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For quite some time, downtown and midtown Detroit has been without a solid grocery store, making residents in the area have to travel to other areas in the city. Now, there is Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in midtown on Woodward, Whole Foods will open June 5th on Mack and Woodward. Recently, Rock Ventures added Papa Joe's Gourmet Marketing and Catering to the steady stream of retailers choosing to call the area home. The new store will inhabit space inside of the Rock Ventures-owned First National Building, merely a stone's throw away from Campus Martius. Opened in 1971, Papa Joe's Gourmet Market is a grocery store that offers fresh meats, produce, and seafood in addition to gourmet catered foods and an extensive wine collection. The new store would occupy approximately 15,000 square feet of first floor space adjacent to the Roasting Plant in the building. While meeting the growing demand for a downtown grocer, the new market is also expected to create 80 new jobs."Papa Joe's expansion to Detroit will be welcome news to downtown foodies, residents and workers alike who have long lamented the lack of a downtown grocery store," said Dan Mullen, Bedrock's Vice President of Real Estate Development,…
Friday, 29 March 2013 15:22

More is in store for downtown Detroit!

Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has revealed ​he wants to continue developing downtown Detroit. Adding to initial plans already in place, Gilbert spoke on Thursday​, Mar. 29​ to a crowd of stakeholders, business owners and residents. He used a 3-d presentation to ​showcase what he envisions for the ​city's future​. Expressing the importance of putting plans to real action, Gilbert ​discussed new ventures such as the addition of open air food markets and upgrades to Campus Martius, Grand Circus Park and Hart Plaza. Improvements will also include a boutique hotel and pedestrian median on Woodward leading to ​the ​riverfront. ​While some ideas are currently being conceptualized, one can be expected sooner than later. An international design competition is currently underway to find a new use for the old Hudson's building on Woodward Avenue. The new project is slated to begin next year. Are you excited about what's in store for downtown Detroit? Follow Britney Spear on Twitter @MissBritneySp
Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:55

Be the art you want to see in Detroit

Do you have a great idea for an art project? Would it take place in, or benefit, Detroit? If you answered yes to these two questions, write eight sentences describing the project by April 22 and you could win thousands! This is not a scam. While the Knight Arts Challenge isn't quite as simple as sharing your idea and getting handed a check, it is entirely real and refreshingly straightforward in comparison to typical grant proposals. Over three years, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will award $9 million to Detroit arts projects that engage the community. They can come from anyone, from a student to a business. "This contest is about ideas -– big ideas, inspiring ideas, authentically Detroit ideas. We want people to tell us what moves them, so that together we can help engage the soul of the community," Dennis Scholl, vice president of the arts for Knight Foundation, explained in a statement. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/detroit-knight-arts-challenge-detroit_n_2917879.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
What better way to herald the return of Gru from "Despicable Me" than with Eminem? No better way, apparently: the "Despicable Me 2" trailer has arrived, accompanied by the 2002 hit song "Without Me," which includes the dulcet, R-rated boastings of Marshall Mathers. (None of those lyrics, of course, make it into the trailer.) Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/despicable-me-2-trailer_n_2909086.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit&ir=Detroit
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.…
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
(Photo credit: Rae Maxwell) From Nona Hendrix and Grace Jones, to the Afro punk warrior goddess Tamar Kali, Black women artists are inextricably woven into the fabric of rock and roll. During Women's History Month, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and the Jess Care Moore Foundation will pay homage to this crucial aspect of history with the fourth annual "Black Women Rock!" (BWR!). The art exhibition, live music concert, and Sunday afternoon workshops and community celebration will take place March 16-18 at the museum. In 2004, renowned poet and performer Jessica Care Moore created "Black Women Rock! A Tribute to Rock Icon Betty Davis" in conjunction with The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta to showcase independent women artists of color who made a living as composers, guitarists, vocalists, producers and arts educators in the rock and roll genre. These contemporary artists defy stereotypes of what a rock and roll artist looks and sounds like and are the spiritual descendants of Betty Davis, Etta James, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Nona Hendrix, and Patti LaBelle. They have spent their careers breaking down barriers of image, politics and sexuality in the music industry. In honor of Women's History Month, "BWR!"…
Detroit, it's been a long winter. The emergency manager rumors are by now almost certainty. We haven't noticed many smiles lately between City Council and the Mayor. The debt -- how big is it, exactly? $14 billion? And really, could it just stop snowing? We aren't trying to depress you -- quite the opposite, actually. With all of Detroit's problems and its uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, what really warmed our hearts this cold day was seeing how Detroiters embraced March 13. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/313-day-detroit-love_n_2869477.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
Having had a passion for fashion from an early age, An’Drese L. Hopkins knows style. In the fall of 2009, Hopkins created Kins Accents, a retail store specializing in men’s and women’s urban fashion and it has been “rocking and rolling since then.” Based in Detroit, Kins Accents opened its online store in September of 2010, making it convenient for cus¬tomers to view the boutique collection from the comforts of their home or office. One trip to the website, KinsAccents.com, and consumers are privy to everything from men’s cufflinks and three-piece suits to women’s jewelry, handbags and shoes. Hopkins’ mission is to bring high urban style to Detroit. “I’m homegrown from Detroit,” he said. “I want to bring awareness to the local environment and bring the fashion and culture of the West Coast and East Coast here. I want to give our region that same vibe.” Reviews on the KinAccents website note that the products are not only fashionable, but are quality essentials. Kins Accents has found its niche in Detroit, not only as a mecca for some of the hottest fashions to grace the city, but also as a premier style concierge resource. Clients are able to have a…
Here's a real deal for those who can't get enough of Detroit's recent pop-up food craze. Two local ephemeral restaurants, Kung Food and Detroit Gypsy Kitchen, will be collaborating for a Sunday brunch. The chefs are joining together to whip up a tasty meal at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) as part of a Sunday pop-up brunch series at the cultural hotspot's cafe. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/09/detroit-pop-up-restaurants_n_2839807.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
American Coney Island, home of the iconic Detroit Coney Dog, recently opened its first out-of-state location at the D Las Vegas. As part of the dramatic transformation taking place at the new downtown property, the D is excited to bring a taste of Detroit to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. A favorite of Detroiters and visitors for nearly a century, American Coney Island is the oldest family-owned business in Detroit. Founder Gust Keros coined the phrase "Coney Dog" and introduced the now legendary treat to the city of Detroit in 1917. The high-quality, specially seasoned, natural-casing Dearborn sausage brand hotdog is topped with the Keros family secret recipe Coney Island Chili Sauce, fine mustard and sweet chopped onions, and served in a warm steamed bun. The restaurant has continued to attract loyal patrons from every generation in Detroit and around the country. American Coney Island has been featured on "The Today Show," Iron Chef Michael Symon's "Food Feuds" on the Food Network and The Travel Channel's "Food Wars." The D welcomes the flavors of American Coney Island and invites guests to enjoy the newest addition to downtown Las Vegas. Menu items will include the iconic Coney Dog,…
Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:30

Never too many cooks in the kitchen

Jo Coleman and Cassandra Morrison opened their Southfield based business, The Culinary Studio, in 2011 after realizing there was a need for an environment for culinary professionals to mass produce their products without incurring the full expense of a full blown brick and mortar establishment. Morrison, a personal chef who was behind the original concept, constantly found herself in search of a space to prepare meals for her clients. She was never able to find a space in her community designed to fit the demanding needs of her business.Coleman, also having a passion for cooking, developed a healthy cooking initiative created to help fight obesity in the African American community, Healthy Eating Community (HEC), which she operated out of her home and desperately needed space to expand. The program focused on teaching African Americans how to prepare traditional comfort foods using healthier ingredients. This business venture had been three years in the making. A successful trip to Kitchen Chicago fostered the confidence they needed to step out on faith."We faced these challenges and we knew that other people had similar challenges. We felt comfortable too because it's such a unique business," said Coleman. For small catering companies or specialty-food startups,…
Trinosophes, a new art gallery and performance space in Eastern Market, has been hosting monthly events for the past few months, but they are now ready for their full-time debut with a grand opening set for this Saturday, March 9. Musician and event producer Joel Peterson and MOCAD Deputy Director Rebecca Mazzei have partnered on this project, which includes an integrated café, gallery and performance space. Peterson had previously been booking shows through the Bohemian National Home, and it had been his intent to find a new space since 2008. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/trinosophes-detroit-cafe-gallery-venue-detroit_n_2811072.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
The United States and the United Kingdom's six "super brands" have pulled farther away from the rest of the world's colleges and universities, but the nations' other colleges and universities are increasingly vulnerable to global competition, according to Times Higher Education's 2013 World Reputation Rankings, a leading ranking of the world's universities. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/most-prestigious-universities_n_2805582.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit&ir=Detroit
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