Lifestyle – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:26:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: Behind Downtown Royal Oak’s New Ad Campaign With Mark Lantz Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:33:01 +0000

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There’s a lot of competition between Metro Detroit area downtowns lately. Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak and others are aiming for shoppers, diners and residents as urban centers and more dense living and shopping are now the hot thing not just here but across America.

For a time, Royal Oak was one of few downtown destinations in our area. Now, they’ve launched an ad and marketing campaign to get their share.

Mark Lantz (left) and Sven Gustafson (right) at Factory in downtown Royal Oak

That campaign is by Factory, an ad agency headed by Mark Lantz in downtown Detroit.

Sven Gustafson talked with Lantz – who has some pretty impressive credentials with the Pure Michigan campaign, among others – about bringing folks into downtown Royal Oak to shop at their many restaurants and stores, as well as one of the most common debates in car-crazy metro Detroit, where to park.

You can find Factory here:

And Downtown Royal Oak here:

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Michigan Named Top State For Fall Foliage Photography In Nation By Nikon Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:03:02 +0000 Mirror, mirror on the wall… which state is the best for photographing fall colors of them all?

Nikon, as part of their annual “Top Spot for Fall Foliage” campaign and contest, named Michigan as that state. It’s the third consecutive victory for the mitten state, although this year it was a close one.

New York came in second, and Colorado third.

The company received thousands of submissions from across the country on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with hashtags appropriate for each state. In our case, it was #NikonFallMI.

Here are few of the best of the best from Michigan. And yes, I’m partial to any picture that has a dog in it. That’s why I picked that one for the top.

If the shots below aren’t enough for you, you can view more of the submissions on the Nikon Facebook page.

Photo by Shannon Hart.
Photo by Madison Shealy.
Photo by Izzy Cagalawan.
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PODCAST: How To Successfully Crowdfund Your Project With Overworld Board Game Designer Nemo Rathwald Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:54:31 +0000

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Detroit’s been known for a lot of things over the years. Cars. Stoves. Cigars. But what about board games?

Jer’s guest for today’s Daily Detroit podcast is Nemo Rathwald. He’s the designer and creator of the board game Overworld, a recently successfully funded and delivered Kickstarter project.

What does it take to get your project successfully crowdfunded? What are some tips Nemo has for Kickstarter? And why is Michigan great ground to make board games?

Enjoy the interview above.


Overworld Kickstarter:

Game page:

Cover art:

The box art of Overworld.
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98.7 “Amp Radio” Becomes “987 The Breeze,” Attempts To Pry You From Your Spotify Playlist At Work Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:27:59 +0000 In the often format-shifting world of corporate radio, there’s been a move in the Detroit market.

The Entercom-owned WDZH-FM has moved from “98.7 Amp Radio” to “987 The Breeze.” The new format, according to the company, will feature artists like Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Boyz II Men to Adele, Alicia Keys and Sara Bareilles. The idea is that they’re relaxing favorites at work.

If you use Nielsen ratings as your guide, WDZH sits at the lower middle of the ratings pack in the October period, just above the Classical radio station and the National Public Radio stations out of Ann Arbor and Detroit.

“We are excited to launch 987 The Breeze and to fill this void in the Motor City’s music scene,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit in a press relase. “We know the station will become a must-listen to make your work day breeze by.”

987 The Breeze will play 10,000 songs commercial-free, starting Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

My Two Cents: I know music radio is a big thing in Detroit. After all, the classic rock station is number one here. And Entercom should be lauded for putting former WXYZ anchor Stephen Clark and JoAnn Purtan on the air over on WOMC, investing in local content when many others are pulling away from it.

But I can’t help but think this move is just trying to stave off the time when we all just get everything from Spotify, Sirius, Apple Music or Pandora.

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Your Daily Detroit Podcast For October 3, 2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 01:40:11 +0000
On the Daily Detroit podcast:

A signage box at the State Fair Transit Center in Detroit.

– The rollout of Detroit’s new ConnecTen bus program has hit some bumps in the road. Signage held up with masking tape, confused riders, and the state of the State Fair Transit Center signage was a mess. After talking to the city, they now promise action.

– In a piece of late-breaking news as we record this podcast, the Detroit News reports that a campaign staffer for City Councilman Gabe Leland was charged in federal court Wednesday with joining a conspiracy to bribe an unnamed politician with thousands of dollars in cash and other valuable items.

– Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to set up a state-run reinsurance program and raise the age to buy tobacco to 21 as part of her newly released health care plan.

– The current Enbridge Line 5 pipeline that runs, in part, under the Straits of Mackinac, will be shut down and the petroleum pipeline re-routed into a new protective, multi-use tunnel.

– Buddy’s Pizza… one of the pantheon of Detroit pizza parlors… is opening a location in the Detroit Zoo.

– Pop music star Alessia Cara is coming to town, but this event is for the musicians and those interested in the music industry. On Friday the Detroit Institute of Music Education will be hosting a discussion called “The Pains of Growing: A Discussion With Grammy Award-winning “Best New Artist” Alessia Cara.”

The show was recorded on October 3, 2018.

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PODCAST: Tension in the Tigers booth, Greg Migliore of Autoblog talks cars and your Detroit news Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:18:28 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 6, 2018.

Our feature conversation is with Greg Migliore of Autoblog, where we talk about Ford, Tesla, and what’s happening in the car business after our headlines.

– Tigers fans were surprised on Wednesday night to see neither Mario Impemba or Rod Allen calling the game against the Chicago White Sox. First-reported by the Athletic, the altercation between the two Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters happened immediately after the Tigers’ 8-3 win in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday. An unnamed source who witnessed it said the incident was, quote, “severe.”

– Straight-ticket voting is no longer a thing in Michigan — at least for this November’s election. That’s where you have the option to check one box and have all of your votes go to candidates of that party down the ballot.

– Bloomberg reports that Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is looking to exit the casino business… including his Jack Casino in Detroit. He’s already lined up two prominent banks – Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse – and Bloomberg says that Caesars Entertainment is among the possible bidders that have expressed interest in some of the properties. They recently completed a $1.7 billion deal in Indiana.

– Late-breaking news for fans of 1970s cinema: Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82.

– It’s going to be 90 days in jail for Former state senator Bert Johnson. U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman handed down the sentence Thursday for stealing more than $23,000 from taxpayers through a ghost employee. That’s where the employee gets paid for a job they don’t have to show up for.

– The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

– An Ann Arbor favorite, Frita Batidos, is coming to Detroit. The cuban restaurant will open a 2,400 square foot location on Columbia street just west of Woodward. The Detroit menu will be the same as its Ann Arbor location, but with a twist… an express menu for game days.

– The 3rd Annual City College Series to Benefit Detroit Public Schools K-5 is back. The University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s basketball team will host Wayne State in an exhibition charity game on November 3rd at Calihan Hall.

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PODCAST: Detroit Mayor Unveils New Buses & Logo, Texas Couple Leaves Kid Home Alone To See Show In Detroit, Your News Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:06:58 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit podcast for August 28, 2018.

– You can say goodbye to the familiar Green and Yellow stripes on Detroit buses. In a parking lot on Gratiot outside of Mike’s Fresh Market, the city of Detroit today unveiled new buses, new services… and a new brand for the Detroit Department of Transportation. We talk to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

– The redevelopment of the shuttered Northland Mall is proceeding — if slowly. Fox 2 News reports that crews have demolished the old Firestone car service center on the 125-acre property.

– A market research and consulting company, Gongos, formerly based in Auburn Hills opened its new headquarters today in downtown Royal Oak, where it is moving around 120 employees.

– A unit of Subaru plans to expand its R&D operations in Wayne County after winning grants from the state.

– Ferne Boutique, a contemporary women’s clothing and accessory store, has opened in the New Center neighborhood of Detroit. Shianne Nocerini has the story.

– An appearance by English industrial metal band Godflesh was enough to entice a couple to leave their 11-year-old daughter unattended at home in Houston while they made the roughly 1,300-mile drive to see the band at El Club last week in Southwest Detroit.

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Giant RoboCop Statue Will Be Installed At The Michigan Science Center Wed, 02 May 2018 16:57:41 +0000 It’s been a project that’s been teased for years – since 2011, in fact. A giant RoboCop statue in the city of Detroit.

We gave an in-depth update quite awhile ago, but we have new news to share.

According to an update posted to the project’s Kickstarter page, RoboCop will call the Michigan Science Center in Detroit’s Midtown home.

via RoboCop Kickstarter page

A deal was signed Wednesday and an unveiling date will be given this spring, and parts of RoboCop will be shown off at a private event this spring.

…through your contributions and faith, and through the hard work of many in Detroit and elsewhere, the RoboCop statue has found a home at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center Historic District.

The approximately 10 foot tall statue will be about 13 feet tall on a pedestal.

My two cents? If there’s anywhere that makes sense, probably the Michigan Science Center is it. It’ll be an amazing draw for the institution and people will travel from around the country — even the world — to see it. Having held pieces of this statue before, regardless of what you think of it, it’s quite the work of art.

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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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PODCAST: The State Of Ferndale, Baltimore Station, and Secret Detroit Author Karen Dybis Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:12:25 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, April 11th, 2018.

Let’s dive in on these stories today:

  • Ferndale’s police chief is out, and the mayor delivers the state of the city
  • New development updates near New Center/Milwaukee Junction neighborhood
  • The editor and publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, Ron Fournier, is hopping to a big name public relations firm
  • And do you want to explore the Secret Detroit? Sven talked to Karen Dybis about her new book

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