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AMINA DANIELS, LIVE CYCLE DELIGHT

Amina Daniels is a Detroit native, turned New York City dweller, turned Hatch Detroit 2015 winner with the winning business conceptLive Cycle Delight.

Daniels knew she wanted to work in fitness and knew there was an opportunity for fitness in downtown Detroit.

A lot of Daniel’s friends participated in indoor cycling classes in New York City, but she preferred riding outside to the high priced and crowded cycling classes.

She moved back home after six years in New York City with the wheels turning about how to bring one-of-a-kind fitness idea to Detroit and take advantage of the positive change surrounding the area.

After being back home for about two months, Daniels was on one of her bike rides when she got hit by a vehicle outside of Whole Foods. The accident put her in a boot and on crutches multiple times, but the total experience biking in Detroit gave her a business idea.

Physical therapy limited Daniels’ exercising capabilities, which did not bode well with her as an athletic and always on-the-go person.

“The only thing that I could do was indoor cycling,” she said.

The indoor cycles at her physical therapy sessions helped keep her in shape and confident about her ability to gain strength back.

“It really helped me,” Daniels said.

While in therapy, Daniels met a lot of fellow-rehabbers who had health restrictions and maybe couldn’t lift weights or run outdoors, but could indoor cycle. She also noticed the growing biking population in the city, especially with the popularity of Slow Roll and organized rides, and her ideas starting falling together.

“So I’m thinking, I’m going to open a cycling studio,” Daniels said. And so, in between her surgeries, Daniels got certified for cycling and with the help of her physical therapist, she was on her way to regaining full strength back.

The cycle studio plan was to include a bike lounge and a juice bar, to turn cycling into a social place to visit and feel comfortable, healthy and happy. Daniels attended a retail boot camp where her concept was perfected, heard about Hatch Detroit and applied with a competitive nature and serious passion.

“I really wanted to roll out a place where outdoor riders could come in and relax,” Daniels said. 

Daniels was aware of other indoor cycling classes in the area, but none are directly in the city and she wanted her own take, so she asked herself, “How else can you still offer something that’s innovative and different?”

Once her Live Cycle Delight studio breaks ground, Daniels aims to offer a very social way to stay healthy and safe while exercising.

In the meantime, Live Cycle Delight organizes a neighborhood ride once a week with helmets mandatory.

“I’ve been doing social fitness outdoor rides so it’s still a way to connect with the community,” Daniels said.

Daniels is ultimately grateful and excited about her Hatch Detroit 2015 win.

“I knew I was up against really good businesses,” she said.

After multiple rounds of public voting and a final judged pitch, Daniels and her cycle studio concept won the $50,000 prize for Live Cycle Delight.

“A lot of people were just really excited about what I was trying to do.”

Visit livecycledelight.com and follow Live Cycle Delight on social media to stay up to date on progress and events.

Written by Erica N. Rakowicz / Photo Credit: Facebook

 

JAY RAYFORD, SOCIAL SUSHI DETROIT

Jay Rayford, the founder of the city’s soon-to-be Social Sushi, left his job as a full time electrical engineer to move back to Detroit after being away for five years and noticed a trend in social activity.

He noticed people were either into fashion or music, technology, nonprofits or small business and that those interests rarely crossed paths.

“What I quickly noticed was that these groups don’t often blend or merge together,” Rayford said. “So after ‘infiltrating’ the various spaces, my partner and I decided that sushi could be the draw to attract them into one space. That’s how Social Sushi was born,” he said.

Rayford was no stranger to the city as he was born and raised on Detroit’s west side where he continued on to Wayne County Community College. Rayford went on to Davenport University for international business and then Full Sail University for entertainment business. After graduating with his degrees, Rayford spent most of his professional time in engineering, which he found wasn’t his true passion.

“In 2008, I decided that I wanted to truly live and what better time than in my young years to dive into something and go for it,” he said. “I returned to Detroit in 2010 to do exactly that.”

Rayford worked on many community engagement projects, served on a few boards, launched and failed a couple startup ideas and now he’s putting his life’s passion into Social Sushi.

“Because of the support of those that have attended Social Sushi events and have been die hard fans of our sushi, we’re now opening a sushi lounge,” he said.

Rayford and his team put on many events for Social Sushi and catered while hearing over and over that there was a void for good sushi in Detroit. Social Sushi put together a business plan and after considering many areas, Rayford found much potential at a space in Corktown.

“Corktown is surely becoming a destination for foodies and those just looking to have a good night out,” Rayford said.

“Not to mention Complex Magazine calls Corktown one of the ’50 most stylish neighborhoods in the world’,” he said.

Social Sushi wants to operate as more than a place to connect and visit by bringing an element of sustainability to their business mission.

“I’m extremely passionate about our community and innovative ways we can think about doing things different in our city that is both appealing with residents and sustainable,” Rayford said.

The sushi will be made with fish that is sustainably caught, as to not source fish in a way that will add to the depletion that professionals predict isn’t far away.

“We want to change that and we plan to do that by sourcing by supply rather than demand,” Rayford said.

“There are a ton of different species of fish that we could be eating, and that are perfectly safe to eat, that we just aren’t made aware of,” he said.

Since Rayford launched the idea of Social Sushi, he’s seen strangers turn into couples and friends turn into business partners as a result of his events and networking ideas.

“I could go on and on about the rewarding experiences so far, but I have to say that it’s my passion for bringing diverse people together that keeps me going and passionate about making this happen in the city I was born and raised in,” he said.

Rayford and the team plan to open Social Sushi in November. Visit their site at socialsushidetroit.com and keep up to date by following them on social on Facebook and Twitter.

Written by Erica N. Rakowicz / Photo Credit: Facebook

 

ANDREW STEIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CITY YEAR DETROIT

Andrew Stein grew up in Detroit, graduated from Detroit Country Day and then headed off to Michigan State University, where he thought law school would be his next move. Then, Stein heard about City Year and their passion for service and progressive change.

He applied in both Detroit and D.C., which was where his dad lived, and ended up packing his bags and heading to Washington D.C. to launch into a new community where he knew almost no one.

City Year is a national organization that facilitates not only teacher relief but classroom support, careful and conscious programming and mentorship, by way of young-adults, called City Year AmeriCorps members, who desire to be a part of the bigger picture and help struggling communities find hope in education and teamwork.

City Year functions in about 27 cities with 150 school-wide programs and the City Year AmeriCorps members provide reading and math tutoring, attendance coaching, behavioral guidance, after-school homework help, which is all a part of the mission to prevent drop-outs.

Specifically, City Year Detroit has corps members serving in 11 schools with an overall reach of about 4,720 students.

The services provided are amongst strong and talented teachers and administrators but even with a steady team it’s hard to tackle all challenges students face, so corps members train to be helpful in the classroom and create environments conducive to that of the teachers and staff. City Year AmeriCorps members serve for a full year.

“We take the energy that young people have and stretch it a year,” he said. “Teachers that do this are superheroes.”

Stein started his City Year AmeriCorps member status in 2004 and ended up staying in D.C. for law school at Georgetown University, but he never lost his adoration and appreciation for City Year.

“I got hooked,” he said.

Stein went to law school and continued community service work while studying. In the following years, he met his wife, had two children and worked at a law firm while keeping a passion for education.

Stein found out that the woman in the City Year Detroit Executive Director position was set to retire and he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“It was a no brainer,” Stein said.

After contemplating more about his roots and his desire to facilitate change and progress in a city with drive, Stein made up his mind.

“If I’m doing this work I should be doing it in Detroit,” he said. “It’s home to me.”

Stein spends his workday collaborating with like-minded individuals to work toward dropout prevention and enjoys his role at City Year Detroit.

“I feel very humble and grateful.”

For more information on the program and upcoming events, visit cityyear.org.

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SHANNON MURPHY, MOJO IN THE MORNING CO-HOST

If you’ve ever caught the morning show on 95.5, you’d definitely know her voice. Shannon Murphy, as she’s known on air, has been with the Mojo in the Morning radio show for six years now.

As a co-host, she sets her alarm for 3:30 a.m. and the day starts and doesn’t stop from there. She’s a wife and a mom of a little girl and a dog, so her interests and responsibilities are all over the board and she manages more than well.

“I’m very used to it, thanks to coffee,” she said.

Her work day wraps around noon or 1 p.m. and often events follow in the evening. Most are local with the exception of award show season where she might have to schedule in the Grammys or some celebrity interviews- she’s done over 100 of them.

“My favorite moment was when I got to fill in for Kelly Ripa,” Murphy said. That was when it was still Regis & Kelly and she said that was one of her most memorable times as a radio personality.

She’s originally from Grosse Ile and she graduated from Butler University in 2005 where she picked up internship after internship in radio, in both Indianapolis and Atlanta.

“Radio kind of invaded my life,” she said, but before that, she had her eyes set on writing for newspapers.

Charity work is also something she’s extremely interested in and does so with The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FARE), Covenant House Michigan, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Operation Kid Equip and Time Team Detroit.

Murphy is no stranger to the spotlight, either. When she was 8-years-old she co-hosted America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Chuck Gaidica and Carmen Harlan downtown. She was also the valedictorian of her high school class and finished at the top of her class in journalism school at Butler.

Right before she took the job at Channel 955, Murphy was selected to be part of ABC’s The Bachelor. She also plays the voice of the weather girl in Grand Theft Auto IV. Needless to say, she’s done a lot on air and off.

Her little girl Lucy is one-and-a-half-years-old and she and her family enjoy their time together to the fullest. Murphy knows when to put her phone down and let work be…and when to sneak in a yoga class or a rerun of her favorite show, Golden Girls.

Follow Shannon via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more insight into this local celebrity.

Written by Erica N. Rakowicz / Photo credit: Facebook, Downtown Publications & The News Herald

 

DANA FROST, THE CLOSET CONFESSIONAL

Dana Frost, a Detroit transplant from Virginia, dedicates her profession to helping women feel and look their best through her styling services and fashion blog, The Closet Confessional.

Frost graduated from a small liberal arts college with an English degree and took a chance on a boy who moved to Detroit for work. Ten years, a marriage, a few jobs and a cancer diagnosis later, and the duo is still in the city, both pursuing their passions and enjoying long walks on the riverfront with their dog.

As an introvert and a creative type, Frost found that flexibility in her schedule was exactly what she needed to make serious moves within her business plan.

A while back, after leaving the marketing world, she launched a fashion blog, dabbled in fashion writing and used that as her creative outlet, while still working part time in media. However, during all of the changes, she was still dreaming of how her styling business might take off.

Throughout Frost’s professional progression, she was diagnosed with cancer. Ultimately, she decided she was going to take her passion to the next level and go all in.

“It was a very scary moment deciding to do this,” she said. “I’ve been pretty practical my whole life.” Her risk was very much out of her comfort zone, but her family and friends provided ultimate support.

Frost officially launched her website, The Closet Confessional, this summer, but initially started generating buzz by word of mouth, referrals and friends and family.

“There are people that want me to do this,” she said.

Helping the business professional take their closet from drap to fab, office wear to drinks wear, Frost also opens her styling services to high school seniors for their portrait shoots, family photo shoots, and more.

Photographers often call on Frost to style shoots for them and they tend to be a bit more high fashion, which allows Frost to tap into a multitude of her interests and go runway-bold.

“It’s grown organically,” said Frost.

The goal of Frost’s styling services is to create a wardrobe that truly embodies personal style.

“I want to help people figure out what works for them now,” she said.

FROST’S STYLE PACKAGES:

CAPSULE STYLING:

Frost raids your closet and creates looks you never knew existed behind the cluttered doors, and best of all, she leaves you with a look book as a guide when she’s done giving you your tools to navigate fashion.

SORT, SHOP & STYLE:

A three day service that begins with sorting through your closet, identifying what items you truly need to boost the style you already have, purchasing them, and then styling the looks in person with an additional look book for reference.

*Frost goes the extra mile on this service and pre-shops for you so that you can jump right in the dressing room and skip the sometimes daunting idea of shopping.

STYLE 90:

This service guides you through an entire year- preparing for events, keeping your closet tame and tailored, staying current with the seasons and making sure you’re set with style at the turn of the weather. Frost keeps you on track with a specific look book but also checks in every 90 days to update your wardrobe with you.

At the end of the day it’s about what a client needs, she said.

“Whether you have a closet full of clothes and no idea how to style them or are in need of a complete wardrobe overhaul, I can help. I’ll help you define your own personal style, organize your current closet, and shop in a way that makes sense with your life.”

Check out Frost’s services and fashion blog at www.closet-confessional.com and follow her on social media.

Written by Erica N. Rakowicz / Photo credit: Facebook

 

MICHAEL DEDENBACH, DETROIT CLOTHING CIRCLES

Michael Dedenbach, the owner of Detroit Clothing Circles, has been offering his thrifted finds at pop-ups and markets for the past three years and now opened doors to his Second Avenue shop for fashion lovers and deal seekers alike.

Detroit Clothing Circles is the city’s newest resale shop, carrying gems from all over, for both men and women.

Dedenbach does all the shopping himself to decide what will adorn the racks.

“Everything goes through my hands,” said Dedenbach.

Dedenbach grew up in a middle class home out in Macomb Township and told everyone at age 12 that he would one day own a clothing store.

“I’m a pretty big dreamer,” he said.

Throughout the years and throughout his plentiful travels, Dedenbach realized his taste in clothing never failed but everything seemed to be raising in price.

“I can never afford $200 jeans but we should all be able to have them,” he said.

Since Dedenbach’s move to the city, he’s spent time researching trends in the fashion business, statistics surrounding mall brand sales and even what makes a shopping experience most comfortable to an individual.

His goal is not to bombard people with items but to pre-sift through the seemingly infinite possibilities out there and bring in the most special and affordable steals to his customers.

“It’s more of putting up 100 great items in the store instead of having 1,000 items,” he said.

His shop is a labor of love and giving back to the community is really important to the store and the brand.

“I want to be a part of the community too, so I want you to not spend all your money here but go down the street and get lunch at Selden Standard,” said Dedenbach.

The shop itself is bright with large windows and lights that illuminate the carefully arranged racks, tables and accessory areas, all dressed with reclaimed wood and industrial piping from Michigan. There’s plenty of space to shuffle around and it’s separated by room with men’s and women’s items, including shoes, hats, bags, dresses, bottoms, tops and more.

“I created time to do all that and wanted to give it to people for what I think is an affordable price,” he said. “I hope that brings in repeat customers instead of that one big sale.”

Dedenbach’s research shows that there has been a huge drop in mall brands like J. Crew and Gap because people are finding they want a more personalized style.

“People are tending to find a beautiful pair of contemporary jeans that fit them perfectly and they love this retro shirt that no one has and now they have this beautiful one-of-a-kind look and years ago we only saw them in magazines. Now you can have that look for a fraction of what that used to cost and I think that’s awesome,” he said.

The future of Detroit Clothing Circles looks like possible styling sessions with personal customer profiles, creative programming, community outreach and more.

Dedenbach and his team anticipate joining forces with local smaller designers to offer a bit of retail on the shelves as well.

“I want to be able to offer looks for anybody, no matter what their style is,” he said.

Visit the store’s Facebook page to keep up to date with the expanding hours as the concrete opening date approaches early next month.

You can visit Detroit Clothing Circles on the corner of Second Ave. and Alexandrine St.

Writte by Erica N. Rakowicz / Photo credit: Facebook

 

DETROIT’S CRAFT BEER & BREWERY GUIDE

BEER! In the last year, the city has added more breweries that could rival any other city’s brew spots and we don’t think the variety is stopping anytime soon. Whether you’re an IPA fanatic or a refreshing light ale nurser, Detroit beer has something for you in every pocket of the city.

HopCat Detroit

This place exploded the city beer scene with its 130 + craft beer taps in a serious square around the bar. Somehow they even manage to rotate the taps so you don’t get too bored, which seems impossible there, but HopCat likes to accommodate. There’s a full menu too, sometimes live music, and did we mention crack fries yet? Because you’ll know what we mean when you try them.

4265 Woodward Ave., 313-769-8828, hopcat.com/detroit

Jolly Pumpkin

Jolly Pumpkin Detroit operates in a laid back environment with picnic-style seating outside and spacious booths and tables throughout the interior. The beer menu features Jolly Pumpkin brews or North Peak treasures and there are cocktails for the adventurous side of you. Maybe you want wine and a pizza instead? They’ve got that, too.

441 W. Canfield St. #9, 313-262-6115, jollypumpkin.com

Motor City Brewing Works

Right around the Cass Corridor sits Motor City Brewing Works, the small brewery that’s home to a deck-style seating area and the Ghetto Blaster beer. You can dream up your own pizzas too by adding to the already tasty menu, or you can simply sample a cheese platter. Maybe you just want to drink your weight in beer – regardless, you have options.

470 W. Canfield St., 313-832-2700, motorcitybeer.com

Woodbridge Pub

Tap takeovers are always in full-effect at Woodbridge and the burgers are something to write home about. Ever seen their brunch menu? They’re not joking around- Thai Peanut Tofu or Huevos Rancheros AND a cold one? It’s serious.

470 W. Canfield St., 313-832-2700, woodbridgepub.com

Batch Brewing

This small Corktown treasure came from a Hatch Incubator idea and it stands as the city’s first nano brewery with all small-batch, fresh ingredient concoctions. They’ve got a minimalist interior design and a quality menu of small plates with rotating batches of brew.

1400 Porter St., 313-338-8008, batchbrewingcompany.com

Brew Detroit

Another Corktown stop is Brew Detroit, which looks like a warehouse and functions as a beer bottling, mass production and special batch space. There’s a tasting room with TVs, bar games and obviously beer. The space supports local eateries so they don’t carry food themselves but they keep local menus stacked behind the bar for your hungry leisure.

1401 Abbott St., 313-974-7366 ext. 6, brewdetroit.com

Detroit Beer Company

Detroit Beer Co. is a city staple and veteran since their establishment in 2003. Located right on Broadway with Comerica Park in it’s view, Detroit Beer Co. offers small plates, special brews and more. Stop here before the next game or any other day.

1529 Broadway, 313-962-1529, detroitbeerco.com

Grand Trunk Pub

Over 170 bottled craft beers are circulated throughout the year as a way to support the community, local brewers and people who like good beer. Happy hour strikes Monday through Friday and simultaneously strikes dollars off of your favorites in this historic building downtown.

612 Woodward Ave., (313) 961-3043, grandtrunkpub.com

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OUR FAVORITE DETROIT BARS

There are new bars, new restaurants and new social spaces popping up every which way in Detroit, but when you want good ‘ol dependable and seriously tasty concoctions, we’ve got a list of must-go-even-though-you-probably-have-been for you.

Old Miami

This quirky and seriously classic space will take you back in time and offer you a full bar of craft, crazy and well drinks. Walk outside in the bar’s backyard and you might catch a hotdog cart or a corn hole match.

3930 Cass Ave., Detroit / (313) 831-3830

OUR Detroit Vodka

Local individuals connect globally to operate this micro-distillery, bringing flavor, style and class to Detroit by way of its visitors and loyal residents.

2545 Bagley Ave., Detroit

Two James

The tasting room hosts pop-up eateries and is always stocked full of your favorite house-made bourbon, vodka, gin and smoked whiskey. The cocktails are carefully crafted to impress, flatter and taste just downright delicious.

2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 964-4800

Sugarhouse

As a Corktown must-visit, Sugarhouse has quality bartenders who can recommend anything once you mention a simple craving. They might even smoke your whiskey EFK style, too.

2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-0123

Bookies Bar & Grille

Enjoy classic American fare, live entertainment, sports on impressive TVs and more here while you sip on your favorite domestic beer, craft beer or mixed cocktail. Like comfortable rooftop seating with a view of the city? They’ve got it!

2208 Cass Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-0319

Centaur

The martini list here is something of a dream with wasabi inspired cocktails and classic gin drinks flow. It’s right in the heart of the stadiums and venues downtown so stop on in before a show or game and toast to something tasty.

2233 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 963-4040

Town Pump

The tin ceilings and wood walls put you back in time at Town Pump Tavern. Grab a timeless burger and a brew for a steal here, right in the heart of the downtown entertainment district.

100 W. Montcalm St., Detroit / (313) 961-1929

Cliff Bell’s

This jazz bar is a Detroit staple and has night out written all over it with old-time cocktails and live entertainment every weekend. Try a sharable dish while you’re at it.

2030 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 961-2543

Buhl Bar

With selective hours, Buhl Bar caters to the after work crowd, keeping the place dim, relaxing and a bit on the swanky side. Experience their cocktail hour and you’ll feel like you’re in a movie.

535 Griswold St., Detroit / (313) 285-9306

D’Mongo’s Speakeasy

This place has been around since anyone can remember and the speakeasy vibe creates a busy, bustling atmosphere. Special menu cocktails and your favorite drinks can be shared with friends and family in this eclectic space.

1439 Griswold St., Detroit

Delux Lounge

This Greektown lounge offers a martini menu, DJs and dancing, private booths and more. It’s a city favorite!

350 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 / (313) 962-4200

Exodus Rooftop

Exodus offers a rooftop view with dancing, DJs and signature drinks. Feeling a little less social? Try dinner and drinks inside! You’re bound to have a good time either way.

529 Monroe Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-1300

Firebird Tavern

Firebird is right in Greektown with an all-American menu, full bar and lively crowd. Stop here for dinner or drinks and snacks and you won’t be sorry.

419 Monroe Ave., Detroit / (313) 782-4189

Old Shillelagh

It’s a sports fan’s haven with shuttles to the game and a regular’s hideaway for some Irish drinks…why not make it yours, too? Friends, family and strangers come here and leave with memories.

349 Monroe Avenue, Detroit / 313.964.0007

Park Bar

It’s next to Bucharest and houses comedy shows pretty regularly…why aren’t you already there?

2040 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-2933

Punch Bowl Social

Bowl, laugh, play bar games and drink! With a killer menu and a full bar, this social spot is the city’s latest must-see.

1331 Broadway St., Detroit / (313) 749-9738

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OUR FAVORITE DETROIT BRUNCHES

Brunch is a meal that has taken Detroit by storm, feeding our hungry stomachs with deliciousness in the morning or for lunch. Check out some of the classics, as well as new places that serve up delicious meals that accommodate your weekend outings.

Wright & Co.

We’ve all come to know and love their specialty cocktails and shared plates, but now the deliciousness extends to Sunday brunch from 10:30am-2pm! Craft mimosas and cocktails help to pair with the 3 course prix fixed menu for $22 per person. So if you’re looking for something new to your brunch repertoire, we suggest making your reservations and heading to Wright & Co. this Sunday!

1500 Woodward, Floor 2, Detroit / (313) 962-7711

Selden Standard

With dinner reservations booked out, brunch at Selden Standard is the best kept secret of how to enjoy the top restaurant in Detroit without much of a wait. Here, you can snag a homemade sweet roll or a scone for $5 or go the other way and order the Grapefruit Avocado Salad. They’ve also got housemade cashew milk, tomato toast and a slew of other brunch-y treats.

3921 Second Ave., Detroit / (313) 438-5055

Café 78 (MOCAD)

The menu has egg sandwiches, fruity french toast, Bloody Marys, mimosas and more. You can also perk up with Anthology Coffee in the open café space as you jam out to their weekly DJ spinning your breakfast away.

4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit / (313) 832-6622

Honest? John’s

This space is a city staple and brunch booms loud on the weekends. Make your own omelette, try The Big “O” (tomatoes, spinach, onion, zucchini, green pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, swiss cheese, served w/ hash browns & toast) or have a simple egg and bacon dish. The bar’s full and the Bloody Marys always flow.

488 Selden St., Detroit / (313) 832-5646

Punch Bowl Social

Bowl, laugh, play bar games and drink! With a killer menu, including brunch all weekend, and a full bar, this social spot is the city’s latest must-see. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh juices or chicken and waffles, Punch Bowl Social has it all to leave everyone full!

1331 Broadway St., Detroit / (313) 749-9738

Brooklyn Street Local

Try a fried egg dish, The Hangover Special, organic granola or their Banana Walnut Pancakes when you come here. If you want something lighter to balance your weekend, try one of the three in-house made scones or duck down into a traditional breakfast dish. Don’t forget to try the Swamp Juice…

1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 262-6547

Detroit Institute of Bagels

Whether you like your bagel with a shmear or an egg sandwich, Detroit Institute of Bagels is Detroit’s destination for freshly made and delicious bagels. Our personal favorite: Rosemary Sea Salt! If you’re responsible for the stomachs of others, grab a dozen of assorted bagels or all your favorites.

1236 Michigan Avenue, Detroit / 313.444.9342

Trinosophes

It’s a small, but mighty menu, with unique twists on your favorite brunch spot. If you’re heading to Eastern Market, avoid the long lines and check out this gallery / restaurant for everything from pour-over coffee and baked goods, to a hearty dishes made with local produce.

1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit / (313) 737-6606

Vivio’s

As an Eastern Market weekend staple, this place has pretty much any Bloody Mary you can imagine, packed with garnishes, meat, veggies and more. It could probably operate as its own brunch food, but they’ve got the goods on their food menu, too. Cranberry Walnut Orange Pancakes, anyone?

2460 Market St., Detroit / (313) 393-1711

Dime Store

Heard of a beermosa before? Don’t even ask, just do it. This menu has anything from fruity waffles to hearty salmon brunch specials. Take your pick because it’s all worth a try.

719 Griswold St. #180, Detroit / (313) 962-9106

Hudson Café

Choose from Pecan Pie French Toast or Huevos Rancheros and enjoy a heaping plate of overwhelmingly tasty brunch. There are lighter options as well, made with egg whites and veggies. Savory crepes are also on the menu to switch up the pace.

1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit / (313) 237-1000

Le Petit Zinc

It’s quaint, it’s authentic, and it just may be the cutest bistro in Detroit. Try a crepe, baguette or a croissant, close your eyes and drift away in Paris!

1055 Trumbull St., Detroit / (313) 963-2805

Parks & Rec Diner

You’ve got omelettes, baked goods, oozy cinnamon rolls, meat dishes and more. If you’re pickier than most, you can even make your own dish. You can also get the classic Shrimp & Grits plate or try some fresh fruit salad.

1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit / (313) 446-8370

Rose’s Fine Food

With creative menu names like Poodle Platter and Baby’s Buckwheat Pancakes, there’s a story with every meal. Poached eggs, garlic greens, spiced potatoes, Michigan maple syrup and more are infused into the menu. This tiny diner fills up fast, so come hungry and early!

10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit / (313) 309-7947

Gold Cash Gold

Grits & Eggs, Brioche French Toast with peaches, granola, Grass-Fed Burgers and more flood the menu. They’ve also got a Pickle Juice Bloody Mary with vodka OR pork fat-infused old charter 8 year bourbon for $9. The menu also has a coffee and rum infused cocktail to jump jolt your morning.

2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 242-0770

Northern Lights Lounge

With a full bar and morning cocktail capabilities like you wouldn’t believe, this place is one to hit for mimosa carafes and classic omelette breakfasts with toast and potatoes made just the way you like it.

660 W Baltimore St., Detroit / (313) 873-1739

Fountain Bistro

Bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, lighter sandwiches and sweet French toast are all options on the Fountain Bistro brunch menu. Maybe you’re wanting something a bit fancier…go for the bistro favorite- Smoked Salmon Hash. It’s got redskin potato, peppers, onions, poached egg and hollandaise…where could you go wrong? You also have a front row seat of everything going on in Campus Martius here.

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit / (313) 237-7778

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles

This team does food like you’ve only dreamed of. The name says what they’ve got but they don’t make it just one way…go see for yourself!

19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit / (313) 861-0229

Clique Restaurant

There’s nothing better than a good old diner breakfast, where you can sit at the bar and watch them make breakfast right in front of you, or sit and watch the liveliness of Jefferson Avenue pass you by – but be prepared to wait, this place is small, but mighty!

1326 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit / (313) 259-0922

Mudgie’s Detroit

With their new addition of a bar, take out station and wine store…not to mention their huge new patio, Mudgie’s is now open for brunch as well! Our suggestion – go on Sundays, when you just might get their specialty bread pudding as a nice surprise complimentary dessert to round out your delicious Eggs Benedict or signature sandwich.

1300 Porter Street, Detroit / (313) 961-2000

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TOP NEW DETROIT OPENINGS

It seems like every week there’s a new opening in the city and we cannot get enough of it! These local businesses make Detroit a hub of diversity and creativity and we think you should visit each and every one of these new businesses and learn about their stories. And eat. A lot.

DROUGHT DETROIT

Healthy juices galore! These beverages are cold-pressed organic juices with no added water. They’ve been popping up all over the Metro Detroit area, and now Detroit has it’s very own in the downtown district.

719 Griswold St., (248) 850-7522

CENTRAL KITCHEN + BAR

It’s a modern take on American fare with reasonably priced dishes, like flatbreads with balsamic drizzle, serious-sized sandwiches and more. And the bar is fully stocked too.

660 Woodward Ave., (313) 963-9000

TOWNHOUSE DETROIT

This place is a full dining experience under one retractable roof, with a sushi bar, their own take on dim-sum AND a whiskey library.

500 Woodward Ave., (313) 723-1000

DETROIT WATER ICE FACTORY

Mitch Albom’s string of charities just launched the tastiest spot yet, with a dessert menu that you can over-indulge in without feeling anything but good for the community.

1014 Woodward Ave., (313) 888-9106

WHISKY PARLOR

The Whisky Parlor does a bang-up job making you feel at home but with a more than fully stocked bar of whiskies that you’ve probably never even heard of. They’ve got a great wine and cocktail list, too.

608 Woodward Ave. Floor 2, (313) 961-3043

BOBCAT BONNIE’S

Each menu item stays under $11 here, making it the new neighborhood favorite. Try some homemade potato salad or a sandwich, but don’t forget to try the fried goat cheese. Just don’t.

1800 Michigan Ave., (313) 962-1383

SISTER PIE

Born out of a love for quality baked goods and a Detroit devotion, the Sister Pie team won last year’s Hatch contest and have been killing it ever since. Bobcat Bonnie’s even sells a Sister Pie slice of the day on their dessert menu. Businesses helping businesses…we love that!

8066 Kercheval Ave., (313) 447-5550

BON BON BON

A chocolate dish filled with more chocolate…yes, it’s the greatest thing on earth. Yes, we’ve tried them all. Yes, you need to pick up some tasty little boxes for yourself.

The Chrysler House 719 Griswold, Suite 100, (313) 316-1430

JOHN VARVATOS

The store holds the creations of John Varvatos, a Detroit native and a true rocker. Shoes, guitars, ties, clothing and anything a modern man could want in his wardrobe.

1500 Woodward Ave., (313) 437-8095

STANDARD BARBER COMPANY

If you want a quality cut by people who were actually schooled to make you look good and you’re not looking to go bankrupt, go to these guys. They won’t disappoint.

138 Cadillac Square, (313) 965-6500

DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY

Tommey Walker Jr. decided to turn his graphic design skills into a statement for the city and its culture. He snagged a few famous partnerships along the way. The newest location just opened up in Eastern Market. Do you have a shirt yet?

Russell St., (800) 478-3218

KIT & ACE

Kit & Ace hails from Vancouver and designs contemporary luxury apparel, accessories and lifestyle products for ladies and gentlemen. More style comes to Midtown!

4240 Cass Ave. #106, (844) 548-6223

MOTORLESS CITY BICYCLE

The space sells and services bikes and carries Fuji, Civia, SE, Surly and Cinneli. They’ll get you back on your wheels right in time for the next Slow Roll.

1343 Fisher Fwy., (313) 285-8120

TREAT DREAMS

This Ferndale favorite brings vegan ice cream, regular ice cream AND sorbet to Midtown. Take a walk and share a treat with your dog too. Or your friend. Sometimes they’re the same thing.

4150 Cass Ave., (248) 544-3440

KUZZO’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES

This team does food like you’ve only dreamed of. The name says what they’ve got but they don’t make it just one way…go see for yourself!

19345 Livernois Ave., (313) 861-0229