A New Italian Pop-up Bar, our 2022 Gift Guide, & More Metro Detroit News

Catch up on some of the biggest headlines in metro Detroit including December dining news, this year’s gift guide, two upcoming holiday events, and much more.
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Detroit’s December dining news.

Get details on metro Detroit’s biggest dining news this month including a holiday pop-up bar returns to Ferndale, The Hudson Café expansion, and the return of Detroit Institute of Bagels.

2022 Gift Guide.

From fancy home goods and tech gear to the season’s trendiest clothes and accessories, here are more than 200 gifts for everyone on your list. (And in case you didn’t guess, we sought inspiration from the most iconic doll of all time to present them.


New Italian cocktail bar opens in Detroit.

Apt. Disco is located above Lost River Tiki Bar and offers the vibes of an Italian disco bar complete with black and white checkered floors, disco balls, a glass dome ceiling, and music from the ‘70s. The menu features about eight drinks that “showcase class and European aesthetic.”

New Order Coffee reopens at new location and under new ownership.

After closing during the pandemic, the popular café has reopened in St. Clair Shores. The new location still offers “cereal milk lattes,” cold brews, and electric-roasted coffee, and features walk-up coffee service, patio seating and pastries by Kristen Berger Martinez and Detroit Cookie Co.

Tests find dioxane pollution levels in Ann Arbor waters.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy released results from testing that shows levels of dioxane in waters that flow upstream from the area’s main drinking water intake. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency classifies dioxane as being “likely carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure.”

Michigan House approves replacing Cass statue with Coleman A. Young at the U.S. Capitol.

The resolution aims to replace the state’s statue of Lewis Cass, the second territorial governor of Michigan, with one of Young, Detroit’s first Black mayor.

A deer is spotted in Bloomfield Township with a Halloween bucket stuck on its snout.

A post asking for help rescuing the animal has been shared widely on Facebook and the Bloomfield Township Animal Welfare department has been searching for the deer.

New data management tool aims to help medically vulnerable Michiganders escape homelessness.

MDHHS is working on a standardized, statewide indicator to track an individual’s homelessness risk and their medical fragility. The system will provide the necessary information without compromising a person’s health information privacy rights.

A menorah lighting event returns to Campus Martius this month.

Menorah in the D will take place Dec. 18, the first night of Hanukkah. This year’s featured lamplighter is Motor City Cruise’s Ryan Turell, who is the first Orthodox Jew ever selected in the NBA’s G League draft.

The world’s tallest Kwanzaa kinara is coming to Detroit.

The 30-foot-tall monument will be erected in Campus Martius Park for the first time this year. It will be on display from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, 2023. A Motor City Kwanzaa celebration is planned for Dec. 26.

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