Month: March 2015


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Read the complete report from Corp! Magazine.

So here is a cheat sheet of sorts to get your palate and your plate ready for these upcoming or newly opened eateries around the city.

Central Kitchen + Bar (July) – in the shadow of the First National Building
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit (April 11) – 441 West Canfield
Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles (open) – 19345 Livernois Ave.
Bozii (recently opened) – Food Court of the GM Ren Cen
Brew Detroit (now open) – 1401 Abbott St.

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Pony Ride: Growing the New Generation of Local Businesses

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Read the full report from American Express OPEN.

On an unassuming corner in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, on a block full of buildings that appear to be abandoned, a large, tidy office building is surrounded by cars. It’s only the quiet fleet of vehicles and a burst of colorful graffiti on one corner of the building’s facade that give a nod to the pleasant chaos happening inside.

But look closer and you’ll see the building’s name, Ponyride, which hangs above the front door as another hint that what’s inside is something other than ordinary.”

This eight part series by American Express OPEN features some of Ponyride’s entrepreneurs who share their inspiring stories and includes a video produced by Werner Herzog profiling …

# Phil Cooley, the co-owner of Detroit’s famous SLOWS BAR BQ who founded Ponyride four years ago.
# The Empowerment Plan
# Detroit Denim Co.
# Smith Shop and
# Corktown Maintenance

If you’re interested in an up-close look at Ponyride, contact Show Me Detroit Tours and let us know this in on your list of must-see places on a two-hour van tour of Greater Downtown Detroit. For complete tour info visit

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The Fiscal Times: “Now It’s Detroit’s Turn for a High-Speed Comeback”

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Last fall, construction crews began digging trenches in downtown Detroit to lay super high-speed fiber optics cable below a new street. This workspace wasn’t far from three-and-a-half miles of reconstructed pathways, parks, green space and a refurbished luxury hotel along the Detroit River …

… The city is reinventing itself as an edgy urban center of business, research and innovation thanks to a unique public, private andphilanthropic coalition. This coalition wants to restore Detroit to its long-ago glory days as a center of commerce, innovation and culture – and early signs of a renaissance are beginning to spread from the inner core out.”

Take a two-hour van ride with Show Me Detroit Tours and see first hand what all the excitement is about in Greater Downtown Detroit. For complete tour info visit

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Scarab Club exhibition LOWRIDING: From Crenshaw to Woodward

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A significant aspect of Detroit history is the role of the automotive industry in putting the world on wheels. Lowrider culture emerged in Los Angeles and migrated to Detroit. The Scarab Club exhibition “LOWRIDING: From Crenshaw to Woodward” showcases lowrider cars and bicycles. The new exhibition opens Thursday, April 2.

Curated by Erik Howard, LOWRIDING includes photographs, paintings, installations and complementary programming that highlights the cultural impact of lowriders. The all-media show runs through Saturday, May 17 at the Scarab Club.

The Club is located in Midtown Detroit at 217 Farnsworth St. at John R, immediately behind the Detroit Institute of Arts​.

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Detroit’s Fisher Building builder moves back in – 87 years later

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The Christman Company said hello to an old friend earlier this month.

The construction management company has moved into the iconic New Center Area building it helped construct in 1928 and has a full slate of construction projects in the greater downtown area keeping it busy …

… “We wanted to be a part of what’s happening in Detroit,” said Steve Roznowski, chairman and CEO of the Lansing-based company, which had $601 million in revenue last year and is now leasing the entire 26th floor at 3011 W. Grand Blvd.

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VIDEO: “The Gilded Age” shows off the Fisher Building

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Welcome to the Gilded Age. Set in Detroit’s Fisher Building and featuring some beautiful gilded looks from The Somerset Collection, this SHEI Magazine photo shoot explores the glittering history of a legendary color: gold. See the full spread in our print magazine, available April 11th.

This video presents a stunning up-close view of the interior of the Fisher Building.  Enjoy!

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CBS Detroit: “Five Must-See Museums In Detroit”

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Read the complete article with all of the details on each museum.

Sure, Paris, New York, and Berlin may all have more museums than many other major cities, but don’t let that fool you. Here in the Midwest, particularly in Detroit, there are a number of top-rated museums that anyone can visit. The Motor City has often been called the “Paris of the Midwest,” and for more than one reason. Detroit has some of the country’s most well-known and cherished museums, as well as some hidden gems that even most locals may not know about. Here, we’ll share a few of these with you to get you started on your trip through Detroit’s many museums.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.  (313) 833-7900
The crème de la crème of all Detroit museums is, of course the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave.  (313) 833-7935
Operated and maintained by the Detroit Historical Society, the Detroit Historical Museum is a local favorite for many residents and tourists alike and has been for nearly 100 yea

Motown Historical Museum
2648 West Grand Blvd.  (313) 875-2264
Anyone can come and tour the studios and rest of the building where some of the 20th century’s biggest and most influential music was made. A true Detroit landmark!

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St.  (313) 577-8400
This 110,000 square-foot facility has its own IMAX theater, exhibits, and plenty of wonderful things for adults and children of all ages, as well.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Ave.  (313) 494-5800
Located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, this 120,000 square-foot facility hosts a number of events and exclusive exhibitions that showcase not just Detroit’s, but the country’s longstanding ties with the African American community and the distinct history that lies there.

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