Top Spots to See Live Music in Detroit

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Top Spots to See Live Music in Detroit

If you love live music, you’re going to love what Detroit has to offer. Think about it for a moment. Detroit is where Motown originated. It set the bar high for today’s music scene.

Where Live Music Reins King

The top five spots to see live music being played in Detroit include:

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.

Image via Baker's Keyboard Lounge website. 

Image via Baker's Keyboard Lounge website. 

Enjoy the rich history of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge while listening to premiere jazz acts. The “World’s Oldest Jazz Club” is known for its intimate setting, which makes for excellent acoustics. Make sure to grab a drink from their unique piano-shaped bar and order some delicious soul food. If you’re looking for a laugh, go on a Monday for their free Comedy Night. Any day is a good day to stop by and soak in the incredible atmosphere of this historic venue.

The Shelter.

Image via St. Andrew's Hall website

Image via St. Andrew's Hall website

Located in the basement of St. Andrew’s Hall this venue has seen a slew of performances by no other than Eminem as well as the Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age. It has a rock bar inside of it as well as venues for techno and hip hop. It has a definite vibe that you don’t want to miss. Besides, you’ll want to share the experience you have with others who are into music just as much as you are. If you can get past the dankness of a basement venue, you’ll have great stories to tell to everyone you know.

Cliff Bells.

Experience the “spirit and song” of this venue located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Cliff Bells offers a full calendar of events where live music prevails. Listen to live jazz music, sip on a cocktail, and chow down on a gourmet dinner. Cliff Bells promises a “handcrafted experience” that you won’t forget!

Bert’s Market Place. 

Located in Eastern Market, Bert’s is a staple for great food, drinks and live entertainment each and every day of the week. Stop by Thursday and Friday for Live Jazz or pop in Saturday for some Blues. Discover the next rising star at their Open Mic Night on Sunday. With the diverse lineup, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Bert’s Market Place.

The Fillmore Detroit.

It wouldn’t be a trip to the city if it didn’t include the Fillmore Detroit. One of the most noted venues in the historic district of the city, it opened as a movie house and now provides visitors with unforgettable music experiences. There are a number of artists that have played in this famous venue throughout the years. If the famous chandeliers don’t impress you, the hardwood dance floors will. If you’re looking to experience everything music has to offer, this is the place to go to see your favorite musicians and bands perform. You’ll be taking in a part of the city’s history, which is a truly enjoyable experience in itself.

Image via The Fillmore Detroit Website

Image via The Fillmore Detroit Website

Make seeing live music in Detroit something you check off your bucket list quickly. If you love traveling and want to experience Motor City at its finest, you’ll want to see some of its best, local talent up close and personal. It will be something you never forget!

Reserve Our Venue for Your Live Music Event

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If you need a venue for your own show, contact J’Adore Detroit. We have options that work for different sizes of crowds. You’ll have an excellent place to showcase your talent any day of the year.

Contact us for more information so that we’re able to help you host a perfect event. We encourage you to look through our website to get a feel for what we’re all about. We want you to be 100% excited about the events we host and promote so let us know what we can do to make yours a success!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day right around the corner, there isn’t much time to think about gifts. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest items geared toward fathers. All you have to do is pick out an item that fits the personality of your dear Dad (or husband) and buy it. It’s really that simple!

Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas you can’t live without:

· A classic timepiece. The Shinola Bedrock is an exquisite piece designed with comfort in mind. It’s slimmer than other watches so that it fits well under formal apparel. Picture Dad in a suit or tux. This watch with its newly designed crown and texture dial looks as good as it feels to wear.

Photo via Shinola website. 

Photo via Shinola website. 

· A leather bag. It doesn’t matter what style of bag your Dad prefers, Shinola has one suited to meet his needs. There is the Rummel Backpack, the Large Carryall, and the E/W Messenger to choose from. Each has its own list of benefits. The oil pull-up leather helps distress the bags naturally which gives it a distinctive look that is rugged and unique. It’s the type of gift that provides years of use and enjoyment.

· A wrench or screwdriver set. Perfect for the Handyman in your life, the Shinola + Bondhus L-Wrench Set offers a variety of wrench sizes for all types of projects. It’s a moderately priced gift with a purpose. Each wrench comes in a different color to make it easier to see and use. The 12-Piece Screwdriver set with/Box is sleek and attractive. It comes with different types of screwdrivers that make project work easy. Even if the man in your life already has a set, he’d love to have this one because of how it’s perfectly organized.

· A leather scented candle. Detroit Rose’s manly scented Leather candle makes the perfect small, thoughtful gift. Its warm, musky smell is familiar to men. The candle combines the smell of mahogany wood, fresh hide, and tobacco to create a scent sensation that delivers each time it is lit.

Photo via Detroit Rose website. 

· A beard crate. A well-kept beard makes a great impression. That’s where The Beard Crate’s customizable Beard Crate comes in. Choose up to three bottles of Beard Elixir and three tins of Beard Butter with optional comb, mustache wax, beard shampoo and conditioner, and decal.

· The Will Leather Goods Silas Backpack. Available in multiple colors and perfect for wearing with a suit, this backpack comes with a lifetime guarantee. The vegetable-tanned bridle leathers add style and sophistication to the bag. It’s functional, sturdy, and attractive. It’s the type of present that withstands the test of time.

Photo via Will Leather Goods website. 

Photo via Will Leather Goods website. 

· A suit appointment or gift certificate for a custom suit. If the guy you love needs a new suit, here’s an idea that you don’t want to pass up. Book him a suit appointment at 1701 Bespoke or purchase a gift certificate so he can be custom fitted for the suit of his choice. Every time he gets dressed, he’ll remember the thoughtful gift you gave him.

Photo via 1701 Bespoke website. 

Photo via 1701 Bespoke website. 

· Batch Brewing Company Bottles to Go. For the beer drinker that can’t get enough of new batches, buy him Bottles to Go. Choices include Batch Brewing Company’s Second to Last Word, a sour ale, Empire Pale Ale, a pale ale, and Farewell Joe, a stout, among many other options.

Show Dad how much he means to you by giving him the perfect Father’s Day gift. The retailers mentioned here have everything you need to make it a day to remember. Get your gift for Dad today!

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The Best 5 Cocktail Bars for Happy Hour

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The Best 5 Cocktail Bars for Happy Hour

If you’re looking for a place to drink and hold a conversation after work, Happy Hour in Detroit offers plenty to look forward to. In addition to being held in some really cool locations, these daily events showcase the fine talent of bartenders and chefs throughout the city. Sample signature drinks and well-crafted menu items at a leisurely pace. There’s no hurry to get home when places like these exist!

Here are the five best cocktail bars for Happy Hour:

1.    Detroit City Distillery. Homemade liquor distilled onsite is a real crowd pleaser. That’s why so many people flock to this bar for cocktails. A small food menu makes the former Stroh’s Ice Cream factory the place to be during Happy Hour. Some of the signature spirits the distillery offers include Elvethea Gin, Peacemaker Gin, and Abarrare Gin. Small plates include Cheese with five cheeses with crackers, fresh fruit, fig jam, and pickled onion and Popcorn with truffle oil seasoned by sea salt and Sriracha.

2.    Grey Ghost. Enjoy some Midwestern hospitality at this cocktail bar. Whether you prefer your drinks shaken or stirred, there’s something for everyone. If you’re hungry, stay for dinner where you can order the Octopus Corndog, Jerk Chicken Wings or Bison Tartare among other delicious menu offerings. Don’t forget to take save room for dessert, too. Grey Ghost has plenty to offer, making this cocktail bar a favorite hangout.

3.    The Sugar House. 2017’s Year of the Cock[tail] celebrates a Chinese Zodiac themed-menu. If you’re looking for a fun way to unwind, this is how you do it. There are the 101 Classics, too, which feature the Air Mail which is made from old rum, lime, honey syrup, and cava as well as the Maple Leaf which is bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon. Ask about drink specials so you get to sample the finest offerings for less.

4.    Roast Detroit. Chef Michael Symon’s bar offers Happy Hour beverage service at 4 PM Monday through Friday. The food menu is served in the bar area 30 minutes after that. There are sandwiches, soups, chicken wings, and comfort foods such as Mac & Cheese and Rosemary Fries. All menu items are half off during Happy Hour. This gives you all the more reason to eat, drink, and be merry.

5.    The Skip. Enjoy some modern cocktails in the heart of Downtown Detroit. The Skip uses unique ingredients to add fresh takes on your favorite classic cocktails. Check out their fun and original drink recipes including Root Originals such as Just a Friend, Skip Old Fashioned, and Bar Fly. After drinks, explore the art of the BELT alleyway. Cocktails and art- what more could you ask for?

C’mon, get happy! The aforementioned list of businesses treat you right. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or visiting Detroit. Knowing where to get the best Happy Hour Specials is a gift that keeps giving. You’ll be able to recommend the hottest spots for drinks and appetizers to your family and friends.

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Sink Your Teeth into National Donut Day Detroit Donut Shops

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Sink Your Teeth into National Donut Day Detroit Donut Shops

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 gives you all the reason to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s National Donut Day, and retailers around the city are offering up hot specials that taste good. If you’ve been craving a specialty donut or desiring traditional glazed donut holes, you’re in luck. The city is full of buzzworthy baked goods.

Go ahead and sink your teeth into National Donut Day by exploring these Detroit donut shops:

  • Donutville. Enjoy all the classics that you’ve come to know and enjoy. This shop serves cherry fritters and honey dipped doughnuts. Best of all, it’s open 24 hours a day making it the perfect place to visit twice on National Donut Day.
  • Dutch Girl Donuts. A family-owned business that has been in operation since 1947, this donut shops makes every ingredient, including its flour, by hand. It’s known for serving some of the best glazed creations in town. It now accepts credit and debit cards, too, making it easy to purchase and enjoy a dozen of your favorite flavor varieties.
  • Dilla’s Delights. The uncle of the late J Dilla, a local hip hop artist, opened this organic donut shop as a way of paying tribute to his nephew. The donuts are one-of-a-kind, with some bearing the name of other musical talent such as Aaliyah lemon-filled.
  • Elias Donuts. Open around-the-clock, this shop satisfies big appetites with its supersized glazed donuts. It’s the perfect place to eat lunch at, too, because its sandwiches and shakes are delicious. Have a donut for breakfast and come back in the afternoon for the second meal of the day. Or, save your donut for dessert and have lunch here. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Southfield’s Donut Bar. If you’re looking for more unique flavors of fried dough to try, you’ll love this shop. Not only does it offer delicious options such as banana split, it even has a s’mores-inspired donut complete with marshmallow topping. The downside to eating at this location is that the donuts tend to be on the pricier end, and they sell out fast. You’ll want to get there early on National Donut Day to make sure that you get what you need to make it to the next day.
  • Rose’s Fine Foods. A location that sells donuts like no other, this shop takes the finest ingredients and turns them into delectable treats. It’s recommended to order at least one donut from this location. A featured donut is offered daily, and it is always something scrumptious. Some are topped with sweet raspberries while others appear to be dipped in honey. Whatever your preference may be, you’ll find something to enjoy at Rose’s Fine Foods. 

Get your sugar fix on National Donut Day. With so many options to choose from, you could do a donut crawl and discover which location has the best donuts in town.  You’re likely to discover some flavor combinations that you didn’t even know existed. That’s one of the most exciting things about branching out and trying something different!

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SPARK: Detroit’s Fashion Fête

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SPARK: Detroit’s Fashion Fête

Have an affinity for fashion and design? Want to kick off your summer with a party and support your community at the same time? Look no further than the Detroit Garment Group’s (DGG) second annual fundraiser, SPARK, being held at The Baltimore Gallery on June 9th from 7 to 11 p.m.

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With a mission to showcase the emergence and growth of local artists, The Baltimore Gallery is an all too perfect location for this year’s SPARK event. The open and creative indoor/outdoor space will highlight local designer displays and a live art presentation. Guests can also enjoy an open bar and tasty treats while making bids on high-quality and unique items situated around the gallery. In addition to the quiet auction, a raffle and some backyard games will be going down!

Need a sneak peak?! I might prepare for a friendly bidding war or two!

This year’s theme is "Detroit Garden Party". Guests are encouraged to dress in fashionable spring cocktail attire. The entrance fee is $60 and tickets are going fast. Get your SPARK TICKETS today and support Detroit’s fashion community!

Event proceeds go directly to the DGG, a non-profit organization focused on bringing jobs to Detroit in the fashion, garment, and cut and sew industries. More specifically, your support will impact the organization’s Fashion Incubator programming which launched in Midtown in 2015. The Incubator provides a workspace for designers as well as access to high-end machines/technology, mentorship, and business education. To learn more about DGG and its impact on Detroit, visit detroitgarmentgroup.org.

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Ciao!

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Ciao!

I’m sad (but also super excited) to say I’m signing off J’adore Detroit to spend the summer in Rome.

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Working with J’adore the past six months has been an absolute joy. Candice, Ashleigh, Emily, Allie, and Katey are a team of hardworking ladies who know how to have a fabulous time. I can’t wait to see how the company grows and changes and evolves. One thing I love most about Candice is that she’s always thinking about what’s next.

Thank you for reading my posts, I hope they have encouraged you to try something new in Detroit. I leave you with my Summer Bucket List, a compilation of things I will dearly miss while away for the summer.  

Fino alla prossima volta

(Until next time)

Boho Barbie

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New Spot Alert: Mama Coo's Boutique

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New Spot Alert: Mama Coo's Boutique

NEW SPOT ALERT!

Mama Coo’s Boutique, next to the Farmer’s Hand in Corktown, is filled with top-notch accessories for you and your home, endless chachkies, and stylish vintage clothes!

Photo from Mama Coo's Facebook

On my way to PJ’s Lager House for Brunch on Saturday, I stopped into the Farmer’s Hand to find a last minute Mother’s Day present. A bohemian chair caught my eye and I wandered into Mama Coo’s.

Photo from Mama Coo's Facebook

Instantly, I was overwhelmed by the amount of cute and very reasonably priced accessories and clothes. Before I knew it, fifteen minutes had past and my friends were waiting for me to order at PJ’s. I was only a third of the way through the store and I already had a basket full of things. I put my basket on hold and promised to be back after brunch.

After talking about the boutique for way too long at PJ’s, I made my friends come back to the store with me and they fell in love too!

Photo from Mama Coo's Facebook

Kay got a retro bikini ($17) that makes her look like she just stepped off the set of the Love Shack music video and a glamorous gold dress ($12) that’s red carpet worthy.

I found silver taurus earrings ($5) - which is a big deal for me because I usually find horoscope themed things to be tacky tbh. A fanny pack with a tribal print ($12). A leather belt with bead work and a silver belt buckle ($14). Last but not least, a very cool tribal looking necklace with turquoise accents ($16).

Naturally, the most fun part of any great shopping haul is wearing your new pieces that night to a party!

Photo from Mama Coo's Facebook


10/10 would recommend to a friend. Mama Coo’s is officially #JadoreApproved!

xoxo 

Sam Robinson

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Get Ready for These Exciting Inner State Events

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Get Ready for These Exciting Inner State Events

Brace yourself for the upcoming Inner State events taking place in 2017. There is plenty to see, do, and experience in Detroit. For example, May 27-29 is when the Movement Electronic Music Festival along with partner 1xRUN to host Hamburg contemporary artist 1010 (tenten) in Hart Plaza. He will do a visual takeover of the space and showcase the portal-like murals he’s best known for. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to see a hot street artist doing what he does best.

Part of Campus Martius will be transformed by the artist. There will also be live DJs as well as programming from Quicken Loans. The event is free and kid-friendly so feel free to bring the whole family to witness 1010 in action.

The artist is a fan of techno. It inspires his art. After visiting Detroit last year, 1010 wanted to come back and see what the city had to offer.

It’s a good thing he did because Detroit residents and visitors have an opportunity to see the artist in action. A big turn-out is expected for the free event. 1010 works out of a studio in Berlin, Germany when he isn’t in Detroit.  

More 1010 at the Inner State Gallery

If you can’t get enough of 1010, you’re in luck because his hand-crafted editions will be featured along new painting in “Fields,” a solo exhibition that opens on Friday, May 26th. It’s taking place at the Inner State Gallery. As part of the 2017 Artist in Residence Program, 1010 is a name Detroit is getting to know very well.

A New York Exhibit with Detroit Roots

If you’d like to check out Detroit Grind at New York City’s Rush Arts Gallery, you’ll see work from 1xRUN alumni until May 19th. Familiar names such as Olayami Dabls, Syndey G. James, Tiff Massey, Nic Notion, Tylonn Sawyer, and Rashaun Rucker make up this group exhibition.

The African American artists helped shaped the history of art in Detroit. If you have the opportunity to visit New York and check out their work, you’ll enjoy it. They give minority artists a voice as well as ownership of the stories that they experienced while living in the city.

Get More Information About the Inner State Events

To learn more about the Movement Detroit 2017 lineup, visit http://movement.us. You’ll find more information about the “Fields” exhibit on Facebook. You can express interest in the even by clicking on the Interested button or let others know you’re going by clicking the button that reads Going.

Make sure to visit J’Adore Detroit regularly for up-to-date information about the latest happenings around the city. You’ll find plenty of exciting things to do when you follow our blog.

There is something for everyone to enjoy in Detroit. It doesn’t matter if it’s music, art, tasting events, science fairs or festivals, you’ve got options when you follow the nightlife in the city. You’ll be the first in line for the hottest events of the season, and you’ll be able to brag to your friends about it.

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Movement Survival Guide

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Movement Survival Guide

Movement Weekend is a marathon.

Photo from Metro Times

Photo from Metro Times

We love you and want you to stay fabulous all weekend long. Prepare for 72 hours of Techno with our Movement Survival Guide.

Trust us, these are lessons learned from music festival's past!


Movement Survival Guide:

Start your day with a big breakfast- I am a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially before a day of drinking and dancing.

Dress to impress- have fun with it! My glam queen bff’s Izzy and Dakota are Movement veterans, last year their outfits were so outrageous they made the cover of Metrotimes! (check out that pic up there!)

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

Pace yourself- you have 72 hours to enjoy all Movement weekend has to offer. Don’t burn yourself out on the first day!

Sunscreen- Sometimes overlooked, sunscreen is the MVP of summer music festivals! Don’t forget to reapply.

Bring something light to get wet- One of my favorite festival tips, bring something like a bandana or light scarf you can soak in water. Putting a wet bandana around your shoulders can be a lifesaver.

Essential oil- A dab of essential oil will bring you new life half way through the day! If you’re feeling gross and sweaty a splash of lavender or eucalyptus will fix you right up.

If you get too hot cool off with a walk on the riverfront- A hop skip and a jump away, there’s a walk through fountain you can splash around in.

The party doesn’t stop! From Friday- Monday there is literally a party going on at all times. I highly recommend checking out a night into day party, it’s a Movement staple.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for secret sets- Detroit’s techno scene is notorious for secret warehouse raves.

Most importantly, take a few minutes to mindfully appreciate how freaking awesome Detroit is!


Even if you don’t have tickets to the actual festival, techno is everywhere in Detroit this weekend. Last year I skipped buying a wristband and pulled techno all nighters instead- you can sleep it off during the day!


Check out this extensive list of Movement Parties, thank you 6AM!

Party on!

-Boho Barbie

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Eastern Market Flower Day Brings Plenty of Beautiful Surprises

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Eastern Market Flower Day Brings Plenty of Beautiful Surprises

Flower Day at the Eastern Market offers something for everyone. The yearly event introduces the public to every type of annual, perennial, herb, shrub, and tree imaginable at prices that can’t be beaten. If you’re the lover of all things natural, you could get lost in what looks like a giant flower garden. You’ll need to bring lots of money with you because you’re not leaving until you’ve blown your budget.

A Day Full of Flowers and Fun

This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, May 21st, 2017. It takes place from 7 am to 5 pm and is free for the public to attend. Thanks to a partnership with the Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA), Flower Day is possible. You don’t want to miss out on the prices you’ll receive on flowers, bushes, trees, and shrubbery.

Stay on Top of the News Through Facebook

If you want to stay on top of the latest news about Flower Day, you can RSVP on Facebook for full updates. The event always takes place the Sunday after Mother’s Day. The location you’ll need to go to is 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207. You’ll find free parking throughout Eastern Market.

Arrive Early to Get the Best Parking

The Eastern Market Parking Garage on Riopelle Street as well as the large lots at the north corners of the market are available to park in. The lots are on Wilkins Street. Keep in mind that on the busiest days, you’ll have to look for parking. You can arrive early and beat the crowds in anticipation for the event.

Learn about the latest events and happenings by visiting the J’Adore Detroit page often. You’ll never run out of things to do in Detroit. In fact, you may want to buy a bigger calendar so you can write in all the events, festivals, concerts, and shows that take place in 2017.

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#JadoreApproved Summer Bucket List

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#JadoreApproved Summer Bucket List

Summer in Detroit is a beautiful thing, when the weather is warm the city is buzzing with energy and people are looking to have a good time.

Have your best summer in Detroit ever! 

Cross off each of the events on our summer bucket list and we promise it will be one for the books!



There you have it- 18 foolproof plans for a guaranteed good time! 

 

xoxo

-Sam Robinson

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WhateverFest 7!

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WhateverFest 7!

Whatever Fest is the epitome of Detroit’s music scene- a little grunge and lots of fun. On Saturday, May 20th over 40 acts will be playing from noon to 3 a.m. at the Tangent Gallery.

Pre-Sale wristbands can be purchased for $6 at The Bottom Line Coffee House or Third Wave Music in Midtown, Detroit. Wristbands will be $10 at the door.

Photo from WhateverFest 6

Photo from WhateverFest 6

Originally, Whatever Fest started as an annual house party at the Hyesta Apartments thrown by two Wayne State students, Brent Szczygielski and Sophocles Sapounas. Now in its seventh year, Whatever Fest is a legitimate festival at a legitimate venue- how Detroit is that?!

In addition to great music, you can expect food trucks, vendors and a lot of DIY art. Drifter Coffee will be keeping the concert caffeinated and Grillwich Tot Stop and Comfort Cafe will be serving delicious eats.

Photo of owner, Tyler Darko via What's Snappin Facebook

Photo of owner, Tyler Darko via What's Snappin Facebook

Detroit’s favorite fun and funky photo booth, What’s Snappin, will be on site. Live artists will be stationed around the venue doing their thing.

Bana Kabalan and Eleanor Oster are in charge of the installations, I can’t wait to see what the talented duo come up with. Their past work has been featured in the DIA’s Day of the Dead exhibit. Bana’s outfits are an art installation in themselves, talk about a Detroit style icon!

Shout out to all the friends playing! Make sure you see these very important acts!

12p - Matt Girardi

8p - Gray Bliss/Taxon Clade

9p - Five Pound Snap

930p - Martez

1130p - Moonwalks

12a - Lokye


Start summer the Detroit way by drinking too much PBR and Jameson at Whatever Fest 7- it’s whatever, man!

See you there!

Sam Robinson

 

*Cover Photo via Lane Hubbell

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MISCI After Dark is Hot, Bright, and Possibly Explodey

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MISCI After Dark is Hot, Bright, and Possibly Explodey

What do drinks and science have in common? Both can be found at MISCI After Dark this month. If you’re looking to have a good time by yourself or with a friend, this is the place to be. As long as you are of legal drinking age, you’re welcome to check out this exciting event which has a new theme each month that it is held.

The Michigan Science Center (MISCI) has a lot to offer its patrons. In fact, it’s inviting guests 21+ to take a night off to explore everything the center has to offer. Enjoy MISCI After Dark from 6 pm to 9 pm Thursday, May 18th, 2017. For $15, you’re able to participate in a ton of fun demonstrations, especially ones that you shouldn’t try at home.

Future After Dark events have the following themes:

·      Summer Solstice

·      Vintage Video Games

·      Science Royale

·      Life Nocturnal

·      Fight or Flight

·      Kinetic ‘80s

·      Winter Solstice

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Detroit in May. If you can’t attend this month’s After Dark event, try attending another later on in the year. You’ll find a full schedule of events on the MISCI website.

J’Adore Detroit is committed to bringing you the most exciting events in the city and writing about why they’re ideal. Having a culturally diverse, exciting social life is easy when you know where to go and what to do. There are plenty of things to see, taste, experience, hear, and share with others this year.

Make 2017 a year of exploration. You can attend the event on your own or with a group of friends. You’ll have a different experience each time you go. That’s why it’s important to get your tickets once they’ve gone on sale because these types of events sell out fast!

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 Ouizi Solo Exhibition

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Ouizi Solo Exhibition

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Opening Friday, May 26th, Detroit artist and muralist Ouizi unveils her latest solo exhibition Lucky Garden at Inner State Gallery. This entirely new body of work highlights Ouizi’s lifelong exploration into the neologism she has coined as “Chinese Americana.” Mixing nostalgic childhood memories with her own continually evolving floral imagery and hypnotic patterns, Ouizi will create a gallery-wide installation featuring more than 40 new works. 

“I am going to take the traditional white wall gallery vibe and turn it on it's head. Since this is my first solo exhibition at Inner State Gallery, I will be pulling out all of the bells and whistles to create an immersive visual experience,” Ouizi said from her studio in Detroit’s New Center Neighborhood.  “Most of the concepts I chose to highlight have been with me since my childhood, and others I only learned about because of the show. In several of these pieces I am revisiting old techniques with colored pencil and gouache for several the drawings, which I am very excited about. A few paintings will also have some sculptural elements."

Comprised of both two and three-dimensional works, Lucky Garden showcases the diversity of Ouizi’s skill set and ongoing dedication to her craft. Ouizi’s signature style references patterns found in nature, textiles and indigenous art, but through her exploration into her own heritage Ouizi pays homage to her lineage and invites the viewer into her dialogue between nostalgia and mark making. 

“The title Lucky Garden is a nod to a name that has been used by countless Chinese restaurants around the United States. You've probably eaten at one at some point in your life. Either in a Chinatown borough, or a town in the middle of nowhere off of HWY 80, it was likely the only Chinese restaurant in that town. May is also Asian/Pacific American heritage month I thought it fitting to center the concept of my show about Chinese Americana.  All and all, creating this show has been a great learning experience for me, and will hopefully be one for the viewer as well,” Ouizi added.  

 Click Here To Join The Advanced Collector's Preview For Ouizi's Lucky Garden

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Beckett on Board: A Little Magic in Corktown

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Beckett on Board: A Little Magic in Corktown

After a recent family getaway to the spiritual and equally stunning Sedona, AZ it felt only natural that we pop into Corktown’s Eldorado General Store during one of our first outings back home.  The stores ethereal yet earthy vibes are highlighted by a collection of stones, handcrafted goods, vintage threads, and unique trinkets.  It’s one of those places where it seems just about everything you see has a story or feels like a one-of-a-kind treasure – making it nearly impossible to walk out empty-handed.

During our visit to this beautifully curated, soulful shop, B scored a mini disco ball that he just had to have while I got around to talking to the super friendly folks that help run the joint. Thank goodness I did, too. Thanks to them my bleak social calendar is looking up. Here’s the scoop…

Eldorado General Store is co-hosting the Spring Into Corktown event that is being held this Saturday, May 20th.  The day’s lineup begins at 9 a.m. and includes activities that are fun for the whole gang! Start off with some light gardening, try a pop-up dance or yoga class, taste local bites, find a new crafty cocktail, or watch the statue unveiling ceremony. Oh, and bring the family ‘cause there is a Kids Corner, too! You seriously can't go wrong at this event, right?!

For more information and specific details surrounding the event, check out the Spring Into Corktown Facebook Page – be sure to say hello to some of our dearest #jadoreapproved pals, like Citizen Yoga, while you are there!

You better make sure Eldorado is on your list of stops that day, too.  Aside from housing all of the aforementioned eye candy, they will be hosting some special friends between 12 and 5 p.m. You can catch up with a few of our favorites like Pot & Box and enjoy some tasty sips crafted by Wolf Moon Mixer Cocktails.

See you there!!

XO

K + B

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#JadoreExclusive on the Phone with Prime + Proper

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#JadoreExclusive on the Phone with Prime + Proper

Prime + Proper is bringing a steakhouse of epic proportions to Capitol Park. 

Photo of Head Butcher Walter Apfelbaum via Metro Times

Photo of Head Butcher Walter Apfelbaum via Metro Times

Featuring an in-house butcher shop, invite-only basement bar, and custom steak knives for select guests, Prime + Proper is bringing big city exclusivity to Detroit. 

Naturally, we have some questions!

Who gets invited downstairs? What's up with the steak knives? What does an in-house butcher shop even mean? 

Beverage director, Adil Yamin, answers all our questions in this week's #JadoreExclusive.


Need to Know

Who // Talking to Adil Yamin, Beverage Director

Owner // Jeremy Sasson

What // Prime + Proper

Where // 1145 Griswold St. Detroit, Michigan

When // Summer 2017

Website


J'adore: What separates Prime + Proper from other steakhouses in the area?

Adil: "One of the things we’re really focusing on is the experience guests get. Not only in terms of what we provide, but hospitality and the decor of the space. The decor really rounds out the entire room and makes people feel special. It feels like you’re in London or New York."

J'adore: What about the decor makes it feel special?

Adil: "Everything has been custom made, that’s why we’ve been taking so long to open. Even the booths and chairs are custom. The decor will make people feel like they’re in a really special place; all the details, the light fixtures, where things are located, the wine placement and storage throughout the restaurant."

 

J'adore: Tell me about Prime + Proper’s concept

Adil: "It’s really in the name. Prime quality and proper service. We really focused on service a lot in our meetings. As we get set to open our main focus is hospitality- we want to elevate hospitality to the highest level we can push ourselves to."

 

J'adore: What is Cash Only?

Adil: "Cash Only’s vision is focused on hospitality, again, I can’t reiterate that enough. Cash Only is a victorian era cocktail bar underneath the steak house. As the name says, it’s Cash Only. It’s invite only. Instead of being a separate entity from the steak house, it’s an additional amenity. Having the beautiful experience of an interactive cocktail bar, and having a great time after you’ve enjoyed a beautiful dinner upstairs. The cocktails will pair with certain glassware. A lot of the glassware we’ve been sourcing has been from the victorian era. As it arrives into our office, it’s like opening up a Christmas present."

 

J'adore: As beverage director, what will be your role in the restaurant and bar?

Adil: "It’s really cool! I’m new to the company, I’m doing a lot of the administrative work and financial side of things. I find it to be unique and interesting. I do a lot of menu development and purchasing. I work on the bar design- I sat down with the design team, creative team, and marketing team, everything a director would typically do. When the restaurant opens, I’ll be spending a lot of time in the space, to begin with, making sure the cocktails are made how I would like them to be executed."

 

J'adore: How do interactive cocktails differ from your standard well?

Adil: "The goal is to interact with all senses- the way you see the cocktail, what it smells like, what the glassware looks and feels like- whether it’s glassware or a serving vessel. We’ve traveled around the country and parts of the world seeing new and unique techniques and trends out there. It is all really exciting putting our own personality on things."

 

J'adore: Will Prime + Proper guests be able to order the same cocktails served at Cash Only?

 Adil: "No. As of right now, Cash Only is designed to serve the style of cocktails that are developed for downstairs while Prime + Proper is designed to serve cocktails that are developed for the steakhouse. Since it’s an amenity to our steak house we want to keep it unique and not have any transfer, in terms cocktails at least. Personally, I would like to keep those downstairs and for the people who are being invited down and not take away from their experience downstairs."

 

J'adore: How regular do you have to be to get the invite to Cash Only?

Adil: "It’s not necessarily, if you’re a regular. The members are people who have been influential in the resurgence of the city. Or maybe it’s someone’s anniversary and we invite them down to celebrate. There aren’t any set rules as of yet, it’s an on the spot, day to day invite."

 

J'adore: How will guests be invited downstairs, how do you know when you’ve made the cut?

Adil: "We’ll be sending special invites to our members… I really don’t want to say what that’s going to be."

J'adore: Is that where the custom steak knives come in?

Adil: "The steak knives and the Cash Only Invites don’t necessarily have a link. Do I think some of those guests will have access to downstairs, yes. The steak knives are a whole other process."

 

J'adore: How will you keep guests from bugging to go downstairs?

Adil: "It’s not bugging. It’s not something we’ve looked into too much. It will just depend on how we want to control the environment and traffic flow that night."

 

J'adore: What inspired the idea for a separate bar?

Adil: "Cash Only is intended to really elevate the experience of the guest and give them something more than just going out to eat at a really nice restaurant. It’s really nice when you can go to a nice hotel and have a dining experience and then walk over to the beautiful hotel bar after for a drink and have a unique experience. That’s what Cash Only is like, you dine in a beautiful restaurant and can go downstairs to a beautiful bar- it adds to the interest, hype and again it’s an amenity to our steakhouse."

 

J'adore: What do you think guests will be most excited about?

Adil: "I really hope the hospitality. We’re spending so much time to make sure we give proper service- well executed French style service; not scripted and really genuine."

 

J'adore: What are you most excited about?

Adil: "Opening. (Haha) Everything! We’re doing something unique and spending so much time. Seeing the work come to life will be rewarding."

 

J'adore: How does the butcher counter play into it?

Adil: "We have an in-house butcher shop. Walter is our butcher, he looks like a butcher but he’s the cuddliest butcher you’ve ever met. There’s a dry age room and a butcher shop right next door to it with beautiful windows. Guests will pass by on the way to the restroom, it will be a wowing experience. Another thing that makes Prime + Proper unique is that we’re going to be butchering and dry aging in-house. Those things weren’t necessarily easy to execute especially since we haven’t built a place before with a butcher shop and dry aging storage."

 

J'adore: Do you have to eat at the restaurant to buy meat from the butcher shop?

Adil: "No, you’re able to purchase the meat we serve without eating in the restaurant. There’s a whole retail element to the restaurant."

 

J'adore: What other restaurants and bars have you worked for?

Adil: "I’ve worked for MGM for a little over four years and I’ve worked at Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails. I have helped with many conferences and events around the country i.e. Tales of The Cocktail, San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Portland Cocktail Week, Camp Runamok and many more. What’s more than working in bars is connections that you make while being part these conferences and events. You get to work alongside people from all over the world who work and run world renowned restaurants and bars. I am incredibly fortunate and lucky that I get to call them close friends and mentors and be able to reach out to them for anything that I may need. I actually hired one of our bartenders, Jonathan, through doing these conferences who moved to Detroit from New Orleans just to work with us."

 

J'adore: When will Prime + Proper open, is there a set date?

Adil: "I wish, no, we’re in the works of construction. Since everything is custom it’s hard to say when it’s going to be ready. I would love to say mid to late June, if we happen to go over it’s because we’re trying to make sure we’re not cutting any corners."

 

J'adore: What's planned for the grand opening?

Adil: "We will be doing soft openings before we really open the doors. First, we want to sit down and enjoy some bubbles with the team that’s putting this all together. In terms of the first day we're open, I haven’t thought about that yet."

 

J'adore: Is there anything else you would like J’adore readers to know?

Adil: "We have a wonderful team of people who are all working very hard on putting all this together. Culinary Director Michael Barrera, Executive Chef Ryan Prentis and Executive Butcher Walter have some amazing things in store on the food side things. Our Sommelier Liz Martinez and myself are hard at work to bring our beverage vision to life. A lot of what we’re doing we want to be a surprise for our guests. It’s one of the reasons we’re not sharing a lot with people right now but giving them something to look forward to. I want them to come to our space and be wowed by the service, food, beverages and the atmosphere." 


Talk about hype!

The concept is a lot to take in, Prime + Proper will be a fine dinning experience unlike anything we're used to in detroit. 

thank you, ADil, for taking the time to chat with us!

 

-Sam Robinson 

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Top-Tier Terraces

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Top-Tier Terraces

From a cup of coffee to cocktails, Everything is better outside when the weather's nice.

We’ve gone through the other lists floating around on the internet and narrowed it down to the top-tier terraces, in town. All of the following patios are #JadoreApproved and a certified good time.

Photo of Le Petit Zinc from Carried Away 

Photo of Le Petit Zinc from Carried Away 

Photo of TV Lounge from TV Lounge

Photo of TV Lounge from TV Lounge

Party patios:

Northern Lights

El Club

TV Lounge 

The Old Miami

Motor City Wine

Whitney Garden Parties

 

 

 

We have a small window of warmth, enjoy the sunshine while it's here! 

Cheers,

Sam Robinson

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Slow Roll on May 15th

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Slow Roll on May 15th

Join us this week May 15th at RecoveryPark - 5470 Chene. Registration begins at 5:30 PM and the ride will depart at 6:30 PM. You can register or renew your membership in advance online HERE. There is no longer a text check-in, all you need to do is register for the event on our website

We are no longer distributing physical membership cards onsite. Also, all Premium Member t-shirts will be delivered directly to your home address -- no t-shirts will be distributed onsite. 

Slow Roll will always continue to offer a Free Membership, because we never want to turn anyone away from our ride. However, we do have a Basic Membership Donation ($15 a year) or a Premium Membership Donation ($60 a year) option available. All Membership Donations go directly back into the nonprofit organization's operating costs, police assistance, insurance, and city permits. By donating you are eligible for the Membership Discount Program, which gives you access to exclusive discounts at local establishments. Click HERE to learn more and see our current partners.

Slow Roll is very excited to be partnering with RecoveryPark for this ride and bringing awareness to the work they are doing in the city. RecoveryPark is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2010. Their mission is to create jobs for people with barriers to employment. They believe in creating job opportunities for Detroit's residents by leveraging the city's underutilized assets: a large available workforce, abundant open space, access to fresh water, extensive infrastructure and a wide array of marketing and technology companies. 

Food trucks will be set up before the ride, so get your grub on with Detroit BBQ, Hero or Villian, and Ruckus Taco. We will have last year's merchandise on sale for a discounted rate, as well as a 2017 t-shirt and Detroit Street Apparel Co. merchandise available. Motorless City Bicycle Co. will be there for your last minute tune up needs.

There is plenty of street parking available in the area and we will have a lot open off of Chene. When parking please remember to never leave your valuables in your car. 

Stay tuned for details on upcoming rides and events by following our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Also, we are heading to a Detroit Tiger's game on July 6th -- the ticket gets you an exclusive Slow Roll/Detroit Tiger's Tee and a portion of the ticket price comes back to the organization! Get your tickets HERE

We can't wait to ride with you! Don't forget about our Code of Conduct, and stay to the right! 

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Best Outdoor Brunch Spots for Mother’s Day

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Best Outdoor Brunch Spots for Mother’s Day

Best Outdoor Brunch Spots for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time for you to start making plans for brunch. Where in the city have you not yet eaten? Is there a restaurant that you’ve heard good things about but haven’t tried? Don’t worry if you don’t have any ideas because we have plenty of hot spots picked out for you and your mom.

Detroit provides eclectic menu samplings featuring world class cuisine. Diners have their choice of special dishes and buffets at some restaurants. They can take their food outdoors and enjoy the scenery, too.

Here are the best outdoor brunch spots for Mother’s Day:

·      The Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor. Enjoy Courtyard dining from 9 am to 5 pm. Sleep in and take mom out for a late breakfast or early lunch. You’ll get your fill of delicious seafood at this highly recommended restaurant. Seasonal features bring the best fresh flavors from the area to your table. The restaurant’s brunch menu includes everything from Carved Ham and Roast Beef to Salmon Lox and Creamed Herrin. There are assorted salads, fresh fruit, and housemade breads and pastries to feast on. You’ll walk away from the experience full and happy.

·      La Dolce Vita. Offering the “Best Patio in Detroit,” this restaurant offers Sunday Brunch from 11 am to 3 pm. Diners can start with fresh seasonal fruit or a bagel with smoked salmon. The main courses include the LDV platter with choice of two eggs, seasoned potatoes, sausage links, and bacon, Shrimp Benedict with a toasted English muffin and sautéed spinach or Eggs Sardou which is eggs, artichoke hearts, and smoke salmon served on top of a toasted English muffin with Hollandaise sauce and seasoned potatoes.

·      Northern Lights Lounge. Voted Best Patio for Drinking, this brunch hot spots offers plenty of delicious cuisine for you to choose from. You and mom will have plenty to talk about over omelettes, French toast, steak and eggs, grilled salmon, or even the signature Northern Lights Burger. There are a number of sides, drinks, and even desserts to sink your teeth into. Sweet Potato Pie and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Pie are the perfect way to end a perfect meal.

·      Seva. Great for vegetarians and meat lovers alike, Sunday brunch offers exclusive dishes as well as the restaurant’s most popular offerings. Served from 12 pm to 4 pm, there are drink specials, too, that include Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Naufragar Sparkling Red. Some menu items that might be of interest to you include the Eggs Veracruz, the Vegan Veracruz, the Michigan Cherry Salad, the Reuben, and the Baked Mac and Cheese. Soup and salads are available. You can satisfy your crazing for breakfast or lunch with the massive brunch menu that this restaurant provides.

Make Mother’s Day an event to remember. You can dine with ease by making reservations in advance. Your mother will thank you for being thoughtful enough to consider the most popular restaurants in and around Detroit for her Mother’s Day celebration brunch. You’ll create a new tradition that lasts throughout the years.

 

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Citizen Takes Nicaragua

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Citizen Takes Nicaragua

Well – if you’re reading this – this means that we all made it back in one piece.  This year, Citizen Yoga collective retreated to Maderas Village in Nicaragua to get away from it all and re-connect with our individual self and make some new friends along the way. 

For anybody that has known me over the past six months, I’ve gone through a stage of an intense journey through working very deeply on myself.  It has been an amazing journey of connecting in a more meaningful way with my environment and the amazing people, friends, family, and clients that surround me. 

This retreat was a great way for me to reflect on the past six months and determine what the next six months are going to look like and entail.  With change, comes excitement but also uncertainty in where the future may lead.  I am learning to embrace this change and the tools to deal with the change in a more effective way. 

Playa Maderas (neighborhood of San Juan del Sur) was a wonderful, sleepy town filled with sunshine, waves, surfers, tacos, cerveza, calala (passionfruit), breakfast burritos, howling monkeys, catamarans, peace, and no rules to the road.  We stayed in a beautiful location overlooking the ocean in Maderas Village.  The spaces were very picturesque and lovely; unfortunately, the service was not as lovely and made for an unsavory experience at times.  Luckily, we were able to make this up elsewhere on our voyage.  The Village offered the pool at their other property – Bay House – so we frequented there quite a bit since it was so hot to cool down.  And the service was much better!  Julio makes the best Pina Coladas hands down – they ended up running out so we had to come up with our own drink – the Cando Colada.  Secret j’adore Detroit recipe!

A few highlights:

Sunday Funday: the famous Sunday pool crawl is supposedly one of the more fun days in San Juan Del Sur – but we missed that as we got in on Sunday and headed straight to the beach instead of going into town.  Some of our squad took surf lessons and really enjoyed that.  Lessons are a must for beginners as the surf is very rough. This time of the year is one of the best times to surf in Nicaragua, so we were in luck.  Watch out for the stingrays though! One of our unlucky campers got a little surprise while she was out hitting the waves! (true story)

Taco Tuesday: I had the best time at Hulakai hotel down the street however for Taco Tuesday (local night out with a DJ and great drink specials that can’t be missed if you’re in town).  The pool was beautiful and refreshing with great company.  The tacos were fantastic (el pastor was my favorite) and of course the beer was cold! There was a little putt-putt green as well which made for some fun.  Be prepared – the music can be heard far and wide. 

Catamaran Cruise:  This was such a fun day!  We arranged a catamaran through the hotel and headed off for an adventure of course.  We boarded the catamaran and immediately were served the most delicious Mai Tais and just basked in the sun and beauty surrounding us.  With 35 girls, it certainly looked like a music video shoot, so I’m sure our captain Christian had a pretty great day as well.  When we landed at the desolate beach spot, we all had to make a jump for it and swim to shore.  We frolicked on the beach for a few hours and then made our way back to the boat for snacks.  The boat crew was very accommodating and it was very clean.  This is HIGHLY recommended for a fun group outing.    

San Juan Del Sur: Do yourself a favor and head down to SJDS for the day and hang by the beach snuggled up to a beach bar.  You can go paddle boarding, wake boarding, boating, horseback riding on the beach, and peruse the shops.  There are a few local spas that look great but we didn’t get a chance to check out – Gaby’s Spa and Zen Yoga.  They were quick to respond via email re: available services.  We loved the cute and quaint Beach House- all white teak wood with funky patterns and colors – totally our style! We had a great happy hour and some appetizers then took a stroll down further to get a great sunset view.  It was magical when the sun started to drop in the sky and we were mesmerized by the way the beach sparkled in the light.  It was a great way to end the trip. 

Luckily, thanks to my friends at Lululemon (shout out to Alex!), I was outfitted to the nines with my yogi gear.  The new naked collection is my absolute favorite – I am wearing my army green ones as we speak on the plane and I don’t want to take them off.  The deep greens and plum purples that they have right now are gorgeous!   Some of the current trend tops are also a little peekaboo with fun back cut outs, mesh, and asymmetrical vibes.  Stop into Somerset and say hi to Alex!  Tell him you know j’adore Detroit for the royal shopping treatment that we always get when we are in store. 

Also, thanks to Kacee Must at Citizen Yoga for arranging this wonderful excursion for the Citizens and letting me come along for the ride to write all about it.  I needed some great, calm energy and that is exactly what I got.  The culture at Citizen is second to none and is truly a community that cares for one another and develops deep, true friendships.  I highly suggest you check out one of her studios in Royal Oak, Detroit, Bloomfield, etc. She is a force to be reckoned with and is growing explosively so look out for a Citizen Yoga Studio coming your way soon.  We always have the inside scoop!

Xoxo,

Candice

J’adore Detroit

 

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