Daily Detroit Staff – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:22:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Report Says Rep. John Conyers Settled Sex Complaint, Flew In Women For Affairs Using Congressional Resources http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/21/report-says-rep-john-conyers-settled-sex-complaint-flew-women-affairs-using-congressional-resources/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/21/report-says-rep-john-conyers-settled-sex-complaint-flew-women-affairs-using-congressional-resources/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:18:02 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39708 Representative John Conyers, serving Michigan and representing much of the city of Detroit as well as the suburbs of River Rouge, Wayne, Melvindale, Dearborn Heights, Westland and Romulus, is the longest serving member of the House and a civil rights icon.

According to a bombshell report from BuzzFeed, he also settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee for more than $27,000. Conyers did not admit fault in the settlement.

Conyers asked the staffer for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in a hotel room.

BuzzFeed goes on:

“She alleges that Conyers asked her to work out of his room for the evening, but when she arrived the congressman started talking about his sexual desires. She alleged he then told her she need to “touch it,” in reference to his penis, or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands.”

But that’s not all.

She said she was told many times by constituents that it was well-known that Conyers had sexual relationships with his staff, and said she and other female staffers felt this undermined their credibility.

He also had a staff member arrange for women to fly in for affairs using congressional resources, according to the report that BuzzFeed verified independently corroborating documents.

It’s an important report beyond Conyers as it goes into detail about the process in Congress for reporting harassment that basically amounts to enabling cover-ups.

The lurid details of multiple accounts are here. Conyers as of this writing hadn’t responded for comment to BuzzFeed.

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Google Moves Sales Office From Birmingham To Downtown Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/20/google-moves-sales-office-birmingham-downtown-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/20/google-moves-sales-office-birmingham-downtown-detroit/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:23:38 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39696 Google is moving more than 100 jobs to downtown Detroit. They’ve signed a lease for nearly 30,000 square feet in the new District Detroit as part of Little Caesars Arena.

The office, at 52 Henry Street, will open in 2018.

The workers coming down will be mostly sales and customer service folks. Not to mention, they will have very visible sign frontage on the recently completed arena that is home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons, and numerous concerts.

“The city of Detroit has a rich history of culture and innovation, and we’re excited to be a part of its world class talent and world class companies. Our new space will not only provide room for future growth, but will also give us the opportunity to contribute to the dynamic economic and community activity happening in Detroit,” said Danielle Russell and Guy Schueller, Co-Site Leads for Google Birmingham.

In a follow up with Daily Detroit, we were told that as far as Google goes, no tax incentives from the city were involved and Google did not ask for any.

Elsewhere in Michigan, Google has a large Ann Arbor presence. That is where most of their technology work happens in the state with more than 450 employees. They just expanded their footprint there in September.

PR, Revenue Win: This is more of a public relations and revenue win for the city of Detroit than a win for the region as this is just a shift between localities in the same area. Having a big “Google” sign downtown is an attractive thing to most.

On the revenue side, the tax rate for non-residents is 1.2% and many of these jobs are high paying, so at $90,000 or so a year with bonuses with 100 employees, the city could be pocketing an extra $100,000 annually (or more, depending on number of city residents who pay double that rate, etc.) in additional income taxes.

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New “Detroit Has Legs” Tights Featuring 32 Iconic Local Places To Benefit Cass Community Social Services http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/20/new-detroit-legs-tights-featuring-32-iconic-local-places-benefit-cass-community-social-services/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/20/new-detroit-legs-tights-featuring-32-iconic-local-places-benefit-cass-community-social-services/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:10 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39689 Looking for leggings with Detroit-themed style? “Detroit Has Legs,” with all the profits going to benefit the nonprofit Cass Community Social Services, might just be your ticket.

Skinnytees, an online retailer based in Birmingham makes these custom women’s leggings that feature 32 iconic Detroit buildings, sculpture and sites throughout the city.

They’re available in sizes XS through 3XL online for $56 here.

“Our team wanted to design an item that showcases our beloved city of Detroit in a visual and impactful way,” said Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, founder of Skinnytees. “Detroit Has Legs is only the beginning of the expansion of our brand’s themed clothing, and we look forward to providing our customers with more custom-made designs.”

According to the company, pulling this project together took a year, from finding the sublimation printer and contractor that could make the visuals work in the fabric.

Each pair of leggings is made in the United States, one at a time. The legging fabric is rolled out on all sides so that each Detroit photo can be cut out individually and printed on the fabric.

Once the images are cut and printed, the dye-sublimation process begins that applies the images to the fabric with sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

If you’ve seen Skinnytees before, it’s because they’ve been on Good Morning America, The View and QVC. Skinnytees also earned a spot on the 2017 Inc. 5000 as one of nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

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Detroit Sip Coffeeshop Celebrates Grand Opening On McNichols, Has Detroit-Themed Drinks http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/detroit-sip-coffeeshop-celebrates-grand-opening-mcnichols-detroit-themed-drinks/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/detroit-sip-coffeeshop-celebrates-grand-opening-mcnichols-detroit-themed-drinks/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:09:21 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39683 On McNichols at the border of the Bagley and Fitzgerald neighborhoods is a new entrant to Detroit’s coffee game, Detroit Sip.

It joins an area that’s quickly gaining new spots for java. For instance, earlier this week we first reported a Biggby coming less than a mile away on Livernois. Narrow Way Cafe opened earlier this year, as well.

The Detroit Sip shop is owned by Jevona Watson, a Bagley resident, who is also an attorney and a mom.

The shop has opened sporadically over the last year or so as a space for University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove students and staff as well as community members and organizations. Both educational institutions are less than a mile away down McNichols (which is also known as Six Mile).

The grand opening celebration was on Saturday, and we poked in to take a look and try a few things.

Several Detroit entrepreneurship and neighborhood development organizations lent a hand to get the doors open including SWOT City (a program of TechTown Detroit), Live6, the Build Institute and Motor City Match.

The event had who’s who of neighborhood development in the room as well as live entertainment.

So what about the menu?

The special drinks included the Expressway Espresso; the Auto Americano; Mount Carmel Macchiato; Coleman Cappuccino; Livernois Latte; Hasting Hot Chocolate; City Cider and the Motown Mocha.

The coffee blends were Belle Isle Blonde; Bagley Blend Medium; and McNichols Morning Dark.

Teas included the I-75 Chai Latte; the Tuxedo Tea (Black); Boston Edison (Green); and the Edgewater (Herbal).

For pop you can get Faygo, Towne Club, and Vernors. There is also a selection of sweet and salty snacks.

Detroit Sip is located at 7420 West McNichols Road in Detroit. For now, they will be open Thursdays 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through December 2017. Expanded hours will happen next year.

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Life At The Historic Grande Ballroom? Supporters Are Fundraising For A Structural Engineering Report http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/life-historic-grande-ballroom-supporters-fundraising-structural-engineering-report/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/life-historic-grande-ballroom-supporters-fundraising-structural-engineering-report/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:31:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39676 The Grande Ballroom is one of the most hallowed spaces in Detroit music history. It has been home to jazz, big band, rock. It was a center of Detroit’s counterculture movement.

It also is a gem of a building designed by Charles Agree and completed in 1928. He left his mark on a variety of structures around town like the Vanity Ballroom, the Whittier Hotel and others.

But what will be next for the place that’s seen a couple lives and been sitting closed since 1972?

It’s currently owned by the Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church, and the building is being hugged by a dedicated group of volunteers that are now raising money to get the ball rolling on turning the corner for the place.

A GoFundMe has been started by Leo Early, a passionate advocate for the place, in conjunction with the Friends of the Grande Ballroom and the church that owns the structure to see what needs to be done.

Per the fundraiser page:

Donations will go towards the engineer’s fee and any  inspection costs to include construction/carpentry and equipment rentals. This report will be used to make a decision for launching a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization, aid in determining a business case and to calculate the extent of work necessary to stabilize the structure.  Assuming positive viability can be determined, any balance will go towards startup costs and a much larger construction fund raising campaign. Exercising this due diligence will benefit the church in pursuing grants and additional funding. As the building has a perforated roof, time is of the essence and we hope to have the inspection complete as soon as possible, weather permitting. Our latest potential inspection date is December 15.

As of this writing, they’re raised $3,045 of their $5,000 goal. There are also a variety of rewards ranging from a lapel pin to a blueprint to a custom dinner tour. If you’re interested, visit the fundraiser by clicking here. 

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Biggby Coffee Is Opening A New Location In This Detroit Neighborhood http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/17/biggby-coffee-opening-new-location-detroit-neighborhood/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/17/biggby-coffee-opening-new-location-detroit-neighborhood/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:06:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39649 There’s going to be another java option opening up in Detroit.

We spied a new Biggby Coffee on Livernois between McNichols (a.k.a. Six Mile) and 7 Mile near the Avenue of Fashion. That’s at the border of the University District and Bagley neighborhoods.

Biggby is a franchised chain based out of Lansing, Michigan founded in 1995 and has 182 stores open in Michigan as of 2016. There was formerly a location on Woodward in Midtown, but their Detroit stores for now are within larger complexes like Henry Ford Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center.

Peeking through the window of the new Biggby on Livernois.

This new Livernois coffeshop is connected to the Ferndale location on Nine Mile as the phone number when we reached out for comment goes to that location.

One Of Detroit’s Next Areas

If you’ve been paying attention to the neighborhood, it’s poised to be one of the “what’s next” places in the city to see a wave of commercial development. After all, University District’s median household income of $88,640 is far higher than the city and state as a whole. Bagley’s $42,645 is also significantly higher than the rest of the city. Nearby Sherwood Forest has a median household income of a whopping $115,489.

Although the whole city saw tough times, both the University District and Bagley never completely collapsed and have strong, active neighborhood groups along with beautiful housing stock. The proximity to Ferndale and major roads also make it a good option for folks who work in the suburbs and heading downtown is easy down either the Lodge or Woodward.

There have already been new projects coming together. Social Sushi is working to get open basically next door. The Narrow Way Cafe recently opened down the street north of 7 Mile. Detroit Sip just opened around the way on Six Mile. There are universities and programs like Motor City Match that are funneling dollars into the area.

Here’s a list we did earlier this year focusing on the nearby Avenue of Fashion’s new as well as long-standing places. It also happens to be Motown legend Marvin Gaye’s old neighborhood.

We’ve reached out for comment as well as more details around when it will open. We’ll update when we hear more.

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PODCAST: The Future Of Automotive & Mobility With Glenn Stevens of MichAuto http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/glenn-stevens-michauto-mas17/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/glenn-stevens-michauto-mas17/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:54:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39639

What’s the future for Detroit & Michigan’s all important automotive sector?

This week Sven Gustafson’s guest across the table is Glenn Stevens, the Executive Director of MichAuto and we do a deep dive ahead of the MichAuto Summit on December 5 & 6.

Getting into the weeds is what we do and it’s a fascinating conversation if you’re connected to this industry or want Detroit’s economy to move forward. We touch on the auto industry, autonomous vehicles, venture capital investment, and what the future of mobility looks like.

Talent is a huge piece of that puzzle, and automotive and mobility companies are looking for Detroit’s best and brightest.

The summit at the College for Creative Studies will go further than our conversation tonight, and if you’re interested in working in the auto industry you might want to check it out. 

Thanks to Queens Bar for being host this week and Podcast Detroit for all of their support. http://www.podcastdetroit.com

If you like the show, considering subscribing on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily-detroit-happy-hour/id1168444594?mt=2

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The Popular Park Bar Has Been Sold, Space Will Temporarily Close http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/popular-park-bar-sold-space-will-temporarily-close/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/popular-park-bar-sold-space-will-temporarily-close/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:41:52 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39631 Detroit’s losing one of its more well-known watering holes. The Park Bar, opened in 2006, has been sold and will close at the end of the year according to a Facebook post passed on to us by a Daily Detroit tipster.

The post outlines an event called “Last Call at the Park Bar” on December 2 featuring Don Duprie & The Inside Outlaws, Alison Lewis & The String of Ponies, Pat V & The Detroit 3, Ty Stone, Matt Dmits and Tino Gross.

The Park Bar has been one of those “legendary” bars in my mind.

There aren’t too many circular bars in town — they’re much better for meeting and talking to people. And the help was always on point.

Back when Bucharest Grill was slinging shawarma out the back door it was a go-to spot in so many ways.

In more than a decade I’ve had parties there, said goodbye to old friends and said hello to new loves.

It’s a good sign that, according to Eater (more details here), it’s been bought by the owner of Cliff Bell’s. They do a great job there and also own part of Queen’s and The Bronx Bar.

A tip of the hat to you guys. Eleven years is a heck of a run. Thank you for the memories, Jerry Balenger and the space you created. It’ll be interesting to see what happens there next.

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Detroit Planting 10,000 Trees Over Next Three Years http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/detroit-planting-10000-trees-next-three-years/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/detroit-planting-10000-trees-next-three-years/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:22:08 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39557 The “10,000 Up” initiative is putting in motion Detroit’s Forestry division to plant 10,000 trees across the city. The new plantings will replace the more than 10,000 trees that have fallen “victim to wind storms, the emerald ash borer, disease or old age.”

According to the city of Detroit, more than 900 trees have already been planted.

The “10,000 Up” initiative, which is part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s 10 point neighborhood plan, got underway earlier this fall and already has planted more than 900 trees.  The city will spend approximately $3 million per year for each of the next three years to complete the initiative.

“Detroit used to be known as a city of trees, but we have lost so many over the past several decades to various causes,” said General Services Department Director, Brad Dick.  “We’ve been putting a lot of energy into removing the dangerous dead trees and felt it was time to get back to planting new trees because they add so much to the community and the environment.”

The city of Detroit will spend about $3 million per year for the next three years to make this happen.

Residents, neighborhood groups and block club associations will have input, as well. They will be able to notify the Forestry department where they would like the trees to be planted when a survey comes out where inspectors can collect addresses and verify if the areas mentioned by residents are viable enough to plant a tree.

Species of trees being planted will vary based on availability, but the city expects them to have a lifespan between 40 and 100 years.

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You Can Now Be Fancy With Shinola Headphones. Here Are Three Reviews. http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/can-now-fancy-shinola-headphones-three-reviews/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/can-now-fancy-shinola-headphones-three-reviews/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:59:07 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39552 Detroit’s newest pony in their stable of fancy goods with a connection to Detroit are headphones.

Revealed earlier today, they range from $195-$650 and come in over the ear, on the ear, and two in-ear styles. They’re all named “The Canfield,” much like one of their signature watches and a street in Midtown neighborhood of Detroit.

Before we get started, I really wish they had given names to the different types. This makes writing about them confusing.

The over and on the ears come with steel components and lambskin ear pads. The all models have an inline cord microphone.

The in-ears are made in collaboration with a startup called Campfire Audio out of Portland and will be available in December. There will be two options available, one that costs $195 and the other $495.

Available today are the over the ear and the on ear Canfields. As someone who produces a podcast, the slang of “In the cans” referring to if you can hear something in your headphones isn’t lost on me.

The on the ear Canfield headphones range from $495-$550, and the over the ear model ranges $595-$650.

Final assembly of the headphones happens in Detroit, and they’re apparently “tuned and tested” here as well.

They’re pretty. But are they worth it, if you’re really into sound? We’re not fancy enough to get sent a test set so here’s a roundup of initial reviews.

The Verge: “Shinola’s watches are stylish and well-made — they look like high-end mechanical watches. But the reality is that they’re quartz watches (which get as cheap as, say, a Swatch) inside a really nice package. Shinola’s bet is that the style and story of something matters as much or more to many customers than the function … That bet really comes into focus when you see the price on these headphones …. Those aren’t outrageous prices for headphones, but you can find models that sound great and look just as good for far less.” Full Verge review here.

CNET: “..the Shinola featured more of a “smile” curve to its sound signature — something more readily associated with Beats headphones. The bass was a little too prominent — “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads, for example, was bassier than I’d ever heard before. Competition is tight and by charging at least $200 more than its B&W competitor, the Canfield On-Ears may struggle. The in-ears look quite promising, however, and we look forward to hearing them as well.” Full CNET review here.

Gear Patrol: “I tried both on-ear and over-ear headphones and was struck by the weight and natural noise isolation of each. They felt substantial, in a good way, with naturally heavy ear cups that created a surprisingly strong seal on my ears. Even on the on-ear headphones, the noise isolation was pretty phenomenal — I couldn’t hear my colleagues talking across the table. They were comfortable, too. I listened to a few curated rock playlists on Tidal and thought they sounded great, but I’m no audiophile.” Full Gear Patrol review here.

So are you interested in these?

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