This profile of Motown was published today (April 22) on Virgin Atlantic‘s blog and summarizes many of the attractions of “The D”.
On June 1 Virgin Atlantic will launch direct flights to Detroit, the birthplace of Motown, Madonna and the motor car.
Although most commonly associated with Henry Ford and the motor car and Berry Gordy and his Motown record label, Detroit has probably become better known recently for its financial troubles. However, the city has been enjoying a recent resurgence and is once again a hot bed of energy with a burgeoning art scene and new bars and restaurants popping up daily. Read on for a few things you might not know.
As cracks in Detroit’s seemingly impenetrable silver lining (aka, the sky) start to appear, it seems that we’re ready to rush out and enjoy the few fleeting and sweet months of Bob Seger’s favorite season. While holing up in a dark, dank dive may have its appeal in the light-deprived winter months, by the time spring hits, it’s imperative to recharge batteries with some sunlight, a patio, and numerous pints. With this in mind, these are Detroit’s finest bars that let you imbibe in the fresh (or fresh-ish) air.
The new season starts when the group meets at Detroit’s Eastern Market, on March 29 at noon. The Roll departs at 1 p.m.
Slow Roll is a weekly Monday night group bicycle ride. Started by Detroit Bike City Co-Founders Jason Hall and Mike MacKool back in 2010. Slow Roll has grown into Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride and has expanded to 8 cities so far. Slow Roll is for everyone, all ages and types of bikes, with a slow pace that’s geared to keep everyone together and safe. A welcoming group of Detroiters provide for lots of positive energy and an amazing community.
This year participants must be members of Slow Roll to defray the cost of permits, police support for traffic control, event insurance and more. A basic membership is $10 per season. That’s right – 30 rides for ten bucks (only 33 cents per week!). No one will be turned away if they can’t pay. For details visit www.slowroll.bike/memberships.
For 10 days in April, Midtown, Downtown, and Eastern Market will come alive as the canvas for Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD).
Staged over three weekends between April 9-26 at nearly 20 venues throughout the city, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of visual art installations, dance, musical and theatrical performances, film screenings, literary readings, and much more.
Dates: April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26. FREE to the public.
A complete list of artists and programming is available at www.artxdetroit.com
Originally published by Metro Times Detroit
The list’s author mentions Eastern Market’s famous Flower Day, but the short blurb leaves out that the summer months also hold a Sunday market for crafters. Among the area’s other offerings are a ton of local businesses including Supino Pizzeria, Russell Street Deli, Rockys Eastern Market, Savvy Chic, Eastern Market Antiques, Michigan Artisans, Blue Velvet Detroit, and a ton more.
Get in touch with Show Me Detroit Tours (313.444.2120) to schedule an up-close tour of the market and other attractions in Downtown and Midtown Detroit.
Originally published by Metro Times Detroit
Photos by Dustin Cytacki.
Located in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, The Detroit Mercantile Co. offers a curated collection of “Made in the USA” new and vintage items from our hometown of Detroit, the Great State of Michigan, and across America.
Originally published by The Detroit News
Tucked onto an Eastern Market side street, Signal-Return [1345 Division, just off Russell] is the ultimate anachronism. A print shop that uses machines resurrected from the dead: movable type, ink that stains, and bulky presses that are turned by hand.
But letterpress is undergoing a revival nationwide, riding the tide of fascination with what those Shinola copywriters like to call “the glory of manufacturing” — a renewed appreciation for a mechanical era largely gone. If you grew up with a MacBook Pro and Kinko’s, you can experience the glory of clanky machines and high rag content paper with fresh eyes, without unpleasant memories …
… At the other side of Eastern Market, another letterpress shop, Salt & Cedar, at 2448 Riopelle, operated by artists Megan O’Connell and Leon Johnson, demonstrates that competition is inevitable, even in the 21st century world of 19th century business.
Show Me Detroit Tours guides will be happy to show you their locations … Eastern Market is on our tour route.