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Shop Locally With Styleshack.com

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DETROIT – Shopping at Detroit-area boutiques has become easier with the launch of Styleshack, a customizable website designed to give busy consumers a personalized shopping experience with local retailers — all at their own convenience.

Detroit-based Styleshack allows users to search local retailers online based on their personal style and location.

“Shopping online can become overwhelming, and it’s not as personalized of an experience as people would like it to be. At Styleshack, we simulate the experience of working with in-store stylists by learning about our shoppers’ preferences and delivering relevant results,” said Rachel Schostak, founder of Styleshack. “By creating a customizable, local shopping experience online, we can help drive business to the local economy.”

Currently, Styleshack offers products from 18 Detroit-area stores and designers. Consumers are matched to products from these businesses after taking a personal style quiz that identifies a shopper’s preferred stores, brands and style genre. Once registered, the user can search for products, and put items on hold for up to 48 hours if a nearby retailer has the item in stock.

“A lot of people want to shop locally, but often don’t have the time to go from store-to-store looking for the exact product they are seeking. Our website allows them to hop on their computer and start searching to see what is out there,” added Schostak.

Schostak’s interest in unique local products sparked the idea to start Styleshack. Originally from Detroit, she has experience in the fashion industry following stints working in Chicago and New York.

Schostak moved back to Detroit, started her business, and applied to Bizdom, the startup accelerator for tech-based businesses in the urban cores of Detroit and Cleveland.

“It was while working for a retailer in metro-Detroit that the idea came to me. It should be easier for local retailers to be discovered online; Styleshack will do just that,” said Schostak.

About Styleshack

Styleshack is a customized fashion and style search engine that enhances shopping experience by allowing users the ability to shop locally-based stores that match their personal style preferences. For more information, click here.

About Bizdom

Bizdom is a non-profit start-up accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, tech-based businesses in the urban cores of Detroit and Cleveland. The nonprofit was founded in 2007 by Dan Gilbert, Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, and Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. For more information, click here.

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Vote for your favorite window display

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By Jeffrey Buck

Holiday window shopping hasn’t been the same in Detroit since the Hudson’s flagship store closed over 25 years ago. Well, that’s all about to change as the Somerset Collection retailers transform several windows along Woodward in what has been dubbed ‘Once Upon a Holiday.’

Holiday shoppers and downtown pedestrians will be delighted to see that both sides of Woodward between Grand River and Witherell will have their window displays transformed by such retailers as GAP, Pottery Barn, 7 For All Mankind, Sephora, Eddie Bauer, Kiehl’s, Willmas-Sonoma and more.

The Sommerset Collection and Bedrock Real Estate are are asking for the public’s help to identify the best window display. The voting period has already begun and will end on Friday, December 20. The displays are part of Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit and all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite display by clicking here.

The winning display will be crowned on Monday, December 23 and the first 1,000 people to vote will receive a voucher for a free cupcake from Just Baked.

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Welcome Somerset CityLoft & The Detroit Shoppe back to downtown Detroit

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By Jeffrey Buck

With so much negative news going around it’s with pleasure that I can say that Somerset CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe are once again open in downtown Detroit starting today.

The stores will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Saturday, August 24.

CityLoft will once again showcase nearly 40 pop-up shops from some of the Somerset Collection‘s most notable brands and retail partners. Joining last years list of retailers includes 7 for All Mankind and L.K. Bennett. Other notable brands include:

Aveda
Bachrach
Cache
Eddie Bauer
Gap
Hugo Boss
The Limited
Macy’s Bridal
Gymboree
Vera Bradley
Sweet Factory
Marlee’s by Tapper’s
Lego
Paradise Pen
True Religion
Swarovski
Fossil
Hallmark
Brooks Brothers
Gucci
Coach
Lilly Pulitzer
Marmi
Sur la Table
Williams-Sonoma
Anne Fontaine
Maxmara
Wolford
Buckle
SEE
Eileen Fisher
Saks Fifth Avenue
Madewell

CityLoft is located at 1261 Woodward which is between Grand River and State. The Detroit Shoppe is located just south at 1201 Woodward at the corner of Woodward and State. Don’t forget to stop in at Moosejaw who after a successful temp store last fall has been a permanent staple downtown since.

Coneys, Faygo and Better Made chips will be available every Thursday at CityLoft for only $5. The Summer in the City program and Boll Family YMCA will benefit from every penny in food sales.

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Detroit -Vs- Everybody

DETROIT -VS- EVERYBODY

DETROIT -VS- EVERYBODY

By Jeffrey Buck

I love Detroit apparel, it’s no secret if you know me, and when we first started posting articles and photos I did a write up on some of my favorites. I may be a little late to the party on this one but I know what brand I will be purchasing next, Detroit -Vs- Everybody. Offering a few different versions of their staple plain Monochrome Collection t-shirt, they also have two other great designs using the Detroit skyline and Spirit of Detroit.

Designs are printed on a variety of men’s and women’s apparel including t-shirts, crewneck and hooded sweatshirts. Prices can range form $30 to $55 and can either be bought online or by visiting their store in Greektown. Open everyday except Tuesday with typical hours of 11 AM to 8 PM, except on weekends when they open at noon (Sat. & Sun.) and close early on Sundays at 6 PM. You can find them in the Greektown International Building at 400 Monroe Avenue, Suite 340 in downtown Detroit.

Be sure to find them on Facebook and Twitter.

We’d love to see you showing off your Detroit pride, send us a photo of you in your favorite apparel representing the Motor City!

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Weekend Events

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2013 Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five events taking place this weekend around the Metro Detroit area.

1. Detroit Red Wings Game  – Sunday, 3/3 at 12:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings take on their rival Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena this Sunday at 12:30 PM. The Wings are currently second in the Central Division with a record of 10-8-3. They took down the San Jose Sharks last night in a shootout, 2-1.

2. Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show – Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday, 3/3 beginning both days at 9 AM

The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show is staging its 110th and 111th dog shows this weekend at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available at the door and start at $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For more information on the weekends events, including schedule and pricing visit detroitkennelclub.com.

3. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, DIA – On display till Tuesday, 5/28

If you haven’t been to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, you have a rare opportunity to see one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The painting on loan, Bedroom in Arles,  will be on display in the Dutch galleries and will be joined by three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA. For DIA hours and other information visit dia.org.

4. Enrichment Talks at the Detroit Zoo – Friday, 3/1 Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday 3/3 at 11 AM

The Detroit Zoo will be offering an enrichment and keeper talk series at a different habitat each day this weekend at 11 AM. They will start today with a talk at the otters habitat. Saturday’s talk will focus on the red and green macaws at the Free-Flight Aviary. And Sunday’s talk will focus on the snow monkeys. For more information visit detroitzoo.org.

5. The Lion King, Detroit Opera House – Now until Sunday, 3/3

The critically acclaimed production of Disney’s The Lion King is now showing at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets range form $35 to $150. Tonight there is a showing at 7:30 PM. Saturday has two showings, the first at 2 PM and a evening showing at 7:30 PM. Sunday has a matinee showing at 1 PM and an evening showing at 6:30 PM. For more information visit michiganopera.org.

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40th Annual Noel Night

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By Jeffery Buck

Hoping the rain holds off, Saturday is sure to be a fun night in Detroit. Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area will play host to the 40th Annual Noel Night. The one night event will be open free to the public from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm in numerous venues including the newly renovated Detroit Historic Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, only to name a few. With plenty of music, dancing, shopping and food; there will be plenty to enjoy with family and friends.

The main footprint of activities that will take place can be found between Cass Avenue & John R Street (run north and south) and Kirby Street & Willis Avenue (run east and west). There will be free shuttles available for transportation between venues and parking can be found in area lots. Noel Night will feature over 120 acts performing music, theatre and dance. The night will feature special performances by:

The Ahn Trio
Irma Thomas
The Good Lovelies
The Wiyos
Thronetta Davis
and many more

With so much to do and see please find below links to a Noel Night schedule and map to help prepare you for Saturday’s festivities!

Noel Night Schedule
Noel Night Map

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district. For additional information visit their website by clicking here.

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The Ahn Trio | 40th Annual Noel Night

The Ahn Trio | 40th Annual Noel Night

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Irma Thomas | 40th Annual Noel Night

Irma Thomas | 40th Annual Noel Night

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The Good Lovelies | 40th Annual Noel Night

The Good Lovelies | 40th Annual Noel Night

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Minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

By Stephanie Saviola

The season is starting to turn and cooler nights make for the perfect heartier dishes including soups and stews. This easy, vegetarian soup I like to make can be ready in about an hour and is a great way to use up leftover veggies in your fridge.

Ingredients:

–  1 sweet onion, chopped
–  4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
–  4 carrots, sliced
–  4 stalks celery, sliced
–  1 1/2 cups red potatoes, diced
–  1 can cannellini beans
–  1 can diced tomatoes
–  1 zucchini, diced
–  1 bay leaf
–  10 cups vegetable stock (chicken stock may be used)
–  2 cups fresh kale, rough chopped
–  1/2 pound of ditalini pasta (or pasta of your choice)

In a large stock pot sautée the onions and garlic with a little bit of olive oil until onions are translucent. Add a dash of salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes if you want a little spice to the soup. Add the stock and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Add all the veggies including the can of tomatoes but not the kale and reduce to low heat and cover, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Make sure you taste it along the way and add salt and pepper as needed. Add the cannellini beans and continue to stir and cook the soup for another 15 minutes. I add fresh chopped parsley and basil at this point. In a separate saucepan cook the pasta of your choice. Cook to al dente and set aside. Toss in the kale right at the last minute and serve soup with the pasta of your choice. Top with pecorino romano cheese and serve!

*any variation of beans and vegetables can be added or substituted.

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