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You work hard all day, and sometimes, you just can’t wait until the weekend it unwind. The good thing is, you don’t have to. There are a ton of happy hour spots around Detroit to check out and de-stress to clear your mind from a difficult day and power through the rest of the week.

1701 Cigar Bar on Wednesdays is definitely worth a look. 1701 is located in downtown Detroit on Cadillac Square and Randolph. On Wednesdays, the bar features Wine Down Wednesdays for business professionals to socialize and network with like-minded people and enjoy a sophisticated, sexy atmosphere. There’s a complimentary buffet drink specials and live music. Last week’s menu was barbeque ribs, chicken, macaroni and cheese and mixed vegetables.

Get there early to take advantage of the half off drink specials and try the Pink Stiletto which was a crowd favorite.

Finally, groove to the live music, courtesy of Eric “Rain Man” Gatson and DJ Ric Flair, known together as The Formula.

And ladies, 1701 is not a “Boy’s Only” club. They feature a wide range of cigars that cater to a woman’s taste, including the Acid Blonde and Latte Surprise which pairs perfectly with a cappuccino.

Tomorrow is Wednesday. I highly recommend that you wear your “all-purpose dress” to work tomorrow and head straight to happy hour for Wine Down Wednesdays at 1701 Cigar Bar.

Follow Amber L. Bogins on Twitter @AmberLaShaii


Monday, 18 March 2013 17:18

2013 New York Auto Show (preview)

Honda will be busy during this year's New York International Auto Show. The automaker plans to unveil a freshened version of its Odyssey minivan and the production version of the MDX crossover from its Acura luxury arm.

An MDX prototype (above) met the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so it's no surprise that we'll get to see the production model in New York. Honda says the 2014 MDX uses a totally new platform and that the third generation of the seven-passenger crossover is longer than its predecessor. The automaker claims that the new MDX will be roomier, more comfortable and have a more versatile cabin than the outgoing model.

Front- and all-wheel drive will be available and power comes from a new 3.5-liter V-6 with direct injection and a cylinder deactivation feature to shut down cylinders for increased fuel economy. The all-wheel-drive-only outgoing model uses a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6.

Read more at http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/03/2013-new-york-auto-show-preview-honda-and-acura.html

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:06

Detroit gets a taste of New Orleans

After many years of traveling to the Big Easy and enjoying late-night beignets with chicory coffee at the famous Café du Monde, Michele Pearson and her partner Mark Hausner launched Beignets to bring the dense French doughnut to Detroit. "We just loved the fact that when people were together eating beignets all hours of the night, listening to zydeco, they were happy," says Pearson. "We figured with the French influence in Detroit, why doesn't Detroit have something like this?"

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/beignets-detroit-hamtramck-restaurant_n_2859431.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit

Monday, 18 March 2013 16:57

Halle Berry lands her own shoe line

Halle Berry can now add shoe designer to her resume!

The Oscar Award-winning actress has teamed up with German retailer Deichmann Shoes to create line of fashionable yet comfortable footwear for women of all lifestyles.

The 46-year-old mom compared her new shoe venture to a woman's love of her hair. "Women have always loved shoes. It's like if your hair is not right and your shoes are not right, the woman is not right. If both of them are right, you're pretty much okay," she said.

According to reports, the line will be called 5th Avenue by Halle Berry and it will debut with 40 limited editions this spring in the United Kingdom.

Although the shoes will be released internationally, the good news is they start at only $60 a pair. There's no news yet if the collection will reach American stores.

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