Shianne Nocerini – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:10:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 20-22 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:42:43 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I am really looking forward to it. I hear the weather is actually going to feel spring like, so that’s exciting.

This weekend is also my 6th wedding anniversary. So we will be hitting the highway for a little road trip for a few days. We were originally going to head north, but after all that snow this weekend I’m going to take a hard pass. Who know’s where we will end up, but I’m up for an adventure.

So anyway, let’s get back to this week’s City 5. There are a ton of great events happening this weekend. I had a hard time narrowing them down, so I threw in a bonus.

Let’s get down to business.

Whiskey Experience 2018

I know, I know I had another Whiskey event in City 5 last week. But you know what, I don’t care because I really like whiskey. Plus, this event is for a good cause so it deserves to be here.

The Whiskey Experience is a benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation. The foundation is a local organization that raises money for college scholarships and also contributes to the Leukemia Society.

This event has everything; educational whiskey sampling, industry expertise, the Whiskey Experience 2018 Guinness Record Highball glass filled with Jim Beam and Faygo Ginger Ale, and an all you can eat buffet.

If you’re not in the mood for sampling whiskey they will also have some different cocktails available.

General admission tickets are $60 per person. Want the VIP treatment? Those tickets are $80. They also have discount tickets if you are the designated driver, so pick one of those up too.  You can pick up tickets here. All proceeds will go to the Luella M. Harden Foundation.

This should also go without saying but this event is 21 and over. Get a babysitter or drop those kids off at your mother in law’s house.

When: Friday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

The Chug-A-Lug

Do you like running? Do you also enjoy tasty cold beers? Do you ever think that the only think that would make a 5 mile run better is to make stops along the way to have a beer?

If this sounds like you, then you should sign up for the the 5th Annual Chug-A-Lug.

This event celebrates Detroit Champions’ Week. If you want to learn more about Detroit Champions’ Day and Week head over to the News Byte. Jer spoke with the organizer of the events last week.

Anyway, back to the Chug-A-Lug.

The fun run will start out at Nancy Whiskey and will end at McShane’s.

Just a few quick things. Drinks are not provided during the race, so be sure to bring some cash. You only have a limited amount of time at each bar. So no need to get slowed up with plastic. Also, bring your ID with you because this is a 21 and over event.

It’s too late to get a shirt, but you can still sign up for this free run here.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Nancy Whiskey 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Record Store Day

If you are a lover of music then you should probably already know that this Saturday is Record Store Day. This annual event is a celebration of the independent record stores around the world.

There are plenty of great indie record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck, so why not check one of them out.

Many of them will be participating in Record Store Day by having specials, new records, and live performances.

Some of our favorite record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck are: Peoples Records, Hello Records, Third Man Records, and Detroit Threads.

When: Saturday, April 21 

Where: Multiple locations 

Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up

Hopefully this weekend is nicer than last weekend because it’s time for the Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up!

Come out and celebrate Earth Day by polishing up Detroit’s Jewel.

The cleanup is island wide, so they can use all the volunteers they can get. If you do go to help out be sure to bring your own rake and work gloves. The DNR will supply lawn bags, but will have limited rakes and gloves.

Have a large group of 15 or more? Want to help clean up the canals in a kayak? Have a large truck and want to help out? Email Genevieve Nowak at the Belle Isle Conservancy to let her know you’re coming.

Recreation passport requirement will be waived for Spring Clean-up volunteers.

This year the Spring Clean Up registration and hot dog lunch will be located at the Belle Isle Athletic Complex.

When: Saturday, April 21 Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the island-wide clean up will go between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Where: Belle Isle Athletic Complex on Belle Isle State Park 

Corrado Parducci-The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful

I have had a long love affair with the work that Corrado Parducci did all over the city of Detroit.

If you love the ornamentation of the Penobscot Building, Guardian Building, Buhl Building, Masonic Temple and David Stott Building then you too are a fan of Parducci’s work.

This Sunday the you can see Jennifer Barross and Jack Johnson’s film Corrado Parducci: The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful at the Masonic Temple.

You can check out the trailer to the film below.

As someone who has seen this film, I have to say it is pretty great.

There will be a tour before the film for people who purchase the VIP tickets.

Stick around after the film to hear the panel discussion with Barross, Jackson, and a Masonic Temple Historian. There will also be an organ performance after the panel.

General Admission tickets for the film are $10 but you can also get VIP Tickets for $25.  You can buy tickets here.

When: Sunday, April 22 the film starts at 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan 48201


Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days

This week is the Member Appreciation Days at Pewabic. If you are a member already, I’m sure you already know this.
But if you have been toying with the idea of getting a membership to one of Detroit’s most iconic potteries I suggest getting it this week.
During the Member Appreciation Days members get up to a 20% off discount of Pewabic giftware purchases.
Pewabic’s Glaze Development Specialist Alex Thullen will be giving an artist’s lecture on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday artist Susanne Stephenson will give a gallery talk and popup at 1:00 p.m.
When: Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days is Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.
Where: Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48214
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Event Space, “Taco Tuesdays” Planned For Six Mile In Detroit: “The Wildemere” Event Space To Open In May Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:35:21 +0000

A lot of attention is paid to the Greater Downtown area of the city of Detroit, but here’s more development news out of the neighborhoods.

There is a new development news on West McNichols (otherwise known as 6 Mile) and Wildemere Street on the border of the University District and Martin Park neighborhoods.

I spoke with Corey Williams who is one of the owners of Strategic Business Development, the group who bought the building in 2016.  

According to Williams, they began renovating the building right after they purchased it.

The first thing they focused on was renovating and renting out the two luxury apartments on the second floor. Both apartments have had tenants for the past 18 months.

The next thing they focused on was building out the commercial space on the ground floor.

They have turned the ground floor into an event space called The Wildemere.

The event space is 8,000 square feet with a full kitchen.

The public will be able to throw birthday parties, showers and community events at the Wildemere once it opens.

Because the space also has a full kitchen so they hope to be able to host pop up restaurants and theme nights like Taco Tuesday.

The Wildemere is expected to open sometime in May.

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Meetups: Your Networking 5 For The Week Of April 17-24 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:11:55 +0000 Hey there everyone. I hope you all survived Winter Storm Xanto (are we naming everything now? I guess so!) over the weekend. That ice storm was pretty bad, but at least we aren’t like Green Bay. Did you see how much snow they got over there?

Now that I’ve gotten done with talking about the weather, let’s look at the networking events for this week.

Let me tell you, this week is really runs the gamut with events. We’ve got a lot of bases covered that’s for sure.

Detroit Women in Digital

If you are a women who works in the digital landscape you’re going to want to go to this months Detroit Women in Digital meeting.

This months theme is Know Your Worth- Salary Negotiation.

The guest speaker for the event is Debra F. Williams the Chief Employee and Customer Experience Officer at Right Management.

You do need to be a member of Women in Digital to attend this event but it is pretty affordable to join.

When: Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Boulevard #301 Detroit, Michigan 48226

Michigan HR Masterminds

Calling all you HR professionals. This networking event is for you.

This Thursday the Michigan HR Masterminds will be holding a networking event at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront.

Total Health Care is sponsoring the event that will have cocktails, appetizers and free valet.

This event is free to attend.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Andiamo Detroit Riverfront 400 Renaissance Center #A-03 Detroit, Michigan 48243

Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals

For those of you code monkeys out there it is time again for the Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals brought to you by IT in the D.

This low key event is for those of you who work in all areas of the IT realm. There is agenda during this event. It’s just a group of people getting together to talk IT over a few beers.

This month it will be held at Falling Down Beer Company, and I hear they have some pretty great pretzels from Germany.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Falling Down Beer Company 2270 E 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091

Engineers and Beers

We’ve got an inaugural networking event here! It’s not very often that I get to talk about a brand-new event, but here we are.

If you work in the engineering industry you should totally go check out this event.

There will be complimentary beers and appetizers thanks to Optech.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Black Lotus Brewing Co. 1 East 14 Mile Road Clawson, Michigan 48017

Open City- Getting to Yes

If you have been working to get funding for you business then you should attend this Build Institute event.

During the panel you will learn what options you have and how to prepare for the process of getting funding. You will also learn what can kill your chances of getting funded.

This event is free to attend.

When: Monday, April 23 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, May 3 at Greektown Casino-Hotel. Digital marketing leaders from the Detroit region will look at the current digital marketing landscape as it pertains to cutting-edge topics such as the new Facebook algorithm, online reputation management and influencer marketing. Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed is ideal for small business owners and marketing professionals with intermediate knowledge of digital marketing techniques and strategy.

Cost: $55 for Chamber members, $99 for future members. Registration includes breakfast.

When: Friday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Greektown Casino-Hotel 555 E Lafayette Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast Kicks Off Million Meals Match Campaign On Thursday, April 19 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:24:57 +0000 Currently one in five Michigan children face hunger. Nearly 300,000 school aged children who live in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough food to eat. That number is staggering and honestly heartbreaking.

Most of these school aged children are eligible for free or reduced meals during the week. However, once the weekend and summer vacation hits they often have very little to eat.

On Thursday, April 19 the Gleaners Community Food Bank will be hosting the 25th Annual Women’s Power Breakfast.

This is the kick off event for Gleaners Million Meals Match Campaign. The month-long campaign raises money to help feed children who have food insecurities at home.

For every dollar raised by PNC Bank, Delta and other generous donors will double your donations.

Normally $1 will provide three meals for those in need, but during the Million Meals Match campaign it will mean meals for six children. That means it will go twice as far.

So back to the Women’s Power Breakfast.

This event is a who’s who of Michigan’s most powerful and influential female leaders. These women get stuff done not only in the business world but in the philanthropic world.

Since the Women’s Power Breakfast was started in 1994 they have raised over $3.2 million for hungry children.

This is a great opportunity to network and to learn about Gleaners and the work that they do to help with food insecurity.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and $85 if you are under 35.

The 25th Annual Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast will be on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

The event will take place at Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48201.

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Meet Detroit’s Mortuary Science Museum: Excerpt From “Secret Detroit: A Guide To The Weird, Wonderful, And Obscure” Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:59:50 +0000 Do you love learning about all of the interesting places around the city of Detroit?

Maybe you’ve driven by the Psychedelic Healing Shack right off of Woodward just south of 7 Mile and wondered what in the heck was inside.

Well, author Karen Dybis has done all of the work for you and has put it in a handy book called Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

The book comes out Monday, April 16. You can order it at your favorite bookstore or here on Amazon.

Sven sat down with Dybis for a short interview on the News Byte. You an check out that interview here.

We were able to get a sneak peek of the book for our readers. Here is an excerpt from Secret Detroit.


A Tribute to the Dead

Where can you find a history of embalming fluid alongside burial records for some of Detroit’s most famous?

Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science program includes classroom, laboratory and practical instruction on everything from grief to conflict resolution to the psychology of death and dying. But one room stands as truly unique. This is no ordinary college-campus classroom. Open the door to the Wayne State University Mortuary Science Museum, and you’ll see a century’s worth of funeral history.

There is a bevy of caskets, embalming tools, medicine bags, religious iconography and other materials used in the preparation of the body for burial. There are portable embalming kits, which funeral directors of old carried with them as they traveled to clients’ homes to prepare the dead for burial. There are cases of glass bottles with elaborate paper labels that formerly held embalming fluid and other chemicals used as part of the process. There also are books that outline how funeral directors kept records of the services held at their facilities, documenting the traditions that surround the end of life from Detroit’s earliest history to today.

The Museum developed in part because WSU Mortuary Science graduates donated items found in their funeral homes or from their personal collections, said Program Director Mark T. Evely. Students tour the museum as part of the curriculum, learning about funeral-service history, highlighting how the way people memorialize the dead has changed throughout history as well as a social and religious change. Talking about death may not easy, but learning about the process both in terms of the science and the religious aspects surrounding the end of life is fascinating through this well-organized museum. 

Wayne State University Mortuary Science Museum 

Where: 5439 Woodward Avenue

Cost: Free

Pro tip: Call ahead to the WSU Mortuary Science department to schedule an appointment to view the museum.

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 13-15 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:32:10 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I can’t wait. For some reason this week has been ultra draining, and I really just want to check out for a bit.

There is a ton of things to do this weekend, and I had a hard time culling the list. But I did it, and these are my TOP picks.

I have a feeling I’ll be checking out at least one of the films at the Freep Film Festival starting Friday night.

Let’s get on to the list. I Hope you all have a great weekend.

Freep Film Festival

The Freep Film Festival technically kicked off on Tuesday night, but the majority of the films will be screened throughout the weekend.

This years batch of films are pretty impressive. I was looking over the line up and there are a few movies that have caught my eye.

I’m really interested in checking out the film Bean, Detroit 48202, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. 

If you have been wanting to check out that Mr. Roger’s documentary this is your chance. It will be playing on Friday night at 6 p.m. Maybe I’ll run into you, because I have been dying to see this film.

Check out the Freep Film Festival website for the entire schedule.

The film festival is spread out over more than ten venues. Most of the venues are inside the city, but there are some films that will be shown at Emagine Novi and Royal Oak.

Detroit Whiskey Festival

When I go out for a cocktail I generally stick to Whiskeys and Bourbon drinks.

So of course this event was going to be in my City 5.

If you enjoy a nice smooth Whiskey then you should go to Shed 3 at Eastern Market on Friday night.

There will be tasting stations where you can choose from a mixed cocktail or a straight taste.

Each ticket will come with 12 beverage samples. If you get hungry there will also be food for purchase.

It should go without saying, but this is a 21 and over event. Also, don’t forget to have a DD or utilize Lift or Uber if you’re going to be drinking.

Tickets are $25 per person. You can purchase them online here.

When: Friday, April 13 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 3 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Dequindre Cut Community Clean Up

Now that the snow is gone (I hope) it is time to start cleaning up the aftermath of a long winter.

This Saturday the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will be holding a community clean up of the Dequindre Cut and they need your help.

If you’re in the spring cleaning mood the clean up will take place between 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers can check-in at the Dequindre Cut entrances at Woodbridge, Gratiot, and Wilkins Street.

Be sure to dress for the elements. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. 

Where: Along the Dequindre Cut 

That BIG 80s Party

That BIG 80s Party is coming back to El Club this Saturday night.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out all your old day glow, banana clips, and the Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

DJ Dave Paul will be flying in from San Francisco to spin all of those totally hip tunes from the decade that brought you hip-hop and new wave.

If you are a lover of the music and style of the 1980s then you HAVE to go to this party.

Tickets are $10 a person, you can pick them up here.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: El Club 4114 Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

6th Annual Detroit Rummage Sale 

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but I absolutely love a good garage sale.

But the weather is still a bit too unpredictable for garage sale season. So, if you’ve got that itch like I do I suggest checking out the Detroit Rummage Sale this Sunday.

There will be plenty of sellers set up with a good selection of used items, vintage collectibles, to everyday needs.

The best part is the sale is indoors, so if it is too cold or wet outside you can still enjoy your time haggling for a great deal.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

When: Sunday, April 15 from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Tangent Gallery 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202


Motor City Soul Club: April Soul Stomp

You know the drill, it’s time for the Motor City Soul Club to spin rare soul and funk music from the 1960s and 1970s.

DJ’s Dan Austin, Brad Hales and Erica Aytes will be joined by special guest B. Hill this month for the April Soul Stomp.

There’s no cover and it is a really great crowd.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Where: The Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Meetups: Your Networking 5 For The Week Of April 11-17 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:53:35 +0000 Hello, hello, hello.

This week there are some pretty interesting events going on.

I know we have been really looking forward to Detroit Nonprofit Day, which is this Saturday.

Have a great week everyone!

Tax & Legal Update; NAFTA Panel; Currency Overview

The United States–Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Chapter (USMCOC-GL) will be holding a currency overview on Thursday, April 12.

It will cover all of the hot topics like the changes to the tax law, what is happening with NAFTA, and an overview of the economy and an outlook of interest rates.

The panels will have experts on the topics from Baker Tilly, Miller Canfield, Clayton McKervey, Plante Moran, Butzel and Citi.

Sure, it sounds dry but it’s important information to know if you are in the world of business.

Tickets for the overview are $50.

When: Thursday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Where: The Westin Southfield Detroit 1500 Town Center Southfield, Michigan 48075

Detroit Luxury Meetings Summit

If you are a meeting and events planner in metro Detroit you should probably attend this event at the The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

It will be a great opportunity for event planners to network with hoteliers and other people in the industry.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. So be sure to register.

When: Thursday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: The Townsend Hotel Detroit 100 Townsend Street Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Business Parents Network – Connecting With Your Ideal Customer/Client

Sometimes it is hard to network when you are working parent, especially when you need childcare.

That is where The Spark Collaborative comes in. They host a monthly event where you can go and network with other professionals and bring your kids.

Volunteer moms from The Spark Collaborative will watch your kids while you network.

This month the focus of the meeting will be how to better reach your target audience and how to connect with your ideal customer or client.

Tickets are $10 and that includes childcare.

When: Friday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where: Detroit Parent Collective 8418 West McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221

Detroit Nonprofit Day 

If you work anywhere near the world of nonprofits you should probably attend this one day conference. Heck, if you have a business with a social conscious you should attend this conference as well.

It’s a great opportunity to get the skills, knowledge, and relationships to build a sustainable organization.

I’m going to shoot you over to the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. Jeremiah had a great interview with Amanda Lewan about Detroit Nonprofit Day.

Tickets for Detroit Nonprofit Day are $150 for general admission and $99 for students.

When: Saturday, April 14 from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Where: The University of Detroit Mercy 4001 W. McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221

NAAAHR- State of Michigan Business and Networking Meeting

State of Michigan Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will be holding their bi-monthly meeting in Romulus on Tuesday, April 17.

The meeting will have a special guest, Dr. Rita Fields. Who will speak about how to become a sought after public speaker.

Tickets for the meeting are $20 to attend.

When: Tuesday April 17, 2018 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport 8000 Merriman Road Romulus, Michigan 48174

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Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, May 3 at Greektown Casino-Hotel. Digital marketing leaders from the Detroit region will look at the current digital marketing landscape as it pertains to cutting-edge topics such as the new Facebook algorithm, online reputation management and influencer marketing. Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed is ideal for small business owners and marketing professionals with intermediate knowledge of digital marketing techniques and strategy.

Cost: $55 for Chamber members, $99 for future members. Registration includes breakfast.

When: Friday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Greektown Casino-Hotel  555 E Lafayette Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Brunch All The Time? Yes, Please. Meet Corktown’s Newest Cafe, Folk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:55:20 +0000 If you love brunch, look no further. Your dream place may arrived.

FOLK, Corktown’s newest café and coffee shop will be opening to the general public on Wednesday, April 18.

The café is owned by Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes. The are also the women behind The Farmer’s Hand. Both businesses are in the building on the corner of Trumbull and Bagley.

We had a chance to take a look around and to try some of the dishes at FOLK before it opens to the public.

The café is small with only 24 seats but it is still inviting. The large windows in the front of the building bring in plenty of light and it makes FOLK feel welcoming.

There are communal tables and seating at the bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

Louya and Foulkes have also made sure the menu is filled with seasonal ingredients from local farms. You can listen to the interview with both of them on the Daily Detroit News Byte below.

The menu has a selection of brunch dishes that are familiar with an international flair. Think quiche, hashes, parfaits, egg sandwiches and meat pies. There is even a section dedicated to different types of toasts.

Since FOLK is a coffee shop there is a nice selection of coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and infused milks.

They also have a nice little sweet section to the menu they make muffins, scones and other goodies in-house. You can also get ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery and items from Sister Pie.

Let’s run through what we tried in order of what we liked most with the clear caveat that this is a first taste and not a review, as it was a media preview. But it should give you an idea what you’re going to run into here.

The first thing we tried was the Rose Milk, which is one of the three infused milks on the FOLK menu. It is a mixture of beet root powder, ginger, chili powder, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla bean and rose simple syrup.

I don’t think I have had anything quite like it. It was a mix of earthy, floral and warm. The rose simple syrup makes the drink taste how a flower smells.  I liked it, plus it is really pretty to photograph.

The next thing I tried was the Avocado Toast, which has a hearty mix of avocado, beet hummus, tahini, sprouts, radish and a sprinkling of benne (aka sesame seeds.)

I’m not generally a fan of hummus, but the beet hummus was tasty. Not to mention the seeded wheat from Zingerman’s Bakehouse holds up nicely to all of the toppings.

I’m sure there is a joke in there about avocado toast, but I’m not going to be the one to make it. Because I love it. No shame in my game.

Next up was the Basic Brekky, which is FOLK’s take on your standard breakfast of egg on toast with seasoned potatoes and greens.

If you are a fan of soft scrambled eggs, then this dish will be your jam. The greens were dressed nicely and the potatoes were crispy and spiced well.

Finally, on to my favorite thing from FOLK, which is silly since it’s a Yogurt Bowl. The yogurt bowl had ginger honey yogurt, lime apricot compote, lemon basil seed pudding and toasted coconut. 

The lime apricot compote is bright and vibrant. The lemon basil seed pudding looks weird, but it adds texture to the yogurt bowl. Then there is just enough crunch from the toasted coconut.

I am looking forward to going back on the weekend because there is a Waffle Brekky on the menu that looks amazing.

Everything on the menu is available for carry-out order. FOLK also have some grab and go items, like coffee and the Yogurt Bowl.

Folk is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays. On Saturday and Sunday FOLK is open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

FOLK is located at 1701 Trumbull Detroit, Michigan 48216

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Odds Are Bad For Horse Racing Fans As Hazel Park Raceway Officially Closes Sun, 08 Apr 2018 15:11:41 +0000 After nearly 70 years of horse racing, the Hazel Park Raceway has closed its doors effective Thursday, April 5, 2018.

There will be no more live horse races during the summer. No more watching simulcast horse races from around the country. No more old men handicapping every race in their Daily Racing Form while smoking a pack of cigarettes.

When the news broke of the closure I was so sad. I spent so much time there when I was younger. My older sister was involved in the world of horse racing, so we spent a lot of time at the track.

Hazel Park was the first 5/8ths mile track in the United States. When the track opened in 1949 it was a duel-breed track which allowed thoroughbred and harness racing. It then became a harness only track between 1985 and 2013. In 2014 the track went back to thoroughbred racing.

The race track shared the news of the closure with the public with sign on the doors and on the Hazel Park website.

“After nearly 70 years, Hazel Park Raceway is closing effective April 5, 2018. We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to our employees, visitors, supporters and long-standing community partners.”

Up until recently the website was hiring for seasonal employees for the upcoming race season.

Unfortunately the 90 employees that worked at Hazel Park are no without a job. According to the press release Hazel Park has offered it’s employees assistance in finding a new job.

There is also an agreement to sell off all of the assets at Hazel Park. There is no word on what the deal entails.

Northville Downs is now the only horse track in Michigan.


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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 6-8 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:48:24 +0000 I can’t be the only one who is feeling the effects of these April snow showers. I know the snow isn’t sticking down here, but in other parts of the state they are getting buried in snow.

I’m ready for spring to really show up — and for Detroit Tigers games to stop getting postponed.

Let’s look forward to the weekend.

The Populace Unveiling inside the Siren Hotel

The Wurlitzer Building has been given a new life as the Siren Hotel. I remember walking past the formerly crumbling structure with my band of fellow downtown drinking derelicts when I was in my early 20s.

It’s been a long time coming, but the building has been renovated into a fun and stylish boutique hotel.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the food and beverage options inside the hotel. I’m personally eager to checking them all out. Especially Albena and the Candy Bar.

This weekend is the debut of Populace Coffee Detroit which is located in the lobby of the Siren. Come check out the new digs and try a coffee.

When: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Populace will be open daily from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Where: The Siren Hotel is located at 1509 Broadway Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Planter Day at Corbé

We might have had some snow showers today, but I keep reminding myself that it is spring. Which means giving your green thumb something to work on.

The Detroit-based ceramic design studio Corbé will be hosting Planter Day this Saturday.

Come check out some of the cool planters they have created for all of your pretty plants. They will also have plants that you can pick out and plant in your new pretty planter.

I’d get there early to get the best pick of planters.

When: Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Corbé 611 W. Philadelphia Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

The Billie Holiday Revue featuring Sky Covington at Cliff Bells 

Billie Holiday was a trailblazing woman in the world of music. Her birthday would have been this Saturday, April 7.

To honor this amazing songstress Sky Covington will be performing the Billie Holiday Revue at Cliff Bells this Saturday.

Come out and celebrate the life and music of Lady Day.

There is a $10 cover and you should probably call (313) 961-2543 to get a reservation.

When: Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bells 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Our History in the D: The Stories of Gay Life and Gay Bars in Detroit

If you are in the LGBTQ community or are an ally to the community I suggest checking out this event at The Olympia Theater and Mengos.

Our History in the D will include an oral retelling of Detroit’s gay bar scene from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Dr. Tim Retzloff is a gay historian and he will be the moderator for the panel. The panel will feature Ms. Mary Sappington (Mary Metra), The Lady T Tempest, DJ Stacey “Hottwax” Hale (here’s Sven’s great interview with her on our Happy Hour podcast), Palmer Park Historian Doug haller, Tribe President Mike Weise, and Torchy.

These trailblazers helped pave the way for LGBTQ equality in the United States.

There will also be gay bar memorabilia on display thanks to the Detroit Gay Bar Preservation Project.

When: Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the panel starts at 7:00 p.m. Stick around for bar stories and cocktails after the panel.

Where: The Menjos Complex – Olympia Theater 940 W. McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48203

Three Stooges Festival at the Redford 

I’m going to give credit to my mom for reminding me about the Three Stooges Festival at the Redford.

The Three Stooges are pretty iconic, so I don’t think I need to sell you all on why you should go to the festival.

Who doesn’t like watching three grown men hit each other on the head with a hammer?

Anyway, tickets for the festival are only $5 so it’s a great deal.

When: Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Redford Theater 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, Michigan 48219

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