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Detroit Tigers fans will have even 10,000 more reasons to cheer on August 27 when the Tigers and Olympia Development of Michigan team up for The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park – That’s the number of limited edition, Detroit Tigers/The District Detroit hats that will be given away to the first 10,000 fans when gates open.
But more than that - step through a red carpet experience, take photos with friends, win all kinds of prizes and learn about what makes The District Detroit such an exciting new destination for those who love sports, entertainment and spending an incredible Saturday Night in Detroit.
Comerica Park is one of the major venues located within The District Detroit—one of the largest and most exciting sports and entertainment developments underway in the country, and the Detroit Tigers are in the heart of it. The District Detroit Night at Comerica Park will be held as the Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels—and fans end the night with a fireworks display.
Here’s what else you can win:
Detroit Tigers and The District Detroit co-branded apparel
Tickets to Detroit Red Wings preseason games and one regular season game at Joe Louis Arena
Tickets to exciting events throughout The District Detroit:
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Fox Theatre
- Evil Dead: The Musical at City Theatre
- Annie at Fox Theatre
How to win you may wonder? Trivia and contests throughout the game and special rewards for sharing your photos from the game using #DistrictDetroit.
The Belle Isle Conservancy is making a splash with the 12th annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funds raised at this year’s event will benefit a new Splash Play Area on Belle Isle Park.
After years of hosting the event at the Belle Isle Casino, the Conservancy is taking the celebration back to the garden – the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory gardens to be exact – where the first luncheon was held.
Hundreds of southeast Michigan’s most influential civic and business leaders – adorned in their favorite fascinators and chapeaus - are expected to attend for an afternoon of networking and mobile bidding at the luncheon’s silent auction. This year’s event is chaired by long-time Belle Isle supporter Denise Ilitch of Ilitch Enterprises.
New for 2016, guests will have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind pendant, created by Stephen Tapper of Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, called the Star of Belle Isle. After visiting the island with his nephew, Tapper was inspired to create a pendant that would reflect “just how precious the jewels of our great city are.”
Tickets (at $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10) are now available for purchase online at belleisleconservancy.org/polishthejewel or by calling 313-331-7760. Benefactor tickets (at $1,000, $500 or $300 giving levels) as well as corporate sponsorships are also available. Benefactor tickets will provide guests with exclusive access to a pre-Polish the Jewel celebration on Sept. 20.
The annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon began in 2004, then hosted by the Belle Isle Women’s Committee, which is today part of the Belle Isle Conservancy.
A bar catering to the creative drinker in Detroit's revitalized arts district
If we gave you directions to Standby in Detroit, it would be something like: Go downtown, turn up an old alley, and then walk straight into an elevator shaft. You’re so in, right? OK, so it’s true that Standby is located behind some strange doors in an alleyway downtown, but it’s a really well lit alleyway! In fact, this strip—known as The Belt—is actually a bustling public art space for the city’s hip, creative class. And Standby is the bar for the creative drinker.
In this sleek space, owner Joe Robinson and his bar team make libations with the strangest ingredients they can find. “Anything I’m unfamiliar with I’m always eager to work with,” Robinson says. Oftentimes he takes field trips to the Asian food markets in nearby Madison Heights looking for unique flavors. On the current menu, their drinks include everything from chrysanthemum flower syrup to milk-washed, black tea gin.
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|The David Whitney|
Until recently, suggesting Detroit as a travel destination sounded like a joke you’d play on your distant Estonian relatives or the “zonker” behind door No. 2 on Let’s Make a Deal. And besides, why go to Detroit when you could book a suite in Aleppo, Syria, at half the price?
As a Motown native, I am allowed to make cheap cracks at my beleaguered hometown’s expense. I grew up there when it was the nation’s fifth most populous city, when no true American drove a Datsun nor a Daimler, when a suburban softie like myself could take a bus downtown to a Tigers game and never think twice about being shaken down.
Since those distant, halcyon days, Detroit took a proper licking and almost stopped ticking, but then it miraculously sprang to life some five years ago as digitally correct millennials noticed lofts the size of football fields selling at a dime on a New York dollar and migrated to the City Formerly Known as Murder as if it were a mecca for moderns. (It didn’t hurt that Quicken Loans czar Dan Gilbert started buying disused downtown skyscrapers in 2011 and moving in his corporate troops by the thousands.)
So if you don’t mind flannel-clad hordes sipping double-digit, free-range lattes but like the idea of visiting a city oozing with history and an increasingly buffed-out urban grittiness, Detroit might just be the new Berlin.
WHERE TO STAY: It would be silly to come all this way and not bunk downtown, where a bevy of sleek boutique hotels have taken glorious root. For a double-shot of architectural splendor and hip yet cozy digs, Starwood’s Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney (a 1921 atrium-style office building) is the coolest call. The rooms have 9-foot ceilings and big windows peering out at the city streets and river beyond. The Westin Book Cadillac has been restored to its former Roaring '20s glory and then some, and it is also home to Michael Symon’s justly celebrated Roast restaurant. And for those too delicate for urban living, stay where the celeb-set stays in suburban Birmingham, at the oldest-school luxury sleepery of them all—the Townsend Hotel. You’ll think you’re in Vienna, not Detroit, but we forgive you in advance for not keepin’ it hyper-real.
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Work is moving along more quickly than expected on Detroit's Riverside Park.
The city gave three acres of the park in Southwest-Detroit to the owners of the Ambassador Bridge in a controversial deal last year. Detroit got five acres of land owned by the bridge company as part of the swap. That land will be used to expand the park.
Part of the deal called for the demolition of a former warehouse by late 2018. But that's underway now.
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The New York City-based company was issued a building permit last week for renovations to the ground-floor of 1449 Woodward. This retail space is between the Woodhouse Day Spa and the newly opened Kit + Ace store.
Started in 2010, Warby Parker designs and sells eyeglasses and sunglasses that are typically priced between $95 and $145. The company began as an online-only retailer and has since opened over 30 actual shop locations. Warby Parker's eyewear was initially associated with a "hipster" aesthetic and acquired a broad audience as its popularity grew.
A Warby Parker representative on Tuesday confirmed that the company is planning a Detroit location. The store is to open sometime later this year.
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Hatch Detroit today announced the top four finalists competing for the $50,000 grand prize from Comerica in the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Opportunity Detroit. The general election voting period is now open and the public has until noon Friday, Aug. 26, to cast their vote and do their part in electing the next brick and mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.
The final four businesses vying for public votes are:
· Bird Bee -- a lifestyle clothing boutique offering a mix of modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
· Corbé -- a ceramic design and manufacturing studio located in the North End of Detroit looking to open up retail space. They handcraft porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home and table.
· Coriander Kitchen & Farm, which is looking to expand their urban farm and catering business into a brick & mortar café featuring casual, affordable, healthy food in a rustic, beautiful environment in Detroit.
· Meta Physica Massage & Sauna, which will open a Wellness Center offering therapeutic bodywork, full spectrum infrared saunas, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary and health inspired retail, meditation classes and community workshops.
Full company bios are available at: www.HatchDetroit.com.
“A significant component to this contest is the support of the public,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “From the moment the Top 10 are announced to the continued support of our Hatch alumni, the public is our partner. We’ve had more than 21,000 public votes so far in this year’s contest, and we hope the community’s support for these businesses continues to grow.”
Votes can be cast at HatchDetroit.com/vote, Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page or in person at the following locations:
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· , at EASTERN MARKET, SHED 2
The four finalists will pitch their business plans live to a panel of judges at the Hatch Off event at The M@dison Building in Downtown DetroitHamilton Anderson Associates and a package of accounting, IT, public relations support, and counsel from Hatch Detroit and its partners, will be awarded to the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner.. Public vote and jury deliberations determine the contest winner. In addition to winning $50,000 from Comerica Bank, more than $200,000 in pro bono services including a $25,000 branding and design package from GTB (formally Team Detroit), a 30-second social media advertisement from MCCI, legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, architectural renderings from
“Each year these entrepreneurs bring forth something new to Detroit,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Comerica Bank. “We know independent small business growth is what keeps cities unique, vibrant and relevant and we are that much closer to finding out which business will continue Detroit on this path.”
For more information, visit www.HatchDetroit.com
The Next Best Thing To A Personal Tour!
Belle Isle Park has been a favorite retreat for Detroiters for almost 120 years. Whether you're a visitor or a local, you'll learn a lot about the history, cultural attractions, art, and recreational opportunities that abound there. Narrated by Detroit radio veteran Dick Shafran, "Exploring Detroit's Belle Isle" informs you on all major points of interest on the island:
- 18 sculptures and monuments, including its world-class fountain
- 12 historical buildings and structures of architectural interest
- 5 historically significant locales
- 4 indoor cultural attractions
- and much more
The full-featured app employs GPS and helpful audio cues to guide you to over 40 points where narrations automatically provide the details. This 2.5-hour guide is a combination car and walking exploration. Biking the 9.5-mile route is an excellent option, too! Explore it all or pick and choose. It's up to you!
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