In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Feb. 7-11)

JoJo’s ShakeBar is coming to Detroit, the end of the trucker protest at the Ambassador Bridge could be in sight, K-12 mask mandates are being lifted in some counties, and Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique is opening another location
Jojo's ShakeBar
JoJo’s ShakeBar is opening a location in Detroit this summer. // Photograph courtesy of Olympia Development

An ’80s- and ’90s-inspired diner is coming to The District Detroit this summer.

Chicago-based chain JoJo’s ShakeBar offers a variety of milkshakes — such as Cupid’s Cocoa and “Biggie Shakes” — as well as classic diner fare.

Motown Museum receives a $1 million gift from Bank of America.

The donation is dedicated to the museum’s expansion efforts. Construction is underway on the museum’s second phase of expansion, which includes a new plaza.

The end of the trucker protest at the Ambassador Bridge may be in sight.

The protest, led by a group of truckers opposing vaccine mandates in Canada, has caused closures on exit ramps to the bridge in Detroit this week. Demonstrators began moving trucks to open one lane on the bridge. This afternoon, the Ontario Superior Court chief judge held a hearing to determine whether to grant an injunction.

Detroit rapper Babyface Ray is Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month.

Born Marcellus Register, the 31-year-old artist spoke with the magazine about his latest album, Face, as well as his career and roots.

Counties across Michigan are lifting their K-12 mask mandates.

Washtenaw County Health Department is the latest to lift mandates, following Oakland County. Wayne County is the only county in the state without plans to rescind its mask mandate. 

Jack White quietly launched an art and design website for his multimedia projects.

The site features sculpture, photography, and upholstery work that the Detroit native and lead singer of The White Stripes has worked on over the past three decades.

Hazel Park will become the sixth Michigan city to ban conversion therapy.

The ordinance will advance to a second reading at the city council’s meeting on March 8. Once passed at that meeting, the ban will take effect later that month.

Gov. Whitmer proposes a $74 billion budget recommendation.

If passed, it would be the largest budget in the state’s history. The spending plan includes money going toward education, infrastructure, and “hero pay” for frontline workers.

Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique is expanding to Detroit.

The Royal Oak-based sneaker store, owned by Roland Coit, is opening sister store Two18 on Feb. 18.

A deaf rapper from Detroit will perform during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show.

Sean Forbes will join headliners, including Eminem, on Feb. 13. This is the first time the NFL has incorporated sign-language performances as part of the halftime program.

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