Things To Do – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 21-23 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:17:15 +0000 It seems like everyone else is already for fall to be here. People keep talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweater weather.

But I have held out on getting anything autumnal until the actual autumn equinox. I don’t know why I have been such a stickler for holding on to the last remnants of summer, but I’ve been pretty hard core this year.

But, this Saturday is the first official day of autumn. So, I guess I better stop digging in my heels and pull out those riding boots.

There are a ton of cool things happening this weekend. I know that I’m looking forward to hitting a few of these events.

Let’s get on to it.


Do you eat, sleep, and breath Hamilton? Are you patiently waiting for the show to come to the Fisher Theatre in 2019? Do you think you’re the next Daveed Diggs and can spit out all those sick Lafayette and Jefferson raps? Do you wish you could be one of the Schuyler Sisters … even Peggy?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you should probably go to the Hamiltunes singalong on Friday night in New Center Park.

Sorry if I just Hamil-splaned you, it’s a bad habit of mine. Can you tell I really love Hamilton?

Broadway in Detroit and the Masonic Youth Theatre of Detroit are putting on the free event to celebrate Hamilton coming to Detroit in the spring of 2019.

It will be a karaoke format, so everyone can sing along.

So, grab a friend and your blanket and head over to the park for some singing.

When: Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

New Center Park is located 2998 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202

That Big 80s Party

DJ Dave Paul is coming back to Detroit this Friday for another round of That Big 80s Party at El Club.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out your day glow tops, banana clips, and Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

There will be a mix of all genres of music, the only requirement is that it was produced in the 1980s.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

When: Friday, September 21 from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

El Club is located at 4114 Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209

Dear Fall: Love, Midtown

Midtown will be hopping on Saturday during the Love, Midtown event.

Over 30 shops, restaurants, and businesses around Midtown will take part in the event. Most will have specials, sales, live music and kid-friendly activities.

My number one place to stop during the event is Sfumato Fragrances. They will be celebrating turning 5 years old.

If you have little kids then I suggest heading over to Nora for a little story time. Channel 4’s Devin Scillian will be doing a book reading there at 11:00 a.m. Did you know he wrote children’s books? He really is a Jack of all trades.

You have my full permission to enjoy all things fall on Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Multiple locations

Murals in the Market

The fourth annual Murals in the Market is currently going on in Eastern Market. More than 50 local and international artists have been creating amazing murals all week.

I couldn’t be more happy that this event takes place within our fine city. It was recently named one of the “Top 5 Mural Festivals in the World” by Smithsonian.

If you can make it out to Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, I highly suggest it. It’s always a fun time.

It looks like the guided tours are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out on your own to look at all of the murals. You can download a map here, or pick up a printed map in Eastern Market.

Murals in the market runs through Saturday.

Eastern Market

Junior League of Detroit’s Designers Show House Tour

I had a chance to check out the Designers Show House at the Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison last week. It was pretty sweet. I wish I could pick a favorite room for you, but it is just too hard. I will say that I really liked the Garden of Eden room on the second floor.

This year 40 of the most illustrious designers and landscapers from around the country came to work on the former home of auto baron Charles T. Fisher.

The home was purchased in 2017 by actor, author, and philanthropist Hill Harper.

Tickets to the Designers Show House Tour are $40 per person. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward supporting various community programs.

Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.

The Charles T. Fisher Mansion is located at 670 West Boston Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202


Pewabic Stein Launch

This Saturday Pewabic will be unveiling a new stein during their Oktoberfest celebration. You can see photos of the new steins here, I really like both of the colors.

Eastern Market Brewing will be at the pottery with their small batch Kiln Bier which is an ale-lager hybrid that was brewed for Pewabic.

There will be live music from Steve Jarosz as well.

This event is free to attend, but you will have to BYOS (buy your own stein). They will have Solo cups as well.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48214

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LISTEN: Previewing TedXDetroit With Terry Bean & Shawn Lee Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:54:32 +0000

TedXDetroit is returning for a 10th year on Wednesday, September 26. But what can you expect at this day-long conference about ideas worth spreading?

Sven Gustafson sat down with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee at the Founders Midtown Taproom to get the details. That discussion is in the player above.

If you’re interested in attending, the link is here.

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Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend In Detroit: Your City 5 For Aug 31-Sept 3 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:47:59 +0000 Hey, hey, hey! Happy Labor Day Weekend.

It’s the unofficial end of summertime, so you better get outside to soak up all the Vitamin D you can before Autumn rolls around.

If you decided to stay close to home this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. There are all types of events happening in and around Detroit this long weekend.

I know that technically the City 5 is for events that are happening inside the city but I wanted to give a shout out to the Michigan State Fair in Novi and Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak. Both events are happening this weekend, and let’s face it they are pretty popular.

I digress. Let’s get on with this weeks City 5.

Detroit Jazz Fest

The Detroit Jazz Fest has been a Labor Day Weekend tradition for 39 years now. There is no question this free family friendly event would make it on the City 5.

There will be four days of great jazz being performed all weekend. There will also be a series of talks with performers.

This years Artist-in-Residence is jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He will have multiple performances over the weekend.

You can find the schedule of performances here.

The festival is free to attend, but you can buy VIP tickets if you’re feeling fancy.

Hours: Friday 6:30 p.m.- 1:30 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., and Monday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Detroit Jazz Festival takes place in Campus Martius all the way down to Hart Plaza.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

I’m not sure why I’m so excited this year for the 39th annual Hamtown Fest. Maybe it’s because I think my toddler is finally at the right age to bring him down there for some food and fun. Or maybe it’s because I have such a soft spot for Hamtramck.

Whatever the case, this weekend is going to be awesome!

There are so many fun things happening during the festival, like the annual Hamtramck Yacht Club Race, a carnival, and great food.

Don’t forget all of the bands that will perform over the three days. The Polish Muslims will perform, because they are awesome.

This year the headliner is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas! I’m so freaking excited I could spit. They perform on Monday at 9 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform live.

You can find the whole schedule of performances here.

The Polish Day Parade will take place on Monday at 1:30 p.m. This year they will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regained independence. The parade starts at Holbrook and Joseph Campau and will go north on Joseph Campau to Commor.

When: September 1-3 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

The festival will take place on Joseph Campau

P.S. If you don’t want to stop the party, be sure to check out the many after parties that the bars around Hamtramck will be hosting. I know for a fact that the Ghost Light will have after parties on Saturday and Sunday night.

Tiny Homes Tour

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Tiny Homes that Cass Community Social Services have been building on the westside of Detroit, this is your chance.

This weekend Cass Community Social Service will be giving tours of the six newest Tiny Homes.

This project is one that is near and dear to my heart. So, if you have a chance to go one of the tours do it.

Tickets for the Tiny Home tour are $75 for an individual or $100 for two people. You can purchase tickets here.

I know that seems steep, but tickets include a progressive meal from Cass Catering chef Matt Prentice, a copy of “Tiny Homes in a Big City” by Rev. Faith Fowler, and a donation to the Tiny Homes project.

When: Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2 multiple times.

Where: The homes are located just off Woodrow Wilson south of Glendale on Monterey, near the Highland Park/Detroit border.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more chill for this weekend, then I have the perfect thing.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is that perfect mix of getting out of the house for a few hours but also being low key.

Grab a bite to eat at the Yum Village food truck, grab a glass of beer or wine and enjoy.

It’s family friendly, chill, and relaxing.

On Friday and Saturday they have a Sangria Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

When: Friday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is located at 1420 Van Dyke Detroit, Michigan 48214

The Whiskey Charmers at the Detroit Shipping Company

Here is another low-key kind of event for you.

On Saturday night the Whiskey Charmers will be performing at the Detroit Shipping Company.

They are a local band, and I really dig their music.

It also gives you a chance to check out the Detroit Shipping Company if you haven’t made it over there yet.

There is no cover.

When: Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Shipping Company is located at 474 Peterboro Detroit, Michigan 48201

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 24-26 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:46:39 +0000 Are you ready for the final weekend of August? I know I’m not. I think I need to take a quick trip up north or something before summer is officially over.

There are a lot of fun things happening around town this weekend.

Much Ado Para Nada

This weekend is the final free show for the season for Shakespeare in Detroit.

The theatre group will be performing their version of the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing in Campus Martius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.

All performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

Campus Martius is located at 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48224

North Cass Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale 

On Saturday over 40 small businesses along Cass Avenue in Midtown will be having a sidewalk sale.

This annual event is always a lot of fun. There will be discounts, specials, live music, and activities for kids.

You can find the list of all of the participating small businesses and the sales they are offering on the Facebook event.

Don’t forget to check out the Detroit Clothing Circle for their deep deals, as referenced by the advertisement.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Multiple locations along Cass Avenue

Dream of Detroit Street Fair

Looking for a family friendly event this weekend? The Dream of Detroit Street Fair is your answer.

The street fair will be held along two blocks of Woodrow Wilson Street on the westside of Detroit.

There will be live music and theatrical performances from the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Plus a men’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament, African dancing classes for women, and a kids zone with a bounce house and free face painting.

The HUDA Clinic will have volunteer physicians at the fair to offer free basic health assessments throughout the day.

The street fair will also have a marketplace with vendors selling food, drinks, clothing, and other items.

The fair is being hosted thanks to a partnership between the Muslim Center, HUDA Free Community Health Clinic, the HUDA Urban garden, the Detroit Repertory Theatre and the community organization Dream of Detroit.

Hours: Saturday, August 2511:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

The Muslim Center is located at 1605 West Davison in Detroit.

The Weird Homes Tour

I have always been a fan of architecture, so when I heard about the Weird Homes Tour a few months back I knew I had to include it in the City 5.

The tour consists of seven quirky homes that you can go inside of and talk to the owners. The VIP package includes an additional stop at the Wheelin’ on Woodward home.

It’s a self guided, self driven tour so you can go at your own pace and take your time. I really dig it.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to the non-profit United Community Housing Coalition.

Tickets are $30 per person or $45 for the VIP treatment (not only do you get an additional stop but you can get a t-shirt or hat.) You can buy them here. You can buy tickets the day of, but the price goes up to $37 per person.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Multiple locations

3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast

Pull out those Hawaiian shirts, because it’s time to celebrate the final weekend in August with some roasted pig, awesome drinks and some Hawaiian flavor.

On Sunday the Sugar House will be hosting its 3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast. If you’re a vegetarian they have you covered, there will be some meatless options as well.

There will be a special cocktail menu for the day to celebrate.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 3:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Sugar House is located at 2130 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

Double Bonus

This Sunday is National Dog Day, and there are two events that we highlighted this week on the Daily Detroit podcast. I just want to remind everyone that both of these events are happening on Sunday.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Museum

The Detroit Institute of Art will be hosting its first ever animal adoption event this Sunday.

You can find out all of the information on the dedicated post about the event.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Art is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48202

Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards

The Detroit Barbers Barbershop in Corktown will be hosting Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards this Sunday.

You can find all of the information here.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Detroit Barbers Barbershop 2000 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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LISTEN: Previewing The Savor Food and Wine Festival At The Detroit Zoo August 10 & 11 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:07:08 +0000
The Food and Wine Festival will have more than 60 food and drink vendors. There will be plenty of wine, beer and drink choices during the event. Each ticket will receive 12 sampling tickets.

If you’re curious to learn more, Lauren Mohon from Hour Detroit joins me on the show to talk about the upcoming Savor Food and Wine Festival at the Detroit Zoo. 

Tickets for the event are $65 per person. You can find tickets for the festival here. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Detroit Zoological Society.

The two day festival will take place on the evenings of August 10 and 11 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W 10 Mile Road Royal Oak, Michigan 48067


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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 3-5 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:12:52 +0000 Hello all you lovely readers. I’m sure that some of you might have been wondering where in the world the City 5 has been lately.

I had an unexpected loss in my family that has really thrown me for a loop. The City 5 is one of my favorite things to write every week, and I take pride in curating my top 5 things to do every weekend.

Let’s just say, it’s good to be back and feeling like going out again.

Chevrolet Rockin on the Riverfront – Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

Nothing is going to stop me from suggesting this concert.

Ok, I’ll stop.

But seriously, how could I not pick the Starship concert? This is gold entertainment. Plus, I have the same birthday as Grace Slick, so it’s a given.

All I can say, is I hope they play “Sara,” because that was my JAM when I was younger. Funny story, I use to sing that song to my neighbor’s dog who was named Sarah.

This is an all ages, free show.

Like all Rockin on the Riverfront Concerts, it is free to attend. So it’s a steal of a deal if you’re trying to save some cash.

When: Friday, August 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Where: GM Plaza along the Riverfront

Belle Isle Art Fair

It’s one of my favorite times of year, art fair season!

I love walking around art fairs and checking out different forms of art. The Belle Isle Art Fair is one of my favorites, because I love that island and I love art. But I digress.

This year there will be 100 juried artists including a performance art tent set up next to the Scott Fountain. 

There will also be live music and theatrical performances throughout the two days. I’m psyched to see the Detroit Actors Theatre Company is one of the participating theatre companies.

Festival goers will have a chance to make their own art with the help from the The Detroit Institute of Arts and Arts and Scraps. You can even paint your own picture of the Scott Fountain.

Because this is a festival, there will be plenty of food truck options if you get hungry. Though I’m sure no one will look at your twice if you decide to bring a picnic along.

It’ll be a good time.

The event is free to attend, but just remember to have your State Park Passport.

When: Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle, Next to the Scott Fountain

Floating Halfpipe and Art Show

We covered this event over on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. So I’m going to take this time to remind you to listen to the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. It’s free, and a great daily podcast. Ok I’m off my soapbox now.

So what makes this event so cool?

The Detroit Princess Riverboat will have a halfpipe on the deck. Professional skateboarders  will be doing all kinds of crazy tricks on it while cruising down the Detroit River. Um, that’s pretty freaking sweet if you ask me.

Anyway, there will be two cruises on Saturday. One will be family friendly and the other will be adults only.

Tickets are $25 for the afternoon cruise and $35 for the sunset cruise. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, August 4 the afternoon cruise is 11:30-2:30 p.m., evening cruise is from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Detroit Princess Riverboat 20 Civic Center Drive Detroit, Michigan 48226

Backyard Nature: Beekeeping Basics

This event might not be for everybody, but if you have ever wanted to get into beekeeping you should totally take this workshop at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

Brian Peterson from Bees in the D will be the one teaching the workshop, and he knows his stuff about beekeeping. We got a chance to meet the fella’s from Bees in the D when they put the new hives on the former Detroit News Building, and it was super cool.

During the workshop you’ll learn about the basics of beekeeping and  what tools you need to do it. You’ll also have the chance to visit active hives and collect and taste the honey.

You should wear comfortable clothes, close toed shoes or boots and bring a water bottle. They will provide protective gear for you to wear. Just a heads up, you’ll have to sign a waiver to attend.

The workshop will run you $80 bucks, you can register for it here.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater St Detroit, Mi 48207 Detroit, Michigan 48207

Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market

It’s almost August, so that means it is time to pull out those codpieces and corsets for the kick off event for the Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market.

There will be stage acts, food trucks, wine tasting, artisans, and tickets to the Ren Fest availible for purchase. I hear they will have BOGO tickets.

This event is free to attend and is family friendly.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

P.S. Don’t forget that the Sunday Market is taking place at Eastern Market. Be sure to go say hi to our friends at Motor City Creations.



I know, I know technically this show is at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. But I have a soft spot for the Risk!  podcast and live show.

As a matter of fact, Sven interviewed Kevin Allison the host of Risk! for the Happy Hour. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do.

Tickets for Risk! Are $20 and you can buy them here. Just a head’s up, this is an 18 and over show.

When: Friday, August 3 doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Magic Bag 22920 Woodward avenue Ferndale 48220

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Listen: Previewing The Ford Fireworks On Monday Night With Tony Michaels Of The Parade Company Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:13:20 +0000

A tradition comes back to Detroit’s skies on Monday night. The Ford Fireworks are back for a 60th year.

Jeremiah chatted with Tony Michaels, the Parade Company’s CEO about this years show and what people can expect.

This year’s theme is “Come Alive in the D.”

“Detroit is doing so well on this great comeback trail. So many people are doing so many great things, that we thought it would be fitting to say come alive in the D,” said Michaels. “The show plan for the Ford Fireworks is one of the best that we’ve ever done. It’s going to be really exciting. It’s truly one of the finest in the Nation.” 

The Parade Company worked with Zambelli Fireworks to produce the show for this year.

Here is some important information about the Fireworks.

The show kicks off at 9:55 p.m. If you are planning on going down to watch the show in person, you’ll need to get there early. It gets packed. 

Hart Plaza opens at 2:00 p.m. You’ll want to get there early to get a good spot. 

Belle Isle will open at 2:00 p.m. Only 3,000 cars will be able to drive onto the island for the fireworks. Once it reaches capacity you will still be able to walk across the bridge to get on the island.

Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park are also good spots to watch the fireworks.

For those of you who like to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your own home, you will be able to watch it on WDIV-Local 4. Live coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information at the Parade Company’s website.

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QUICK TIP: Cool 3-D Light Show On The Grand Army Of The Republic Building During JR JR Concert Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:44:27 +0000

If you’re going to the free JR JR concert in Beacon Park this Saturday, you’re in for a treat.

The creative folks at Mindfield have created a 3-D light show for the beautiful and historic Grand Army of the Republic building to play that evening. 

There’s also a night market with vendors and food around the park.

Beacon Park is located on the west side of downtown Detroit at Cass and Grand River.

The concert is free and festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m.

This story was originally part of the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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Belle Isle Bird Walk To Take Place On Friday, June 15 Sat, 09 Jun 2018 19:10:24 +0000

If you like your friends feathered, you might want to check out and upcoming bird walk on Belle Isle put on by the DNR and Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors.

The bird walk will take place on Friday, June 15  from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The guided birding tour will take you through both wetland and forested habitats in Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.

The bird tour will begin at the parking lot of the Belle Isle Nature Center, located at 176 Lakeside Drive on Belle Isle. From there, there will be a caravan to other points on the island. Binoculars will be available for those needing to borrow them.

You’re going to want to fly when it comes to signing up for this event, because it’s limited to just 20 seats. Call Tom Jones at 734-612-6677 to register.

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Barley, BBQ & Beats Coming To Novi Showplace This Saturday, June 9 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:40:27 +0000

If you’re looking for a fun event that’s new to the area, you might want to check out Barley, BBQ and Beats coming this weekend to the Novi Showplace.

It brings whiskey, music and barbecue for a good cause, Hospice of Michigan.

Check out the interview with Marcie Hillary for more, but here’s the lineup via their event page:

Barley, BBQ & Beats is a showcase of great drinks, great food and great music from the state of Michigan. Proceeds will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Fund, which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

Host: Evrod Cassimy

– Corey Dakota
– Drop 3rd Strike
– Space Cat

– AlJoom’s BBQ
– American House
– CAYA Smokehouse Grill
– Detroit BBQ Company
– Forte Belanger
– Lockhart’s BBQ – Royal Oak
– The Moveable Feast Catering
– Parks Old Style Bar-B-Que
– Red Rock Downtown BBQ
– Westside Barbecue
– Woodpile BBQ Shack

– American Fifth Spirits Tasting Room
– Ann Arbor Distilling Company
– Bier Distillery
– Detroit City Distillery
– Grand Traverse Distillery
– Gray Skies Distillery
– Journeyman Distillery
– Our/Detroit
– Red Cedar Spirits
– Two James Spirits

– CareLinc Home Medical Equipment and Supply
– Meijer

– ABG Michigan

– Learning to Give (The Meijer Foundation)

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