Michigan Properties Added to Historic Places Registry & Other Top Stories

Read the latest Hour Detroit stories for updates on Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Michigan’s first Big Chicken location, and more.
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The intricately decorated interior of the First Congregational Church in Wyandotte is a significant example of the artistic craftsmanship of the turn of the twentieth century and was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year. // Photograph courtesy of Pure Michigan

19 Michigan Properties Were Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2023

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced 19 historic Michigan properties were given special recognition in 2023 through their listing in the National Register for Historic Places. Find out which locations made the list and take a closer look at the properties here in metro Detroit.

Where to Go for a Caribbean Escape

Need a break from the cold and grey winter weather? Explore an off-the-grid- eco-luxe resort in the Caribbean that would make a great destination for your next vacation.

An Inside Look at the Online Jewelry Store Vajzë

In 2014, Valentina Juncaj began the process of creating Vajzë — an online jewelry store named after the Albanian word for “girl” and inspired by the women in her life who always dressed to impress. Learn her story and how her shop came to be.

The Story Behind Royal Oak’s Renamed Hamer Finch Wilkins Park

In March 2022, Royal Oak renamed Beechwood Park, located on the east side of Crooks Road just north of 12 Mile Road, as Hamer Finch Wilkins Park. The park’s new moniker honors one of the first Black families in Royal Oak Township and offers a glimpse into the history of a pioneering family dating back more than 160 years.

Farmington Hills City Council Announces Demolition of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Farmington Hills’ city council unanimously approved a partial redevelopment of Hunter’s Square Shopping Center on Monday night. The approved redevelopment project will see the strip mall that houses Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, which is located on Orchard Lake Road near 14 Mile, replaced by a new “smaller footprint” Meijer grocery store.

How Haraz Coffee House is Creating Community

A café in Dearborn that adds an Arab touch to the traditional coffeehouse model also serves as a sanctuary in troubled times and has grown to include 12 franchised locations across the country.

Shaq Opens First Big Chicken Location in Michigan

Big Chicken, a restaurant chain owned by basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, opened its first Michigan location in Clio on Feb. 6. The restaurant, founded in 2018, is inspired by O’Neal’s home-cooked childhood favorites beyond chicken sandwiches and includes staples like crispy chicken grilled cheese, jalapeño slaw, hand-crafted ice cream shakes, root beer, and more.

Detroiters Weigh in on MDOT’s Reconnecting Communities Project

During urban renewal, I-375 wiped out a thriving Black community. Now the state plans to replace it, but many Detroiters are dissatisfied — and want the project to start over with their voices at its center.

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, Carhartt’s newest collection features sweatshirts and tees that encompass softness, comfort, and durability, on and off the job.

Metro Detroit Lenten Fish Fries

Lent is a 40-day period of prayer and fasting celebrated by most Christians, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday each year. During this time, Christians will refrain from eating meat, except for fish, on Fridays. Naturally, several fish fries are taking place throughout Lent in metro Detroit. Here are the details on some of those events.


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