Best of Detroit 2018

Celebrate the 2018 reader-voted best and brightest of metro Detroit
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Photographs by Martin Vecchio

Prop Styling by Erika Patterson

 


 

 

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Products provided by Margot European Day Spa, FACE, The Ten Nail Bar, Antonino Salon & Spa, and Detroit Blows.

Pamper Yourself

Meet the glam squad making metro Detroiters look good

 

Antonino Salon & SpaBirmingham From balayage color services to a proprietary product line, Antonino takes the prize for Best Hair Salon. antoninosalon.com

6 Salon, Birmingham and Royal Oak The salon’s locations excel at treatments and cosmetic services. Exceptional skills with heat styling and makeup application earned them both Best Salon for a Blowout (Multiple Locations) and Best Salon for a Makeover. sixsalon.com

Detroit Blows, Detroit Best Salon for a Blowout (Single Location) goes to a spot offering one service — a kickass blow-out. detroitblows.com

Margot European Day Spa, Birmingham From singles to those seeking a romantic experience, the day spa offers the Best Massage in town. margots.com

Beach House Day Spa, Birmingham At times, Detroit calls for a zen escape from a bustling city. Unwind at the Best Spa with cupping therapy, a full body scrub, or a relaxing sauna. beachhouse-dayspa.com

Todd’s Room, Birmingham As the Best Salon for a Makeup Artist, clients can count on this beauty haven for smoky eyes, a bold lip, full brows, and more. toddsroombirmingham.com

The Ten Nail Bar, Detroit Offering chic nail art and a glass of champagne with every service, here’s the Best Salon/Spa for a Manicure and Pedicure. thetendetroit.com

Detroit Barbers, The Best Independent Barber (Multiple Locations) vote goes to this shop, which offers traditional services and grooming products at its Detroit and Ferndale locations. detroitbarbers.com

Baus The Grooming House, Birmingham Local gents can book appointments at this dapper barbershop via an innovative app, earning it a well-deserved title as our Best Independent Barber (Single Location). bausgrooming.com

Face, Bingham Farms Whether your skincare concern is fine lines and wrinkles, acne, or dryness, this location is the Best Salon/Spa for a Facial. facebeautyscience.com

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
// Falcon Film Studios

WEDDING PLANNER
// A June Event

DRESSMAKER (TIE)
// Janna Coumoundouros & Matthew Richmond

CUSTOM FRAMING
// State of the Art Framing & Gallery, Ferndale

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
// Falcon Film Studios

SHOE REPAIR
// Frank’s Shoe Service, Birmingham, 248-647-3530

TAILOR/ALTERATIONS
// The Sewing Room, Utica

FLORIST
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Viviano Flower Shop
// SINGLE LOCATION: Lee Floral Design, Plymouth

CATERER (TIE)
// Forte Belanger, Troy & Celebrity Catering

DIVORCE LAWYER
// Jeffrey Abood, Birmingham

PET GROOMING
// Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township

HAIR SALON
// Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham

DRY CLEANER
// Huntington Cleaners, Huntington Woods

VETERINARIAN
// DePorre Veterinary Hospital, Bloomfield Hills

SALON FOR A BLOWOUT
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: 6 Salon, Birmingham and Royal Oak
// SINGLE LOCATION: Detroit Blows, Detroit

MASSAGE
// Margot European Day Spa, Birmingham

SPA
// Beach House Day Spa, Birmingham

YOGA STUDIO
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Citizen Yoga, Detroit, Bloomfield, Royal Oak
// SINGLE LOCATION: Explore Yoga, Troy

SALON FOR A MAKEUP ARTIST
// Todd’s Room, Birmingham

SALON/SPA FOR A MANICURE
// The Ten Nail Bar, Detroit

SALON/SPA FOR A PEDICURE
// The Ten Nail Bar, Detroit

SALON/SPA FOR A FACIAL
// FACE, Bingham Farms

SALON FOR A MAKEOVER
// 6 Salon, Birmingham and Royal Oak

BARBER — INDEPENDENT
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Detroit Barbers, Ferndale and Detroit
// SINGLE LOCATION: Baus The Grooming House, Birmingham

TRANSPORTATION/LIMO
// Corporate Cars, Detroit, 313-821-9298

GYM
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: The Barre Code, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Rochester Hills, and Royal Oak
// SINGLE LOCATION: Retrofit, Royal Oak

DOGGIE DAY CARE
// SINGLE LOCATION: Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Canine to Five, Detroit and Canine to Five, Ferndale

PLACE TO DOCK YOUR BOAT
// Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit

REALTOR (TIE)
// James Danley, Keller Williams & Nicole McAvoy, Keller Williams

AUTO DETAILING
// Detail Vehicle Appearance Specialists, Troy

CHILD CARE SERVICES
// Top Notch Child Care Concierge

CAR WASH *
// Jax Kar Wash

TRAVEL AGENCY *
// AAA Michigan

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Shot at Love & Buttercream’s Birmingham Location

Sweet Victory

A local bakery takes the cake (and the cookie, too!)

// By Lexi Trimpe

 

Love & Buttercream swept the dessert portion of this year’s Best of Detroit, taking home Best Locally Owned Bakery (Suburb), Best Cupcakes, and Best Cookies. The bakery makes all of its seasonal treats from scratch, without shortenings, oils, or preservatives.

Since opening in 2012, Love & Buttercream has steadily grown under the ownership of Brooke Wilson Vitale (pictured left) from a one-woman cottage business, to a multiple-location venture. “The community has really welcomed us with open arms since the day that we opened in Royal Oak,” she says. In 2016, the bakery opened a second, much larger location in Birmingham, which offers private parties and baking classes.

But even with so much growth, Wilson Vitale hasn’t lost sight of what’s important. “We try to focus on creating a customer experience for every customer that walks through the door and make them [feel] unique and special,” she says. “Whether they’re just getting a cookie or we’re designing an elaborate wedding cake for them.”

Visit loveandbuttercream.com for more information.

 

RESTAURANT FOR GENERAL EXCELLENCE
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURBMabel Gray, Hazel Park

RESTAURANT AMBIENCE
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURBThe Fed Community, Clarkston

PLACE TO HAVE DINNER BEFORE A SHOW
// CITY (TIE): The Whitney & Prime + Proper
// SUBURBOtus Supply, Ferndale

PLACE FOR NIGHTCAPS AFTER THE SHOW
// The Whitney, Detroit

VIEW FROM A RESTAURANT
// Joe Muer’s Seafood, Detroit

SUNDAY BRUNCH
// CITYDime Store
// SUBURBThe Fed Community, Clarkston

APPETIZERS
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURB (TIE): Bistro 82, Royal Oak & Otus Supply, Ferndale

ATTENTIVE SERVICE
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: Chapman House, Rochester

BEER SELECTION
// CITY: Hopcat Detroit
// SUBURB (TIE): One-Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale & Hopcat Royal Oak, Royal Oak

LATE-NIGHT DINING
// CITY: Honest John’s 
// SUBURB: O.W.L., Royal Oak

STREET-LEVEL WINDOW SEAT
// CITY: Parc
// SUBURB: Townhouse, Birmingham

INDEPENDENT COFFEEHOUSE
// Ashe Supply Co., Detroit

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: Café Cortina, Farmington Hills

FISH MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Superior Fish Company, Royal Oak

LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD BRAND (TIE)
// Better Made Snack Foods
// Farm Field Table, Ferndale

ICE CREAM PARLOR
// Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak

CHINESE
// CITY: The Peterboro
// SUBURB: Mon Jin Lau, Troy

PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH
// CITY: Dime Store
// SUBURB: Townhouse, Birmingham

FRENCH
// Bistro 82, Royal Oak

RESTAURANT DESSERT
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB (TIE): The Morrie, Royal Oak & GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

WINE LIST
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak and Shelby Township

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
// CITY: Selden Standard
// SUBURB: Vinsetta Garage, Berkley

BUSINESS BREAKFAST
// CITY: Dime Store
// SUBURB: Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills

GREEK
// Pegasus Taverna, Detroit and St. Clair Shores

INDIAN
// Rangoli, Auburn Hills and Sterling Heights

KOREAN
// Korea Palace, Sterling Heights

MEXICAN
// CITY: Mexican Village
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: El Charro
// SUBURB: Honcho, Clarkston

ITALIAN
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Andiamo
// SINGLE LOCATION: CITY: Giovanni’s / SUBURB: Da Francesco’s, Shelby Township

MIDDLE EASTERN
// Phoenicia, Birmingham

JAPANESE
// Ronin, Royal Oak

THAI
// Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience, Shelby Township

VIETNAMESE
// SINGLE LOCATION: SUBURB: Da Nang Restaurant, Clawson / CITY: Flowers of Vietnam
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Pho Lucky

Drinks provided by The Sugar House, Atwater Brewery, and Vivio’s

A Toast to the Best

We certainly like to enjoy an adult beverage once in a while. Here’s to this year’s winners.

// By Steve Wilke

 

Vivio’s Food & Spirits, multiple locations With eateries in Detroit and Warren, the perennial winner is still the champion for the Best Bloody Mary. viviosdetroit.net; vivioswarrenmi.com

Atwater Brewery, Detroit; Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham Close to home, it’s Atwater for the win for best Locally Made Beer (City). (Their labels feature art from “Best of Detroit” winner, Fine Artist, Tony Roko!) Meanwhile in Birmingham, Griffin Claw gets the nod for Best Locally Made Beer (Suburb). atwaterbeer.com; griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling Put a cork in it. Hour Detroit readers think this white is the best Michigan-Made Wine. cgtwines.com

Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo; Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids These two Michigan brewers gone big time have ended up in (bottle) neck-and-neck tie for Best Locally Made Beer (State). bellsbeer.com; foundersbrewing.com

Black Star Farms, Traverse City; L. Mawby Winery, Suttons Bay It was also a tie ball game for the Best Michigan Winery. blackstarfarms.com; lmawby.com

Two James Spirits, Detroit; Valentine Distilling, Ferndale Corktown’s Two James gets the nod for Locally Made Spirits (City), and Ferndale’s own Valentine Distilling is voted Locally Made Spirits (Suburb). twojames.com; valentinedistilling.com

The Sugar House, Detroit; The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale Searching for the Best Classic Artisan Cocktails? Hit up The Oakland in the suburbs, and The Sugar House in the city. sugarhousedetroit.com; theoaklandferndale.com

 

GOURMET MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Holiday Market, Royal Oak

24-HOUR RESTAURANT
// O.W.L., Royal Oak

MICHIGAN WINERY (TIE)
// Black Star Farms, Traverse City & L. Mawby, Suttons Bay

STEAKHOUSE
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: The Clawson Steakhouse, Clawson

BURGER
// MACOMB COUNTY: Shamrock Irish Pub, Utica
// OAKLAND COUNTY: Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak, 248-549-0300 and West Bloomfield Township,
248-865-0500
// WAYNE COUNTY: Miller’s Bar, Dearborn

VEGAN
// CITY: Seva
// SUBURB: GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

CREATIVE BREAKFAST
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Toast, Birmingham and Toast, Ferndale
// SINGLE LOCATION: Dime Store, Detroit

VEGETARIAN
// CITY: Seva
// SUBURB: GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

GLUTEN-FREE MENU
// GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

CHEAP EATS
// Green Dot Stables, Detroit

SANDWICH
// Mudgie’s, Detroit

RIBS (TIE)
// Slows Bar BQ, Detroit & Union Woodshop, Clarkston

CONEY ISLAND
// Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit, 313-964-8198

SUSHI
// Noble Fish, Clawson

SEAFOOD
// CITY: Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit
// SUBURB: Voyager, Ferndale

LOCALLY OWNED BAKERY
// CITY: Avalon International Breads
// SUBURB: Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak

FISH ’N’ CHIPS
// CITY: Scotty Simpson’s Fish and Chips
// SUBURB: The Lodge Grill and Bar, Keego Harbor

PANCAKES
// The Original Pancake House, multiple locations

SOUL FOOD
// CITY: Detroit Vegan Soul
// SUBURB: Beans & Cornbread, Southfield

SOUP
// INDEPENDENT: Russell Street Deli, Detroit
// CHAIN: Zoup!

PIZZA
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Buddy’s Pizza
// SINGLE LOCATION: Supino Pizzeria, Detroit

DELI
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince And Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Stage Deli, West Bloomfield & Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Hills

BARBECUE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Bad Brads BBQ
// CITY: Slows Bar BQ
// SUBURB: Union Woodshop, Clarkston

FRENCH FRIES
// INDEPENDENT: Hopcat, Detroit and Royal Oak

BAGELS
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: New York Bagel
// SINGLE LOCATION: Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit

CUPCAKES
// Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak

COOKIES (TIE)
// Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak & Detroit Cookie Co., Ferndale

DOUGHNUTS
// CITY: Dutch Girl Donuts, 313-368-3020
// SUBURB: Donut Bar and Coffee, Southfield, 248-595-8212

CLASSIC ARTISAN COCKTAILS
// CITY: The Sugar House
// SUBURB: The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale

BLOODY MARY
// Vivio’s, Detroit and Vivio’s, Warren

LOCALLY MADE BEER
// CITY: Atwater Brewery
// SUBURB: Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham
// STATE (TIE): Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo & Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

MICHIGAN-MADE WINE
// Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling

CHICKEN WINGS
// CITY: Sweetwater Tavern
// SUBURB: Detroit Wing Co., Eastpointe

DECK/OUTDOOR SEATING
// CITY (TIE): Selden Standard & Townhouse Detroit
// SUBURB (TIE): Chapman House, Rochester & Hopcat Royal Oak, Royal Oak

CARRYOUT
// Bucharest Grill, multiple locations

FOOD TRUCK (TIE)
// El Guapo & Nosh Pit

POP-UP DINING EXPERIENCE
// SINGLE EVENT: Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti at the Shelter
// ROTATING CAST (TIE): Frame, Hazel Park & Revolver, Hamtramck

RAW JUICE OR SMOOTHIE
// Beyond Juice, multiple locations

LOCALLY MADE SPIRITS
// CITY: Two James Spirits
// SUBURB: Valentine Distilling, Ferndale

Food provided by Dime Store, Toast, Dutch Girl Donuts, and Detroit Institute of Bagels

Rise and Shine

Start your morning off right with one of these winning breakfast spots

 

Ashe Supply Co., Detroit Winning for Best Independent Coffee House, this craft coffee roaster is revered for its small-batch brews, served in a cool, industrial atmosphere. ashesupplyco.com

Detroit Institute of Bagels The Best Bagels (Single Location) in metro Detroit can be found at this Corktown staple. Its dense bagels and flavorful spreads have made it a favorite amongst Detroiters (and Martha Stewart). detroitintututeofbagels.com

Toast (Birmingham, Ferndale) Looking for something out of the ordinary? The Best Creative Breakfast (Multiple Locations) in metro Detroit can be found at these colorful and eclectic locations. toastbirmingham.comeatattoast.com

Dutch Girl Donuts, Detroit Since 1947, this Palmer Woods mainstay has been churning out classic style doughnuts at ridiculously reasonable prices. Consistency is key, earning the location Best Doughnuts (City). 313-368-3020

Dime Store, Detroit Bringing home wins for Best Sunday Brunch (City), Best Place for a Business Lunch (City), and Best Business Breakfast (City), this downtown favorite is known for its from-scratch fare, classic cocktails, and lengthy local beer menu. eatdimestore.com — LT

 


 

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Funny Business

A local comedian on spreading happiness

// By Lyndsay Green


Ingrid Walton (a.k.a. Coco), is a trusted source for a good laugh. For years, listeners woke up to her voice on 105.9 Kiss-FM’s Mason & Coco in the Morning! Humor-lovers flock to her skits at venues throughout southeast Michigan, and she’s performed everywhere from bar mitzvahs to churches. “Have joke, will travel,” she says.

Coco’s ability to keep Detroiters laughing for over 25 years has earned the Highland Park native the title as this year’s Best Comic. But more than a comedian, she has a passion for bringing overall joy to peoples’ lives through humor and not-so-random acts of kindness. In addition to shedding light on often stigmatized subjects like menopause and mental illness — Coco finds that “humor is a buffer to talk about sensitive subjects” — she also operates Coco’s House, a nonprofit that assists men and women recovering from substance abuse, forges relationships with metro Detroit’s youth, and occasionally and anonymously, pays off property taxes for homeowners at risk of losing their homes. “I’m learning that my gift is helping people. It’s my passion and my purpose.”

Visit cocoshouse.org for more information.

 

DETROIT TIGERS
// PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera

DETROIT LIONS
// PLAYER: Matthew Stafford

DETROIT PISTONS
// PLAYER: Andre Drummond

DETROIT RED WINGS
// PLAYER: Henrik Zetterberg

LOCAL SPORTS STAR
// Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL CELEBRITY DINNER COMPANION
// Eminem

TOP DOMESTIC AUTO EXECUTIVE
// Mary Barra, General Motors

LOCAL LOUDMOUTH (TIE)
// Mike Valenti, 97.1 The Ticket & Geoffrey Fieger, attorney

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL POLITICAL DINNER COMPANION
// Mayor Mike Duggan

DETROIT AMBASSADOR
// Dan Gilbert

DJ (NON-RADIO)
// DJ Captn20 (a.k.a. Nick Haddad)

LOCAL COMEDIAN
// Coco

LOCAL BAND — COVERS
// Killer Flamingos

LOCAL BAND — ORIGINALS
// Ara Topouzian

BARTENDER
// Jacob Darmofal, The Sugar House

MAÎTRE D’ (TIE)
// Agata Lombardo-Bogel, Bacco, Southfield & Tiffany Best, Prime + Proper, Detroit & Jon Patrus Joe Muer Bloomfield Hills

CHEF (TIE)
// James Rigato, Mabel Gray & Reva Constantine, Great Lakes Culinary Center

SOMMELIER
// RETAILER: Ted Ross, Vince & Joe’s
// RESTAURANT: Jon Patrus, Joe Muer Bloomfield Hills

PERSONAL TRAINER
// FEMALE: Deborah Linley
// MALE: Brad Goodstein

LOCAL POLITICIAN
// TO RECALL: Gov. Rick Snyder

POLITICAL RISING STAR
// Abdul El-Sayed

INDEPENDENT STORE OWNER
// Jennifer Awdish, Everything Home

COLORFUL CHARACTER
// Tom Schoenith

CICERONE
// Zachary Typinski, UrbanRest

DETROIT FILMMAKER
// Derek Gauci

FINE ARTIST
// Tony Roko

BEST LOCAL AUTHOR
// Kristy Robinett

 


 

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Jen David Shot at Third Wave Music

In Tune With the City

 

Detroit is known for iconic musicians, but there’s a surprising lack of music stores. Third Wave Music, which opened in Midtown in 2016, is one of the few. While Third Wave won Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments (Single Location), it also offers repairs, lessons, and consignment services. It’s operated by owner Jen David (pictured), her husband Jeffrey Thomas, local musician Devin Gregory, plus teachers and repair technicians.

David’s love of music is life-long. “My upbringing almost makes opening a music store seem predestined,” she says. “My mom is a longtime manager of a metro Detroit music shop and my dad is a professional jazz pianist. Music was important to me from a young age, and when I moved to the city … I noticed the abundance of musicians and the lack of an all-in-one music store, kind of like the one I grew up in.”

But it was about more than demand, she explains. “Detroit is an inspiration in itself, musically and otherwise, and the players in this city deserve a convenient, community-focused, one-stop shop for the all the things they need to keep playing.”

Visit thirdwavedetroit.com for more information. — LT

 

PLACE TO BE FITTED FOR A SUIT
// INDEPENDENT: Claymore Shop, Birmingham
// CHAIN: The Suit Depot, Oak Park

WOMEN’S CLOTHING
// CITY: The Peacock Room, 313-559-5500
// SUBURB: La Vie en Rose Boutique, Wyandotte

WOMEN’S EVENING WEAR
// The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500

FINE ANTIQUES
// Odd Fellows Antiques, Berkley; 248-399-6098

PLACE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND DRESSES
// The Peacock Room, Detroit; 313-559-5500

VINTAGE CLOTHING
// Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak

BIG AND TALL
// Destination XL

MEN’S CLOTHING
// INDEPENDENT: George Gregory, Detroit
// CHAIN: The Suit Depot, Oak Park

ATHLETIC WEAR
// Co. 512, Royal Oak

LUXURY BED AND TABLE LINENS (TIE)
// A Touch of Lace, Bloomfield Hills & Cristions Fine Linen and Down, Birmingham

CUTTING-EDGE FASHIONS (TIE)
// Bird Bee, Detroit & Guys N Gals, West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-1260

LINGERIE
// Bra-Vo Intimates, Royal Oak

JEANS
// Caruso Caruso, Birmingham 

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
// Little High Fliers, Detroit

PLACE TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
// SINGLE LOCATION: Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods

BRIDAL GOWN
// The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley

GIFT REGISTRY
// Bed Bath & Beyond

PLACE TO BUY BRIDESMAID DRESSES
// The Dress Shop, Howell

PLACE TO ORDER WEDDING INVITATIONS
// Lace Boutique, Troy

FURNITURE STORE
// SINGLE LOCATION: Leon & Lulu, Clawson
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Art Van

PLACE TO BUY STATIONERY
// Write Impressions, Royal Oak

ACCESSORIES
//​ Lace Boutique, Troy

FARMERS MARKET
// CITY: Eastern Market, Detroit
// SUBURB: Royal Oak Farmers Market

CANDY SHOP
// Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Clawson

PERSONALIZED SERVICE
// Timeless Memories by MJ, West, Bloomfield Township

PLACE TO BUY LOCAL CRAFTS
// Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley

PLACE TO BUY A CAKE
// Holiday Market, Royal Oak

NURSERY/GREENHOUSE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: English Gardens
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Bordine’s, Rochester Hills & Telly’s Greenhouse, Troy

STORE FOR PRODUCE
// Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township

PLACE TO BUY APPLIANCES
// LOCAL: Bill & Rod’s Appliances and Mattresses, Livonia
// CHAIN: ABC Warehouse

WINE STORE
// MACOMB COUNTY: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// OAKLAND COUNTY: Old Woodward Cellar, Birmingham
// WAYNE COUNTY: House of Pure Vin, Detroit

FINE SPIRITS SHOP (TIE)
Hills Fine Wine & Spirits, Bloomfield Hills; 248-540-8200 Red Wagon Shoppe, Troy and Rochester

GIFT SHOP
// Freespace Decor, Ferndale

JEWELER
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
// SINGLE LOCATION: Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods

ESTATE JEWELRY
// Miner’s Den Jewelers, Royal Oak

FABRIC STORE
// Haberman Fabrics, Clawson

INDEPENDENT HARDWARE
// Frentz & Sons Hardware, Royal Oak

SALVAGE FURNISHINGS
// 28th and Chairs, Plymouth

PLACE TO BUY TOYS
// Toyology, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and West Bloomfield

NEW BOOK SELECTION
// The Book Beat, Oak Park

USED BOOKSTORE
// John K. King Books, Detroit

CLOTHING RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP
// Everything Home Upscale Resale, Royal Oak; 248-629-7010

SHOPPING DISTRICT
// Downtown Birmingham

DETROIT SOUVENIR
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Pure Detroit
// SINGLE LOCATION: City Bird, Detroit

ETHNIC FOOD MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Honey Bee Market La Colmena, Detroit

PLACE TO BUY A BICYCLE
// D&D Bicycles & Hockey

PLACE TO BUY SPORTS EQUIPMENT
// INDEPENDENT: The Varsity Shop, Birmingham
// CHAIN: Dick’s Sporting Goods

OPTICAL SHOP
// INDEPENDENT: Optik, Birmingham
// CHAIN: See Eyewear, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Rochester, and Troy

SMOKE SHOP
// Ambassador Cigars and Spirits, Troy

PLACE TO BUY ORIGINAL ART
// Art Leaders Gallery, West Bloomfield

Products provided by Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, The Peacock Room, The Claymore Shop, The Suit Depot, and Nordstrom

Glitz and Glam

Get dressed up for a night on the town with clothing and accessories from these local retailers

 

The Claymore Shop, Birmingham; The Suit Depot, multiple locations Gentlemen are in good hands at The Claymore Shop, winner of Best Place to be Fitted for a Suit (Independent), and The Suit Depot, Best Place to be Fitted for a Suit (Chain). claymoreshop.com ; thesuitdepot.com

The Peacock Room, Detroit With garments, jewelry, and more curated by owner Rachel Lutz, her two locations are a go-to for unique finds with vintage flair, nabbing The Best Women’s Evening Wear and Best Place for One-of-a-Kind Dresses. 313-559-5500

Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, multiple locations; Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods Taking home the gold, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is Best Jeweler (Multiple Locations), while Ahee Jewelers is Best Jeweler (Single Location). tappers.com ; ahee.com —EK

 

PET SUPPLY
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Premier Pet Supply
// SINGLE LOCATION: Cass Corridog, Detroit; 313-775-1018

PLACE TO BUY ELECTRONICS — INDEPENDENT
// American Jewelry and Loan, Detroit

BEER STORE
// 8 Degrees Plato, Ferndale and Detroit

COMIC BOOK STORE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Grand Rapids
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Detroit Comics, Ferndale & Green Brain Comics, Dearborn

AUTO DEALERSHIP
// George Matick Chevrolet, Redford Township

PLACE TO BUY ORGANIC PRODUCE (TIE)
Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township & Whole Foods, multiple locations

PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
// SINGLE LOCATION: Third Wave Music, Detroit // MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Guitar Center

GIFT WRAPPING SERVICES
// Talulah Belle, Rochester; 248-453-5054 

PLACE TO BUY RECORDS
// Found Sound, Ferndale; 248-565-8775

CHOCOLATE SHOP/CHOCOLATIER *
// Bon Bon Bon, Detroit and Hamtramck

PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S PLUS SIZES *
// INDEPENDENT: Hips Resale Boutique, Clawson
// CHAIN: Torrid

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LOCAL NEWSPAPER
// Detroit Free Press

LOCAL RADIO STATION
// 101.9-FM WDET

LOCAL TV NEWSCAST
// WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL RADIO NEWS
// WWJ 950-AM

RADIO VOICE
// Mojo, Mojo in the Morning, Channel 955 (WKQI 95.5-FM)

THE BEST PLAYLIST
// Channel 955 (WKQI 95.5-FM)

RADIO PROGRAM
// Dave & Chuck the Freak, 101 WRIF-FM

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
// Every Linear Mile

LOCAL RADIO DJ
// Mojo, Channel 955 (WKQI 95.5-FM)

LOCAL MALE TV ANCHOR
// Devin Scillian, WDIV-Channel 4

TRAFFIC REPORTER
// Kim DeGiulio, WDIV-Channel 4

WEATHERCASTER
// Dave Rexroth, WXYZ-Channel 7

LOCAL TALK-RADIO HOST
// Mike Valenti, WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket)

LOCAL SPORTSCASTER
// Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL FEMALE TV ANCHOR
// Rhonda Walker, WDIV-Channel 4

LOCAL TV TALK SHOW HOST (TIE)
// Jason Carr, Live in the D & Dr. Partha Nandi, WXYZ

 


 

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Clothing provided by Lululemon Athletica

Get Active

These Metro Detroit spots offer plenty of ways to get a move on

// By Emma Klug

 

Dequindre Cut, Detroit; Detroit RiverWalk, Detroit; Paint Creek Trail, Rochester Look to the Dequindre Cut and Paint Creek Trail for the Best Running Route (City) and Best Running Route (Suburb). The Dequindre Cut also tied with Detroit RiverWalk for Best Bike Trail (City), while Paint Creek Trail was named the Best Bike Trail (Suburb). detroitriverfront.org ; paintcreektrail.org

Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Township; Shepherd’s Hollow GC, Clarkston The more than 100-year-old Oakland Hills Country Club is this year’s Best Private Golf Club, while 27-hole Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club wins for Best Public Golf Course. oaklandhillscc.com ; shepherdshollow.com

The Loving Touch, Ferndale When it’s not hosting touring music acts, The Loving Touch, voted Best Pool Hall, is the place to be for a game of billiards. thelovingtouchferndale.com

Garden Bowl, Detroit The Garden Bowl is Best Bowling Alley. It’s also considered “America’s oldest active bowling center.” majesticdetroit.com

Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield With 13 air-conditioned courts available all year round as well as a teaching staff that has been internationally recognized, it’s no contest for Best Indoor Tennis Court. franklinclub.com

 

CONCERT VENUE
// OUTDOOR: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston
// INDOOR: The Fillmore Detroit

MICHIGAN VACATION SPOT
// Traverse City

CHARITY EVENT
// NAIAS Charity Preview

DIVE BAR
// CITY: The Old Miami; 313-831-3830
// SUBURB: Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak; 248-545-2235

FREEBIE
// Music at Campus Martius Park

NEW BAR
// CITY: Sports and Social
// SUBURB (TIE): Livernois Tap, Ferndale // JoeBar, Hazel Park

SPORTS BAR
// CITY: Sports and Social
// SUBURB: The Lodge Grill & Bar, Keego Harbor

WINE BAR
// CITY: The Royce
// SUBURB: Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak, and Shelby Township

JAZZ CLUB
// CITY: Cliff Bell’s
// SUBURB: Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Grosse Pointe

MALE GAY BAR
// Pronto!, Royal Oak; 248-544-7900

FEMALE GAY BAR
// Soho, Ferndale

NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
// CITY: Abick’s
// SUBURB: Sullivan’s Public House, Oxford

BAR FOR BUSINESS DEALS
// CITY: The Bad Luck Bar
// SUBURB: The Capital Grille, Troy; 248-649-5300

PLACE TO SEE AN ART FILM
// CITY: Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) at the DIA
// SUBURB (TIE): Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak // The Maple Theater, Bloomfield Township

POOL HALL
// The Loving Touch, Ferndale

PLACE TO SEE A FIRST-RUN MOVIE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Emagine Theatres
// SINGLE LOCATION: The Maple Theater, Bloomfield Township

BIKE TRAIL
// CITY: Detroit RiverWalk/Dequindre Cut
// SUBURB: Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County

PRIVATE GOLF CLUB
// Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills

ANNUAL SPORTING EVENT
// Tigers Opening Day

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE
// Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston

PLACE TO HEAR BANDS
// CITY: El Club
// SUBURB: Otus Supply, Ferndale

BOWLING ALLEY
// Garden Bowl, Detroit

SPECIAL EVENT VENUE
// Great Lakes Culinary Center, Southfield

SCENIC DRIVE
// CITY: Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores
// STATE: M-22

COMMUNITY THEATER
// Stagecrafters, Royal Oak

COMEDY CLUB
// Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak

MUSEUM
// DIA, Detroit

PICNIC SPOT
// CITY: Belle Isle
// SUBURB: Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
// CITY (TIE): Movement Electronic Music Festival // Detroit Jazz Festival
// SUBURB: Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, Royal Oak

LOCATION FOR A FIRST DATE
// CITY (TIE): Detroit Institute of Arts // Campus Martius Park
// SUBURB (TIE): The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak // Emagine Theatres

HAPPY HOUR
// CITY: Prism, Greektown Casino
// SUBURB: Bistro 82, Royal Oak

PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE
// Next Step Broadway, Birmingham

INDOOR TENNIS COURT
// Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

CASINO
// Greektown

RUNNING ROUTE
// CITY: Dequindre Cut
// SUBURB: Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County

CIGAR BAR
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Churchill’s, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Woods, and West Bloomfield
// SINGLE LOCATION: Ambassador Cigar & Spirits, Troy

CIDER MILL
// Franklin Cider Mill, Bloomfield Township

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION
// The Heidelberg Project, Detroit

 


 

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Detroit Dog Rescue shot at Greenfield Animal Hospital

Best in Show

Detroit Dog Rescue stands out among the pack

 

In 2017 alone, Detroit Dog Rescue — this year’s Best Local Charity — saved almost 300 homeless animals from Detroit Animal Control and provided free vaccination and pet wellness clinics to 2,000 homes.

“What keeps us going is the promise that one day, though education, outreach, collaboration, and dedication, we can make Detroit the no-kill city we know it can be!” says the organization’s executive director, Kristina Rinaldi.

With a team of more than 150 volunteers and fosters, the nonprofit cares for up to 125 dogs at a time at its Detroit facility, and works around the clock to train traumatized animals, provide programs for dogs in hospice care, and offer pet services to low-income Detroiters.

Rinaldi says a larger DDR facility will open in 2019, meaning even more “happy tails” are to be expected. But, in the meantime, donations, fostering, adopting, and volunteering, is always appreciated.

“We welcome everyone’s support,” Rinaldi says. “Our dogs need friends!”

Visit detroitdogrescue.com for more information. — EK

 

DETROIT CAR BRAND — AUTOMAKER
// Ford

DETROIT CAR BRAND — DIVISION
// Chevrolet

DETROIT CAR MODEL (TIE)
// Chevy Corvette & Ford Mustang

DOWNTOWN SKYSCRAPER (TIE)
// Renaissance Center, Detroit & The Guardian Building, Detroit

DETROIT CLICHÉ TO BAN
// Detroit vs. Everybody

BEST APARTMENT/CONDO/LOFT BUILDING
// CITY: The Scott at Brush Park
// SUBURB: The Harrison, Royal Oak

PRIVATE CLUB
// CITY: Detroit Athletic Club
// SUBURB: The Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

HOTEL
// CITY: The Detroit Foundation Hotel
// SUBURB: The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

BEST SIGN OF A DETROIT COMEBACK (TIE)
// The District Detroit/Little Caesars Arena & People (Walking Around, Hanging Out, etc.)

INNER-RING SUBURB
// Ferndale

NATIONAL CHAIN WE WISH WE HAD HERE
// In-N-Out Burger

BUILDING WORTH SAVING
// Michigan Central Train Station, Detroit

LOCAL CHARITY *
// Detroit Dog Rescue, Detroit

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Photography  Martin Vecchio
Prop Styling  Erika Patterson
Creative Director  Carolyn Chin Watson
Associate Art Director  Kelsey Parkinson
Photography Assistants  Joshua Clarfelt, Seth Kleinglass
Hour Media Staff  Stephanie Daniel, Melissa Burkle, Austin Phillips
Outdoor Locations  Eastern Market Corporation
Studio Location  Dayspace Studio

 

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