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9 Independent Book Stores Worth a Visit in Metro Detroit​

Plus, hand-picked selections to add to your reading list

Hour Detroit Wins 14 ‘Excellence in Journalism’ Awards

Fair Lane Dinner Dance 2018

On April 13, the Fair Lane Dinner Dance celebrated its 30th anniversary celebration. Started by Edsel and Cynthia Ford, the formal event took place in the Dearborn Inn. Guests were served a gourmet dinner, cocktails, and more. The celebration included an afterglow and raised funds for the restoration of the Fair Lane Estate.

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (April 20-22)

Celebrate your refund (or at least the end of tax season) at one of these metro Detroit events

Meet the Group Working to ‘Keep Belle Isle Beautiful’

How the Belle Isle Conservancy is preserving the island’s natural beauty

Pretty/Ugly Exhibit Explores the Beauty of Flaws

MOCAD Teen Council implores youth artists to depict the importance of self-empowerment

Food News: Menu Changes, Openings, and Events in Metro Detroit

Spring has sprung and so has the Detroit food scene

Elegance Fashion Show 2018

On April 7, Elegance Fashion hosted its 40th annual fashion show at the Intramural Sports Building in Ann Arbor. Models made their way down the runway in clothing by local, up-and-coming, and independent designers. In addition to the fashion show, attendees took part in giveaways and enjoyed special performances. Proceeds from the event benefited Living Arts Detroit, a non-profit focused on promoting art education in Southwest Detroit.

Meet the Michigan Native Known for His Palm Beach Landscapes

Keith Williams’ inherent knack for landscaping blossomed from his Bloomfield Hills yard

The Suburban Polish Restaurant That Rivals Hamtramck

Troy’s Polka Restaurant is a thoroughly modern take on Polish traditions

Meet the Robot Helping to Save Real Lives

SimMan 3G is improving health care one mannequin at a time

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (April 13-15)

Don't let superstition keep you indoors this Friday the 13th weekend

The Way it Was

The Detroit Club, 1937

Special Needs Patients Find Comfort With Local Dentists

Adults with developmental disabilities often struggle to get dental care — but not at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

The Former American Idol Contestant Who Is Singing in Remission

Manny Torres on music, faith, and his recovery from testicular cancer

Be Careful Before You Spritz Your Perfume – You Could Be Breaking the Law

According to a local court ruling, overpowering fragrances are an infraction of the Americans with Disabilities Act

5th Annual Freep Film Festival Returns to Detroit

This year’s event will include the largest lineup to date

Hot Topics in Health

An emergency training workshop, healthcare for Detroit’s homeless, and the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria

Blake’s Introduces New Hard Cider to Benefit LGBTQ Civil Rights Organization

The tropical blend is the first installment in the brand’s Kinder Cider Series

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Metro Detroit

A list of green, earth-loving activities to enjoy throughout April

Celebrate National Pet Day by Adopting a Furry Friend

Check out these adoptable animals waiting for their forever homes in metro Detroit

Hats Off to New Members Tea 2018

On March 21, the Women's Division for Project HOPE held its annual Hats Off to New Members tea service at the Townsend in Birmingham. The elegant gathering welcomed newcomers with live harp entertainment, mini makeovers by Dior, a fashion show, and more. Proceeds of the event beneftted the worldwide health initiatives of Project HOPE, which has been providing help and solutions to health crises since 1958.

The Guilt-free Truth about Truffles

From ingredients to packaging, this sweet treat offers a healthy twist on snacking

An Hour With ... Carmen McIntyre

Chief Medical Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections

Cocktails Meet Conservation at this Annual Event

The Detroit Zoo gala aims to support endangered animals

A-List: Rainy Day Essentials

April showers bring waterproof makeup, wardrobe essentials in glossy finishes

Your Guide to Volunteering Around Metro Detroit

From animal shelters to river clean-up efforts, there are plenty of ways to get active in your community

Local Eye Doctors Make the Case for Limiting Your Children's Screen Time

A closer look at advanced technology’s effect on kids' vision

City Bakery Finds a Home Inside the Fisher Building

Detroit gets a taste of New York with the bakery's first Midwest expansion

Meet Some of the Women Running for Office in Michigan

Michigan voters are seeing more female candidates on the ballot than ever before

Q&A: Karissma Yve, Creator of Xenophora

The Brightmoor native discusses the meaning behind her jewelry, her journey to Paris Fashion Week, and beyond

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (April 6-8)

April doesn't just bring showers - it also brings concerts, plays, ventriloquist acts, and more to metro Detroit

A Closer Look at the Rosé Revival

Once shunned by savvy palates, the ‘middle ground’ hued wine is gaining fans

Paws Together 2018

On March 8, Paws with a Cause held its annual fundraising event PAWS Together at the Burton Manor in Livonia. Guests heard stories about how assistance dogs have changed lives and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The hour-long event encouraged guests to donate to Paws with a Cause to help continue its mission of training and providing assistance dogs to those with disabilities.

Diva's Day Out 2018

On March 10, the Rochester Junior Women's Club held its 11th annual Diva's Day Out at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Attendees were treated to a spring fashion show, boutique shopping at over 40 shops, lunch, and a complimentary tote bag full of goodies. Proceeds benefited four organizations: Career Dress, OU Cares, the Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation, and Sew Much Comfort.

Role Model Dinner 2018

On March 28, Alternatives for Girls held its annual Role Model Dinner at Cobo Center in Detroit. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, a plated dinner, and an awards program. The 2018 event honored this year's Role Models, including Alicia Boler Davis, Deborah LaBelle, and Monica L. Martinez. Proceeds from the dinner benefited the AFG programs, which provide resources, shelter, and support to at-risk and homeless girls.

Meet the Makers: Tree Trunk Arts

A Detroit metalsmith and jewelry designer is transforming greenery into accessories

Woman to Woman: A Candid Conversation on Body Image

Producer Alyonka Larionov and plus-size model Leah Vernon discuss their struggles with eating disorders

Cocktail Recipe: Black Widow Margarita

Bloom with a Beautiful Me 2018

On March 2, Power 88.3 and A Beautiful Me co-hosted its original event, Bloom with A Beautiful Me, at the McMorran Theatre in Port Huron. The self-confidence and self-empowerment event brought over 750 middle and high school girls together to celebrate and discover their self-worth and beauty.

An Hour With ... Rachelle Vartanian

Founder and President, Living and Learning Enrichment Center

Recipe: Samosa Pie

Going vegetarian as a teen led to this favorite from Gather’s Jessi Patuano

The Commons Opens in Islandview

The cafe and laundromat will serve as a community center for Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood

Shared Plates: April 2018 Winner

Recipe: Hoisin Lettuce Cups

Charlotte's Wings Benefit 2018

On March 24, Charlotte’s Wings celebrated its 11th annual fundraising gala at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. This year's event included an all-new March Madness Lounge, as well as a cash bar, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing, and live music from SpaceCat. Proceeds benefited the organization, which donates new books to Michigan children in hospital and hospice care who have serious illnesses and health crises.

Charcoal: A Health ‘Hack’ That Actually Works?

A local doctor weighs in on a trendy ingredient

A Work in Progress

Letter from the Editor, Steve Wilke, April 2018

Contributors: April 2018

Life Support

Letter from the Heath Guide Editor, Lyndsay Green

Contributors: Health Guide 2018

The Art of Yoga

A local instructor on Crohn’s disease and her path to healing

The Greatest (Woman) Of All Time

Flint boxer Claressa Shields may have Olympic gold medals under her belt, but she’s just getting started

Fashion Report: Spring’s Top Trends

Get the look with the season’s best dresses, tops, accessories, and more

City Guide: Exploring Metro Detroit From A to Z

From the arts to the Detroit Zoo, here are some must-see area attractions and events

Could the Best Medicine Be Growing in Your Backyard?

A local herbalist on plants grown in southeast Michigan and their health benefits

Inside the Former Apple Orchard Where Local Athletes Train Like Olympians

Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton offers enthusiasts the rush of the summit

Annual Italian Film Festival Returns to Detroit in April

Enjoy award-winning films and shorts straight from the home of the Renaissance

Health Extra: How to Combat Seasonal Allergies

A local allergist and a community herbalist offer their tips for weathering allergy season

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (March 30 - April 1)

Featuring Easter events, concerts, comedy shows, musicals, and more

Women Wednesday Spotlight: Gina Reichert

Meet the artist and designer connecting arts, culture, and neighborhood development in Banglatown

Molly’s Picks: Amore da Roma + M's Table & Bar

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

Lumen Detroit Opens in DTE’s Beacon Park

The brasserie-meets-beer garden is another bright spot on the Detroit dining scene

Health Extra: Don’t Panic When Vertigo Suddenly Hits

The most common cause of dizziness is not as scary as you think

Test Article Name March 26

Curtis Sullivan, owner and operator of Vault of Midnight stores in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, wants to be known as more than just a local comic book shop.

The Strange Michigan Legends We Tell Around the Fire

As Marche Du Nain Rouge approaches, check out these other local folklores

What a Local Support Group Taught Me About Brain Injury Awareness

Hour Detroit's Health Guide editor on the uplifting way the Brain Injury Association of Michigan assists grieving caretakers for survivors of traumatic brain injuries

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (March 23-25)

Celebrate the first official weekend of Spring with the Nain Rouge, Pink, Dan Savage, and others

Local Communities to Participate in March for Our Lives

Metro Detroiters will join the international movement on March 24

Meet Me in the Middle

Skipping the semi-dry whites? You’re missing out

Women Wednesday Spotlight: Anika Goss-Foster

Meet a fierce advocate championing inclusion and equity for Detroit’s future

14 Metro Detroit Dining and Drinking Events to Check Out This Spring

The new season brings Easter brunches, baking competitions, pop-up bars, and more

Let Your Smile Shine

Creative Cuisine Builds on the Basics

Shop Hour April 2018

Monte Carlo Night 2018

On March 10, the Detroit Boat Club Crew held its second annual Historic Night on the Water at the Belle Isle Boathouse in Detroit. The Monte Carlo-themed event featured cocktails, casino games, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the restoration of the 1902 Boathouse and other programming.

Empty Bowls Detroit 2018

On March 9, Empty Bowls Detroit held its annual fundraiser at Eastern Market in Detroit. Detroit musicians performed while attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner featuring homemade soups, bread, cheese, and dessert. Proceeds benefitted Cass Community Social Services.

Canines and Couture 2018

On March 11, Detroit Dog Rescue hosted its annual fundraising event, Canines and Couture, at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Attendees were treated to a fashion show starring DDR's adoptable dogs and some of metro Detroit's media personalities, a strolling lunch, and more. Proceeds benefited the nonprofit in its mission to humanely rescue homeless and stray dogs.

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (March 16-18)

Including March Madness events, classic films, comedy shows, dance troupes, and more

Go Local with These 7 Michigan-made Jellies, Jams, and Preserves

Celebrate National Berries and Cherries month with these sweet and spicy picks

Women Wednesday Spotlight: Fatou-Seydi Sarr

Meet the social justice activist who embraces being a happy troublemaker

Celebrate Pi Day With These Local Favorites

Offerings include special pies from Achatz, Grand Traverse, Zingerman’s, and more

Maty’s African Cuisine Brings Authentic Senegalese Food to Detroit

The Old Redford restaurant is the first of its kind in the city

Start Your Spring Cleaning With These Stylish Storage Picks

This season, stow your home goods in these chic boxes, baskets, and bins

Detroit-based Ash & Erie Develops Clothing Line for ‘Shorter Guys’

Former Shark Tank contestants discuss their brand and offer fashion tips

Nosh Pit Detroit Food Truck Finds a Permanent Home in Hamtramck

The vegan and vegetarian restaurant takes the spot of the former Yemans Street pop-up

Meet the Makers: Cream Blends

A Southfield wife and husband put their business chops to the test with a natural bath and body product line

Q&A: Local True Crime Podcaster on Popularity of the Genre

Nina Innsted of the Already Gone podcast discusses why she thinks true crime is such an obsession

New Burger Spot Opens Today in Detroit’s Capitol Park

Lovers Only restaurant’s hamburgers feature pasture-raised Michigan beef in a fast-casual setting

The Way It Was

Detroit City Airport, 1970

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (March 9-11)

Spring forward with concerts, Broadway performances, fundraising events, and more

Women Wednesday Spotlight: Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes

Meet the founders of The Farmer’s Hand, Detroit’s fresh food and artisan product destination

Lights! Camera! Auction! 2018

On March 3, Eton Academy held its annual "Lights! Camera! Auction!" gala and fundraiser in Birmingham. As the academy's largest fundraising event of the year, the evening included a formal, sit-down dinner prepared by Forte Belanger, raffles, auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event benefited the school in its mission to support and educate students with learning challenges.

How Local and Federal Laws Impact Michigan’s Beer Industry

The effect of politics on consumers and brewers

Taste Test: Michigan Dill Pickles

Hour Media evaluates five local favorites on the basis of texture, taste, and tang

Do You Remember These Discontinued Kellogg’s Cereals?

Take a walk down memory lane for National Cereal Day

Cocktail Recipe: Improved Gimlet

An Hour With... Amy Haimerl

Author and Founder, Shady Ladies Literary Society

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund Dinner 2018

On Feb. 24, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund held its 13th annual Dinner, Dance, and Auction event at MGM Grand Detroit. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, entertainment from Mainstreet Soul, and more. Proceeds benefited the organization, which supports injured soldiers by paying their living expenses and provides assistance to the families of the fallen.

Test Your Knowledge at These Trivia Nights in Metro Detroit

Including quizzes from Sporcle, Quizzo, My Trivia Live, and more