Lists – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Let’s Taco ‘Bout The Top 10 Taco Joints In Metro Detroit Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:58:31 +0000 There is something satisfying about a street taco. Just a few warm corn tortillas filled with the meat of your choice (for me, it’s usually carne asada) topped with onion, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

So, we got the podcast team together to talk about tacos. We debated and picked out top ten places around metro Detroit to grab some tacos.

Let’s get on with the list.

1. Taqueria El Rey

Taqueria El Rey is one of the best places to grab a taco in Southwest Detroit. It’s not a place with a decor that was designed by some architectural firm. It is a place you get damn good tacos. The tacos here are always tasty and everything on the menu is really reasonably priced. Just a word to the wise, bring cash because they don’t take plastic.

4730 West Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

2. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

You might have to wait for a table at this popular Springwells restaurant, but it’s well worth the wait. There are a lot of tasty things on the menu at Taqueria Mi Pueblo, but the steak and chicken tacos are among the best.

7278 Dix Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

If you’re in a hurry for tacos head down the road to Taqueria Mi Pueblo Express.

7271 Dix Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

3. Los Galanes

It is no secret that Los Galanes is one of the mainstays in Mexicantown, it’s been in business for over 50 years. You have a choice between Mexican tacos or crispy tacos at Los Galanes.

3362 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

4. El Parian

Photo: Sven Gustafson

There are multiple locations for this food truck, but I’ve only been to the one parked in the lot of a car wash surrounded by a sprawling freight rail yard. It’s brutal, with noise and wafting diesel fumes, but the tacos are entirely worth it, with heavenly charred carnitas, aromatic corn tortillas and even a nice bonus vinegar slaw.

1001 Springwells Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

5. Taco Tienda Mexicana 

This little taco spot is tucked away in the corner of a strip mall along John R. Don’t let the fact that this place half restaurant half grocery store turn you away. The tacos are great. Be sure to try the sauces that they bring to the table. Also, grab a side of rice, it’s delicious.

31642 John R Road Madison Heights, MI 48071

6. O.W.L.

via Google Streetview

At O.W.L., you don’t choose the tacos. The tacos choose you. The daily taco makes ordering food simple, all you have to do is walk up and say “give me the tacos” and you’re good to go.

27302 Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48067

7. Carnival Market

Located in Pontiac, Carnival is a full-service grocery store that also has a restaurant inside. You can walk out with three tacos, beans and rice for 7 bucks. Not to mention, you can make the tacos “gringo style” with lettuce, tomato and sour cream for those of you who can’t get down with cilantro and onion.

1101 E Walton Boulevard Pontiac, Michigan 48340

8. The Taco Stand

Photo via Taco Stand Facebook

The menu is small, but that means they are focused on making great food. While you are at The Taco Stand getting your fill of tacos, throw in an order of the Carne Asada fries.

There are two locations:

5037 Allen Road Allen Park, Michigan 48101

20115 Goodard Road Taylor, Michigan 48180

9. Galindo’s

The tacos at Galindo’s in Southgate are tasty and full of flavor. If you’re not in the mood for tacos there are 16 different Tortas on the menu.

13754 Fort Street Southgate, Michigan 48195

10. Bakersfield

Photo via Bakersfield Facebook

Say what you want about it being a chain, the tacos at Bakersfield are really good. There are plenty of options for toppings, which make the tacos interesting. Plus, the margaritas are bomb.

3100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

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8 Things We’ve Learned Producing More Than 80 Episodes Of A Daily Podcast Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:33:54 +0000 The last few months have been crazy for us. Why? We now produce a daily, original, all-local podcast. 

Monday through Thursday we produce 15-20 minutes of audio that is the Daily Detroit Podcast.  It includes originally reported stories, key headlines, and usually a feature audio documentary or interview.

On Fridays we produce the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast with Sven Gustafson. It’s evolving into Detroit’s podcast dinner party. 

So in reality, we produce podcast shows five days a week. 80+ Daily Detroit News Bytes and 50+ Happy Hours. 

We still have a lot of room to grow and a lot more we’ll learn as we keep doing this, but here are 8 things we’ve learned producing a podcast every day.

1. There are no rules, but have a process

With a daily show, things can easily change in within hours or minutes of post time. There are no hard rules as to when the rest of the world happens. This means you need a strong process so you can put out fires as they arise instead of dealing with basics.

We like perfect audio, but with our time constraints we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We use low-cost tools that work well like Slack and Google Docs every day to coordinate. 

We have to creatively solve problems all the time — including where to record on the fly.

We’ve recorded inside of cars. In quiet parks. In a quiet corner of the GM RenCen. Outside of the old train station… and in the lobby of the Grand Hotel up on Mackinac Island.

2. Get solid gear, but focus on your story

The new podcast studio space before any work got done.

If you want to think about gear all day, go be an engineer and help produce someone else’s show. At the end of the day, most listeners do not care what you recorded on as long as it sounds good. Our reliable workhorse is an old, dented, screen-cracked Tascam DR-40. 

Good mic technique and basic processing can get you most of the way you need to go. 

Although we can record independently, we often choose to use the service of a local studio and incubator, Podcast Detroit. Why? Because it’s an easy button and sometimes we need to go in, record, and be done. We’ll soon have an announcement about regular recording digs in the city of Detroit with them.

After all, we make shows — not technical audio equipment discussions.

3. Digital media is its own thing

When people approach digital media of any kind, they tend to think it’s an echo of the world they came from. Former print people often think the internet is text. Video folks believe everything should be video. Radio folks, audio. Photographers, images.

In fact, digital is its own medium. Each story format has its strengths, and you need to be able to switch between them depending on the story you need to tell.

Podcasting allows for more tone and personality to come out to the audience than text does. You can hear the energy someone brings to the mic.

4. Think evergreen

Viranel Clerard (left) with Sven Gustafson (right) in studio

Episodes of the Daily Detroit podcast are often listened up to a week from the day they are posted. We have to think about that with every story we select, and give people enough lead time to binge listen or catch up. That’s just the nature of podcasting.

5. Focus to stand out

Here’s a fact traditional media should shudder at: 44 percent of the time, people don’t even know what the original source is of what they’re reading if they’ve followed a link from Facebook.

If done right, podcasts set your brand apart. You don’t need to put out 30 or 40 stories a day like so many local outlets do nowadays to be valuable. In fact, traditional media may be wasting audience’s time trying to offer too much.

Per Stratechery:

A sustainable local news publication will be fundamentally different: a minimal rundown of the news of the day, with a small number of in-depth articles a week featuring real in-depth reporting, with the occasional feature or investigative report. After all, it’s not like it is hard to find content to read on the Internet: what people will pay for is quality content about things they care about (and the fact that people care about their cities will be these publications’ greatest advantage).

Our experience so far is that Ben Thompson’s above theory is correct.

6. This will be hard work

Getting interviews at Jimmy John’s Field in Shelby Township

I get asked a lot about our technical tricks to put a show out every day. Our app we use that does it all. Our simple steps.

There are no shortcuts. You have to show up every day. You have to do the work.

You will always be thinking of ways to work smarter, not harder, sure. But doing something of quality every day is not a hobby or a side project.

7. You can’t build anything that lasts by yourself

Sven Gustafson (Daily Detroit), Jordan Hoffman (PARC), Steve Wilke (Editor, Hour Magazine)

Collaborate wherever you can. We’ve had people from Hour Detroit, Bridge Magazine, the Detroit News and others on our shows. Guests sometimes become regular contributors.

Having an “us vs. them” attitude of the traditional newsroom simply doesn’t work in digital. Have a great story and want to talk about it? Come on by!

Unlike some folks, we take PR pitches. Not all of them are great, and some are outright awful. But a good one is how we got an episode with play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson and Tigers legend Willie Horton on a show.

Beyond our little core team, we collaborate with Fletcher Sharpe to cover Detroit City FC on a regular basis, a beat traditional sports stations basically ignore. Chef Godwin Ihentuge will be adding depth of flavor to the culinary side of our Daily Detroit Happy Hour. Viranel Clerard, the man behind, now comes on to talk about street art. Karen Dybis appears often to add context and helped us with our Mackinac coverage.

8. Put the audience — your community — first.

WIIFM. What’s In It For Me. That’s what almost every listener that’s not your mom thinks, every day. Time is now our most valuable asset as a society. Look at all the on-demand services out there now designed to save us time. Shipt. Lyft. Amazon Prime. The list goes on.

With a podcast, you can’t force people to subscribe. They’re making an active choice. Honor that decision with everything you produce, and have fun with it. Remember that people can often hear how you’re feeling. This is challenging but rewarding work. People can hear it if you love what you do.

I hope this post helps your project. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe (free!) to our shows. Thanks!

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31.3 Photos That Captured The Spirit Of Detroit On #313Day Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:53:34 +0000 Happy 313 Day everyone!

Today the social media universe has been filled with love letters to the City of Detroit by using the hashtag #313Day.

I picked out our favorite 31.3 posts that celebrate the city of Detroit from Twitter and Instagram.

1. Detroit has always been known for our spirit, with or without the statue. 

2. Are you proud to be a Detroiter? I’m pretty sure we all are. 

3. Detroit, it really is Pure Michigan. Am I right? 

4. Those Fisher brothers commissioned some beautiful buildings didn’t they? 

5. We’ve got news for you Detroit… we really love you. 

6. Our love grows for you every day, you know… like flowers and fruit. 

7. Our transit system might be is more inspirational than transportation-al… but it’s still ours. <3 

8. Ooh… old plane! 

9. Calling our Canadian friends

10. Even when my memories are a little foggy I still love you Detroit

11. Sometimes you need to pray for your city

12.  A photo with a view, even though it’s obviously not that time of year

13. Pizza. No explanation needed. 

14. Better Made. See above. 

15. 7 action views

16. Boomerang 

17. My, what a tall building you are! 

18. I art my city 

19. Old school… really old school. 

20. From Grand Circus 

21. Let me tile you how much I love you

22. Dan, Dan… The History Man

23. I’m not lion to you 

24. No, he’s not holding a basketball, but what if he did? 

25. I’m not pucking around with your heart. 

26. Nice

27. Noted

28. Obligatory dog photo. But really, awww! 

29. You really move me, Detroit

30. Perfect Detroit Trifecta 

31. Moving to Detroit? Alpaca you up. 

31.3 I wish we could throw Detroit a parade every day!


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10 Cozy Bars In Metro Detroit For Whittling Away Winter Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:41:13 +0000 The holidays are over, deep winter has set in and you need a strategy to survive the next few months of cold and dark. We get it, and we’re here for you. What you need — what we all need — is someplace dark and warm, cheery and cozy to indulge in what the Danish call hygge.

So grab your drinking coat and let’s have a lot of fun around town with these 10 cozy drinking spots. Because baby, it’s cold outside.

1. Joe Bar, Hazel Park

Here’s a newish, off-the-beaten-path outpost that’s entirely worth a visit. It’s smack-dab next door to the celebrated Mabel Gray, a dimly lit dive bar creatively reimagined for the twenty-teens. It’s got tasty stick-to-your-ribs menu offerings like a grilled cheese with a Blood Mary tomato soup, French dip and banh mi, plus a top-notch bar, all with a comfy, warm view of the chilly outdoor patio, some killer bathroom murals and a couple of horseshoe-shape banquette booths to melt into. Did we mention they have Missile Command?

2. Public House, Ferndale

This place frankly could qualify for any seasonal list but wins for wintertime because of its enclosed, space-heated patio, plus their white subway-tile interior bar accented by the dark-stained wood bar. Extra points for their menu of creative sliders, delicious barbecue carrots (seriously, try ‘em), extensive draft beer list and library of vinyl LPs to play on the bar’s turntable.

3. The Buhl Bar, Detroit

This is a classy entrant on the list, but totally worth it. It’s in the bottom of the Buhl Building, and you’ll think you’re drinking like the top of the town. Recently, the operations were taken over by the Optimist Society of Sugar House fame, so you know it’s good. Facebook

4. The Keep, Detroit

Go down in the warm brick-walled basement of this old building on Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit. The bartenders are top-notch and there are all kinds of canoodling nooks for that great date. Facebook

5. Abick’s, southwest Detroit

This long-time establishment has cozy down to a science. It’s on a street corner in a neighborhood and has that very old-timey bar feel. Cash only, and bring friends. Facebook

6. Bad Luck Bar, Detroit

Since this place doesn’t have a patio and is about the size of two living rooms, it automagically qualifies. That said, its decor is very mid-century modern. Don’t let the initial hype of expensive drinks fool you – there are options across the board.

7. The Oakland: Art Novelty Company, Ferndale

Here’s a great spot for the worst of the worst winter weather, the days (or more accurately, nights) when the weather outside is too grim to even look at. The Oakland comes through by pretty well sealing itself off from any and all outdoor light, natural or otherwise, with dim lighting, comfy nook seating and tasty craft cocktails. Perfect for when you need nothing more than to retreat from reality.

8. Mutiny, Southwest Detroit

What better place to wait out the cold than a tiki-themed joint? They have unique takes on a lot of drinks, and although I really wish they’d just serve a straight Mai Tai on the menu, it’s worth the trip.

9. Craftwork, West Village, Detroit

Another out-of-the-way locale that fills a wintertime need for coziness and soul-filling. Located in a fast-revitalizing area in West Village, Craftwork offers a delicious, unpretentious menu in two rooms — a bar area with long, communal tables, and a more traditional but casual dining room. Both offer great views of a vibrant neighborhood that makes you pine for more of its kind in Detroit.

10. The Inn Place, Royal Oak

If you’re looking to sing your heart out in cozy confines, there is no better option than the Inn Place in Royal Oak. Their karaoke game is so incredibly strong on Thursday and Saturday nights that if you live downtown and you need to Uber/Lyft your way up, you should do it. It’s about a half mile away from the Main Street strip, so it has its own flavor and a number of locals. Facebook

All photos via Facebook except for Mutiny. 

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9 Reasons This New Garden On Belle Isle Could Be The Bee’s Knees Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:57:51 +0000 Plans are in motion to install a new 1.5 acre garden that will be located in front of the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon between the bandshell and the Whitcomb Conservatory gardens.

The garden will be one of collaboration between Oudolf, Belle Isle Conservancy, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The project focused group called the Oudolf Garden Detroit will be raising $2.7 million for construction and to provide a fund for ongoing maintenance.

The Oudolf garden is still in its planning stages as installation is planned to begin in 2019.

After talking with Oudolf at a media roundtable last week, I have been thinking about all of the possibilities and how this could be great for Detroit.

9. Oudolf has over 40 years of experience designing gardens

Recently Architectural Digest said he’s among the most “influential men and women working in interior design and architecture, who are changing the world, one room, one building and one garden at a time.”

8. The garden will be a wonderful place for pollinators like butterflies, bees and birds

Hauser & Wirth Sculpture Park in Bruton, Sommerset

His gardens are wild without actually being wild. He uses a mix of native and non-native plants in his gardens.

7. Detroiters will have one more thing to compare us to Chicago and NYC

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

Chicago might have the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park and New York City has the High Line but we will soon have our own Oudolf garden.

6. Piet Oudolf is known for using plants that are interesting all four seasons in his gardens

Piet Oudolf at Millennium Park in Chicago


So even when it is freezing outside the garden will still be interesting to look at.

5. This garden will strengthen the connection to other greenways in the city

The High Line in New York City

We’ve already got an amazing Riverwalk but imagine the connection that we could have between Belle Isle and the Riverwalk or even the Dequindre Cut.

4. The location for the garden will give an underutilized part of the park a new life

I can already imagine a sitting in the garden on a warm summer day and listening to live music playing from the band shell.

3. This could just be the first park by Oudolf in the city

Oudolf during media round table


He played coy at the round table, but there was some talk of other projects in the future.

2. This garden could generate more interest in financial support for Belle Isle 

Current state of the proposed garden site

This garden will put Detroit on the map as an international destination because Piet Oudolf is an internationally renowned garden designer.

1. We deserve it

Seriously. Belle Isle is a great space that has the potential to be a world-class draw. And beyond that, all of us who live within driving distance should be excited to come to the island. We as a region should push for the best.

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11 Possibly Magical Date Ideas Around Detroit When It’s Cold Out That Won’t Break The Bank Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:40:14 +0000 Alright, friends. Let’s say you’ve picked up a new boo just in time for Christmas, or you both have swiped right on your dating app du jour and need some decent date ideas.

Well, I have your back. Here’s the thing about this list. There are a lot of great date ideas around town, but since it’s winter, we wanted to keep it kinda self-contained, limit the exposure to elements, and keep the budget in mind.

So let’s dive right in.

11. Motown Museum

It blows my mind every time I talk to people who live here who haven’t been to this place. And it is very often, especially when I run into people from the ‘burbs. It’s just $15 for a ticket into a crucible of music history and the tour guides have so much energy, it’s like your own personal Motortown Revue. Winter is the perfect time to check this one out. If you say you love Detroit and haven’t been to this place, for shame! and go fix that right away with your squeeze. More here.

2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

10. Board Game Night

Do you have a competitive spirit? Wanna see what your date is really like? The Loaded Die has a variety of game nights in the city and in the suburbs. They’re free to play, but of course, pick up a tasty beverage at one of their many establishments they’re holding games. They sell the games over at the Rust Belt Market, too, so if it works out really well you can get what you played as a gift down the line. You can find them at the Rustbelt Market, BREW Detroit, Dragonmead, and quite a few other places on different nights.

Multiple locations.

9. The Belle Isle Aquarium + Whitcomb Conservatory

Belle Isle Aquarium

This is a great winter date idea because one, they’re really near each other. Two, they’re both heated (and the Conservatory will warm your bones on a chilly day, there are spaces that are warm like a desert or a rainforest), and they’re both inexpensive.

The Belle Isle Aquarium is at 900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207. The Conservatory is right next door.

8. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum

If you or your date has a nerdy streak, the history and beauty of Detroit’s shipping history is something to behold. They have the Gothic room from the beautiful U.S.S. Detroit, the pilot house of a freighter, and much more. More here.

100 The Strand, Detroit, MI 48207

7. John King Books

This is, pardon the pun, best for the bookish sort. It’s Michigan’s largest used book store and their million plus volumes are right here in Detroit. And if you both get a book, you’ll have a momento from a great date. More here.

901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

6. Catch A Movie At A Local Theater

You have a few choices! Cinema Detroit. The Senate. The Redford Theater. If you’re feeling artsy, the Detroit Film Theater at the DIA. Just don’t do a movie as a first or second date. It’s generally not a great idea and kinda awkward. The ticket prices are generally really affordable.

Multiple locations.

5. Friday Nights At The DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts. Daily Detroit File Photo.
The Detroit Institute of Arts. Daily Detroit File Photo.

A good standby if you don’t know what to do on a Friday night. If you live in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties, it’s also free to visit. There are always different programs like drawing in the galleries, musical acts, and more. More here. 

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

4. Fisher Building Tour 

The Fisher Building from the third floor
The Fisher Building from the third floor

The Fisher Building is on par with anything you’d see in any city around the world. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, and having road-tested and taken this tour as a date before, I can tell you it was an awesome one. Here’s a double bonus: The Fisher Building has not only gone through a bit of a restoration, they have seriously upped their retail game in the last year or so. Wow them at the Peacock Room or Yama, or hop across the street to the new Avalon Biscuit Cafe. More on the tours here.

3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

3. Pie & Coffee

Have a sweet slice of Sister Pie in West Village, then grab coffee at Red Hook. Both places are cute as a button. Great if you’re a morning person.

Sister Pie: 8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

Red Hook: 8025 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214

2. Live Comedy

via Go Comedy! Facebook Page

Both of these options aren’t in the city proper, but darn, darn close. You should give Planet Ant a spin in Hamtramck, or one of the fab shows at Go! Comedy. I’ve been to both and can tell you they’re a different twist than some expensive show at the Fox and I had just as much fun. Both are good anchors for a longer date night as Planet Ant is Hamtramck, and Go Comedy! is in Downtown Ferndale.

Go Comedy!: 261 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Planet Ant: 2357 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

1. See All The Lights Downtown

OK, so here’s the thing. Downtown Detroit used to be holiday central way back in the day. And now, it kinda is again. There’s a beautiful Winter In Detroit market in 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square, Spirit Plaza AND Capitol Park (yes, there’s bar stops, too). There’s the giant Christmas tree. There’s the ice rink in Campus Martius, if you’re the skating type. There are holiday lights everywhere. Be sure if you’re going to do the holiday market you pop by on the weekends or close to after work. Did we mention Carriage Rides? Yeah. All the things through Christmas. Go check that out. 

Campus Martius: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

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These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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These Are The 10 Most In Demand Jobs In Metro Detroit Right Now Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:18:28 +0000 There are a variety of jobs that are in demand in a local economy right now.

In the latest report from the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), they focus on the top in-demand jobs in the Detroit metro area by number of unique job postings in the second quarter of this year. Postings overall are up 2 percent from last quarter.

For purposes of this report, we’re focusing on the Tri-county area of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties (including the city of Detroit). This includes a labor force of about 1.87 million people.

According to the data, the open jobs are in medical, sales and service fields. Here are the top ten, and here is the complete report.

10. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers


Restaurant managers and the like. 1,701 Postings.

9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects


Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or information technology network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. 1,744 Postings.

8. Managers, All Other

Basically a grab bag of different kinds of managers and supervisors. 2,341 Postings.

7. Customer Service Representatives


Interacts with customers. Places orders. Handles complaints. 2,523 Postings.

6. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

Retail managers. 2,549 Postings.

5. Retail Salespersons


Pretty self-explanatory. 3,540 Postings.

4. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)

Sells goods from manufacturers or wholesalers to other businesses or groups of people (B2B sales). 4,219 Postings.

3. Application Software Developers


They make computer programs for a variety of platforms. 5,075 Postings.

2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers


Drives trucks and transportation equipment for industrial purposes. 6,383 Postings.

1. Registered Nurses


Nurses who are licensed to practice. 7,663 Postings.

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6 Bars Of The District Detroit & Little Caesars Arena, Ranked Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:00:39 +0000 One of the biggest issues plaguing both Joe Louis Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills was the lack of quality options for eating and boozing before and after games.

The Palace had well-documented struggles with this issue and the old Joe Louis Arena, while located in downtown Detroit, was nestled in a veritable concrete fortress of freeway ramps and parking structures.

Those issues are a thing of the past with the opening of The District Detroit and its crown jewel, Little Caesars Arena. The area now counts at least a half-dozen bars and restaurants in a few blocks.

With an interesting mix of old standbys and new offerings, this area is becoming a destination on game days and off nights alike.

After visiting each one, what else is there to do then but rank these establishments on a completely arbitrary scale based on my own preferences? Here we go — and feel free to tell me how you’d order them in the comments.

6. District Market Detroit

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District Market Detroit is fully capable food court offering a variety of food and beverage options including coffee, beer, and desserts. As with its District siblings it has TVs to watch the game and easy access right into the arena. The problem is it has little else in terms of charm or uniqueness. District Market is simply “there,” which sometimes is all you need.

5. Kid Rock’s Made In Detroit

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The atmosphere recalls a Hard Rock Café, if the only musician who ever existed was Kid Rock. I promise I didn’t set out to drop the self-proclaimed “pimp of the nation” to number five on this list, and if you enjoy the man and his music this may be your favorite spot of the bunch. However, evaluating this place objectively, it is decidedly the priciest, whether that be $11 beers or $16 sandwiches. You’ll basically be paying “stadium pricing” for any offering here. There’s a bonus for fans of the Kid — I hear he frequents the establishment and has even been known to play a few impromptu songs for the crowd lucky enough to be there.

4. Temple Bar

Temple Bar Detroit

The longest tenured bar in the area, Temple is THE best place to get cheap drinks and mingle with true locals to the area, most of whom will openly curse the Ilitches and lament the gentrification taking place in their old stomping grounds. Temple is a true dive bar that’s affectionate appeal comes in the interesting conversation and eclectic individuals you’ll meet there.

3. Harry’s Detroit

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Harry’s is absolutely a “District Bar” whether they want the moniker or not. Nestled right in the heart of the shining gleaming new offerings, Harry’s has undergone a subtler transformation recently, painting the entire structure black. Inside is the same casual, no frills atmosphere and offerings they have always had. Nothing special to speak of but it is not the $8 Bud Lights and $18 pizzas as some the other new neighbors, which for many old-school patrons is more than enough incentive to go here.

2. Sports & Social Detroit

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A quintessential “sports bar” this place has the requisite massive TV’s playing multiple games at a time, a decent menu selection of game day favorites, and a great outdoor bar that becomes a lively spot for drinks and conversation on the weekends and event days. The only downside here is a limited cocktail menu and poor wine selection, but hey if you’re coming here, it should be for the big game and a tall glass of beer.

1. Mike’s Pizza Bar

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The eponymously named flagship of The Districts offerings, Mike’s Pizza takes the number on spot on this list because of a more than respectable cocktail and beer menu, and hand tossed pizzas that easily outdo the Hot ‘n Readys that made the Ilitch family a household name.

Mike’s also has a fantastic indoor/outdoor bar area when the weather is reasonable and ample big screen televisions to catch the action going on both inside the stadium and around sports world. To top it off, there’s also live music offerings most weekends just make sure to check their active Facebook page for updates on who’s playing and when.

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RIP Tom Petty. Here Are 5 Videos From His Last Detroit Show Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:26:51 +0000 A music legend has passed away. According to his Manager, Tom Petty has died. According to reports, he was found Sunday night unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home. He died Monday night at 8:40 p.m. Petty was 66.

Petty kept playing all the way to the end, including a show last Monday night wrapping up their 40th Anniversary tour.

The musician’s words turned out to be sadly prophetic that this would be the “last trip around the country” in a Rolling Stone article about the tour:

“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” says Petty. “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”

Part of that busy concert schedule was a swing through the Detroit area over the summer in July, with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers playing the DTE Music Theater (it’ll always be Pine Knob to us).

So in tribute, we thought we’d grab a collection of fan videos together.

1. You Wreck Me/American Girl:

Posted by Chuck Miller


2. “Refugee”

Posted by days077a

3. “Learning To Fly”

Posted by YouTube user flightbag89

4. “Yer So Bad”

Posted by YouTube user days077a

5. “Don’t Come Round Here No More”

Posted by Kenneth Trustman

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