Talk about good timing! From bikes to watches to much else besides, an up-and-coming company is making a go of it in what might seem an unlikely place. Our Dean Reynolds gives us an up-close look:
Steve Bock heads up a company called Shinola, but it’s not the shoe-shine Shinola your grandfather remembers.
Detroit’s recent craft beer boom is great for both beer lovers and the local economy. But trying to keep all the new taprooms straight can be a bit tricky.
JOLLY PUMPKIN VS. HOPCAT
The beer started flowing this month at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit, which is nestled down the street from Shinola, Traffic Jam & Snug and Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown.
Hopcat – Detroit, which opened last December in a historic building at the corner of Woodward and Canfield, lays claim to offering Michigan’s largest tap selection – 130 to be exact.
BEER BY BUS, BIKE OR FOOT
Get a personal escort to many of these locations through Motor City Brew Tours.
Motown. Motor City. But there’s another nickname that suits Detroit’s character best of all, these days: Renaissance City. Certainly, the past 50 years haven’t always been kind to this once-mighty industrial capital. But while Detroit’s fortunes have risen and fallen, thanks to a startling new surge in Detroit tech, in the arts, in design and in independent business, the city is now poised at the start of a brilliant period of regeneration.
Today’s afternoon tour guests began their private tour with a request to visit the new John Varvatos store as part of their three-hour Detroit outing. And we did just that.
New stores and restaurants are already opening all around us, and soon we’ll have a strong destination retail experience to offer with special stores like The Peacock Room, Shinola, Pure Detroit, Carhartt, Avalon International Breads, and so many more. Lower Woodward Avenue and the Willis-Canfield area will both be a huge draw with this kind of a start. Our guests are also really enjoying the Z deck murals and the adjacent art alley.
They like what they’re seeing in Detroit. We hear it every day in our tour vans.
Originally published by Visit Detroit
Marketing Director for Shinola Bridget Russo filled us in on why Detroit was the chosen city to bring Shinola to life.
‘“Shinola was created with the intention of producing a watch in the United States. Aside from some smaller watchmakers, this hasn’t been done in the U.S. in more than 40 years.
In our search for our flagship store location, we had two criteria: find a place with a rich manufacturing history and a place where we can make a difference. After visiting and meeting the people here, we saw that Detroit was clearly the place.
There’s a lot going on in the city. The many new areas of development made it challenging to decide the best spot for the flagship store. We decided that spot was Midtown, making us one of the first to join the up-and-coming shopping area on West Canfield Street.”
Originally published by Austin Monthly
It was midnight at the Magic Stick and The Garden Bowl [in The Majestic] , a bowling alley–dive bar hybrid in Midtown Detroit, and a touring all-girl punk band had just taken the stage. The sound of clanging pins meshed perfectly with their wild, gritty sound, and in between fervent head bangings, I could discern a neon-red “You Can’t Stop Detroit” decal affixed to the lead singer’s guitar strap.
I had seen the same motto emblazoned across T-shirts, storefront windows and bumper stickers throughout the streets of Detroit, which, following its 2013 bankruptcy, began billing itself as “America’s Great Comeback City.” The skeletal remains of its bygone industrial heyday, like the Packard Plant, the largest abandoned building in the world, are still visible throughout the Motor City, but a new generation of intrepid artists and entrepreneurs only see new opportunities, taking advantage of cheap rent and newly vacant historic locales to breathe life back into a town that’s known for pulling itself up by its bootstraps.