2024 Restaurant of the Year & Other Top Stories

Learn about Hour Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year, get details on Carhartt’s new women’s line, and other top stories this week.
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The open kitchen at Freya allows guests to hear the sizzle and see the energy that goes into each dish. // Photograph by E.E. Berger.

2024 Restaurant of the Year: Freya

The Detroit tasting-menu restaurant is located in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood and aims to make fine dining more accessible. That, coupled with its delicious dishes, dedication to the customer, and mini art gallery featuring local artists, earned it the title of Hour Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year for 2024.

Carhartt Launches New Women’s Spring Line

Carhartt, the popular Dearborn-based workwear brand, launched a new line of workwear for women of all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles on Feb. 1 with its Women’s Spring 2024 Collection. Inspired by the growing number of women in skilled trades, the new collection features sweatshirts and tees that encompass softness, comfort, and durability, on and off the job. 

Cristy Lee Returns to HGTV Amid Health Battle

Cristy Lee, a former Detroiter and home renovation expert, is returning to HGTV for the first time after being diagnosed with Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease.  A year after diagnosis, Lee is featured on Battle on the Mountain, airing Monday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. Here, she talks about her diagnosis and returning to television.

Celebrate Black History Month with These Local Events

From panel discussions and exhibits to film screenings and much more, here’s a look at what organizations and institutions across the metro Detroit area are doing this year to celebrate Black History Month 2024.

Meet Detroit Installation Artist Patrick Ethen

Light artist Patrick Ethen, who grew up in Kentwood near Grand Rapids, spoke to one of our writers about his colorful creations that dot the Motor City and how he shifted from architecture and engineering to an artist with a vision that uses light, color, and music.

Vigilante Kitchen + Bar Innovates as Recovery-Focused Restaurant

Vigilante Kitchen + Bar is more than just a restaurant. Executive Chef Aaron Cozadd opened the Midtown spot to shine a light non addiction in the culinary industry and to provide a place of employment for workers who are working toward recovery.

Crumbley Lawyer Shannon Smith on Defending the Indefensible

Back in 2022, Hour Detroit interviewed Michigan State University College of Law alumna Shannon Smith to find out how she went from her original plan of entering family law to becoming the defense for some of society’s most despised characters including Larry Nassar, Jumana Nagarwala (the Northville doctor involved in the nation’s first federal female genital mutilation case), and most recently Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of the Oxford school shooter.

Where to Go For a Caribbean Escape

Are you over the cold and gray Michigan weather? Winter blues transition to cobalt seas as we dodge the snow and ice in search of warmer temps. Here’s a few destinations in the Caribbean worth visiting on your next vacation.


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