Starbucks closes Michigan location due to safety concerns
DETROIT – Starbucks has released its reasoning for closing a store in Midtown Detroit. A spokesperson for the Seattle-based coffee giant told WXYZ-TV in Detroit that the location at 3760 Woodward was closed this week due to safety concerns. Starbucks believes the company can no longer “ensure the safety” of their employees at that location, according to the spokesperson. The location officially closed on Feb. 13. Founded in 1971, Starbucks has 35,000 stores worldwide, including numerous other locations in Metro Detroit.mlive.com
Beer brewing major at Eastern Michigan is training next generation of biermiesters
A pair of Eastern Michigan University professors are taking dryness out of the subject in more ways than one. Professors Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes are the academic wing of a partnership teaching students and local Detroit residents the art of beermaking. Read more: Michigan beer production trending up, see how much was made and sold here in 2019Both Emal and Wilmes were also looking for fun avenues to teach organic chemistry. Jon Carlson, one of 3Mission’s principals, wanted to start an apprenticeship program to increase diversity in the brewing industry, Emal said. Those beers are complicated from a fermentation standpoint, so it showed off how advanced the students can be in the EMU program, Emal said.mlive.com
Live or work in Midtown Detroit? You have a new Secretary of State office.
Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood gained a new Secretary of State office on Thursday. Located at 580 E. Warren Ave., Detroiters will have access to typical offerings like license and registration services, as well as a self-service station that can print tabs, registrations and temporary licenses and IDs 24/7. “This new office increases our ability to provide in-person service in Detroit, where past office closures forced city residents to wait in line for hours on end,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in the announcement. “My office hears regularly from our residents about wanting closer connection to government.”The new Midtown Detroit location, like all Secretary of State offices, offers both scheduled and walk-up service. More than 80% of visitors who walk up are served immediately, Benson’s office says, and the remaining customers can wait or schedule a return visit.mlive.com
Michigan’s first brew pub, Traffic Jam & Snug destroyed in fire Friday morning
DETROIT -- A massive fire broke out early Friday morning at the popular Traffic Jam & Snug in Midtown Detroit, and officials say the building is a total loss. According to Fox 2 Detroit, firefighters battled the blaze for several hours before clearing the scene around 6 a.m. Although the restaurant is going to need to be rebuilt, the fire does not appear to have damaged the nearby Shinola store and Third Man Records, according to WDIV-Detroit. The eatery was known for its menu full of homemade breads, cheeses, pies, cookies and more. According to the Traffic Jam & Snug website, the brewpub was Michigan’s first of its kind when it launched in December 1992.mlive.com
The ‘Build to Scale’ Program Awards Grants To TechTown Detroit, Automation Alley
Today, the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is awarding TechTown Detroit a grant of $400,000 to unlock angel capital and diversify angel investing throughout Michigan and the Great...detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan woman hopes to make history with plans for Black-owned salon franchise
DETROIT, MI -- A Michigan woman hopes to make history as the first Black woman in the U.S. to franchise a salon business. Dana White, owner of the Detroit-Based Paralee Boyd Salon, said that by fall her salon will offer franchises in multiple locations across the U.S., according to a press release from the company. White projects to have 20 locations within two years and 100 locations within five years, the release said. market and have built their business model toward those with a finer texture of hair,” White said, in the CNN article. Named after her grandmother Paralee Boyd, the salon opened a second location in Midtown Detroit in 2017, the release said.mlive.com
This award-winning bakery blends flavors from around the world
What do you get when you blend flavors from Algeria, Asia, and France in desserts? Likely, something unique and refreshingly different than the norm. One local woman is bringing these flavors together for our enjoyment, again as she opens her second location of Warda Pâtisserie in Midtown.
Detroit's East African restaurant Baobab Fare readies for opening in New Center area
"We didn't see any East African restaurants around here," he says. "It was hard to get a job in Detroit," Mamba says. When another restaurant that planned to move into the space backed out, they "jumped at the opportunity" to take it, he says. It will be closed for general indoor dining until its grand opening later this year. "We are so lucky to be here," he adds.Baobab Fare is located at 6568 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-266-5199; baobabfare.commetrotimes.com
Police seek suspected gunman in shooting in Detroit’s Midtown district
Police are looking for a suspected gunman in a Jan. 15, 2021 shooting in Midtown Detroit. DETROIT – Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a nonfatal shooting in Detroit’s Midtown district. According to authorities, the shooting happened just before 3 p.m. Friday in a building near the intersection of Willis Street and 2nd Avenue. Surveillance cameras captured the suspected gunman entering and driving off in a champagne-color Lincoln MKZ. More: Detroit crime news
Detroit to install free outdoor wifi in Cultural Center with $500K Knight Foundation grant
DETROIT – The Knight Foundation has awarded Detroit’s Cultural Center Planning Initiative a $500K grant to help implement a digital strategy that includes free, outdoor public wifi. Digital Visitor Experiences Develop a new brand and website for the Cultural Center that reinforces it as a significant destination, online and offline. About the Cultural Center Planning Initiative (CCPI)The Cultural Center Planning Initiative (CCPI) is a bold reimagining of the City of Detroit’s 83-acre anchor cultural district. The Cultural Center Planning Initiative (CCPI) design team, Agence Ter-Akoaki LLC, is an international collaborative of designers led jointly by Paris, France-based Agence Ter and Detroit-based Akoaki. Their project, Detroit Square, highlights the importance of shared cultural infrastructure for Detroit’s Cultural Center.
Longtime Detroit food distributor will match $100k if people order carryout from their favorite local spots
click to enlarge Tom PerkinsShield's Midtown Detroit location. “Many of them have built their restaurant from scratch and have their entire life savings is invested in it. I have seen firsthand the look in our customers’ eyes, the tone in their voices, they are fighting for survival.”He added, “Customers can play a role in saving these businesses. It is up to each of us to make a choice. More than half of all operators say their operating costs have actually risen during the pandemic.Sadly, the letter notes that as many as 17% of American restaurants have closed over the course of the pandemic and may never reopen.metrotimes.com
Construction of new Woodward West residential, retail site underway in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood
DETROIT – A new development project is underway in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood that will offer over 200 apartments and ground-floor retail space. Construction of Woodward West, a $60 million mixed-use development project, broke ground on Nov. 9 on Woodward Avenue at Stimson Street. Slated to open in the summer of 2022, the five-story structure plans to offer 204 apartments and 25,000 feet of retail space. Officials say the site is meant to be inclusive of the existing neighborhood and its residents: 20% of Woodward West apartments will be offered as affordable housing, while a portion of the retail space will be reserved as “entrepreneur space” for new businesses, officials said Thursday. Visit the Woodward West website here for more information.
Motor City Match winner celebrates opening of nail salon in Detroit
DETROIT – The Motor City Match program has helped more than 13,000 businesses in Detroit, ranging from boutiques to nail salons. On Monday, a Motor City Match winner celebrated the opening of her nail salon located in the basement of an apartment building on Second Avenue. After spending years working at salons in the suburbs, she wanted to bring the luxury to the city. Vang said getting to this day took over two years, dealing with a variety of hurdles such as the coronavirus pandemic. As I always say, I want to serve the city that have raised me.
Build up your home bar with these three cocktails
Jason Carr has one of the best home bar set-ups; it even has it’s own name, The Carr Bar! As we spend more time at home, why not strive to make your bar set-up as fabulous as Jason’s? Kila Peeples went to three places in and around Detroit to find drinks that are not only delicious, but will get you to Carr Bar status. Included are cocktails from White Wolf Patisserie in Clawson, Kiesling Bar in Detroit’s North End, and Hammer and Nail in Midtown Detroit. Watch the video above to see the cocktails and a special drink delivery to celebrate Jason’s 50th birthday
$36M mixed-income development breaks ground in Detroits Midtown
DETROIT A $36 million mixed-income and mixed-use development has broken ground in Detroits Midtown. At Develop Detroit, we believe in high quality housing for all, said Sonya Mays, president and CEO of Develop Detroit. Sugar Hill District development renderings. Freelon whose works include the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington and Atlantas National Center for Civil and Human Rights passed away in 2019. HRD is committed to ensuring that Detroits renaissance includes a place for everybody, and we are proud to partner with Develop Detroit and POAH on this important project.
Michigan volunteers receive first shot in Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study
DETROIT The first group of volunteers in Michigan to participate in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study received their first shots Wednesday, Henry Ford Health System announced. Henry Ford Health System is the only hospital in Michigan selected as a trial site for phase three of the Moderna mRNA-1273 Coronavirus Efficacy (COVE) vaccine study. This is a historic moment, said Dr. Marcus Zervos, division chief of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System. I give them all the respect in the world.The first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study in Michigan was administered Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. About 90 healthcare systems across the United States are working competitively to enroll a total of 30,000 volunteers to participate in the Moderna vaccine study.
Looking for a restaurant for Valentine’s Day? Block off your calendars!
Mistown Detroit – Looking for a night out for Valentine’s Day at one of Detroit’s casual hotspots serving food with an upscale vibe? As Executive Chef Adam Dorazio describes it, it’s a “fun, casual, intimate place.”For Valentine’s Day, they are doing a special rack of lamb dish. of trimmings for sauce)· 2/3 cup Dijon mustardHERB CRUST· 1 cup loosely packed parsley· 4 sprigs fresh rosemary· 1/4 cup olive oil· 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (Grana Padana or Parmigiano-Reggiano)· 1/2 cup pine nuts· 1 1/2 cup cups fresh bread crumbsSAUCE· 1/2 lb. Just cover the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and heat until hot, but not smoking. For the Herb CrustIn a food processor, purée the parsley, rosemary and olive oil together.
MDOT Receives $1M Innovation Grant For Second Avenue Bridge Project In Detroit
The Michigan Department of Transportation has been awarded a $1 million Accelerated Innovation Deployment grant by the United States Department of Transportation for the ongoing replacement of the Second Avenue overpass above I-94 in Detroit. Over the next 18 months, the Michigan Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge that was originally constructed in 1954. The AID grant is legislatively authorized within the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program. Once in place, the bridge deck will be cast and the structure will be finished in place. Follow the I-94 modernization project on the web at https://I94Detroit.org or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/I94Detroit or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/I94Detroit.detroit.cbslocal.com
Everything you need to know about 2019 Noel Night in Detroit’s Midtown
DETROIT – Each year for the past 46 years, Noel Night has descended upon Midtown and blessed our holiday season with horse-drawn carriages, hot chocolate, roasted almonds and magic shows. Midtown Detroit Inc., which organizes Noel Night each year, announced new daytime hours last year, a measure put in place after four teenagers were shot during Noel Night in 2017. Hours for the event are split 1-7 p.m. north of Warren Avenue and 5-10 p.m. south of Warren Avenue. At nearly eighty years old, Ural Thomas is a hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner from Portland, Oregon. (9 p.m.)For a complete list of performances and exhibits to check out tomorrow click here.
Hey, you Metro Times is seeking 2020 editorial interns
click to enlarge mimagephotography / ShutterstockLooking for an opportunity to build your writing portfolio while getting college credit? Then look no further, becauseis currently seeking 2020 editorial interns.As an editorial intern, you'll have the opportunity to develop your writing skills while gaining newsroom experience. Maybe you're a writer with an interest in metro Detroit's ever-evolving food scene. Or if you're a student looking to create content behind the scenes, there are opportunities for you, too. Please note, this internship may be applied toward college credit, however, you need not be a college student to apply.To apply, please send a rsum and cover letter along with three recent writing examples to email@example.com
Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
Treat yourself to a night filled with cheer and the holiday spirit at the 47th annual Noel Night on Dec. 7, 2019, in Detroit's Midtown district. More than 100 organizations, museums, shops, restaurants and more come together to open the 47th annual Noel Night, Dec. 7, 2019, brought to life by the nonprofit organization Midtown Detroit, Inc.During the day, from 1-7 p.m., cultural institutions and museums like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center open their doors to the public for the free open house. After, from 5-10 p.m. Midtown Detroit comes to life with yuletide treats, childrens activities, shopping and so much more. Aside from the big venues open for the night, families can swing through other midtown favorites including local shops like Detroit Yoga Lab, City Bird and Nest, among others plus plenty of restaurants, too. For more details on the 47th annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit, or for information on other family fun things to do this weekend, visit the Metro Parent calendar.metroparent.com
Police: 14-year-old boy who ran away after being dropped off at school in Midtown Detroit has been found
DETROIT – A 14-year-old boy who ran away after his mother dropped him off at a school in Midtown Detroit has been located and is safe, police said. Isaiah Jones was last seen at 8:22 a.m. Monday when his mother dropped him off at school in the 100 block of Selden Street, according to officials. He is now back home with his family, police said. Police believe Isaiah ran away.
Robbers take man's cell phone, keys, hit victim with pistol in Detroit
DETROIT - A man was robbed after getting off the bus in Midtown Detroit by two men wearing ski masks Thursday night at 11:45 p.m., according to the Detroit Police Department. The victim, a 38-year-old man, was approached by the suspects driving a dark sedan while walking eastbound on Brainard Street from Second Avenue. The victim was hit with the pistol multiple times, but he refused medical treatment. The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black male wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing who was armed with a black pistol, according to DPD. The second suspect is described as a 6-foot black man also wearing a ski mask and dark clothing, according to DPD.
Hey, you Metro Times is seeking fall editorial interns
click to enlarge mimagephotography / ShutterstockLooking for an opportunity to build your writing portfolio while getting college credit? Then look no further, becauseis currently seeking fall editorial interns.As an editorial intern, you'll have the opportunity to develop your writing skills while gaining newsroom experience. Maybe you're a writer with an interest in metro Detroit's ever-evolving food scene. Or if you're a student looking to create content behind the scenes, there are opportunities for you, too. Please note, this internship may be applied toward college credit, however, you need not be a college student to apply.To apply, please send a rsum and cover letter along with three recent writing examples to firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY: Diversity job fair and LGBTQ town hall in Detroit
Here's an important topic being discussed in Detroit today: "The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America" town hall will take place at 2:30 p.m. today at Cobo as part of the NAACP Convention. Aug. 6 -- Primary election day for many communities across MichiganAug. 9 -- Impractical Jokers bring tour to DTEAug. 17 -- Renaissance Festival begins! The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes video game industry legend Tommy Tallarico for a one-night-only presentation of Video Games Live in Orchestra Hall. SPONSOREDIf you haven't gotten in on this Renaissance Festival tickets discount, do it now! Here's a link to learn more about the 2019 Renaissance Festival.
Condado Tacos is headed to Midtown
click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Condado TacosCondado Tacos is headed to Midtown Detroit later this fall in the opening of its second Michigan location. The popular Ohio-based taco chain restaurant will be located in the Detroit Creamery building at 634 Selden St. right between Second and Third avenues. While the scantron-like menus make it easy for diners to be as selective as they want about their choice of toppings, Condado offers a menu of suggested tacos as well. Condado Tacos serves a number of specialty drinks, including its extensive margarita menu. This will be Condados Tacos 16th location since its first opening in Columbus, Ohio, in 2014.metrotimes.com
Concert of Colors Diversity Music Festival in Detroit
The annual Concert of Colors series returns to Midtown July 10-18, 2019 (and Dearborn July 11) with performances at many of the area's cultural spots. The annual diversity music festival Concert of Colors is back in Detroit for another year July 10-18, 2019 and even includes a special event in Dearborn on July 11. The free fest will not only feature music, but also dance numbers, poetry readings and films. Each location will have the Concert of Colors official T-shirts for sale, too, so you and your family can commemorate the unique experience. For more information on the 2019 Concert of Colors Detroit, and other family fun things to do this weekend in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, check the Metro Parent calendar.metroparent.com
From the Vault: ‘Art in the Center’ of Detroit from 1974 about CCS
Most classrooms have paper, notebooks and rulers, but the students at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts don’t use these items for calculus and economics. Instead, students here are taught to draw with a pencil, work with clay on a ceramic wheel and showcase their creativity through a camera lens.