Lifestyle – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel Named The Best Hotel In Michigan By U.S. News & World Report Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:56:17 +0000 The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been named the Best Hotel in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second consecutive year that the Grand Hotel has been given this award.

The Grand Hotel has been a Michigan jewel since it opened on July 10, 1887. The 393-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark and has been family owned for three generations.

The hotel was selected based through, according to the publication, an unbiased analysis of awards, guest ratings and expert recommendations.

The Best Hotel in Michigan Award comes on the heels of these three other awards The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Historic Hotel and Condé Nast Travelers’s Top 5 Midwest Resorts.

The Grand Hotel will open for the 2018 season in May.

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LISTEN: The Future Of Downtown Detroit, A New Detroit Zoo Nature Center, Rally’s Expansion And More Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:13:11 +0000

Welcome to your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for February 15, 2018!

Here are your stories:

  • Nearly 350,000 people in Michigan have had their Driver’s Licenses suspended and the Driver Responsibility Fees will be erased.
  • The Detroit Zoo is going to build a new Great Lakes Nature Center in Macomb County
  • Federal funding for keeping the Great Lakes clean is in danger
  • A Ferndale Comic Book shop is closing
  • The Former DPD Headquarters designed by Albert Kahn may see new life
  • Detroit’s a happy place to work
  • Rally’s/Checkers is looking to expand in Metro Detroit
  • There will be a new shopping district by Little Caesars Arena
Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership being interviewed at Little Caesars Arena.

Our feature interview is with Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership on the future of downtown Detroit, what will happen to Joe Louis Arena, increasing rental rates in Detroit and decreasing property crime rates.

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PODCAST: Melody Baetens Talks Paczki Bombs, Music And Covering Detroit Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:37 +0000 Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be considered Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing.

Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say “Detroit Hustles Harder,” to be more accurate, should have said “Detroit Hustles/ Side Hustles / Other Hustles / Weekend Hustles Harder.” Because it seems like the people who are doing things around here are always wearing many hats.

We were honored to have Melody Baetens, a woman of many talents and who is one of those people who wears many hats.

  • By day she’s a reporter for the Detroit News covering all things features, including music and food and the new restaurants in town.
  • She also is a co-owner of Small’s in Hamtramck, on of Metro Detroit’s best venues to see a show.
  • If that wasn’t enough, she’s also a musician who has traveled the world putting on shows as far away as Argentina and Serbia. Musical credits include the Gore Gore Girls, Coronados, and much more.

Sven Gustafson hits on a variety of topics in this wide-ranging interview. What it’s like to play shows in Serbia. What are some of the restaurants to look for. Is there a restaurant bubble? And how there’s so much going on in Detroit but fewer people to cover it.

You can find Melody here on Twitter:

And don’t forget that Small’s is serving Paczki bombs (we get into those on the pod) this upcoming Tuesday:

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

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NEWS BYTE: Martin Reboot, Project Greenlight, Metro Detroiters Working In Puerto Rico And More Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:17:06 +0000

Here’s what happening on your Daily Detroit News Byte for February 1, 2018.

  • Greektown goes Project Greenlight
  • Comcast takes over cable & internet services in Highland Park
  • The Belle Isle Grand Prix might not come back to the island
  • A new high-rise near Comerica Park may be in the works
  • The TV show Martin, set in Detroit, may have a reboot after 20 years
  • GDYT is putting young people to work in Detroit this summer –
  • Feature interview: Dave Lingholm from DTE Energy talks about metro Detroiters down in Puerto Rico working to restore power to the American island. We talk to him from Puerto Rico.

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Motor City Creations Brings Popular Faygo Candles & More To Monthly Pop-Up In New Hudson Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:08:06 +0000 New Hudson might not be the first place you think of for a pop-up shop, but hear me out.

A local candle and sign business, Motor City Creations has started their own monthly pop up.

I took the drive out to New Hudson in Oakland County to check out the new store.

We first featured Motor City Creations in 2016 because we saw their Faygo candles and wax melts at the Detroit Bike Company.

The candles are great. I gifted the Faygo wax melts to my siblings this year and everyone loved them.

But they do so much more than just candles. They also make sweet hand painted signs, blankets and doormats.

There are Detroit signs.

Fun Valentine’s Day signs.

And cheeky signs that would look great in any room.

They even have throw blankets with sayings on them.

The store features not only Motor City Creations products but items from other metro Detroit businesses.

Like women’s clothing from Avabelle Boutique.

Soaps and bath salts from Cellar Door Bath Supply.

They also feature some snack items like Detroit Gourmet Nut Company and cookies from MP Life Is Sweet.

This pop up for this month is currently going on and Motor City Creations will be open on Friday until 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The next pop up will be the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you can be sure to get your special someone something special.

Motor City Creations is located at 56230 Grand River Avenue New Hudson, Michigan 48165

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: It Turns Out A Detroiter Has The Best Beard Of Them All Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:58:04 +0000 In a national contest of beards, metro Detroit’s Jason Heien beat out the competition by a whisker to receive a national honor and become Wahl’s Man of the Year.

If you remember, Wahl’s mobile barbershop made the rounds through the Motor City, and Heien was our area champion in the facial hair face-off.

The contest is decided in part by public vote (40%) and also by a panel of judges (60%) who evaluate across a variety of beard factors, including intangibles like enthusiasm for the beard.

“Just as Detroit is in the middle of a big come back, facial hair too has grown in popularity. I think the city’s influx of creative and hardworking people is the perfect environment for facial hair, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Heien.

He’s going to be featured in a national commercial and received a  $1,500 prize.

Below are some more photos if you’d like revel in Heien’s resplendent face mane.

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Mr. America Comes To Metro Detroit, Zoo Gets A Second Bald Eagle Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:29:30 +0000 He may only have one wing, but he’s 100% awesome.

A male bald eagle named Mr. America is now in his permanent habitat at the Detroit Zoo after recovering from an injury that prevented him from being released back into the wild.

One of the bird’s wings was severely damaged, presumably after he flew into a power line, and had to be amputated.

Named Mr. America by the Vincennes, Ind., licensed rehabber who cared for him, the eagle arrived at the Detroit Zoo in mid-November and spent several weeks in quarantine at the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex.

There’s already a bald eagle at the zoo. His name is Flash and he’s a rescue, too. He’s from Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

“We’re happy to offer sanctuary to another rescued, non-releasable eagle and provide him expert care and a great place to live,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS).

According to the Detroit Zoo, Mr. America is estimated to be between 5 and 6 years old and, at just 6 pounds, is considered small for his species.

Mature eagles typically weigh 10 to 15 pounds and have a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet.

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) earns its name from the Old English word “balde,” meaning white, referencing the distinctive white feathers covering its head and tail.

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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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Ugly Sweater Lovers Unite: World Record Attempt For Largest Gathering Of Holiday Sweaters Dec. 9 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:06:00 +0000 Do you love ugly Christmas or holiday sweaters? Have you ever wanted to be part of a World Record attempt? Here’s your chance.

Here’s the plan. On Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Beacon Park in downtown Detroit the hope is to get together more than 3,473 people to break a nearly two year old world record of the largest “gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters,” as measured by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record-holding city is currently Lawrence, Kansas. They set the record at Kansas Athletics vs. Montana men’s basketball game on December 19, 2015.

Surely, we can beat Lawrence, Kansas.

It’s being organized by, a Walled Lake, Michigan-based online retailer of the ugliest of Christmas and holiday sweaters.

“My brother Mark and I are so excited to potentially bring a Guinness World Records title attempt to the city of Detroit,” said co-owner Fred Hajjar. “We hope the community will embrace the holiday spirit and join us on December 9 at Beacon Park to shatter the previous record.”

Right after, the silent disco at Beacon Park will fire up, there will be food trucks, outdoor firepits and two interactive light installations that are making their U.S. debut from Montreal, Canada.

If you’re interested in being a part of ugly sweater history, here’s the Facebook event. 

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