Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Detroit Sip Coffeeshop Celebrates Grand Opening On McNichols, Has Detroit-Themed Drinks http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/detroit-sip-coffeeshop-celebrates-grand-opening-mcnichols-detroit-themed-drinks/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/detroit-sip-coffeeshop-celebrates-grand-opening-mcnichols-detroit-themed-drinks/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:09:21 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39683 On McNichols at the border of the Bagley and Fitzgerald neighborhoods is a new entrant to Detroit’s coffee game, Detroit Sip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what about the menu?

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

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

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

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

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

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WATCH: Eminem Performs New Track As Well As “Stan” & “Love The Way You Lie” In Medley http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/watch-eminem-performs-new-track-well-stan-love-way-lie-medley/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/19/watch-eminem-performs-new-track-well-stan-love-way-lie-medley/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:39:07 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39680 Eminem’s new track “Walk on Water” was featured on last night’s Saturday Night Live in a three-part medley performance with Skylar Grey. If you didn’t know, she’s collaborated with Em before as the writer of “Love The Way You Lie” back in 2010.

After the new track that’s powerful but in a different style that fans got into when he first broke out on the scene, he went into short snippets of two classics everyone who has been following the him for awhile.

“Walk On Water” is reminiscent of a raw style that deep fans would know about but hasn’t hit the mainstream as it deals with difficult subjects and can be abrupt in delivery.

Eminem stands for something in a world where many stand for nothing or have instant outrage. He is making a strong statement again and again with his music. His connection to his feelings through decades of tough experiences is legitimate and real.

It’s also exactly what makes his detractors even more uncomfortable. Eminem’s powerful voice is forged through adversity.

Any change in sound from an artist will bring criticism. Listeners are fickle and usually want more of whatever album they fell in love with.

Artists with staying power have evolving sounds and take risks. There’s a snapshot in the mind of the public of a guy in his 20s making people laugh with absurd lyrics, but now he’s 45 and has been active for more than two decades. Time shapes people’s perspectives, and Eminem is no different.

There’s still no word as to when his next album, “Revival” will come out, despite various teases on social media and through media advertising.

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

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

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

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

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

Per the fundraiser page:

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

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

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15 Photos Of The Work To Restore Belle Isle’s Lake Okonoka, Connect It To Detroit River http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/18/15-photos-work-connecting-belle-isles-canals-detroit-river/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/18/15-photos-work-connecting-belle-isles-canals-detroit-river/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:26:35 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39657 You might not have made it over to Belle Isle State Park since the fall season has started, but if you do, you’ll see that a ton of work is happening over by Lake Okonoka.

A $5 million restoration project is well underway that will restore the long stagnant lake near the Belle Isle United States Coast Guard Station.

When you actually get out there to see the work, it’s breathtaking to see a lake you’ve seen for years completely drained.

If you’ve been on a canoe or kayak trip through the canals before, you can see the unrealized potential that connecting the island canal system to the Detroit River (via the Blue Heron Lagoon) in a proper way has.

According to DNR information, the project will when it is complete in the Fall of 2018 connect the canal system to the river through a direct connection that you’ll be able to paddle through as it will be 45 feet wide.

The pumping station by the Culvert near Blue Heron Lagoon. The station will remain.

More importantly, fish will be able to enter the lake to spawn as well as water will circulate better through the system.

Eventually there’s going to be a bridge here instead of this dinky culvert (a.k.a. big pipe under the road).

So yes, there’s currently a small connection, but not one that is meaningful.

Back by Lake Okonoka, a “stop log structure” and pedestrian crossing is also going in.

You can see work on this spot above where the interior canal hits the lake. This will allow for flow and water level control.

And of course, the berm holding the water of the canals back is pretty neat to check out.

One side water, the other not.

And some dry bed under the bridge.

Woodside Drive is going to be split in two, with green space in between the two.

The project is being funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through their Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is ponying up $70,000 in matching funds.

There’s a year of work ahead, but it’s a big development for the beloved island.

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City Year Detroit Raises $110,000 During Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/17/city-year-detroit-raises-110000-annual-womens-leadership-breakfast/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/17/city-year-detroit-raises-110000-annual-womens-leadership-breakfast/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:35:27 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39648 On Thursday morning I went to City Year’s 7th annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast.

Every year, City Year Detroit holds this breakfast as a way to discuss empowering young Detroiters. This year the topic was how City Year could help foster a strong workforce in Detroit.

I see two separate ways that City Year is helping the next generation get ready for workforce development.

The main way is with the work the  City Year Americorps members are doing in the schools. These corps members are young adults from the ages of 18-25 who spend 10 hours a day working in classrooms, spending one on one time with students who need help in mathematics and literacy, and by planning activities for students.

So the students that are being assisted are less likely to fall behind and they are less likely to drop out of college.

The second way City Year is helping with workforce development with the the corps members themselves.

These young people are learning key skills that will help them later in life. They are problem solving, working as a team work and also teaching others.

Once these corps members finish their time at City Year they have a great opportunity to get a job or to continue their education.

For instance:

  • The University of Michigan Law School has a $30,000 scholarship for alumni of City Year.
  • City Year alumni who want to get their masters in education can get a scholarship to the University of Michigan for $15,000.
  • Alumni that are accepted to University of Detroit Mercy Law School can get a 25% discount on tuition.

In the past two years, 80% of the City Year Detroit alumni have decided to continue to live in the city.

Which means all of that talent is staying within the city. And talent staying in Detroit? That’s a good thing.

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

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

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

Peeking through the window of the new Biggby on Livernois.

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

One Of Detroit’s Next Areas

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

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

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

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

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

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A 23 Photo Tour Through The Beautiful New Downtown Detroit Holiday Markets http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/22-photo-tour-beautiful-new-downtown-detroit-holiday-markets/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/22-photo-tour-beautiful-new-downtown-detroit-holiday-markets/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:04:02 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39630 The folks at Bedrock have been busy little elves getting this season’s Downtown Detroit Markets in time for the 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This year there will be four markets set up throughout downtown. 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square, Capital Park and finally Spirit Plaza.

In total the market will feature 37 different small businesses that sell everything from clothing for the whole family, jewelry, home goods, and beauty products. You will also have plenty of places to find food and drinks.

Out of the 37 vendors featured in the market, 22 of them are based in the city of Detroit.

The Downtown Detroit Market will be open November 17 through January 7, 2018.

There will be three valet drop off stations if the thought of finding a parking space is daunting. There will be one at Michigan and Woodward, Congress and Woodward, and Clifford and Woodward.

You can find additional information like maps, schedules, and a vendor list at the Winter in Detroit website.

Enough with the details, let’s get this tour started.

Our first stop is 1001 Woodward. It is the only market that is indoors.

The Farmer’s Hand have set up a lovely pop up market. You will be able to find all sorts of Detroit and Michigan made foods, like Beau Bien Fine Foods.

We are huge fans of the work that Rebel Nell does. Not only do they create beautiful pieces of jewelry, but they are also helping women get back on their feet.

Every woman (and let’s face it some guys too) need a statement lipstick for the winter. Go treat yourself to these amazing lip products from The Lip Bar.

You will also find DCreated Boutique which is an adorable boutique that makes clothes for babies and toddlers. We did a write up about the store a few weeks ago.

These are just a handful of the vendors set up in 1001 Woodward.

Let’s move on to the next spot Cadillac Square.

The square is lined with glass huts that feature the vendors.

ASHE Supply Co. will offer small batch coffee and accessories.

Detroit GT features Detroit-based clothing for all ages.

You will also be able to find venders like Detroit Hustles Harder, Detroit Vintage Collective, Somerset Children’s Collection, Somerset Home Collection, and Detroit City Nut Company.

In the center of the Cadillac Market is the Cadillac Bier Garten with an outdoor bar. This means you have have a beer or glass of wine while you’re doing your holiday shopping.

If you continue past the Cadillac Bier Garten you will find the Cadillac Lounge, which is probably my favorite place out of everything we saw today.

The lodge is heated and is just a really cozy place to hang out for a bit.

If I didn’t know any better I would think we were transported to a sky lodge in the Rockies.

There are a few places inside the Lodge that would be perfect to capture a family picture.

I don’t know about you, but shopping makes me hungry. You will be able to get bar snacks, desserts and cocktails from Central Kitchen + Bar and Cortina Local inside the Cadillac Lodge.

We have now completed our tour of the Cadillac Market. We’re continuing our walk through the esplanade down the middle of Woodward.

There will be a new lighting display that connects Campus Martius to Spirit Plaza.

On the way you will also find some penguin topiary.

The next stop is Spirit Plaza. While it wasn’t finished when we went to see it. It should be complete by tomorrow.

There are a total of six igloos. There will be three vendors; Good Cakes & Bakes, Detroit Marshmallow Co., and New Order Coffee Roaster.

You will be able to warm up in the other three igloos.

Spirit Plaza will also have an ice maze and a place to roast marshmallows.

We’re almost finished with this tour. As Nature Cat would say “onward and yonward!”

The final spot is the market in Capital Park.

If you feel like hanging out with some friends around the fire, then you should head to Capital Park.

Capital Park also has a handful of glass huts with vendors.

You will be able to find The Detroit Shoppe, Flamingo Vintage, and Black Vinyl.

Also check out the newest spot in Capital Park, Eatori. They will be serving up hot soups, grilled cheese, and beverages.

There is one more special thing about the Capital Park Market, Christmas trees.

If you live in downtown Detroit you can now pick up your fresh Christmas tree in Capital Park.

So there you have it. This year’s Bedrock’s holiday shopping extravaganza.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Iwc3prrpluduhfvsclhcl4inhtu?t=The_Daily_Detroit_Happy_Hour

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 17-19 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-november-17-19/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-november-17-19/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:50:54 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39562 Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit yet? Because I’m not. Personally I see this weekend as my final weekend before I jump head first into the pool of all things Thanksgiving and Christmas.

There are plenty of great things to do this weekend, depending on what you feel up to.

I know where I’ll be on Saturday afternoon, Chuck E. Cheese. We will be celebrating my little dude’s 3rd birthday. I know that you’re all jealous that I get to spend an afternoon with a giant mouse, but you can’t all be me.

Have a great weekend!

14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony and Light Up Beacon Park

This Friday night is the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Campus Martius. But this year you are also getting a second party in Beacon Park that coincides with the tree lighting.

We wrote about both events on our mega holiday event list, so you can find more information over there.

Hours: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. The Tree Lighting will happen at 8 p.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park and Beacon Park

Bill Nye: Science Guy Documentary 

Growing up in the 90s means that I spent a lot of time watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. One of my high school science teachers would throw Bill Nye on in the afternoon when he was too stoned to actually teach his lesson.

There is a new documentary out called Bill Nye: Science Guy and Cinema Detroit will be screening it Friday, November 17 to Wednesday, November 22.

This documentary takes a look at Nye’s mission to help stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking. Let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of people out here that believe that Climate Change is a hoax. It isn’t, but those people tend to have big mouths.

You’ll get to see other big names in the documentary as well like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan.

Go fill your head with knowledge.

Tickets are $9 per person. You can pick up tickets on the Cinema Detroit website.

There are multiple showings so pick the time that works best for you.

Cinema Detroit is located at 4126 Third Street Detroit, Michigan 48201

 

Friendsgiving Pot Luck Fundraiser To Support Homeless Youth

This Saturday night the Bethel Community Transformation Center will be hosting a Friendsgiving potluck to benefit the Detroit Phoenix Center.

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and the Detroit Phoenix Center helps youths in crisis.

Come out and have a traditional Thanksgiving menu and help those who need it. 
Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds go to Detroit Phoenix Center.
For more information, please contact Nataki Biddles at (313) 288-0294 or via email.
Bethel Community Transformation Center is located at 8801 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202

Grand Opening of Detroit Sip

The Bagley neighborhood has a new coffee shop on McNichols and the grand opening for Detroit Sip is this Saturday.

Come stop in for a cup of Joe and get to know members of the community.

The Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 11 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Detroit Sip is located at 7420 W McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221

2nd Annual Detroit Optimist Society Best of Bars Competition

This past week was the inaugural Detroit Cocktail Classic Week and this Sunday caps off the week long event with a friendly competition.

The contest is being sponsored by Beam Suntory.

The top five finalists have been chosen from the over 20 submission to compete for $1,000 and a trip to the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky. The winner of the competition will get to do an exclusive barrel selection.

The event is open to the public but you need to have a ticket in order to participate in the fan favorite voting.

There will be raffle tickets for Jim Beam Signature Limited Edition Bourbon, 5 sample tickets, and light bites available throughout the evening.

Tickets are $17.95 per person, you can purchase them here.

Doors open at 5 p.m., competition starts at 6 p.m.

The competition will take place at Wright & Co. 1500 Woodward Avenue Floor 2 Detroit, Michigan 48226

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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