Best of Detroit 2014

Thousands of Hour Detroit readers go ‘on the record’ with their picks for the Best of Detroit 2014!
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Countless touring musicians have said words to this effect: “Detroit audiences are the greatest audiences in the world!”

Maybe they say that in every city, but we certainly are a loyal bunch. And when we’re fans of something — from sports teams and weathercasters to antique shops and ice cream stands — we’re REALLY fans.

Each year, thousands of Hour Detroit readers go “on the record” to vote for their favorites in the metropolitan area.

So turn on the spotlights, bring up the curtain, and get ready to rock! Ladies and gentlemen, here are the “top hits” of 2014 — the Best of Detroit!

Special thanks to:

  • Neiman Marcus and Lost and Found for the clothing on our “extras” and models.
  • The Hour Detroit readers who got “backstage passes” to the photo shoot: Kathleen Kennedy Ferris, Jennifer Hawk, Jewel Chapman, Katrina Studvent, Kelly Kaminski, William Demray, and Mike Durrant.
  • The Garden Theater at Midtown for letting us make all their world our stage and their partners and next-door neighbors, the Grille Midtown, for keeping the coffee and food coming.
  • Kyle Aron for finding us a “not TOO expensive” guitar to smash.
  • Scott Guy & Steve King from Sync2Picture and 54Sound Studio in Ferndale for making our rock ‘n’ roll dreams come true.
  • Mary Ballard Casting for all the help booking wonderful talent.

(Note: Categories marked with a  are new this year.)

 


 

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RESTAURANT FOR GENERAL EXCELLENCE (TIE)

The Root Restaurant & Bar, White Lake; therootrestaurant.com
The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com

VIEW FROM A RESTAURANT

Coach Insignia, Downtown Detroit; theepicureangroup.com

PLACE TO HAVE DRINKS BEFORE A SHOW

Roast, Downtown Detroit; roastdetroit.com

RESTAURANT AMBIENCE

CITY

The Whitney, thewhitney.com

SUBURB

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com

WINE LIST

CITY

Coach Insignia, Downtown Detroit; theepicureangroup.com

SUBURB

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com

PLACE FOR NIGHTCAPS AFTER THE SHOW

CITY

The Whitney, thewhitney.com

SUBURB

The Oakland Art Novelty Company, Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

RESTAURANT DESSERT (TIE)

Vinsetta Garage, Berkley; vinsettagarage.com
The Cheesecake Factory, Novi; thecheesecakefactory.com

APPETIZERS (TIE)

Roast, Downtown Detroit; roastdetroit.com
Fenton Fire Hall, Fenton; fentonfirehall.com
Prime29, West Bloomfield; prime29steakhouse.com

ATTENTIVE SERVICE

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com

SUNDAY BRUNCH

CITY

The Whitney, thewhitney.com

SUBURB

Toast, Birmingham; toastbirmingham.com, and Ferndale; eatattoast.com

LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD BRAND

Garden Fresh Salsa, gardenfreshsalsa.com

BEER SELECTION

One-Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale; oneeyedbettys.com

STREET-LEVEL WINDOW SEAT

CITY

Roast, Downtown Detroit; roastdetroit.com

SUBURB

Vinsetta Garage, Berkley; vinsettagarage.com

INDEPENDENT COFFEEHOUSE

CITY

Great Lakes Coffee, Detroit; greatlakescoffee.com

SUBURB (TIE)

Commonwealth, Birmingham; gocommonwealth.com
Chazzano Coffee Roasters, Ferndale; chazzanocoffee.com

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

CITY

Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit; slowsbarbq.com

SUBURB

Vinsetta Garage, Berkley; vinsettagarage.com

LATE-NIGHT DINING

CITY

Bucharest Grill, bucharestgrill.com

SUBURB

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak, 248-549-0300; and West Bloomfield Township, 248-865-0500

FISH MARKET

SINGLE LOCATION

Superior Fish Company, Royal Oak; superiorfish.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township and Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com

ICE CREAM PARLOR

Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak; raysicecream.com

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

Café Cortina, Farmington Hills; cafecortina.com

CHINESE

Mon Jin Lau, Troy; monjinlau.com

PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH

CITY

Detroit Athletic Club, thedac.com

SUBURB (TIE)

Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills; beverlyhillsgrill.com
Social Kitchen and Bar, Birmingham; socialkitchenandbar.com
The Capital Grille, Troy; thecapitalgrille.com

FRENCH (TIE)

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com
Marais, Grosse Pointe; 313-343-8800

GREEK

Pegasus Taverna, Greektown Detroit and St. Clair Shores; pegasustavernas.com

INDIAN

Priya, Troy; priyarestaurant.com

ITALIAN

CITY (TIE)

Giovanni’s, Southwest Detroit; giovannisristorante.com
Roma Café, Detroit; romacafe.com

SUBURB

Bacco Ristorante, Southfield; baccoristorante.com

GOURMET MARKET – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

EAST SIDE

Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township and Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com

WEST SIDE

Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Birmingham and Rochester; papajoesmarket.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Holiday Market, Royal Oak; holiday-market.com

JAPANESE (TIE)

Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak; roninsushi.com
Noble Fish, Clawson; noblefish.com

KOREAN

Korea Palace, Sterling Heights; koreapalace.virb.com

VEGETARIAN

Inn Season Café, Royal Oak; theinnseasoncafe.com

VEGAN

SUBURB

Inn Season Café, Royal Oak; theinnseasoncafe.com

CITY

Detroit Vegan Soul, detroitvegansoul.com

MEXICAN

Mexican Village, Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit; mexicanvillagefood.com

MIDDLE EASTERN

Anita’s Kitchen, Ferndale; anitaskitchenonline.com

THAI

Khom Fai, Shelby Township; 586-247-7773

VIETNAMESE

Da Nang, Clawson; danangrestaurant.com

24-HOUR RESTAURANT

National Coney Island, nationalconeyisland.com

GLUTEN-FREE MENU

Wild Red Wings & Sandwiches, St. Clair Shores; wildredwings.com

STEAKHOUSE

CITY

Roast, roastdetroit.com

SUBURB (TIE)

Clawson Steak House, Clawson; clawsonsteakhouse.com
Prime29, West Bloomfield; prime29steakhouse.com

BUSINESS BREAKFAST (TIE)

Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills; beverlyhillsgrill.com
Toast, Birmingham; toastbirmingham.com, and Ferndale; eatattoast.com

PANCAKES

The Original Pancake House, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS; originalpancakehouse.com

CREATIVE BREAKFAST

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Toast, Birmingham; toastbirmingham.com, and Ferndale; eatattoast.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Mae’s, Pleasant Ridge; maesdetroit.com

SUSHI

Noble Fish, Clawson; noblefish.com

CHEAP EATS

Green Dot Stables, Detroit; greendotstables.com

BURGER, MACOMB COUNTY

Shamrock Pub, Utica; shamrockutica.com

BURGER, OAKLAND COUNTY

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300, and West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500

BURGER, WAYNE COUNTY

Miller’s, Dearborn; millersbar.com

SANDWICH

Mudgie’s, Corktown Detroit; mudgiesdeli.com

RIBS

Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit; slowsbarbq.com

CONEY ISLAND

Lafayette Coney Island, Downtown Detroit; 313-964-8198

SEAFOOD

CITY

Joe Muer Seafood, Downtown Detroit; joemuer.com

SUBURB

Streetside Seafood, Birmingham; streetsideseafood.com

SOUP

CHAIN

Zoup!, zoup.com

LOCAL

Russell Street Deli, Eastern Market, Detroit; russellstreetdeli.com

MICHIGAN WINERY

Black Star Farms, blackstarfarms.com

SOUL FOOD

Beans & Cornbread, Southfield; beanscornbread.com

FISH ’N’ CHIPS

SUBURB

The Lodge Grill and Bar, Keego Harbor; lodgegrillandbar.com

CITY

Scotty Simpson’s, Detroit; scottysfishandchips.com

PIZZA

Buddy’s Pizza, buddyspizza.com

BARBECUE

CITY

Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit; slowsbarbq.com

SUBURB

Union Woodshop, Clarkston; unionwoodshop.com

BLOODY MARY

Vivio’s, Eastern Market, Detroit; viviosbloodymary.com

BAGELS

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

New York Bagel, newyorkbagel-detroit.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit; detroitinstituteofbagels.com

CARRYOUT

CITY

Bucharest Grill, bucharestgrill.com

SUBURB

Wild Red Wings & Sandwiches, St. Clair Shores; wildredwings.com

DELI

Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township; stevesdeli.com

LOCALLY OWNED BAKERY

CITY

Avalon International Breads, Midtown Detroit; avalonbreads.net

SUBURB

Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery, Redford Township; ackroydsbakery.com

DECK/OUTDOOR SEATING

CITY

La Dolce Vita, Detroit; ldvrestaurant.net

SUBURB

Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham; eatattownhouse.com

CUPCAKES

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Just Baked, justbakedshop.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Taste Love Cupcakes, Royal Oak; tastelovecupcakes.com

COOKIES (TIE)

Sister Pie (Buckwheat Chocolate Chip), Detroit; sisterpie.com
Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak; loveandbuttercream.com

DOUGHNUTS

CITY

Dutch Girl Donut Co., Detroit, 313-368-3020

SUBURB

Daily Dozen, Warren; 586-777-8650

FRENCH FRIES

CHAIN

McDonald’s, mcdonalds.com

INDEPENDENT, CITY

Green Dot Stables, Detroit; greendotstables.com

INDEPENDENT, SUBURB (TIE)

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300, and West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500
Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham; eatattownhouse.com

CLASSIC ARTISAN COCKTAILS

The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit; sugarhousedetroit.com

LOCALLY MADE BEER

CITY

Atwater Brewery, Detroit; atwaterbeer.com

SUBURB

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren; kbrewery.com

STATE

Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo; bellsbeer.com

MICHIGAN-MADE WINE

Chateau Grand Traverse, Late Harvest Riesling; cgtwines.com

CHICKEN WINGS

CHAIN

Buffalo Wild Wings, Multiple Locations; buffalowildwings.com

LOCAL

Sweetwater Tavern, Detroit; sweetwatertavern.net

FOOD TRUCK

El Guapo, elguapogrill.com

 


 

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DETROIT TIGERS PLAYER

Miguel Cabrera

DETROIT LIONS PLAYER

Calvin Johnson

DETROIT PISTONS PLAYER

Andre Drummond

DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER

Pavel Datsyuk

LOCAL SPORTS STAR

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL CELEBRITY DINNER COMPANION

Kid Rock

TOP DOMESTIC AUTO EXECUTIVE (TIE)

Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co.
Mary Barra, General Motors

LOCAL LOUDMOUTH

Charlie LeDuff, Fox 2 News/author

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL POLITICAL DINNER COMPANION

Mayor Mike Duggan

DJ (NON-RADIO)

Maxine Michaels, facebook.com/maxine.michaels.1

LOCAL COMEDIAN

Leslie Ann Thompson, Royal Oak

LOCAL POLITICIAN TO RECALL

Robert Ficano

BARTENDER (TIE)

Kaytee Querro, The Oakland Art Novelty Company, Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

Pam Pearse, Kabin Kruser’s, Rochester; kruseandmuerrestaurants.com

Mike Durrant, The Emory, Ferndale; theemory.com

MAÎTRE D’

Jim Lark, The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; thelark.com

 LOCAL BAND — COVERS (TIE)

Rock Steady, facebook.com/RockSteadyBand/info 
Big Will & the 360 Degrees Band, bigwillonline.com

 LOCAL BAND — ORIGINALS​

Rio & The Rockabilly Revival, rioandtherockabillyrevival.com

CHEF

SINGLE LOCATION

James Rigato, The Root Restaurant & Bar, White Lake Township; therootrestaurant.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Aaron Cozadd, Union Joints (Union Woodshop, Vinsetta Garage, Fenton Fire Hall, Clarkston Union)

SOMMELIER

RETAILER

Ted Ross, Vince & Joe’s; vinceandjoes.com

RESTAURANT (TIE)

Joseph Allerton, Roast, Downtown Detroit; roastdetroit.com

Zharko Palushaj, Tre Monti Ristorante, Troy; tremontitroy.com

PERSONAL TRAINER

FEMALE

Jennifer Gray, bodybyjenn.com

MALE

Brad Goodstein, retrofitstudio.net

POLITICAL RISING STAR

Mike Duggan, Detroit, (D)

INDEPENDENT STORE OWNER (TIE)

Mary Liz Curtin, (Leon & Lulu)
Gretchen Valade, (Capricious, Dirty Dog Jazz Café)
Ann Stevenson, (Union General Store)

DETROIT AMBASSADOR

Kid Rock

COLORFUL CHARACTER

Charlie LeDuff, Fox 2 News/author

 CICERONE

Annette May, beer manager at Merchant’s Fine Wine, Dearborn; merchantsfinewine.com

 DETROIT FILMMAKER (TIE)

Colin Duerr, colinduerr.com
Harvey Ovshinsky, facebook.com/harvey.ovshinsky

 FINE ARTIST

Tony Roko

 


 

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CONCERT VENUE

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston; palacenet.com

MICHIGAN VACATION SPOT

Traverse City

CHARITY EVENT

Auto Show Charity Preview Gala, naias.com

DIVE BAR

CITY

The Old Miami, 313-831-3830

SUBURB

Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak; 248-545-2235

NEW BAR

CITY

Two James Spirits, Corktown; twojames.com

SUBURB (TIE)

Public House, Ferndale; 248-850-7420
Fenton Fire Hall, Fenton; fentonfirehall.com

SPORTS BAR

CITY

TAP at MGM Grand, mgmgranddetroit.com

SUBURB

The Lodge Grill & Bar, Keego Harbor; lodgegrillandbar.com

WINE BAR

Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room, Shelby Township; mbtbtasting.com

JAZZ CLUB

Cliff Bell’s, Downtown Detroit; cliffbells.com

MALE GAY BAR

Pronto!, Royal Oak; prontorestaurant.com

FEMALE GAY BAR

Como’s, Ferndale; 248-548-5005

NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

CITY

The Bronx Bar, Midtown; 313-832-8464

SUBURB (TIE)

Clarkston Union, Clarkston; clarkstonunion.com
The Oakland Art Novelty Company, Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

BAR FOR BUSINESS DEALS

Vinsetta Garage, Berkley; vinsettagarage.com

PLACE TO SEE AN ART FILM

CITY

Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), At The DIA; dia.org

SUBURB

Main Art, Royal Oak; landmarktheatres.com

POOL HALL

The Loving Touch, Ferndale

PLACE TO SEE A FIRST-RUN MOVIE

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Emagine, emagine-entertainment.com

SINGLE LOCATION

The Maple Theater, Bloomfield; themapletheater.com

BIKE TRAIL

Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County; paintcreektrail.org

ANNUAL SPORTING EVENT

Tigers Opening Day

PRIVATE GOLF COURSE

Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills; oaklandhillscc.com

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE (TIE)

Shepherd’s Hollow, Clarkston; shepherdshollow.com
Rackham, Huntington Woods; rackhamgolfcourse.com

PLACE TO HEAR BANDS

The Crofoot, Pontiac; thecrofoot.com

BOWLING ALLEY

Garden Bowl, Midtown Detroit; majesticdetroit.com

COMMUNITY THEATER

Stagecrafters, Royal Oak; stagecrafters.org

COMEDY CLUB

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak; comedycastle.com

SCENIC DRIVE

Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores

INDOOR TENNIS COURT

Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield; franklinclub.com

PICNIC SPOT

CITY

Belle Isle, belleisleconservancy.org

SUBURB

Stony Creek Metropark, metroparks.com/Stony-Creek-Metropark

OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

CITY

Detroit Jazz Festival, detroitjazzfest.com

SUBURB

Arts, Beats & Eats, Royal Oak; artsbeatseats.com

LOCATION FOR A FIRST DATE

CITY

DIA, Midtown Detroit; dia.org

SUBURB

The Oakland Art Novelty Company, Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

FREEBIE

DIA/family events, Midtown Detroit; dia.org

HAPPY HOUR

Roast, Downtown Detroit; roastdetroit.com

PLACE TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE

Dance City, Birmingham; dancecitybirmingham.com

MUSEUM

DIA, Midtown Detroit; dia.org

CASINO

MGM Grand Detroit, mgmgranddetroit.com

SPECIAL EVENT VENUE (TIE)

Cottonwood Barn, Dexter; cottonwoodbarn.com

Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield; planterraevents.com

RUNNING ROUTE

CITY

Detroit RiverWalk, Downtown Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

SUBURB

Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township; metroparks.com

 


 

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Craig David Butler Studios, craigdavidbutler.com

WEDDING PLANNER (TIE)

Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills; emeraldcitydesigns.com
A June Event, ajuneevent.com

SALON FOR A MAKEOVER

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

6 Salon, Royal Oak and Birmingham; sixsalon.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Nude the Salon, Birmingham; nudethesalon.com

DRESSMAKER

Katerina Bocci, Shelby Township; katerinabocci.com

SHOE REPAIR

Frank’s Shoe Service, Birmingham; 248-647-3530

PLACE TO DOCK YOUR BOAT

Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit; dyc.com

TAILOR/ALTERATIONS

The Sewing Room, Utica; thesewingroomutica.com

FLORIST

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Viviano’s, viviano.com

SINGLE LOCATION (TIE)

Blossoms, Birmingham; blossomsbirmingham.com
Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield; planterraevents.com

CATERER

AnnabelCooks, 248-792-COOK (2665)

DIVORCE LAWYER

Jordan Dizik, Bingham Farms; hauersnover.com

PET GROOMING

Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township; barkabout.net

HAIR SALON

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

6 Salon, Royal Oak and Birmingham; sixsalon.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Alex Emilio, Royal Oak; alexemiliosalon.com

VETERINARIAN

DePorre Veterinary Hospital, Bloomfield Hills; deporrevet.com

SALON FOR A BLOWOUT

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

6 Salon, Royal Oak and Birmingham; sixsalon.com

SINGLE LOCATION (TIE)

Alex Emilio, Royal Oak; alexemiliosalon.com
Voula Isakov Salon, Rochester; voulaisakovsalon.com

MASSAGE (TIE)

Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham; margots.com
Spa Mariana, Birmingham; spamariana.com

SPA

Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham; margots.com

YOGA STUDIO

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Yoga Shelter, yogashelter.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Blue Yoga, Birmingham; blueyogabirmingham.com

SALON FOR MAKEUP

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

6 Salon, Royal Oak and Birmingham; sixsalon.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Escova Salon, Birmingham; escovabeauty.com

GYM

Retrofit Studio, Royal Oak; retrofitstudio.net

DRY CLEANER

Huntington Cleaners, Huntington Woods; huntingtoncleaners.com

SALON/SPA FOR A MANICURE

Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham; margots.com

SALON/SPA FOR A PEDICURE

Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham; margots.com

SALON/SPA FOR A FACIAL

FACE Skincare, Birmingham; facebeauty-science.com

CUSTOM FRAMING (TIE)

Bruce White Galleries, Clawson; brucewhite.com
State of the Art, Ferndale; stateoftheartonline.net

BARBER (INDEPENDENT)

The Berkley Chop Shop, Berkley; berkleychopshop.com

TRANSPORTATION/LIMO (TIE)

Metro Cars, metrocars.com
Uber, uber.com/cities/detroit

DOGGIE DAY CARE

SINGLE LOCATION

Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township; barkabout.net

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Canine to Five Detroit, (caninetofivedetroit.com) and Ferndale (caninetofiveferndale.com)

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

Craig David Butler Studios, craigdavidbutler.com

 AUTO DETAILING

Motor City Auto Spa, Royal Oak; motorcityautospa.com

 REALTOR

Jeff Barker, Max Broock Realtors, Bloomfield Hills; maxbroock.com

 


 

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PLACE TO BE FITTED FOR A SUIT

CHAIN

Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com

INDEPENDENT

The Claymore Shop, Birmingham; claymoreshop.com

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

CHAIN

Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

CITY

The Peacock Room, facebook.com/peacockroom

SUBURB (TIE)

Wanderlust, Rochester; 248-652-3300
Guys N Gals, Orchard Lake; 248-851-1260

WOMEN’S EVENING WEAR

CHAIN

Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

INDEPENDENT

Marguerite’s Boutique, West Bloomfield Township; 248-932-5253

FINE ANTIQUES (TIE)

Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti; materialsunlimited.com
DuMouchelles, Detroit; dumouchelle.com

PLACE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND DRESSES

CITY

The Peacock Room, facebook.com/peacockroom

SUBURB

Paulina Bh, Birmingham; paulinabh.com

VINTAGE CLOTHING

Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak; lostandfoundvintage.com

BIG AND TALL

Destination XL, destinationxl.com

MEN’S CLOTHING

CHAIN

Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

INDEPENDENT

Claymore Shop, Birmingham; claymoreshop.com

ATHLETIC WEAR

Lululemon Athletica, Troy, Ann Arbor, and Birmingham; lululemon.com

LUXURY BED AND TABLE LINENS

A Touch Of Lace, Bloomfield Hills; atouchoflace.com

GIFT-WRAPPING SERVICE

Lisa’s Gift Wrappers, Royal Oak; lisasgiftwrappers.com

CUTTING-EDGE FASHIONS

Tender, Birmingham; tenderbirmingham.com

LINGERIE

Harp’s, Birmingham; harps-lingerie.com

JEANS

Caruso Caruso, Birmingham; carusocaruso.net

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

It’s So Me Boutique, Utica; itssomeboutique.com

PLACE TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

SINGLE LOCATION

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; minersden.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, tappers.com

BRIDAL GOWN

The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley; theweddingshoppe.net

GIFT REGISTRY

Bed Bath & Beyond, bedbathandbeyond.com

PLACE TO BUY BRIDESMAID DRESSES

The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley; theweddingshoppe.net

PLACE TO ORDER WEDDING INVITATIONS

Lace Boutique, Troy; facebook.com/ShopLaceBoutique/info

FURNITURE STORE

Hillside Contemporary Furniture, Bloomfield Hills; hillsidefurniture.com

PLACE TO BUY STATIONERY

Lee’s Specialty, Bloomfield Township; leesspecialty.com

VINTAGE ANTIQUES (TIE)

Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti; materialsunlimited.com
Oddfellows Antiques, Berkley; oddfellowsantiques.com

ACCESSORIES

Lace Boutique, Troy; 248-740-5500

FARMERS MARKET

CITY

Eastern Market, easternmarket.com

SUBURB

Royal Oak Farmers Market, ci.royal-oak.mi.us

CANDY SHOP

Doc Sweets’ Candy Co., Clawson; docsweets.com

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Champane’s Wine Cellars, Warren; champanes.com

PLACE TO BUY LOCAL CRAFTS (TIE)

Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley; yellowdoorartmarket.com

The Rust Belt Market, Ferndale; rustbeltmarket.com

PLACE TO BUY A CAKE

Holiday Market, Royal Oak; holiday-market.com

FINE SPIRITS SHOP

Champane’s Wine Cellars, Warren; champanes.com

GIFT SHOP

Catching Fireflies, Berkley and Rochester; catchingfireflies.com

NURSERY/GREENHOUSE

Planterra, West Bloomfield; planterra.com

JEWELER

SINGLE LOCATION

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; minersden.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, tappers.com

ESTATE JEWELRY

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, tappers.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; minersden.com

STORE FOR PRODUCE (TIE)

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, ninosalvaggio.com

Randazzo Fresh Market; randazzofreshmarket.com

PLACE TO BUY APPLIANCES

CHAIN

ABC Warehouse, abcwarehouse.com

LOCAL CHAIN

Sargent Appliance, sargentappliance.com

WINE STORE

MACOMB COUNTY

Champane’s Wine Cellars, Warren; champanes.com

OAKLAND COUNTY

Cloverleaf, Royal Oak; cloverleafwine.com

WAYNE COUNTY (TIE)

Merchant’s Fine Wine, Dearborn; merchantsfinewine.com
Cost Plus Eastern Market, Detroit; 313-259-3845

FABRIC STORE

Haberman Fabrics, Royal Oak; habermanfabrics.com

INDEPENDENT HARDWARE

Frentz & Sons Hardware, Royal Oak; frentzandsons.com

SALVAGE FURNISHINGS

Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti; materialsunlimited.com

NEW BOOK SELECTION (INDEPENDENT)

The Book Beat, Oak Park; thebookbeat.com

USED BOOKSTORE

John K. King, Downtown Detroit; rarebooklink.com

CLOTHING RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP

Bellocchio Upscale Resale, Royal Oak; bellocchioresale.com

ETHNIC FOOD MARKET

Honey Bee Market La Colmena, Southwest Detroit; honeybeemkt.com

PLACE TO BUY A BICYCLE

CITY

Shinola, shinola.com

SUBURB (TIE)

D&D Bicycles, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS; ddbicyclesandhockey.com
Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, Ferndale; downtownferndalebikeshop.com

PLACE TO BUY SPORTS EQUIPMENT

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Dick’s, dickssportinggoods.com

SINGLE LOCATION

The Varsity Shop, Birmingham; thevarsityshop.com

DETROIT SOUVENIR

The Detroit Shoppe, detroitmovesme.com

OPTICAL SHOP

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS (TIE)

See Eyewear, seeeyewear.com
DOC Optics, docoptics.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Roland Optics, Bloomfield Hills; rolandoptics.com

PLACE TO BUY TOYS

Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley; dollhospital.com

SHOPPING DISTRICT

Downtown Birmingham, enjoybirmingham.com

SMOKE SHOP

Churchills, Birmingham and Southfield; churchillsltd.com

PLACE TO BUY ORIGINAL ART (TIE)

BluArch Collection, Birmingham; bluarchcollection.com
David Klein Gallery, Birmingham; dkgallery.com
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham; robertkiddgallery.com

PET SUPPLY

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Pet Supplies Plus, petsuppliesplus.com

SINGLE LOCATION

Premier Pet Supply, Beverly Hills; premierpetsupply.com

PLACE TO BUY ELECTRONICS — NONCHAIN

Paulson’s Audio & Video, Farmington Hills; paulsonsav.com

 BEER STORE

Champane’s Wine Cellars, Warren; champanes.com

 COMIC BOOK STORE

Detroit Comics, Ferndale; thedetroitcomics.wordpress.com

 


 

Food // People // Leisure // Services // Shopping // Media // Etc.

LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Detroit Free Press, freep.com

LOCAL RADIO STATION

101.9-FM WDET, wdet.org

LOCAL TV NEWSCAST

WDIV-Channel 4, clickondetroit.com

LOCAL RADIO NEWS

WWJ 950-AM, cbslocal.com

RADIO VOICE

Marty Bufalini WWJ-AM 950

THE BEST PLAYLIST (TIE)

WRCJ-FM 90.9 Classical Days. Jazzy Nights
CIDR-FM 93.9 The River

TRAFFIC REPORTER

Marty Bufalini, WWJ-AM 950

SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY

Dan Dickerson, Tigers Radio Network

MALE NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

FEMALE NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press

LOCAL WEBSITE

clickondetroit.com

LOCAL MALE TV ANCHOR

Devin Scillian, WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL FEMALE TV ANCHOR (TIE)

Carmen Harlan, WDIV-Channel 4
Rhonda Walker, WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL TALK-RADIO HOST

Craig Fahle, 101.9-FM WDET

LOCAL SPORTSCASTER

Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV-Channel 4

WEATHERCASTER

Chuck Gaidica, WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL RADIO DJ

Mojo, Channel 955 (WKQI 95.5-FM)

RADIO PROGRAM

Dave & Chuck the Freak, 101 WRIF-FM

 


 

Food // People // Leisure // Services // Shopping // Media // Etc.

DETROIT/DOMESTIC AUTOMAKER

Ford Motor Co.

DETROIT CAR BRAND — AUTOMAKER

Ford

DETROIT CAR BRAND — DIVISION

Ford

DETROIT CAR MODEL (TIE)

Mustang
Corvette

DOWNTOWN SKYSCRAPER

Renaissance Center, gmrencen.com

DETROIT CLICHÉ TO BAN (TIE)

Murder Capital
Ruin Porn

BEST LOFT BUILDING

Willys Overland Lofts, Midtown Detroit; willysoverlandlofts.com

BEST SIGN OF A DETROIT COMEBACK (TIE)

Midtown Revival
New Mayor Mike Duggan

PRIVATE CLUB

CITY

Detroit Athletic Club, thedac.com

SUBURB

The Village Club, Bloomfield Hills; thevillageclub.org

HOTEL

CITY

Westin Book Cadillac, bookcadillacwestin.com

SUBURB

The Townsend, Birmingham; townsendhotel.com

BUILDING WORTH SAVING

Michigan Central Train Station, Corktown Detroit

INNER-RING SUBURB

Ferndale

NATIONAL CHAIN WE WISH WE HAD HERE

In-N-Out Burger

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