Best of Detroit 2024

Presenting our annual list of the very best Metro Detroit has to offer, as voted by Hour Detroit readers.
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Featuring more than 200 categories, Best of Detroit 2024 is your guide to the top places, people, attractions, and more the area has to offer — as nominated and voted upon by you, the Hour Detroit readers. Here’s who came out on top this year.

Food// Drinks  // Health & Beauty // Arts & Entertainment // Retail // Services // Sports // Community

This year’s Best of Detroit was shot on location at Bowlero Lanes & Lounge in Royal Oak


African Food

The Blue Nile, Ferndale;
Finalists: Baobab Fare, Fork in Nigeria, Maty’s African Cuisine, YumVillage

All-night Eatery

Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit;
Finalists: Duly’s Place Coney Island, National Coney Island, O.W.L., The Telway, Universal Coney Island


Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Detroit;
Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Coeur, Le Suprême, Leila, Mad Nice, Prime 29 Steakhouse, Wright & Company

Bagel Shops

New York Bagel, Ferndale, Southfield, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Barry Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel and Deli, Detroit Bagel Factory, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill

Bakery (bread)

Crispelli’s Bakery, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Avalon Café and Bakery, Give Thanks Bakery, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Bakery (desserts)

Astoria Patry Shop, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Cannelle by Matt Knio, Culinary Combo Bakery, For the Love of Sugar, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Sister Pie, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Warda Pâtisserie, White Wolf Japanese Patisserie

Bar Food

Green Dot Stables, Detroit, Lansing;
Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Honest John’s, HopCat, Mt. Chalet, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Second Best Detroit, Sidecar Slider Bar

Barbecue Restaurant

Slows Bar BQ, Detroit;
Finalists: Bad Brad’s BBQ, House of Barbecue, Mission BBQ, Union Woodshop, Woodpile BBQ Shack

Burgers (Classic)

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield Township;
Finalists: Grey Ghost Detroit, Hunter House Hamburgers, Mercury Burger & Bar, Miller’s Bar, Shamrock Pub, Townhouse

Burgers (Specialty)

Vinsetta Garage, Berkley;
Finalists: Green Dot Stables, Grey Ghost Detroit, Le Suprême, T Burgers LLC, Unburger


Zingerman’s Coffee Company, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Cannelle by Matt Knio, Commonwealth Café, The Congregation, Eos Café & Coffee House, Espresso Elevado, The Red Hook, White Wolf Japanese Patisserie

Cheap Eats

Green Dot Stables, Detroit, Lansing;
Finalists: Christine’s Cuisine, Detroit Wing Company, Hunter House Hamburgers, O.W.L., Old Port Family Restaurant, The Telway

Chinese Restaurant

Mon Jin Lau, Troy;
Finalists: Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining, LC’s Asian Kitchen, Shangri-La, Trizest Restaurant, Young’s Chinese Food Carryout

Coffee Shop

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, Detroit, Rochester, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Drifter Coffee, Kekoa Brew Co., The Red Hook, Sabbath Coffee Roasters, Shaded Bloom Coffee House

Coney Island

Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit;
Finalists: American Coney Island, Duly’s Place Coney Island, Greek Islands, Leo’s Coney Island, Lipuma’s Coney Island, National Coney Island


Detroit Cookie Company, Ferndale, St. Clair Shores;
Finalists: Culinary Combo Bakery, Men Bake Cookies, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Sister Pie, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Dessert (At a Restaurant)

The Whitney, Detroit;
Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Mad Nice, Prime + Proper


Whistle Stop Diners, Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge;
Finalists: Charlie’s Restaurant, Nick’s Country Oven, O.W.L., Oak Diner, SideStreet Diner, Travis Coffee Shop


Donut Cutter, Berkley;
Finalists: Apple Fritter Donut Shop, Avon Donuts, Daily Dozen Doughnuts, Knapp’s Donuts, Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Selden Standard, Sylvan Table, Tiliani

Fast-Casual Restaurant

Anita’s Kitchen, Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion;
Finalists: 2941 Mediterranean Street Food, Breadless, Detroit Taco Bodega, Detroit Wing Company, The Little Salumi, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Food Truck

Detroit 75 Kitchen, Detroit, Troy;
Finalists: Egg Roll Diva, Hero or Villain, Kabar Catering, More Life Foods, T Burgers LLC

French Fries

HopCat, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Common Pub, Detroit 75 Kitchen, Le Suprême, Social, Townhouse

Best of French Fries 2024: HopCat. // Photograph by Lians Jadan

Gluten-free Menu

Anita’s Kitchen, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Breadless, Brown Iron Brewhouse, Mootz Pizzeria + Bar, Tru Pizza Co.

Greek Restaurant

Pegasus Taverna, Detroit, St. Clair Shores;
Finalists: The Auburn Café, Golden Fleece Restaurant, Greek Islands, Kouzina Greek Street Food, Symposia

Ice Cream Shop

Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Clark’s Ice Cream, Dairy-O, Gilly’s Ice Cream, Stroh’s Ice Cream Parlour, Treat Dreams

Indian Restaurant

Star of India, Ferndale;
Finalists: Cardamom Restaurant, India Flavors, Midnight Temple, NeeHee’s, Paradise Street Eats & Biryani, Pink Garlic Indian Cuisine, Raj Palace Indian Cuisine, Rangoli Indian Cuisine

Italian Restaurant

SheWolf Pastifcio & Bar, Detroit;
Finalists: Andiamo, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, Aurora Italiana, Cafe Cortina, Da Francesco’s, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Mad Nice

Japanese Restaurant

Noble Fish, Clawson, Troy;
Finalists: Ima, Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, Sozai

Kid-friendly Restraurant

Mootz Pizzeria + Bar, Detroit;
Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, The Corner, Ferndale Project, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse

Latino Restaurant (Other than Mexican)

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, Detroit;
Finalists: Barda, Culantro, El Guanaco, La Feria, Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno

Mediterranean Restaurant

La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Sterling Heights, Troy;
Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, La Marsa, Leila, Mezza Mediterranean Grille, Phoenicia

Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Village Restaurant, Detroit, Utica;
Finalists: Aldana Mexican Bar & Grill, Casa Amado, Mojave Cantina, Snap Taco, Xochimilco

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Anita’s Kitchen, Multiple locations;
Finalists: La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Leila, Phoenicia, Sahara, Yemen Café

New Restaurant

Mad Nice, Detroit;
Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Basan, Coeur, Hanah Steakhouse, Le Suprême

Outdoor Dining

Bobcat Bonnie’s, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Cafe Cortina, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Townhouse


Tom’s Oyster Bar, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Brine Oyster House, Hazel’s, Joe Muer Seafood, Mink, Voyager

Pet-friendly Restaurant

Bobcat Bonnie’s, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room, Barkside, Batch Brewing Company, The Corner, Maverick’s


Ima, Detroit, Madison Heights;
Finalists: Got Pho, Little Saigon Vietnamese Soul Food, Pho Lucky, Pho Tai, What the Pho


Achatz Handmade Pie Co., Multiple locations;
Finalists: Blazo’s Pie Shoppe, Culinary Combo Bakery, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Great Lakes Pot Pies, Sister Pie


Polish Village Cafe, Hamtramck;
Finalists: Christine’s Cuisine, I Love Busia’s Pierogi, People’s Pierogi Collective, Pietrzyk Pierogi, Polonia Restaurant, Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Co.

Pizza (Detroit-style)

Buddy’s Pizza, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Como’s, Green Lantern Pizza, Jet’s Pizza, Loui’s Pizza, Michigan & Trumbull, Shield’s

Pizza (Round)

Green lantern Pizza, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Brooklyn Pizza, Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, Mad Nice, Pie Sci Pizza, Supino Pizzeria

Polish Restaurant

Polish Village Cafe, Hamtramck;
Finalists: American Polish Cultural Center, Czapski’s Kitchen, Polish Kitchen, Polonia Restaurant, Three Brothers Restaurant

Pop-up Restaurant

Frame, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Jingle at Terry’s Terrace and Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, More Life Foods


Ima, Detroit, Madison Heights;
Finalists: City Ramen, Edo Ramen, Johnny Noodle King, Shiromaru, Shun Ramen & Sushi

Restaurant (Livingston County)

Brighton Bar & Grill, Brighton;
Finalists: 2FOG’s Pub, Bourbons, Cello Italian Restaurant, Cleary’s Pub, El Arbol Taqueria, Tomato Brothers

Restaurant (Macomb County)

Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Roseville;
Finalists: Andiamo, Da Francesco’s, J.Baldwin’s Restaurant, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails

Restaurant (Oakland County)

Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Madam, Prime29 Steakhouse, Sozai, Sylvan Table, Three Cats, Zana

Restaurant (Washtenaw County)

Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Aventura, Bellflower Restaurant, The Dixboro Project, The Grateful Crow, Miss Kim, Spencer, Union Rec

Restaurant (Wayne County)

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar, Detroit;
Finalists: Barda, Freya, Hanah Steakhouse, Mad Nice, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime + Proper, Tiliani

Restaurant for Breakfast

Toast, Birmingham, Ferndale;
Finalists: Commonwealth Café, Dime Store, Oak Diner, The Fly Trap, The Pantry, Whistle Stop Diner

Restaurant for Brunch

Rochester Brunch House, Rochester;
Finalists: Coeur, Commonwealth Café, Dime Store, Prime + Proper, Townhouse, Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Restaurant to Take a Client

Prime + Proper, Detroit;
Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Coeur, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime29 Steakhouse

Restaurant with a View

Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit (also a location in Bloomfield Hills);
Finalists: Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Hanah Steakhouse, Highlands Detroit, Hook, The Monarch Club, Union Assembly

Romantic Dining

The Whitney, Detroit;
Finalists: Cafe Cortina, Hanah Steakhouse, Le Suprême, Prime + Proper, Tiliani

Sandwich Shop

Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Al’s Famous Deli (aka Bread Basket Deli), The Little Salumi, Mongers’ Provisions, Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Oak House Deli, Rocco’s Italian Deli

Seafood Restaurant

Joe Muer Seafood, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit;
Finalists: Hazel’s, Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery, Màre Mediterranean, Mink Detroit, Oak & Reel, Ocean Prime Detroit, Prime + Proper, Streetside Seafood, Symposia, Voyager


Bucharest Grill, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Boostan Café, Falafel King, La Marsa, La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Mr. Kabob Xpress, Phoenicia, Sahara, Shawarma Co.

Soul Food Restaurant

Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit;
Finalists: Cornbread Restaurant & Bar, Detroit Soul, MooreSoul Food, More Life Foods, Motor City Soul Food, SavannahBlue

Special-occasion Restaurant

The Whitney, Detroit;
Finalists: Café Cortina, Clawson Steak House, Coeur, Freya, Hanah Steakhouse, Mabel Gray, Marrow, Oak & Reel, Prime + Proper, Prime29 Steakhouse, Tiliani


Clawson Steak House, Clawson;
Finalists: Hanah Steakhouse, London Chop House, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Prime + Proper, Prime29 Steakhouse


Noble Fish, Clawson;
Finalists: Adachi, Blufin Sushi, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, Ronin Sushi, Sozai, Sushi Kabar, Sushi Zen

Sustainable Restaurant

Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Coeur, Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Sozai, Sylvan Table, Tiliani


Imperial, Ferndale;
Finalists: Bakersfield, Casa Amado Taqueria, Ghost Handcrafted Tacos & Cocktails, Jose’s Tacos, Que Pasa Taqueria, Snap Taco, Super Taco Mexican Food and Market, Tu Taco Tienda Mexicana, Whiskey Taco Foxtrot

Takeout Spot

Noble Fish, Clawson;
Finalist: Anita’s Kitchen, Detroit Wing Company, The Little Salumi, More Life Foods, The Takeout Box, Tu Taco Tienda Mexicana, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Thai Restaurant

Sy Thai, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Bai Mai Thai, Bangkok 96, Bangkok Café, Bangkok Cuisine, Khom Fai, Takoi, Thai Garden Restaurant

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

Seva, Ann Arbor, Detroit;
Finalists: Anita’s Kitchen, Chive Catering + Events, More Life Foods, Neehee’s, Spacecat V-stro


Detroit Wing Company, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Bugsy’s Bar & Grill, Mighty Wing Shop, Randazzo Fresh Market, Sweetwater Tavern, Union Woodshop, Vinsetta Garage, Wing Snob

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Bar/Lounge to Take a Client

Grey Ghost Detroit, Detroit;
Finalists: Bar Verona, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Oak City Grille, Prime + Proper, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, The Royce Detroit, Townhouse Detroit

Bar/Lounge to Take a Date

The Sugar House, Detroit;
Finalists: Gus’ Snug, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, The Monarch Club, The Oakland, Townhouse Birmingham, Weiss Distilling Co.

Beer Selection (Bar)

HopCat, Multiple Locations;
Finalists: Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Bandit Tavern & Hideaway, Brown Iron Brewhouse, Collect Beer Bar, The Corner, The Oakland, Oat Soda, One-Eyed Betty’s


Atwater Brewery, Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park;
Finalists: Baffin Brewing Co., Batch Brewing Co., Brewery Becker, Copper Hop Brewing Co., Dog & Pony Show Brewing, Ferndale Project, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., The Royal Oak Brewery, Urbanrest Brewing Co.


Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada;
Finalists: B. Nektar Meadery, Franklin Cider Mill, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Yates Cider Mill

Craft Cocktails

The Sugar House, Detroit;
Finalists: Coeur, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Mad Nice, The Oakland, Standby, Weiss Distilling Co.


Valentine Distilling Co., Ferndale;
Finalists: Detroit City Distillery, Motor City Gas, Two James Spirits, Weiss Distilling Co.

Dive Bar

The Old Miami, Detroit;
Finalists: Abick’s Bar, Bumbo’s Bar, Gusoline Alley, Nancy Whiskey, Renshaw Lounge, Small’s, Temple Bar

Happy Hour

Jim Brady’s, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Aurora Italiana, Hanah Steakhouse, Townhouse, Zana, Zingerman’s Roadhouse

High-end Bar

The Sugar House, Detroit;
Finalists: Bad Luck Bar, BESA, Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, Mad Nice, Oak & Reel, Zana


Pronto!, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Gigi’s Gay Bar, Soho Ferndale

Michigan Beer

Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Kalamazoo;
Finalists: Atwater Brewery, Brewery Faisan, Ferndale Project, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin, Urbanrest Brewing Co.

Best of Michigan Beer 2024: Bell’s Brewery. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Michigan Winery

Chateau Grand Traverse, Traverse City;
Finalists: Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Detroit Vineyards, Sage Creek Winery, Whole Hearted Winery, Youngblood Vineyard

Neighborhood Bar

Mt. Chalet, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Abick’s Bar, Bandit Tavern & Hideaway, Gus’ Snug, McClenaghan’s Pub, Renshaw Lounge, Two Birds

Place to Drink Outdoors

Ferndale Project, Ferndale;
Finalists: Kamper’s Rooftop Lounge, La Casa Cigars and Lounge, Townhouse, Youngblood Vineyard

Sports Bar

Art & Jakes, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Big League Brews, Hockeytown Café, J’s Penalty Box Sports Bar, Sneaker’s, Sports Bar & Grill, The Sports Den, Tony’s Sports Bar

Wine Bar

MotorCity Wine, Detroit;
Finalists: Cellar 313, Coeur, Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Michigan by the Bottle, The Royce Detroit, Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro, Vertical, Youngblood Vineyard

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Health & Beauty

Aesthetician Services

The Aesthetic Method, Ferndale;
Finalists: Blushed Aesthetics, Face Candy: Skin + Beauty, Glow My Body Spa, GOTOX Aesthetics & Wellness

Barber Shop

Berkley Chop Shop, Berkley;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, BAUS, Forefathers Grooming Barbershop, Kingsfield Grooming, Lefty’s Barbershop, Youngbloods


6 Salon, Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Bali Loft, Beauty Haus & Co., Drybar, Hollibeauty, Tangled Mane Hair Studio

Cannabis Dispensary (Medical)

Lead and Bud, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Green Genie Cannabis, House of Dank, JARS Cannabis, Puff Cannabis Company

Cannabis Dispensary (Recreational)

Finalists: BREEZE, Green Buddha Cannabis Co., House of Dank, Leaf and Bud

Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Anthony Youn, Troy;
Finalists: Dr. Charles M. Boyd, Dr. Homaira Danish, Dr. Mune Gowda, Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani

Crossfit Gym

CrossFit High Caliber Strength & Fitness, Troy;
Finalists: Rebel Strength & Fitness, Twyfit

Day Spa

Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: The Aesthetic Method, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, GOTOX Aesthetics & Wellness, House of Drip & Wellness, Margot European Spa

Eyebrow Specialist

6 Salon, Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Belle Sante Medical Spa, Blushed Aesthetics, HerPlace Beauty, The Pash Aesthetic


Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, FACE Skincare Medical Wellness, Margot European Spa

Fitness Classes

Detroit Sweat, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Core (LP), GVST Wellness, Hotworx, Rebel Strength & Fitness, T3 Training

Fitness Trainer

Stephanie Riley (Rebel Strength & Fitness), Warren;
Finalists: Chelsea Baugher, Detroit Sweat; Chad Demchik, Next Level Fitness Academy; Taiwan Jones, Transformation Lab; Tiffany Machalak, Tiffany’s Training; Angela T. Moore, Empowered by Angela

Gym (Old-school)

Rebel Strength & Fitness, Warren;
Finalists: Hotworx, Muscles Gym, T3 Training, Transformation Lab, Twyfit

Hair Salon

6 Salon, Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Alter Ego Beauty Studios, Antonino Salon & Spa, Bali Loft, Tangled Mane Hair Studio

Health Club

Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit;
Finalists: Beverly Hills Club, Dannofit, GVST Wellness, The Schvitz

Hot Shave

The Royal Beard Barber Co., Utica;
Finalists: Baus, Clipz Barbershop, Union Barber

Best Hot Shave 2024: The Royal Beard Barber Co. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Lash Specialist

Opal Beauty Bar, Troy;
Finalists: Alisa Marie Beauty Bar, Blushed Aesthetics, Jessica York, Lashed by Kaye, The Pash Aesthetic

Mani-Pedi Salon

Beach House Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Color Box Luxury Nail Studio and Wellness, Eco Nails, Margot European Spa, Nails 07, Paint Nail Bar, Rivage Day Spa, Spa in the Woods


Margot European Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, Rivage Day Spa, Sirona Wellness Spa

Pilates Classes

Pilates Detroit, Ferndale;
Finalists: Classic Pilates Center, Core (LP), Reform Infrared Pilates, Sculpted by Bee, Warehouse Pilates

Spa Resort

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme;
Finalists: Immerse Spa at MGM Grand Detroit, The Spa at Boyne Mountain


Beauty Hub, Commerce Township;
Finalists: 6 Salon, Hemali’s Touch Beauty Studio, Perfect Brow Threading Spa and Wellness

Yoga Studio

Citizen Yoga, Bloomfield Township, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Bold Flow, CenterPeace, GVST Wellness, Hotworx, The Trap Yoga & Massage Studio

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Arts & Entertainment

Art Fair

Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Art in the Park; Detroit Urban Craft Fair; Funky Ferndale Art Fair; Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats, and Eats; Wyandotte Street Art Fair

Art Gallery

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham;
Finalists: David Klein Gallery, Lawrence Street Gallery, Library Street Collective, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), River’s Edge Gallery


Category 5,
Finalists: Big Life, Busby Death Chair, Chirp, Coffin Jockeys, Hot Ugly, The Koffin Kats, One Ton Trolley

Best Band 2024: Category 5. // Photograph by Lians Jaden


MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit;
Finalists: Hollywood Casino at Greektown, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Club for Dancing

Boogie Fever, Ferndale;
Finalists: Big Pink, Deluxx Fluxx, Exodos Rooftop, The Marble Bar, Small’s, Spot Lite Detroit

Club for Live Music

Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit;
Finalists: 20 Front Street, Cadieux Café, Cliff Bell’s, El Club, Small’s

Comedy Club

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Go Comedy! Improv Theater, The Independent Comedy Club, One Mike Detroit, One Night Stans Comedy Club

Community Theater Company

The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea;
Finalists: Avon Players Community Theatre, Birmingham Village Players, Detroit Public Theatre, Downriver Actors Guild, Planet Ant Theatre, Stagecrafters

Concert Venue

Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston;
Finalists: Fox Theatre, The Fillmore Detroit, Little Caesars Arena, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Saint Andrew’s Hall

Jazz Club

Cliff Bell’s, Detroit;
Finalists: Aretha’s Jazz Café, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Dirty Dog Jazz Café

Movie Theater (Art/Indie)

Redford Theatre, Detroit;
Finalists: Detroit Film Theatre, The Senate Theater

Movie Theater (Complex)

Emagine Entertainment, Multiple locations;
Finalists: AMC, MJR Theatres, Phoenix Theatres

Museum (Arts)

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit;
Finalists: Cranbrook Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Museum (Other)

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Dearborn;
Finalists: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum

Music Artist

Finalists: Annemarie Jo, Ebony KARMA Dior, Hot Ugly, Tori Muse, Via Mardot

Performing Arts Venue

Fox Theatre, Detroit;
Finalists: The Detroit Masonic Temple, Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Planet Ant Theatre


The Drew Lane Show,
Finalists: LifeExcellence with Brian Bartes, Sober Vibes, What Dewey Do?, When Survival Looks Like Success

Visual Artist

Detroit Bird (Brittney Robinson),
Finalists: Matthew Armstrong, Sanda Cook, Nicole Jarecz, Laurén Magda, Niagara

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Antique Shop

Detroit Urban Artifacts, Detroit;
Finalists: Clawson Antiques Etc., Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Odd Fellows Antiques, The Rabbit Hole, Sinclair Antiques, Vogue Vintage

Appliance Shop

ABC Warehouse, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Big George’s and Witbeck Home Appliance Mart, Bill & Rod’s Appliance Inc., Hawthorne, Noble Appliance, Sargent Appliance

Auto Dealership (Group)

LaFontaine, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Feldman Automotive Group, Golling Toyota of Warren, Serra Automotive, Suburban Cadillac, Tamaroff Auto Group, Varsity

Auto Dealership (Individual)

Bill Brown Ford, Livonia;
Finalists: Bowman Chevrolet, George Matick Chevrolet, Heidebreicht Chevrolet

Beer Selection (Store)

Total Wine & More, Multiple locations;
Finalists: 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company, Discount Drinks Etc., Holiday Market, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Off the Wagon Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Bike Shop

Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, Ferndale;
Finalists: D&D Bicycles & Hockey, Fraser Bicycle, KLM Bike & Fitness, Macomb Bike, Metropolis Cycles


John K. King, Detroit;
Finalists: The Book Beat, Flyleaf, Sidetrack Bookshop, Toadvine Books

Bridal Salon

The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley;
Finalists: Beloved Bridal, Katerina Bocci Bridal, Luxe Redux Bridal, Piera’s Bridal Couture, Roma Sposa

Butcher Shop/Deli

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township, Shelby Township;
Finalists: Cattleman’s, Eastern Market of Canton, Holiday Market, Marrow, Mongers’ Provisions, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Cake Shop

Holiday Market, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Christine’s Cakes & Pastries, For the Love of Sugar, Good Cakes and Bakes, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Vito’s Bakery

Candy Store

Bon Bon Bon, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Quix Chocolate, Rocky’s Original Peanut Co., Sugar Lu’s, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory


Sanders, Clinton Township, Rochester;
Finalists: Bon Bon Bon, Dwaar Chocolate, Quix Chocolate, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory

Cider Mill

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada;
Finalists: Dexter Cider Mill, Franklin Cider Mill, Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, Yates Cider Mill

Cigar Shop

Churchill’s, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Hill & Hill Tobacconists, La Casa Cigars and Lounge, Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro, Secreto Cigar Bar, Wild Bill’s Tobacco

Clothing and Accessory Resale

Plato’s Closet, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Boro Detroit, Consignment Clothiers, Council ReSale, Flamingo Vintage, Lost and Found Vintage, Nu2U Again, Regeneration Clothing

Coffee Brand

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit;
Finalists: Chazzano Coffee Roasters, Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, Sabbath Coffee Roasters, Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Comic Book Shop

Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Detroit;
Finalists: Comic City; Comix Corner; Green Brain Comics; Time Travelers: Comics, Cards, & Collectibles; Warp 9 Comics

Farmers Market

Eastern Market, Detroit;
Finalists: Birmingham Farmers Market, The Farmington Farmers Market, Mount Clemens Farmers Market, Royal Oak Farmers Market

Fish Market

Noble Fish, Clawson;
Finalists: Andrea’s Fish Market, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Monahan’s Seafood Market, Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Flower Shop

Viviano Flower Shop, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Adorn, Blossoms, Blüm Floral, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Olive’s Bloombox

Furniture and Home Goods Resale

Retro Rescuers, Ferndale;
Finalists: Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Digs Consignment Studio, Just by Happenstance, Le Shoppe Modern

Furniture Store

Leon & Lulu, Clawson;
Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., Bright Ideas Furniture, Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Gardner White Furniture, Gorman’s, Just by Happenstance

Gift Shop

Leon & Lulu, Clawson;
Finalists: Catching Fireflies, City Tour Detroit, Peninsulas, Pure Detroit, Vitrine

Gluten-free Products

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township, Shelby Township;
Finalists: Allergy Free Bakery, Papa’s Kitchen, Rumi’s Passion Gluten-Free Bakery, Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Gourmet Foods

Nini Salvaggio International Marketplace, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Grandma Luckey’s Dressing & Marinade, Mongers’ Provisions, Papa’s Kitchen, Plum Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

High-end Clothing Store

The Peacock Room, Detroit;
Finalists: Coup D’état, Greyson Clothiers, Hersh’s Boutique, Tender

Home Décor Shop

Leon & Lulu, Clawson;
Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., At Home, Cristions Fine Linen & Down, Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Just by Happenstance, Perch, Spotlight Home Interiors, Urbanum

Jewelry Store

Tapper’s Jewelry, Novi, Troy, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Ahee Jewelers, Jacob Matthew Jewelers, Jewelry Set in Stone, Lucideo Fine Jewelry, Miner’s Den Jewelers

Kids’ Clothing Store

The Funky Frog Children’s Boutique, Rochester;
Finalists: Apple Blossom Baby and Décor, Connie’s Children’s Shop, HoneyPie Kids, Petite Cabane, Regeneration

Leather Goods

Shinola Detroit, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Bespoke by Feldman, Digs Consignment Studio, Leon & Lulu, Noir Leather

Best of Leather Goods 2024: Shinola Detroit. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Lighting Shop

City Lights Detroit, Troy;
Finalists: Bondy’s Lighting & Design Center, Gross Electric, Herald Wholesale Premier Bath Lighting & Hardware, Le Shoppe Modern, Leon & Lulu, Visual Comfort & Co.

Lingerie Store

Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham;
Finalists: Bra-vo Intimates, Busted Bra Shop, Hush Intimate Apparel

Men’s Clothing Store

Carhartt, Multiple locations,
Finalists: Alexander’s Custom Clothiers, Greyson Clothiers, Manno Clothing & Tailoring, Mature, Tailored Detroit, Todd’s Menswear


English Gardens, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Bordine’s, Farmer John’s Home Garden Fashion, The Plant House, Telly’s Greenhouse, Ray Wiegand’s Nursery

Optical Shop

House of Optical, Clawson;
Finalists: Focus 313 Eyecare, Optik Birmingham, Roland Optics, See Eyewear

Place to Buy an Engagement/Wedding Ring

Tapper’s Jewelry, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Ahee Jewelers, Jacob Matthew Jewelers, Jewelry Set in Stone, Lucido Fine Jewelry, Miner’s Den Jewelers, Wachler Estate Collection & Diamonds

Place to Buy Art

DuMouchelles, Detroit;
Finalists: Le Shoppe Modern, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Robert Kidd Gallery, Yellow Door Art Market

Record Store

Dearborn Music, Dearborn, Farmington;
Finalists: The Detroit Record Club, Flipside Records, Found Sound, Hello Records, Peoples Records, Solo Records, Trax N Wax

Shopping Mall

Somerset Collection, Troy;
Finalists: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Macomb Mall, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Twelve Oaks Mall, The Village of Rochester Hills

Skin Care Shop

Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Breathe Bodywork and Beautification, FACE Skincare Medical Wellness, Margot European Spa, Skin Bar VII, Uniquely Effective Skincare

Sustainable Store

Woodward Throwbacks, Detroit, Hamtramck;
Finalists: 86 Plastic, Refill Emporium, Walking Lightly

Toy Store

Toyology Toys, Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Funky Monkey Toys, Modern Natural Baby, Sarge & Red’s Toys and Collectibles, Toy Box Michigan, Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

Vintage/Consignment Clothes

Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge;
Finalists: Boro, Flamingo Vintage, Lost and Found Vintage, The Rabbit Hole, Reware Vintage

Wine Store

Total Wine & More, Multple locations;
Finalists: Elie Wine Co., Michigan by the Bottle, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, The Royce Detroit, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Woods Wholesale Wine

Best Women’s Boutique 2024: The Peacock Room

Women’s Boutique

The Peacock Room, Detroit;
Finalists: Ferne Boutique, Happyish Brand, Hersh’s Boutique, Tender, Vida Voyager, Vitrine

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After-school Program (Nonschool)

The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music, Royal Oak;
Finalists: The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Living & Learning Enrichment Center, Michigan 4-H Foundation, Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Auto Detailing/Car Wash

Jax Kar Wash, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Frosty’s Detailing LLC, Matick Automotive Group, Mr. C’s Car Wash, Tommy’s

Auto Repair

Troy Auto Care, Troy;
Finalists: Bowman Chevrolet, George Matick Chevrolet, MC Whips Auto Body Repair & Glass, Shelby Auto Care, Wetmore Tire and Auto

Cannabis Delivery

Dispo Dash (through Dispo), Multiple locations;
Finalists: BREEZE, Green Genie Cannabis Co., House of Dank, JARS Cannabis, LIV Cannabis Co., Quality Roots


Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township, Shelby Township;
Finalists: Brie & Bamboo, Chive Catering and Events, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, The Silver Shamrocks, Skosh Catering

Financial Planner

Raymond James, Multiple locations;
Finalists: Foguth Financial Group; Jeffrey Fratarcangeli; Mainstay Financial Management; Planning Alternatives; Dewey D. Steffen, Great Lakes Wealth; Michael Van Brienen

Best Venue for a Kids’ Party 2024: Bowlero Lanes & Lounge. // Photograph by Lians Jaden


Shinola Hotel, Detroit;
Finalists: Cambria Hotel Detroit Downtown, Daxton Hotel, Roost Detroit, The Townsend Hotel

Interior Designer

Michelle Mio, Bloomfield Hills;
Finalists: Chris Jacob of Jacob & Co., Spotlight Staging & Design, Verce Design

Kitchen Design Service

KSI Kitchen & Bath, Multiple locations;
Finalists: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, Kendall Design + Build, Sharer Design Group

Michigan Resort

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island;
Finalists: Boyne Mountain Resort; Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; The Homestead; Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection; Trout Creek

Pet Groomer

Paws Grooming Studio & Spa, Canton;
Finalists: Bark-A-Bout, Catherine’s Pet Parlor, Peticured


Abby Bartes, Abby B. Photography,
Finalists: C2 Visual Media, Kellie Overholt Photography, MacLachlan Studio, Molly Grunewald & Co., Rosaria Liliana Photography


Theresa Marrocco, Birmingham;
Finalists: Tiara Brendel, Lauren Fortinberry, Lisa A. Mills, Motus Real Estate

Special-occasion Venue

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Detroit;
Finalists: 2Gather Auburn Hills Elegant Event Venue, Anthology Events, Book Tower, CenterPeace, The Collins at the Clocktower, The Holly Vault Collection, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Summer Day Camp

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi;
Finalists: Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Skull Island Camp, Willoway Day Camp

Travel Agent/Agency

Cadillac Travel Group, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Beach Dreamers Travel, Bee Kalt Travel Service Inc., Gateway Travel, Jill Jones of Cadillac Travel Group, Just Cruises & Vacations, Lux Travel Girl, Next Travel, Lisa Ringler

Venue for a Kids’ Party

Bowlero Lanes & Lounge, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Detroit Dye House, Fascination Factory, GP Zoology, Kidcadia Play Café, Troy Gym

Wedding Cakes

Christine’s Cakes & Pastries, Shelby Township;
Finalists: Arnold’s Home of Sweets, Chive Catering and Events, For the Love of Sugar, Sweet Heather Anne

Best Wedding Photographer: Abby B. Photography. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Wedding Photographer

Abby Bartes, Abby B. Photography,
Finalists: C. Trudo Photography, MacLachlan Studio, Maxyne Leanne Photography, Molly Grunewald & Co., Orange Blossom Photography

Wedding Planner

Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills;
Finalists: A. Good Event Planner and Design, A June Event, Bunny & June Events, Chive Catering and Events,, Something You Event Services

Wedding Venue

Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield Township;
Finalists: 2Gather Auburn Hills Elegant Event Venue, Andiamo Banquet Center, Cafe Cortina, CenterPeace, Cherry Creek Golf Club, The Collins Off Main, The War Memorial, Youngblood Vineyard, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

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Michigan College Football Team

University of Michigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Central Michigan Chippewas, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos

Private Golf Course

Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills;
Finalists: Dearborn Country Club, Detroit Golf Club, Franklin Hills Country Club, Gowanie Golf Club, Orchard Lake Country Club, Red Run Golf Club, Wabeek Club

Professional Sports Team

Detroit Lions, Detroit;
Finalists: Detroit City FC, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers

Best Professional Sports Team 2024: Detroit Lions. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Professional Sports Team Athlete

Jared Goff
Finalists: Miguel Cabrera, Cade Cunningham, Aidan Hutchinson, Dylan Larkin, Amon-Ra St. Brown

Professional Sports Team Coach or Manager

Dan Campbell
Finalists: A.J. Hinch, Derek Lalonde, Monty Williams

Professional Sports Team Venue

Ford Field, Detroit;
Finalists: Comerica Park, Keyworth Stadium, Little Caesars Arena

Public Golf Course

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston;
Finalists: Cracklewood Golf Club, Lakeview Hills Country Club & Resort, Lincoln Hills Golf Course, Rackham Golf Course, Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center

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Mitch Albom,
Finalists: Brian Bartes, Courtney Andersen, Jimmy Doom/ James Kenneth Graham, Keyon Clinton, Nancy Oeswein


Carrie Tatro (Andiamo Bloomfield),
Finalists: Andre Sykes (Alpino), Jason Allen (Prime + Proper), Kevin Peterson (Castalia at Sfumato), Lynn Gruenwalf (Prime29 Steakhouse), Matt Burke (Prime + Proper), Steve Larimer (Beau’s Grillery)


James Rigato (Mabel Grey),
Finalists: Jared Gadbaw (Oak & Reel), Jordan Smith (Coeur), Myles McVay (Mad Nice), Nick Janutol (Phoenicia/Leila/Forest), Sam Trick (Prime + Proper), Sarah Welch (Marrow)

Community Organization

Michigan State University Extension,
Finalists: 1% Better Nation, Coterie Detroit, Families Against Narcotics, GVST Wellness, Services To Enhance Potential, Wellness Warrior Collective


Dave Rexroth,
Finalists: Alan Longstreet, Ashlee Baracy, Derek Kevra, Kim Adams, Lori Pinson, Mike Taylor, Rich Luterman, Stephanie Mead


Detroit Free Press,
Finalists: Detroit News, Macomb Daily

Opinion Columnist

Mitch Albom,
Finalist: Nolan Finley

Organization for People with Disabilities

Autism Alliance of Michigan, Southfield;
Finalists: Dutton Farm, Easterseals MORC, Friendship Circle, Gigi’s Playhouse, H.I.P.S. (Hidden In Plain Sight) of Michigan, Rising Stars Academy, Services to Enhance Potential


Dan Gilbert,
Finalists: Nicole Eisenberg, Mike Morse

Radio DJ

Jay Towers,
Finalists: The Bushman Show, Ann Delisi, Dr. Darrius, Ryan Patrick Hooper, Screamin’ Scott Randall

Best Radio DJ 2024: Jay Towers. // Photograph by Lians Jaden

Radio Host

Dave and Chuck “The Freak,”
Finalists: Ann Delisi, Ryan Patrick Hooper, Jim Johnson, Shannon Murphy, Mike Valenti

Radio News Reporter

Charlie Langton,
Finalist: Mike Campbell

Social Media Influencer

Courtney Andersen (Sober Vibes),
Finalists: B. Hoff Detroit, @bhoff_detroit; Keyon Clinton, @KeyonClinton; Pam Ferrara, @pams_random_ reviews; Angela T. Moore, @empoweredbyangela


Bernie Smilovitz,
Finalists: George Blaha, Ken Daniels, Dan Dickerson, Brad Galli, Jon Jansen, Dan Miller, Craig Monroe, Mickey Redmond, Jeanna Trotman, Mike Tirico, Woody Woodriffe


Christina Jotanovic, 2nd grade, Pierce Elementary School, Birmingham
Finalists: Amanda Clarkson, Deerfield Elementary, Novi; Danielle Cover, Ferndale Lower Elementary; Amanda Michewicz, Royal Oak Middle School

Tour Company

Detroit Bus Co.,
Finalists: Black Scroll Network History & Tours, City Tour Detroit, Detroit History Tours

Traffic Reporter

Kellie Rowe,
Finalists: Darnell Blackburn, Ali Hoxie

TV News Anchor

Devin Scillian,
Finalists: Carolyn Clifford, Jason Colthorp, Karen Drew, Charlie Langton, Rhonda Walker

TV News Reporter

Charlie Langton,
Finalists: Karen Drew, Shawn Ley, Nick Monacelli, Lori Pinson,
Hank Winchester

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This story originally appeared in the June 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of Hour Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on June 6.