Horseradish vodka, State of the State & More Metro Detroit Headlines

Get caught up on the biggest local news from last week including Detroit City Distillery’s new vodka, Oberon Day 2023, Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address, and much more.
Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery.

Detroit City Distillery announces new horseradish vodka.

Hometown Horseradish will be released on Feb. 3 and is distilled with fresh horseradish and 100 percent Michigan corn vodka. It is made to be the “perfect” addition to your favorite Bloody Mary recipe.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her State of the State address on Jan. 25.

During her speech at the state Capitol, Whitmer focused on topics including tax reforms, a plan for pre-K for all, universal background checks, safe storage laws, and red flag laws. Republican lawmakers and an Oxford school shooting survivor shared their reactions.

Bell’s Brewery announces date for Oberon Day 2023.

The craft brewing company has set March 20, the first day of spring, as the release date for its seasonal wheat ale.

StretchLab assisted stretching studio opens in West Bloomfield.

The “premier assisted stretching franchise,”  Stretchlab, has announced that it will open a new studio in West Bloomfield. It will offer a variety of personalized one-on-one stretching services including concentrations on what the client needs and head-to-toe deep stretches on major muscle groups.

Detroit author Aaron Foley’s novel could be picked up for an Amazon Prime TV series.

Amazon Prime Video has optioned the screen rights for Foley’s 2022 novel, Boys Come First. Emmy-nominated writer Chuck Hayward will write the pilot script.

Researchers at University of Michigan accused of conducting fraudulent experiments.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now! — a national watchdog nonprofit that investigates animal abuse and illegal activities at research labs — is calling for a federal investigation of researchers at the university for falsifying or fabricating data following experiments on rats.

The first Black woman to lead a Michelin-star kitchen is bringing pop-ups to metro Detroit.

Chef Mariya Russell made history when she became the lead chef at Kikko, an omakase restaurant in Chicago. After stepping down from that position and taking time for her wellbeing, she’s returning to the food scene by hosting three pop-ups at Freya and Frame.

Meet the metro Detroit native starring in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film.

Abby Quinn will star in the apocalyptic psychological thriller Knock at the Cabin, which comes out in theaters on Feb. 3.

The Kresge Foundation names its Eminent Artist of 2023.

Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd — an award-winning poet, essayist, biographer, editor, professor, and filmmaker — is the 15th Kresge Eminent Artist since the award was launched in 2008.

Michigan boosts funding to turn a historic Detroit auto plant into affordable housing.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved increasing a revitalization loan by more than $2 million for the redevelopment of a former Studebaker sales center, which is attached to the Piquette Plant.

This Netflix documentary tells the story of a Pez smuggler from Michigan.

The Pez Outlaw is about Steve Glew, a man from DeWitt who made millions by smuggling rare Pez dispensers from Europe to the U.S. The documentary aired on Netflix on Jan. 19

This Detroit-based snack food company makes potato chips based on local rappers.

We Eatin’ offers flavors inspired by Detroit artists including Icewear Vezzo, Peezy, and Baby Money. These chips are currently available in more than 250 stores.

Smokey Robinson to release first solo album in nearly a decade.

The “King of Motown” will release the nine-track album, Gasms, on April 28. Prior to the release, Robinson will be honored alongside Berry Gordy as the 2023 Persons of the Year at the annual MusiCares event, in February in Los Angeles.

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