Lifestyle – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 17-19 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:50:54 +0000 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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Blowdry Salon Detroit Blows Opens Their Doors In Downtown Detroit Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:11:27 +0000 After months of anticipation the newest blow out salon Detroit Blows has opened for business.

I took a tour of the new space this week speaking to co-owners Nia Batts and Katy Cockrel about their new business.

My initial reaction to walking in to the salon was that it was a mix of chic and cozy.

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According to Batts and Cockrel, their goal for the space was to make it feel like a living room.

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The lobby has a small retail space that not only features hair care products from Paris based No. 4 and apothecary items. The salon has partnered with Conscious Commerce to bring a rotating line up of brands from around the country.

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There is also a nice mix of Detroit owned businesses being showcased in the space like; the Tuberose signature scented candles from Detroit Rose Candles, Detroit Blows t-shirts from SMPLFD, and lip products from the Lip Bar.

A quarter of the net profit from retail products sold will go towards the philanthropic arm of Detroit Blows called Detroit Grows.

Photo provided by Detroit Blows

Now that we have talked about all of the great stuff happening in the lobby, let’s move on to the services this salon will provide.

Detroit Blows will offer both traditional blow outs, roller set blow outs, all with non-toxic products. By offering both services the salon will be able to accommodate women from all ethnicities.

The traditional blow out will take just under an hour, while a roller set blow out will take around 90 minutes depending the length and thickness of the hair.

A blow out at Detroit Blows will be $35 if your hair is above your shoulders or $40 if your hair is below your shoulders. $1 from every blow out service will go towards Detroit Grows.

Clients can add on scalp massages and deep conditioning treatments as well for $10 each.

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By the end of October the salon will be offering walk in services for express manicures and pedicures, make up application, and eyebrow waxing. Currently those services are by appointment only.

One final thing about Detroit Blows, the hours are pretty great. They are open on Mondays which you rarely find in the salon world. They also stay open late during the week. Which let’s be honest businesses in downtown have historically closed at or near 6:00 p.m. when the majority of the workers head home.

Hours: Monday through Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

You can make an appointment by calling 313-462-4108 or visiting the Detroit Blows website.

Detroit Blows is located at 1232 Library Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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What Are Michigan’s Three Favorite Halloween Candies? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:40:55 +0000 When it comes to Halloween candy, what is Michigan’s favorite?

A new “study” using data from the bulk online sweets retailer highlights all fifty states, and what the most popular candies are in each state sold in the time leading up to Halloween.

Well, Michigan, apparently we’re Candy Corn aficionados, buying 146,782 pounds of the stuff.

Next, Skittles. 135,982 pounds.

And then, third most popular, Starburst at 87,740 pounds.

Now this is single source information, but it is interesting food (well, kinda food) for thought as many other states place wrapped candies and chocolate-based selections near the top. New Hampshire, for instance, buys Snickers. Colorado? They’re down the Milky Way.

On the other hand, we’re not alone. Alabama, Idaho, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Carolina all put Candy Corn in the number one spot.

So, we leave the question to you. Is Candy Corn really a Michigan thing? Is it your favorite?

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Pieces Of Motown History Are Up For Sale And They’re Amazing (And Some Are Affordable, Too) Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:42:27 +0000 The Motown Mansion is one of Detroit’s iconic buildings.

Home to Barry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, the mansion was built in 1917 for lumber baron Nels Michelson.

Every part of the mansion is, in a word, sumptuous. It was purchased by Gordy in 1967 and he owned it until 2002; the most recent owner, Cynthia F. Reeves, sold it for $1.65 million in August.

But why were we here? Well, it turns out since the mansion was bought, there’s a lot of music and Detroit history that’s been inside the place that now could be in your hands.

Do you love 45’s? There are more than 600 records, basically untouched.

Retro radios?

There’s an amazing Steinway piano that Smokey Robinson played.

There’s everything from beer steins…

…to bowling pins from the bowling alley in the athletic house…

…to the desk of Barry Gordy himself.

Or how about a travel trunk from a Model T?

Bowling seats signed by Martha Reeves?

The new owner, a metro Detroit native returning home after living in San Francisco, has purchased the home with wall to wall details, including amazing stained glass.

There estate sale has two components. The live auction, which will happen both on a website and on-site, and then there are some items that are priced “as is” to go out the door.

Although the sale kicks off at 10 a.m., we’re told that they’re going to be handing out bid numbers at 7 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday). Technically, the sale lasts three days, Thursday October 12 through Saturday, October 14. There’s a $5 entry fee and you need to register if you want to bid.

If you’re looking to score a deal on a smaller piece of memorabilia (I’m already jealous of whoever picks up the typewriter below) you’re going to want to get in on day one for the best selection.

Looking at the prices, there are a lot of things that are completely reasonable.

The high-end international auction will begin with doors opening at 5 p.m. and auction starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13, in the Athletic House of the Mansion. That will focus on exclusive high-end antiques, historical Detroit objects and Motown memorabilia.

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Henry The Hatter Finds New Home In Eastern Market, To Open By Thanksgiving Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:16:10 +0000 We’ve been following the story of Henry The Hatter since he was unexpectedly booted out of his long-time location in downtown Detroit.

If you want to get nerdy, we have a neat episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast with an in-depth interview.

The latest is that Paul Wasserman, the owner, has found a new Detroit location and that although there’s work to be done, he’s aiming to get it up and running in time for the holiday shopping season.

It’s going in the former 3 Dogs 1 Cat 4 Detroit location. That pet store moved over to 2714 Riopelle, still in Eastern Market.

Detroit’s Henry the Hatter is moving into a part of the market that’s starting to be a place to see and be seen. Detroit City Distillery’s tasting room is right next door, and down the street is the new Eastern Market Brewing Company (more on them here).

A little background, in case you didn’t know.

Henry the Hatter was founded in 1893 by Henry Komrofsky and is the oldest hat retailer in the United States. In 1919, Komrofsky began a partnership with Gustave Newman, who became sole owner in 1941 and sold the company to Seymour (Sy) Wasserman seven years later. In 1952, Wasserman moved Henry the Hatter to its location on Broadway in 1952. Sy is Paul’s dad.

The next chapter for Henry the Hatter in the city will be at 2472 Riopelle in Detroit. Their Southfield store continues to operate as normal.

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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”

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3. “Learning To Fly”

Posted by YouTube user flightbag89

4. “Yer So Bad”

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5. “Don’t Come Round Here No More”

Posted by Kenneth Trustman

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QUICK TIP: Behind The Scenes Tour, Family Fun At Comerica Park On Saturday Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:32:23 +0000 If you are looking for a family friendly event for this Saturday, September 30, I have just the thing for you.

Comerica Bank is hosting a Park Perks season finale at Comerica Park from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event will give guests a chance to go on a behind the scenes tour of the park. They will also get to ride the carousel and Fly Ball Ferris Wheel.

Try your hand at pitching or hitting in the pitch booth and batting cages.

There will also be complementary face painting and drawings during the event.

Former Detroit Tigers Dave Rozema and Dan Petry will be having a meet and greet. PAWS will also be hanging out around the park, so you will get a chance to meet the Tiger’s mascot.

Lunch will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The proceeds will go towards youth groups that are supported through Comerica’s charitable giving program.

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Detroit Zoo’s Penguin Conservation Center Wins National Award Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:29:03 +0000 The Detroit Zoo can put another award on their shelf. Their Polk Penguin Conservation Center received the 2017 Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) that they opened in April of 2016.

The Exhibit Award, according to the zoo, is the top honor bestowed annually upon accredited institutions for excellence in exhibit design.

The penguin center cost $31 million to construct and boasts a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch more than 80 penguins of four species – king, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper.

This award is the highest honor in exhibit design, and recognizes the Detroit Zoo for their dedication and expertise in designing a novel, immersive habitat that provides the best in animal care and welfare as well as a superior educational experience for visitors. – Dan Ashe, AZA president and CEO.

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15 Detroit Area Orchards And Cider Mills You Won’t Want To Miss Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:47:07 +0000 Labor Day weekend is upon us, which means we will soon be inundated with all things pumpkin spice.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about myself. I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice life, give me hot apple cider any day of the week.

Seeing as Autumn is soon upon us, we wanted to give you a rundown of fifteen orchards and cider mills around Metro Detroit.

Macomb County

Blake’s Apple Orchard

When you think of apple orchards in the tri-county you Blake’s is probably the first one that pops into your head. Between Blake’s Cider Mill, Blake’s Big Apple and the Almont Garden Center there are plenty of chances to pick up your apple cider (both leaded and unleaded) and donuts.

Multiple Locations in Armada and Almont

Miller’s Big Red Farms

Head out to 32 Mile Road in Washington to visit Miller’s Big Red Farms. While you will be able to get your cider mill game on, don’t forget to check out the other fruits and vegetables they grow there.

Miller’s Big Red Farm is located at 4900 32 Mile Road Washington, Michigan 48095

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill

If you’re looking for a low key orchard and cider mill check out Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill. It is right down the road from Miller’s Big Red Farm.

The website says they will be open in September, however, there is no date listed.

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill is located at 2961 W. 32 Mile Bruce Township, Michigan 48065

Verellien Orchards

When a farm and orchard has been in business since the 1920’s you know they must be doing something right. You can find cider and donuts at Verellien Orchards, as well as a whole host of fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Verellen Orchards & Cider Mill 63260 Van Dyke Washington, Michigan 48095

Westview Orchards

Westview Orchards became a Bicentennial Farm in 2013. Head over there to enjoy you pick apples, donuts, and cider. There are plenty of fun things to do for all ages, including a winery.

Westview Orchards is located at 65075 Van Dyke Washington Township, Michigan 48095

Oakland County

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Photo courtesy of Diehl’s.

Enjoy a nice fall outing by driving up to Holly to figure out the corn maze at Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill. They also offer hayrides and have a petting zoo. Did I mention donuts and cider?

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill is located at 1479 Ranch Road Holly, Michigan 48442

Franklin Cider Mill

Photo courtesy of Franklin Cider Mill website

You don’t need to go all the way out to the country to get the good old fashion cider mill feel. All you need to do is drive over to Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills.

Franklin Cider Mill officially opens for the season on Saturday, September 2.

Franklin Cider Mill is located at 7450 Franklin Road Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301

Erwin Orchards

Photo courtesy of Erwin Orchards.

Head out to South Lyon to check out Erwin Orchards. If you can’t tell there is a common theme here, donuts and cider. Erwin’s has both. The orchard also has Nigerian dwarf goats that you can feed and pet. Just a head’s up, they don’t take credit cards so bring your cash or checks.

Erwin Orchards is located at 61475 Silver Lake Road South Lyon, Michigan 48178

Long Family Orchard, Farm and Cider Mill  

Goat Ramp via Long Family Farm

Just look for the giant red barn with Long on the roof. Long’s Orchard is currently open, but the cider mill and apple u-pick will open on September 16.

Long’s Orchard is located at 1540 E. Commerce Road Commerce, Michigan

Yates Cider Mill

When you go to Yates you’re walking into a bygone era. One where water wheels powered mills. You’ll find donuts, cider, a petting zoo, and a nice trail along the river.

Yates is one of the busier cider mills around, so if you do go be prepared to wait.

Yates Cider Mill is located at 1990 E Avon Road Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307

Wayne County

DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Photo courtesy of DeBucks.

Technically DeBuck’s is not a “cider mill” but they serve cider and donuts. What they lack in a cider mill they make up for in the way of a 15 acre corn maze and pumpkin patch. They also have some pretty cool looking attractions like Human Fooseball.

DeBuck’s will open for the season on September 16.

DeBuck’s is located at 50240 Martz Road Belleville, Michigan 48111

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

Photo courtesy of Parementer’s Facebook.

Not only does Parmenter’s have your regular cider mill accourmonts, but the Northville Winery and Brewery Company is also on the same property.

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill is located at 714 East Baseline Road Northville, Michigan 48167

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill

Photo courtesy Plymouth Apple Orchards Facebook

Hop on one of the wagon rides at Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill. The rides go through the orchard. After your ride don’t forget to pick up some donuts and cider.  

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill is located at 10685 Warren Road in Plymouth, Michigan 48170

Obstbaum Orchards

Photo courtesy of Obstbaum Orchards.

If you are looking for a smaller orchard and cider mill check out Obstbaum Orchards in Northville.  

There is no official opening date listed on the Obstbaum Orchard website.

Obstbaum Orchards is located at 9252 Currie Road Northville, Michigan 48167

Three Cedars Farms

Photo courtesy of Three Cedars Farm Facebook.

Grab the kids and bring them to Three Cedars Farms for a fun outing that includes cider, donuts, corn maze, hay rides and the Barnyard Play Land.

Three Cedars Farms is located at 7897 Six Mile Road Northville, Michigan 48167

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PODCAST: “You’re There To Serve People” – Jonathan Merritt On Running A Cafe And Being A Pastor Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:17:27 +0000

Narrow Way Cafe is one of the newest additions to Livernois Avenue in Detroit. But, this isn’t a podcast about coffee.

In today’s episode Sven Gustafson, touches on the cafe – but the real secret to success in Detroit is service to others.

And who knows service better than a man who’s both involved in business and the church?

That’s Jonathan Merritt, a talented man that’s part of both Narrow Way Cafe and is a pastor at Straight Gate Church.

Narrow Way has quite the journey to opening, including receiving a $45,000 grant from Motor City Match. But the place is built from the ground up to be part of the neighborhood – including having a good number of employees who live within walking distance.

He’s one of the people to watch in Metro Detroit. Although he’s gotten a lot done, this might be only the beginning for Merritt.

Thanks to our sponsor, Bamboo Detroit. It’s where Detroit’s doers go to work.

Also, our network, Podcast Detroit. They now have studios in both Royal Oak and Detroit.

If you want to make sure you get episodes of this podcast every week, subscribe for free in Apple iTunes here:

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