Best of Detroit 2021

You voted. We counted. Now the results are in.
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Tamela Clarke (left), Brad Galli, and Nicole McAvoy are among the first-place winners who joined us at our faux soiree.

Our Best of Detroit 2021 list features more than 175 categories with winners from across the metro area. We wanted to celebrate in style after the year we’ve all had, so we threw a party — kind of. We invited some of this year’s first-place winners to (safely) stage the kind of swanky soiree we’re itching to attend. In the photos throughout this feature, you’ll see them dressed to the nines at The David Whitney Building in Detroit. 

Scroll down for more on these winners and to find out the other people, businesses, and places that made this year’s list. 

Arts & Entertainment // Detroit Life // Drinks //

Food // Media Personalities // Services

Arts & Entertainment

the family tradition band - best of detroit
1st place – Best band: The Family Tradition Band. Country-rock group The Family Tradition Band — yes, the name is a nod to Hank Williams’ 1982 hit — sets its standards high. Even during the pandemic, the group didn’t slow down, managing to perform about 60 outdoor, socially distanced shows last year. “When everything shut down, we took that as an opportunity to continue growing,” says lead guitarist and vocalist Kyle Palermino. “We wrote a lot of new songs during that time as well as invested a lot of time, money, and effort into building and bettering our show.”

Art fair

1st Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor 

2nd  Art in the Park, Plymouth 

3rd Arts & Apples Festival, Rochester   

Art gallery 

1st David Klein Gallery, Detroit, Birmingham  

2nd The Art of Custom Framing, Troy 

3rd Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham  


1st Kristy Robinett 

2nd B. Van Randall 

3rd Mitch Albom  


1st The Family Tradition Band 

2nd Vavoom 

3rd Killer Flamingos 

Club for live music

1st El Club, Detroit 

2nd (tie) Cliff Bell’s, Detroit 

2nd (tie) The Morrie, Royal Oak, Birmingham  

3rd Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit  

Comedy club

1st Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak 

2nd Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale  

3rd One Night Stans Comedy Club, Waterford Twp. 

Concert venue 

1st DTE Energy Music Theatre, Village of Clarkston

2nd Fox Theatre, Detroit 

3rd Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit 

Jazz club

1st  Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Grosse Pointe Farms 

2nd  Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Detroit

3rd Cliff Bell’s, Detroit 

Museum (arts)

1st Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit 

2nd Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills  

3rd Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit 

Museum (other) 

1st  The Henry Ford, Dearborn 

2nd Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit 

3rd Motown Museum, Detroit 

Theater/musical venue

1st  Fisher Theatre, Detroit 

2nd  Fox Theatre, Detroit 

3rd Detroit Opera House, Detroit 

Virtual museum experience

1st  Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research’s “Live at Five,” Bloomfield

@CranbrookCenterforCollectionsandResearch on Facebook 

2nd  Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

3rd (tie) Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit 

3rd (tie) Michigan Science Center, Detroit 

3rd (tie) Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit

Visual artist 

1st Alexandria Bishop 

2nd Kim Fujiwara  

3rd Ben Sharkey 

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Detroit Life 


1st MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit

2nd MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit

3rd Greektown Casino-Hotel, Detroit 

edo ramen - best of detroit
1st place – Best takeout: Edo Ramen. Edo Ramen House is metro Detroit’s favorite takeout spot for good reason. The restaurant is open seven days a week — with later hours on Friday and Saturday — and offers everything from its Magic Mushroom Ramen to its Kamayan Feast for two (or four) and sushi trays with Spicy Salmon Rolls and Cali Spicy Tuna for pickup and delivery. Specials, like Korean-style wings and vegan chili made with sausage from Detroit Sausage Co., also pop up from time to time.

Charitable organization 

1st Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit

2nd Gleaners Community Food Bank, multiple locations

3rd Academy of Dreams, Roseville

Cider mill 

1st Franklin Cider Mill, Bloomfield Hills

2nd Yates Cider Mill, Rochester Hills

3rd Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

Community service by a pro athlete 

1st Matthew Stafford, former Detroit Lions quarterback 

2nd (tie) Christian Jones, Detroit Lions linebacker

2nd (tie) Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings center 

2nd (tie) Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers first baseman 

Detroit Lions player

1st  Matthew Stafford, former quarterback

2nd D’Andre Swift, running back

3rd Barry Sanders, former running back

Detroit Pistons player

1st  Blake Griffin, former forward 

2nd Jerami Grant, forward 

3rd Saddiq Bey, small forward 

Detroit Red Wings player

1st Dylan Larkin, center

2nd Tyler Bertuzzi, left wing

3rd Anthony Mantha, right wing

Detroit Tigers player

1st Miguel Cabrera, first baseman

2nd Casey Mize, pitcher

3rd Matthew Boyd, pitcher  

Fitness class 

1st AFC Strong, Detroit

2nd  Retrofit Studio, Royal Oak

3rd CelyFit, West Bloomfield Twp.

Fitness trainer

1st Lindsay Holder of Hustle Flow Lab, Detroit 

2nd Brad Goodstein of Retrofit Studio, Royal Oak

3rd Chad Demchik of Next Level Fitness Academy, Warren

Food at a pro sports venue 

1st Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

2nd Comerica Park, Detroit

3rd Ford Field, Detroit


1st Retrofit Studio, Royal Oak

2nd Foundry 13, Beverly Hills

3rd Ohana Fitness and Wellness, Shelby Twp.


1st Shinola Hotel, Detroit

2nd The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

3rd Royal Park Hotel, Rochester

Movie theater (first-run)

1st Emagine Entertainment, multiple locations

2nd MJR Digital Cinemas, multiple locations

3rd Birmingham 8, Birmingham

Movie theater (art/indie)

1st The Maple Theater, Bloomfield Twp.

2nd Landmark’s Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak

3rd Detroit Film Theater, Detroit 

Private golf course 

1st Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Twp.

2nd Detroit Golf Club, Detroit

3rd Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak

Public golf course 

1st Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston

2nd Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center, Plymouth

3rd The Orchards Golf Club, Washington

Summer day camp

1st Born Yoga, Birmingham

2nd PBA Royal Performing Arts and Training School, Detroit

3rd Willoway Day Camp, Milford Twp.

Venue for a kids’ party

1st Born Yoga, Birmingham

2nd Great Lakes Culinary Center, Southfield

3rd (tie) Safari Playground, Walled Lake

3rd (tie) Troy Gym, Troy

3rd (tie) Zap Zone, multiple locations

tamela clarke - best of detroit
1st place – Best style Instagrammer: Tamela Clarke. Tamela Clarke is a personal stylist and the owner of Fashion Savvy Beauty Bar in Lathrup Village. She has also accrued a following of nearly 11,000 on Instagram, where she shares images of her chic outfits, manicure masterpieces, and artful eats. As you might guess, she lives and breathes style. “Fashion is my calling,” she says. “I love it because it allows people to express themselves without saying a word.”

Yoga studio 

1st Citizen Yoga Studio, multiple locations

2nd Yoga Shelter, multiple locations

3rd Born Yoga, Birmingham

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1st Carrie Floyd of Great Lakes Culinary Center, Southfield 

2nd Rob Daleski of La Lanterna, Detroit 

3rd Pamela Allard of Liberty Bar, Pontiac 

Beer selection

1st Brown Iron Brewhouse, Royal Oak, Washington 

2nd Hop Cat, Ann Arbor, Detroit 

3rd Vince and Joe’s, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp. 


1st Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham, Rochester Hills 

2nd Brown Iron Brewhouse, Royal Oak, Washington

3rd Batch Brewing Co., Detroit 

Cocktail bar

1st Sugar House, Detroit 

2nd The Oakland Art Novelty Co. Ferndale 

3rd Bad Luck Bar, Detroit

Dive bar

1st Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak  

2nd (tie) The Old Miami, Detroit  

2nd (tie) Checker Bar, Detroit 

3rd Sneaker’s Pub, Ferndale  


1st Valentine Distilling Co., Ferndale 

2nd Detroit City Distilling Co., Detroit 

3rd Two James Spirits, Detroit 

Happy hour

1st The Sardine Room, Plymouth 

2nd (tie) Bobcat Bonnie’s, multiple locations  

2nd (tie) Liberty Bar, Pontiac 

3rd Roast, Detroit 


1st Liberty Bar, Pontiac 

2nd Soho, Ferndale 

3rd Pronto, Royal Oak 

Michigan beer

1st Bell’s Brewery  

2nd Founder’s Brewing Co.  

3rd Griffin Claw Brewing Co. 

Neighborhood bar

1st Kennedy’s Irish Pub, Waterford Twp. 

2nd The Side Bar, Royal Oak 

3rd Blue Skies Brewery, Auburn Hills 

Place to dance

1st The Clawson Steakhouse, Clawson 

2nd (tie) Boogie Fever, Ferndale  

2nd (tie) Marble Bar, Detroit 

3rd Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit 

Place to drink outdoors

1st Ferndale Project, Ferndale 

2nd (tie) The Monarch Club, Detroit 

2nd (tie) Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham, Rochester Hills  

3rd Blake’s Tasting Room, Armada

Sports bar

1st Art and Jakes, multiple locations 

2nd The Lodge, Keego Harbor

3rd  J’s Penalty Box, Ferndale 

Swanky bar

1st Candy Bar, Detroit 

2nd Bad Luck Bar, Detroit 

3rd (tie) Sugar House, Detroit  

3rd (tie) Evening Bar, Detroit 

donut cutter - best of detroit
1st place – Best donut shop: Donut Cutter. Donut Cutter is a quaint and unassuming Berkley donut shop, complete with an old-school diner counter. But don’t let the low-key atmosphere fool you — Donut Cutter is anything but simple. The shop offers more than 40 donut varieties, from classics like custard and vanilla sprinkle to the more adventurous Samoa, red velvet, and eggnog cake. But if you’re having trouble choosing, we recommend the classic apple fritter — one of the shop’s bestsellers.

Wine bar

1st Michigan by the Bottle, multiple locations 

2nd Motor City Wine, Detroit 

3rd The Royce Detroit, Detroit 


1st Youngblood Vineyard 

2nd Filipo Marc Winery 

3rd Detroit Vineyard 

Virtual bartender

1st Kristy Ratliff 

 @bartendingfromhome101 on Facebook 

2nd Melanie Mack

 @melaniemacktails on Instagram 

3rd Tara Jagodzinski

 Tara Jagodzinski on Facebook

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All-night eatery

1st O.W.L., Royal Oak 

2nd Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit 

3rd National Coney Island, multiple locations

Bagel shop

1st New York Bagel, multiple locations 

2nd Eastside Bagel, St. Clair Shores 

3rd Elaine’s Bagels, Troy 

Barbecue restaurant

1st Slow’s BBQ, Detroit 

2nd Bad Brad’s, multiple locations 

3rd Woodpile BBQ, Clawson, Madison Heights 

Best restaurant

1st  Andiamo, multiple locations  

2nd Three Cats Cafe, Clawson 

3rd Mabel Gray, Hazel Park 

Restaurant for breakfast

1st Toast, Ferndale, Birmingham 

2nd Breakfast Club, Madison Heights, Commerce Charter Twp. 

3rd Dime Store, Detroit 

Restaurant for brunch

1st Toast, Ferndale, Birmingham

2nd Rochester Brunch House, Rochester 

3rd Three Cats Cafe, Clawson 

Burger spot

1st Red Coat Tavern, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield Twp. 

2nd Hunter House, Birmingham 

3rd Shamrock Pub, Utica 

Cheap eats

1st Leo’s Coney Island, multiple locations 

2nd Green Dot Stables, Detroit 

3rd Hunter House, Birmingham


1st Matt Prentice of Three Cats Cafe, Clawson  

2nd James Rigato of Mabel Gray, Hazel Park 

3rd Angelo Loria of Vince and Joe’s, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp. 

Chinese restaurant

1st Mon Jin Lau, Troy 

2nd Hong Hua, Farmington Hills 

3rd Shangri-La, Detroit, West Bloomfield Twp. 

Coffee shop

1st Sabbath Coffee Roasters, Clawson 

2nd Espresso Elevado, Plymouth  

3rd Dessert Oasis, multiple locations 

Coney Island

1st Leo’s Coney Island, multiple locations 

2nd Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit 

3rd National Coney Island, multiple locations 

brad galli - best of detroit
1st place – Best sports reporter: Brad Galli. Getting to tell stories in Detroit is a dream job for WXYZ-TV sports anchor Brad Galli. In particular, he loves covering stories about young athletes — like Emoni Bates, who he says is destined for NBA stardom, and even students who have no plan to play sports past high school — and watching communities rally together around their teams. “I love seeing people come together,” he says. “Sports do that in a unique way, and we get to shine a light on that feeling every day.”


1st Vince and Joe’s, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp., 

2nd Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Hills 

3rd Stage Deli, West Bloomfield Twp.  


1st Vince and Joe’s, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp. 

2nd La Gelati, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn  

3rd Cannelle, Birmingham, Detroit  


1st O.W.L., Royal Oak 

2nd Side Street Diner, Grosse Pointe 

3rd Whistle Stop, Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge 

Donut shop

1st Donut Cutter, Berkley 

2nd Donut Bar and Coffee, Southfield 

3rd Dutch Girl, Detroit 

Fast/casual restaurant

1st 2941 Street Food, multiple locations 

2nd Penny Red’s, Detroit 

3rd Ima, multiple locations 

Food truck

1st The Lobster Truck 

2nd Jack’s Roadside BBQ 

3rd Detroit 75 Kitchen 

Restaurant for French fries

1st Hop Cat, Ann Arbor, Detroit 

2nd Social Kitchen and Bar, Birmingham 

3rd Townhouse, Detroit, Birmingham 

Greek restaurant

1st Pegasus Taverna, St. Clair Shores, Detroit 

2nd Kouzina, Royal Oak 

3rd Golden Fleece, Detroit 

Ice cream/gelato shop

1st Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak  

2nd Vince and Joe’s, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.  

3rd Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium, Ferndale, Detroit  

Indian restaurant

1st Priya Indian Cuisine, Troy 

2nd Rangoli Indian Cuisine, Auburn Hills 

3rd Noor Jahan Indian Cusine, Grosse Pointe Woods 

Italian restaurant

1st Da Francesco’s Ristorante and Bar, Shelby Twp. 

2nd Andiamo, multiple locations 

3rd Compari’s on the Park, Plymouth 

Kid-friendly restaurant

1st Leo’s Coney Island, multiple locations 

2nd Buddy’s Pizza, multiple locations 

3rd (tie) Bigalora, multiple locations  

3rd (tie) Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham, Rochester Hills 

Mexican restaurant

1st El Charro’s, multiple locations 

2nd Mexican Village, Detroit, Shelby Twp. 

3rd El Barrio, Plymouth 

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant

1st La Saj, Sterling Heights, Troy 

2nd Phoenicia, Birmingham 

3rd La Marsa, multiple locations 

Restaurant for Pho

1st (tie) Ima, Detroit  

1st (tie) Pho Lucky, multiple locations 

2nd Que Huong, Madison Heights

3rd Pho Tai, Madison Heights

Pizza place

1st Buddy’s Pizza, multiple locations  

2nd Jet’s, multiple locations  

3rd Green Lantern, multiple locations  

mudgie's deli - best of detroit
1st place – Best sandwich shop: Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Bar. Mudgie’s is best known for its signature sandwiches, such as the Leggo — a stack of salami, parmesan, roasted tomato, olive tapenade, and mayo, served on a warm Italian bun (that’s it in our model’s gloved hands). But the popular Corktown deli boasts an extensive menu, which also includes soups, salads, and desserts. If that’s not enough, Mudgie’s features a full beer and wine shop for finding whatever it is that pairs best with that Leggo you’re now craving.

Place to take a client

1st Andiamo, multiple locations

2nd San Morello, Detroit 

3rd (tie) Bacco Ristorante, Southfield 

3rd (tie) Joe Muer, Detroit, Bloomfield

Polish restaurant

1st  Polish Village Cafe, Hamtramck 

2nd Polka Restaurant and Beer Cafe, Troy 

3rd Polonia Restaurant, Hamtramck 

Pop-up restaurant

1st Street Beet, Detroit  

2nd Frame, Hazel Park

3rd Duo Restaurant and Lounge, Southfield 

Restaurant COVID-relief effort

1st Bobcat Bonnie’s, multiple locations 

2nd Andiamo, multiple locations 

3rd Brown Iron Brewhouse, Royal Oak, Washington 

Restaurant with a view

1st Joe Muer Seafood (in Detroit), Detroit, Bloomfield Hills

2nd  Highlands, Detroit 

3rd A Matter of Taste, Commerce Charter Twp. 

Romantic dining

1st Café Cortina, Farmington Hills 

2nd The Whitney, Detroit 

3rd (tie) San Morello, Detroit  

3rd (tie) Andiamo, multiple locastions 

Sandwich shop

1st Mudgie’s Deli and Bar, Detroit 

2nd Ernie’s Market, Oak Park  

3rd Tubby’s, multiple locations 

Seafood restaurant

1st Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills

2nd Lily’s Seafood Grill and Brewery, Royal Oak 

3rd Streetside Seafood, Birmingham 

Soul food restaurant

1st Beans and Cornbread, Southfield 

2nd Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit 

3rd Savannah Blue, Detroit 

Special-occasion restaurant

1st Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills

2nd Prime and Proper, Detroit 

3rd The Whitney, Detroit 


1st Prime and Proper, Detroit

2nd The Clawson Steakhouse, Clawson

3rd Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Roseville 

Sushi restaurant

1st Noble Fish, Clawson 

2nd Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak 

3rd Maru Sushi and Grill, Detroit 

Taco spot

1st Imperial, Ferndale

2nd El Charros, multiple locations 

3rd Whiskey Taco Foxtrot, Clawson 


1st Edo Ramen House, Royal Oak 

2nd Jennifer’s Cafe, Commerce Charter Twp. 

3rd Andiamo, multiple locations 

Thai restaurant

1st Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience, Macomb 

2nd Sy Thai, multiple locations 

3rd Bangkok 96 Restaurant, Dearborn 

Vegan/vegetarian restaurant

1st  Inn Season Café, Royal Oak 

2nd Seva, Detroit

3rd Street Beet, Detroit 

nicole mcavoy - best of detroit
1st place – Best realtor: Nicole McAvoy. Nicole McAvoy uses her 20 years of real estate experience and strong social media presence to find people their dream homes. But it’s likely her personal and passionate approach to customer service that’s earned her a Best of Detroit win for the fifth year in a row. “A lifetime of memories is created when you buy or sell a home,” McAvoy says. “I want my clients to look back on that experience with pure happiness.”

Virtual chef

1st Angelo Loria

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market on Youtube  

2nd James Rigato

 Mabel Gray on  

3rd Luciano DelSignore

 @luciano.delsignore on Instagram

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Media Personalities 

Detroit ambassador

1st  Mitch Albom  

2nd Paul W. Smith 

3rd (tie) Adrian Tonon

3rd (tie) Charlie LeDuff

Local politician

1st  Mike Duggan, Detroit Mayor 

2nd Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan 

3rd Rashida Tlaib, 13th District Representative 


1st Dave Rexroth, WXYZ-TV 

2nd Ben Bailey, WDIV Local 4 

3rd Brandon Roux, WDIV Local 4 


1st Detroit Free Press

2nd The Detroit News 

3rd Macomb Daily 

Opinion columnist

1st  Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press  

2nd Nolan Finley, The Detroit News 

3rd Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press  


1st The Robinett’s Nest with Chuck and Kristy 

2nd The Drew and Mike Show 

3rd The Homance Chronicles 

Radio DJ

1st Mojo in the Morning, Channel 95.5   

2nd Jay Towers in the Morning, WNIC 100.3 

3rd (tie) Ann Delisi, WDET 101.9 

3rd (tie) Dave & Chuck the Freak, WRIF 101.1 

Radio news reporter

1st Stephen Henderson, WDET 101.9 

2nd (tie) Jackie Paige, WWJ 950 

2nd(tie) Roberta Jasina, WWJ 950  

3rd (tie) Paul W. Smith, WJR 760 

3rd (tie) Frank Beckmann, WJR 760 

Social media star

1st Kevin Adkisson, host of Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research’s “Live at Five” 

@CranbrookCenterforCollectionsandResearch on Facebook 

2nd Ana Flavia

@michigantravelist on Instagram 

3rd Stacie René Zotkovich, former Mrs. Michigan

@stacierene_official on Instagram 


1st Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV Local 4 

2nd Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV 

3rd Justin Rose, WXYZ-TV  

Sports reporter

1st Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV 

2nd Justin Rose, WXYZ-TV 

3rd Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV Local 4 

Sports play-by-play 

1st Neal Ruhl, Oakland University Golden Grizzlies 

2nd Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings 

3rd Evan Stockton, Western Michigan University Broncos, Fox Sports Detroit 

Style Instagrammer

1st Tamela Clarke

@tamela.clarke on Instagram 

2nd Jon Jordan

@jonjordan on Instagram

3rd Katie Redmond

@covet.on.the.go on Instagram

churchill's cigar bar - best cigar shop
1st place – Best cigar shop: Churchill’s Cigar Bar & Bistro. Churchill’s Cigar Bar & Bistro is praised for its speakeasy vibe, modern-day amenities including big-screen TVs — a must-have for game-day hangouts — menu of fine-dining staples that includes wagyu steak and handcrafted cocktails, and, of course, its cigar collection. Locals can stop by this metro Detroit chain to pick up cigars from revered brands such as Arturo Fuente, Padron, and Romeo Y Julieta as well as stylish ashtrays, cigar cases, humidors and other accessories.

Traffic reporter

1st Kim DeGiulio, WDIV Local 4 

2nd Ali Hoxie, WXYZ-TV 

3rd Kellie Rowe, Fox 2 Detroit 

TV news reporter

1st Josh Landon, Fox 2 Detroit 

2nd Mara MacDonald, WDIV Local 4 

3rd Ryan Ermanni, Fox 2 Detroit 

TV news anchor

1st Devin Scillian, WDIV Local 4 

2nd Rhonda Walker, WDIV Local 4 

3rd Josh Landon, Fox 2 Detroit 


1st Emily Jean Fonville

Emily Jean Beauty on YouTube

2nd(tie) Vuhlandes

Vuhlandes on YouTube 

2nd(tie) Milena Ciciotti 

Milena Ciciotti on YouTube

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Antique shop 

1st Odd Fellows Antiques, Berkley

2nd The Lamb’s Tail, Armada

3rd Our Little Shop, Shelby Charter Twp.

Appliance shop

1st Sargent Appliance, multiple locations

2nd ABC Warehouse, multiple locations

3rd Witbeck Home Appliance Market, West Bloomfield Twp.

Auto dealership 

1st LaFontaine Automotive Group, multiple locations

2nd Matick Chevrolet, Redford 

3rd The Suburban Collection, Troy


1st Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd Cannelle, Detroit, Birmingham

Bike shop 

1st KLM Bike & Fitness, Birmingham, Rochester Hills

2nd Fraser Bicycle, Fraser

3rd Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, Ferndale 


1st The Book Beat, Oak Park

2nd John K. King Books, Detroit, Ferndale

3rd Source Booksellers, Detroit 

Bridal salon 

1st The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley

2nd Joy Abendmode Bridal, Royal Oak 

3rd Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor, Northville

Butcher/meat shop 

1st Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd Farm Field Table, Ferndale 

Cake shop 

1st For the Love of Sugar, Detroit 

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd Christine’s Cakes & Pastries, Shelby Twp. 

Candy store 

1st Mrs. Mason’s Co., Royal Oak  

2nd Doc Sweets’ Candy Co., Clawson 

3rd Sanders Candy, multiple locations  

emily jean beauty - best of detroit
1st place – Best YouTuber: Emily Jean Fonville. Among the hundreds of YouTube videos posted by Emily Jean Fonville — better known as “Emily Jean Beauty” to her 217,000 subscribers (aka “Jeanies”) — are makeup tutorials, try-on hauls, and daily vlogs that are both inspirational and relatable. “Emily, I love your videos so much,” writes a viewer in the comment section of one of Fonville’s spring/summer 2021 fashion videos. “You’re so real and don’t try to make it seem like you’re living a glamorous life behind a screen! Keep up the hard work!”


1st Mrs. Mason’s Co., Royal Oak 

2nd Bon Bon Bon, multiple locations 

3rd Sanders Candy, multiple locations   


1st Detroit Cookie Co., Ferndale 

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd Culinary Combo Bakery, Southfield

Cigar shop 

1st Churchill’s, multiple locations 

2nd Ambassador Cigars & Spirits, Troy 

3rd Robusto’s Cigar Bar & Bistro, Sterling Heights 

Comic book shop 

1st Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Detroit  

2nd Comic City, multiple locations 

3rd (tie) Green Brain Comics, Dearborn 

3rd (tie) Warp 9 Comics, Clawson 

Farmers market

1st Eastern Market, Detroit 

2nd Royal Oak Farmers Market, Royal Oak

3rd Oakland County Farmers Market, Waterford Twp.

Flower shop 

1st Viviano Flower Shop, multiple locations 

2nd Blossoms, Birmingham

3rd Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

Furniture store

1st Hunt & Noyer Furniture, Berkley  

2nd  Leon & Lulu, Clawson 

3rd Gardner-White Furniture, multiple locations  

Gift shop 

1st Leon & Lulu, Clawson

2nd Vitrine, Berkley 

3rd Catching Fireflies, multiple locations  

Gourmet foods

1st Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd Randazzo Fresh Market, multiple locations  

High-end clothing store 

1st Tender, Birmingham 

2nd  Leon & Lulu, Clawson

3rd The Peacock Room, Detroit 

Home décor shop 

1st Leon & Lulu, Clawson

2nd A Touch of Lace, Bloomfield Hills

3rd Cristions Fine Linen & Down, Birmingham 

Jewelry store 

1st Tapper’s, multiple locations

2nd Miner’s Den Jewelers, Royal Oak

3rd Elaine B Jewelry, Ferndale  

Kids’ clothing store 

1st Apple Blossom Baby and Décor, Grosse Pointe 

2nd Guys N Gals, West Bloomfield Twp.  

3rd Connie’s Children’s Shop, St. Clair Shores 

Lighting shop 

1st Ray Lighting Centers, multiple locations 

2nd  Michael’s Lamp Shop, Lathrup Village

3rd Brose Electrical, Livonia  

see eyewear - best of detroit
1st place – Best sunglasses: See Eyewear. See Eyewear provides an exclusive experience for shoppers. The company — which is headquartered in metro Detroit and has locations across the U.S. — offers its original handmade eyewear designs in limited quantities. It’s serious when it comes to style, calling itself the “purveyor of the most eclectic eyewear in the country,” and it’s got the track record to prove it. Along with making our previous Best of Detroit lists, See Eyewear’s funky frames have graced the pages of Oprah, Glamour, Essence, and People magazines.

Lingerie store 

1st Bra-Vo Intimates, Royal Oak 

2nd Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham 

3rd Busted Bra Shop, Detroit and Ann Arbor  

Cannabis dispensary 

1st Liv Cannabis Co., Ferndale 

2nd New Standard, Hazel Park

3rd Breeze, Hazel Park 

Men’s clothing store 

1st The Suit Depot, Oak Park

2nd George Gregory, Detroit  

3rd Tailored Detroit, Detroit  


1st Deneweth’s Garden Center, Macomb and Hartland

2nd English Gardens, multiple locations

3rd Bordine’s, multiple locations  

Optical shop 

1st Roland Optics, Bloomfield Twp. 

2nd See Eyewear, multiple locations

3rd Optik Birmingham, Birmingham 

Pie shop 

1st Achatz Handmade Pie Co., multiple locations  

2nd Sister Pie, Detroit

3rd Grand Traverse Pie Co., multiple locations

Place to buy art 

1st Leon & Lulu, Clawson

2nd Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley

3rd (tie) The Rust Belt Market, Ferndale

3rd (tie) Art Leader’s Gallery & Custom Framing, West Bloomfield Twp.

Record store 

1st Dearborn Music, Dearborn

2nd  Found Sound, Ferndale

3rd Flipside Records, Clawson

Skin care shop 

1st Bee Waxed Cosmetics, Pontiac

2nd Margot European Day Spa, Birmingham

3rd Face Skincare Medical Wellness, Bingham Farms

Sunglasses shop 

1st See Eyewear, multiple locations 

2nd Optik Birmingham, Birmingham 

3rd (tie) Shades Optical, Birmingham 

3rd (tie)  Roland Optics, Bloomfield Twp. 

Clothing & accessory resale 

1st Rotate Boutique, Bloomfield Twp. 

2nd Déjà Vu Upscale Designer Resale, Franklin

3rd Lost & Found Vintage, Royal Oak 

Furniture & home goods resale 

1st Vogue Vintage, Ferndale  

2nd (tie) Retro Rescuers

2nd (tie) Everything Home Upscale Resale, Royal Oak

Wine store 

1st Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Twp., Shelby Twp.

3rd (tie)  Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room, multiple locations

3rd (tie)  Plum Market, multiple locations

Women’s boutique 

1st La Vie en Rose Boutique, Wyandotte

2nd  Tender, Birmingham

3rd The Peacock Room, Detroit

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Auto detailing/car wash

1st Jax Kar Wash, multiple locations 

2ndMr. C’s Car Wash, multiple locations 

3rd Matick Auto Wash, Redford 


1st Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace, multiple locations

2nd Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Shelby Twp., Clinton Twp. 

3rd Skosh Catering, Walled Lake 

Cosmetic surgeon

1st Dr. Neal Sakwa of Sakwa Plastic Surgery, Troy 

2nd Dr. Charles Boyd of Boyd Beauty, multiple locations 

3rd Dr. Anthony Youn of Youn Plastic Surgery, Troy 

Day spa

1st Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham 

2nd Margot European Spa, Birmingham 

3rd Woodhouse Day Spa, Detroit, Rochester Hills 

Engagement/wedding ring design

1st Tapper’s, multiple locations 

2nd Miner’s Den Jewelers, Royal Oak 

3rd Jewelry Set in Stone, Chelsea 

joe muer seafood - best of detroit
1st place – Best seafood: Joe Muer Seafood. Joe Muer opened its doors in 1929 — the original restaurant closed in 1998, and local restaurateur Joe Vicari relaunched it as Joe Muer Seafood in 2011. Today, the eatery makes a point of living up to its more than 90-year history. “We take great pride in continuing the longstanding Muer legacy of excellence,” says marketing director Laura Zarro. “Our marriage of impeccable, five-star service and exquisite cuisine is second to none, creating a standard of fine dining in metro Detroit.”

Financial planner

1st Hantz Group, multiple locations 

2nd Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, Birmingham 

3rd Advance Capital Management, Southfield 

Hair salon

1st Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham 

2nd Legato Salon & Spa, Birmingham, Farmington 

3rd 6 Salon, multiple locations 

Kitchen design service

1st Kitchen NV 

2nd KSI Kitchen & Bath, multiple locations  

3rd Dillman & Upton, Rochester  

Cannabis provisioning center

1st Liv, Ferndale 

2nd The Patient Station, Ypsilanti 

3rd New Standard, Hazel Park 

Best place for cannabis delivery

1st New Standard, Hazel Park 

2nd Breeze, Hazel Park 

3rd Liv, Ferndale 


1st Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham 

2nd Breathe: Bodywork and Beautification, Ferndale 

3rd Margot European Spa, Birmingham 

Men’s grooming

1st Detroit Barbers, Detroit, Ferndale 

2nd Baus the Grooming House, Birmingham, Rochester 

3rd Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham 

Pet groomer

1st Peticured, multiple locations 

2nd Bark-a-Bout, Shelby Twp. 

3rd Bingo Pet Salon, Royal Oak  

Portrait photographer

1st Emma Burcusel Photography, Plymouth

2nd Sammy Mich Photo 

3rd Queen B Boudoir 

@queenbboudoir on Instagram  


1st Nicole McAvoy of Keller Williams Domain, Birmingham 

2nd Lucine Tarman of Tarman & Co., Birmingham 

3rd Sarah-Khan Williams of eXp Realty, Livonia

Salon for a blowout

1st Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham 

2nd 6 Salon, multiple locations 

3rd Red the Salon, Birmingham 

Salon or spa for a facial

1st Bee Waxed Cosmetics, Pontiac 

2nd Face Skincare Medical Wellness, Bingham Farms 

3rd Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham 

Salon or spa for a mani-pedi

1st The Ten Nail Bar, Detroit 

2nd Antonino Salon & Spa, Birmingham 

3rd Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham 

Special occasion venue

1st Bea’s, Detroit 

2nd Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River 

3rd Great Lakes Culinary Center, Southfield

Wedding photographer

1st Athornsphoto 

2nd Molly Grunewald Photography 

3rd Frankie Photography 

Wedding planner

1st A June Event, West Bloomfield Twp. 

2nd Hazel & Gray 

3rd Events by Raj Singh 

@eventsbyrajs on Instagram

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Shot on location at The David Whitney Building. Special thanks to Dolce Moda, Henry the Hatter, and Leah’s Closet.