'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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Over the past few years — buried by high rents and intimidating mortgage rates — many young creatives have dreamed of packing it up and moving to Detroit, where they seem to be giving away real estate. Some intrepid folks have actually made the move, and (as often happens in creative “it” towns of the moment) a hopping food scene has developed.

One such bold spirit is Marc Djozlija of Wright & Company — recently nominated for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Great Lakes Region, 2015. Though Djozlija is a Detroit native, he booked it out of town as soon as he turned 18, and started his career with Wolfgang Puck. After an 11 year stint in Las Vegas, the Wolfgang Puck crew told him they wanted to open a restaurant in Detroit. At first, Djozlija couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to build a restaurant in his hometown (who would come?), but once back home, he quickly decided there was no place he’d rather be.


Located in an old building that looks like a castle, Parks and Rec serves innovative takes on breakfast items. They are not afraid to push the boundaries with interesting ingredients. They share a kitchen with Republic, their sister restaurant, which specializing in nose to tail dining.

Smoked leek strata, eggs en cocotte with bacon jam and the corn cakes are my personal favorites. I like the fact that they offer some of the dishes in smaller portions so that you can try many things. Be prepared to wait though, as their 32 seats fill up fast.

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Best Places to Travel in 2016

To compile our annual list of the best places to travel in the upcoming year, T+L editors thoroughly and meticulously consider a variety of factors. Which under-the-radar gems are most exciting to our network of contributing writers and global correspondents? Which destinations are our A-List travel specialists fielding requests for? Which classic vacation spots are starting to emerge—but for entirely new and compelling reasons? Which global events and changes in travel restrictions have made certain destinations easier to get to?

This year’s list ranges from the Andaman Islands, off India (which impressed even the most discerning ocean-lover, Jacques Cousteau), to an unspoiled stretch of the Caribbean, and nine other beach destinations with sun, sand, and beautiful views. For food lovers, we’ve got everything from Ghent, Belgium (where a group of young chefs is leading the culinary revolution and plans for a massive food hall are under way), to the canal town of Aarhus, Denmark, which is stepping out of Copenhagen’s shadow with three Michelin-starred restaurants of its own.

Closer to home, once-overlooked spots have proven themselves worthy of another glance. The bike-friendly town of Richmond, Virginia, has standout architecture, a burgeoning art and food scene, and a brand-new design hotel. Detroit’s renewal has been on our radar for a while, and with signs of life springing up in its abandoned buildings—including a hotel that set up shop in a historic fire-department headquarters—it’s finally earned a much-deserved spot on this list. And in San Antonio, the Roman and Williams–designed Hotel Emma, in a former brewhouse, sits at the heart of the restaurant- and shopping-packed Pearl district.

27. Detroit, Michigan 

In a few short years, Detroit has gone from being a cautionary tale to a success story, and now bills itself as “America’s Great Comeback City.” This is more than just clever marketing—formerly desolate stretches of the riverfront, city streets, and buildings have been resurrected for locals and visitors alike. The first Aloft hotel in Michigan is open in the historic David Whitney Building, and the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center recently unveiled a $30 million renovation. And the historic fire department headquarters across from the Cobo Center will be reborn as the boutique 100-room Foundation Hotel in early 2016. Aside from increasing its hotel offerings, the city has several other new draws: the West Riverfront Park, great for biking, running, and fishing; and the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center with a freshwater aquarium and man-made waterfall and climbing tree. Almost 100 new restaurants, along with breweries and distilleries, opened in the past two years (such as Detroit Water Ice Factory, a dessert shop from writer Mitch Albom, and Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, former NFL cornerback Ron Bartell’s effort to continue to revamp the Livernois Avenue of Fashion), with more on the way. Now that retailers like John Varvatos and Carhartt have opened outposts in the city, and Nike is making plans to join the fray, Detroit might not be able to sell its comeback story for much longer—it’s decidedly back. —Corina Quinn

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The 43rd annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Detroit’s Midtown District.

Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house.

Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances.

The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition. Noel Night activities take place in Midtown Detroit, and free shuttle service is offered between participating venues.

Convenient parking is available in area lots.

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district.

Call 313-420-6000 or visit http://www.noelnight.org/ for additional information.

More than five years ago, 11,341 unopened, untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit, representing thousands of unprosecuted sexual assaults, thousands of sex offenders still on the streets and thousands of victims without the justice they deserve. 

Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit) was formed to bring victims that justice.

To date, 10,000 rape kits have been tested—identifying 2,616 suspects and 549 serial rapists. But, there’s still so much more to be done. 

Help Enough Said raise the money to test the remaining kits, investigate and prosecute the cases. Let’s remind victims they will not be forgotten, they will not be abandoned, and they are not alone.

It is finally getting to be the holiday season. Aside from the shopping, time spent with family and the festivities taking place at home or church, there are plenty of places throughout Michigan where the Christmas spirit is celebrated on an even splashier level. That is not to say that there are not a ton of other communities that really get into it, but these towns and cities really go all out.

9. Detroit
9. Detroit
Photo: Noel Night/Facebook 
Each year in early December, Midtown Detroit opens up all the doors to the areas cultural institutions to the public to get a free peek inside. Plus, you will find carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. This year, the festivities get into gear Dec. 5.

1. Dearborn

Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum is fun all year around. During the holiday season, it gets even better, with a unique lantern-lit adventure through a living snow globe filled with skating, fireworks and live music. Festivities take place Dec. 4-5, 11-13, 17-23, and 26-27. This is a ticketed event so make sure you plan accordingly.

There is really no place like Michigan for the holidays.

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Photo courtesy of Aly Darin

Motown and the automotive industry may have put Detroit on the map, but the food scene is making it a must-visit. From tried-and-true iconic dishes like the Coney dog and Detroit-style pizza to a new crop of up-and-coming chefs dishing out inventive cuisine, the Motor City is a worthy destination for dinner and beyond.

Ice Cream: Treat Dreams
This ice cream shop is anything but vanilla, with flavors like Tennessee Breakfast (cornflakes and bourbon) and Michigan Salad (blue cheese ice cream with candied pecans and brandy-soaked cherries) shaking up the normal options. Founder Scott Moloney was a banker before turning to homemade small-batch scoops, often with a seasonal spin. Now he makes more than 1,000 selections that rotate weekly and always include options for the vegan and dairy-free.

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Photo: Ruthie Abel<p>Gwen Meyer waters quickly as the summer sun rises over Labrosse Farm.</p>
Photo: Ruthie Abel

“Our garden is profitable, at least, spiritually!” Labrosse Farm founder Dawn DeMuyt pronounced, beaming. Local urban farming zealots like DeMuyt have made Corktown, Detroit’s oldest extant neighborhood, one of its most vibrant.

Established by Irish immigrants, though Native Americans and French settlers arrived long before, Corktown dates back to the 1830’s. West of downtown, the area has weathered dramatic ups and downs. Initially farmland, it burgeoned with industrialization in the early 1900’s but blistered with riots and economic hardship in the latter half of the century.

Today there are less than a handful of full-service supermarkets in Detroit, and many rely on gas stations for food provisions. Local access to fresh produce is transformative. In Corktown, devoted growers planting everything from organic mizuna to apricot trees are taking this storied neighborhood back to its agrarian roots while addressing food-scarcity.

Brother Nature Produce is one of the area’s longest-standing chemical-free urban farms. Founder Greg Willerer, a former schoolteacher, has grown herbs and salads in Corktown for ten years. “This is a salad farm,” he explained one morning while tending to Chinese baby cabbage. “We don’t do lettuce, it’s boring.”

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Meander through Lasermaze, made from three miles of wool and over 3,000 hand-tied knots by George King Architects. The Yves Klein–blue maze is installed amid steel scaffolding and chains along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line that has been converted into a greenway and walking track. Through mid-November at Dequindre Cut; georgekingarchitects.com
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It’s no grand revelation that Detroit is on the upswing. But a series of recent openings (and forthcoming exhibition closings) makes the next few weeks an ideal moment to check out Motor City’s burgeoning design scene.


Meander through Lasermaze, made from three miles of wool and over 3,000 hand-tied knots by George King Architects. The Yves Klein–blue maze is installed amid steel scaffolding and chains along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line that has been converted into a greenway and walking track. Through mid-November at Dequindre Cut; georgekingarchitects.com


Culture Lab Design, a pop-up shop that opened October 30 inside Detroit design shop Nora, is showcasing products made as collaborations between local artisans and international designers. “The international design community gets to recognize the talents, skills, passion, and excitement that exists within the community of Detroit,” explains Culture Lab Detroit founder Jane Schulak, “And for the artists and designers here, they are suddenly a part of an international design dialogue.” Kelly Behun collaborated with Cass Community Social Services on hanging planters, for instance, while Paola Navone teamed with local painter and concrete artist Andrew Ward of Line Studio on a series of graphic large-scale vessels. Through November 15 at Nora, 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 109; noramodern.com

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Wed., November 4, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join MiSci and the Detroit Experience Factory to learn the science behind your favorite Detroit beers. We’ll visit breweries, talk with the brewers, taste their creations, and enjoy a guided tour through Detroit between breweries. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.  Tour participants will receive a general admission voucher to fully experience the Michigan Science Center on a later date.

Stops include:
When he moved to Detroit as part of Venture for America, a program that sends new grads to startups in struggling cities to train as entrepreneurs, Brian Rudolph thought he would eventually start a tech company. Three years later, he's making pasta instead.

Rudolph just raised $1.3 million in a round of funding for Banza, a pasta made from chickpeas instead of wheat. It has twice the protein, four times the fiber, and half the net carbs as your average rigatoni. A serving has 25 grams of protein, as much as a three-ounce steak.

"I had this hobby of making really nutritious foods just for myself," he says. "I was making high-protein breads, high-protein ice creams. Most of them were not really very tasty, but this actually was. I was able to trick my roommate into thinking it was regular pasta, which I knew was a good step."

Last year, after a successful stint on Restaurant Startup, a foodie version of Shark Tank, Rudolph officially launched the product, which is now in 1,700 stores. He's hoping it will transform the pasta aisle.

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1. Robocop 

Robocop's Son (20 pics)

Additional Photos Here

How-To Instructions

2. Spirit of Detroit

How-To Instructions

Liberty Green Body Makeup
Green Color Hair Spray
One Of The Above Jersey's
Loin Cloth and Fabric Paint (or white sheet)
Optional: Hulk Chest (Adult, Child)
Gold Spray Paint (for objects in each hand).  Object 1 Object 2

Tip:  For the body makeup, the color doesn't need to be solid.  Example HERE

3. Coleman Young

How-To Instructions

3-Piece Suit (Grey or Black)
Pocket Square
Cuff Links
Glasses (optional)
Salt and Pepper your hair and mustache with hair paint (this brand is great found at Lynch's in Dearborn. Apply it on a tooth brush and blend)

Most Important: Carry around the 'Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young' book (it will fit in your pocket) and randomly read quotes to your friends through the evening.  This book is a gem.  You can find it online or at Pure Detroit locations.

Couples Option: Combine with Spirit of Detroit

4. Joe Louis Statue

How-To Instructions

White Boxing Shorts (White boxer shorts will also work and are way cheaper)
White Boxing Gloves
Bronze Metallic Body Paint (for body and hair) Lynch's in Dearborn also carries this line
Bronze Clothing Dye
Bronze Spray Paint (for boots)

5. Little Caesar

How-To Instructions

Orange Sheet
Black fabric paint/pens (for design that runs along the bottom of the costume) or cut out sections of felt and glue
Gold Cord Belt
Leaves (go to your nearest Michael's)
Spear - (thin black rod, make spear out of cardboard and paint black)
Pizza - Arts and Crafts time with some poster board and markers/sharpies

6. Detroit Derby Girl

How-To Instructions

Arm Pads
Knee Pads
Derby Girls Tank
Black Leggings/Nylons
Knee High Socks
Black Skates

Hint: I would contact the Detroit Derby Girls for any stickers/decals/etc

7. Jack and Meg White

How-To Instructions

White Face Make-Up
Microphone and Guitar (optional)

Dress 1 Dress 2 Dress 3 Dress 4 (google "white mexican lace dress")
White Face Make-Up
Drum sticks (optional)

8. Penobscot Building

How-To Instructions

Foam core board (for both building and attachment on the light)
LED light
Red Ball
Straps for shoulders

9. Harry Houdini

How-To Instructions

Couple sets of handcuffs
Chair around chest
Silver locks attached to chain
Black suit
White shirt (sleeves rolled up and over jacket)
Black bow-tie
Optional: dark short hair wig

10. Banksy Detroit Mural

How-To Instructions

Black leather skull cap
White paint can with red painted on the inside and a bit dripped on the outside
Paint brush with red paint dried on it
Black sweatshirt/long sleeve tshirt/black jacket with high collar, areas painted white (example here)
Sold Sign (taped to front of sweat shirt)
Black Pants
Black hair color (matted down hair)
Peachy/Tan makeup for face
Tan color gloves (or makeup for face)
Dark makeup for neck and and around the eyes

11. Michael Bolton

How-To Instructions

White and Grey liquid hair color (or wig)
Black button up
Black pants
Diamond earring stud in left ear
Detroit Burnout Scroll Scarf (crucial piece.  He loves his scarves)
Microphone or Video Camera
Preloaded playlist of all Michael Bolton Motown covers on your phone

Added touch: have a custom black t'shirt made with the "Detroit vs Everybody" font, with with copy "Michael Bolton (heart 's) Detroit or "When A Man Loves Detroit."

Also, check out his documentary on Detroit.

12. Heidelberg Project

How-To Instructions

Polkadot Onsie or white shirt and pants painted with assorted polka dots (size and colors)
Paint a couple polkadots on your face
Walk around with a stuff animal or pin a couple to your clothes (front and back)

13. Nicole Curtis 

How-To Instructions

Blonde wig (if you aren't blonde, obviously)
Tool belt filled with tools that won't be mistaken for weapons or plastic ones like these
Tank Top or Detroit themed tank or t'shirt
Skinny Jeans
Safety Glasses
Work Boots

Also, for more information about the upcoming Open House at the Ransom Gills  home, click HERE!

14. Detroit Craft Brewmaster

How-To Instructions

Beer (giant beer stein preferred.  The more ornate, the better)
Favorite Detroit Beer Tee/Hoodie
Required: Insert your favorite Hops notes into every conversation you have while smelling your beer, your friend's, and stranger's
Mid-Calf Dark Boots
Optional: Ascot, Silk Robe, White Dress Shirt, Black Dress Pants

Just drool !!!!!!! You ready to see this great house in person ? For the first time ever, I'm giving you actual notice...
Posted by Nicole Curtis on Monday, October 19, 2015

“America’s Got Talent” will kick off Season 11 auditions in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the COBO Center. This is the first time the hit series is visiting Detroit and marks the beginning of a 12-city nationwide search for America’s next big undiscovered entertainer.

Those interested in auditioning can register for the Detroit auditions at AGTAudtions.com.

AUDITION DETAILS:   ‘AGT’ will host Season 11 auditions in 12 cities including Detroit, MI; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Las Vegas, NV; San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL and Dallas, TX

Online auditions are also available through March 2016 for anyone unable to make it to one of the 12 audition tour stops AGTAuditions.com.

Moosejaw Faves Brand Showcase
1441 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(between Grand River Avenue and Clifford Street)
(313) 938-3605

Mon - Wed: 11am - 7pm
Thu - Sat: 11am - 8pm
Sun: 12pm - 5pm

The 4,000 square foot space will feature a large product selection from The North Face and Patagonia.

The new pop up store is just a few doors down from their current Moosejaw shop in Detroit on Woodward. This location is temporary (just for the holidays) and is open 7 days a week.

Grand Opening Party is on October 24th.

Detroiters Art

Comedy Central has given a series order to Detroiters, its Motor City comedy pilot executive produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis who will have a recurring role on the 10-episode series.

Detroiters stars cast member-turned-SNL writer Tim Robinson and Veep‘s Sam Richardson, Detroit natives who performed together at Chicago’s Second City. The project, which Richardson and Robinson co-created, co-wrote and executive produce with Joe Kelly and Zach Kanin, revolves around Sam (Richardson) and Tim (Robinson), two small-time Detroit ad men who aspire to help turn their hometown back into the glittering jewel of the Midwest that it once was. Sudeikis will appear in a limited number of episodes as a successful automotive executive Sam and Tim relentlessly pursue in an effort to land their first big-time client.

“The creative team on Detroiters is so ridiculously funny, we’re not even sure we deserve them,” said Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman.

Richardson, who joined Veep in Season 3 as recurring, playing wide-eyed political staffer Richard Splett, was promoted to regular in Season 4. Richardson is expected to continue on the HBO comedy in addition to his commitment to Detroiters.

While the pilot for Detroiters was shot on location in Detroit, it’s yet to be determined whether the series will film there or in Los Angeles or New York.

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Nourishing an American City's Comeback, One Bowl of Soup at a Time

Detroit's on the rise and this resident is feeding its renewal.

A lot has changed in the seven years Amy Kaherl has lived in Detroit. “In 2008, it was a lot more lawless. Blight was at, probably, its all-time high. Streetlights were getting shot off, not turned on,” says Kaherl, who grew up outside the city in suburban Sterling Heights. A few years back, the city “was so quiet. And I think that that quietness in this urban center can be very scary.”

Most of us are familiar with the broad strokes of Detroit’s decline — car companies lost sales to competitors overseas, suburbs siphoned tax dollars from the urban core, riots erupted, residents fled en masse, homicide rates spiked and, in 2013, the city became the largest American municipality to file for bankruptcy. But few know that the Motor City’s rebirth began over spoonfuls of soup — specifically, over one pot of potato leek on a frigid Super Bowl Sunday in February 2010.

That evening Kaherl, a young, idealistic deejay sporting large glasses, co-founded Detroit SOUP, a monthly gathering where residents share a bowl of soup at the same time they’re funding local initiatives. Kaherl, who serves as the initiative’s director, explains, “For $5, you get soup, salad, bread and a roll, and you hear four pitches that are trying to make the city better.” Each presenter gets four minutes to share an idea and then fields four questions from the audience. “Then the diners get a chance to eat, share, connect and vote,” she continues. “Whoever has the most votes at the end of the night wins the money that was gathered at the door.”

Some SOUP events focus on the entire city, while others are centered on specific neighborhoods. In the past five years, more than 800 ideas have been presented. The pot for a citywide night averages roughly $1,000; winners at the smaller gathering usually net around $700.

SOUP’s “microgrants” run the gamut of civic projects, including art, urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship, education and tech. One college student designed winter coats that could double as sleeping bags and founded the Empowerment Project by hiring 20 formerly homeless women to sew them. Another group, Rebel Nell, employed women living in shelters to make jewelry from chipped graffiti paint. Funds have also supported poetry and writers’ groups, bike mechanic training classes, a local travel guide, a documentary film, free Shakespeare performances and benches for bus stops.

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While imitation is the goal of many Neapolitan purists, who import their 00 flour and San Marzano tomatoes for Italian authenticity, the best pizza in America also spans regional styles like deep-dish Chicago pizza, Detroit’s square slices and New Haven’s coal-fired pies. We rank the country’s finest purveyors, from classic cheap pizza joints to gourmet eateries.

Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit

Pizza nerds can tell you that Detroit has a style all its own, and it started in 1946 at Buddy’s. Though the square slices are Sicilian-inspired, the industrial-weight steel pan that creates the well-done, almost fried-on-the-bottom crust sets them apart; rumor has it Buddy’s founder Gus Guerra acquired his first pans from a factory-worker pal. Buddy’s has since passed through several owners and become a local chain, but the original on Conant Street is still credited with serving the best Motor City-style pies, layered with toppings, cheese and then tomato sauce — a recipe that’s been pleasing diners for 69 years.

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Detroit is on the rise, and there are plenty of exciting reasons to visit now. (Photo: Catch Carri)

It’s hard to think “Detroit” and picture green urban spaces, organic coffee shops, and gourmet restaurants, but the Motor City is undergoing a revitalization that could put it on the map as a hip city to visit this year. Though the city has suffered culturally and financially through the years, entrepreneurs and young professionals are slowly moving back and sparking positive change in the community. Here are ten reasons to put Detroit on your travel list right now:

1. The coffee scene could soon rival Portland’s.

Coffee lovers can get their fix at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, an organic, small-batch coffee company located in a Midtown building that’s constructed mostly out of materials reclaimed from a demolished East Side Detroit home. A rotating menu of freshly roasted micro-lot, single-origin coffees are served throughout the week, but Great Lakes’ commitment to quality never changes — the business philosophy focuses on small-scale production, traditional techniques, and quality taste. Insider tip: try the cold-brewed coffee on draft.

Located right across from Campus Martius Park, Roasting Plant is further evidence that good coffee might be fueling Detroit’s renaissance. The modern shop takes the science of coffee seriously, and beans are roasted fresh in-house every day. While there’s no denying that the coffee is strong and delicious, the real reason people keep coming back is probably the novelty ordering process. Once you pick which coffee you want, the beans are vacuum pumped through clear tubes, shooting right from the roaster to the brewer. It gives the place an industrial mad-scientist vibe and draws coffee connoisseurs back again and again.

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Be sure to wear your green & white or maize & blue and cheer for your favorite team at the U/M vs MSU Alumni Flag Football Games (11am-1pm). Big Game Happy Hour at The Beach at Campus Martius (2pm-5pm). Admission free.

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Jesse David Green
In this new Wildsam digital story series, we’ll be tagging along with talented folks in cities we love. The catch: We asked them to describe the perfect 24 hours unplugged and away from work. We’re calling it DAY OFF.

First up, we’re going to Detroit with diner owner, Lucy de Parry.

Lucy is the co-owner and front of house queen at Rose’s Fine Food, the cozy, throwback-feeling breakfast and lunch spot on East Jefferson. Along with fellow co-owner/cousin Chef Molly Mitchell, the Rose’s team has already made quite the impression, near and far. Barely past their first anniversary, Bon Appetit’s dubbed Rose’s as “the ultimate diner” in the September issue. On the occasion that Lucy gets a full day to enjoy Detroit – beyond her bustling restaurant – here’s how she’s spending it.

MORNING: The regular routine doesn’t allow for much sleeping in, so Lucy starts the day early with coffee and books in bed. Getting outside is a big priority, whether it’s enjoying the rustic, countryside appeal of east Poletown (where she lives with husband, Zan, of Roast) or heading to the William Livingstone Memorial Light on Belle Isle. In the winter, she’ll cross country ski to see the 70-foot high marble tower. “If you stop and stand at the water’s edge,” she says, the “hypnotic sound of floating ice hitting the shore” can be heard on less windy days.

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A sculpture garden put up by Robert Sestok, an artist who has lived in the neighborhood since 1967. CreditLaura McDermott for The New York Times

The traveler’s brain is programmed to recognize arrival in a major city using certain previously identified patterns: dense settlement, heavy traffic, pedestrian bustle.

Detroit does not compute, at least at first. Long-known associations (auto industry, Motown, cherished sports franchises) give way to first impressions: vast stretches of empty lots, surreal semi-ruins, traffic so shockingly light that streets of the Motor City might as well be one big bike lane.

But upon exploration, signs of the recent Detroit revival emerge — artists snapping up foreclosed homes, a thriving culinary scene, major housing developments, the oft-praised RiverWalk with views across to Windsor, Ontario (to the south, just to throw the brain an added twist). And more than anything, energetic mini-neighborhoods vibrant with commercial, creative and civic activity. It’s not just the houses that are inexpensive but, with some exceptions, the city as a whole. I was impressed, and sometimes shocked ($3 local IPAs!) by the low cost of a visit — if you avoid the fancier new spots serving $4.50 coffees, that is.

That revival, and its budget-friendly status, have made Detroit an attraction for more than just domestic tourists.

“Everyone in Berlin wants to visit Detroit,” said Leen, an Englishwoman who lives in Berlin whom I met on the RiverWalk, during one of several free tours given by Detroit Experience Factory. (They are a good introduction to the city.) She noted that Detroit was the birthplace of techno, and Berlin was where it grew up. There’s another parallel, of course: A few decades ago parts of Berlin, too, emptied out, and the vacuum was filled with a brand of young people not entirely unlike those coming into Detroit today.

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