Delray – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:36:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 10-12 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:25:38 +0000 Hey everyone! I hope that this week is going well for you.

This week has been busy for me. I’ve been busy working and also getting everything in order for the trip I’m taking to New England next week.

There are a long of great events happening this weekend. Let’s get to it.

Pierogi at Lost River

We love pierogies at Daily Detroit, and I’m pretty sure you all love pierogies as well. So I figured I’d let you know about this fun little pierogi pop up at Lost River on Friday night.

Pietrzyk Pierogi will be setting up shop at the newest Tiki Bar on the eastside.

Come hungry because these pierogi sound delicious. You can find the menu here, and you’ll probably find my editor there, too.

When: Friday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Lost River is located at 15421 Mack Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48224

Detroit: You’re So Unusual Bus Tour

If you’re like me and like going on tours that take you off the beaten path, then the Detroit: You’re So Unusual Bus Tour from the City Tour Detroit is for you.

This bus tour will take you to places all over the city of Detroit like Jimmy Hoffa’s office, Detroit’s little Venice, and and eerie vault that is filled with cremains of well-known Detroiters.

The tour will take roughly 5 hours, and is filled with plenty of opportunities to get off of the bus to look around. There will also be a lunch break in the middle of the tour.

Tickets for the tour are $55 per person and you can make your reservation here.

When: Saturday, August 11 the bus departs promptly at 12:00 p.m.

The tour starts in front of the Eastern Market Offices

Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival

I love pierogi so much that I have TWO events dedicated to the polish dumpling. I am really sad that I have to miss out on the Pierogi Festival this year.

This weekend is the 37th annual Pierogi Festival at Mother of Divine Mercy near Eastern Market.

There will be plenty of food, music, dancing, and bingo games to be had this weekend. I also recommend going to one of the masses during the weekend.

The pre party is on Friday, August 10 from 6:00 until 10:00. The pre party is 21 and over.

Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sweetest Heart of Mary is located at 4440 Russell St, Detroit, Michigan 48207

Pewabic Summer Sale

This weekend is the Pewabic Summer Sale. I’m pretty sure I add this annual event to my City 5 every year, but there’s good reason for that.

I love Pewabic, in fact I’m always looking for the next piece to add to my collection. I know my husband loves my slight addiction to Pewabic.

Also, if you have been kicking around the idea of redoing the tile in your house with Pewabic, I suggest you come to this sale.

You never know what you might find at this sale. There will be architectural field tile and handcrafted ceramic giftware.

The sale starts on Saturday for members only and will continue on Sunday for the public.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pewabic is located at 10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

4th Annual Car Show and Detroit Firemen’s Fund Field Day at Historic Fort Wayne

There will be two events at Historic Fort Wayne this Sunday, so I’m giving you more bang for your buck.

If you like cars then you should head over to the fort to check out the 4th Annual Car Show.

There will be cars of all makes, models, and years out on display, and it will be a lot of fun.

The car show will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

It is $5 a person to get into the car show.

The second event is the 96th Annual Detroit Firemen’s Field Day.

This is a summer tradition, and it is a lot of fun.

There will be tons of family activities to participate in like face painting, dunk tanks, and a train. Not to mention the most important part, fire trucks. There will also be food available for purchase.

The Fireman’s Fund Field Day opens at 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

When: Sunday, August 12

Fort Wayne is located at 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, Michigan 48209


Open Streets Detroit Rouge Park

Just a short reminder that Open Streets Detroit Rouge Park was rescheduled for this Saturday.

If you have never been to Rouge Park, then you are in for a treat. It is the largest park in the city of Detroit and spans 1,184 acres. It has two Olympic-sized swimming pools, an event center, and even a campground. Yes, I said a campground.

The event will close down three miles of the roads inside Rouge Park which is located on the west side of Detroit.  

There are plenty of fun family friendly things planned for the event this Saturday. Open Streets is free to attend.

You can find more information about the event here.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Rouge Park

DOUBLE BONUS: Motor City Soul Stomp

It’s time again for the monthly Motor City Soul Stomp, which means it’s time to brush off your dancing shoes and head over to the Marble Bar on Saturday night.

Even if you don’t plan on dancing it is still fun to go listen to the Motor City Soul club spin rare Soul and Funk vinyl from the 60’s and 70’s. I just like to listen to the music, watch the people dance, and have a cocktail.

The best part is that it’s free to get in.

When: Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 30-April 1 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:52:30 +0000 Hello, to all you lovely readers.

I hope that all of you that celebrate Passover and Easter have a wonderful weekend.

If you are still around town this weekend there are some pretty cool events happening.

Eastern Promises at The Schvitz

How about a nice long steam at the historic Schvitz before seeing a movie?

That’s exactly what The Schivtz has planned for Friday evening.

They will be showing the 2007 movie Eastern Promises which was directed by David Cronenberg. This thriller stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.

There will be dinner and concessions available for purchase.

Tickets are $40 per person for a steam and a movie. Tickets are $10 if you only want to see the movie.

When: Friday, March 30. The sauna is open from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and the film starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Schivtz Detroit 8295 Oakland Avenue Detroit Michigan, 48211 

Back Alley Bikes Garage Sale

It still might be chilly out, but it is still Spring. This means it’s time to pull out your bike.

If you are in need of a new to you bike, then you should check out the Back Alley Bikes Garage Sale.

It will be held on Saturday in Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corps courtyard and community room.

Prices for the bikes range from $10 up to $150.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: Back Alley Bikes 3611 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Easter Fun Fest 

Looking for a fun Easter event for the whole family? Look no further than the Easter Fun Fest 2018 at Historic Fort Wayne.

The free event is sponsored by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.

The theme for the day is “Peter Rabbit” and there will be events for all ages.

There will be a Youth-Adult Egg Hunt, the “Egg-Mazing Race!”, make and take crafts, face painting, prizes, and live animals.

There will also be an area for the smaller kids that will have tot-sized games and activities.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Where: Historic Fort Wayne  6325 West Jefferson Detroit, Michigan 48209

Detroit Gatsby Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball 

Now here is an event for the adults in the room.

If you are looking for a fancy shindig then look no further than the Detroit Gatsby Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball.

There is still time to pick up your tickets for the ball, and it is sure to be a good time. I hear there are some beautiful dresses at The Peacock Room and Liz Louize in Royal Oak.

During the event guests will also be part of a theatrical production where they can interact with characters from classic fairy tales.

The evening will also include a strolling dinner and drinks.

Proceeds from the event will go to the non-profit Activate Detroit Potential. They partner with for profit companies to provide skills training and employment and holistic support services for at risk women in Detroit.

Tickets are $130 or $250 if you want to spring for the VIP experience. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Belle Isle Casino 1 Casino Way Detroit, Michigan 48209

Wrestling Cabaret Supershow 

The Squared Circle Revue will be returning for its 10th year with this event.

There will be plenty of matches between the SCR Title Match and the Mark Pants Memorial Battle Royal. Not to mention there will be some other acts like the Adorably Amazing Acrobatic tandem of Jadey and Poppet and burlesque performer Roxi Dlite.

Tickets for this event are $20 for general admission and $30 for front row seats. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom 715 E. Milwaukee Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

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23 Detroit Neighborhood Corridors To See $125M In Bond Funds Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:35:05 +0000 A program pitched by Mayor Mike Duggan to make 23 of the city of Detroit’s commercial streets more attractive and pedestrian friendly was approved by the Detroit City Council.

The idea is that through this investment, and follow-up investments by businesses, Detroit would recapture some of the estimated $2.6 billion in spending Detroit residents do annually in surrounding communities, according to a study soon to be released by the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC).

Here’s the plan for how the $125 million in bond money will be spent.

  • About $80 million of the bond revenue would fund major infrastructure improvements along the city’s key commercial corridors, such as Livernois-McNichols, West Vernor and East Warren. On the to-do list for the corridors are landscaping and reconfiguring traffic lanes to add bike lanes, improved street parking and in some cases wider sidewalks to allow for outdoor café seating.
  • $45 million will complement existing road funds to improve 300 miles of city roads and replace hundreds of thousands of broken sections of sidewalk across the city.

Because the city of Detroit is still under financial oversight, the bond sale must next be approved by the Financial Review Commission (FRC) and Michigan Finance Authority (MFA).

According information the city has provided from the yet to be released DEGC report, major improvements will bring millions of dollars back to some of the city’s retail corridors. One corridor, at Livernois and McNichols, for example, could capture $215 million in retail activity annually.

So where are the dollars coming to pay back the bond? Not the general fund or would there be money diverted from current projects, says the city. Detroit is receiving increased revenues from their share of state gas taxes and vehicle registration fees that have not been included in its current road improvement plan. Instead of piecemeal work, the administration wanted to get the dollars together for a bigger push.

Map of proposed improvements. Source: City of Detroit

The 23 corridors are: Livernois, W. McNichols, E. Jefferson, W. Jefferson, Jos Campau, Kercheval, Vernor, Bagley, Clairmount, Russell, Beaubien, Fisher Fwy. Service Dr., E. Warren, Dexter, Lawley, E. Davison Service Dr., Mt. Elliott, Redford St., Puritan, Warwick, Plainview, Plymouth and 7 Mile.

At least 51% of all work hours on the publicly-funded projects, according to the city, will be done by city residents, and for prime contractors, they anticipate to award 100 percent of the business to Detroit-based businesses.

The bond money is expected to be available in mid-November to begin work.

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LISTEN: Talking The Witch Of Delray, Detroit Murder Mysteries And History With Author Karen Dybis Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:20:34 +0000 [smart_track_player url=”″ image=”” download=”true” social_gplus=”false” social_linkedin=”true” social_email=”true” twitter_username=”TheDailyDetroit” ]

Today, we step back to Detroit in the 1930s at a bar that was open (well, as an ice cream shop during the prohibition part) to talk to Karen Dybis.

She’s an author of a few books, but her latest promises from what we’ve seen to be a great read. “The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery” is a true crime book that’s set in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood.

Dybis is a former newspaper reporter, and utilized that background as well as her colorful style paint a picture of a city and a boarding house where, as she says, renters walk in and pine boxes come out.

So join Sven Gustafson for a great conversation on the back patio of Nancy Whiskey’s.

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PODCAST: “The Race Is Over,” Moroun Will Build His Bridge To Canada First With Dave Battagello, Windsor Star Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:28:34 +0000

This edition of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour is very timely as Sven Gustafson is talking to veteran reporter Dave Battagello of the Windsor Star about the bridge projects to Canada, the border crossing, and how it affects thousands of people.

He’s been the lead guy covering this issue that most of the Detroit media has been silent on, even though long term, it will affect the livelihoods of many citizens of both countries, and there’s important news.

There are some key points you’re going to want to listen for.

  • Under Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, work on the bridge has stalled and lobbying efforts have increased.
  • Billionaire Matty Moroun & The Detroit International Bridge Company are a lot closer to a twin Ambassador bridge than the publicly funded project.
  • The permit Moroun received says he has to complete his bridge within five years; the Gordie Howe span won’t be completed for at least six years.
  • Moroun already has the plazas in place and just needs to build the span over the river and a Canadian truck inspection station, where there’s still a lot of demolition and construction to complete the Gordie Howe.

It was great talking to Battagello who has been eating, sleeping and breathing this beat. Be sure to have a full listen.

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