Cristy Lee’s New Design Studio & Other Top Stories

An exclusive interview on Cristy Lee’s new Oakland County design studio, a new Italian-Mediterranean restaurant in Detroit, and more top ‘Hour Detroit’ stories this week.
Photograph by Ben Wagner Photography, courtesy of Cristy Lee/HGTV

HGTV’s Cristy Lee Opens a Design Studio in Metro Detroit

Cristy Lee may be known best for her television career — but recently, she added “metro Detroit business owner” to her resume. MotorCity Built, her newly-opened interior design studio and state-of-the art garage in Oakland County marries her passions for all things home and automotive.

14 Easter Dining Experiences in Metro Detroit

A family brunch or dinner on Easter is a tradition for many families, but having extended family over for a holiday celebration can be a lot of work. Skip the stress this year and let these 14 Metro Detroit restaurants cover your Easter dining plans.

New Series with Diarra Kilpatrick and John Smalley Premiered Last Week

Three episodes of Diarra From Detroit, a new BET+ original series, premiered on Thursday, March 21. The season has eight episodes, with one coming out each week, and stars its creator Diarra Kilpatrick — a Detroit native, Emmy nominee — as Diarra Brickland, a schoolteacher who is going through a divorce and is convinced her Tinder date isn’t ignoring her because he, of course, must have been kidnapped.

Southfield’s Bacco Ristorante to Remain Open for NFL Draft

Bacco Ristorante has announced it will continue to operate through April 28. The decision comes in part due to customer demand, and in part due to the anticipated increase in tourist traffic in metro Detroit from next month’s National Football League Draft, a spokesperson for the Southfield restaurant said.

Object Lesson: The Tiger Stadium Site

The corner of Michigan and Trumbull avenues in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit is an iconic symbol of Detroit sports history. It once served as the site of Tiger Stadium and is now the site of the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at The Corner Ballpark and home to Detroit PAL. In this installment of Object Lesson, we take a deeper dive into the history of the iconic site.

Fabio Viviani’s Adelina Opens Near Campus Martius

Adelina, a new Italian-Mediterranean restaurant from chef Fabio Viviani, who rose to prominence on Bravo’s Top Chefopened last week in the Bedrock-owned One Campus Martius building in downtown Detroit. Joining him in this collaboration are Marco Dalla Fontana, the former executive chef of Southfield’s Bacco Ristorante, which hosts its final dinner in April; and Gabriel Botezan, another Bacco alumni.

Afro Nation Detroit Releases Star-Studded 2024 Lineup

Afro Nation, an international music festival that made its Detroit debut last year, has announced its lineup of performers this summer, which includes big names like Rema, Kash Doll, Avra Starr, Musa Keys, and many others. Find more details about the August festival here.

James Beard Winner Alex Young Joins Lakeview Hills Country Club as Executive Chef

A renowned chef who made his name in Ann Arbor over the past two decades now joins Lakeview Hills Country Club and Resort in Lexington, a village located about 20 miles north of Port Huron along Lake Huron’s shoreline. Alex Young was hired as executive chef and will oversee the resort’s three restaurant concepts: the San Marino Lounge, the Tin Cup Bar, and the recently-added Emilio’s Prime Steakhouse, which opened last summer.

Oxford High School Shooter’s Father Convicted of Four Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter

On Thursday, March 14, James Crumbley, the Oxford High School shooter’s father, was found guilty on four counts of involuntary manslaughter for the murders his son, Ethan Crumbley, committed in 2021. The convictions come more than two years after the mass shooting that wounded seven and ended the lives of students Madisyn Baldwin (17), Hana St. Juliana (14), Tate Myre (16), and Justin Shilling (17).

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