It all started with a computer chip.

Coined 40 years ago, the term “Silicon Valley” originally referred to the silicon chip manufacturers that helped build the high-tech movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. The region has been a technology hot spot since, but today, it’s evolved from hardware giants into social technology and consumer internet, thanks to companies like Google and Facebook. “Silicon” is no longer literal, but a metonym for the entrepreneurial spirit that’s fueled the region’s growth for decades.

But the Bay Area isn’t this country’s only pocket of innovation, and “Silicon (fill-in-the-blank)” is an increasingly popular shorthand for regions with brewing start-up scenes. With predictions that start-ups will bring the United States out of its recession, entrepreneurs across America are stepping up to the plate. Here’s where the action is happening.

Silicon Mitten (Michigan) 

In the state shaped like a cold-weather accessory, Michigan residents fondly refer to their homeland as “The Mitten State,” and they’re not letting the cold—or the region’s economic decline—keep them down. From Ann Arbor’s clean tech scene to Detroit’s manufacturing-based start-ups, young entrepreneurs and forward-looking investors like Detroit Venture Partners and Ludlow Ventures are taking their state’s future in their own hands. As Texts From Last Night founder Ben Bator explains, “We realize that our dream job doesn’t exist, and so we have to make it.”

One thing Detroit isn’t short on is available real estate, and projects like the revitalization of the Madison Building downtown and Phil Cooley’s Pony Ride property in Corktown will provide much-needed incubator space for Motor City entrepreneurs.

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The Best Beer Menus in America In a wine-soaked restaurant world, these ten establishments give hope that the food-and-ale revolution is coming 

Evan S. Benn
Esquire Magazine 



Iron Chef Michael Symon may call Cleveland home, but he's put his best beer menu in Detroit. Symon's Roast boasts a stunning lineup of sour, acidic, and funky ales served in wine-size bottles, with the stated goal of turning wine drinkers on to beer, a project I'm more than willing to get behind. The kitchen's "Beast of the Day" and a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Noel de Calabaza, a Michigan-brewed Christmas ale aged in oak barrels, can provide you with all the warmth you need this winter.

 Click HERE for the full list!

In its five-decade history, Autoweek has expanded from its origins as a print magazine to creating and delivering content across multiple platforms. Next, Autoweek takes on primetime television with the debut of Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage on Velocity, the network launched by Discovery Channel in October.

Hosted by Courtney Hansen, the show will air on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 7:30 p.m. Central. The first of 13 episodes premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 3. “Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage is all about our passion for the automobile,” said Autoweek vice president and publisher KC Crain. “It’s 30 minutes of unadulterated car enthusiasm right from Autoweek’s editorial pages – covering everything from design to driving, customization, cooking and cruisin’, travel and technology.”

Named for the storied auto repair shop on Detroit’s legendary Woodward Avenue, Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage gives us a closer look at car culture from all over the country. Before joining Autoweek, host Courtney Hansen worked at Fox Sports and at TLC where she co-hosted the showcar makeover program Overhaulin with Chip Foose. She is currently hosting her seventh season of Spike TV’s “PowerBlock”. Hansen will be joined on screen by various Autoweek editors and special guests from around the country, with Emmy Award-winning, Detroit-based Gary May directing.

Vinsetta Garage opened as a repair shop for carriages and Model Ts almost a century before it’s closing in 2010. Now owned by KC Crain and restaurateur Curt Catallo, this storied part of Detroit’s automotive legacy will live on with its repurposing as a sister restaurant to metro Detroit’s famed Union Woodshop and Clarkston Union. Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage marks a new chapter in the histories of both Vinsetta and Autoweek.

“Passion for the automobile has shaped our culture,” Crain said. “Anyone who loves cars should tune in to see how the American story—past, present and future—is indelibly linked to that of the automobile.”

Viewers can visit to learn more about the show and to view a trailer. Follow Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage on Facebook (, Twitter (@VinsettaTV), and YouTube (

TLC's latest reality show, All-American Muslim, filmed in Dearborn, latest "controversy" is discussed on the Daily Show. Pretty funny stuff. This has become one of my favorite shows. It portrays Detroit and these families in a very positive light. Tune in and check it out!

Bus Rapid Transit: Bogotá from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

THIS WEEKEND! Sunday Funday December 11th at Dolce Moda 1p-8p.

DJ Jenny Lafemme will be soothing our Sunday with her soulful house music. FLD is hosting a Trunk show, accompanied by mimosas and exclusive discounts during the event!  

20% Off All New Arrivals!

Join us for a shopping experience you will never forget! Holiday cheers to all our new, our loyal and our wonderful customers ♥

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The Aquarium is a showcase of Pewabic Tiles

The Belle Isle Aquarium needs your vote!  They are in the running for $50,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project.  Monies will be spent to repoen the aquarium, which has been closed for the past couple of years.

The Belle Isle Aquarium is a valuable piece in the Detroit history puzzle.  It was designed by notable architect Albert Kahn and opened in 1904.  It was considered the finest aquarium in the world by experts.

When it was open, the aquarium had 60 exhibits with a total tank volume of 32,000 U.S. gallons and was home to over 1,500 fish of 146 species. The aquarium largely featured freshwater species native to the Great Lakes region, but also had salt-water species from around the world.

The aquarium made news in 2002 when one of its female white-spotted bamboo sharks gave birth to two young despite not having been near a male in six years in a suspected rare case of parthenogenesis.

Click HERE to vote for the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Vote DAILY through December.   

They need to stay in the top ten in order to receive funding!

Great ribs from Bert at Eastern Market
The Guardian
Max and Liz Haarala Hamilton

Detroit, Michigan, is better known for crime and dereliction than dining, which is why the creative team behind new Boat Magazine wanted to tell a more positive story. In this extract, they track down the best places to eat and drink in the city

Most of us, when we have a lull at work, keep quiet about it, surf the web, catch up on admin, writes online travel editor Isabel Choat. And you'd imagine a couple expecting their first baby to be doubly grateful for a few weeks' calm in the office – a chance to conserve energy. Not Davey and Erin Spens. When the pair, who run a fledgling creative agency in King's Cross, London, realised August was going to be quiet month, they decided they needed a challenge, something that would combine their love of magazines and design and travel

And so they upped sticks and relocated their office and two colleagues to ... Sarajevo, Bosnia, where they set about finding a cast of interesting characters – a war photographer, the author of a cookbook, a film director – who would help them "tell a new story about the city". The result was Boat Magazine, a "nomadic" publication that focuses on one city per issue.

Despite being upstarts in publishing the Spens commissioned an impressive array of writers from Dave Eggers, who introduces the issue with an extract from his short story collection How We Are Hungry, to Scottish writer Sophie Cooke and a host of international names. And of course, as a labour of love by people passionate about design, it looks beautiful - printed on luxurious thick matt paper, clever and smart. You can read Boat online and subscribe to the print version at

So where do you go from war-ravaged Sarajevo? Detroit, Michigan, is ravaged in a different way – but is equally unloved and under the radar. Published this week with an introduction by Detroit-born author Jeffrey Eugenides, it features basketball stars, It Girls, city farmers and a film director. Their next move? Sao Paulo, due out in April.

The following is an extract from the current issue – by photographers Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton – on some of the best and most interesting places to eat and drink in Detroit - and the people behind them.

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Must See Video of the Day: Keys To Detroit

A Wayne State University School of Medicine student has launched a campaign to renew awareness of HIV and AIDS during the 30th anniversary of the diseases' identification.

Phillip Kucab, a second-year medical student, created World AIDS Day Detroit to call greater attention to the disease. Kucab said that HIV and AIDS, now that they are no longer a certain death sentence, seem to have dropped off the radar of many in the United States.

While over the last decade the media has shined the spotlight on AIDS in Africa, Kucab said, the fact that those with the condition can now live extended lives through drug therapy appears to have diminished the attention paid to AIDS in the United States. To remedy that lack of awareness, Kucab has formed World AIDS Day Detroit, which is set for Dec. 1 and coincides with the 30th anniversary of the identification of AIDS.

Many of the events scheduled for the day will feature Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White, who became a symbol of HIV/AIDS victims and helped break down the social stigmas related to the disease. Ryan, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, was diagnosed in 1984. He put a different face to the disease, which at that time was largely regarded and dismissed as a disease affecting only gay men. His efforts to be accepted by his community and society at large led to friendships with celebrities such as Elton John and Michael Jackson. Ryan died at age 18 in 1990. His mother has continued his legacy of education and compassion for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.

Kucab, a native of Sterling Heights, also is a hemophiliac. "I have lost a lot of people I know to contaminated blood transfusions," he said. Among those was his cousin, Michael Verb, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion. Verb died in 1993 at age 17, Kucab said.

While Kucab launched the project, the effort has attracted the support of many School of Medicine students, as well as community agencies and leaders, including AIDS activist Max Fisher, son of AIDS activist Mary Fisher and grandson of Detroit philanthropist and businessman Max M. Fisher. Organizations supporting the project include the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Library, the Michigan Department of Community Health, Affirmations, AIDS Partnership Michigan, the Michigan AIDS Coalition, Community Health Awareness Group, the STITCHES Doll Project and the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour and WSU School of Medicine Dean Valerie M. Parisi serve on the World AIDS Day Detroit Honorary Host Committee.

The agenda includes a breakfast for mayors of Southeast Michigan sponsored by the School of Medicine and featuring Gilmour, Parisi and White-Ginder. Other events include the Michigan Department of Community Health World AIDS Day Meeting, which includes education sessions and workshops for Detroit area schools and community members; a screening of "Bad Blood," a film that chronicles how HIV entered the blood supply, with the producer, director and cast members at the Fillmore Theater; and a program in the evening featuring a keynote address by White-Ginder.

For more information on World AIDS Day Detroit and how you can participate, visit
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) will gather friends and supporters at the MGM Grand Detroit—Grand Ballroom on December 3, 2011 for the 7th Annual Kidney Ball.

The event, which features the theme “Motown Magic” every year, will include a night of live music, great food, cocktails, and an after party, all making it the most fun charity event in metro Detroit. Last year’s Kidney Ball raised over $500,000 for the NKFM’s many programs and services that help more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease.

The spectacular evening, which attracts more than 700 of metro Detroit’s givers and shakers, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a fabulous dinner served at 7:30 p.m. There will also be an exciting live auction along with an expansive and unique silent auction. Guests can also enjoy dancing and listening to the soulful sounds of the Jerry Ross Band after dinner.

Jim Vella, President of the Ford Fund, and Vivian Pickard, President of the GM Foundation, will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 2011 Kidney Ball. Blanche Mack and Myra Moreland will be this year’s Event Chairs. The evening wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Kidney Ball Presenting Sponsor, Meijer, as well as the many other sponsors and supporters of the event.

“With so many challenges in our state things are not likely to get easier for people with kidney disease. Supporting the 2011 Kidney Ball can continue to help make their lives better,” said Dan Carney, President and CEO of the NKFM. “We invite everyone to take a step back into the Motown era and support an organization whose mission truly is to make a difference.”

Tickets for the event are $250 per guest and can be purchased by calling the NKFM at 800-482-1455. More information about the event is available at or you can get regular updates from the NKFM (including Kidney Ball updates) at

The NKFM, voted “Best Managed Nonprofit” of 2003 by Crain’s Detroit Business, and rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1955.  Since its inception, the NKFM has led the fight against kidney disease and has increased awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.  The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.  The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state.

A VIP reception will take place from 5–6 p.m. at INT ICE on the lower level of the MGM Grand. This is a great opportunity to take pictures of and speak with some of the key people involved in the Kidney Ball.
A new item is now available at local favorite Buddy’s Pizza – and while it’s not edible, it will help provide food for metro Detroiters in need.

Now through Dec. 24, customers at Buddy’s Pizza will have the opportunity to donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit and receive a paper Red Kettle that can be signed and displayed in the store.

Paper Red Kettles can be purchased across metro Detroit at all nine Buddy’s Pizza locations (see below for complete list). Funds raised through the sale of paper kettles will help maintain vital human services such as food and shelter for local children and adults throughout the year.

“With Michigan’s poverty rate now at 16.8 percent, we are grateful partners like Buddy’s have joined together to support The Salvation Army in doing the most good during this time of need,” said Major Mark Anderson, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander. “Each and every dollar makes a real difference in the lives of those in need.”

Buddy’s Pizza has nine convenient locations:

2612 N Squirrel Rd

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

3637 W Maple Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

22148 Michigan Ave

Dearborn, MI 48124

17125 Conant St

Detroit, MI 48212

31646 Northwestern Hwy

Farmington Hills, MI 4834

19163 Mack Ave

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

33605 Plymouth Rd

Livonia, MI 48150

32218 Woodward Ave

Royal Oak, MI 48073

8100 Old Thirteen Mile Rd

Warren, MI 48093

It is under a week to go!  The Detroit Titans will honor their former head coach and athletic director—Dick Vitale-- Dec. 5 when they name the newly-constructed floor “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall in a special pre-game ceremony.  Be sure to be part of history as one of the most recognizable faces, and voices in college basketball, returns to the Motor City for an ESPN2 game against St. John's University.

Vitale will be greeted at a special VIP luncheon at the Detroit Golf Club at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.  He will then be ushered to Calihan Hall for the official court dedication ceremony, beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Tip time for the game against the Red Storm is 7:05 p.m.  John Saunders and Fran Fraschilla have the call of the historic night to the nationally-televised audience.

Tickets are going fast for this event.  Contact the Titan ticket office at 313-993-1700 for ticket information or to reserve your spot at the VIP luncheon.  You can also purchase tickets online at or through any TicketMaster outlet.

The first 1,000 fans (floor seating) will receive a commemorative Dick Vitale Court Dedication T-shirt.  The National Anthem will be performed by Detroit Music Hall of Famer Thornetta Davis.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the “V Foundation”, in support of Dick Vitale's long-time friend and colleague, Jim Valvano, who lost his battle with cancer in 1993.  The V Foundation has awarded more than $90 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.

Dec. 5, 2011 Dick Vitale Court Dedication-- Detroit vs. St. John's
3:30 pm VIP reception at Detroit Golf Club
5:30 pm Doors open at Calihan Hall
6:15 pm Pre-game dedication ceremony
7:05 pm Tip-off vs. St. John's (ESPN2)

Photo From Model D
Sarah Lapinski, Detroit fashion designer and founder of Wound Menswear, is kicking off her second annual "100 Coats in 10 Days" drive to help keep those in need warm this holiday season.

Drop off locations include:


City Bird


Universal Images

Spirit of Hope Church

Click HERE to listen to her interview with WDET discussing 100 Coats in 10 Days.