Start(ing) from Detroit is a 4-month campaign to raise awareness and propel change on the issue of youth homelessness.  The campaign will raise funds for a coalition of organizations working at the front lines; these organizations collectively serve thousands of young people every day; our goal is to empower them to serve significantly more, with the greatest impact, until the point where we’ve provided the necessary opportunities for every youth in need.

Join Start(ing) from Detroit for this special one-night-only event, designed to bring together the Detroit community to combat youth homelessness at DIME Detroit (Detroit Institute Of Music Education).

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards leading frontlines non-profit organizations; our partner in Detroit is the Ruth Ellis Center.

Monday, February 1 @ 7pm EST
1265 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI

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Philly takes the top spot, 3 Florida cities are featured and Detroit's comeback continues. . .
  1. Philadelphia, PA Time for an authentic Philly cheesesteak and a visit to the City of Brotherly Love as Franklin Square turns 10 and the National Constitution Center hosts Headed to the White House this election year. Kimpton, Omni and Loews Hotels love families. Best ice cream parlor is The Franklin Fountain.
  2. Chicago, IL The Cubs are going to win the World Series in 2016 and Chicago's Museums, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Instituteall remain among our nation's best.  Stay at Residence Inn's 700th hotel or the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
  3. Orlando, FL More than just the theme park capital of the world, Disney Springs and nearby Kennedy Space Center's Heroes and Legends attraction features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.  Stay at The Hard Rock Hotel.
  4. St. Petersburg, FL Take a "Bird Quest" through the areas museums, parks and hotels and let your senses go wild at the hands-on exhibits at Great Explorations, Sunken Gardens and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is a great choice for families.
  5. Detroit, MI  Only in Motor City can you visit the largest penguin facility in the world; stop at a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and enjoy an afternoon of Beatles at The Magical History Tour at The Henry Ford.  For dinner kids will love the iconic Buddy's Pizza.  Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills or Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica are great options for families.
  6. Miami, FL  A Miami Culinary Tour in Little Havana is life changing and GameTime Miami, Jungle Island, Coral Gables Venetian Pool and Lincoln Road provide unique experiences for everyone.  The Pizza Bar and Bodega are fun.  The Palms Hotel & Spa is incredible for families.
  7. Hilton Head, SC Beaches, bike trails, kayaking and water sports, horseback riding and we're just getting warmed up. Families will think they are in the Caribbean at Omni's Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.
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After a year of historic announcements, surprising discoveries and unexpected natural phenomena in 2015, it's hard to say what 2016 will hold for travelers. But we do know that the year ahead will be one of technological innovations and historical significance in many American destinations. Here are the places across the U.S. to keep on your travel radar in 2016.


Detroit is a rapidly changing city. In 2016, it's all about learning and family fun with the opening of a new Legoland, a comprehensive Beatles exhibit, and an expansion to the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium.

Also set to open early in 2016, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center will be the largest penguin facility in the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe four different species of penguin play, dive, and fish in their aquatic habitat.

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Alexandra Clark, 27
Founding Chocolatier, Bon Bon Bon

Clark, who has been working in the confectionery industry since she was 14 years old, studied the art of chocolate-making by crisscrossing the globe. When it came time to open her own shop, she wanted it in no place other than Detroit, her hometown.  Bon Bon Bon, which now has three locations across the city, is the first artisan chocolatier to come to Motor City in 40 years.

Location Information:

2756 Evaline St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
Saturdays 10AM-6PM

719 Griswold St., Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48226
Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM
Saturdays & Sundays 10AM-3PM

From Philly to New York City, Ann Arbor & on!
Currently getting fly new wheels.

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Antietam - Detroit, MI, United States. Enrtecote de Boeuf 
<br>duck far potato, pepper & onion jam, porcini
Photo: Yelp, Antietam's Enrtecote de Boeuf 

Veteran Detroiters always knew their city was a meat-and-potatoes town. To find more-eclectic cuisine meant doing what most people downtown did after work: Leave.

No more. Detroit is in the midst of a culinary transformation. Rock-bottom housing stock and an emerging generation of young restaurateurs and chefs settling in to experiment have brought new restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms, cocktail bars, pop-up events and quirky lunch spots promising nutritious food — in neighborhoods where the only option to eat had previously been fast food. Keeping up with launches is now a sport in this rebounding city, which over the past decade survived a government bailout of two of its three major car companies, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and the shuttling of a recent mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to federal prison.

Many of the new restaurants feature chefs lured away from other cities to jump-start new ventures. They include Brion Wong and Jestin James Feggan, recruited from New York to create the modern French cuisine at Antietam, and John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino, Detroit natives who created flagships in Chicago before returning home this past fall to start work on Grey Ghost Detroit in the Midtown neighborhood; it will open in the spring.

They join a rapidly growing crop of restaurants that opened in the past two years, including Selden Standard, featuring small plates and craft cocktails in Midtown; Gold Cash Gold, old-school Southern cuisine in a refurbished Corktown pawnshop; Parks and Rec Diner, a retro breakfast stop downton; Wright & Company, a posh second-floor dining experience downtown; and Standby, a late-night spot in the Belt Alley art district featuring a menu of traditional bar foods with a twist, such as duck-fat-fried almonds, and horchata and shrimp rice cakes topped with cilantro and avocado. They all are taking part in reshaping Detroit’s reputation as a culinary destination, branching out beyond its tradition of reliable ethnic and steakhouse fare.

Filling those booths and tables are not just people flocking into the city on nights and weekends but also employees of such companies as Nike, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Lear, Quicken Loans and other mega-nationals that are revitalizing the downtown business core. By filling previously vacant high-rise residential buildings, they are creating a lively after-hours scene, both in the immediate area and in inner-circle neighborhoods such as Corktown, Midtown, Capital Park and the Eastern Market.

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There are many ways to take stock of influence in the art world—critical reception, popularity, and market prowess are among them. As the art world continues to expand, that becomes all the more difficult. We’re in a moment of regionalization—with art scenes thriving in São Paulo, Singapore, and Istanbul—as much as we are in one of consolidation around the global financial capitals of New York and London, with a core contingent of the art world making a yearly migration, crisscrossing the globe to visit them all. (Click through the map below to watch.) Here, we’ve crunched Planet Art’s data on contemporary art’s most mentioned cities in the media in 2015, pulled figures on fairs, museums, and galleries, and racked our editors’ brains to rank the art world capitals of 2015.

15 Detroit

Detroit has been lauded as America’s Berlin for the past several years. And despite the fact that L.A. likely has great claim to that title, the Motor City continues to attract alternative spaces looking to jump the coasts’ hustle (and steep rents). Most notably, Galapagos Art Space set down in Motown this year after ditching their Brooklyn digs. (In 2016, they’ll launch Detroit’s first-ever biennial.) Detroit also serves as a stand-in on this list for the many emerging art capitals worldwide, from Mexico City to Mumbai, Bogotá to Beirut, and beyond that are in the midst of explosions of artistic activity and may well break into this list in 2016.

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'Shark Tank' Update: The Sharks' Sour Reaction to a Vinegar Company Now Tastes Sweet
Photo: Shark Tank
Just because an entrepreneur walks away without a deal from the billionaire moguls on Shark Tank doesn’t mean the pitch was a failure. In many cases, the effort to get Mark Cuban, Lori Grenier or even Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary to invest can itself turn out to be a huge success.

That’s what happened to Jess Sanchez-McClary. The CEO of Detroit’s McClary Bros. originally pitched her drinking-vinegars business on the season premiere of the ABC-TV reality show in late September, seeking $100,000 for 15 percent of the company.

Her product was drinking vinegars, a modern version of a colonial-era cocktail and soda mixer made with natural and organic ingredients. She came up with it while studying preservative techniques at culinary school, and told the sharks that her mixes are aimed at the growing craft cocktail movement.

The Sharks weren't initially impressed. Not only did she not get an investment, she got an aggressive dismissal from O’Leary, whose criticism went over the line in the opinion of guest shark Ashton Kutcher. The reason: O’Leary's comment to Sanchez-McClary that, “Let’s be honest -- it’s four guys and dog that drink this stuff. Why are you doing this to yourself?”

Kutcher actually called him out: “You’re belittling people and that’s not OK,” he told O’Leary. “She gave you an answer, and if the answer’s not suitable, that’s fine, but you don’t have to belittle people.”

That may have buoyed Sanchez-McClary’s spirits. But what happened immediately after the Friday episode aired probably did even more: McClary’s website took in 1,000 new orders the very next day. By Monday, Sanchez-McClary was able to say, “We have done now, on the website, as much in sales as we did on the website the whole of last year.”

In the three months since, things have gotten even better. Sanchez-McClary now says she’s doubled her full-time staff from three to six people, reopened a tasting room to draw in retail customers, connected with several distributors and grown the business so much that she’s opening a second production facility next month.

And her bottom line? She estimates today that sales prompted by her Shark Tank appearance have brought in $200,000 – more than she was seeking from the sharks in the first place. “Before the holidays started, we had already done more than twice in revenue than the amount we had requested from the sharks,” Sanchez-McClary says. “I really don’t need an investor anymore.”

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While school is out for winter break, curious minds of all ages will enjoy plenty of fun and educational activities at the Michigan Science Center (MiSci). Highlighting December’s activities are MiSci’s 3rd birthday celebration, showings of Jerusalem in the IMAX® Dome theater, gift making workshops, holiday camps and more.

“We’ve put together a range of engaging STEM programs for kids and adults that really make you look at STEM in a different way!” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “Combined with our five theaters, live stage shows, and interactive exhibits, a visit to MiSci is a great way to spend time with family and friends this holiday season.”

MiSci’s Birthday Celebration
A big draw in the coming weeks will be MiSci’s 3rd birthday celebration, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 26. Sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit - Touching Communities, Touching LivesTM, this celebration gives back to the community with free general admission. The party will feature a community birthday cake and special activities.

“We’re thrilled to give the gift of free admission and to brighten up the holidays with a bit of science cheer,” said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of public affairs for MGM Grand Detroit. “As a dedicated community partner, this is just one of many ways we’re making a difference locally.”

The immersive IMAX® film, Jerusalem, plunges audiences into the ancient alleys and vibrant neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s Old City and explores how archaeology is uncovering secrets of Jerusalem's past. Additionally, viewers get the chance to discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people, through stories told by members of the three major religions who call Jerusalem home.

The film runs at MiSci through Jan. 3, at the following times:
5 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31
6 p.m. on Dec. 19, 20, 26, 27 and Jan. 2-3
Cost to see just the film (includes film only, does not include general admission) is $3 for members, $6 for children ages 2-12 and $8 for adults.

Gift Workshops
With the festive spirit in mind, MiSci is hosting gift-making workshops, Dec. 19-20. Surrounded by the fun and inspiring environment of Toytopia, a limited engagement exhibit, participants will become toy builders by creating a holiday present for somebody special. There will be four to six gift options for attendees to choose to build, which cost $5 or $10 to make. Kids also will get the chance to wrap their presents during the workshop.

Holiday Adventures
In addition to gift-making workshops, MiSci will be engaging kids with Holiday Adventures at MiSci the week of Dec. 28. First through third graders can participate in Toy Adventures, Dec. 28-Dec. 31, while discovering and building antique toys, creating light-up jewelry, exploring the world of electricity, playing brain games, experimenting with silly putty and more. Fourth through eighth graders have a larger task at hand, with the chance to learn about simple and complex machines, while building a refurbished bike to take home. With the assistance of Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and Back Alley Bikes, attendees will learn how a bike’s levers, gears, axles and wheels function.

First through third graders have the choice to attend one or all days, while fourth through eighth graders must attend all four days in order to participate. Both camps include lunch, exploration time in MiSci’s exhibits and other hands-on activities. Visit the MiSci website for more information on Holiday Adventures.

Last Chance to See A T. rex Named Sue
The largest, most complete, best-preserved T. rex ever – A T. rex Named Sue – which has been on display in the museum’s ITC Gallery since early October, will be leaving MiSci on Jan. 3. Dinosaur enthusiasts won’t want to miss their last chance to see the life-sized skeleton cast of Sue, or the separate cast of Sue’s 5-foot long skull that roars and growls, among the other interactive activities incorporated into this awe-inspiring exhibit.

MiSci After Dark: Holiday Mixology
MiSci invites science fans, age 21 and over, to spend their third Thursday at After Dark, MiSci’s monthly happy hour. From 5 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 17, After Dark will feature demos with a mixologist, vintage video competitions, extreme dot-to-dot challenges and more. Cost is just $10 per person and includes one drink ticket. Additional drinks are available for purchase. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Extended Holiday Hours
While schools are out for holiday break, the Science Center has extended its hours of operation. Hours over the holiday are as follows:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2
Noon – 6 p.m. on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3
Closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1.

This is a HUGE Win For Detroit!

Detroit has become the first U.S. city to receive the “city of design” designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

It will join 47 other cities from 33 countries as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which is made up of cities with a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from gastronomy and literature to design.

Member cities commit to collaborate, promote creativity and cultural industries, share best practices, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans.

Becoming a member of the network enables Detroit’s design community “to learn and exchange best practices from network cities worldwide, amplifying our existing efforts to build a better city and region through the power of design,” said Ellie Schneider, interim executive director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, which led the effort to secure the designation to promote growth in the city’s design industries.

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“In hdl we trust”
Dequindre Cut. Photo: Hygienic Dress Leqgue

Port Austin is becoming an art destination. In 2013, the Port Austin community teamed with Detroit street artists hygienic dress league (HDL) on an open-air, large-scale installation using two sides of a 60-foot barn in Port Austin. In 2015, the Port Austin community worked with internationally-renowned Detroit artist, Scott Hocking, on a second barn project. For the project, Hocking disassembled a quickly deteriorating large barn, using the materials to invert the structure and construct a site-specific, ark-like sculpture. These installations garnered national press and have attracted visitors to Port Austin from around the nation.

The projects have helped position the Port Austin area as a progressive rural innovator for creative place making, fostering increased economic development through tourism – all while placing the artists and their work in the national spotlight. After two successes, there is great momentum for further large-scale, site-specific projects.

Port Austin has set a goal to complete 8 installation art projects in the next 8 years for a total of 10 large scale installations. Goals for this grant are to continue this momentum, including: • Enhance livability and increase visitation for the area through creative place making. • Drive positive economic-impact outcomes through increased tourism and population growth. • Provide opportunities for Detroit-area artists to apply their work in a new context and reach new audiences, both in the area where their new work will be located and through national/international media attention. • Provide a platform for a unique cultural exchange of ideas between urban and rural communities that will benefit both through deeper understanding of each other.

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