece Restaurant, Greek Islands, Kouzina Greek Street Food, Symposia Ice cream shop Ray’s Ice Cream Royal Oak raysicecream.com

Finalists: Clark’s Ice Cream, Dairy-O, Gilly’s Ice Cream, Stroh’s Ice Cream Parlour, Treat Dreams

Indian restaurant Star of India Ferndale starofindiami.com

Finalists: Cardamom Restaurant, India Flavors, Midnight Temple, NeeHee’s, Paradise Street Eats & Biryani, Pink Garlic Indian Cuisine, Raj Palace Indian Cuisine, Rangoli Indian Cuisine

Italian restaurant SheWolf Pastificio & Bar Detroit shewolfdetroit.com

Finalists: Andiamo, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, Aurora Italiana, Cafe Cortina, Da Francesco’s, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Mad Nice

Japanese restaurant Noble Fish Clawson, Troy noblefish.com

Finalists: Ima, Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, Sozai

Kid-friendly restaurant Mootz Pizzeria + Bar Detroit mootzpizzeria.com

Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, The Corner, Ferndale Project, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse

Latino restaurant (other than Mexican) Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine Detroit vicentesdetroit.com

Finalists: Barda, Culantro, El Guanaco, La Feria, Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno

Mediterranean restaurant La Saj Lebanese Bistro Sterling Heights, Troy lasaj.com

Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, La Marsa, Leila, Mezza Mediterranean Grille, Phoenicia

Mexican restaurant MexicanRestaurantVillage Detroit, Utica mexicanvillagefood.com

Finalists: Aldana Mexican Bar & Grill, Casa Amado, Mojave Cantina, Snap Taco, Xochimilco

Middle Eastern restaurant Anita’s Kitchen Multiple locations anitaskitchen.com

Finalists: La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Leila, Phoenicia, Sahara, Yemen Café New restaurant Mad Nice Detroit madnicedetroit.com

Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Basan, Coeur, Hanah Steakhouse, Le Suprême

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Outdoor dining

Bobcat Bonnie’s Multiple locations bobcatbonnies.com

Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Cafe Cortina, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Townhouse Oysters

Tom’s Oyster Bar Royal Oak tomsoysterbar.com

Finalists: Brine Oyster House, Hazel’s, Joe Muer Seafood, Mink, Voyager

Pet-friendly restaurant Bobcat Bonnie’s Multiple locations bobcatbonnies.com

Finalists: Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room, Barkside, Batch Brewing Company, The Corner, Maverick’s Pho Ima

Detroit, Madison Heights imanoodles.com

Finalists: Got Pho, Little Saigon Vietnamese Soul Food, Pho Lucky, Pho Tai, What the Pho


Achatz Handmade Pie Co. Multiple locations achatzpies.com

Finalists: Blazo’s Pie Shoppe, Culinary Combo Bakery, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Great Lakes Pot Pies, Sister Pie Pierogi Polish Village Cafe Hamtramck polishvillage.cafe

Finalists: Christine’s Cuisine, I Love Busia’s Pierogi, People’s Pierogi Collective, Pietrzyk Pierogi, Polonia Restaurant, Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Co.

Pizza (Detroit-style) Buddy’s Pizza Multiple locations buddyspizza.com

Finalists: Como’s, Green Lantern Pizza, Jet’s Pizza, Loui’s Pizza, Michigan & Trumbull, Shield’s

Pizza (round) Green Lantern Pizza Multiple locations greenlanternpizza.com

Finalists: Brooklyn Pizza, Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, Mad Nice, Pie Sci Pizza, Supino Pizzeria

Polish restaurant

Polish Village Cafe Hamtramck polishvillage.cafe

Finalists: American Polish Cultural Center, Czapski’s Kitchen, Polish Kitchen, Polonia Restaurant, Three Brothers Restaurant Pop-up restaurant Frame Hazel Park framehazelpark.com

Finalists: Jingle at Terry’s Terrace and Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, More Life Foods Ramen Ima

Detroit, Madison Heights imanoodles.com

Finalists: City Ramen, Edo Ramen, Johnny Noodle King, Shiromaru, Shun Ramen & Sushi

Restaurant (Livingston County) Brighton Bar & Grill Brighton brightonbarandgrill.com

Finalists: 2FOG’s Pub, Bourbons, Cello Italian Restaurant, Cleary’s Pub, El Arbol Taqueria, Tomato Brothers Restaurant (Macomb County)

Mr. Paul’s Chophouse Roseville mrpaulschophouse.com

Finalists: Andiamo, Da Francesco’s, J.Baldwin’s Restaurant, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails

Restaurant (Oakland County) Mabel Gray Hazel Park mabelgraykitchen.com

Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Madam, Prime29 Steakhouse, Sozai, Sylvan Table, Three Cats, Zana

Restaurant (Washtenaw County) Zingerman’s Roadhouse Ann Arbor zingermansroadhouse.com

Finalists: Aventura, Bellflower Restaurant, The Dixboro Project, The Grateful Crow, Miss Kim, Spencer, Union Rec Restaurant (Wayne County) SheWolf Pastificio & Bar Detroit shewolfdetroit.com

Finalists: Barda, Freya, Hanah Steakhouse, Mad Nice, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime + Proper, Tiliani Restaurant for breakfast Toast Birmingham, Ferndale eatattoast.com

Finalists: Commonwealth Café, Dime Store, Oak Diner, The Fly Trap, The Pantry, Whistle Stop Diners Restaurant for brunch Rochester Brunch House Rochester rochesterbrunchhouse.com

Finalists: Coeur, Commonwealth Café, Dime Store, Prime + Proper, Townhouse, Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Restaurant to take a client Prime + Proper Detroit primeandproperdetroit.com

Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime29 Steakhouse

Restaurant with a view Joe Muer Seafood Detroit (also a location in Bloomfield Hills) joemuer.com

Finalists: Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Hanah Steakhouse, Highlands Detroit, Hook, The Monarch Club, Union Assembly

Romantic dining The Whitney Detroit thewhitney.com

Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Hanah Steakhouse, Le Suprême, Prime + Proper, Tiliani

Sandwich shop Zingerman’s Delicatessen Ann Arbor zingermansdeli.com

Finalists: Al’s Famous Deli (aka Bread Basket Deli), The Little Salumi, Mongers’ Provisions, Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Oak House Deli, Rocco’s Italian Deli

Seafood restaurant Joe Muer Seafood Bloomfield Hills, Detroit joemuer.com

Finalists: Hazel’s, Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery, Màre Mediterranean, Mink Detroit, Oak & Reel, Ocean Prime Detroit, Prime + Proper, Streetside Seafood, Symposia, Voyager Shawarma Bucharest Grill Multiple locations bucharestgrill.com

Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Boostan Café, Falafel King, La Marsa, La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Mr. Kabob Xpress, Phoenicia, Sahara, Shawarma Co.

Soul food restaurant Detroit Vegan Soul Detroit detroitvegansoul.com

Finalists: Cornbread Restaurant & Bar, Detroit Soul, MooreSoul Food, More Life Foods, Motor City Soul Food, SavannahBlue

Special-occasion restaurant The Whitney Detroit thewhitney.com

Finalists: Café Cortina, Clawson Steak House, Coeur, Freya, Hanah Steakhouse, Mabel Gray, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime + Proper, Prime29 Steakhouse, Tiliani Steakhouse Clawson Steak House Clawson clawsonsteakhouse.com

Finalists: Hanah Steakhouse, London Chop House, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Prime + Proper, Prime29 Steakhouse Sushi Noble Fish Clawson noblefish.com

Finalists: Adachi, Blufin Sushi, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, Ronin Sushi, Sozai, Sushi Kabar, Sushi Zen Sustainable restaurant Mabel Gray Hazel Park mabelgraykitchen.com

Finalists: Coeur, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Sozai, Sylvan Table, Tiliani Tacos

Imperial Ferndale imperialferndale.com

Finalists: Bakersfield, Casa Amado Taqueria, Ghost Handcrafted Tacos & Cocktails, Jose’s Tacos, Que Pasa Taqueria, Snap Taco, Super Taco Mexican Food and Market, Tu Taco Tienda Mexicana, Whiskey Taco Foxtrot Takeout spot Noble Fish Clawson noblefish.com

Finalist: Anita’s Kitchen, Detroit Wing Company, The Little Salumi, More Life Foods, The Takeout Box, Tu Taco Tienda Mexicana, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Thai restaurant Sy Thai Multiple locations sythaitroy.com

Finalists: Bai Mai Thai, Bangkok 96, Bangkok Café, Bangkok Cuisine, Khom Fai, Takoi, Thai Garden Restaurant

Vegan/vegetarian restaurant Seva Ann Arbor, Detroit sevarestaurant.com

Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Chive Catering + Events, More Life Foods, Neehee’s, Spacecat V-stro Wings Detroit Wing Company Multiple locations detroitwingco.com

Finalists: Bugsy’s Bar & Grill, Mighty Wing Shop, Randazzo Fresh Market, Sweetwater Tavern, Union Woodshop, Vinsetta Garage, Wing Snob

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Bar/lounge to take a client Grey Ghost Detroit Detroit greyghostdetroit.com

Finalists: Bar Verona, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Oak City Grille, Prime + Proper, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, The Royce Detroit, Townhouse Detroit

Bar/lounge to take a date The Sugar House Detroit sugarhousedetroit.com

Finalists: Gus’ Snug, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, The Monarch Club, The Oakland, Townhouse Birmingham, Weiss Distilling Co.


Beer selection (bar) HopCat Multiple Locations hopcat.com

Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Bandit Tavern & Hideaway, Brown Iron Brewhouse, Collect Beer Bar, The Corner, The Oakland, Oat Soda, One-Eyed Betty’s

Brewery/bar Atwater Brewery Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park atwaterbeer.com

Finalists: Ba n Brewing Co., Batch Brewing Co., Brewery Becker, Copper Hop Brewing Co., Dog & Pony Show Brewing, Ferndale Project, Gri n Claw Brewing Co., The Royal Oak Brewery, Urbanrest Brewing Co.

Cidery Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Armada blakeshardcider.com

Finalists: B. Nektar Meadery, Franklin Cider Mill, Gri n Claw Brewing Company, Yates Cider Mill Craft cocktails The Sugar House Detroit sugarhousedetroit.com

Finalists: Coeur, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Mad Nice, The Oakland, Standby, Weiss Distilling Co.

BEST Michigan Beer Bell’s Brewery

Distillery Valentine Distilling Co. Ferndale valentinedistilling.com

Finalists: Detroit City Distillery, Motor City Gas, Two James Spirits, Weiss Distilling Co. Dive bar The Old Miami Detroit oldmiami.business.site

Finalists: Abick’s Bar, Bumbo’s Bar, Gusoline Alley, Nancy Whiskey, Renshaw Lounge, Small’s, Temple Bar

Happy hour Jim Brady’s Royal Oak jimbradysdetroit.com

Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Hanah Steakhouse, Townhouse, Zana, Zingerman’s Roadhouse

High-end bar The Sugar House Detroit sugarhousedetroit.com

Finalists: Bad Luck Bar, BESA, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Mad Nice, Oak & Reel, Zana LGBTQ bar Pronto! Royal Oak prontolounge.com

Finalists: Gigi’s Gay Bar, Soho Ferndale

Michigan beer Bell’s Brewery Comstock, Kalamazoo bellsbeer.com

Finalists: Atwater Brewery, Brewery Faisan, Ferndale Project, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin, Urbanrest Brewing Co. Michigan winery Chateau Grand Traverse Traverse City cgtwines.com

Finalists: Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Detroit Vineyards, Sage Creek Winery, Whole Hearted Winery, Youngblood Vineyard Neighborhood bar Mt. Chalet Royal Oak mtchaletroyaloak.com

Finalists: Abick’s Bar, Bandit Tavern & Hideaway, Gus’ Snug, McClenaghan’s Pub, Renshaw Lounge, Two Birds Place to drink outdoors Ferndale Project Ferndale ferndaleproject.com

Finalists: Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, La Casa Cigars and Lounge, Townhouse, Youngblood Vineyard Sports bar Art & Jakes Multiple locations artjakes.com

Finalists: Big League Brews, Hockeytown Café, J’s Penalty Box Sports Bar, Sneaker’s, Sports Bar & Grill, The Sports Den, Tony’s Sports Bar Wine bar

MotorCity Wine Detroit motorcitywine.com

Finalists: Cellar 313, Coeur, Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Michigan by the Bottle, The Royce Detroit, Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro, Vertical, Youngblood Vineyard

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health & beauty

Aesthetician services The Aesthetic Method Ferndale theaestheticmethod.com

Finalists: Blushed Aesthetics, Face Candy: Skin + Beauty, Glow My Body Spa, GOTOX Aesthetics & Wellness Barber shop Berkley Chop Shop Berkley berkleychopshop.com

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, BAUS, Forefathers Grooming Barbershop, Kingsfield Grooming, Lefty’s Barbershop, Youngbloods Blowouts 6 Salon Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak sixsalon.com

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Bali Loft, Beauty Haus & Co., Drybar, Hollibeauty, Tangled Mane Hair Studio

Cannabis dispensary (medical) Leaf and Bud Center Line, Detroit, Hazel Park leafandbud.com

Finalists: Green Genie Cannabis, House of Dank, JARS Cannabis, Puff Cannabis Company

Cannabis dispensary (recreational) Dispo disposhops.com

Finalists: BREEZE, Green Buddha Cannabis Co., House of Dank, Leaf and Bud Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn Troy dryoun.com

Finalists: Dr. Charles M. Boyd, Dr. Homaira Danish, Dr. Mune Gowda, Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani CrossFit gym

CrossFit High Caliber Strength & Fitness Troy highcaliberstrength.com

Finalists: Rebel Strength and Fitness, Twyfit

Day spa Rivage Day Spa Birmingham rivagedayspa.com

Finalists: The Aesthetic Method, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, GOTOX Aesthetics & Wellness, House of Drip & Wellness, Margot European Spa

Eyebrow specialist 6 Salon Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak sixsalon.com

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Belle Sante Medical Spa, Blushed Aesthetics, HerPlace Beauty, The Pash Aesthetic


Rivage Day Spa Birmingham rivagedayspa.com

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, FACE Skincare Medical Wellness, Margot European Spa Fitness classes Detroit Sweat Royal Oak detroitsweat.fitness

Finalists: Core (LP), GVST Wellness, Hotworx, Rebel Strength and Fitness, T3 Training

Fitness trainer Stephanie Riley (Rebel Strength and Fitness) Warren rebelstrengthandfitness.com

Finalists: Chelsea Baugher, Detroit Sweat; Chad Demchik, Next Level Fitness Academy; Taiwan Jones, Transformation Lab; Tiffany Machalak, Tiffany’s Training; Angela T. Moore, Empowered by Angela

Lash specialist Opal Beauty Bar Troy opalbeautybar.glossgenius.com

Finalists: Atisa Marie Beauty Bar, Blushed Aesthetics, Jessica York, Lashed by Kaye, The Pash Aesthetic Mani-pedi salon Beach House Day Spa Birmingham beachhouse-dayspa.com

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Color Box Luxury Nail Studio and Wellness, Eco Nails, Margot European Spa, Nails 07, Paint Nail Bar, Rivage Day Spa, Spa in the Woods Massage Margot European Spa Birmingham margots.com

Gym (old-school) Rebel Strength & Fitness Warren rebelstrengthandfitness.com

Finalists: Hotworx, Muscles Gym, T3 Training, Transformation Lab, Twyfit

Hair salon 6 Salon Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak sixsalon.com

Finalists: Alter Ego Beauty Studios, Antonino Salon & Spa, Bali Loft, Tangled Mane Hair Studio Health club Detroit Athletic Club Detroit thedac.com

Finalists: Beverly Hills Club, Dannofit, GVST Wellness, The Schvitz Hot shave The Royal Beard Barber Co. Utica theroyalbeard.com

Finalists: Baus, Clipz Barbershop, Union Barber

Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, Rivage Day Spa, Sirona Wellness Spa Pilates classes Pilates Detroit Ferndale pilatesdetroit.com

Finalists: Classic Pilates Center, Core (LP), Reform Infrared Pilates, Sculpted by Bee, Warehouse Pilates Spa resort Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Acme grandtraverseresort.com

Finalists: Immerse Spa at MGM Grand Detroit, The Spa at Boyne Mountain

Threading Beauty Hub Commerce Township beautyhubmi.com

Finalists: 6 Salon, Hemali’s Touch Beauty Studio, Perfect Brow Threading Spa and Wellness

Yoga studio Citizen Yoga Bloomfield Township, Detroit, Royal Oak citizenyogastudio.com

Finalists: Bold Flow, CenterPeace, GVST Wellness, Hotworx, The Trap Yoga & Massage Studio

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2024 BEST band Category 5

“They are an awesome band!”
Dearborn Heights

arts & ente

Karen Thompson,

Art fair

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor theannarborartfair.com

Finalists: Art in the Park; Detroit Urban Craft Fair; Funky Ferndale Art Fair; Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats, and Eats; Wyandotte Street Art Fair

Art gallery Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Birmingham bbartcenter.org

Finalists: David Klein Gallery, Lawrence Street Gallery, Library Street Collective, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), River’s Edge Gallery Band

Category 5 cat5rocks.com

Finalists: Big Life, Busby Death Chair, Chirp, Co n Jockeys, Hot Ugly, The Ko n Kats, One Ton Trolley Casino MGM Grand Detroit Detroit mgmgranddetroit.com

Finalists: Hollywood Casino at Greektown, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Club for dancing Boogie Fever Ferndale boogieferndale.com

Finalists: Big Pink, Deluxx Fluxx, Exodos Rooftop, The Marble Bar, Small’s, Spot Lite Detroit

Club for live music Saint Andrew’s Hall Detroit saintandrewsdetroit.com

Finalists: 20 Front Street, Cadieux Café, Cli Bell’s, El Club, Small’s Comedy club

Mark ComedyRidley’sCastle Royal Oak comedycastle.com

Finalists: Go Comedy! Improv Theater, The Independent Comedy Club, One Mike Detroit, One Night Stans Comedy Club Community theater company The Purple Rose Theatre Company Chelsea purplerosetheatre.org

Finalists: Avon Players Community Theatre, Birmingham Village Players, Detroit Public Theatre, Downriver Actors Guild, Planet Ant Theatre, Stagecrafters

Concert venue Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkston 313presents.com/venue/ pine-knob-music-theatre

Finalists: Fox Theatre, The Fillmore Detroit, Little Caesars Arena, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Saint Andrew’s Hall Jazz club Cli Bell’s Detroit cli bells.com

Finalists: Aretha’s Jazz Café, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Dirty Dog Jazz Café

Movie theater (art/indie) Redford Theatre Detroit redfordtheatre.com

Finalists: Detroit Film Theatre, The Senate Theater Movie theater (complex) Emagine Entertainment Multiple locations emagine-entertainment.com

Finalists: AMC, MJR Theatres, Phoenix Theatres Museum (arts) Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit dia.org

Finalists: Cranbrook Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Museum (other) Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Dearborn thehenryford.org

Finalists: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum Music artist Eminem eminem.com

Finalists: Annemarie Jo, Ebony KARMA Dior, Hot Ugly, Tori Muse, Via Mardot

Performing arts venue Fox Theatre Detroit 313presents.com/ venue/fox-theatre

Finalists: The Detroit Masonic Temple, Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Planet Ant Theatre Podcast The Drew Lane Show drewlaneshow.com

Finalists: LifeExcellence with Brian Bartes, Sober Vibes, What Dewey Do? When Survival Looks Like Success

Visual artist Detroit Bird Robinson)(Brittney detroitbird.com

Finalists: Matthew Armstrong, Sanda Cook, Nicole Jarecz, Laurén Magda, Niagara

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Antique shop

Detroit Urban Artifacts Detroit detroiturbanartifacts.com

Finalists: Clawson Antiques Etc., Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Odd Fellows Antiques, The Rabbit Hole, Sinclair Antiques, Vogue Vintage Appliance shop

ABC Warehouse Multiple locations abcwarehouse.com

Finalists: Big George’s and Witbeck Home

Appliance Mart, Bill & Rod’s Appliance Inc., Hawthorne, Noble Appliance, Sargent Appliance

Auto dealership (group) LaFontaine

Multiple locations familydeal.com

Finalists: Feldman Automotive Group, Golling Toyota of Warren, Serra Automotive, Suburban Cadillac, Tamaro Auto Group, Varsity Auto dealership (individual) Bill Brown Ford Livonia billbrownford.net

Finalists: Bowman Chevrolet, George Matick Chevrolet, Heidebreicht Chevrolet

Beer selection (store) Total Wine & More Multiple locations totalwine.com

Finalists: 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company, Discount Drinks Etc., Holiday Market, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, O the Wagon Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Bike shop Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop Ferndale downtown-bikeshop.com

Finalists: D&D Bicycles & Hockey, Fraser Bicycle, KLM Bike & Fitness, Macomb Bike, Metropolis Cycles



John K. King Detroit johnkingbooksdetroit.com

Finalists: The Book Beat, Flyleaf, Sidetrack Bookshop, Toadvine Books

Bridal salon

The Wedding Shoppe Berkley theweddingshoppe.net

Finalists: Beloved Bridal, Katerina Bocci Bridal, Luxe Redux Bridal, Piera’s Bridal Couture, Roma Sposa Butcher shop/deli Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township vinceandjoes.com

Finalists: Cattleman’s, Eastern Market of Canton, Holiday Market, Marrow, Mongers’ Provisions, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Cake shop

Holiday Market Royal Oak holiday-market.com

Finalists: Christine’s Cakes & Pastries, For the Love of Sugar, Good Cakes and Bakes, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Vito’s Bakery

Candy store Bon Bon Bon

Multiple locations bonbonbon.com

Finalists; Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Quix Chocolate, Rocky’s Original Peanut Co., Sugar Lu’s, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory

Chocolate/chocolatier Sanders

Clinton Township, Rochester sanderscandy.com

Finalists: Bon Bon Bon, Dwaar Chocolate, Quix Chocolate, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory

Cider mill Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Armada blakefarms.com

Finalists: Dexter Cider Mill, Franklin Cider Mill, Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, Yates Cider Mill

Cigar shop Churchill’s Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, West Bloomfield churchillscigarbar.com

Finalists: Hill & Hill Tobacconists, La Casa Cigars and Lounge, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Secreto Cigar Bar, Wild Bill’s Tobacco

Clothing and accessory resale Plato’s Closet Multiple locations platoscloset.com

Finalists: Boro Detroit, Consignment Clothiers, Council ReSale, Flamingo Vintage, Lost and Found Vintage, Nu2U Again, Regeneration Clothing

Coffee brand Great Lakes Co ee Roasting Company Bloomfield Hills, Detroit greatlakesco ee.com

Finalists: Chazzano Co ee Roasters, Dessert Oasis Co ee Roasters, Sabbath Co ee Roasters, Zingerman’s Co ee Company

Comic book shop

Vault of Midnight Ann Arbor, Detroit vaultofmidnight.com

Finalists: Comic City; Comix Corner; Green Brain Comics; Time Travelers: Comics, Cards, & Collectibles; Warp 9 Comics

Farmers market Eastern Market Detroit easternmarket.org

Finalists: Birmingham Farmers Market, The Farmington Farmers Market, Mount Clemens Farmers Market, Royal Oak Farmers Market Fish market Noble Fish Clawson noblefish.com

Finalists: Andrea’s Fish Market, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Monahan’s Seafood Market, Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market Flower shop Viviano Flower Shop Multiple locations viviano.com

Finalists: Adorn, Blossoms, Blüm Floral, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Olive’s Bloombox

Furniture and home goods resale Retro Rescuers Ferndale instagram.com/retrorescuers

Finalists: Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Digs Consignment Studio, Just by Happenstance, Le Shoppe Modern Furniture store Leon & Lulu Clawson leonandlulu.com

Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., Bright Ideas Furniture, Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Gardner White Furniture, Gorman’s, Just by Happenstance

Jewelry store

Tapper’s Jewelry Novi, Troy, West Bloomfield tappers.com

Gift shop

Leon & Lulu Clawson leonandlulu.com

Finalists: Catching Fireflies, City Tour Detroit, Peninsulas, Pure Detroit, Vitrine

Gluten-free products Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market Clinton Township, Shelby Township vinceandjoes.com

Finalists: Allergy Free Bakery, Papa’s Kitchen, Rumi’s Passion Gluten-Free Bakery, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Gourmet foods NinoInternationalSalvaggio Marketplace Multiple locations ninosalvaggio.com

Finalists: Grandma Luckey’s Dressing & Marinade, Mongers’ Provisions, Papa’s Kitchen, Plum Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

High-end clothing store The Peacock Room Detroit shoppeacockroom.com

Finalists: Coup D’état, Greyson Clothiers, Hersh’s Boutique, Tender Home décor shop Leon & Lulu Clawson leonandlulu.com

Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., At Home, Cristions Fine Linen & Down, Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Just by Happenstance, Perch, Spotlight Home Interiors, Urbanum

Finalists: Ahee Jewelers, Jacob Matthew Jewelers, Jewelry Set in Stone, Lucido Fine Jewelry, Miner’s Den Jewelers

Kids’ clothing store The Funky Children’sFrog, Resale Boutique Rochester thefunkyfrogonline.com

Finalists: Apple Blossom Baby and Décor, Connie’s Children’s Shop, HoneyPie Kids, Petite Cabane, Regeneration Leather goods Shinola Detroit Multiple locations shinola.com

Finalists: Bespoke by Feldman, Digs Consignment Studio, Leon & Lulu, Noir Leather Lighting shop City Lights Detroit Troy citylightsdetroit.com

Finalists: Bondy’s Lighting & Design Center, Gross Electric, Herald Wholesale Premier Bath Lighting & Hardware, Le Shoppe Modern, Leon & Lulu, Visual Comfort & Co. Lingerie store Harp’s Lingerie Birmingham harps-lingerie.com

Finalists: Bra-vo Intimates, Busted Bra Shop, Hush Intimate Apparel

Men’s clothing store Carhartt Multiple locations carhartt.com

Finalists: Alexander’s Custom Clothiers, Greyson Clothiers, Manno Clothing & Tailoring, Mature, Tailored Detroit, Todd’s Menswear

2024 BEST leather goods Shinola Detroit JUNE 2024

Nursery/greenhouse English Gardens Multiple locations englishgardens.com

Finalists: Bordine’s, Farmer John’s Home Garden Fashion, The Plant House, Telly’s Greenhouse, Ray Wiegand’s Nursery Optical shop House of Optical Clawson houseofoptical.com

Finalists: Focus 313 Eyecare, Optik Birmingham, Roland Optics, See Eyewear

Place to buy an engagement/ wedding ring Tapper’s Jewelry Multiple locations tappers.com

Finalists: Ahee Jewelers, Jacob Matthew Jewelers, Jewelry Set in Stone, Lucido Fine Jewelry, Miner’s Den Jewelers, Wachler Estate Collection & Diamonds

Place to buy art DuMouchelles Detroit dumoart.com

Finalists: Le Shoppe Modern, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Robert Kidd Gallery, Yellow Door Art Market Record store Dearborn Music Dearborn, Farmington dearbornmusic.net

Finalists: The Detroit Record Club, Flipside Records, Found Sound, Hello Records, Peoples Records, Solo Records, Trax N Wax

Shopping mall Somerset Collection Troy thesomersetcollection.com

Finalists: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Macomb Mall, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Twelve Oaks Mall, The Village of Rochester Hills

Skin care shop Rivage Day Spa Birmingham rivagedayspa.com

Finalists: Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, FACE Skincare Medical Wellness, Margot European Spa, Skin Bar VII, Uniquely E ective Skincare

Sustainable store

Woodward Throwbacks Detroit, Hamtramck throwbackshome.com

Finalists: 86 Plastic, Refill Emporium, Walking Lightly

Toy store Toyology Toys

Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield toyologytoys.com

Finalists: Funky Monkey Toys, Modern Natural Baby, Sarge & Red’s Toys and Collectibles, Toy Box Michigan, Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Vintage/consignment clothes Regeneration Pleasant Ridge regenerationclothing.org

Finalists: Boro, Flamingo Vintage, Lost and Found Vintage, The Rabbit Hole, Reware Vintage

Wine store

Total Wine & More Multple locations totalwine.com

Finalists: Elie Wine Co., Michigan by the Bottle, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, The Royce Detroit, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Woods Wholesale Wine

Women’s boutique The Peacock Room Detroit shoppeacockroom.com

Finalists: Ferne Boutique, Happyish Brand, Hersh’s Boutique, Tender, Vida Voyager, Vitrine

2024 BEST women’s boutique The Peacock Room

“The Peacock Room is a throwback to the ambiance of downtown Hudson’s, when shopping was an aesthetic, therapeutic experience — with proprietor Rachel Lutz as retail therapist.”


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After-school program (nonschool)

The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music Royal Oak detroitschoolofrockandpop.com

Finalists: The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Living & Learning Enrichment Center, Michigan 4-H Foundation, Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Auto detailing/car wash Jax Kar Wash Multiple locations jaxkarwash.com

Finalists: Frosty’s Detailing LLC, Matick Automotive Group, Mr. C’s Car Wash, Tommy’s Auto repair Troy Auto Care Troy troyautocare.com

Finalists: Bowman Chevrolet, George Matick Chevrolet, MC Whips Auto Body Repair & Glass, Shelby Auto Care, Wetmore Tire and Auto

Cannabis delivery Dispo (throughDashDispo) Multiple locations disposhops.com

Finalists: BREEZE, Green Genie Cannabis Co., House of Dank, JARS Cannabis, LIV Cannabis Co., Quality Roots

Caterer Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market Clinton Township, Shelby Township vinceandjoes.com

Finalists: Brie & Bamboo, Chive Catering and Events, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, The Silver Shamrocks, Skosh Catering

Financial planner Raymond James Multiple locations raymondjames.com

Finalists: Foguth Financial Group; Jeffrey Fratarcangeli; Mainstay Financial Management; Planning Alternatives; Dewey D. Steffen, Great Lakes Wealth; Michael Van Brienen Hotel Shinola Hotel Detroit shinolahotel.com

Finalists: Cambria Hotel Detroit Downtown, Daxton Hotel, Roost Detroit, The Townsend Hotel

Interior designer Michelle Mio Bloomfield Hills rsminteriors.com

Finalists: Chris Jacob of Jacob & Co., Spotlight Staging & Design, Verce Design Kitchen design service KSI Kitchen & Bath Multiple locations ksikitchens.com

Finalists: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Kendall Design + Build, Sharer Design Group

Michigan resort Grand Hotel Mackinac Island grandhotel.com

Finalists: Boyne Mountain Resort; Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; The Homestead; Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection; Trout Creek Pet groomer Paws StudioGrooming and Spa Canton pawsgrooming studioandspa.com

Finalists: Bark-A-Bout, Catherine’s Pet Parlor, Peticured

Photographer Abby Bartes, Abby B Photography abbybphotography.com

Finalists: C2 Visual Media, Kellie Overholt Photography, MacLachlan Studio, Molly Grunewald & Co., Rosaria Liliana Photography

Realtor Theresa Marrocco Birmingham atproperties.com

Finalists: Tiara Brendel, Lauren Fortinberry, Lisa A. Mills, Motus Real Estate

Special-occasion venue

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Detroit marriott.com

Finalists: 2Gather Auburn Hills Elegant Event Venue, Anthology Events, Book Tower, CenterPeace, The Collins at the Clocktower, The Holly Vault Collection, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms Summer day camp MSUFarmTollgate and Education Center Novi canr.msu.edu

Finalists: Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Skull Island Camp, Willoway Day Camp

Travel Agent/Agency Cadillac Travel Group Royal Oak cadillactravelroyaloak.com

Finalists: Beach Dreamers Travel, Bee Kalt Travel Service Inc., Gateway Travel, Jill Jones of Cadillac Travel Group, Just Cruises & Vacations, Lux Travel Girl, Next Travel, Lisa Ringler

Venue for a kids’ party Bowlero Lanes & Lounge Royal Oak bowlerodetroit.com

Finalists: Detroit Dye House, Fascination Factory, GP Zoology, Kidcadia Play Café, Troy Gym

Wedding cakes

Christine’s Cakes & Pastries Shelby Township christinescakesandpastries.com

Finalists: Arnold’s Home of Sweets, Chive Catering and Events, For the Love of Sugar, Sweet Heather Anne

Wedding photographer Abby Bartes, Abby B Photography abbybphotography.com

Finalists: C. Trudo Photography, MacLachlan Studio, Maxyne Leanne Photography, Molly Grunewald & Co., Orange Blossom Photography

Wedding planner Emerald City Designs Farmington Hills emeraldcitydesigns.com

Finalists: A. Good Event Planner and Design, A June Event, Bunny & June Events, Chive Catering and Events, Eventtodo.com, Something You Event Services

Wedding venue Planterra Conservatory West Bloomfield Township planterraevents.com

Finalists: 2Gather Auburn Hills Elegant Event Venue, Andiamo Banquet Center, Cafe Cortina, CenterPeace, Cherry Creek Golf Club, The Collins Off Main, The War Memorial, Youngblood Vineyard, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

“I’ve been


Judy Kilgore, Royal Oak

my daughter Kate

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smaller venue,
home there.”
going to Bowlero since 1983.
loves bowling there. They are always so kind to Miracle League kids. And being a
feel at

BEST professional sports team Detroit



“Go is the GOAT.”

Rosalyn Thurmon, West Bloomfield


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Author Mitch Albom mitchalbom.com

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Professional sports team coach or manager Dan Campbell

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Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

Clarkston shepherdshollow.com

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Dave Abdallah

Century 21 Curran & Oberski

Dearborn Heights

Batoul Abdallah

RE/MAX Leading Edge Canton

Flo Abke

Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Kee Realty 19900 E. 10 Mile Road St. Clair Shores, MI 48080


flo@floabke.com floabke.com

Zack Aboona Keller Williams Lakeside Shelby Twp.

Rachael Abraham

Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Matthew Abro

Silverstone Real Estate Rochester

Wynne Achatz

Real Estate One - Westrick 505 West Blvd. Marine City, MI 48039


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Renee Lossia Acho

KW Domain 210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-310-1414

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Robert Agnello

RE/MAX First Royal Oak Royal Oak

Julie Ann Ahee

Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Ronnie Ahmad

Keller Williams Legacy Dearborn

Janelle Ainsworth

Coldwell Banker Professionals Port Huron

Jeffery Alasina Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Mosed Aldhulaimi


Real Estate One Dearborn Dearborn

Frederick Alexander

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Hamid Ali

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Michael Allen Keller Williams Somerset Troy

Gustaf Andreasen

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Detroit

Jack Apap

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

John Apap

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate 135 N. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-225-9858 japap@theapapgroup.com theapaprealtygroup.com

Chad Apap eXp Realty Novi

Sakina Arastu Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Susie Armiak MBA Real Estate One - Grosse Ile Grosse Ile

Jennifer Arnold Real Estate One 44250 Garfield Road Suite 200 Clinton Twp., MI 48038 586-453-3248 jarnoldrealtor@gmail.com jenniferarnold.realestateone.com

Vicki Ashton-Hendrixson Real Estate One Southgate Southgate

Hannah Atkinson eXp Realty Troy

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Jennie Avis Redfin Novi

Fadia Awdish RE/MAX Classic Farmington Hills

Fanar Ayar

Keller Williams Domain 6755 Telegraph Road 2nd Floor Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 248-789-7999 fanar.ayar@gmail.com fanar@kw.com

Kris Barich Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Jeffrey Barker Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Greg M. Barnas Sine & Monaghan, LLC Royal Oak

JoAnn Barrett Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Cassiana Barros-Ebert Coldwell Banker Realty Ann Arbor

Angie Batten Real Estate One Ortonville Ortonville

Niran Bahoora Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Michael Bahr The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Cheryl Bailey Coldwell Banker Realty Rochester

Chris Bailey Remerica United Realty Novi

Kevin Baird Real Estate One Troy Troy

Carrie Bake-Wong Bake Real Estate Plymouth

Erika Baker Keller Williams Great Lakes Mount Clemens

Nicholas Asplund @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Grosse Pointe Farms

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Jim Balk Real Estate One Troy Troy

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Kim Balutanski Vanguard Realty Group Rochester Hills

Derek Bauer Real Estate One South Lyon South Lyon

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Lori Beatty RE/MAX New Trend Farmington Hills

Teresa Beaumont eXp Realty Novi

Dan Beazley Realty IQ Northville

Mathew Belanger Keller Williams Paint Creek Rochester

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Dave Bendernagel Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Scott Bergeron Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn

Matthew Berney Quest Realty Troy

Susan Berry

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Kee Realty Birmingham


Suzanne Betz

Real Estate One Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor

Jill Bigelow

Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Pierre Binandeh

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Melanie Bishop

Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Nancy Bishop

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Tiffanie Bissett

Sine & Monaghan, LLC St. Clair

Noel Bittinger Bittinger Team Realtors Canton

Michelle Bittner

Sine & Monaghan, LLC St. Clair

Austin Black II

@properties Christie’s

International Real Estate 3100 Woodward Ave., #25 Detroit, MI 48201


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Al Block

RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Eric Bloomingdale

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Mackenzie Bobby

Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate Troy

Brooke Bocquet-Azimi DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Jason Boggs

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Scott Bohlen

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Behzad Bokani

RE/MAX Dream Properties Northville

Denise Bondoni

Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Christina Bonwell RE/MAX Classic Novi

Margo Borkin

Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Debbie Bourdon

Real Estate One Dexter Dexter

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Cameron Boutros

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Ladonna Bow Billman

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Diane Braykovich RE/MAX Classic Novi

Kevin P. Brennan Bolton-Johnston Associates of Grosse Pointe Grosse Pointe Farms

Elizabeth R Brien The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Sana Brikho St. Jude Realty Troy

Stephan Brochu RE/MAX Platinum Grand Blanc

Eric Broesamle Next Level Realty New Baltimore

Kathy Broock Ballard Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Bella Brookenthal

Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Mark Brown

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Martin Brown

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Alan Brown

Real Estate One Troy Troy

Pam Bryan

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty


Dave Budny

RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Jaime Burkhart

Preferred, Realtors Ltd.


Jennifer Caira-Lauff

Real Estate One Chesterfield Chesterfield Township

Dan Callan

RE/MAX Platinum Hartland

Shana Sine Cameron Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Robert Campbell

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Patrick Carolan Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Andrea Carollo

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Susan Carone

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Northville

Harry Cassidy

Real Estate Unlimited Allen Park

Cynthia Cecala-Smigielski Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Pamela Ceder Sine & Monaghan, LLC Algonac

Kevin Cermak National Realty Centers Northville

Christine Champlin RE/MAX Platinum Fenton

Alex Chapman

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Ali T. Charara

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Donna Charlick

RE/MAX Classic Milford

Zen Chen

RE/MAX New Trend Farmington Hills

Robert Chubb

Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Pamela Chudzinski

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Erin Cicero

Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Katja Classic RE/MAX Classic Canton

Cheryl Clossick

Real Estate One Saline Saline

Alicia Cloutier eXp Realty Rochester

Robert Coburn

RE/MAX First Royal Oak Royal Oak

Brie Cocroft

Max Broock Royal Oak Royal Oak

Carl Cohen KW Domain Birmingham

Noah Cohen

Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Meredith Colburn The Agency Hall & Hunter Birmingham

Erica Collica

Max Broock Realtors 3733 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 248-830-4970 erica@meeterica.com meeterica.com

Mario Como

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty St. Clair Shores

Dana Cooper Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Troy Cordes

Realty Executives Main Street, LLC Lapeer

Debbie Corey

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty


Chuck Cory

Real Estate One Royal Oak

Royal Oak

Lanie Hardy Cosgrove

KW Domain

210 S. Old Woodward Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009


lanie@hardycosgrove.com hardycosgrove.com

Virginia Cox

Robertson Brothers Homes Bloomfield Hills

Kristin Craig

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Marcus Cronce

Real Estate One Port Huron Fort Gratiot

Joe Cubera

KW Domain

210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009


joe@joecubera.com joecubera.com

Brandon Curry

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

Michael Cutsinger

Preferred, Realtors Ltd. Plymouth

Lisa Cutting

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Priyanka Dabhi Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Jason Dabish

Max Broock West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Rodger Dabish

RE/MAX Nexus Birmingham

James Danley KW Domain Birmingham

Joanna Darmanin

Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Joe Darwish

RE/MAX Platinum


Gwen Daubenmeyer

Keller Williams Collaborative Lake Orion


Piyush Dave Real Estate One Plymouth Plymouth

Michelle M. Davis

RE/MAX Masters Flat Rock

Julie Dean DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Debbie DeAngelo

Remerica United Realty Novi

Dan DeCapua RE/MAX Platinum Ann Arbor

Danny Dedic

Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Michael DeFauw

Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Gary DeGrandchamp

Real Estate One Novi Novi

Matt Dejanovich

Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Renee DeKroub

The DeKroub Team 108 W. Grand River Howell, MI 48843 517-404-4270 renee@thedekroubteam.com thedekroubteam.com

Joe Delia

Keller Williams Paint Creek Rochester

Salvatore Delisi

Select Real Estate Professionals Clinton Twp.

Erin Keating DeWald KW Domain

210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-259-3544 erin@erinkdewald.com erinkdewald.com

Jan Dijkers

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Loft Warehouse Detroit

James DiMora Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Domenica DiNello Vanguard Realty Group Rochester Hills

Stefanie Distelrath Sine & Monaghan, LLC St. Clair

Anthony Djon

Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate Troy

Teodora Djourova Clients First Realtors Canton

Mike Dominick

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Tom Dooley Preferred, Realtors Ltd. Plymouth

Leslie Doran

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Rochester

Marie Dowler

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Michael Drapal

Max Broock West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Kimberly Draper River Oaks Realty Grosse Ile Twp.

Kim Drescher Tanascu Real Estate One Shelby Twp Shelby Twp.

Jim Duffy

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Brownstown

Jeff Duneske Keller Williams Advantage Northville

Danielle Dunham eXp Realty Southfield

Amy Dunlap eXp Realty Novi

Rob Duzak National Realty Centers Northville

Tammi Ebenhoeh The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Jack Echterling @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Detroit

Patricia Eddy The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Theresa Edwards RE/MAX Platinum Brighton

Patricia Edwards The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Ronny Eid KW Domain Birmingham

Linda Eriksen Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Kristin Ervin KW Domain Birmingham

William Ervin KW Domain Birmingham

Jane Evans @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Rochester

Vicki Evans Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Rob Ewing Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Christine Faeth Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Mohamad Fares The Signature Group Realty Dearborn Heights

John Farhat Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Fadi Fawzi eXp Realty Novi

Mike Fayz Real Estate One Dearborn Heights Dearborn Heights

Terri Fenelon Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Douglas Ferrell

Realty Executives Main Street, LLC Lapeer

Jimmy Ferris

RE/MAX Team 2000 Dearborn

Chantel Fick

Realty Executives Main Street, LLC Lapeer

Tom Figlan

Real Estate One Chesterfield Chesterfield Township

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Kelly Finley

New Century Realtors


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Brent Flewelling

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Sine & Monaghan Realtors

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Fontaine Real Estate Group Livonia

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Real Estate One Sterling Heights Sterling Heights

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DOBI Real Estate


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Keller Williams Advantage Novi

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RE/MAX Dream Properties Northville

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@properties Christie’s International Real Estate


William Gardner


@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Thomas Gaunt

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Christina Gennari KW Domain

210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009


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Glenda Gerbstadt Coldwell Banker Realty Ann Arbor

Whitney Gesch

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Fadie Ghallozi

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn

Mark Gibeau eXp Realty


Patti Gilman

Keller Williams Premier Clarkston

Timothy Gilson Good Company Realty Royal Oak

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Laurie Glass Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Kirk Glassel The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

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Jeff Glover Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Jeremy Glowski

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty New Baltimore

Ming Hui Goh KW Domain Birmingham

Lori Goldman Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Birmingham

Maria Gomez Real Estate One Plymouth Plymouth

John Goodman Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Kathryn Gorz Coldwell Banker Realty Clarkston

Janet Graham Howard Hanna Birmingham

Erik Gray Real Estate One Southgate Southgate

Karen Greenwood Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Donald Grieser

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Scott Griffith Griffith Realty Brighton

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Christian Grothe

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Dan Gutfreund

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty 415 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-497-4646 dan@dgrealty.com isellmichigan.com

Scott Guyor The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Paul Habba

Business Broker One West Bloomfield

Shayla Haboosh Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate Troy

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Tim Haggerty Remerica Hometown One Plymouth

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Shannon Hall Dwellings Michigan Plymouth

Jerry Hall KW Domain

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Kristin Halmaghi Real Estate One Novi Novi

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Joe Hammel Keller Williams Somerset Troy

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Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

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RE/MAX First Chesterfield Chesterfield

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Max Broock Realtors

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Kevin Hill

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Marty Hill

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Royal Oak

Sara Hillier

Sine & Monaghan, LLC St. Clair

Timothy Hillmer

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Christina Hogan Real Estate One Rochester Rochester

Steve Hohl

Preferred, Realtors Ltd. Plymouth

Holly Hohnholt

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Rochester

Hannah Hoppough

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Detroit

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Kristy Horne Dwellings Michigan Plymouth

Abigail Hotchkiss

Real Estate One Ortonville Ortonville

Jerome Huez

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Loft Warehouse Detroit

Ariel Hurwitz-Greene

Coldwell Banker Realty Ann Arbor

Tom Hutt

RE/MAX Classic Bloomfield Hills

Salvatore Impastato


The Agency Hall & Hunter Birmingham

Haig Istamboulian

Arterra Realty Rochester

Nick Izaguirre

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty St. Clair Shores

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RE/MAX Dream Properties Northville

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RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

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eXp Realty Novi

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RE/MAX Eclipse Rochester Hills

Laura Janski

RE/MAX Eclipse New Baltimore

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George Jarrous

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Rick Jarzembowski

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Krista Jelsky

RE/MAX First Royal Oak Royal Oak

Luyao Jiang Autocity Realty, LLC


Ray Jiang Real Estate One Troy


Amy Jindo

Max Broock West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Chad Jishi

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Craig Joeright DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Tracy Johnson Five Star Real Estate Commerce Twp

Ashley Jolley

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Northville

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RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

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The Agency Hall & Hunter 442 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-568-7309 cindy@cindykahn.com cindykahn.com

Ryan Kain RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

Hari Kakumanu Community Choice Realty Associates, LLC Livonia

Nick Kalte Quest Realty Troy

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Lora Kazanjian Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

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Brandon M. Kekich RE/MAX Dream Properties Northville

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Brian Kirksey Keller Williams Paint Creek Rochester

Adriane Kizy Golden Key Realty Group Troy

Samuel Kaplunov @properties Christie’s International Real Estate 400 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 100 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-933-0471 sam@samkaplunov.com | samkaplunov.com

Desert Klein-Kassab Max Broock Detroit Detroit

Jeffrey Klink

The Charles Reinhart Company Chelsea

Michelle Klump

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.



Kelly Knight

Coldwell Banker Realty


Brett Knybel KW Platinum Chesterfield

Holly Koch Preview Properties Brighton

Erica Kohler

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Darby Kolano

The Charles Reinhart Company Saline

Sean Konja

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Andrew Konopada

RE/MAX Classic Bloomfield Hills

Maria Kopicki

Coldwell Banker Realty

690 S. Old Woodward Birmingham, MI 48009


maria.kopicki@cbrealty.com mariakopickirealestate.com

Caron Koteles Riha Real Estate One Rochester Rochester

Chris Koumoutsopoulos

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

Lysa Kowalik RE/MAX Classic Canton

Matt Kraft

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty 415 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 586-822-8000 mkraft@signaturesothebys.com isellthemitten.com

Jamey Kramer

RE/MAX Classic


Brian Krause

Real Estate One Clinton Twp Clinton Township

Matthew Kulacki

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

John Kurczak

Keller Williams Central

Sterling Heights


Constance Labarge Thomas

RE/MAX First Rochester Rochester

Doris LaBeau

RE/MAX Masters Flat Rock

Maria Lacaria

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Ryan Lally

Keller Williams Luxury International Grosse Pointe Grosse Pointe Woods

Kristine Lambrecht

Real Estate One Clarkston Clarkston

Todd Lands The Charles Reinhart Company Saline

Benjamin Lang eXp Realty Troy

Kyle Lang

RE/MAX Dream Properties Northville

Christine Lynn Lapinski The Agency Hall & Hunter Birmingham

Carol Lee

Golden Key Realty Northville

Michael Lennon

Real Estate One Oxford Oxford

Linda Leporowski Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Debbie Leutheuser Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Jack Liang Autocity Realty, LLC Troy

Corey Light @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Kenneth Lin

RE/MAX Showcase Homes Birmingham

Kathy Linderman The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Lisa Lipari

DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Elizabeth Little National Realty Centers Northville

Anne Loehr Redfin Novi

Kristie Lohmann

RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Pat Lotz

Real Estate One Brighton Brighton

Jane Lowell Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Alex Lucido

Lucido Real Estate 19455 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods MI 48236 313-268-2000 alex@lucidorealestate.com lucidorealestate.com

Carol Lukity

Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Kee Realty 15501 Metro Pkwy. Ste. 105 Clinton Twp., MI 48036 586-634-3933 carollukityrealtor@gmail.com carolsellsmacomb.com

Charles Lutz RE/MAX First Clinton Clinton Twp

Ryan Maceri KW Platinum Chesterfield

Brooke MacNee

MBA Real Estate One - Grosse Ile Grosse Ile

Sara C. Maddock Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors Ann Arbor

Sarah Maiga

Maiga Homes Luxury Real Estate Canton

Anthony Maisano

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Raffaele Malizia

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Hank Mandez Real Estate One Shelby Twp Shelby Twp.

Kathy Manoogian Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Kelli Mans Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Faye Maraman Real Estate One Clinton Twp Clinton Township

Benny Margolis Max Broock West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Laith Marroki Keller Williams Paint Creek Rochester

Crystal Marsh @properties Christie’s International Real Estate 400 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-225-4269 crystalmarsh@atproperties.com

Kristina Martin

Arterra Realty 429 S. Main St. Rochester, MI 48307 586-242-0551 kristina.martin@arterrarealty.com kristina.searchmihomes.com

Amy Martin RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

George Martin Jr RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Tricia Maskin Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Clinton Twp.

Mike Mason Arterra Realty Rochester

Kelly Matelic Park Avenue Realty

Kyle Matta

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate 105 W 4th St. Rochester, MI 48307 248-505-2716 kylematta@atproperties.com kylematta.com

Ray Matti KW Domain Birmingham

Sandra Matti KW Domain


Dick Mattie

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Birgit Maun

Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Nicole McAvoy DOBI Real Estate


Jennifer McBride

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Northville

Lauren McCown

Keller Williams Professionals


Donna McDonald

RE/MAX Eclipse Clarkston

Susan McFarland

RE/MAX Classic Milford

Donna McFarlane

Oak and Stone Real Estate



Nick McFarlane Oak and Stone Real Estate


Joni McGlothlin

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

Linda McGonagle

Real Estate One Northville Northville

Brad Mcguire

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Northville

Maria McGuire

RE/MAX Eclipse New Baltimore

Matt McKernan

The Charles Reinhart Company


Chris McLogan

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Kelie McMillan

Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Brenda Meeuwenberg

Redfin Novi

Raymond Megie Realty Executives Main Street, LLC Lapeer

Bill Meiser

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Jeff Meldrum

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate 100 Kercheval Ave. Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236

586-630-1139 jeff@jeffmeldrum.com | jeffmeldrum.com

Paul Meldrum

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Mike Meldrum

Real Estate One Chesterfield Chesterfield Township

Maricela Meza

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Keri Middaugh

Real Estate One Ypsilanti Ypsilanti

Leslie Mihalak RE/MAX First Rochester Rochester

Stacy Miletti

Real Estate One 70 W. Long Lake Road Suite 100

Troy, MI 48098

248-877-8528 stacymiletti@yahoo.com stacymiletti.com

Kim Millen Remerica Integrity II Northville

Randy Miller RE/MAX Eclipse Clarkston

Aleksandr Milshteyn Coldwell Banker Realty Ann Arbor

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Craig W. Minoletti

Signature Sotheby’s International 415 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009


cminoletti@signaturesothebys.com craigminoletti.signaturesir.com

Emily Mitchell

RE/MAX Platinum Brighton

Ilene Mitz

Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Andreea Mollette

RE/MAX Eclipse Clarkston

Mark G. Monaghan

Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Courtney Monigold

The Agency

442 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009


courtneymonigold@gmail.com clmluxuryhomes.com

Saverio Montalto

DOBI Real Estate 2211 Cole St. Birmingham, MI 48009


saverio.montalto@gmail.com saveriomontalto.wearedobi.com

Aaron Monzo

Keller Williams Great Lakes Mount Clemens

Erick Monzo

Keller Williams Great Lakes Mount Clemens

Steven Moore

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Maysonya Morrison

Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Kee Realty

210 W. University, Suite 4 Rochester, MI 48307


maymorrison@comcast.net bhhskeerealty.com

Paul Mruk

RE/MAX Classic Novi

Dawn Mueller

Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Grace Mulcahy

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Steven Murphy

Century 21 Campbell Realty, Inc.

Madison Heights

Jennifer Murray

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Scott Myers

RE/MAX Platinum Grand Blanc

Angela Nagle

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Jacquelyn Nagle

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Kim Nagy eXp Realty


Jerry Nahhas

Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate


Michelle Naumovski

RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Lisa Nederlander

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Rick Nessel

RE/MAX Classic Novi

Tonya Newberry

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

David Nguyen

Keller Williams Central Sterling Heights

Susan Niethammer

RE/MAX Platinum Ann Arbor

Lisa Nocera

ProRealty, LLC Plymouth

June Noh

Keller Williams Somerset Troy

Linda Novak

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Alex Nugent

Real Estate One

70 W. Long Lake Road Troy, MI 48098 248-813-0100 alex@alexnugent.com alexnugentgroup.com

Terri O’Brien Century 21 Curran & Oberski Northville

Nathan Oake Griffith Realty Brighton

Steve Oaks

RE/MAX Classic Farmington Hills

Deb Odom Stern

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Benny Offer

Keller Williams Lakeside

Shelby Twp.

Christine Oglesby

Bake Real Estate


Aida Omidvar

Keller Williams Metro

Royal Oak

Dominic Orlando Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

James Orr

RE/MAX First Royal Oak Royal Oak

Terry Ozak

RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

Jeff Packer Preferred, Realtors Ltd. Plymouth

Kaitlyn Pangrazzi

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate 400 S. Old Woodward Birmingham, MI 48009 248-727-7262 kaitlyn@kp-collective.com atproperties.com

Nancy Paterson Coldwell Banker Realty

Ann Arbor

Kevin Paton Coldwell Banker Realty Grosse Pointe Farms

Brad Patrick Oak and Stone Real Estate


Sarah Patrick Oak and Stone Real Estate


Dee Patsalis Sine & Monaghan, LLC St. Clair

Kim Peoples

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Chris Pero

Max Broock Birmingham Birmingham

Reginald Perryman

Keller Williams Metro

Royal Oak

Selma Pesch eXp Realty Novi

Tina Peterson

Real Estate One Brighton Howell

Nicolas Petrucci

@properties Christie’s

International Real Estate 400 S. Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 248-787-3240

nicolas@petruccirealty.com petruccirealty.com

Michael Phillips Keller Williams Legacy Dearborn

Samantha Phillips KW Domain Birmingham

Jacqualyn Pichette

RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Julie Picknell

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Kelly Pine

The Agency Hall & Hunter


Douglas Platonas

Keller Williams Metro

Royal Oak

Geno Policicchio

Keller Williams Professionals


Michal Porath

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor


Carole Porretta Coventry Realty, LLC Metamora

Becky Post KW Platinum


Jeffrey L. Post

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors Ann Arbor

Steve Potocsky

Real Estate One Novi Novi

Keri Poulter

The Charles Reinhart Company


Timothy Powell

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Megan Prieur

Sine & Monaghan, LLC

Grosse Pointe Farms

Marianne Prokop Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Nicole Pyne

RE/MAX First Clinton Clinton Twp

Sherry Pyszczynski

Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Monique Querro

Real Estate One Shelby Twp

Shelby Twp.

Nancy Rademacher

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Tom Rafferty

RE/MAX Platinum


Tony Raffin

RE/MAX First St Clair Shores St. Clair Shores

Douglas Rahaim

DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Maura Rains

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Nader Rammal

RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

Stacy Ramsay

RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

Russ Ravary Real Estate One Commerce Twp Commerce Township

Spencer Ray Jim Saros Real Estate Services Grosse Pointe

Julie Rea Real Estate One Rochester Rochester

Linda Rea Real Estate One Rochester Rochester

Elizabeth Reaume Howard Hanna Birmingham

Rachel Reaves

RE/MAX Leading Edge Dearborn Heights

Diane Remer

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Tina Remer

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Kathleen Remski

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Laurie Reveley KW Platinum Chesterfield

Bethany Reyes

Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Heidi Rhome

Keller Williams Advantage 200 N. Center St. Northville, MI 48167 734-945-1317

heidi@heidirhome.com heidirhome.com

Dino R. Ricci Sine & Monaghan, LLC

Grosse Pointe Farms

Cory Richards @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

Arius Richmond

Keller Williams Professionals Plymouth

Michael Rickerman Epique Realty Lexington

Phone: 248-245-9073 Email: donna@donnasanford.com www.donnasanford.com Service you will appreciate! Donna Sanford Donna Sanford Brookstone Realtors 3310 W Big Beaver Rd Suite 105 Troy, MI 8040 Ortonville Rd Clarkston, MI

Ed Ridha

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Lisa Ridha

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Mark Riegal Real Estate One Plymouth Plymouth

Jeff Rieter RE/MAX Nexus


Bill Ristov RE/MAX Nexus Birmingham

Patricia Roberge Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Alyse Robertelli

Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Nancy Robinson Century 21 Curran & Oberski Royal Oak

Rachel Robinson

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Stephanie Rodriguez

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty


Tracy Rose

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Laurie Rouse

DOBI Real Estate


Brandon Rowley Realty Executives Main Street, LLC Lapeer

Tracey Roy

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Boyd Rudy Keller Williams Professionals


Maryann Ryan

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Sherri Saad

RE/MAX Leading Edge Detroit

Kelly Sadowski

Sine & Monaghan, LLC

St. Clair

Sameh Sakla

Keller Williams Professionals



Gerald Salerno @properties Christie’s International Real Estate


Charles Saliard Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Donna Sanford Brookstone Realtors 3310 W. Big Beaver Road Suite 105 Troy, MI 48084 248-245-9073 donna@donnasanford.com donnasanford.com

Jimmy Saros

Jim Saros Real Estate Services Grosse Pointe

Adriana Sarti Realty Executives

Home Towne 49433 Hayes Road

Shelby Twp., MI 48315 586-495-6556 adriana.sarti@realtyexecutives.com adriana.rehometowne.com

Kathy Schaumburger eXp Realty Novi

Brandon Schmidt Epique Realty Auburn Hills

Gwen Schultz Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Nick Schultz RE/MAX Classic Plymouth

Kirsten Scopacasa National Realty Centers Northville

Sorra Scott Bake Real Estate Plymouth

Nick Selsky Redfin Novi

Nicholas Seman DOBI Real Estate Birmingham

Jim Shaffer

Jim Shaffer and Associates

Royal Oak

William Shamoun KW Domain


Bernard A. Shamow eXp Realty


Ali Shariff Real Estate One Dearborn Dearborn

Doug Shaw RE/MAX First 307 East St. Rochester, MI 48307 248-330-0177

d.shawteam@gmail.com theshawteam.com

Shaun Shaya KW Domain


James Sheldon Coldwell Banker Professionals Port Huron

Michael Sher Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Michelle Shulman The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Vance Shutes Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Charles Siciliano @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Birmingham

James Silver Keller Williams Somerset Troy

Crystal Silveri Brookstone Realtors 3310 W. Big Beaver Road Suite 105 Troy, MI 48084 586-222-2122 crystalsilveri@yahoo.com crystalsilveri.brookstonerealtors.com

Bia Siminovich KW Domain Birmingham

Vic Simjanoski DOBI Real Estate 2211 Cole St. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-229-9137 vic@wearedobi.com thevsrealestategroup.com

Bruce Simon Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

David Simpson KW Platinum Chesterfield

Andi Sims

Max Broock West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Dean J. Sine Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Jessica Singer Howard Hanna Dexter

Anne Sloan The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Sophie Smith Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Sonia Smyk Coldwell Banker Realty Plymouth

Abby Sochacki Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Sheel Sohal KW Domain Birmingham

Rebecca Sokol DOBI Real Estate 2211 Cole St. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-410-6697 rebecca@wearedobi.com wearedobi.com

Esther Son Real Estate One Commerce Twp Commerce Township

Keri Sorenson National Realty Centers Clarkston

Adam Soroka @properties Christie’s International Real Estate


Tim Sova RE/MAX Platinum


Kata Sowerby Real Estate One Chesterfield Chesterfield Township


Ryan Spagnuolo

Keller Williams Professionals


Megan Spencer

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty


Robert Sprader

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Tom Stachler

Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Michelle Stalmack

Real Estate One Ann Arbor Ann Arbor

Maria Starkey

MBA Real Estate One - Grosse Ile Grosse Ile

Chris Stefanopoulos

Max Broock Bloomfield Hills Bloomfield Hills

Lisa Stelter

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Jessica Stencel

DOBI Real Estate


Meg Stenger KW Domain


Jo Ann Steuwe

RE/MAX Classic


Liz Stevenson

Real Estate One Novi Novi

Steve Stockton

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Pam Stoler

The Agency Hall & Hunter


Sara Ston Good Company Realty Ferndale

Sara Storch-Lipnitz

The Agency Hall & Hunter


Teresa Stovall

eXp Realty


Matthew Stransky

Good Company

Royal Oak

Yong Sun

Autocity Realty, LLC


Julie Svinicki

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Anna Swartz

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty


Ibrahim Taleb

RE/MAX Leading Edge

Dearborn Heights

Charles Tamou

Top Agent Realty


Bryon Tanana

Keller Williams Professionals


Stacey Taylor

Quest Realty


Rick Taylor

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Dylan Tent

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Northville

John Tenza

The Charles Reinhart Company

Ann Arbor

Terri Thiede

National Realty Centers


Marisa Thomas DOBI Real Estate


Rose Tibbles

Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Christine Tiderington

Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate


Elizabeth Tintinalli

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate


Jeff Todd

Keller Williams Paint Creek


Nick Tong

Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate


Megan Tooley

Paver Real Estate Northville

Jennifer Toomajian

Real Estate One Troy


Janine Toundaian

Howard Hanna


Julie Trauben

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Evan Treharne

The Maple Group Realtors Bloomfield Hills

Jessica Tremonti

Century 21 Curran & Oberski Dearborn Heights

Michelle Trenta Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate


Ron Trombetti

Keller Williams Lakeside Shelby Charter Twp.

Marty Turco RE/MAX Platinum Ann Arbor

Kent Tyrrell Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Greg Uihlein

Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Nicole Ulewicz

Vanguard Realty Group Rochester Hills

Renee Unger

Real Estate One West Bloomfield West Bloomfield

Samuel Vail Coldwell Banker Realty Ann Arbor

Tushar Vakhariya KW Domain

210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-302-3921 tushar@tvarla.com tvarla.com

Alina Valentine Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Kimberly Valice Sine & Monaghan, LLC Grosse Pointe Farms

Anita VanAcker

Keller Williams Showcase Realty Commerce Twp.

Patty Pozios-Vasilos

Sine & Monaghan Realtors 18412 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236 313-477-3124 pattyvasilos@gmail.com

Michelle Vedder Real Estate One Brighton Brighton

Susan Vogel RE/MAX First Shelby Shelby Twp

Derica Wade Dwellings Michigan Plymouth

Leanne Wade Howard Hanna Ann Arbor

Adam Waechter The Agency Hall & Hunter Birmingham

Todd B. Waller

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company, Realtors Ann Arbor

Karen Walls

RE/MAX Nexus 255 E. Brown St. Suite 205 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-752-5081 karen@karenwalls.com karenwalls.com

Madelon Ward KW Domain 210 S. Old Woodward Ave. Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009 248-703-9532 madelon@kw.com madelon1.kw.com

Cheryl Waring RE/MAX Eclipse Clarkston

Debbie WaschewskiNelson

DOBI Real Estate 2211 Cole St. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-462-4742 debbie@wearedobi.com wearedobi.com


Priscilla Watts

Preview Properties


Robert Webber

Real Estate One Troy Troy

Jean Wedemeyer

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Linda Wells

RE/MAX Nexus Birmingham

Logan Wert Keller Williams Metro Royal Oak

Katie Wheeler Match Realty, LLC Detroit

Matt White

RE/MAX Platinum Ann Arbor

Tracy Wick National Realty Centers Northville

Tom Wilhelm

Real Estate One Clarkston Clarkston

Wanda Williams

Real Estate One Clinton Twp Clinton Township

Kathy Wilson

Berkshire Hathaway

HomeServices Kee Realty 880 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 248-646-6203 kwteam@hwwbrealtors.com kathywilsonrealestate.com

Heidi Wilson

Keller Williams Advantage Novi

Karen Wilson Real Estate One Rochester Rochester

Christine Winans

James Wolfe Coldwell Banker Realty Northville

Paul Wolfert

Century 21 Row West Bloomfield

Josh Wright

Keller Williams Central Sterling Heights

Katie Wright RE/MAX Eclipse Clarkston

Judie Wu

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

Nicole Elizabeth Yaeger eXp Realty Ann Arbor

Rana Yaldoo KW Domain Birmingham

Deborah Yatooma RE/MAX Classic Milford

Sarah Yin

The Charles Reinhart Company Ann Arbor

John Yorke eXp Realty Rochester

Elizabeth Young

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

Todd Zachary

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Birmingham

Barb Zarantonello

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Rochester

Jennifer Zardus Coldwell Banker Realty Birmingham

Justin Zehel

Keller Williams Central Sterling Heights

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Birmingham

Jeff Wine

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Fort Gratiot

David Wintermyer

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Kee Realty Rochester

Tom Zibkowski Real Estate One Shelby Twp Shelby Twp.

Nagib Zindani KW Platinum Chesterfield


Matthew Abro The Silverstone Group Rochester

Matt Adler LMCU 734 W. Long Lake Troy, MI 48098 248-219-7552

matt.adler@lmcu.org lmcu.org/mattadler

Carrie Aeschliman Independent Bank Ann Arbor

Hassan Ahmad PrimeLending Dearborn Heights

Maria Alaouieh The Mortgage Link, Inc. Dearborn Heights

Becky Alley

Capital Mortgage Funding 17170 West 12 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48076 248-833-5197

balley@cmghomeloans.com capitalmortgagefunding.com

Imran Alli

Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union Troy

Sam Amine Union Home Mortgage Brighton

Ryan Andersen Motto Mortgage Bloomfield Hills

Erin Atkins

Mortgage Resource Plus, Inc. Southfield

Jimmy Attisha National Mortgage Home Loans Troy

John Aucutt

Superior National Bank Bloomfield Hills

Matt Baffo First State Bank Clinton Twp.

Sean Balcom Flagstar Bank Northville

Victor Bals USA Mortgage Brighton

Brian Barnes Flagstar Bank Rochester

Sam Batayeh First Merchants Bank Northville

Sarah Bates First Community Mortgage Royal Oak

Ken Bean Chase Bank Macomb

Kladi Bekolli Besa Home Mortgage Troy

Jennifer Benedict CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Joe Bigelman John Adams Mortgage Company Southfield

David Bishop The State Bank Fenton

Brenda Brosnan

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Dan Burke

Capital Mortgage Funding 17170 West 12 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48076 248-833-5152

dburke@cmghomeloans.com capitalmortgagefunding.com

Mark Bynum Union Home Mortgage Port Huron

Victoria Camaj Atlas Property Lending Troy

Renato Capelj NewRez - Caliber Home Loans Shelby Twp.

Melissa L. Carrier

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Michael Cauley

Mortgage Resource Plus, Inc. Southfield

Perri Cauley

Mortgage Resource Plus, Inc. Southfield


Betsy Cavanaugh Old National Bank Ann Arbor

Kristina Cavric Flagstar Bank Milford

Charles Christmas Gold Star Mortgage Ann Arbor

Marsel Cilla Safetrust Mortgage, LLC Troy

Dawn Connors Mortgage 1, Inc. Shelby Charter Twp.

Jennifer Coppola

Highlands Residential Mortgage Brighton

Sam Dababneh Priority 1 Lending Livonia

Mark Davis

The Mortgage Link, Inc. Trenton

Kay M. Davis

Union Home Mortgage St. Clair

Ken Dunneback

Michigan Mutual Mortgage Livonia

Lauren DuVall

Guardian Core Mortgage Chesterfield

Drea Eady Iron Mortgage Northville

Ted Edginton

U.S. Bank Home Mortgage 2010 Cole St. Birmingham, MI 48009


ted.edginton@usbank.com mortgage.usbank.com/tededginton NMLS #502442

Susie Edwards First Merchants Bank Ann Arbor

Andy Elder 1st Securities Mortgage Bingham Farms

Darrick Ervin Next Door Lending Bingham Farms

Troy Fairbanks First Merchants Bank Ann Arbor

Rey Farrah Chase Bank Rochester Hills

Lara Forte First Merchants Bank Bloomfield Hills

Frank Foss First State Bank St. Clair Shores

Crystal France

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Steve Frost

National Mortgage Funding Troy

Randy Gammo

National Mortgage Home Loans Troy

Alan Garbacik Stockton Mortgage Bloomfield Hills

Aaron Gaubatz Honest Mortgage Brighton

Gayle Geisenhoff Kennedy

Success Mortgage Partners Plymouth

Don Geml

Mortgage 1, Inc. Shelby Twp.

Grant Gerhard

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Harry Glanz

Capital Mortgage Funding 17170 West 12 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48076 248-833-5222

hglanz@cmghomeloans.com capitalmortgagefunding.com

Greg Goddard

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Brent Green Lake Michigan Credit Union Grand Blanc

Chuck Hage

PrimeLending Dearborn Heights

Susan Haidar Huntington Bank Troy

Rosie Haidar

Mortgage Connections Dearborn

Pamela Hall Union Home Mortgage Troy

Susan Heren Movement Mortgage Ann Arbor

Frank Hermiz Hermiz Lending Troy

Jonathan Hohner R-B Financial/Mortgages, Inc. Sterling Heights

Grant A. Holmes Great Lakes Mortgage 43456 Mound Road Sterling Heights, MI 48314 586-419-9000 grant@glmf.com holmesloan.com NMLS #135241

Mac Horvath Mitten Mortgage Lending Wyandotte

Derek Howard CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Southfield

Josh Hudson Movement Mortgage Northville

Aaron Hulett Michigan Mutual Mortgage Port Huron

Tim Hurst OWN Mortgage Royal Oak

Emil Izrailov LMCU 34391 W. 12 Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48321 248-961-4300 emil.izrailov@lmcu.org myloanofficer.com

Josh Jardin Brass Lending Birmingham

Keith Kampe Flagstar Bank Birmingham

Mary Katsiroubas University Home Loan Shelby Twp.

Jeffrey Kennedy Success Mortgage Partners Plymouth

Doug Kingsbury University Lending Group Ann Arbor

Jerad Kinney Flagstar Bank Northville

Danielle Kodulian Exceptional Mortgage Services, Inc. Howell

Kurt Kostal loanDepot Southfield

Lisa Kreza-Bristow Lake Michigan Credit Union Livonia

Nathan Kunst Honest Mortgage Brighton

Mike LaBara CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC Bloomfield Hills

Maria Labie

Independent Bank 201 West Big Beaver Road Suite 201 Troy, MI 48084 248-952-4914 mlabie@ibcp.com mortgagemadesimple.net

Quinton Lemond HomePal Ferndale

Larry Longcore Diamond Residential Mortgage Lake Orion

Gordie MacDougall Ross Mortgage Corporation Allen Park

Hoodie Makki PrimeLending Dearborn Heights

Tania Maples Michigan United Mortgage, LLC Brighton

Aaron Marantette NewRez - Caliber Home Loans Shelby Twp.

Dawn McCarty Icon Mortgage Flint

Alan McClellan McClellan Financial Mortgage Rochester

Tricia McFarlane

University Lending Group Brighton


Dan Meister

DFCU Financial


Agnes Miesch

Michigan United Mortgage, LLC


Lisa Miller Flagstar Bank Novi

Nicole Milton Independent Bank Troy

Carl Moraw The State Bank Fenton

Jonathan Narens Flagstar Bank Troy

Aadil Nathoo AmeriPlus Financial Canton

Adam Neumann Union Home Mortgage Rochester

Carol Nowland

Kaye Financial Corporation Farmington Hills

Tracey Okonski

1st Securities Mortgage Bingham Farms

James Paquette

Lake Michigan Credit Union Brighton

Tim Pascarella

Ross Mortgage Corporation Troy

Sergey Pesch Extreme Loans Southfield

Melissa Pirronello

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Culture Calendar

Columnist Ryan Patrick Hooper’s picks for June concerts, plus memories from live shows from the past

ANOTHER SUMMER CONCERT season is here. And it’s a stacked one. You’ll notice a vast array of shows in Hour Detroit’s listings this month. On top of that, there are quite a few I want to share with you, and we’ll get to that point.

But aren’t the best summer concerts around here about the memories surrounding them, the people you were with? I don’t hear a lot of people talk about the fidelity of the sound or how the lighting transformed the show entirely. Those things do happen, and play a critical role, but when we talk about shows, we’re talking about how we experienced them. That’s a powerful thing — a perfect memory (or a chaotic one) paired with perfect music (or an insanely bad show that you made the most of).

I’ll never forget my first show, which was also my first time in the mosh pit. It was the Warped Tour in the Phoenix Center parking lot in Pontiac, and I saw a whole range of punk bands with my cousin, who was a little older than me, but not by much. I was maybe 10 years old, and my parents said,


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Ella, First Lady of Song: Follow the inspiring 60-year career of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald at the Michigan premiere of this biographical musical by Lee Summers. Grammy-nominated artist Freda Payne will star in the titular role, performing some of Fitzgerald’s greatest hits along the way — including “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” $37. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester; mbtheatre.com



Detroit Grand Prix: This annual IndyCar race is taking to the streets of downtown Detroit for another year of speed, sound, and family fun.

Beyond the racing, attendees can access the Riverwalk, Hart Plaza, and Spirit Plaza to enjoy games, food, music, and entertainment. Prices vary by day and seating. Downtown Detroit; detroitgp.com


Dusty Slay: Known for a clean, relatable brand of Southernstyle comedy that bridges political and cultural divides alike, this Nashville, Tennesseebased comedian has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live and was listed as one of 10 comics to watch by Variety in 2019. He co-hosts the We’re Having a Good Time podcast with his wife, Hannah, as well as the popular Nateland podcast with fellow funnyman


at the Masonic Temple on June 4.

“Just get back to the car by sunset.” I don’t want to go all Mitch Albom on you, but do you give your kids the same freedom at a show today? Should you?

Around that age, I also got to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Pine Knob Music Theatre with my parents and aunt and uncle. And that was through a whole different lens, watching my parents drink maybe a little too much and then puke in the bushes as we walked to the car (my uncle was the designated driver and hated all of us for it).

But the beautiful thing was the memory. I don’t remember the set list, but I’ll never forget how funny that moment was, watching adults become fallible for the first time. And how great to know who Tom Petty was at that age because my parents had me listening to everything under the sun. Years later, I’d get arrested for smoking a joint on top of the hill at Pine Knob while Heart played. When I went to court, the judge made everyone from the bailiff to my parents laugh when he said, “How the hell do you get busted for smoking weed at Pine Knob?”

Nate Bargatze. $35+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com

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Palmer Park Art Fair: This annual fair in Detroit’s Palmer Park brings together more than 100 juried artists to display works in paint, glass, fiber, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Visitors can also browse standout work by impressive teen artists in the Mint Artists Guild Tent, hear readings from local writers in the Authors Tent, and mingle with local art educators from the Detroit Art Teachers Association. Expect to enjoy live music, plenty of food trucks, and even handson art activities. No cost. Palmer Park, Detroit; palmerparkartfair.com



Running through this list of shows that are on my radar for this month, I hope you make the same memories — but hopefully more legal ones.

I’m infatuated with the idea of seeing Khruangbin with John Carroll Kirby (June 4 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit). Khruangbin has proved that a mostly instrumental three-piece deepgroove band can sell out music

newest album, Don’t Forget Me, when she makes a stop in Sterling Heights with support from indie pop artist The Japanese House.

Maggie Rogers: This up-andcoming pop singer-songwriter got her big break in 2016, when she played her song “Alaska” for Pharrell Williams during a master class at New York University. A video of the star being visibly moved by the performance went viral, culminating in millions of views for Rogers — who signed a recording contract with Capitol Records later that year. Hear tracks from the star’s



Melanie Martinez: Following her fame-making appearance on season three of the reality competition show The Voice this alternative-pop phenom went on to release her doubleplatinum-selling debut album,

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$35+. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights; 313presents.com
 Agenda
John Carroll Kirby is a jazz musician who has collaborated with Frank Ocean and Harry Styles. Khruangbin playing

venues, and John Carroll Kirby is a jazz keys virtuoso who has become the go-to session performer for Harry Styles, Solange, and others. Lalah Hathaway (June 5 at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit) is the daughter of Donny Hathaway and has that generational voice. I’ll always say that The Aretha, right on the Detroit riverfront, is an all-timer for shows in the summer (you can see people listening on their boats behind the stage). Corinne Bailey Rae (June 12 at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel) is touring her most experimental album yet — it will be a show you don’t want to miss.

If you’re looking for something more international that will absolutely rip your face off (this one is for you, guitar nerds), Mdou Moctar (June 19 at The Magic Bag) is just the ticket. His music is a blend of modern rock and Tuareg guitar, a style of desert blues from North and West Africa.

Danielle Ponder (June 21 at El Club) has one of the best voices in the game right now. She uses it to sing over a blend of blues, R&B, and rock that’s uniquely her own. I truly get flashes of Nina Simone listening to her, and that’s high praise. This will be the smallest venue she ever plays in Detroit, because she is destined for big, big things. And if you’re into that sort of sound, you’ll really dig the soulful alternative jazz sound of Hiatus Kaiyote (June 23 at Royal Oak Music Theatre).

No matter which shows you go to, remember it’s the memories that come along with the music that you’ll be carrying with you for the rest of the summer and beyond. And be sure to say hi if you see me at these shows, because I’m aiming to be at each and every one of them.

Ryan Patrick Hooper is the host of In the Groove on 101.9 WDET, Detroit’s NPR station (weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.).

Cry Baby, which spawned several successful singles, including “Pity Party” and “Soap.”

She’ll support her newest album, Portals, when she arrives at Little Caesars Arena with special guests Beach Bunny and Sofia Isella in tow. $150+. Little Caesars Arena, Detroit; 313presents.com



Daniel Tosh: Audiences became acquainted with Daniel Tosh’s dark, deliberately o ensive brand of humor dur-

ing his 11-year run as host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, a satirical variety show where the comic o ered hilariously bleak commentary on viral videos, internet memes, and trending pop culture topics. He launched his own podcast, Tosh Show — which features a blend of comedic banter and guest interviews — in November. $45+. Fox Theatre, Detroit; 313presents.com



Gregory Alan Isakov: This Johannesburg-born singersongwriter uses elements of folk and indie rock music to explore topics ranging from the beauty of nature to the importance of introspection. A formidable presence in the indie folk scene, Isakov boasts

six critically acclaimed studio albums, a Grammy Award nomination, and appearances at some of the finest concert halls in the country. $39+. Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor; theark.org



Pixies and Modest Mouse: Fans of vintage indie rock are in for a treat when two genre heavyweights perform on the same night at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre. Credited with helping to launch

the early ’90s alt-rock boom, Pixies garnered a cult following with songs like “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Here Comes Your Man.” For Oregon-based indie outfit Modest Mouse, success came roughly a decade later, when its 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News launched the hit single “Float On.” Influential solo artist Cat Power will open the show. $35+. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights; 313presents.com

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Michigan Glass Project: Watch the country’s best glass and visual artists create stunning pieces right before your eyes during this three-day celebration at Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center. Live music, local

vendors, and plenty of food options will also be on-site. Art created throughout the weekend will be auctioned on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting Art Road — a metro Detroitbased nonprofit that works to provide arts education in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. $30+. Russell Industrial Center, Detroit; themichiganglassproject.com

JUNE 21-23


World Ballet Festival: Witness dazzling performances by some of the world’s most lauded ballet dancers during this three-day program. On day one, enjoy an opening gala that features a world premiere of a brand-new piece. Wellloved selections from classic ballets like Swan Lake and Carmen will fill the program on day two. The third and final day features an eclectic mix of old and new, culminating in an exciting grand finale that will feature a surprise guest star. $40+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit; musichall.org



Wayne County High School

Art Exhibition: This annual juried exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts recognizes exceptional work by emerging student artists in grades nine to 12 throughout Wayne County. Approximately 70 pieces will be on display, ranging from paintings and textiles to sculptures, ceramics, photography, and more. No cost with museum admission. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; dia.org



Hank Williams Jr.: After starting his career by following in his father’s classic country footsteps, this singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist evolved into a

unique performer in his own right, releasing a stunning 56 studio albums and 25 compilation albums over the course of his 60-year career. His best-known singles include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Family Tradition,” and “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.” $44+. Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston; 313presents.com



Ford Fireworks

The Ford Fireworks is bringing a world-class firework show to downtown Detroit for the 66th year. Any spot near the Detroit River is the best seat in the house. Free. On the Detroit River, Detroit; theparade.org



Santana and Counting Crows: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

guitarist Carlos Santana will celebrate his 50-year career alongside the Grammy- and Academy Award-nominated band Counting Crows when the Oneness Tour comes to Pine Knob Music Theatre this month. Counting Crows is best known for its 1993 multiplatinum breakthrough album, August and Everything After, which turns 31 this year. Meanwhile, Santana will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1999 airwave-dominating smash hit Supernatural which featured Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas in “Smooth.” $49.50+. Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston; 313presents.com

Hiatus Kaiyote will perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on June 23.


For the Love of PEZ

How a nostalgic candy dispenser spawned a collector community in Michigan and allegedly made one DeWitt resident millions of dollars

“IF YOU QUOTE ME on anything, quote me on this: It’s not about a plastic toy; it’s about relationships,” says Jim Blaine, founder of the Michigan PEZ Convention, the second largest PEZ convention in the world. Since it launched in 2016, PEZ fans from all over, including Mexico, Germany, and Austria — where PEZ candy was invented nearly 100 years ago — have gathered here in metro Detroit to sell PEZ-related merchandise and build long-lasting friendships.

You remember PEZ, right? They’re the candy dispensers with adorable character heads, from Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse to the Simpsons and Barbie, that you bend backward to retrieve small, sugary candy bricks. When you were a child, they likely caught your eye while you waited in the checkout line at Meijer. At PEZ conventions, collectors and dealers can sell and buy PEZ dispensers and art and meet other PEZ fanatics.

The chalky candy — originally just peppermint-flavored — was invented in 1927 as an alternative to smoking. It wasn’t until the ’50s, when PEZ was patented to be sold in the U.S., that the PEZ company began marketing to children. Since then, it has created over 1,500 dispenser designs, and now, 70 million dispensers and 5 billion candies are distributed globally each year.

“It all started because of a girl,” Blaine says of his collection, which he started in 1999 and he estimates now includes around 300,000 dispensers. While he was working at a gas station at 19 or 20, the “girl” (a young woman his age) “would come into the gas station with her younger brother, and he was a little bit of a troublemaker. … I told him if he behaved for his sister, I would give him PEZ. … I started dating the sister, and I started collecting with him.” Although the relationship ended, Blaine continued collecting and began attending conventions in 2013, traveling to places like Minnesota, Connecticut, and Ohio, home to PEZamania, the largest PEZ convention in the world. This inspired him to create his own convention focused on building relationships and a community.

The Michigan PEZ Convention came about after Blaine found his faith in Jesus Christ in 2014. He says he asked God if giving up PEZ collecting was necessary to glorify his name. “He said, ‘No, if you can continue to do it and glorify my name,

then by all means continue,’” Blaine says. “I told my wife I’d love to have a PEZ convention where we can bring people together and not necessarily preach to them but show a community of people love.”

Since 2016, the number of attendees has increased from 30 to 1,000. Last year’s convention was particularly busy due to the presence of DeWitt resident Steve Glew, the star of Netflix’s documentary The Pez Outlaw and a Michigander who is somewhat of a legend in the PEZ community.

Jim Blaine, founder of the Michigan PEZ Convention, says he owns about 300,000 PEZ dispensers.

In 1994, the big news was O.J. Simpson’s arrest, Steven Spielberg’s first Oscar win, and the attack on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. No one knew about Glew’s travels to a warehouse in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he filled several duffel bags with PEZ dispensers not licensed to be sold in the U.S. However, when he came back to Michigan, he did just that, illegally selling them to hungry collectors for up to $1,000 a pop. “When I’d get home and open that bag, it was diamonds. It was gold,” Glew said in the documentary. Why wasn’t he stopped at the border? Because PEZ USA, the only company allowed to sell PEZ in the U.S., had not registered its trademark with Customs and Border Protection.

He continued doing this until 1998 and claims to have made millions of dollars. However, after a European executive he worked with said his operations had become too risky, and after a failed attempt to sell his own PEZ dispenser designs, he went underground for years, until 2010. He published his story online, hoping to land a book or movie deal. A little over a decade later, he did, and

The Pez Outlaw was released on Netflix in 2023.

A prototype of the Bubbleman PEZ dispenser — a character with a green hat that looks like it’s blowing bubbles — was among the thousands Glew smuggled over, and Jon Hicks, the marketing lead at the Michigan PEZ Convention, was later able to get his hands on it for $2,500, adding it to his collection of 4,000 dispensers. “Everybody in the PEZ community knows I love that character,” Hicks says. “So, when that went up for sale, my phone was blowing up with people texting me and calling me.”

However, it’s not all fun and PEZ. Since 2016, the Michigan PEZ Convention has donated $100,000 to Higher Ground at Lake Louise, a Christian summer camp in Boyne Falls, by holding an annual auction. That money is used to send fatherless children to camp to “learn that they have a heavenly father,” Blaine says.

This year’s Michigan PEZ Convention takes place June 20-23 at Delta Hotels by Marriott in Farmington Hills. Tickets start at $65; admission is free to the general public on Saturday. Go to mipezcon.com for more information.

Bubbleman is a character that PEZ retired. He looks like he’s blowing a bubble, hence the name.

Juneteenth Events

June 12-14, 17, 18

We Rise Above! Puppet Show

Detroit Public Library, multiple locations; detroitpubliclibrary.org

June 14-16

6th Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Detroit Freedom Weekend

Events at the Motown Museum, the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center, and Eastern Market. Detroit; jubileeblockparty.wixsite.com

June 15

4th Annual Madison Heights Juneteenth Festival

Civic Center Park, 360 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights; madisonheightsjuneteenth.com

June 18-20

Juneteenth Fundraiser for the Detroit Justice Center

Spun Ann Arbor, 410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; spunannarbor.com

June 19

Juneteenth Celebration Performances by the Commodores, The Pointer Sisters, and the Detroit Youth Choir.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

June 19-23

Juneteenth Detroit 5K Run/Walk

Glory Supermarket, 14100 Woodward Ave., Highland Park; runsignup.com

June 21-23

4th Annual Ypsilanti Juneteenth Celebration Downtown Ypsilanti; ypsireal.com

June 22

Detroit Book City’s Juneteenth Book Fair

Historic People’s Community Church, 8601 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroitbookcity.com

Sun Chao performs with Out Loud Chorus, Washtenaw County’s only arts organization for the entire LGBTQ+ community.

Join the Proud Crowd

Celebrate love and inclusivity at these upcoming Pride festivals and parades

Pride in the Park, Ortonville

JUNE 1: Brandon Township Community Park, 1414 N. Hadley Road, Ortonville; abigailspride.godaddysites.com

Ferndale Pride

JUNE 1: Downtown Ferndale; ferndalepride.com

Ypsi Pride

JUNE 7: Depot Town, Ypslanti; ypsireal.com/event

Motor City Pride Festival and Parade

JUNE 8-9: Hart Plaza, Detroit; motorcitypride.org

Grosse Pointe Pride

JUNE 15: The Village, 17028

METRO DETROIT COMMUNITIES are honoring diversity, love, and inclusion not only during Pride Month in June but all summer long. Many of the festivals below include local food and vendors, business and community resources, activities, entertainment, children’s areas, and more. For more details, go to hourdetroit.com/ prideevents and check the events’ websites and social media pages.

Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe; wegp.org or facebook.com/gppride

Downriver Pride, Wyandotte

JUNE 21-22: Parking Lot One, Wyandotte; downriverpride.com

Pride in the Park, Rochester

JUNE 22: Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St., Rochester; actionnetwork. org/events/rochester-pride

Berkley Pride Block Party

JUNE 23: 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley; downtownberkley.com

Flint Pride

JUNE 29: Cost TBA. Riverbank Park, 100 Saginaw St., Flint; facebook.com/ flintgaypride

South Lyon Pride in the Park

JULY 14: McHattie Park, 474 S. Lafayette St., South Lyon; facebook.com/ SouthLyonPride

Ann Arbor Pride

AUG. 3: Downtown Ann Arbor; annarborpride.com

Macomb County Pride Festival

AUG. 17: Downtown Mount Clemens; macombcountypride.com

Preserving Spaces for Learning, Growth, and Connection

Every few months, Tory Sparks drives nearly eight hours to host LGBTQ+ trivia at North Star Lounge in Ann Arbor. For two weeks leading up to the concerts, Tim Hamann works upwards of 30 hours to put on performances with Out Loud Chorus, also in Ann Arbor. And Nazarina Mwakasege pours hope, fear, and fierce love every week into supporting the young people of the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit and Highland Park. Volunteers like Sparks, Hamann, and Mwakasege strive to create LGBTQ+ spaces that offer more than just the typical maledominated gay club scene. Their spaces are places for learning, growth, and connection; they are homes and refuges. And the spaces provide resources to community members, from education to advocacy work to medicine and counseling.

“Every day is a labor of love,” says Mwakasege, director of development and advancement at the Ruth Ellis Center. “There are never enough resources, and there is never enough acknowledgment of the real work that it takes.”

To read the full article by Paige Hodder highlighting the work these three community members are doing and the challenges they are facing, go to hourdetroit.com/

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Mx. Trans Michigan Blanca Sapphire performing at Ferndale Pride.

AS A KID , Michael Manson Jr. danced in his bedroom, trying to imitate Michael Jackson’s moves, or Usher’s.

“My mom would put me on punishment,” he says. “That would be OK because I had a radio in there.”

When his mother realized her punishments weren’t going very far, she took away his radio.

“I was still in there dancing,” he says. He danced in silence. “Dancing,” he says, “is the heartbeat of my soul.”

The founder and director of the Detroit-based dance collective House of Jit, Manson is known nationwide as one of only a handful of people who dance and teach Detroit jit, a style of dance started on the streets of Detroit in the 1970s that blends aspects of jazz, tap, modern, and African dance to produce something entirely unique and native to the city.

While Manson describes house dance as a more community-centered, “earthy, vibe-ish thing,” Detroit jit “can be that, but it’s aggressive, it’s gritty, it’s spiritual, … so you’ve gotta tap in — you can’t do it soft. … Jit is not a happy dance. It’s a street style.” When he dances, Manson adds, “I’m just a representation of what the city went through while creating it. Jit is a part of our culture in Detroit. … It’s in our DNA.”

In February, Manson got a big boost in making sure all Detroiters have access to learning about this style of dance when House of Jit was awarded a $150,000 grant by Seed and Bloom, an initiative that supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists in Detroit. Launched by the Gilbert Family Foundation and United States Artists, the initiative aims to help the artists grow their practices into sustainable businesses in Detroit neighborhoods by providing them with technical assistance, capital, and more.

Manson is no stranger to prizes. In 2020 — five years after he was featured on So You Think You Can Dance — he was awarded a Kresge Artist Fellowship. It came with a $25,000 no-stringsattached grant and one year of professional development support. That support helped to

Dance for the People

Thanks to a $150,000 grant, the founder of House of Jit can share this Detroit-born dance style and its culture with the community and beyond

demystify the grant application process, Manson says. Up until that point, “the grant world was like a secret society.” He has a nice metaphor to describe all this: “Kresge,” Manson says, “was the foundation [for House of Jit].”

Since other dancers associated with Manson’s collective weren’t as knowledgeable about the grant application process, Manson was able to share what he learned during his Kresge fellowship with them.

“I just want to pour into the community,” Manson says — a generosity he shares not only with House of Jit dancers but also with Detroit-area kids, whom he frequently mentors through Detroit Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Club in Highland Park and other locations on Detroit’s west side.

“Instead of following the trends on TikTok,” Manson says, “[I want to] show these kids that their state — their city — created a style that they can keep pushing.”

Manson says his larger goal is “to showcase jit, to spread the knowledge, and to share the culture, share the music, so jit won’t die off when we’re done.”

As far as the Seed and Bloom grant, Manson says the bulk of the award will go toward regular

business expenses — things like dancers’ pay, rehearsal spaces, and branded clothing.

But in the long term, Manson has his sights set on a community facility dedicated to health and wellness. Dance would be offered but wouldn’t necessarily be the focus; the “bigger picture,” he says, would involve educating visitors about their physical and mental health.

Jit, Manson says, is “generational. I know that I’m not only dancing for myself; I’m dancing for those before me. These aren’t moves that I created — it’s just passed down. And some of the things that I think I created, I find out that I didn’t. It shows me that I’m just holding on to the torch until someone else can, [or] I can pass it to someone else. And to be honest, I have.”

Ultimately, Manson says he’d also like to write a book about Detroit jit that would describe the culture surrounding it as well as “the music, the movement, and dance.” The book “will break down where jit began, where it evolved, and where it ends. And I’ll put ‘dot, dot, dot, dot,’ because it’s not going to end. It’s going to keep creating [and] recreating itself, like everything up under the sun does.”

Michael Manson Jr., founder and director of House of Jit, teaches locals a dance style that originated in Detroit.


INGREDIENTS FOREST TO TABLE A Michigan State University mycologist and the owner of a local mushroom boutique break down a Michigan tradition p. 104



It’s about so much more than stocking a lounge with stogies and spirits

WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS the originator of the phrase “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” Sigmund Freud was a connoisseur of fine cigars all of his adult life, even though they contributed to his death by oral cancer. Perhaps Freud enjoyed the ritual of a cigar: the careful cutting of the end, leaving just enough room for a clean draw of tobacco smoke, the lighting of the match, with a brief flare and a rapid puff-puff-puff to keep the ember burning evenly.

Freud knew that the experience of a good cigar has as much to do with the environment in which it is enjoyed as it has to do with the tobacco or the shape of the cigar. Were he still with us, he might be perfectly comfortable in one of metro Detroit’s luxurious cigar lounges. Cigar bars are a haven from everyday life, but they’re increasingly an egalitarian haven, open to anyone with an appreciation for a fine smoke and a refined drink.

One of those guests is Erik Anderson, a St. Clair Shores native. He has been enjoying cigars since his father helped him choose his first one on a trip to Aruba when he was 18. Since then, Anderson has met up with a diverse group of friends at cigar lounges across town. Sometimes, they’ll go to La Casa Cigar and Lounge in Harmonie Park downtown; other times, it’s Churchill’s in Grosse Pointe Woods or Birmingham, or Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro in Sterling Heights. The experience at a good cigar bar is always “very laid back,” he says. “We’re there to decompress and enjoy a cigar and maybe have a drink or two” rather than to light up the town.

For Anderson, a good cigar bar has a wellstocked humidor; a variety of seating options, including sofas and comfortable chairs; great food and drink service; and a good bourbon. Equally important is the person he calls “The Guy”: the person who greets guests, assists them in choosing a cigar to fit their mood, and helps them cut or light it if requested.

At The Loft Cigar Lounge in downtown Farmington, The Guy is actually two guys: owner Donovan Singleton and manager Joe Schubert. Singleton opened The Loft in May 2019 and has done some educating, some guiding, and some myth-busting for his customers. “Cigars have a connotation that’s sort of ‘hoity-toity’ and being a

men’s club. The intent was something a little less pretentious” with The Loft, Singleton says, and a lot more diverse. He sees plenty of women in The Loft, including on its Thursday Ladies’ Nights. His guiding principle is to have a lounge that is open “for cigar aficionados who smoke all the time or for people who have no clue what they’re doing but are interested and want to learn more about it.”

and West Bloomfield.

Singleton and Schubert welcome guests and offer advice, for those looking for it, on cigar styles and flavors as well as drink pairings. The idea that all cigar smokers drink Scotch or other whiskeys is “absolutely a myth,” Singleton says.

“Everybody’s body chemistry is different,” Schubert says. “Everybody experiences things differently. With a very short conversation, I can learn a lot. With just a few prying questions, you can really set someone up for success with the proper pairing.” Schubert likes to pair cigars with whiskey or an oldfashioned; Singleton prefers an aged rum. Both agree that there’s no wrong answer when pairing drinks and cigars. Cocktails, Cognac, and coffee all go equally well with a cigar if that’s what a customer wants.

One nonnegotiable at The Loft and all cigar lounges, Schubert says, is that “it’s a cigar lounge, not a cigarette lounge, not a vape lounge.” That’s not just good etiquette; in fact, it’s the law in Michigan that only cigars can be smoked in cigar lounges. Lounges must also derive at least 10% of their income from the sale of cigars and smoking paraphernalia or rental of humidors. That’s why it’s also good etiquette, even if they bring their own cigars to smoke, for guests to buy a cigar to enjoy later when they visit a lounge.

That’s a small entry fee for the high-end service and luxury experience offered by a well-run cigar lounge. And The Guy will usually be happy to help curate the experience from selection to pairing to smoking. It’s all part of the service, Singleton says, and a reflection of his mission: to help customers “know better, smoke better.”

Churchill’s offers an elevated cigar bar experience with locations in Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Woods,



Hiroki-San offers fine Japanese dining in the basement of Detroit’s Book Tower building

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 Hiroki-San opened earlier this year and features a menu over-
seen by Executive Chef Hiroki Fujiyama.

“APPROACHABLE,” “LAID-BACK,” and “unpretentious” are words that many a writer (myself included) seems to be using a lot lately to describe many new, upscale restaurants in metro Detroit. However, they don’t particularly apply to Hiroki-San, a new, upscale Japanese restaurant tucked in the basement of downtown Detroit’s Book Tower. Lavish and alluring, it’s a place where two finance guys have a battle of egos while talking investments (as overheard by my dining companion, who has phenomenal hearing).

The pricy portions are as sparse as the mood lighting, which casts an inebriating glow over the windowless dining room. Pricy, yes, but the kitchen is stocked with some coveted ingredients.

Hiroki-San’s ultra-marbly Wagyu steaks are cut from cattle raised in Japan’s Miyazaki, Kagawa, and Hokkaido prefectures. Fresh seafood flies in twice weekly from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market. The wasabi is real and freshly grated to order. There’s something to be said for this; it’s a stubborn crop and expensive to source. That’s why the overwhelming majority of wasabi served in U.S. establishments, and even restaurants in Japan for that matter, isn’t wasabi at all (often, it’s made from a powdered mixture of horseradish, mustard extract, and green food dye).

Built from scratch in a former bank vault, the shoji-lined dining room feels clandestine and exclusive. We imagined a mafia sit-down taking place here, a boss quietly delegating business to his made men over Japanese whiskey, perhaps a Hakushu 18-year, which compares to a “smokier Scotch,” says Patrick Jobst, the Book Tower’s beverage director. “But Japan has a much cooler climate and different water. There’s an analogy to Scotch, but it’s really its own thing.” Another import, Toki Suntory blended whiskey, is the base liquor in Hiroki-San’s Genmaicha-Hai, a green tea-infused highball with lemon juice, honey, apricot, and seltzer.

There’s also a good selection of sake, and for a flat rate of $75, you can enjoy a curated sake pairing with your dinner. But with an à la carte menu, how does this work? “It’s kind of fluid,” Jobst says. “If somebody sat down and said, ‘I’m ordering seven menu items, and I want to do a sake pairing,’ I would probably do four or five sakes. It really depends on what people order.”

On the subject of ordering, the food menu has 10 sections with more than 60 options, which I found a little dizzying as a first-timer. However, our server was top rate and guided us effortlessly through the menu with outstanding suggestions — which made the experience feel incredibly special and seamless.

We started off with tsukemono, a sweet and spicy assortment of seasonal pickled vegetables. The course was quickly followed by negima, one of Hiroki-San’s robatayaki yakitori offerings: a skewered chicken thigh with scallions, served with a side of flaky salt and another of ginger oroshi (ginger and negi scallion minced, then tossed with hot oil). Simple and cooked to perfection, the dish offers a clean, semismoky taste that readies the palate for more-complex flavors.

My dining companion and I agreed that the tako-age (deep-fried octopus) was our favorite small plate. It’s tossed in a house-made tonkatsu sauce with chile garlic, sweet and savory with a light afterburn. It has a delicate breading with a slight crunch. The meat is rich and tender, and you can taste just a hint of the sea. A close second were the hirata buns — hearty pork belly and crunchy pickled veggies sandwiched between two steaming bao buns.

There’s room for up to 9 at the sushi counter (above) and 12 at the Chef’s counter around the corner.  Hiroki-San was built in a former bank vault in the basement of the Book Tower. It features an open kitchen with bar seating, an 87-seat dining room, plus a private Shoji-lined dining space that can accomidate up to 16.
The Mezameru is made with matcha, oat milk, cinnamon, and rose flower water.

Seeking the next best thing to omakase, we opted for the sashimi gozen — 14 pieces of sashimi from seven fishes, hand-selected by the chef. Served like a true fish bouquet on a bamboo leaf in a bed of ice, our samples comprised kanpachi (greater amberjack), akami (lean blue fin tuna), hamachi (Japanese yellowtail), sake (salmon), suzuki (Japanese sea bass), kinmedai (alfonsino), and samegawa karei (Hokkaidocaught shark skin flounder). We most enjoyed the salmon, which my dining companion said “turned to butter” in her mouth. Each piece was fresh and flavorful — and the real wasabi made it that much better. It offers a milder burn, a more nuanced and herbaceous flavor profile that complements the fish it’s served with rather than drowning it out. True wasabi doesn’t deliver the sinus punch of its cousin horseradish.

Hiroki-San itself is an import. The first location, called simply Hiroki for its executive chef, Hiroki Fujiyama, opened in Philadelphia in 2019. Phillybased hospitality group Method Co., the reigning tenant in Bedrock’s Book Tower, opened the concept in Detroit this January. Last year, it brought Roost Detroit, Bar Rotunda, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, and the popular Parisian restaurant Le Suprême to the same building.

Hiroki-San’s menu was a collaboration between Fujiyama; Method Co.’s executive culinary director, Brinn Sinnott; and Chef de Cuisine Chris Vasquez, the former executive chef of Ferndale’s TigerLily.

“Chef Hiroki, his style is very Kyoto-style — simple and refined,” Vasquez says. “In Kyoto, they are known for kaiseki [a traditional Japanese multicourse dinner]. My style is a bit more moderate, taking different approaches, different methods, not just one region of Japan. I think when we came to play, Brinn was like, ‘All right, we have all these ideas, and let’s put them all together into one.’ It was nice to see multiple different styles, ingredients, flavor profiles.”

Though much smaller, Hiroki in Philadelphia offers something that Hiroki-San doesn’t — at least not just yet: omakase, an intimate and semi-intimidating Japanese dining experience in

Negima is skewered chicken thigh with scallion and sea salt.

At a Glance:

Price: $$$-$$$$

Vibes: Swanky, secret, moody Service: Attentive, polished, knowledgeable Sound level: Moderate

Dress code: None

Open: Dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays

Reservations: Recommended. Call 313597-8344 or make online at hirokisandetroit.com.

Parking: Several lots and parking structures are located nearby. Or find street parking on Washington Boulevard (don’t forget to pay for parking: Detroit ticket writers are ruthless).

Valet: Available at the Book Tower entrance on Washington Boulevard. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Guests using a wheelchair can take the resident elevator — a Book Tower employee will be able to assist.

which a chef improvises a multicourse meal with seasonal ingredients right in front of you. It is “something people always ask about,” Vasquez says.

“This is one of those things where when we do it, we want to hit the mark. Once we offer omakase here, it’s going to be well put together, where we have a layout going for it.”

Though it may not have reached its final form yet, Hiroki-San already offers an elevated and enjoyable dining experience in the heart of downtown. While it has a bit of the corporate feel you might expect when Dan Gilbert’s real estate behemoth gets together with a vertically integrated hospitality company from out of state, Vasquez lends a familiar face and down-to-earth vibes.

It should be mentioned that Hiroki-San shares its kitchen with Sakazuki, a more casual Japanese bistro upstairs that offers cutesy cocktails and handhelds like Wagyu hot dogs and ekiben, a type of bento box that you can find at many Japanese train stations.

At the end of the meal, we were presented with a cryptic card with a smiley face and six words: “THESE ARE THE DAYS MY FRIEND.” This is Hiroki-San’s slogan, a play on a classic ’60s song lyric, attributed to Method Co.’s creative director, Daniel Olsovsky. As Detroit’s dining scene grows and expands at a breakneck rate, with diverse options that could go toe to toe with those available in larger cities, I can’t help but think: These are the days to dine in Detroit.

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The Sacred Sailor is made with Buddha’s Hand vodka, dry vermouth, Riesling, and green Chartreuse.
Nigiri, sashimi, and maki can be ordered à la carte, or as a “chef’s choice” platter.


For Sale: Raw Mushrooms, Never Farmed

Mushroom foraging is a longtime tradition in Michigan. Here’s some insight into the professional foraging industry.

IN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS, I’ve tried three memorable dishes: maitake dumplings at Marrow; a spaghetti squash at Freya prepared with chicken of the woods; and a schnitzel topped with morel rahmsauce at Alpino. What do the three have in common? They each feature a mushroom species that grows wild in Michigan. But how did they get to the table?

“We source ours from a few different companies, and a lot of the foragers they get them from are Michigan-based,” Alpino’s executive chef, Colin Campbell, told me back in February. “[Morels] are hard to cultivate — anything that has been cultivated successfully doesn’t even hold a candle to what you get from foraging them.”

Safely Prepare Wild Mushrooms

• “Always cook your mushrooms. A lot of people have reactions to otherwise edible mushrooms because they’re made out of lignin and we can’t really digest them. So if they’re not cooked, it can cause us GI distress. Tougher mushrooms like chicken of the woods you need to cook a little longer.”

• Try edible mushrooms a little bit at a time to make sure you know how you react, because some people have reactions to different fungi.”

• “Morels are widely harvested and sold, but they are toxic if eaten raw, as are other mushrooms.”

You can find foraged mushrooms for sale at many farmers markets and even some grocery stores. They’re also an offering at The Mushroom Hub, a mushroom boutique with locations in Midtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. In addition to farmed fungi, owner Denis Vidmar sources wild mushrooms from both in and out of state.

“There are people out there that forage full time, but it’s usually seasonal,” Vidmar says. “I work with professional foragers who have teams of up to 50 people. Getting into foraging is a serious deal.”

Since ancient times, foragers have been secretive about their “patches,” places where they know edible fungi are abundant. Vidmar once met a man who claimed to gather and dry up to 8,000 pounds of morels each year from a property he co-owned Up North. Whether said man was exaggerating or not, a pound of dried wild morels can retail for well over $100, in some cases.

Not only can giving away the location of a patch mean losing out on your haul, but many foragers are also concerned about others disturbing the environment and preventing future harvests. “The big impact humans have is through compaction of the soil and disturbance of the habitat,” says Gregory Bonito, a Michigan State University mycologist and president of Michigan’s Midwest American Mycological Information, or MAMI. “So we say tread lightly. You don’t want to destroy the habitat; you want to take gently and not rip everything up.”

MAMI offers the Michigan Wild-Foraged Mushroom Certification Program. Enrollees who successfully complete the program receive an expert mushroom identifier card, which qualifies them to sell foraged mushrooms in Michigan. The requirement of certification applies only to the sale of mushrooms — anyone can harvest them for personal use. However, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources forbids selling mushrooms harvested from public lands. National parks forbid the harvesting of wild mushrooms altogether.

Bonito says foraged mushrooms have been sold in Michigan for ages, but it wasn’t until about 2014 that the FDA Food Code began to be more strictly enforced in relation to wild mushrooms, hence the need for a certification program.

“We were one of the first to develop [a program], and a lot of other states kind of modeled theirs after what Michigan was doing,” Bonito says. “The whole goal of this program is that people can get healthy food options and rural income can be made off some of these natural resources. But we want it to be done in a safe way.”

Of the estimated 2,500 mushroom species in Michigan, about 50 are known to be poisonous, including some that an untrained person might mistake for an edible mushroom (for instance, the false morel). To be sold, “not every basket of mushrooms, but every mushroom in the basket, has to be identified by a trained expert,” Bonito says.

Denis Vidmar, owner of The Mushroom Hub, sources both wild and farmed mushrooms from in and out of the state.

In Conversation With

Chef Garrett Lipar of The Dixboro Project

I FIRST MET CHEF GARRETT Lipar in 2013 at Torino, the critically acclaimed nine-table restaurant in Ferndale. His Scandinavianinfluenced food, the ingredients for which were sometimes grown or foraged by him, was locally focused, edgy, creative, and sophisticated. He earned praise in publications like Hour Detroit, the Detroit Free Press, and Eater. He was also a twotime semifinalist for a James Beard Award. I saw him again in 2021 at Albena. At both restaurants, he was the star of the show.

When I visited with Lipar recently to learn about his new role as chef-partner at The Dixboro Project, the 12-acre multiconcept dining and event outlet in Ann Arbor, his look and attitude were noticeably more relaxed. He’s ditched the starched white coat and, he might add, the ego.

As a new husband and father, he finds that being the center of attention doesn’t have the same cachet anymore, he shares. He’s working on a longer-term goal that’s not all about him. Now he’s focused on what he can build for his family, the community, and generations to follow. Here’s how he plans to do it.

How did you hear about the position and connect with The Dixboro Project’s owner, Sava Farah of The Pulpo Group?

We came here at the end of spring for dinner last year, and I just sat in this restaurant. I was dumbfounded. I thought, “This is the coolest place with infinite potential,” and I started dreaming. I heard the chef was leaving, but at the time, I was still involved in Albena. But we accomplished what we had set out to do. I did a lot of spiritual work during that time and let go of my ego the best I could. I looked inward, and eventually, I reached out to Sava.

You just got here on April 1. How are things going?

It’s such a new challenge; I find it really exciting. This has been in the works for a long time; we finalized everything in December. I’ve been coming every weekend since to work with the team. Developing relationships early helped ease the transition and let them get to know me. By summer, we will be operating at our highest capacity when it matters most.

What are your priorities as you get started?

There are 130 passionate employees here that did a good job developing this. My job is to take it to the next level and integrate this massive restaurant, and its outlets, to be more in tune with the land. Part of that is slowly changing the ingredients and replacing them with more sustainable options. We’re making the conversion to grass-fed and -finished products by working with The Farmers’ Creamery, an Amish farming co-op in Mio.

What’s been the hardest part so far?

Integrating old and new cultures is always a challenge. They see I can help provide the middle ground because of my experience both in the kitchen and the land. The challenge for me is to merge all the different needs while also respecting the land.

What will guests discover when they visit The Dixboro Project?

The property is meant to be very integrated while also providing a full-service elegant dining room experience. We offer events, wine dinners, and special tasting menus. There’s room for 116 in the dining room, 60 on the patio, and another 100 on the greens. There are games and places for kids to play and see the chickens. The Boro is a takeout that sells pastries and pizza. Dixboro at Home is a family dinner we make to order that you take home hot.

Can you share any insight about the new dishes on the menu?

We’re trimming the menu down to offer eight small items, eight large items, and three to four desserts. Our first phase will be simple dishes with minimal, clean ingredients that are equally bold but also distinguishable. Making them to shine to their fullest has been my style since the Torino days. The prices are similar: $16-$25 for appetizers, $25-$45 dinner entrées, and desserts in the $16-$20 range.


Metro Detroit food and beverage headlines


Oak & Reel hosts Culinary Collective chef series:

In June and September, four tasting dinners by two renowned guest chefs are taking place at Oak & Reel as part of the restaurant’s Culinary Collective chef series. You can catch Chicago-based James Beard Award nominee Erik Anderson on June 6 and 7, or New York Michelinstarred chef Anita Lo on Sept. 26 and 27. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund Oak & Reel founded with Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym. At the first Culinary Collective dinner on April 11, Hour Detroit enjoyed a six-course meal by Hemant Mathur, the first U.S.-based Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. Standouts included perfectly seared sea scallops with a red bell pepper chutney; a generous portion of lamb chops with mustard potatoes; and shahi tukda with mango panna cotta. For more information and tickets, visit oakandreel.com/culinary-collective.

Bombshell Treat Bar serves up unique ice cream flavors in Berkley:

A new shop specializing in cold treats is sure to be one of the hottest destinations this summer. Bombshell Treat Bar opened April 19 at 2688 Coolidge Highway. The menu features signature and seasonal flavors, with the option to order a house-made ice cream bar (in addition to the standard soft-serve cup or cone). Hour Detroit tried the Sweet and Salty, a dark chocolatedipped ice cream bar with caramel drizzle, flaky salt, pretzel bits, and crushed potato chips. We also enjoyed a decadent carrot cake bar and were wowed by the margarita-flavored ice cream (it tastes just like a homemade margarita mixer!).


Nuevo Seoul opens in downtown Detroit:

On April 25, the owners of downtown Detroit’s Hanah steakhouse opened a brand-new concept right next door at 220 W. Congress St. called Nuevo Seoul. The menu combines Korean and Mexican influences — with fun and festive bites like chicken sandwiches, Korean fried chicken, birria, and Korean barbecue tacos. Signature drinks — hard and soft — are also a highlight.

Vecino brings modern Mexican eats to Midtown:

A Mexican eatery in a historic building opened April 19 at 4100 Third St., just south of Wayne State University. The restaurant boasts a modern menu inspired by the regional cuisines of Mexico City and Oaxaca, featuring wood-fired dishes like whole snapper, rib eye steak, pollo adobado, and fire-roasted cabbage. It’s also billed as the site of Michigan’s first “kernel-to-masa” program for nixtamalization (a traditional preparation of corn that first originated in Mesoamerica). The menu is crafted by Executive Chef Ricardo Mojica (previously of Sava’s in Ann Arbor) and Head Chef Stephanie Duran.

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Garrett Lipar (left) and The Dixboro Project owner Sava Lelcaj Farah.

Restaurant Guide


Al Ameer


LEBANESE This halal restaurant is a recipient of the prestigious James Beard America’s Classics Award. The Al Ameer platter is perfect for sharing: chicken shawarma, meat shawarma, tawook kabob, and two kafta served with hummus and salad. 12710 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-8185. 27346 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights; 313-565-9600. 6505 N. Canton Center Road, Canton; 734-627-7707. L,D daily.

Amore da Roma


ITALIAN • Guy Pelino, Roma Café’s chef, took over the ownership reins of this restaurant on the edge of the Eastern Market. He retained the menu, adding a charcuterie board and updating the wine list, while keeping the character of the old-school restaurant, known for its steaks and pastas. 3401 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-831-5940. L,D Tue.-Sat.



ALPINE •This Alps-inspired Corktown eatery quickly became beloved after opening in 2022. The cozy interior evokes cabins and farmhouses from the European countryside. Order beers and wines from all over Europe, plus cocktails like the kaffeepause, their riff on an espresso martini made with brandy, house coffee liqueur, and demerara. Choice bites include the fondue, wiener schnitzel, or the chestnut gnocchetti, made with chestnut dumplings, wild boar sausage, apple, kale, morber, and fried sage. There are tasty vegetarian and vegan options, as well. 1426 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-524-0888. D daily, BR Sun.



ITALIAN • Over the past three decades, Joe Vicari has established several Andiamo restaurants in metro Detroit, all inspired by the late master chef Aldo Ottaviani’s philosophy of seasonal, from-scratch cooking. The menus differ slightly at the different locations, but the constant is the fresh, housemade pastas — handcrafted by the trinity of “pasta ladies,” Anna, Tanya, and Angelina, who have carried on the tradition. The downtown Detroit location offers a breathtaking view of the Detroit River, while the Livonia location offers a comfortable and casual vibe. 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-567-6700. D Mon.-Fri., L,D Sat.-Sun. 38703 Seven Mile Road, Livonia; 734-953-3200. D daily.

Antonio’s Cucina Italiana $$

ITALIAN • The Rugieros have impressed restaurant guests for decades with authentic cuisine. Signature dishes include Gnocchi Rita and Chicken Antonio. There’s a full bar and a very extensive wine list. 2220 N. Canton Center Road, Canton; 734-981-9800. 26356 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights; 313-278-6000. 37646 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; 248-994-4000. L,D daily. (Farmington Hills location temporarily closed Mondays)

Atwater in the Park $

GERMAN • At this casual spot, traditional German-style beer is the beverage of choice. Chef Chris Franz’ noteworthy menu is compatible with such additions as the Atwater Brat and other sausages teamed with sauerkraut, plus Bavarian soft pretzels. 1175 Lakepointe St., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-344-5104. L,D daily.




Located on The Siren Hotel’s second floor, this eatery is meant to capture the “spirit of the quintessential European café seen through an Americana lens,” along with serving specialty cocktails and good coffee.

Chef Scott Martinelli’s menu changes seasonally and features a bread of the day and entrées like pasta, moules (the national dish of Belgium), and seafood. Or try the pork belly rillons, made with sweet-and-sour blackberry sauce, fennel, cipollini, and cilantro. 1509 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-277-4736.

B,L,D daily.

Apparatus Room


NEW AMERICAN • The Foundation Hotel’s restaurant, the Apparatus Room, once housed the Detroit Fire Department headquarters. Chef Rece Hogerheide’s cooking is refined and highly skilled — he was executive chef of the Daxton Hotel’s restaurant Madam, named 2023 Restaurant of the Year by Hour Detroit. 250 W. Larned St., Detroit; 313-800-5600. B,L,D Mon.-Fri., BR,D Sat.-Sun.

Avalon Café and Bakery

$$ ORGANIC BAKERY • The bakery’s mini-empire includes a café on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Its bread is also the basis for dishes such as avocado toast with tahini, thinly curled cucumbers, lime, and chili flakes. Vegetarian fare includes a grilled veggie sandwich with portobello mushrooms, zucchini, and goat cheese. Meatier highlights include a turkey and gouda sandwich, and BLTA with cider house bacon. 1049 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-285-8006. B,L daily.

Babo $ NEW AMERICAN • This café settled into the Midtown Park Shelton building in July 2019, serving elevated comfort food made from local, small-batch producers. The self-described gourmet diner offers espresso drinks and such dishes as avocado toast, kimchi patatas bravas, and the Babo Burger. 15 E. Kirby St., Ste. 115, Detroit; 313-312-1493. B,L,D Tue.-Sat. B,L Sun.

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

$$ SOUL FOOD • This iconic lounge features live music, along with beef short ribs with gravy, creamy mac and cheese, collard greens, and sweet cornbread muffins. 20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-345-6300. D Mon.-Fri.

Baobab Fare

$$ EAST AFRICAN • With his New Center restaurant, Hamissi Mamba urges diners to venture into culinary territories they’d otherwise miss, like the Mbuzi starring a goat shank that is slow-roasted until the meat is so tender that it slides off the bone. 6568 Woodward Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093. L,D Tue.-Sun.



ARGENTINIAN • Barda brings a new cuisine to metro Detroit. True to Argentinian culture, the restaurant celebrates traditional meat dishes. For starters, Carne y Hueso, meaning Flesh and Bone, features a mold of finely chopped beef tartare topped with spicy horseradish alongside a dense bone filled to the brim with buttery marrow. Tira de Asado, a classic Argentinian short rib dish, arrives on a plate in a coriander-pepper crust. And inch-thick slices of rare Bife, or strip loin steak, lie on a bed of melted butter infused with chimichurri. 4842 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313- 952-5182; barda-detroit.com. D Thu.-Sun.

Bar Pigalle

$$$ FRENCH • Nestled inside The Carlton Lofts in Brush Park, this restaurant beautifully complements the neighborhood’s former nickname, the Little Paris of the Midwest, by serving French-inspired cuisine, such as the duck confit with agrodolce, grapes, and frisée. 2915 John R Road, Detroit; 313-497-9200. D daily BR Sat.-Sun.


$$$ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED • This modern fine-dining eatery takes its name from Albania — where the owners trace their heritage — and means “pledge of honor.” Choose from starters such as roasted olives, fried calamari, and double-cut lamb chops. 600 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3000. D Mon.-Sat.

Bobcat Bonnie’s $ GASTROPUB • The menu is eclectic, featuring fried goat cheese, fish tacos, Buddha bowls, and a barbecue bacon meatloaf — plus, plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The weekend brunch, complete with a Bloody Mary bar and all the classics, is a big hit. See bobcatbonnies.com for locations and hours.


$$$ NEW AMERICAN • The former member’s-only lounge in this restored Romanesque Revival in downtown Detroit is now a posh restaurant open to the public (the downstairs bar is also open to the public). The stunning dining room reflects the club’s history while staying fresh and modern with local art on the walls and an Instagrammable seating area in the middle of the dining room with plush couches and trees lined with lights. The food is upscale but approachable such as the Nashville Fried Chicken and the lobster fettucini, which is worth every indulgent bite. 712 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-338-3222. D Wed.-Sat..

Brome Modern Eatery $$ BURGERS • This healthy spin on a classic serves neverfrozen, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, organic burgers. There’s beef, chicken, haddock, and vegetarian dishes — but no pork, as the restaurant is halal. There’s also a cold-pressed juice bar. 22062 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-996-5050. L,D daily.

Bronze Door


NEW AMERICAN • One of the newest restaurants under the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group brand (in partnership with Tony Soave of Soave Enterprises) revives the well-known name of a Grosse Pointe staple from the mid-1900s. In the 1960s and 1970s, 123 Kercheval Ave. was home to the Bronze Door, which closed to make way for The Hill Seafood and Chop House. In 2021, it was born again as the Bronze Door, offering classic bistro fare like steak frites and house specialties such as Short Rib Alla Bolognese (braised beef short ribs, pancetta, roasted battuto, imported Mafaldine pasta, ricotta salata, and black truffle). 123 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-886-8101. BR Sun. L Tue.-Fri. D daily.

Bucharest Grill

$ MEDITERRANEAN-AMERICAN • This bustling casual sandwich shop, now with six locations, is a cult favorite with its fresh Mediterranean fare, notably the best chicken shawarma wrap sandwiches in town. We’re serious. See bucharestgrill.com for locations and hours.

Cadieux Café

$$ BELGIAN • This institution was like a slice of home for early Belgian immigrants. The former speakeasy serves up four varieties of mussels, and a wide range of hearty dishes such as Belgian Rabbit, but there also are classic sandwiches. 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit; 313-882-8560. D daily.

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Café Nini


ITALIAN • This intimate spot offers well-prepared food that includes eight appetizers, more than a dozen pasta dishes, and 16 main plates, notable among which are Involtini di Pollo “Da Edoardo,” prosciutto, spinach, and Parmigiano Reggiano-filled chicken breast, sautéed in a sherry wine sauce, topped with fresh mushrooms. The wine list is impressive as well. 98 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-308-3120. D Tue.-Sun.

Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria $$

ITALIAN • A restaurant inside the market serves great traditional Italian food. Do not miss the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese: wide pasta with a meat sauce featuring ground veal, beef, sausage, and pancetta. It makes for a delicious Italian feast you can conveniently pick up on your way home. 15550 N. Haggerty Road, Plymouth; 734-420-1100. L,D Tues.-Sat., L Sun.

Capers $$

STEAKHOUSE • This is the type of place longtime Detroit natives describe like an old friend. On Gratiot Avenue between Seven and Eight Mile roads, this place has been packing them in for nearly 40 years. There’s a massive a la carte menu, with items such as barbecue babyback ribs and potato skins, but the main draw is steak by the ounce, at market price. 14726 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-527-2100. L,D Wed.-Sun.

Caucus Club $$$

TRADITIONAL AMERICAN • The reborn spot emphasizes service and a traditional steak and seafood theme, with such tasty signature dishes as woodgrilled ribs, seared scallops, and steaks. 150 W. Congress, Detroit; 313-965-4970. D daily.

Central Kitchen & Bar $$ CREATIVE COMFORT • The space facing Campus Martius is done up in gray and white under industrial light fixtures. Crowd-pleasers include buttermilk fried chicken, filet and frites, burgers, and salads. 660 Woodward Ave., Ste. 4A, Detroit; 313-963-9000. D Thu.-Sat., BR Sat.-Sun.

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails $$ NEW AMERICAN • While the menu rotates based on the season, its offerings always highlight the freshest local ingredients. Creatively prepared dishes range from cold starters to hearty entrees. But the Twice Cooked Egg is not to be missed. 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-818-3915. D Tue.-Sat.

Cliff Bell’s $$ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED • This restored Art Deco hotspot offers small plates such as oysters with cava granita and potato croquettes. Entrees range from savory seared diver scallops to their 16-ounce grilled pork chop. Jazz prevails on the bandstand. 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543. D Wed.-Sun.

Common Pub $

GASTROPUB Fans of Atlas Global Bistro, which shuttered in 2013, should be happy to learn that some of the principals may be found at this spot in the Belcrest Apartments. The well-edited menu includes duck fat-fried chicken and a burger. 4601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit; 313-338-9466. L, D Tue.-Fri. D Sat. BR Sun.

Coriander Kitchen and Farm $$

GASTROPUB • At this Jefferson Chalmers eatery, guests can rent firepits and roast house-made marshmallows to make s’mores, or sip mugs of hot buttered rum. By day, grab a picnic table and enjoy creamy smoked lake trout whitefish dip, seasoned with herbs and paired with pickles and crackers. 2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2261. D Wed.-Sat. BR Sat. B,L Sun.

Cork & Gabel



• This Corktown eatery takes the form of a 4,450-square-foot renovated beer hall and is an ode to filling European staples. Try the chicken marsala, featuring a pan-seared 7-ounce chicken breast, sauteed wild mushroom blend, wild rice, and seasonal grilled vegetables, cooked in a Lombardo Ambra Sweet Marsala wine sauce. Simply delicious! 2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2261. D Wed.-Sat. BR Sat. B,L Sun.



EUROPEAN-INSPIRED • Cuisine offers a romantic, white-linen experience with the level of food, service, and ambience one might describe as timeless rather than trendy. Examples of the expertly prepared fare include the Alaskan halibut, as well as the sea scallops, featuring lemon risotto, corn, almonds, citrus butter, and beet dust. 670 Lothrop Rd., Detroit; 313-872-5110. D Wed.-Sat. (Note: Not wheelchair accessible).

Dakota Inn Rathskeller

$ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED • The sausages are the kind that snap when you cut them. The combo plate features one bratwurst and one knackwurst, served with hot German potato salad and sauerkraut. And yes, sing along with the schnitzelbank song. 17324 John R St., Detroit; 313-867-9722. D Thu.-Sat.

Detroit Shipping Company

FUSION • This bi-level destination created out of shipping containers offers a variety of food options ranging from the Caribbean-fusion dishes at Coop to Thai fare from Bangkok 96 and more. 474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973. L Sat.-Sun., D Tue.-Sun.

Detroit Vegan Soul



VEGAN • The popular spot offers your classic soul food favorites but with plant-based twists — mac and cheese, collard greens, and interpretations of catfish and pepper steak. 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313766-5728. L,D Wed.-Fri. (Takeout only; no phone orders).

Dime Store

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH • This popular breakfast and lunch spot adds just the right retro touch to a contemporary American menu typified by fresh, hearty omelets and Benedicts early in the day. 719 Griswold St., Ste. 180, Detroit; 313-962-9106. B,L Thu.-Tue.


Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe




GASTROPUB • A jazz club with top guest musicians and an American bistro menu in a traditional interior. Starters include oysters by the half- or full-dozen, and lump crab cakes. Main entries include a beef short rib. 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-882-5299. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat.

Eatori Market



• This stylish spot overlooks downtown’s Capitol Park. The menu has steamed mussels with leeks, garlic, and toasted crostini. International flourishes abound with truffle aioli for the burger. 1215 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-395-3030. L,D daily.

El Asador Steakhouse


MEXICAN • A concentrated cuisine with little modern flairs that also stays faithful to traditional Mexican cooking. Don’t miss the Camarones en Salsa de Langosta: breaded shrimp stuffed with cheese, fried to a golden dark brown, and topped with a lobster cream sauce. It’s a delicious dinner spot you don’t want to miss and an unassuming Latin-American find in Detroit’s Springwells Village. 1312 Springwells St., Detroit; 313-297-2360. L,D Tue.-Sun.

El Barzon


Detroit Soul


A hidden gem on the city’s east side. Detroit Soul serves its namesake with a healthy twist. Owners Sam Van Buren and Jerome Brown draw from the recipes of their grandparents, who relocated to Detroit from Alabama in the 1940s. The turkey and collard greens are savory standouts, and yams are a sweet treat. This is the kind of place that every soul-food lover must visit. 2900 E. Eight Mile Road, Detroit; 313-366-5600. 14300 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-9266305. L,D Tue.-Sun.


MEXICAN-ITALIAN • Norberto Garita prepares Italian and Mexican cuisines alongside his wife, Silvia Rosario Garita. Authentic Mexican entrees include enchiladas with a homemade green sauce made with tomatillo, jalapeños, and roasted poblano pepper, while the Italian influence takes the form of spaghetti carbonara and zuppa di pesce (seafood soup). 3710 Junction Ave., Detroit; 313-894-2070. D Tue.-Sun.

Evie’s Tamales


MEXICAN • This Mexicantown restaurant makes some of the best tamales around. Pork or chicken is jacketed with sturdy masa, a dough of ground corn, and then wrapped in a corn husk and steamed. Eat in or order a dozen for later. 3454 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-843-5056. B,L Mon.-Sat.


2024 Freya


NEW AMERICAN • Freya provides elegant, elevated dining served inside a warm and inviting space in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction district. Chef de Cuisine Phoebe Zimmerman’s fixed-price dinners — which change daily and are available in five or nine courses — invite guests to tap into a world of flavors and sensations. There are also cocktail pairings as well as dishes that accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian diets. Co-run by 2023 James Beard semifinalist Sandy Levine, it made The New York Times’s list of the 50 best restaurants in 2022. 2929 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-351-5544. D Tue.-Sat.

Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Café


NEW ORLEANIAN • Enjoy classic New Orleans dishes, such as jambalaya and fried catfish beignets. Come for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or carry-out. 400 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-965-4600. 29244 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-351-2925. 23722 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-498-3000. L,D daily.

Flowers of Vietnam

$$ VIETNAMESE • Chef and owner George Azar transformed a former Coney Island into an industrial-cool destination, but the neighborhood joint vibe remains. The menu is shaped around Azar’s appreciation of Vietnamese food, with a very personal twist. 4440 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-2085. D Thu.-Sun.



NEW AMERICAN • A charming Corktown storefront dishing up an all-day brunch menu. It’s an offshoot of the Farmer’s Hand grocery and farmers market. The menu focuses on globally inspired dishes like salads, quiche, and sandwiches — all beautifully plated and nutritious. Infused milks and frothy lattes are well sought after, too. 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-742-2672. B,L daily.

Ford’s Garage

$$ BURGERS • Henry Ford’s legacy is celebrated on Dearborn’s main thoroughfare. There are at least 12 variations on the classic American burger here. Try the Ford’s Signature, featuring a half-pound of grilled black angus beef, aged sharp cheddar, applewoodsmoked bacon, and bourbon barbecue sauce. Other appealing dishes include shrimp mac and cheese, and chicken wings. 21367 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-752-3673. L,D daily.

Giovanni’s Ristorante


ITALIAN • This old-school Italian restaurant offers housemade pastas, including an outstanding lasagna. Elaborate veal and seafood dishes and desserts like key lime cheesecake tira misu round out the delicious menu. 330 Oakwood Blvd., Detroit; 313-8410122. L,D Tue.-Fri., D Sat.

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Golden Fleece $$ GREEK • Spend a night dining in Greektown’s longeststanding restaurant, starting with a flaming saganaki and a joyous “Opa!” Then, peruse the menu containing various Balkan comfort foods like chicken gyros, spinach pie, and french fries sprinkled with feta and oregano. 525 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-7093. L,D daily.

Grandma Bob’s $ PIZZA • If you’re wondering what that psychedelic building on Corktown’s Michigan Avenue is, it’s a pizzeria known as Grandma Bob’s. Chef Dan De Wall, previously of Wright and Co., offers a small, delicious menu of pies, including sausage and pistachio with ricotta cheese and thyme. Or try the Big Mack — the vegan pizza version of the popular burger. 2135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177. L,D daily.

Grand Trunk Pub


NEW AMERICAN • Meats from Eastern Market and delicious breads anchor the hearty fare, which pairs well with a selection of Michigan beers. Staples include a reuben with Poet Stout Kraut and the Ghettoblaster beer-battered fish and chips. 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-3043.; L, D, Tue.-Sun. BR Sat.-Sun.

The Greek


GREEK • Plaka Café was a presence on Monroe Avenue for years, and now its space is in the hands of the founders’ children. Notable dishes include spinach pie, lamb chops, and New York strip steak. 535 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-209-6667. L,D daily.

Green Dot Stables


NEW AMERICAN • The menu of sliders — with 20-plus eclectic bun toppings, including Cuban, Korean, and “mystery meat” — packs in fans. Local beers are spotlighted alongside Chicken Paprikas soup, a nod to the neighborhood’s Hungarian origins. 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588. L,D daily.

Grey Ghost


NEW AMERICAN • The cuisine at this Brush Park hotspot isn’t easily defined, but the results are original and well-prepared — for example, pork tenderloin with romanesco, peri peri, and wild rice or yellowfin tuna with kimchi, edamame, and sweet soy. 47 Watson St., Detroit; 313-262-6534. D daily.

Highlands $$$

STEAKHOUSE/NEW AMERICAN • Occupying the top two floors of the Renaissance Center, Highlands comprises three separate concepts. A steakhouse of the same name provides a high-end dining experience, while the more casual Hearth 71 (currently closed but reopening soon) serves locally sourced dishes cooked over an open fire. The third concept within the space is the appropriately named High Bar, where guests can choose from a vast collection of spirits and decadent desserts. 400 Renaissance Center, Floors 71 and 72, Detroit; 313-877-9090; D Mon.-Sat.

The Hudson Cafe $ BREAKFAST/BRUNCH • The fresh, well-prepared fare from the kitchen of this breakfast/lunch spot has creative takes on the eggs Benedict theme, red velvet pancakes, and apple-walnut stuffed French toast, as well as lunchtime sandwiches and salads. 1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-237-1000. 17101 Haggerty Rd, Northville 248-308-3793. B,L daily.

Hungarian Rhapsody $$ HUNGARIAN • This Downriver restaurant offers authentic Hungarian dishes, such as chicken and veal paprikas, beef goulash, and palacsinta (crêpes). 14315 Northline Road, Southgate; 734-283-9622. L,D Tue.-Sun.

Iggy’s Eggies


AMERICAN • Jammy-yolk egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and more are on the menu at Iggy’s Eggies’ walk-up window. You can also get Lovers Only’s famous Classic Smash burgers and fresh-cut fries at Iggy’s. Take your breakfast or lunch to a table at nearby Capitol Park for a true downtown experience. 34 West Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-986-1174. B,L daily.



JAPANESE-INSPIRED • This ramen hotspot has three locations and a Midwest emphasis. Ima tacos trade the traditional shell for a slice of jicama, stuffed with spicy shrimp, roasted tofu, or garlic chicken. Appetizers include edamame, dumplings, and clams. 4870 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-883-9788. 32203 John R Road, Madison Heights; 248-781-0131. L,D daily.

Ima Izakaya


Mi Lindo

San Blas

MEXICAN Heaping platters of seafood such as shrimp, octopus, and scallops tell the story at this spot that brings a corner of Mexico’s seaside Nayarit region to southwest Detroit. On weekends, when live music is added, the tables are often pushed back to create a dance floor. 1807 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-789-5100. L,D daily.


JAPANESE-INSPIRED • Chef Michael Ransom has slowly and steadily built up his local chain of noodle shops over the past few years, and his latest one takes it up a notch with the izakaya concept, the Japanese equivalent to a pub. In addition to the staple noodles and soups that put Ransom on the map, the menu also includes grilled skewers from the robata grill such as Kawahagi Trigger Fish Jerky and Mini Kurobuta Pork Sausages. There’s also a tantalizing selection of cocktails and mocktails, sake, beer, and wine to make it a true izakaya experience. 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-306-9485. L, D daily.

Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

$$$ NEW AMERICAN • This Black-owned restaurant was founded by Nya Marshall to bring fine dining to the East Jefferson Corridor where she grew up. The spot serves New American fare with international influences in a modern, elevated space bathed in neutral tones. The Mezcal Wings with pickled jalapeño and cilantro bring a Mexican kick, while dishes like the Creamy Cajun Pasta contribute New Orleans flavors. 9215 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-332-0607; L Fri.-Sun., D daily.


Joe Muer Seafood

$$$$ SEAFOOD • This reborn Detroit legend is stellar for a romantic evening or a quiet business lunch or dinner. Located on the main floor of the GMRenCen, it has sweeping views of the Detroit River and a menu that walks the line between old-time favorites and hipper Asian-influenced seafood, sushi, and raw bar. (There’s also a Bloomfield Hills location.) There are reminders of the past as well: smoked fish spread, creamed spinach, and stewed tomatoes. A true Detroit classic. 400 Renaissance Center, Ste. 1404, Detroit; 313-567-6837. 39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-792-9609. L,D daily.

Johnny Noodle King

$ JAPANESE-INSPIRED • This noodle shop offers bowls topped with pork belly, confit chicken, and tofu, as well as seaweed salad and gyoza. There are also several fusion bowls like the Southwest Verde, a green chili chicken broth topped with chicken thigh confit, cilantro, corn, and hot peppers. 2601 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-309-7946. L,D daily.

Jolly Pumpkin $$ BREWERY • Jolly Pumpkin’s brews rule the offerings, along with other Northern United Brewing Co. beverages, such as North Peak and Jolly Pumpkin artisan ales. Pizzas with creative toppings abound. 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-262-6115. 419 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-544-6250. 311 S Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-913-2730. L,D daily (Detroit, Ann Arbor); L Fri.Mon, D daily (Royal Oak).

Karl’s Cabin $$ AMERICAN • Dishes from their currently rotating drive-through menu such as pan-seared walleye and pierogi & sausage surpass typical roadhouse food. 6005 Gotfredson Road, Plymouth; 734-455-8450. L,D daily.

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que $$ VEGAN • This eatery created by Detroit-based cooking blogger Quiana Broden serves lunches of smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. Broden also often offers live cooking demonstrations. 6529 Woodward Ave., Ste. A, Detroit; 313-462-4184. L, D Fri.-Sun. Private events only Mon.-Thur.

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles $ SOUTHERN COMFORT • Several recipes, including a signature thin waffle, are family-owned at ex-NFL player Ron Bartell’s spot. Think comfort food kicked up a notch: fried catfish, salmon croquettes, shrimp and grits, and biscuits. Drink the Kool-Aid, too. 19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-861-0229. B,L,D Tue.- Sun.

Ladder 4 Wine Bar $$$ WINE BAR • This southwest Detroit wine bar occupies a former 1910 firehouse, offering a daily wine list and seasonal European-inspired bites made with local ingredients — some grown in its backyard garden. Though its owners prefer not to call it a restaurant, it made Bon Appétit’s “24 Best New Restaurants” and The New York Times’s “50 Places in the United States That We’re Most Excited About Right Now” — both in 2023. 3396 Vinewood St., Detroit; 313-638-1601. D Wed.-Sun.

La Dolce Vita $$$

ITALIAN • Traditional Italian cuisine is key at this Palmer Park hideaway. Recommended is the bronzino in lemon caper cream sauce, the veal scaloppine with artichokes, and the lasagna. 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-865-0331. D Tue.-Sun., BR Sun.

La Lanterna


ITALIAN • The founder of Da Edoardo, the first Edoardo Barbieri, started it all in 1956 with a restaurant called La Lanterna. Now his grandchildren have revived it. Although the white and red pizzas — like Margherita, Liguria, and Da Edorado — dominate, there’s more, including a number of elegant pastas like the Lasagna Alla Bolognese. 1224 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-962-8821. L,D Tue.-Sun.

London Chop House


STEAKHOUSE • The kitchen turns out classics like oysters Rockefeller, French onion soup, and sauteed loup de mer with scallops. This is the place to come when you need to satisfy a craving for steak in elegant surroundings with hospitable service. 155 W. Congress St., Detroit; 313-962-0277. D Mon.-Sat.



LEBANESE • The restaurant from the proprietors of Birmingham’s Phoenicia is named after the owner’s mother — just one facet of the establishment that pays homage to family traditions and heritage. The menu includes various Lebanese dishes, from falafel to Leila’s Mixed Grill that offers a little bit of everything with shish kebab, tawook, and kafta. Other menu items include Kibbeh Niyee — fresh lamb, cracked wheat, and spice — and tabbouleh made of parsley, cracked wheat, and spices. The beer and wine lists offer plenty of options to accompany any meal. 1245 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-816-8100. D daily.

Le Suprême


FRENCH • This Paris-inspired brasserie pays homage to the City of Light with its 1920s-inspired décor on the historic Book Tower’s ground floor. There is pastis, absinthe, France-themed cocktails, and over 300 wines. Standout dishes include the escargots, honey-roasted duck breast, and trout amandine. 1265 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-597-7734. D daily, BR Sat.-Sun.


Lucy & the Wolf $$

SPANISH • This Anglo-sounding restaurant offers very good Spanish-inspired tapas dining. Standouts include spicy beer cheese dip, harissa rubbed halfchicken, and roasted sablefish. 102 E. Main St., Northville; 248-308-3057. D Tue.-Sat.

Lumen Detroit


NEW AMERICAN • A contemporary American menu and a Victor Saroki setting make the restaurant overlooking downtown’s Beacon Park one of the best of recent entrants onto the scene. Appetizers such as freshly made pretzels prelude main courses like the maple dijon salmon. 1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-626-5005. L Fri.-Sun., D. Wed.-Sun.

Mario’s $$$

ITALIAN • This Midtown Detroit classic dates to 1948. Linen-covered tables, framed paintings on wood-paneled walls, expert waiters clad in black tie, and tableside preparation survive here. Italian dinners always begin with an antipasto tray and continue through soup, salad, pasta, and entree. 4222 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-832-1616. L,D daily.

Marrow $$

NEW AMERICAN • This West Village restaurant and butcher shop hybrid is an ode to meat, especially unusual cuts. Diners must walk through the butcher shop, bypassing cases of pastrami and sausage, before entering the restaurant. Offerings from a sample tasting menu include Roasted Bone Marrow and Local Lamb ragu. 8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-513-0361. L,D Thu.-Sun.

Maty’s African Cuisine $$

WEST AFRICAN • A small storefront in the Detroit Old Redford neighborhood is decidedly Senegalese. Fataya, deep-fried pastries with savory fillings, are reminiscent of an empanada. The star of the show is the whole chicken with yassa. 21611 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-472-5885. L,D Tue.-Sun.

M Cantina $

MEXICAN • Nuevo Latino street food is the premise at this surprising spot where everything from the tortilla chips to the salsas are made in-house in the open kitchen. Juices are freshly squeezed, and the menu of tortas,

Mercury Burger & Bar


BURGERS • This Corktown joint seats 70 around the zinc-covered bar set with Mercury (Liberty) dimes. The burger is available in a variety of iterations, such as Southwest Detroit with a chorizo slider, jalapeno, Müenster cheese, tortilla strips, and avocado. 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000. L,D daily. tacos, tapas, and salads from the kitchen of Heidi and Junior Merino, from Hawaii and Mexico, is distinctive. 13214 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-399-9117. L,D daily.

Metropolitan Bar and Kitchen $$ LATIN The business brings a bodega-style market along with a neighborhood restaurant and bar to West Village. The menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients in dishes like beet salad or the Metro “Mac” Burger. 8047 Agnes St., Detroit; 313-447-5418. B Sat.-Sun. D Tue.-Sat.

Michigan & Trumbull


ITALIAN-AMERICAN • After a successful four-month run at Fort Street Galley, Michigan and Trumbull became one of the latest in a long line of Detroit-style pizza joints to open in the area. Not your traditional carryout joint, Michigan and Trumbull is housed in a sleek, refurbished car-repair garage. The menu features square, deep-dish pies with Detroit-inspired names, such as Packard Pepperoni and Woodward White. 1331 Holden St., Detroit; 313-637-4992; L,D Wed-Sun.

Monarch Club


NEW AMERICAN • At the 14th floor of the revamped Element Detroit Hotel located at the Metropolitan is the Monarch Club. It’s one of the most recent rooftop bars to open in metro Detroit and serves a variety of delicious small plates along with classic cocktails. 33 John R St., Detroit; 313-306-2380. L Sun. D daily.

Mootz Pizzeria & Bar

Ottava Via


ITALIAN • Chef Ariel Millan sends out great thin-crusted pizzas, as well as interesting small plates typified by bruschetta, calamari, roasted garlic, and whipped goat cheese to be spread on paper-thin crostini. 1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-5500. L,D daily.

Pao Detroit


ITALIAN-AMERICAN • Bruno DiFabio, a six-time World Pizza Games champ, rejects the label New York-style for his fare. “It’s authentic New York pizza,” he says. In a hurry? Grab a slice from Side Hustle, Mootz’s by-theslice counter next door. 1230 Library St., Detroit; 313-243-1230. L Fri.-Sun., L, D daily.

Motor City Brewing Works

$ BREWERY • Just 15 mostly nontraditional pizzas on excellent, chewy crust, and the option to build your own pie with various toppings. Plus, salads from locally grown greens to accompany the housebrewed beers. 470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 19350 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-832-2700. L,D daily (Canfield); L Sat.-Sun., D Wed-Fri. (Livernois).

Mudgie’s Deli


Red Smoke Barbeque

BARBEQUE At Red Smoke, hickory and applewoodsmoked ribs, pulled pork, all-natural chicken, and an array of classic sides are served out of one of the most attractive two-story buildings that are still standing on Monroe Street. 573 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-2100. L,D daily.

$ DELI • Sandwich-lovers fill the seats for the House Smoked Pastrami Reuben or the Brooklyn (beef brisket, bacon, and beer cheese). The dinner menu features meat and cheese boards, as well as build-yourown sandwich options. It’s a delicious place for a meal any time. 1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit; 313-9612000. B Tue.-Sat. L Tue.-Wed., L,D Thu.-Sat.

Nico & Vali


ITALIAN • This eatery offers favorites with unexpected twists. The artichokes and chilies appetizer boasts battered and fried artichokes with Fresno and jalapeno peppers, tossed with fresh basil in white wine. Popular choices include the Whitefish Filet. It’s a classic Italian spot with an update that’s worth a visit. 744 Wing St., Plymouth; 734-207-7880. L Thu.-Sat., D Tue.-Sun.

Norma G’s


CARIBBEAN • Lester Gouvia, the Trinidadian chef who brought us the famed food truck, opened a fullservice restaurant under the same name. Stop in for a plate of Chicken Pelau: a tasty blend of rice, diced chicken, squash, peppers, and golden-brown baked chicken. 14628 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-2902938. D Tue.-Sat.


Oak & Reel



SEAFOOD • Despite a global pandemic threatening to derail his longtime dream, chef Jared Gadbaw brought his vision of a seafood-focused Italian restaurant to life in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood in fall 2020. Oak & Reel’s resilience in the face of extreme adversity and its commitment to the vision of bringing diners impeccable dishes showcasing the freshest seafood, all presented with welcoming and knowledgeable service, is the reason we named Oak & Reel Hour Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently. But in general, the crudos are pristine, the pastas are impeccable, and the seafood dishes are all well balanced and expertly prepared to accentuate the freshness and quality of the fish and shellfish. 2921 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-270-9600. D Thu.-Mon.



FUSION • Visit this upscale Pan-Asian fusion restaurant for Asian-themed cocktails and dishes, such as creamy rock shrimp, charred octopus, and filet mignon. Based in the former Michigan Oriental Theater, the interior combines new and old. 114 W. Adams Ave., Ste. 200, Detroit; 313-816-0000. L Sun., D Tue.-Sun.





NEW AMERICAN • Excellent food, exceptional service, and a crisp and formal but distinctly unstuffy atmosphere set this Campus Martius gem apart. Appetizer highlights include a bright and fresh tuna tartar and charred burrata. Main courses include an interesting blend of Italian food, wood-grilled steaks, and a red chilé short rib. There’s also a large selection of dry-aged gourmet steaks. 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-922-7272. L,D daily. BR Sat.-Sun.

Park Grill


MEDITERRANEAN • Mediterranean fare gets a Balkan spin. The menu offers tasting plates, pita-wrapped sandwiches, and salads, as well as entrees including chicken and beef shawarma, beef and pork kafta, lemon-pepper pork tenderloin, and lamb chops. Service is friendly and informal. 15102 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-264-1997. L,D daily.

Pegasus Taverna

$$ GREEK • The cry of “opa!” resounds in St. Clair Shores at the second edition of the longstanding Greektown restaurant. It boasts an extensive menu, from moussaka and spinach pie to gyros and roast lamb. 24935 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-7723200. 558 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-6800. L,D TueSun (Detroit); L Sun., D Tue.-Sun. (St. Clair Shores)

The Peterboro

$$ ASIAN-FUSION • A contemporary take on AmericanChinese fare gives new life to the cuisine with robustly spiced dishes, including an “absurdly delicious” cheeseburger spring roll and a take on almond boneless chicken. 420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-833-1111. D Mon.-Sat.

Pho Lucky

VIETNAMESE • This charming Midtown Vietnamese spot serves authentic fare emphasizing pho. Bowls of spicy broth with noodles, round steak, and meatballs come in several variations. Other noteworthy dishes here include summer rolls and crisp spring rolls. Look for Asian beers and robust Vietnamese coffee. 3111 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-338-3895. L,D Wed.-Mon.


Polish Village Café $ POLISH • The “Polish plate” includes stuffed cabbage, pierogi, kielbasa, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes and gravy. The dill pickle soup and city chicken are standouts, too. A Detroit staple, where this cuisine getting harder to find. 2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck; 313-8745726. L,D daily. Not wheelchair accessible.

Portofino $


MEDITERRANEAN • Starters like the potatoes and artichokes “bravas” with harissa and black garlic aioli and paellas are inspired by Spain, but showcase Olin’s unique spin on these iconic dishes. 25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-774-1190. D Tues.-Sat. BR Sun.

ITALIAN • This big waterfront spot in Wyandotte is both a local hangout and a restaurant with a menu that’s surprisingly ambitious. It offers a number of fish and seafood dishes, from lake perch to coconut shrimp and fried calamari, as well as steaks. Nearly every table in the restaurant has a river view. 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-6700. L,D daily.

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Prime + Proper


STEAKHOUSE • Downtown Detroit dining gets a major shot of glamour with this over-the-top steak and seafood emporium on the corner of Griswold and State streets. Although red meat, from prime dry-aged Tomahawk ribeye to Wagyu strip, is the focus — and yes, there’s a burger made with a dryaged butcher’s blend — oysters, king crab, and caviar aren’t far behind. An elegant white and gold setting backgrounds it all. 1145 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-636-3100. D daily, BR Sat.-Sun.



NEW AMERICAN • Greektown Casino-Hotel’s renamed eatery is located off the main casino. The menu features local ingredients, steaks, and fresh seafood. 555 E. Lafayette St., Detroit; 313-309-2499. D Wed.-Sun.

Rattlesnake Club


NEW AMERICAN • This restaurant on the river remains one of the most appealing spots in town. The casually elegant space offers a range of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Dishes that typify its style include seared diver sea scallops, an 8-ounce filet, and a roasted duck breast and foie gras steak. 300 River Place, Detroit; 313-567-4400. D Tue.-Sat.

Rocky’s of Northville $$

NEW AMERICAN • Menu includes shrimp cocktail, smoked whitefish pate, and broiled Great Lakes whitefish. Also try chipotle honey-glazed salmon. 41122 W. Seven Mile Road, Northville; 248-349-4434. L Tue.-Fri. D Tue.-Sun.

Roman Village $

ITALIAN • The Rugiero family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1964. They’ve launched three additional Antonio’s Cucina Italiana locations. Roman Village is the original and features their signature gnocchi Rita. 9924 Dix Ave., Dearborn; 313-842-2100. L,D daily.

San Morello


ITALIAN This gem in the Shinola Hotel serves pizzas, pastas, and wood-fired dishes that draw inspiration from the coastal towns of Southern Italy and Sicily. The menu is handcrafted by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini. 1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-209-4700. B,L,D daily.

The Sardine Room




This Ferndale favorite reopened in May 2019 under the ownership of Peas & Carrots Hospitality with a trendier, fresher look. The warm, homey feel is still intact, but it’s ditched the old menu for — among other things — chef Zack Sklar’s square, deep-dish, Detroit-style pizza that’s leavened from a sourdough starter as opposed to commercial yeast. 22812 Woodward Ave., Unit 100, Ferndale; 248-6774439. L,D daily.


SEAFOOD • A seafood restaurant and raw bar, The Sardine Room is fresh, fun, and energetic, with clean-line décor and a menu full of surprises. Worthwhile is a grouper sandwich that’s available seared or blackened. 340 S. Main St., Plymouth; 734-4160261. D daily, BR Sat-Sun.

Savannah Blue $$

SOUL FOOD • Dine on upscale soul food like the red snapper and the shrimp and grits. Shareables include catfish fritters, and a Georgian Hummus that substitutes black-eyed peas for chickpeas. There’s also a great bar. 1431 Times Square, Detroit; 313-926-0783. D Tue.-Sat.

Scotty Simpson’s Fish & Chips


SEAFOOD • Head to this Brightmoor spot for perfectly prepared fish and chips. The key to Scotty’s longevity is the batter that coats the cod, perch, shrimp, chicken, onion rings, and frog legs. Cash only. 22200 Fenkell St., Detroit; 313-533-0950. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Second Best

RETRO AMERICAN • The talents behind nearby Grey Ghost have unveiled a second, more casual spot with a retro spin in Brush Park. The lighter menu includes


a fried green tomato BLT and fried chicken sandwiches that accompany drinks that were popular more than a few years back. 42 Watson St., Detroit; 313315-3077. L Sat.-Sun., D daily.


Selden Standard

gourmet packaged meals on the go. 313 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-463-7111. D daily, BR Sun.

Supino Pizzeria


NEW AMERICAN • What sets Selden Standard apart is that it is moving Detroit into a new era in which upperend dining with starched linen and tuxedoed waiters doesn’t hold much interest anymore. Chef Andy Hollyday, a multiple James Beard semifinalist, does farm-totable scratch cooking with ideas borrowed from around the world. A key to his cooking is the wood-fired grill. This spot has garnered national attention. 3921 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-438-5055. D daily.

Seva Detroit $$

VEGETARIAN • Seva offers such dishes as black bean and sweet potato quesadillas, gluten-free options, and colorful stir-fries — some vegan as well as vegetarian. There’s also a full bar and a juice bar. 2541 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-662-1111. 66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313-974-6661. L,D Mon.-Sat.


SheWolf Pastificio & Bar


ITALIAN • Chef Anthony Lombardo takes fresh and housemade to a new level with this Midtown restaurant that serves only dinner from a menu inspired by Italian cooking specific to Rome. Milling all of his own flour for his pastas, breads, and polenta in house, Lombardo, well known as the former executive chef at Bacco, serves a selection of simple but elegant regional Italian dishes. 438 Selden St., Detroit; 313-315-3992. D Tue.-Sun

Sindbad’s Restaurant and Marina

$$ SEAFOOD • Sitting by the Detroit River, this longlasting establishment prides itself on serving some of the best perch, pickerel, shrimp, and scallops in Detroit, along with its signature clam chowder. 100 St. Clair St., Detroit; 313-822-8000. L,D Tue.-Sun.

Slows Bar BQ

$$ BARBEQUE • The brick-and-wood original in Corktown gained a following for its pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. They expanded with a “to go” spot in Midtown. This is a true Detroit classic in every sense of the term. Corktown location: 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313962-9828. L,D daily. Slows To Go in Midtown: 4107 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-309-7560. L,D Tue.-Sun.


$$ NEW AMERICAN • In a place where cocktails are king, there’s no shortage of food options. The fare ranges from small plates of marinated olives and fried deviled eggs to entrees such as Thai pork skewers and the house cheeseburger. 225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-241-5719. D Wed.-Sun. Not wheelchair accessible.

The Statler

$$$$ FRENCH • A taste of Paris in downtown Detroit. This French-American bistro from the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group takes its name from the former historic Statler Hotel, which is now home to not only the bistro, but also City Club Apartments. Classic French fare (with some modern twists) such as seared foie gras mousse; Henri Maire escargots (wild Burgundy snails, garlic butter fondue, parsley, Pernod, and profiteroles); and bouillabaisse provence (seafood stew with shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels, saffron broth, croustade, and rouille) typify the menu. The large, year-round open-air outdoor patio offers stunning panoramic views of the Detroit skyline and Grand Circus Park. There’s also a neighborhood market where customers can grab groceries and


ITALIAN • Relax with one of the town’s best thincrust pizzas — they come in more than a dozen variations, with or without red sauce. A few dishes from La Rondinella (the previous longtime tenant at its Russell Street location) made the list as well — small plates such as polpette, and three delicious salads. Beer, wine, and cocktails add to the appeal. 2457 Russell St., Detroit; 313-567-7879 (Russell St. location temporarily closed). 6519 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-314-7400. L,D daily.

Sweet Soul Bistro


SOUL FOOD • The large menu includes homages to Detroit musicians, from Stevie Wonder Wonderful Wings to Aretha Franklin Catfish Bites. Also notable are the crab cakes. In the evening, the bistro transforms into a club. 13741 W. McNichols Road, Detroit; 313- 862-7685. L,D daily.



MEDITERRANEAN • Located in the heart of downtown Detroit inside the Atheneum Suite Hotel, Symposia serves Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Greece, Italy, Spain, and more. A signature can’t-miss dish is the Spanish octopus with romesco, Yukon potato, and chorizo Ibérico. 1000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-9366.

D Wed.-Sun.



THAI • Thai-Laotian fare might seem out of place in Corktown, but virtually everything on the menu has distinction. There’s a depth, concentration, and balance between heat and coolness, the range of spices, the delight of moving from one superb bite to the next. 2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-855-2864.

D Tue.-Sat.

Tap at MGM Grand

SPORTS BAR • More than 40 HD flatscreen TVs for sports fans, plus sports memorabilia. The menu features comfort food and pub classics: burgers, wings, and house nachos. Pizza and more upscale entrees are also available, as are more than 50 beers. Bring your family and friends for a very entertaining night on the town. 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-465-1234. B,L,D daily.



$$$ NEW AMERICAN • The downtown hotspot in 2021 underwent an aesthetic overhaul of the space and menu designed to elevate the spot’s signature comfort food fare. Staples, like the burger and fries, remain on the menu, but there are also fine-dininginspired additions, like the caviar-topped crispy potato dish and the A5 wagyu served with brioche, nori, capers, and truffle. 500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000. L, D daily.

Vertical Detroit


NEW AMERICAN • This wine-centric restaurant puts the focus on pairing chef Matt Barnes’ innovative cuisine with owners James and Rémy Lutfy’s nationally recognized wine program. The menu emphasizes locally sourced protein, seafood, and produce. A must-try for any wine enthusiast. 1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313732-9463. D Tue.-Sat. Not wheelchair accessible.

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine $$ CUBAN • An evening at this lively spot is more than just Cuban and Spanish dining. Appetizers and tapas include the outstanding Tapa de la Casa, pork leg marinated in mojo; a Spanish chorizo and fresh mushrooms concoction with garlic lemon sauce; and empanadas, a Cuban turnover filled with ground beef or chicken. 1250 Library St., Detroit; 313-962-8800. L,D daily.


Vigilante Kitchen + Bar


MIDWESTERN-ASIAN FUSION • Housed in the former Smith & Co. space, the menu offers a variety of baos, bowls, salads, and desserts, with designated vegetarian and halal menus, and a zero-proof cocktail selection. A unique concept from executive chef Aaron Cozadd, Vigilante Kitchen + Bar employs industry workers dealing with addiction, providing them with recovery resources while still allowing them to advance their culinary skills. 644 Selden St., Detroit; 313-638-1695. D Wed.-Sun.

Vivio’s Food & Spirits

Anita’s Kitchen

LEBANESE • With pita pizzas and lamb chops, the Lebanese food here is some of the best around. And there’s vegetarian and gluten-free fare, too. Healthy, nutritious, and delicious. See website for locations; anitaskitchen.com

Bella Piatti


SANDWICH/DELI • This Eastern Market classic has been run by the Vivio family for more than 40 years. Sandwiches and burgers are mainstays, but diners also appreciate the steamed mussels. 3601 Twelve Mile Road, Warren; 586-576-0495. L,D daily.

The Whitney


NEW AMERICAN • The historic 1890s mansion is still going strong. The menu is typified by classic beef Wellington, wrapped in spinach, prosciutto, and pastry; and a seared Verlasso salmon fillet. Tableside cooking, by reservation only, is an optional feature. Don’t forget The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor for a sweet treat.4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700. D Tue.-Sun. and high tea Sat.

Wright & Co.


NEW AMERICAN • The collaboration between Marc Djozlija and executive chef Kyle Schutte gives life to the second-floor space in the Wright Kay building. Small plates such as wild caught walu, Michigan mushroom pate, and grilled sea scallops are the focus. The menu highlights seasonal dishes around a composed shared plates concept. 1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-962-7711. D Tue.-Sat.

Yum Village


AFRO-CARIBBEAN • The former food truck opened a full-service restaurant in the North End in 2019. The space is bright and fun with wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and a colorful, geometric paint job. And the food is just as bold. The restaurant serves up piquant dishes like Lemon Pepper Jerk Chicken. 6500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-334-6099. L,D Mon.-Sat.


220 Merrill


NEW AMERICAN • The menu includes apps and small plates as well as pan roasted salmon, tuna tartar, and oysters on the half shell. There are heartier entrees as well, like the braised beef short ribs. 220 Merrill St., Birmingham; 248-646-2220. L, D daily.



JAPANESE-INSPIRED • Heading the kitchen is Lloyd Roberts, who has trained in the kitchens of celebrity chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Nobu Matsuhisa. Here, short rib bao buns are served with pickled cucumber and fresh scallions and miniature tacos are filled with lobster. 325 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-540-5900. L,D daily.



ITALIAN • Over the past three decades, Joe Vicari has established several Andiamo restaurants in metro Detroit, all inspired by the late master chef Aldo Ottaviani’s philosophy of seasonal, fromscratch cooking. The menus differ slightly at the different locations, but the constant is the fresh, housemade pastas — handcrafted by the trinity of “pasta ladies,” Anna, Tanya, and Angelina, who have carried on the tradition. 6676 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield; 248-865-9300. D daily.



ITALIAN • The location right across from the Townsend Hotel has inspired a number of visiting celebrities, professional athletes, and film crews who stay there to check out the Italian fare at this restaurant. The menu of such dishes as Gemelli pasta with fresh tomato sauce; salmon baked with spinach, kalamata olives, white wine, and tomatoes; and tagliatelle Bolognese stands on its own. It’s one of our true favorites in the area in terms of Italian restaurants. 167 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-494-7110. D Tue.-Sat.

Beverly Hills Grill


NEW AMERICAN • This Beverly Hills institution has built a loyal following over the years with its California vibe and dawn-to-dark schedule. They’re still serving crowd favorites like their BHG Burger and classic eggs benedict. 31471 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills; 248-642-2355. B, L, D Tue.-Sat. B, L Sun.

Bigalora: Wood Fired Cucina


ITALIAN • The pizza concept from chef Luciano Del Signore, a four-time James Beard Award nominee, features small plates, fresh pastas, wood-roasted meats, and a range of distinctive Neopolitan pizzas. See website for locations; bigalora.com

Birmingham Pub


GASTROPUB • This stylish yet casual gastropub from the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group took over the former Triple Nickel space. True to its name, the restaurant’s bill of fare features pub classics taken up a notch, such as fish and chips served with jalapeno hush-puppies and filet mignon with Parmesan truffle fries and zip sauce. There are also TVs at the bar so you won’t miss a minute of the game. 555 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-885-8108. L Tue. - Fri., BR Sat. - Sun.

Bistro Joe’s

$$$ GLOBAL • Part of Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Bistro Joe’s is in a mezzanine overlooking the open kitchen and market. There is an eclectic list of dishes like spicy tuna “tacushi,” P.E.I. Pesto Mussels, and tasty flatbread pizzas. 34244 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-594-0984. D Tue.-Sun., BR Sat.-Sun.


Café Cortina



ITALIAN • Selections include prosciutto di Parma stuffed with greens and mozzarella; and gnocchi with wild oyster mushrooms. For dessert, try the crepes. 30715 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; 248-474-3033. L Sun., D Tue.-Sun.

Café ML


NEW AMERICAN • Café ML is contemporary in décor and its “globally inspired food.” Such dishes as short rib steamed buns, Chinese chicken salad, Singapore street noodles, and Korean fried chicken share the menu with burgers, steak frites, and fresh seafood. Garage door-style windows open onto the patio on warm days. 3607 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Township; 248-642-4000. D daily.

Capital Grille


STEAKHOUSE • Hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood dishes are the stars at Capital Grille. The restaurant’s outstanding wine list features over 350 labels. The setting is appropriate for both business lunches and social events and includes well-appointed private dining rooms. 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy; 248-649-5300. L,D daily.





Steamed Rice

4 cups sushi-grade rice

4 cups water

Soba Soy

1/2 cup sake

3/4 cup mirin

3 1/3 cups dashi broth

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup shoyu (dark soy sauce)

Chicken Soboro

2 pounds ground chicken

1/4 cup sake

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

3/4 cup shoyu


Steamed Rice

1. Wash the rice about three times while gently moving the rice around in a bowl. The water should be clear after rinsing and washing the rice the third time.

2. Add the water and rice to a rice cooker. Allow rice to cook per instructions.

Soba Soy

1. Gently heat sake, mirin, dashi, and sugar over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add in the shoyu.

Chicken Soboro

1. In a pot filled with water, add ground chicken and bring to a simmer. Cook for about five minutes to remove the fat from the chicken.

2. Drain the chicken and discard the water. Add the sake to a pan followed by the cooked chicken. Bring to a boil, then add the sugar. Cook until most of the moisture has been released. Once the pan is almost dry, add the shoyu and cook for 1 more minute, being careful not to burn the shoyu.

3. In a bowl, add steamed rice, top with the chicken soboro and the soba soya to taste. Optionally top with poached egg, pickled ginger, and nori.


Casa Pernoi

$$$$ ITALIAN • Three months after its grand opening, what once was a multi-hyphenate concept, blending French, Asian, and Italian cuisine, soon defaulted simply to a cuisine most familiar to chef Luciano DelSignore: Italian. Housemade pastas rolled by hand, and a meaty branzino typify the menu. 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-940-0000. D Tue.-Sat.

Churchill’s Bistro & Cigar Bar

$$$ TRADITIONAL • You can buy your cigar and smoke it too. Plus, enjoy dry-aged steaks, pan-roasted sea bass, and lamb chops, among other options. A full bar boasts a large selection of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon — and plenty of wine. 116 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham; 248-647-4555. L,D daily.

Como’s $$

NEW AMERICAN • This Ferndale favorite reopened in May 2019 under the ownership of Peas & Carrots Hospitality with a trendier, fresher look. The warm, homey feel is still intact, but it’s ditched the old menu for — among other things — chef Zack Sklar’s square, deep-dish, Detroit-style pizza that’s leavened from a sourdough starter as opposed to commercial yeast. 22812 Woodward Ave., Unit 100., Ferndale; 248-677-4439. L,D daily.

Cornbread Restaurant & Bar $$ SOUL • In 1997, Patrick Coleman melded his experience in fine dining with his grandma’s southern roots to create Beans & Cornbread Soulful Bistro. It racked up accolades and fans over the years, including Stevie Wonder and Thomas (Hitman) Hearns. Cornbread is the sequel to Beans and Cornbread, continuing the tradition of soul food with an upscale twist. Classics like catfish and a gravy-smothered pork chop endure. 29852 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-208-1680. L,D Thu.-Tue.

Crispelli’s Bakery Pizzeria

$ ITALIAN-INSPIRED • This hybrid offers artisanal pizzas from a brick oven, salads, paninis, and soups. A bakery offers crusty breads, desserts, and meals to go. Two patios add to the appeal. See website for locations; crispellis.com

Culantro $$ PERUVIAN • Native Peruvian Betty Shuell brings a taste of her home to Ferndale. The casual, homey, seat-yourself establishment is named after an herb that is often used in traditional Peruvian cooking. An especially notable dish is the Pollo a la Brasa, marinated chicken served with French fries, rice, and a variety of dipping sauces. 22939 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-632-1055. L,D daily.

Diamond’s Steak & Seafood $$$ STEAKHOUSE • This Howell restaurant is the perfect location for ribeye, fresh gulf shrimp, or a classic cheeseburger. Plus, weekends boast a buffet-style brunch. 101 W. Grand River Ave., Howell; 517-548-5500. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Eddie’s Gourmet $$ NEW AMERICAN • Chef Eddie Hanna’s gourmet diner is a simple concept that works to perfection. The menu offers a standard selection of breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, and lunch specials, but the real draw is the counter-side gourmet and pasta specials. Offerings include Veal Marsala and Chicken Milano. 25920 Greenfield Road, Oak Park; 248-968-4060. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Elie’s Mediterranean Grill/Bar $$ LEBANESE • The lamb and chicken shawarma, shish kafta, kibbee nyeh, and other Lebanese dishes are emphasized by the décor, including photomurals of old Beirut and strings of blue beads cascading from the ceiling. A fun place to frequent for a quick lunch or a night out with friends. 263 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-647-2420. L,D Mon.-Sat.

The Fed $$ GASTROPUB An attractive restaurant with great food and a delightfully refreshing atmosphere. The menu crosses boundaries, from shareables, like Spanish Octopus and Wild Mushroom Flatbread. Plus, the bright and airy bohemian-chic interior is highly Instagrammable. 15 S. Main St., Clarkston; 248-297-5833. D Tue.-Sat., B,L,D Sun.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR  2009 Forest $$$ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED • The menu is brief but designed to let the kitchen assemble sharp flavors from various farm and market ingredients. Try the delightful pastas, like the Bolognese and the agnolotti, as well as the understated Farm Egg. 735 Forest Ave., Birmingham; 248-258-9400. D Tue.-Sat.

The Fly Trap

$ ECLECTIC AMERICAN • This “finer diner” typifies trendy Ferndale with its tin ceiling, red-topped tables, and counter with swivel stools. It offers sandwiches, salads, pastas, and omelets. 22950 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-399-5150. B,L Tue.-Sat.

Garage Grill & Fuel Bar


Mabel Gray

NEW AMERICAN Chef James Rigato produces some masterful dishes on this tiny menu, which does not miss a beat. The menu includes a multicourse tasting option as well as a daily listing of changing items that never disappoint. It’s a fine-dining experience that is certainly worth a visit.

23825 John R Road, Hazel Park; 248-398-4300. D Tue.-Sat.

$$ NEW AMERICAN • The car-themed rooms of a former 1940s gas station are as fresh and appealing as the dishes themselves. The kitchen serves up a variety of seafood starters and “full-size sedan” entrees, as well as pizzas. 202 W. Main St., Northville; 248-924-3367. D Wed.-Sun., BR Sat.-Sun.

Gran Castor

$$ LATIN STREET • From the duo behind hit spots like Vinsetta Garage and Union Woodshop comes this vibrant Latin-American café and restaurant.Diners can choose to sit behind one of the two bars, a cozy café, or in the 245-seat dining room all decked in colorful textiles. At Gran Castor, the dining room is equally as decadent as the food and drinks served. Grab a $5 margarita between 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. 2950 Rochester Road, Troy; 248-278-7777. D daily.


$$ SEAFOOD • What was once multiple concepts under one roof named after the three neighborhoods that converged right where the restaurant stands (Hazel, Ravine and Downtown) is now simply Hazel’s. The casual and comfortable restaurant specializes in authentic dishes, drinks, and vibes from some of the country’s top seafood destinations. Here you’ll find dishes like Maine-caught lobster, Maryland Blue Crab, and more. 1 Peabody St., Birmingham; 248-671-1714. D Tue.-Sun., B,L Sat.-Sun.


LATIN FUSION • From the owners of Vinsetta Garage and Union Woodshop, this restaurant can be described as “Latin food that speaks with an Asian accent.” Menu items include a chicken burrito fried and tossed in a soy fish sauce and Korean pork tacos, featuring Woodshop pulled pork tossed in Korean BBQ sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds and Malay radish slaw. 3 E. Church St., Clarkston; 248-707-3793. L,D daily.


Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

$$$$ STEAKHOUSE • This plush modern steakhouse offers dry-aged prime and Kobe-style wagyu beef in a fun, clubby setting. An extensive wine list accompanies the restaurant menu that also features platters of chilled fresh seafood. 201 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-594-4369. D daily. 17107 Haggerty Road, Northville Twp.; 248-679-0007. D Tue.-Sun.

Imperial $

MEXICAN-INSPIRED • The menu offers Californiastyle tacos on soft tortillas, including lime-grilled chicken, carnitas, and marinated pork, as well as slow-roasted pork tortas, and guacamole. 22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-850-8060. L,D daily.

It’s A Matter of Taste


ITALIAN • With a patio that overlooks Union Lake and a new banquet facility for private events, this Commerce eatery has a menu with offerings inspired by northern and southern Italy. CIA Hyde Parktrained chef-owner Tom Traynor’s signature dish is crisped walleye, sitting atop jasmine rice, steamed mussels, Thai vegetables, and cilantro with coconut milk and red sauce. You also can’t go wrong with the fresh pasta, and classic cuts like the lamb osso bucco, filet mingon, or New York strip. 2323 Union Lake Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; 248-360-6650. D Wed.Sun.

J-Bird Smoked Meats

$$ BARBEQUE • Wood-smoked meats served with the traditional sides of cornbread, buttermilk slaw, and mac and cheese, are what’s on the menu at this meat-lovers mecca. Other popular dishes include the Three Meat Sampler and JBird Gumbo, as well as St. Louis Ribs and old-fashioned JBurgers. 1978 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor; 248-681-2124. L,D Mon.-Sun.

Joe Muer


Hong Hua


CHINESE • One of the best area restaurants dedicated to Asian food offers some rare delicacies as well as more customary items. One signature dish is King of the Sea: lobster chunks, scallops, and grouper with greens in a garlic sauce. 27925 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills; 248-489-2280. L,D Tue.-Sun.


SEAFOOD • The Bloomfield Hills location of the iconic restaurant continues the tradition of excellent food, service, and ambiance. The menu emphasizes classic fresh fish and “Muer Traditions” such as Dover sole and Great Lakes Yellow Belly Perch. There’s also a raw and sushi bar as well as premium steaks. And make sure to save room for dessert, because the coconut cake is not to be missed. A piano bar adds to the vibe. 39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-792-9609. D daily.

KouZina Greek Steet Food

$ GREEK • The Greek “street food” at this Royal Oak spot comes in lamb and beef, and chicken. Try the lentil soup for a delicious lunch or go for something more filling like the gyro bowl. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this excellent eatery. 121 N Main Street, Royal Oak; 248-629-6500. L,D daily Mon.-Sun.

Lao Pot

$$$ CHINESE • In 2019, the owners of Madison Heights’ international market 168 Asian Mart opened Lao Pot, which specializes in Chinese Hot Pot cuisine. Hot Pot is a traditional method of cooking, using a pot of simmering broth, which sits in the center of the dining table. Lao Pot allows diners to customize and cook their meals right at their tables, combining great food and a memorable experience. 32707 John R. Road, Madison Heights; 248-689-9888. L,D daily.

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

$$$ ITALIAN • A slice of European elegance offers an impeccable menu of Italian dishes and wines. Delicious fresh pastas, pizzas, antipastis and more are proudly served and very tasty. 243 E. Merrill St., Birmingham; 248-480-0492. D Tue.-Sat.

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Lellis Inn


ITALIAN • Dinners begin with an antipasto tray, creamy minestrone, salad, side dish of spaghetti, and then — nine times out of 10 — a filet mignon with zip sauce. 885 N. Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills; 248-373-4440. L,D daily.

Loccino Italian Grill


ITALIAN • Loccino is a “family-friendly” yet upscale Italian restaurant. Choose from fresh seafood, steak, and chicken dishes, plus traditional pastas, pizzas, salads, and more. They also offer happy hour specials from 3-7 p.m. weekdays. A great special occasion place or delicious workday lunch spot for whenever you need a break from the office. 5600 Crooks Road, Troy; 248-813-0700. L Mon.-Fri., D daily.

Lockhart’s BBQ $$

BARBEQUE • The heart of this joint’s authentic barbecue is the dry-rubbed meat smoker, which can smoke up to 800 pounds of meat at a time. Choices such as pork ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, burnt ends, and chicken are served atop butcher paper on metal trays for the true experience. 202 E. Third St., Royal Oak; 248-584-4227. L,D daily. BR Sun.

Loui’s Pizza $

ITALIAN • Sure, you can now get a Michigan craft beer, but not much else has changed. And that’s a good thing. Parties dine on square pizzas with crisp crust, faintly charred around the edges. Hailed by food critics and Detroiters alike as one of the city’s most classic Detroit style pizzas, it’s well worth a trip. 23141 Dequindre Road, Hazel Park; 248-547-1711. L,D Thu.-Sun.

Luxe Bar & Grill $$

NEW AMERICAN The simple menu at this Grosse Pointe Farms joint offers burgers on brioche buns and interesting salads and sides, as well as entrees typified by wild-caught salmon, prime filet, and Greek-style lamb chops. 525 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-792-6051. 115 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-924-5459. L,D daily.

Mad Hatter Bistro, Bar & Tea Room $$

ECLECTIC AMERICAN • The whimsical setting inspired by Alice in Wonderland welcomes far more than the tea sipping set with burgers and sandwiches. There are also pastries, of course. 185 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-540-0000. L Tue.Fri, D daily, BR Sat.-Sun. Tea by reservation. Lower level not wheelchair accessible.



Madam $$$

NEW AMERICAN • Since opening in 2021, Madam has carved its niche with its global take on farm-totable cuisine, taking diners on a tour from Michigan to Asia to Europe. Staples from chef de cuisine Clifton Booth include mushroom dumplings, Spanish octopus, steak frites, and pasta dishes. 298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-283-4200. B,D daily, L Mon.-Fri., BR Sat.-Sun.

Mare Mediterranean

$$$$ SEAFOOD • Inspired by restaurants in Sicily where the catch of the day is the basis of dinner, this sophisticated restaurant from Nino Cutraro and his partner offers the freshest seafood flown in from the Mediterranean several times a week. You select the type of fish you want from the market in front of the open kitchen and how you want it prepared (acqua pazza, salt baked, grilled, or pan fried).

Served table-side in glorious fashion, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. 115 Willits St., Birmingham; 248-940-5525. D Tue.-Sat. BR Sat.-Sun.

Market North End


AMERICAN • Joe and Kristin Bongiovanni opened this eatery just across the street from the family’s existing restaurants, Salvatore Scallopini and Luxe Bar & Grill. It represents a younger, more casual alternative to the cult-favorite classics, with a serious kitchen that offers traditional American dishes as well as hints of global influences. 474 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-712-4953. L,D daily.

The Meeting House $$

ECLECTIC AMERICAN • This eclectic American menu includes steak frites remarkably close to those at Paris bistros, and a house made soft pretzel with roasted jalapeno-goat cheese dip. Or, try the sesame miso beef short rib, served with rice. 301 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-759-4825. D daily, BR Sat.-Sun.

Mesa Tacos And Tequila

MEXICAN-AMERICAN • The two-story setting includes balcony seating in a big, open room where the bar gets equal time with the kitchen. The popMexican menu — which includes guacamole, nachos, and the titular tacos — is backed up with an array of tequilas. 312 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-545-1940. L & D daily.



168 Crab & Karaoke


Don’t judge by 168 Crab & Karaoke’s unassuming strip mall location. It’s a unique experience that meshes food, karaoke, and pop party culture into a one-stop destination. As the name suggests, seafood is the main attraction here, specifically the seafood boils, which come with your choice of seafood (crab, clams, lobster, etc.) with sauce, corn, and potatoes. 32415 John R Road, Madison Heights; 248-616-0168. D daily.


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ASIAN-FUSION • Explore such dishes as Singapore noodles, combining chicken, shrimp, chilies, and curry with angel-hair pasta; Mongolian beef; or seared scallops with lemongrass-basil Thai curry sauce. The patio opens up and the dining room transforms into a dance floor for weekly events. 1515 E. Maple Road, Troy; 248-689-2332. L Mon.-Fri., D daily.

The Morrie


NEW AMERICAN • Music and munchies can be a great combination when served in the right proportions. Such offerings as the smoked chicken wings and Detroit style pizza appeal to a wide demographic. The rock ’n’ roll-themed eatery also brought its much-loved American dishes and cocktails to Birmingham in 2019. 511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248216-1112. D daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 260 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-940-3260. D Fri.-Sat.

Oak City Grille

$ NEW AMERICAN • This downtown Royal Oak spot bridges the gap between bar food and upscale dining. Order a dressed-up sandwich or burger, or elevate your dining experience with an 8-ounce filet mignon or lamb chops. The friendly price range makes anything possible. 212 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak; 248-556-0947. D Tue.-Sun.

Ocean Prime


SEAFOOD • An upper-end steak-and-fish place and a popular business lunch site. The menu features naturally harvested fresh fish and prime aged beef. Don’t miss the chocolate peanut butter pie or the carrot cake. A tried-and-true metro Detroit spot. 2915 Coolidge Hwy., Troy; 248-458-0500. L Mon.-Fri., D daily.

One-Eyed Betty’s


ECLECTIC AMERICAN • Picnic-style tables and blackboards lettered with scores of brew choices add a beer-hall sensibility to this popular spot. The kitchen delivers New Orleans-themed dishes such as Chicken Tchoupitoulas with tasso ham and bearnaise sauce, as well as a mouth-watering bacon burger. Weekend brunch features delicious housemade doughnuts. 175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248-808-6633. D daily, BR Sat.-Sun.


$ MEXICAN-AMERICAN • This Royal Oak spot offers sustenance for the early birds to the night owls. Step up to the counter and order from the letterboard menu before grabbing a stool at the counter or along the window ledge. Dishes here include such diner musts as eggs, sausage and potato hash, burgers, and chicken wings as well as tacos and nachos served from the open kitchen. 27302 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-808-6244. B, L,D daily.

Phoenicia $$$ LEBANESE • This long-standing upscale eatery has clean, contemporary lines that complement the French door-style windows. Don’t miss the portabella mushrooms or roasted garlic cloves with tomato and basil as an appetizer. The menu expands to unexpected items such as baby back ribs and single-serving-sized local whitefish. 588 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-644-3122. L Mon.-Fri., D daily.

Pinky’s Rooftop

$$ ECLECTIC AMERICAN • With its second-floor view of downtown Royal Oak, Pinky’s Rooftop is a go-to spot for a night on the town. The name hearkens back to a Detroit restaurant and speakeasy on the east side that was called Pinky’s Boulevard Club (and the fact that everything is pink). The playful and eclectic menu offers a taste of a little bit of everything, from Kasseri Saganaki to Red Chile Beef Taco. It’s part of the Adam Merkel Restaurants group, which includes Howell hot spots The Silver Pig, Cello Italian, and Diamond’s Steak & Seafood. 100 S. Main St. Rear, Royal Oak, 248-268-2885. D Tues.-Sun. Br. Sat.-Sun.

Pop’s For Italian


ITALIAN • It doesn’t sound fancy, but this Ferndale restaurant serves well-prepared, Italian dishes paired with an ambitious wine program. The fairly brief menu starts with a list of Neapolitan pizzas, then moves to pastas, but has all the classics. 280 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-268-4806. D Tue.-Sun. BR Sat.-Sun.

Prime29 Steakhouse

$$$$ STEAKHOUSE • The 29-day aged prime beef, including the 24-ounce tomahawk bone-in rib-eye, still stars here. There’s also Chilean sea bass and black pearl salmon. The service is notable, as is the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. 6545 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield; 248- 737-7463. D Tue.-Sun.

Public House

$$ NEW AMERICAN/VEGAN • This Ferndale spot reopened under new ownership and with a refreshed look in late 2021. Standout selections include its burgers, shareable plates, plus craft cocktails and mocktails. It also features a special vegan menu and carries plenty of gluten-free options. 241 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; (248) 654-6355. L,D Tue.-Sun. BR Sat.-Sun.

Quán Ngon Vietnamese Bistro $ VIETNAMESE • This gem of a bistro in a handsome space adds to the local Vietnamese offerings. Dishes such as cha gio (elegant little eggrolls), bun bo noug cha gio (grilled beef with eggroll, vermicelli, mixed greens, plus sweet and sour sauce), and banh mi made with fresh ingredients. 30701 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights; 248-268-4310. L,D daily

Redcoat Tavern $ BURGERS • The half-pound choice beef hamburger is always atop the list of local favorites. But a low-fat, high-flavor Piedmontese beef one is tastier than the original. This is the place for your burger craving. 31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-0300. 6745 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500. L,D Mon.-Sat.


Rochester Chop House $$

NEW AMERICAN • Two restaurants in one; Kabin Kruser’s and the Chop House. There’s a throwback roadhouse-style feeling about the Chop House, which has a menu divided between red meat and fresh fish and seafood. Signature dishes include calamari, Maryland jumbo lump crabcakes, and a large selection of aged steaks, rack of lamb, and steak/seafood combinations. 306 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-6512266. L Mon.-Fri., D daily



JAPANESE • The sushi menu, ranging from spicy tuna rolls to yellowtail and salmon eggs and well beyond, is augmented by a concise menu of cooked fare. Front windows open onto the sidewalk, making the cocktail lounge open-air during the warm months. 326 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-546-0888. D daily.

Silver Spoon $$

ITALIAN • This quintessential slice of Italy features excellent food, knowledgeable staff, and friendly service. Try the bucatini made with pancetta, onion, red wine, and fresh tomato sauce. Also worth trying: saltimbocca alla Romana, or veal scaloppini sautéed in white wine. A truly delicious place for any kind of outing. 543 N. Main St., Rochester; 248-652-4500. D Mon.-Sat.

Social Kitchen & Bar


NEW AMERICAN • The energetic Birmingham spot allows guests a view of the kitchen action. It has a creative and varied menu typified by fried chicken sandwiches, crispy Brussels sprouts, and salmon with braised lentils, crispy kale, and a mustard vinaigrette. 225 E. Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-5944200. L Mon.-Fri., D daily, BR Sat.-Sun.

Sozai $$

JAPANESE • To truly experience Sozai, you have to reserve a seat at the custom-built sushi bar where chef Hajime Sato will curate a unique sustainable sushi dining experience called omakase. There’s also a menu offering crowd pleasers like chicken karaage and rolls featuring familiar ingredients with tuna, jalapeno and avocado. 449 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson; 248-677-3232. D Tue.-Sat.

Streetside Seafood $$

SEAFOOD • Small and cozy yet sophisticated, the restaurant has a pared-down seasonal menu of fresh fish and seafood. There are always two soups: a bisque and a chowder. Favorites include the oysters and bouillabaisse. A delicious restaurant for all palates to enjoy and feel comfortable in. 273 Pierce St. Birmingham; 248-645-9123. L Thu.-Fri., D daily.

Sylvan Table $$$

NEW AMERICAN • With a working farm on the 5-acre property, Sylvan Table isn’t just talking the farm-totable talk. The restored 300-year-old barn feels grand and vast when you step into the stunning space, but it is homey, welcoming, and inviting. The menu changes often to reflect what’s growing but some of the staples include the trout — seasoned with herb oil, salt, and pepper, cooked over a wood-fired grill, and served whole — and Chicken Under a Brick, which is cooked to charred perfection. 1819 Inverness St., Sylvan Lake, 248-369-3360. D Mon.-Sun.

Take Sushi $$

JAPANESE • Crisp salads, sashimi, sushi, oversize bowls of soba or udon noodles, and all the familiar — and some not-so-familiar — entrees combine to make this spot special. The exceptionally warm service is unforgettable. 1366 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-652-7800. L,D Tue.-Sat., D Sun.

Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro

$$ WINE BAR • Understated décor and a pared-down menu of seasonal dishes make this spot a Birmingham classic. The kitchen turns out dishes like Lamb Belly Ragu with housemade pasta; and whole branzino with charred zucchini and romesco. Wine is served by the glass, the pitcher, or bottle. 155 S. Bates St., Birmingham; 248-731-7066. D Mon.-Sat.

Three Cats Restaurant $ BREAKFAST/BRUNCH • Formerly a small café serving customers of the boutique Leon & Lulu, Three Cats is now a full-fledged restaurant and bar. Located in the former Clawson movie theater next door to the shop, the spot serves small, simple plates, including vegetarian and vegan options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The beverage menu features local selections, such as vodka from Ferndale’s Valentine’s Distilling Co. and wines from grapes grown on the Leelanau Peninsula. Patrons can even take home the colorful, quirky chairs or tables, as most of the furniture at Three Cats Restaurant is available for purchase. 116 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson; 248-288-4858. L,D Tue.-Fri., B,L,D Sat.-Sun.



JAPANESE • With an eclectic ambiance and extensive Japanese menu, TigerLily satisfies taste buds with sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and hot dishes like the Yaki Udon or Japanese Street Corn. 231 W. Nine Mile Road, Ste. A, Ferndale; 248-733-4905. D daily.

Toast, A Breakfast & Lunch Joint


BREAKFAST/BRUNCH • It’s fun, it’s breezy, and the food at Toast, A Breakfast & Lunch Joint is very, very good. Try the huevos rancheros: fried eggs upon corn tortillas, pintos, and cheese. Toast, a Neighborhood Joint, the spinoff of the Ferndale original has a more elaborate setting pairing ’50s retro with sleek contemporary in a pair of rooms. The new menu features twists to comfort food. 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-0444. 203 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-258-6278. B,L daily.

Toasted Oak


BRASSERIE • The menu revolves around the charcuterie sold in the market next door and a list of hot grill items. In 2019, the restaurant earned a Wine Spectator magazine award for its outstanding wine program. Plus, just across the lot is Twelve Oaks Mall, should you fancy an evening of shopping and dinner. 27790 Novi Road, Novi; 248-277-6000. B Mon.-Fri., L,D Tue.-Sat. BR Sat.-Sun.



NEW AMERICAN • This popular Birmingham spot for comforting New American dishes has several exceptional offerings on its menu, such as the specialty 10 ounces of 28-day dry-aged beef hamburger on brioche. 180 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-7925241. L,D daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000. L,D daily.

Union Woodshop


BARBEQUE • Part of the ever-growing Union Joints restaurant group, this is a self-described wood-fired joint, where pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and beef brisket come from the smoker, and Neapolitan-style crispcrusted pizzas from the wood-burning oven. And definitely check out the mac and cheese. There’s also a delicious kid’s menu for any youngsters in your party. 18 S. Main St., Clarkston; 248-625-5660. D Mon.-Sun.

Vinsetta Garage $$

NEW AMERICAN • This restaurant, which is housed in a vintage car-repair shop, offers well-prepared comfort food classics such as burgers, macaroni and cheese, pizzas, and brown sugar-glazed salmon. A restaurant that pays true homage to the city of Detroit. 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-548-7711. L,D daily



SEAFOOD • Fresh seafood with emphasis on oysters is the premise in this hard-to-find location. The space entails convivially close quarters for such dishes as peel-n’-eat shrimp, yellowfin tuna tartare, and halibut fish and chips. The premium bar offers short but notable lists of beer and wine as well as craft cocktails. 600 Vester St., Ferndale; 248-658-4999. D Tue.-Sat.





The trending market-restaurant combo has a good example in this spot. It offers imported pastas and sauces, plus a butcher counter with sausages and a wine assortment. The menu offers pasta and pizza, salads, and entrées, including Bistecca di Gancio, a sliced hanger steak with crispy Brussels sprouts and house bistro sauce. 27919 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-879-6764. L,D Tue.-Sat.


SEAFOOD • Seafood covers most of the menu at this Nautical Mile favorite. It’s a tough task choosing between such popular appetizers as coconut shrimp, crispy grouper nuggets, and plump steamed mussels. Entrees include al dente pastas and several choices from “over the wave,” such as lamb chops and New York strip steak, plus lump crab cakes, and beer-battered cod. 24223 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-773-3279. L,D daily.




ITALIAN • Over the past three decades, Joe Vicari has established several Andiamo restaurants in metro Detroit, all inspired by the late master chef Aldo Ottaviani’s philosophy of seasonal, fromscratch cooking. Menus differ slightly between locations, but the constant is fresh, housemade pastas — handcrafted by the trinity of “pasta ladies,” Anna, Tanya, and Angelina, who have carried on the tradition. The Warren location is the flagship that started it all. 7096 14 Mile Road, Warren; 586268-3200. L,D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.-Sun.

Bar Verona


ITALIAN • Modernized, made-from-scratch Italian favorites curated by Chef Salvatore Borgia as well as fresh craft cocktails fill the menu at this stylish eatery. Homemade pastas, such as Giuseppe’s, as well as a selection of steaks and seafood dishes typify the contemporary approach to fresh and uncomplicated Italian cuisine. 59145 Van Dyke Ave., Washington; 586-473-0700. D daily.

Blake’s Tasting Room


NEW AMERICAN • Enjoy a variety of house-made hard ciders to sip on from one of the U.S.’s top-producing hard cider brands. The menu offers bar-food staples with a twist, like the eye-catching Apple Burger, stacked with melted Swiss, onions, apple, and apple cider ketchup on a brioche bun. Plus, it’s steps away from family-friendly seasonal activities at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill. 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; 586-784-5343. L,D daily.

Butter Run Saloon

$ GASTROPUB • Solid American fare that’s beyond bar food (although their burgers are certainly noteworthy). There’s escargot, perch, steaks, and a huge whiskey selection — over a thousand at last count. 27626 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-675-2115. B, L,D daily.

Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar $$ ITALIAN • Da Francesco’s has been around for more than 15 years, but its massive new facility is packing in the crowds by offering traditional Italian dining with an upbeat modern twist. 49521 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township; 586-731-7544. L,D Tue.-Fri., D Sat., L,D Sun.

Detroit Fish House $$

SEAFOOD • This restaurant feels like a true coastal eatery, thanks to an extensive menu of fresh fish and seafood that ranges from salmon to Lake Superior whitefish — all served in a well-designed setting. 51195 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Charter Township; 586-7395400. L Mon.-Fri., D daily.

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3 ounces fresh long pasta, such as linguini or fettuccine

1/2 cup freshly grated ParmigianoReggiano or pecorino Romano

1/2 cup pasta water (reserved from cooking)

3 tablespoons butter

Freshly ground black pepper

Salt, to taste


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Fresh pasta takes about 3 minutes, but if using dried, cook to package instructions.

2. Drain pasta and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

3. In a pan, add the pasta water, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a lot of freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, until it is creamy and the mixture is simmering.

4. Take the pan off the heat and add the cooked pasta and the cheese. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and toss together until the sauce is smooth and creamy.

5. Serve topped with more grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper.


Isla $$

FILIPINO • Dishes at this Filipino restaurant, formerly sheltered at Fort Street Galley, are reflective of the culinary traditions of the founders’ Iloilo City hometown. Annatto is used to punch up the color of Chicken Adobo, the unofficial dish of the Philippines, and juicy mangoes complement sweet and savory dishes. 2496 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights; 586-883-7526. L,D Tue.-Sat., BR Sun.

J. Baldwin’s Restaurant


NEW AMERICAN • The menu showcases chef Jeff Baldwin’s contemporary American food: award-winning stone fired pizza, Boom-Boom Shrimp, burgers, and salads. The desserts include chocolate bumpy cake and spiced carrot cake. 16981 18 Mile Road, Clinton Township; 586-416-3500. L,D Tue.-Sun., BR Sun.

Mr. Paul’s Chophouse


STEAKHOUSE • This bastion of red meat as well as classic dishes is still going strong. Try old-school tableside presentations such as Chateaubriand and Caesar salad. There’s a solid selection of fresh seafood and pasta, too. The founding family still runs the place and emphasizes great hospitality and a heckuva good time. 29850 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville; 586-777-7770. L,D Mon.-Fri., D Sat.

Sherwood Brewing Co.


GASTROPUB • Quality local ingredients raise Sherwood’s fare to well above “elevated pub grub.”

Some notable choices include the hand-stretched pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and spicy Buffalo Mac. 45689 Hayes Road, Shelby Township; 586-5329669. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Steakhouse 22


STEAKHOUSE • The late Nick Andreopoulos once spent time as a “broiler man” at London Chop House. His family stays true to those roots at this American steakhouse with a casual, neighborhood feel. They offer an array of well-prepared angus steaks, plus seafood and pasta dishes. With the sizable lunch and portions offered at Steakhouse 22, good luck saving room for dessert! 48900 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township; 586-731-3900. L,D Tue.-Sun.

Testa Barra


ITALIAN • The newest spot from talented chef and restaurateur Jeffrey Baldwin and his wife, RoseMarie, offers modern Italian fare in a lively, upbeat setting. Pastas are made in-house. 48824 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb Township; 586-434-0100. D Tue.-Sat.

Twisted Rooster $$ SPORTS BAR This “Michigan-centric” chain (Chesterfield Township and Belleville) has takes on classics, with mac & cheese variations, steaks, and chicken with zip sauce. 45225 Marketplace Blvd., Chesterfield; 586-949-1470. L,D daily.




NEW AMERICAN • A restaurant housed in a former exchange of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company, Bellflower answers Ypsilanti’s call for fine dining with an adventurous flair. Boudin sausage with roasted okra, baked oysters, and ginger ale or Coca-Colaroasted beets showed up on early menus as chef Dan Klenotic’s way of straddling the line of creole tradition and an imaginative style that is entirely his own. 209 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. D Mon. L, D Tue-Sat. L Sun.

Black Pearl $$ SEAFOOD • This seafood and martini bar is especially popular during patio season. But step inside for a host of craft cocktails, then stay for dinner. A seafood-dominated menu includes a notable Misoyaki Salmon dish. Non-seafood options include the eponymous burger and filet mignon. And make sure to order dessert. 302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-222-0400. D daily.

Blue LLama Jazz Club

$$ CREATIVE AMERICAN • Come to this swanky jazz club for the music, featuring headliners such as the Grammy-nominated Ravi Coltrane Quartet, but stay for chef Louis Goral’s delicious food — steaks, seafood, and upscale Southern-style fare. 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-372-3200. D Wed.-Sat.

The Blue Nile

$$ ETHIOPIAN • The real treat at this quaint restaurant is injera, a spongy bread used to scoop the meal, eaten with your hands in traditional style. The lentil dishes, often seasoned with an Ethiopian spice mixture called berbere, and the vegetables are equally delicious. 221 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-9984746. D Tue.-Sun. 545 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-547-6699. D Thu.-Sun.

Cardamom $$ INDIAN • Check out the Hyderabadi Biryani —chicken, goat, and vegetable dishes, in which the rice is first cooked, then baked. All the Indian favorites are available at Cardamom, such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh, and warm, fluffy, made-fresh garlic naan. It’s the ideal spot for when you’re craving the classics. 1739 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor; 734-662-2877. D Wed.-Sun.

The Common Grill

$$ SEAFOOD • Founded by Chef Craig Common, whose skilled work drew the attention of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine and the James Beard House, this mainstay was acquired in 2022 by Peas & Carrots Hospitality. Chefs Zack Sklar and Josh Humphrey kept most of the beloved restaurant’s menu, such as the expertly prepared oysters and seafood dishes, as well as the coconut cream pie. 112 S. Main St., Chelsea; 734-475-0470. L,D Tue.-Sun., BR Sat-Sun.

Dixboro House


NEW AMERICAN • Much like the restaurant’s ambience, the cuisine at Dixboro House is both refined and relaxed. Chef Garret Lipar’s menu hosts rotating seasonal from-scratch dishes that highlight local ingredients—pizzas, salads, seafood, and steaks served in a rustic barn that once housed The Lord Fox, an iconic restaurant in Ann Arbor’s historic Dixboro neighborhood. 5400 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor; 734-669-3310. L,D daily. BR Sat.-Sun.

Mani Osteria & Bar $$ ITALIAN • This popular casual restaurant infuses freshness with lower prices than most osterias in the area. It’s a well-rounded blend of modern, eclectic Italian with classic standbys. The pizzas are hot, fresh and perfectly executed to suit your tastes. 341 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-769-6700. L,D Tue.-Sun.

Miss Kim $$ KOREAN • This spinoff from the Zingerman’s mini empire comes courtesy of chef Ji Hye Kim, a James Beard semifinalist. Kim meticulously researches Korean culinary traditions and recipes to create her unique blend of modern Korean food highlighting Michigan vegetables, from housemade kimchi to the tteokbokki (rice cakes). Some of the restaurant’s standouts include a craveable Korean fried chicken and its plantbased counterpart the Korean fried tofu. 415 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-275-0099. L and D Wed.-Mon.



ITALIAN • Open since 1984, featuring a friendly waitstaff and decked in vibrant colors, this lively restaurant is not to be missed. The innovative menu changes seasonally, with housemade pastas, breads, and desserts. 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-9710484. L,D daily.

Seva Ann Arbor


VEGAN • Seva offers such dishes as black bean and sweet potato quesadillas, gluten-free options, and colorful stir-fries — some vegan as well as vegetarian. There’s also a full bar as well as a juice bar serving creamy smoothies and dense shakes, freshsqueezed juices, and craft mocktails. Choose from one of the most extensive vegetarian menus in the Detroit area. 2541 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-6621111. L,D Mon.-Sat.



Mani Osteria & Bar


This popular casual restaurant infuses freshness with lower prices than most osterias in the area. It’s a wellrounded blend of modern, eclectic Italian with classic standbys. The pizzas are hot, fresh, and perfectly executed to suit your tastes.

341 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-7696700. L,D Tue.-Sun.


INDIAN • Offering North Indian, Tandoori, and Mughlai dishes, Shalimar is suitable for carnivores and herbivores alike. Standouts include the Lamb Tikka Masala, best eaten with the restaurant’s flavorful, chewy garlic naan served fresh and hot. 307 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-1500. L, D daily.

Slurping Turtle


JAPANESE • This fun, casual Ann Arbor restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Takashi Yagihashi, offers plenty of shareable dishes, such as hamachi nachos and duck-fat fried chicken. But the star at Slurping Turtle is the noodle (Yagihashi’s “soul food”), which is made inhouse daily on a machine imported from Japan. 608 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-887-6868. L,D daily.

Venue by 4M


High-quality coffee; a diverse selection of alcoholic beverages, including cocktails and sustainably sourced wine; and a wide variety of elevated cuisine, such as goat cheese ravioli can be found in this highend mixed-use food hall. 1919 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor; 734-800-0128; experience4m.com

Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant & Bar

$$ JAPANESE • The semi-circular sushi bar is the center of this restaurant. Sushi chef Bobby Suzuki has a loyal following for his precise nigiri rolls. There are also tatami rooms and conventional seating. 7365 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township; 248737-8282. 2222 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor; 734-9715168. L,D Tue.-Sun.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

$$$ CLASSIC COMFORT • This eatery celebrates food from around the U.S., from the New Mexico black bean and hominy burger to the delicacies of New Orleans. The buttermilk biscuits are out of this world. 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-663-3663. B,L,D daily.



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Three sources of nominations:

– Firm nominations

– Peer nominations

– Prequalification based on industry credentials NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES


All candidates must demonstrate a favorable regulatory history.


Candidates must complete either an online or over-the-phone interview.

Candidates are evaluated on 10 objective evaluation and eligibility criteria. EVALUATION OF CANDIDATE PRACTICE


All candidates are reviewed by a representative of their firm before final selection.


Finalization and announcement of Five Star Professional award winners.

These days, it takes a village to manage your financial world. Whether it is managing your assets with a wealth manager, navigating the everchanging tax landscape, sorting out your estate and succession planning or picking the right life insurance, finding the right team can be a daunting task. In fact, many consumers have a hard time figuring out where to even begin.

Sometimes, a few simple questions can put you off on the right path. Asking a professional what makes working with them a unique experience can help you understand how they work and if their style meshes with your own.

This is a great place to start! Five Star Professional uses its own proprietary research methodology to name outstanding professionals, then works with publications such as HOUR Detroit magazine to spread the word about award winners. Each award candidate undergoes a thorough research process (detailed here) before being considered for the final list of award winners. For the complete list of winners, go to www.fivestarprofessional.com.


In order to consider a broad population of high-quality wealth managers and investment professionals, award candidates are identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or prequalification based on industry standing. Self-nominations are not accepted. Detroit-area award candidates were identified using internal and external research data. Candidates do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final lists of Five Star Wealth Managers or Five Star Investment Professionals.

• The Five Star award is not indicative of a professional’s future performance.

• Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets.

• The inclusion of a professional on the Five Star Wealth Manager list or the Five Star Investment Professional list should not be construed as an endorsement of the professional by Five Star Professional or HOUR Detroit magazine.

• Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager, Five Star Investment Professional or any professional is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected professionals will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future.

• Fiv e Star Professional is not an advisory firm and the content of this article should not be considered financial advice. For more information on the Five Star Wealth Manager or Five Star Investment Professional award programs, research and selection criteria, go to fivestarprofessional.com/research.



Award candidates who satisfied 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria were named 2024 Five Star Wealth Managers. Eligibility Criteria – Required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative. 2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years. 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review. 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards. 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation Criteria –Considered: 6. One-year client retention rate. 7. Five-year client retention rate. 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered. 9. Number of client households served. 10. Education and professional designations. 3,651 award candidates in the Detroit area were considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager award. 278 (approximately 8% of the award candidates) were named 2024 Five Star Wealth Managers.



The investment professional award goes to estate planning attorneys, insurance agents and select others in the financial industry. Eligibility Criteria – Required: 1. Credentialed with appropriate state or industry licensures. 2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years. 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review. 4. Accepting new clients. Evaluation Criteria – Considered: 5. One-year client retention rate. 6. Five-year client retention rate. 7. Number of client households served. 8. Recent personal production and performance (industry specific criteria). 9. Education and professional designations/industry and board certifications. 10. Pro Bono and community service work. This year, we honored 13 Detroit-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.


Kenneth Demps and Bob Dennis

Left to right: Chad Halpin, CFP®, APMA™, CRPC®, Financial Advisor; 2012, 2014 – 2017 winner Richard F. Powell, Financial Advisor; Sheetal Patel, CFP®, APMA™ Associate Advisor; 2012 – 2024 winner Kenneth Demps, CRPC®, Private Wealth Advisor; Lauren Keilman, APMA™, Registered Practice Associate; Karen Gustafson, Lead Registered Client Service Associate; 2012 – 2024 winner Bob Dennis, CFP®, Financial Advisor

39533 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150 • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Phone: 800-504-3800 • kenneth.demps@ampf.com • ameriprise.com/thedempsgroup

on 05/01/2024 by


This Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued

Research Period. 2023: 3,550,

8.7%, 5/1/23, 10/10/22 - 3/3/23; 2022: 3,273,

8/30/17 - 3/19/18; 2017: 1,836, 356, 19%, 5/1/17, 8/24/16 - 2/24/17; 2016: 1,961, 630, 32%, 4/1/16, 10/22/15 - 3/9/16; 2015: 2,238, 627, 28%, 5/1/15, 10/22/14 - 3/9/15; 2014: 3,448, 658, 19%, 5/1/14, 10/22/13

FSP Disclosure Body copy … (400 characters) Disclosure Address • City, State Zip Phone: 555-555-5555 • Phone: 555-555-5555 email • website Name Years Won Titles Company Name With over 38 years of experience in the financial services industry, Kenneth Demps has developed his professional portfolio to include a wide variety of specializations suited to meet his clients’ needs. Kenneth and Robert are 2012 – 2024 Five Star Wealth Managers. The Demps Wealth Management Group, A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Investment products are not insured by the FDIC, NCUA or any federal agency, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution, and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value. Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.
FS- 2 — LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success,
This award was issued
Professional (FSP) for the time period 09/05/2023
02/29/2024. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was

Wealth Managers

Financial Planning

Beth Zilka

Baron Wealth Management

Phil Andrews America Group Retirement Strategy Centers

Kevin Bates NFP

Andrew Timothy Bearre

Schwartz & Co.

Lina Bowman

Bowman Asset Management, Inc. Page 6

Ted Bugenski

William Mack and Associates, Inc.

Daniel Casey Arrowroot Family Office

Thomas J. DelPup

Blackheath Capital Management

Kenneth Demps Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 2

Bob Dennis Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 2

Brendan G. Dunleavy

Dunleavy Wealth Management Page 4

Erika Lynn Fitzhugh Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Dominic D. Garcia

Rochester Wealth Strategies

Richard James Gregor @ASPEN

Lynn Habrowski Great Lakes Wealth Planning, LLC

Michael J. Hagenian Citizens Private Client

Dawn Hausch-Cooper Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 6

Gregory J. Hinkson Hinkson Wealth Management, LLC

Danielle Holmes Stefanski Holmes Wealth Management, LLC

Christine Isham Northern Financial Advisors Page 6

Michael Paul Kopko Legacy Consultants Wealth Management

Robert Brandon Krut Wells Fargo Advisors

William Mack William Mack and Associates, Inc.

Vadim Matatov

Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jake McNeil Planned Financial Services, LLC

Dr. Sara Mehraban Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Page 6

Christopher G. Millio Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Marc Neville Neville Financial Group

Norman A. Pappas The Enterprise Investment Company

John F. Robbins JFR Financial Services, Inc Page 7

Jeffrey D. Roe JDR Wealth Management

Linda Smith

William Mack and Associates, Inc.

James J. Speir Speir Financial Services, LLC

Jennie Sydeile Spurlock William Mack and Associates, Inc.

Peter Ulbrich Oppenheimer Page 7

Cheri Young Pinnacle Wealth Management Page 5


Frank S. Arvai William Mack and Associates, Inc.

Edgar T. Atnip Oppenheimer & Co.

David Martin Boike Retirement Resources

Suchitra Sampath Busch Executive Wealth Management

Patrick L. Carney Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc.

William K. Colvett Indianwood Financial

John Michael Dyer Royal Oak Financial Advisors

Dana Margiotta Frellick Morgan Stanley

David Gallina Oxford Harriman & Company

Anthony G. LaRocca

Sandra Lutkenhoff

David R. Mehram


James D. Potter

Robert Paul Schmansky

Kevin R. Shannon

9%, 5/1/22, 9/3/21 - 3/11/22; 2021: 3,260, 274, 8%, 5/1/21, 8/10/20 - 3/19/21; 2020: 3,105, 284, 9%, 5/1/20, 8/1/19 - 3/20/20; 2019: 2,987, 347, 12%, 5/1/19, 8/21/18 - 3/19/19; 2018: 3,069, 322, 10%, 5/1/18, - 3/9/14; 2013: 2,762, 749, 27%, 5/1/13, 10/22/12 - 3/9/13; 2012: 2,658, 745, 28%, 5/1/12, 10/22/11 - 3/9/12.

LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM — FS- 3 or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than authority or complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com. This year, we honored 13 Detroit-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award. rating
not related
to the
of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 3,651 Detroit-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 278 (8% of candidates) were named 2024 Five
Investment Research Advisors
Morgan Stanley Page 7
Christopher Martin Morgan Stanley Page 5
Fargo Advisors
J. Milan Cornerstone Financial Services
Financial Credit Union
Financial Advisors
Morgan Stanley Cameron Staley Artemis Wealth Advisors Laurie S. Stegenga Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc. Mitchell Swayze Morgan Stanley Page 5 Mark F. Thistlethwaite Morgan Stanley John Ursu Artemis Wealth Advisors Michael J. Welch Robert W. Baird & Co. Andrew Wilson Artemis Wealth Advisors Investment Professionals Certified Public Accountant Gary L. Figurski Tax Consulting Group, Inc. Estate Planning Attorney Eric Gould Cohen Lerner & Rabinovitz, P.C. Page 7 Gregory C. Hamilton Hamilton & Associates Page 7 All award winners are listed in this publication. Continued on FS-8 Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with plaque design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. The Chartered Financial Consultant® credential [ChFC®] is a financial planning designation awarded by The American College. Top five questions t hat wealth managers want clients to answer: Visit our website to learn more about these and other outstanding award winners at www.fivestarprofessional.com. 1.What are your goals and objectives with your finances? 2. What is your most pressing need right now? 3. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15 years? 4. Where are all of your assets invested now? 5. What is important about money to you?

Dunleavy Wealth Management

Relationships Built on Trust, Not Transactions.

• Customized portfolio design with a personal approach to investment and retirement strategies

• Dedicated to the support, service and success of our clients

• Asset protection and risk management planning services

Wealth Management is more than just investments. At Dunleavy Wealth Management, we provide comprehensive wealth management services to individuals, executives, and small business owners to help them meet their financial objectives. We develop highly customized financial plans for each of our clients, tailored to maximize their strategy while keeping their short- and long-term goals in mind. We are dedicated to a multi-generational wealth management relationship with you, your family, and your business, providing “peace of mind” about retirement income and the most effective methods to transfer family assets.

At Dunleavy Wealth Management, the relationships built on trust that we enjoy with our clients are the surest indicator that our comprehensive, unbiased approach to wealth management serves our clients’ best interests.

28411 Northwestern Highway, Suite 1300 Southfield, MI 48034

Phone: 248-663-4780

dwm@dunleavywealth.com www.dunleavywealth.com

This award was issued on 05/01/2024 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 09/05/2023 through 02/29/2024. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2023: 3,550, 312, 8.7%, 5/1/23, 10/10/22 - 3/3/23; 2022: 3,273, 304, 9%, 5/1/22, 2017: 1,836, 356, 19%, 5/1/17, 8/24/16 - 2/24/17; 2016: 1,961, 630, 32%, 4/1/16, 10/22/15 - 3/9/16; 2015: 2,238, 627, 28%, 5/1/15, 10/22/14 - 3/9/15; 2014: 3,448, 658, 19%, 5/1/14, 10/22/13 - 3/9/14; 2013: 2,762,

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION FS- 4 — LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee
Left to right: Front row: Doug Dawe, CFP®; Nine-year winner Brendan G. Dunleavy, CPA; MaryGrace Dunleavy; Back row: Susan Day; Paula Jackson; Krysten Dinkins; Chris Luong; Ryan Hozeska; Dawn Jozefowicz; Christina Mick; Louis Perraut, CFP®; Seven-year winner Andrew Behm; Melissa Lukas
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Osaic Wealth, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Osaic Wealth is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of Osaic Wealth . 28411 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 1300, Southfield, MI 48034 248-663-4700. YEAR WINNER 9


7600 Grand River Road, Suite 225 Brighton, MI 48114

Phone: 810-220-4900 cheri@sdywealthmanagement.com

Christopher Martin

Cheri Young

Cheri, Mark and Ger work closely to provide holistic financial services. They collaborate with multiple professionals to incorporate risk management, tax and estate planning. “Best interest of the client” is their mantra.

Cheri is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy, where she majored in business with a concentration in economics, earning the Dean’s Award in business. Not surprisingly, they continually strive to implement process improvements, kaizens, for their client’s well-being.

Each family and business has unique attributes; this team devises a corresponding custom financial solution. People considering divorce, in the midst of divorcing, or the newly divorced especially appreciate this unique team’s insightful advice. If you’re looking for an experienced team to aid you in your journey through life, give them a call.

Investment Advisory Services offered through Pinnacle Wealth Management Partners, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Tax planning and preparation services offered through Pinnacle Tax Advisory, LLC.


Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, NMLS 1294069

Woodward Avenue, Suite 200

Hills, MI 48304

248-723-1802 • Cell: 248-978-8601 christopher.d.martin@ms.com advisor.morganstanley.com/christopher.d.martin NMLS 2683790

and custom-tailor a financial strategy to help you pursue what’s most important to you. I am a 2014

Manager award winner.

Detroit Group at Morgan Stanley 101 W Big Beaver, Suite 1200 Troy, MI 48084

Direct: 248-740-7120

Fax: 248-462-7558 mitchell.swayze@morganstanley.com

is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 3,651 Detroit-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 278 (8% of candidates) were named 2024 Five

9/3/21 - 3/11/22; 2021: 3,260, 274, 8%, 5/1/21, 8/10/20 - 3/19/21; 2020: 3,105, 284, 9%, 5/1/20, 8/1/19 - 3/20/20; 2019: 2,987, 347, 12%, 5/1/19, 8/21/18 - 3/19/19; 2018: 3,069, 322, 10%, 5/1/18, 8/30/17 - 3/19/18; 749, 27%, 5/1/13, 10/22/12 - 3/9/13; 2012: 2,658, 745, 28%, 5/1/12, 10/22/11 - 3/9/12.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM — FS- 5 a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com. This year, we honored 13 Detroit-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.
Left to right: Geraldine Bodker, Enrolled Agent and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst; 2024 winner Cheri Young, Wealth Manager; Mark Young, Associate Advisor
FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER ©2024 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC6305919 02/24. For over 29 years, I have been passionate about working with clients and small-business owners to realize their personal goals and dreams. I will
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YEAR WINNER 11 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. ©2024 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 6451620 03/24. Mitchell
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Dawn Hausch-Cooper

8455 S Saginaw Street, Suite 101 Grand Blanc, MI 48439 Phone: 810-579-2838



•Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™

I am passionate about working with my clients and helping them experience financial confidence now and in retirement. I focus on building new relationships and designing plans that suit my clients’ unique needs. I am committed to listening to my clients, and I strive to be someone they feel comfortable talking to. I bring my financial knowledge and experience to provide understandable solutions that address many types of financial needs through the many phases of my clients’ financial lives.

Not FDIC or NCUA InsuredNo Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.


74 E Long Lake Road, Suite 200 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Phone: 248-985-1632

christinei@nfa1040.com northernfinancialadvisors.com

•Holistic financial planning

•Tax-based investment advice

•Wealth manger with 34 years of experience

Christine and the highly experienced NFA team provide fee-only, comprehensive financial planning and are proud fiduciaries to their clients. Since Christine started her business in 2002, it has blossomed, giving her the opportunity to serve clients nationwide.

Dr. Sara Mehraban

This award was issued on 05/01/2024 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 09/05/2023 through 02/29/2024. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for

This rating Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2023: 3,550, 312, 8.7%, 5/1/23, 10/10/22 - 3/3/23; 2022: 3,273, 304, 9%, 5/1/22, 2017: 1,836, 356, 19%, 5/1/17, 8/24/16 - 2/24/17; 2016: 1,961, 630, 32%, 4/1/16, 10/22/15 - 3/9/16; 2015: 2,238, 627, 28%, 5/1/15, 10/22/14 - 3/9/15; 2014: 3,448, 658, 19%, 5/1/14, 10/22/13 - 3/9/14; 2013: 2,762,

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee
•2013 – 2024 Five Star Wealth Manager An Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisor
CRPC™, Private Wealth Advisor
YEAR WINNER 12 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, C ertified f inanCial P lanner ™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S.
Creating Clarity, Building Wealth
President, Registered Investment
Christine Isham
Advisor, CFP®, EA
YEAR WINNER 12 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Securities and Advisory Services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed Insurance products and services are separate from and not offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®. Bowman Asset Management is built on a solid foundation of professional client service and in-depth market knowledge. Our firm provides wealth management services to executives, professionals and small-business owners. We provide planning for tax diversification and flexibility to help meet client needs and long-term goals. •Proactive and tax-e icient investment strategies •Retirement planning and income solutions •Estate and beneficiary planning •Annuity and life insurance reviews Comprehensive Wealth Management Lina Bowman MBA, Wealth Manager 25801 Harper Avenue, Suite 3 St.
MI 48081 Phone:
YEAR WINNER 10 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Not FDIC or NCUA InsuredNo Financial Institution Guarantee May Lose Value Investors should conduct their own evaluation of a financial professional as working with a financial advisor is not a guarantee of future financial success. Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. With over 35 years of experience, I take pride in designing custom financial plans and investment strategies that anticipate my client’s needs while helping them achieve their financial and retirement goals. Let’s work together to accomplish your lifelong dreams with personalized financial solutions. I am a 2012 – 2024 Five Star Wealth Manager. •Personalized financial strategies for every stage of life •Experienced financial and business financial advisor Where Expertise Meets Your Financial Goals.
Clair Shores,
313-343-0800 Fax: 313-343-0840 lina@bowmanasset.com www.bowmanasset.com
Ph.D., CRPC™, Financial Advisor, Business Financial Advisor 4750 Venture Drive, Suite 150 Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Phone: 734-477-5233 Cell: 734-519-6725
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/sara.x.mehraban YEAR WINNER 13


& Associates

32100 Telegraph Road, Suite 200 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 Office: 248-642-6150 ghamiltonesq@aol.com www.greghamiltontrust.com

to practice law in Michigan since 1985

Gregory C. Hamilton is a nationally recognized speaker on estate and business planning. He provides solutions to accomplish his clients’ estate and business planning goals, aspirations and desires. He prepares trusts, wills, powers of attorney for financial and health and other documents that his clients may require.

26862 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200 Royal Oak, MI 48067 Phone: 248-691-2200

eric.gould@cohenlerner.com www.cohenlerner.com

•Successful and tax-e icient succession through prudent and strategic planning • Teaches tax procedure and provides clarity on tax audits, disputes and

Eric educates clients on personal and business planning, tax planning, estate planning and other legal matters. He also educates professionals and community groups about the law and new developments. Eric’s goals: 1) provide each client a course of action based on the client’s needs, goals and objectives; 2) ensure understanding of the plan’s purpose; and 3) create client clarity, comfort and certainty.

Proactive planning is beneficial when issues arise. Comprehensive agreements document the parties’ intent and understanding. This often resolves a dispute in the early stages, saving time, energy and resources.

Sandra Lutkenhoff


Advisor, CFP®

1108 N Main Street Rochester, Ml 48307

Direct: 248-218-8266

Peter Ulbrich

Branch Manager, Executive Director – Investments, Portfolio Manager, Lic. 2418679

385 S Eton Street Birmingham, Ml 48009

Phone: 248-593-3719

peter.ulbrich@opco.com oppenheimer.com/ulbrichprivateclientgroup

Our group addresses the broad range of challenges individuals face in today’s economic environment. In conjunction with our firm, our group offers extensive experience and skill combined with reliable, responsive customer service and access. Our goal is to assist individual’s and families in organizing their finances, giving them more time to do what they like to do best.


As a Morgan Stanley financial advisor, I believe you are entitled to a different kind of working relationship with our firm. I bring the scope and influence of Morgan Stanley’s vast resources to you, our valued clients. I have been a recipient of the


is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 3,651 Detroit-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 278 (8% of candidates) were named 2024 Five Star Wealth 9/3/21 - 3/11/22; 2021: 3,260, 274, 8%, 5/1/21, 8/10/20 - 3/19/21; 2020: 3,105, 284, 9%, 5/1/20, 8/1/19 - 3/20/20; 2019: 2,987, 347, 12%, 5/1/19, 8/21/18 - 3/19/19; 2018: 3,069, 322, 10%, 5/1/18, 8/30/17 - 3/19/18; 749, 27%, 5/1/13, 10/22/12 - 3/9/13; 2012: 2,658, 745, 28%, 5/1/12, 10/22/11 - 3/9/12.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM — FS- 7 a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com. This year, we honored 13 Detroit-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.
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FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Securities offered through LaSalle St. Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through JFR Financial Services, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. JFR Financial Services is not affiliated with LaSalle St. Securities. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the CFP® certification mark, the Certified finanCial Planner™ certification mark, and the CFP® certification mark (with plaque design) logo in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. John F. Robbins MBA, CFP® 3133 Van Horn Road Trenton, Ml 48183 Phone: 734-962-1421 johnrobbins@jfrlinancial.corn jfrfinancial.com YEAR WINNER 13 FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER AWARD WINNER Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™, and the CFP® mark (with plaque design) in the U.S. ©2024 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC6404661
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Kelly Lisa Adams Harbor Light Planning

Robert Andrew Amboian · Morgan Stanley

Mike Amine · Cetera

Jeffrey Paul Arnott · Wells Fargo Advisors

Jonathan Douglas Arntz · Cedar Brook Group

Taal Moris Ashmann · Morgan Stanley

Bryan Keith Baines · Plante Moran Financial Advisors

Christopher Lawrence Balcerowiak · Creative Retirement Solutions

Mark Edward Baniszewski · Oppenheimer & Co.

Frank L. Banks · Morgan Stanley

John Earl Basista · Morgan Stanley

Craig Bastuba · @ASPEN

Roman Orest Batschynsky · Oakwood Financial Network

Brad Stephen Batur · Morgan Stanley

Tim Jack Bell · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Sia Bellware · Morgan Stanley

Mitchell Scott Benson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Steve Harold Berner · KMG Fiduciary Partners

Michael Fred Bisaro · StraightLine

Ken J. Bloom · Bloom Advisors

Alicia Botti · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jason Raymond Bowens · Merrill Lynch

David James Brock · The Brock Group

Jason Eric Brooks · Eagle Strategies

William James Brown · Hightower Advisors

Leonard Michael Brunkey · Keystone Financial Services

Ralph Bryant Jr. · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Joseph G. Budd · Budd Wealth Management

Shawn David Bumgardner · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Francis Burns · Synergy Capital Solutions

Patrick Terry Buschmohle Jr. · Wells Fargo Advisors

Rhonda Byer · PFS Investments

George Christopher Calvert · Calvert Planning

Branden Russell Carney · Melone Private Wealth

Bryan J. Carroll · Oppenheimer & Co.

Emily Lorraine Chludzinski · Baron Wealth Management

Joseph Edward Ciesinski · LPL Financial

Jason Alan Coldicott · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Arthur Raymond Cole · CND Financial

Mark Daniel Corombos · Plante Moran Financial Advisors

Joseph Robert Creal · Mosaic Capital Group

James Brian Cummins · Raymond James & Associates

Matthew Charles Davis · LPL Financial

Daniel John Dickhudt · Thrivent Financial

Brian Patrick Donohoe · Morgan Stanley

David Dooley · Cambridge Investment Research Advisors

James I. Downing · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Steven Edward DuCharme · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Damon Renard Dyas · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Christopher Robert Emde · Emde Wealth Management

Michael Ryan Eppler · Wells Fargo Advisors

Paul Edgar Erickson · Royal Oak Financial Advisors

Gary Randall Eschels · Eschels Financial Group

David Laurence Evola · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mary Kenny Ewasyshyn · E&E Wealth

Caitlin R. Falenski · Oppenheimer & Co.

Dominic R. Fazzolari · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kevin Ferhadson · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kurt Taylor Fillmore · Wealth Trac Financial

J. Joseph Fioroni · Merrill Lynch

Joseph Morgan Fisher · Morgan Stanley

Jeffrey D. Fitzgerald · Morgan Stanley

Jessica Sung Fitzgerald · Morgan Stanley

Michael Alan Fleischer · Morgan Stanley

Jeffrey Paul Forche · Robert W. Baird & Co.

Mark Linus Foster · Morgan Stanley

Brian Robert Franke · Integrated Capital Management

Arthur Dennis Frasca · Noble Capital Partners

Bruce Almo French · Morgan Stanley

John Leroy Friday · CUSO Financial Services

Edward Anthony Gennrich Jr. · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Francis Genovese · Morgan Stanley

Glen Edward Gheesling · Morgan Stanley

Gregory E. Gilbert · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Sherry Noel Gira · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Herbert Neil Glass · Glass Retirement Strategies

Mary Ellen Glidden · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jonathan Marc Goldberg · Bloom Advisors

Timothy Leonard Good · ELGA Wealth Management

Erik Frick Gotaas · LPL Financial

James Richard Griffith · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Steve Grogan · Atticus Wealth Management

Steven T. Guglielmetti · Guglielmetti Asset Management

Yusuf Abdul Hai · Awarity Advisors

Dicran Berj Haidostian · Future Benefits Corporation

Nathan Clark Hall · Equitable Advisors

Nidal Naseeb Hamameh · MML Investors Services

Scott C. Hammond · Morgan Stanley

Shaun Dorr Hampton · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Felicia Gail Harris · EverythingHR Financial Services

Lee Victor Hart · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bryce Bernard Hemker · Midwest Pension Advisors

Amanda Lynn Henderson · Morgan Stanley

Fred Henry Hensler · Sapphire Blue Investment Partners

Susan Jill Hodess · Arrow Financial Group

Marilyn P. Hogan · Carter Capital Management

Jeffrey Dean Hollifield · MML Investors Services

Jeffrey Allen Hoppie · Morgan Stanley

Roger James Houston · LPL Financial

Andrew Joseph Howard · Morgan Stanley

Armin Hrncic · Citizens Securities

Jeffrey Charles Huebner · Pointe Capital Management

Sherrie Lynn Ingham · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Christopher Paul Jaggi · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mark Andrew Jankauskas · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jestin Paul Jansen · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Gary William Jbara · Morgan Stanley

Michael Fisher Jennings · Mosaic Capital Group

Sean T. Johnson · Merrill Lynch

William R. Juergens Jr. · Merrill Lynch

Ariel Michael Katz · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Linda Ann Kay · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Laura Marie Kellmann · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Kevin Robert Kilgren · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Allen King · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Shannon Kelly Klug · Blumark Advisors

Bryon Trent Knuth · Wealth Strategies Financial Group

Joseph Clark Koch · B Riley Wealth Management

Eric James Konopka · Ameriprise


This award was issued on 05/01/2024 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 09/05/2023 through 02/29/2024. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2023: 3,550, 312, 8.7%, 5/1/23, 10/10/22 - 3/3/23; 2022: 3,273, 304, 9%, 5/1/22, 2017: 1,836, 356, 19%, 5/1/17, 8/24/16 - 2/24/17; 2016: 1,961, 630, 32%, 4/1/16, 10/22/15 - 3/9/16; 2015: 2,238, 627, 28%, 5/1/15, 10/22/14 - 3/9/15; 2014: 3,448, 658, 19%, 5/1/14, 10/22/13 - 3/9/14; 2013: 2,762,

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION FS- 8 — LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee
Financial Services,
Barbara Ann Kreitsch · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC John Michael Kronner · Morgan Stanley
Michael Kronner Jr. · Morgan Stanley
David Paul Kudla · Mainstay Capital Management Raeann Kusch · Thrivent Financial
Kevin Ronald Larson · Merrill Lynch Timothy Paul Lata · LPL Financial Christopher T. Letts · Morgan Stanley Carol Litka · Morgan Stanley Lisa Marie London · Merrill Lynch Jeffrey David Lynn · LPL Financial Anne E. MacIntyre · Annie Mac Financial Keith Edward Mahle · Morgan Stanley Patrick Dennis Malzone · Morgan Stanley Avery Reese Markos · Wealth Trac Financial William Edward Mathers · TIAA-CREF Mitchell Robert McCann · McCann Retirement Strategies Kyle Jackson McCauley · Entrust Investment Services Todd Lowrie McClain · Plante Moran Financial Advisors Earl Edward Mchugh · Detroit Financial Group Andrew Michael McLane · Northern Financial Advisors Valerie Lanette McLeod-Tyler · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Kevin Findley McMillan · Spectrum Financial Resources Lou Melone · Melone Private Wealth Andrew Derek Meyer · Morgan Stanley David P. Miller · Thrivent Financial Hylan Charles Moises · Darden Wealth Group Christopher Robin Mollan · LPL Financial James Scott Moran · Oppenheimer & Co. Michele Rene Morgan · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Todd Robinson Moss · Greystone Financial Group All award winners are listed in this publication. WEALTH MANAGERS — INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS
David John
· Spectrum Financial Resources

Jonathan Lee Munson · Thrivent Financial

Keith Earl Murphy · LPL Financial

Kevin Michael Murphy · The Baker Group

Jay Scott Murray · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Eric Nahat · Synergy Capital Solutions

Steve Ohannes Nazoyan · Wealth Strategies Financial Group

Michele Marie Nehls · Citizens Securities

James Conrad Niedzinski · Motive Wealth Advisors

Lisa Renee Pallach · Morgan Stanley

Frank Frederick Patrick · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Daniel B. Paulson · Robert W. Baird & Co.

Todd Anthony Perry · Executive Wealth Management

Wayne Everett Phillips · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Michael Robert Pohlod · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Mary Andrea Prebish · Lincoln Financial Advisors

Scott Clare Prechtel · @ASPEN

Gary Pryka · Millennium Wealth Management

Alexander John Rasky · Lincoln Investment

Susan M. Reck · Merrill Lynch

William V. Reepmeyer · Oppenheimer & Co.


Martin Daniel Reid · LPL Financial

Shawn Patrick Riley · Plante Moran Financial Advisors

Mark John Rogers · Morgan Stanley

Steven Edward Romanowski · Park Avenue Securities

Erin Jane Ross · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Jack Joseph Rothenberg · LPL Financial

Kristen Marie Roy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

David J. Runyon · Morgan Stanley

Timothy Patrick Rush · Nemes Rush Family Wealth Management

Daniel Joseph Sakalian · Morgan Stanley

Robert Joseph Samrah · Gries Financial Partners

Michael Cary Sanfield · Merrill Lynch

Michael Norman Sarcheck · First Financial Coaching

Sandra Michelle Scolari · Park Avenue Securities

William J. John Scott III · Oppenheimer & Co.

David John Sculati · Sculati Wealth Management

David William Senatore · Morgan Stanley

Andrew Joseph Settecerri · Arbor Trust Wealth Advisors

Ilirjan Shkurti · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Shunyia Sallim Shunyia · LPL Financial

Tyler Joseph Silverthorn · Stonebridge Financial Partners

Neil Edward Singal · Merrill Lynch

Neeta Singh · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Thomas E. Smith Jr. · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Bradley Steven Sova · CUSO Financial Services

Jeffery Paul Sprague · Asset Planning Strategies

Scott Mcmillan Strickland · Morgan Stanley

Joseph A. Suski · Bestvest Investments

Paula Christine Swain · Financial Center for Women

Martin John Swiecki · The Valleta Group

Kristi Ann Szejbach · Primerica Advisors

Daniel Peter Thomas · Thomas Financial Group, LLC

James Walter Thorpe · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

William Charles Turner · F.I.T. Financial

Thomas Victor Valade · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Wendy Ann Van Antwerp · LPL Financial

Jason VanDuyn · AQuest Wealth Strategies

Thaddeus Peter Vannice · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Anida Venniro · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

Ben Mark VerWys · Fiduciary Financial Advisors

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Ryan Owen Weaver · Ameriprise Financial Services,

Richard Bruce Weinerman · Sagemark Consulting

Nicole Gopoian Wirick · Prosperity Wealth Strategies

Ken William Wittenberg · Wittenberg Investments

Xenia Kristina Woltmann · Rochester Wealth Strategies

Diane Lynn Young · Arrowroot Family Office

Eric Jason Zimmerman · Ameriprise Financial Services,

Couzens · Couzens-Lansky

Kwang · Alisa Kwang, PLLC

Langnas · Langnas Associates,



managers were considered for the award; 278 (8% of candidates) were named

9/3/21 - 3/11/22; 2021: 3,260, 274, 8%, 5/1/21, 8/10/20 - 3/19/21; 2020: 3,105, 284, 9%, 5/1/20, 8/1/19 - 3/20/20; 2019: 2,987, 347, 12%, 5/1/19, 8/21/18 - 3/19/19; 2018: 3,069, 322, 10%, 5/1/18, 8/30/17 - 3/19/18; 749, 27%, 5/1/13, 10/22/12 - 3/9/13; 2012: 2,658, 745, 28%, 5/1/12, 10/22/11 - 3/9/12.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION LEARN MORE AT FIVESTARPROFESSIONAL.COM — FS- 9 a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com. This year, we honored 13 Detroit-area investment professionals with the Five Star Investment Professional award.
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Thomas MacFarlane · Clark Hill, PLC
Rosenberg · Barron Rosenberg
Mark Slutsky · Rehmann Robson,
Scott Sternberg · Kotz Sangster Wysocki,
goals. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified finanCial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with plaque design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. The Chartered Financial Consultant® credential [ChFC®] is a financial planning designation awarded by The American College. WEALTH MANAGERS — INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS
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ETON ACADEMY’S 2024 Gala & Auction was held in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to help raise funds in support of the academy’s scholarships, classroom needs, specialized training, and more. The event, which was held at Eton Academy in Birmingham, featured a silent auction, cocktails, a seated dinner, and a live auction. Learn more at etonacademy.org

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1. Ann Callahan, Slobodan Grabovac 2. Ethan, Carrie, and Peter Perlman 3. CC and Brett Homovec 4. Tricia Keith, John Prymack 5. Shaun, Sophia, and Ann Marie Monette 6. Melissa Roy, Steve Anderson 7. Matthew and Blythe Moran 8. Pete Pullen, Olivia and Aaron Jackson
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the Path for Student Success Gala & Auction PHOTOS BY KEVIN BEAN 03.02.2024
9. Curtis Perry Jr., LaShawn Williams 10. Juozas Margevicius, Leora Bernard 11. David and Kiana Barfield 12. Rick Notter, Amy and Patrick Frenzel, Kathryn and Dan Levine

1. Alex Zerbo, John Zerbo, Kevin Terry

2. Cody Spranger, Hannah Terry

3. Deneen Macedonia, Katie Androff, Sarah LeMarbe, Nakia LeMarbe 4. Josh and Jennifer Mulder

5. Susan Erspamer, Denise Montgomery, Joann Sovel, Judy May, Lorrie McVey, Pam Johnson 6. Kathy Nofs, Cindy Kahl 7. Steve and Erin Salhaney 8. Scott Lavine, Lindsey Lavine, Pat Adanti-Joy 9. Alexa Dudash, Nancy Dudash

10. Brenda Lever, Latitia Chavis, Joanne Ballinger

11. Frank and Meagan Tehako 12. Karen Webber, Kerry McBride, Lisa Cossettini

13. Kim Hunsinger, Elizabeth Thoreson, Amy Parent

Hospitality House’s A Taste of Spring Gala

FUNDS FROM Hospitality House’s annual fundraiser gala support the food pantry’s mission to “provide individuals with the dignity of choice in selecting their own groceries.” The event, which was held at Hospitality House, featured strolling food and drinks along with live entertainment. Learn more at hhfp.org

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July 27 - 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. hotworks.org

Rated one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live”, art lovers return year after year to West Bloomfield’s rolling green hills and lavish views, which provide an exceptional setting for hotworks. org’s 21st Hot Works Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. Showcasing up to 150 renowned artists from all over the country, and featuring original American handmade works, you’ll find something for everyone, in all price ranges. Voted 12 times as one of the top 100 juried art shows in America, you’ll also enjoy live entertainment and great food. Ample free parking is available in the back half of the lot behind Corewell Health/Beaumont Medical Center, at 6900 Orchard Lake Rd. More information can be found at hotworks.org


June 6, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. medicalservicedogs.org

For nine years, thanks to Mary Lamparter’s efforts, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs has raised more than $1 million to support its cause. This year, they aim to make an even greater impact with your generous contributions and presence. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs provides trained service dogs to veterans at no cost, offering not just physical assistance but crucial emotional support for those with PTSD and service-related injuries. The organization’s mission is to enhance veterans’ lives by providing highly trained service dogs that aid with daily tasks, security, and companionship, helping them regain independence. With support from donors and sponsors, Celebrate Michigan’s Military has positively impacted many veterans and strive to continue for years ahead. Join them at their 10th annual Celebrate Michigan’s Military event at Andiamo Banquet Center in Warren to support and honor our heroes. They look forward to your participation!

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June 15, 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. epilepsymichigan.org/stroll-for-epilepsy

Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan at the Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067) on June 15, 2024, for the Stroll for Epilepsy™, a heartwarming event dedicated to supporting the epilepsy community.

This inspiring walk raises funds for the Foundation, aiding in supporting programs and spreading vital awareness. By participating, you stand against stigma, SUDEP, misdiagnosis, and other challenges faced by those with epilepsy.

The Stroll kicks off at 7:30 am with check-in and activities, followed by an uplifting ceremony at 8:30 am. Immediately following the ceremony, we will Stroll for Epilepsy through the Detroit Zoo.

Whether you stroll in person or virtually, every step brings us closer to a world free from epilepsy’s grasp. Join the fight and make a difference today!

Register today at: www.epilepsymichigan.org/strollfor-epilepsy

For more details contact Heather Carr: hcarr@ epilepsymichigan.org or (800) 377-6226, ext. 1210.


June 7 - 9, Various Times pewabic.org/pages/gardenparty

This year’s celebration of ceramic art features Pewabic’s 2024 Summer Collection releases and the work of dozens of ceramic artists from throughout North America, live wheel-throwing demonstrations by Pewabic artisans and sculpting demonstrations by artist Laurie Sharkus, outdoor sculptures, and a weekend biergarten with live music and food trucks. Visitors can enjoy music by Stereo Babe on Saturday and Steve Jarosz on Sunday, a strolling tour of the studios, and the opportunity to explore 120 years of Detroit’s National Historic Landmark Pottery through the expanded museum exhibition “Pewabic: Detroit’s Pottery.”


June 2, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. therentparty.org

In the spirit of the rent party tradition, which offered a DIY solution for families facing eviction in the 1920s, playing a major role in the historic development of jazz and blues music, Lighthouse presents the 8th Annual Rent Party. Funds raised from this event will support Lighthouse’s life-changing programs, including shelter and housing programs that work to find families and individuals a safe place to call home. The 8th Annual Rent Party consists of an exciting jazz concert at the historic Meadow Brook Hall, a Tudor revival style mansion built between 1926-1929. Learn more at therentparty.org.


June 7, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. livingandlearningcenter.org/hopes-and-dreams-gala Join the Living and Learning Enrichment Center for an evening of elegance, inspiration, and hope at Saint John’s Resort on June 7. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. The organization looks forward to an evening with a live and silent auction, music by Fiftyampfuse, and special guest emcee Dan Miller. The Living and Learning Enrichment Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of participants with disabilities. Through therapeutic, social, work-based, and community engagement, they seek to support, enrich, inspire, and embolden participants and their families so they can achieve their goals.


16th Annual Corks & Forks

THE 16TH ANNUAL Corks & Forks event helped raise money in support of Winning Futures, an organization that offers mentoring, life skills development, job readiness training, career exploration, and other programming aimed at empowering high school and college students to succeed. The event, which was held at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, was chaired by Michelle Gardner, vice president of global hardware, systems, and integration at General Motors, and featured a VIP reception that included wine and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a live auction emceed by Les Gold of Hardcore Pawn. Learn more at winningfutures.org

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1. Brad and Gail Bacon 2. Daniela Matthews, Duane Marshall, Reg Sobczynski 3. Jeff Gardner, Michelle Gardner, Kristina Marshall, Craig Gacobelli, Raad Asmaro 4. David and Dawn VanAmberg 5. John and Johanna Nunneley 6. Joyce Baumann, Alexus Gulley, Chloe Holmes 7. Dan and Kelli Rankin 8. Kristin and Brian Toth 9. Melissa and Stewart Taylor, Joshua Christman 10. Philippe Vella, Sarah Hanh 11. Lou and Julie Aronica 12. Mathilde Gitton, Bruno Moreau
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June 8, Various Times diabetes.org/mitourdecure

Tour De Cure is back in Michigan in 2024, and you won’t want to miss it! From recreational to experienced cyclists, there are supported routes for everyone! Tour de Cure is a day full of fun and excitement created to celebrate people living with diabetes, and to fundraise in support of the mission of the American Diabetes Association. Register today at diabetes.org/mitourdecure to become a part of the ADA’s largest fundraising and engagement event. Join an existing team or start a new one, and don’t forget to invite your family, friends, and coworkers to ride with you. A virtual option is also available.

The Michigan Tour de Cure will take place at the Domino’s Farms Petting Farm (3001 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor) on June 8.


June 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. detroitriverfront.org/shimmer

Join the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy for an unforgettable evening at Shimmer on the River on Monday, June 10, at Robert C. Valade Park. This magical night is the Conservancy’s largest fundraiser of the year. Shimmer is a familyfriendly beach party with show-stopping music, a festive boardwalk lined with summer activities, an Adventure Park, a kids dance party, a strolling dinner from Detroit’s favorite food trucks, and more. A highlight of every Shimmer on the River is the presentation of the Shimmer Award, the highest honor the Conservancy bestows. This year, the Conservancy will honor Vivian Day and John Stroh, and Robert Davis for their contributions to the Detroit riverfront. Shimmer on the River tickets are $150 for the main event and $250 for VIP tickets. Each ticket includes free admission for up to two children 12 and under. Tickets and details are available at detroitriverfront.org/shimmer.

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June 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Attend the world-class car show

EyesOn Design at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores on Father’s Day — Sunday, June 16. The grand marshal is Tim McGrane, CEO of M1 Concourse in Pontiac. The 2024 honorary chairman is the founder of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Bill Warner. Together, they will preside over the annual show, themed “Design Masters: A Lifetime of Design Achievement,” which will feature significant automotive designs of historic winners of the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award. Walk among a spectacular array of significant automotive designs of the past, present, and future, and mingle with auto industry insiders during the elegant champagne brunch. Weekend events include a Friday driving tour of southeast Michigan and a Friday evening Vision Honored gala at M1 Concourse, celebrating the Lifetime Design Achievement winner for 2024: Prof. Gordon Murray, CBE. A Saturday symposium will explore the design history of the Ford GT through the designers who brought it to life. An invitation-only designer’s reception and tour will take place Saturday at the Toyota Calty Design Center in Ann Arbor. Proceeds support the visually impaired through the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. This is the ultimate Father’s Day gift and a must-attend for every car lover. Visit eyesondesign.org to reserve your tickets today!


June 17, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. variety-detroit.com

The 35th annual Variety Kovan Golf Classic will take place on Monday, June 17, with a return to the venue where it all began: Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield. The day includes morning and afternoon rounds, breakfast/lunch/dinner, beverages, a raffle, and an auction. This popular outing helps provide funds for children with physical and cognitive challenges in our community; funds raised benefit the Dr. Bradley S. Kovan Memorial Fund at Friendship Circle, the Jonathan Scott Kovan Memorial Fund at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Variety Core Programs serving children with unique and special needs.


June 17, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. beaumont.org/giving/events

Benefiting oncology patient programs and services at the Walter & Marilyn Wolpin Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital in Royal Oak and the Wilson Cancer Resource Center at Corewell Health Troy Hospital, the Drive for Life Invitational features a round of golf on the world-class championship courses of Oakland Hills Country Club. Golf pro Rick Smith will be on site providing tips for golfers and driving the pro shot for each south course foursome. Guests will enjoy breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, and a buffet dinner. Oakland Hills Country Club is located at 3951 W. Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Hills. For more information, please contact Mariana Keros at 947-522-0092, or mariana.keros@corewellhealth. org. For registration and sponsorship information, visit beaumont.org/giving/events.


June 24, 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. theparade.org

You’re invited to join The Parade Company’s Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party, presented by Ford Motor Co., on Monday, June 24, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The 66th edition of the Ford Fireworks promises to be one of the country’s largest and most stunning fireworks shows, and this night atop the Center Garage has the best seats in the city. Guests will overlook the beautiful Detroit River while enjoying delectable food by Andiamo, games, giveaways, live music, and more. Produced by The Parade Company, the Ford Fireworks will light up Detroit’s skyline at dusk, offering picturesque views of downtown. The Rooftop Party is one of the organization’s premier annual fundraisers, and proceeds benefit the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation. Tickets are $350; children 6 and under are $125. Tickets are subject to availability. To purchase tickets, please call 313-923-7400 or visit theparade.org.




, a stationmaster checks the ticket of a passenger ready to board a train at one of the 10 track gates at Michigan Central Station — located in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood — which served as the city’s principal railway depot from 1913 to 1988. Owned and operated by the Michigan Central Railroad, a subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad, the station offered routes running throughout the state and as far north as Mackinaw City, in addition to routes to cities in other states, including Chicago and Cleveland. A tunnel underneath the Detroit River provided convenient train travel to New York and Canadian cities.

For generations, the massive building saw travelers from many walks of life, ranging from immigrants and Southerners seeking auto jobs to soldiers in two World Wars; presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Harry Truman; and other notable visitors, including Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, and Babe Ruth. When the Detroit Tigers arrived at the station after winning the 1945 World Series, an estimated crowd of 8,000 exuberant fans stormed the station to greet their heroes.

Designed by the firms that created New York’s Grand Central Station and built in the Beaux-Arts style, the $2.5 million structure featured an 18-story office tower and an ornate three-story depot highlighted by a jaw-dropping grand concourse with high vaulted ceilings, marble floors, and bronze chandeliers.

Up to the late 1940s, the station hosted more than 4,000 travelers every day. By the next decade, train travel had declined due to increased air travel and the construction of a national highway system. Within a few years, the station’s shops and restaurant closed. In 1971, Amtrak took over the nation’s rail service, and it operated the station until 1988 when the last train departed for Chicago on Jan. 5.

Ownership changed hands several times as the structure was neglected, stripped of many of its fixtures, and graffitied while becoming a symbol of Detroit’s decline and a popular subject of “ruin porn” photography. Due to its 1975 listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the lack of funds for demolition, the iconic structure was spared the wrecking ball.

In 2018, Ford Motor Co. purchased the structure from the Moroun family for a reported $90 million, then spent upwards of $740 million to renovate the building and four other adjacent sites as part of a mixed-use campus focused on advanced automotive technology.

At press time in early May, Ford is scheduled to open Michigan Central’s doors on June 6 in special ceremonies celebrating one of the nation’s most visible redevelopments of a historic building. Meanwhile, there is speculation that in the future, rail service could resume at or near the facility. —Bill Dow

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