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Monday, 26 November 2012 17:18

Detroit Historical Museum Re-Open

DETROIT (WWJ) – A big success for the Detroit Historical Museum's grand re-opening weekend. Thousands of people checked out the newly-renovated museum during its grand re-opening over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The celebration was the culmination of six months of construction and the completion of its first major renovation project since the 1960s. "We were open 55 and a half consecutive hours from 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning all the way through til 5 p.m. Sunday," said Bob Sadler, the museum's public relations director. "And in that time, we welcomed just under 15,000 visitors to the Detroit Historical Museum for our grand reopening weekend." The Detroit Historical Society spent $12 million building five new exhibits and giving a facelift to many of its galleries. The museum is no longer charging an admission fee, however, it is accepting donations at the door. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/11/26/re-opening-of-detroit-historical-museum-draws-thousands/
Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:33

Thanksgiving Day Parade

      DETROIT (CBS Detroit) It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving in metro Detroit and that means three things: A meal with family and friends, a Lions game, and a big, big parade. For all those who can't wait to line Woodward Avenue to watch the floats, dancers, and other performers, The Parade Company announced its line-up Thursday. It includes grand marshals Congressman John Dingell and Debbie Dingell — who will lead the beloved parade past some of Detroit's most historic landmarks including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and the Madison Building. And that's only the beginning. The parade will step off at Woodward Avenue and Mack at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. "We are proud to welcome and host an amazing group of celebrities and Olympic athletes for the 86th America's Thanksgiving Parade," said Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company. "Our all-star and celebrity line-up is an incredible element to the parade and we hope everyone comes together for one of the city's greatest traditions." Included in the line-up are: 2012 USA Olympic Champions• Alex Morgan-US Women's National Soccer Team, 2012 Olympic gold medalist• Nathan…
HOST HUNDREDS FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER A PORTION OF PISTONS TICKET SALES TO HELP FEED THOUSANDS ACROSS METRO DETROIT AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons and Forgotten Harvest are hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of families Nov. 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons players, coaches and Palace Sports & Entertainment staff will host the dinner that will include performances from Pistons Entertainment and an appearance from Pistons' mascot Hooper. "Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other's company," said Dennis Mannion, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment. "We want the community to view us as part of their family and we are honored to celebrate this special time and holiday with so many deserving people." "We are so grateful to the Detroit Pistons Organization for their continued support of this great event and making it an annual tradition," said Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest, named America's largest food rescue last year by rescuing a record 43.9 million pounds of food in metro Detroit. "This special Thanksgiving feast brings so much joy and happiness to many families in the Pontiac area who deserve it."…
Monday, 12 November 2012 14:32

Cash Mob Visits Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe

Detroit's latest grocery store will be mobbed Saturday -- mobbed with shoppers, that is, some who will receive free gift cards to support the new Brush Park business.   Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, located at Woodward Avenue and Watson Street on the edge of Midtown, opened last month two-and-a-half years later than owners (and brothers) Michael and Peter Solaka planned, after weathering a flood, break-ins and a landlord's bankruptcy, according to Crain's Detroit Business.   Though the small, independent grocery store's proximity to forthcoming Whole Foods might cause some to wonder if the Shoppe will get enough business to stay open, the Solakas told Crain's they believe the greater downtown area can support both an independent grocer and a corporate store. For their part, Detroit residents eager to see it succeed will swarm the store Saturday at noon, as part of the Detroit Cash Mob.   Cash mobs, riffing on flash mobs, occur when groups of residents pick a time to patronize a local business and give them a one-time sales boost as well as exposure. Detroit's group has descended on many other stores, whether they sell groceries, records, clothes, hardware or dog supplies. David Lewinski, one of the group's…
Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:37

Voices of the Young People

As in 2000, the Presidential election might come down to a few select states. In addition, the youth vote is just as important as it's ever been. Wayne State University students share their views on the election and what they think are the most important issues of the next 4 years. "I think that before anything we need to solve the energy question, the rest of the world is on wind and solar and alternative energies, coal isn't goning to get it here in America anymore. And with those technologies we create more jobs. I'm not saying abandon coal and fossil fuels, I'm just saying we need to evolve" –Jihad, 22. "The thing I think needs to be fixed immediately is the Education system in the U.S. it's too rigid and it costs way too much to go to college. After loans most of us (students) will barely have anything left, how are we supposed to put that back into the economy? Some sort of loan forgiveness program or just flat out making it cheaper to attend school might help, but something has to be done or no one except the very rich will be able to afford a decent…
Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:00

Light Fest 2012

Work Underway On Hines Drive For Wayne County Lightfest 2012 WESTLAND (WWJ) - It's definitely cold enough to be winter, and now there's another sign that Christmas is right around the corner: the Wayne County Lightfest is just one week away. Crews have already started setting up the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display and major progress will be made on Thursday and Friday. Officials with the Wayne County Roads Division are alerting the public that Hines Drive will be closed from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive on Nov. 8-9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for Lightfest set-up. Lightfest is one of the most popular seasonal activities in the metro Detroit area, with over four-and-a-half miles of giant animated displays and nearly a million lights along Hines Drive. The grand opening of Lightfest is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., when the power will be switched on and the displays come to life with illumination. After that, Lightfest will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, except for Christmas Day when it will be closed. The entrance to Lightfest is on Hines Drive at Merriman Road, between Ann Arbor Trail and…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:04

'Did I Finish Voting?'

Man's Heart Stops While Casting Ballot Wants To Know If He Finished Voting After Revived SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Tens of thousands of absentee voters cast their ballots before Election Day in Michigan but one man has a story that stands out for sheer strength of purpose to vote. That's the case for a local elderly man whose heart stopped while he was filling out his absentee ballot Monday. The man was voting at the Southfield Township Clerk's office and fortunately a registered nurse well-versed in giving CPR, was sitting nearby. Ty Houston says he was shocked by what he heard after he brought the man back to life. "He started to breathe and he took a couple of breaths and he wanted to know whether or not "I'm still here", said Houston. " And the next thing he said was "did I finish voting?"". Houston says the mans word's are a reminder that Americans should never take their right to vote for granted. He says the man was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover.   http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/mans-heart-stops-while-casting-ballot-wants-to-know-if-he-finished-voting-after-revived/
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:37

Best Cupcakes In Detroit

Indulge your craving for frosting and cake in a less guilty portion! Learn more about a few of the many skilled bakeries in the Detroit area including Pinwheel Bakery, Pink Elephant and more! - George Fox Cupcake Station (See Figure 1)136 N Old WoodwardBirmingham, MI 48009(248) 593-1903www.cupcakestation.com I couldn't resist their Cupcake Improv Contest. Suggest a cupcake for a chance to win free cupcakes. How awesome is that! A single cupcake is $2.75. Peanut butter cupcake featured here. Can't help but mention that they offer shots of frosting on Fridays for a quarter. Townsend Hotel Bakery (See Figure 2)175 W Merrill StreetBirmingham, MI 48009(248) 644-6506www.townsendbakery.com(credit: townsendhotel.com) Tortes are their specialty, but cupcakes are a close runner up in popularity. It's a full service bakery so don't be surprised to see lunch and dinner fare on the menu. At $1.75, the last time I checked, these cupcakes are a steal. Pinwheel Bakery ( See Figure 3)220 W 9 Mile RdFerndale, MI 48220(248) 398-8018www.pinwheelbakery.com(credit: pinwheelbakery.com Special order a dozen of any of their regular cake flavors for $24. Off the shelf cupcakes are $2 each. They're closed Sunday and Monday. Make sure to give them a call before heading out as they…
Friday, 02 November 2012 15:02

New downtown parking garage

Rock Ventures LLC plans to include 33,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in a new parking garage it's building in Detroit's central business district. The 535,000-square-foot, "z-shaped" retail and parking development will help alleviate parking issues downtown while bringing more unique retail and dining options to the fast-growing, technology and creative corridor, Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, said in a release. The district has added 10,000 new employees over the last two years, 6,500 from his companies alone, Gilbert said. The project will "zigzag" from the corner of Broadway and East Grand River to the corner of Library and Gratiot, Rock said. Rock Ventures plans to begin construction on the development this month and expects it to be completed by December 2013. Rock Ventures' Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC will manage the development and lease the retail space. Southfield-based Neumann/Smith Architecture is architect on the project, and parking consultant Rich & Associates Inc. in Southfield is consulting on the structure's design. Colasanti Construction Services Inc./Sachse Construction, a joint venture of Detroit-based Colasanti and Birmingham-based Sachse, are the construction managers for the project. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121101/FREE/121109987/dan-gilbert-new-downtown-parking-garage-to-include-ground-floor
Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:45

XmasTree Arrives At Campus Martius

DETROIT (WWJ) - It may be only one day since Halloween, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Detroit's Campus Park. That's with the addition of a 55-foot Norway Spruce hailing from Manton, Michigan, along 131 North, just north of Cadillac. The massive tree weighs more than 10,000 pounds, has a 30-foot span of branches and will be decorated with over 18,000 lights, which is expected to take more than a week to finish. A formal Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Friday, Nov. 16, kicking off the city's 9th Annual Winter Magic Celebration. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 PM amid the spectacular 9th Annual Quicken Loans Winter Magic Celebration at Campus Martius Park. The Tree Lighting festivities begin at 5 p.m., with entertainment, live music, ice-skating shows featuring the Arctic Figure Skating Club and Detroit Skating Club, and other seasonal family activities including the Red Kettle Bounce House, photos with Santa and carriage rides. Among the confirmed featured performances this year are: Dwayne Brown, Ben Sharkey and his 7-piece band, the MOT Children's Chorus, Rackham Symphony Choir, Triumph Church Gospel Choir, Michigan Philharmonic Brass Quintet and The Salvation Army Brass Band. For more…
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:34

Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe Opens

DETROIT, MI - Two and half years in the making, Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, a gourmet grocery store created by brothers Michael and Peter Solaka, is opening its doors to eager Midtown Detroit residents this Saturday, Oct. 27. The Solaka brothers had originally intended to open the 8,100-square-foot store at 3100 Woodward Ave in May of 2010, but problems with the ownership of the building - the Solakas are leasing it - kept the grocery store in legal limbo. Michael Solaka told MLive in August that he and his brother have already invested some $500,000 into the store, which will have a full meat counter and butcher, a full deli counter, a salad bar, a bakery and a large variety of beer and wine. The store will feature a wide selection of Michigan- and Detroit-sourced products. In today's release, Peter Solaka states, "We want to provide a place where you can come in and put together a great meal all in one place. Our pricing will be the same as comparable stores in the suburbs. Since so many people have to drive there for their groceries as it is, I think we will compete well in the Detroit market." Store…
Monday, 29 October 2012 15:41

Angels’ Night Campaign Seeks Volunteers

DETROIT (WWJ) - Patrolling neighborhoods, watching over a vacant house, keeping your porch light on — these are a few of the important duties of an Angels' Night volunteer. Tony Kinsey, Community Affairs Manager for the Detroit Recreation Department, will run a volunteer command center from the Northwest Activity Center in Detroit. "We're trying to give people a place to go to register, to deploy out and patrol, at minimum turn their street light on, at maximum to patrol and maybe watch a vacant house on their block," Kinsey told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Chrystal Knight. The big volunteer campaign is in full swing, with Angels' Night just a couple of days away. Tens of thousands of people are expected to sign up to patrol their neighborhoods on foot, bicycle and behind the wheel. Angel's Night is a Detroit tradition that was created in 1995 after the the story 300 Devil's Night fires the year before made the national news. The volunteer campaign was created in response to the violence and arson that plagued the city for years on the night before Halloween – previously known as Devils' Night, when residents of Detroit were known to cause mischief and vandalism. Kinsey…
Friday, 26 October 2012 15:20

Detroit Gets Spooked For Halloween

Detroiters see spooky stuff every day, so it's no surprise that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays -- this is the city someone wants to turn into a zombie amusement park, after all. But the holiday has a darker association in the city, after outbursts of arson and crime on Halloween Eve, known as Devil's Night, reached a peak in the '90s. Since then, the city has relied on community support to keep neighborhoods safe on the renamed Angels' Night. Volunteers will be out patrolling the two nights prior, and kids won't be -- they have a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Still, we couldn't help laughing a little at the city's call for volunteers for what we can only imagine is a spookily geometric "Angles'" Night.) Halloween falls in the middle of the week, so many venues are throwing parties the weekend before. But don't plan to stay home Wednesday night, or you'll miss Hallowicked, a celebration from the Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit masters of horrorcore. We're betting a band that got thrown out of Royal Oak will throw an unforgettable Halloween party. And while you may have missed Theatre Bizarre, there's still an overwhelming…
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:38

Starting A Business In Detroit

DETROIT, MI - Scott Moloney nearly moved into the wrong building, jammed his ice cream machine the first time he used it, and spent a summer weekend buying dry ice to keep his tasty creations from melting.But the owner of Treat Dreams in Ferndale survived those twists - and many more - to create a thriving business over the past two years that's now looking to expand. "You'll never have a week that goes according to plan," Moloney told Open City Detroit on Monday night. "You can't get too high when you have your best sales day ever. You can't get too low when you have your worst sales day ever." Moloney and four other successful Detroit small business owners shared their experiences as part of the kickoff to Open City Detroit's 2012-13 season. Dave Mancini, of Supino Pizzeria, Emily Linn of City Bird and Nest, Grant Lancaster of City Wings, and Moloney addressed the crowd at Cliff Bell's. Liz Blondy, owner of Canine to Five, moderated the panel. Their collective message to would-be entreprenuers in Detroit is to find the right place, be prepared to do a lot by yourself, and be ready to work hard. "It's a lot…
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