Sister Pie takes 2014 Hatch Detroit Top Prize, $50,000

Hatch - Sister Pie

By Jeffrey Buck

In case you missed it this past week, the 2014 Hatch Detroit contest came to an end on Wednesday with Sister Pie taking home the coveted $50,000 to help start their business. Looking to locate within the West Village neighborhood, Sister Pie offers several baked goods using local ingredients. They specialize in seasonally driven pies and cookies.

The Detroit Free Press had a chance to talk to owner, Lisa Ludwinski, who is excited to take her business to the next level. You can read that article by clicking here.

Previous winners of the Hatch Detroit contest  included Hugh, La Feria and Batch Brewing.

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Shorpy Saturday – Traffic Ahead: 1901

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward has changed drastically over the years. It’s been widened. It’s had street cars. It once was mainly residential. It’s a special road and continues to evolve today. M-1 RAIL is currently under construction and WA3 is working hard to preserve and showcase this historic avenue.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Traffic Ahead: 1901“:

Traffic Ahead - 1901

Detroit circa 1901. “Woodward and Farnsworth Avenues.” The future Motor City on the cusp of the Motor Century. 8×10 inch glass negative.

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Here is a look at Woodward Avenue at Farnsworth Street in Detroit (Midtown, Cultural District) today via Google Street View:

Traffic Ahead - 2014


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MotorCity Gumball Rally, A Two Day Custom and Exotic Car Rally This Weekend



DETROIT, Michigan – The MotorCity Gumball Rally will be launching its two day event starting tomorrow morning Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 and ending Sunday evening, August 24th. The rally boasts a roster of 100 custom and high end cars from all over the country competing in a timed road rally on a secret route starting in Detroit, navigating its way to Chicago, Illinois and ending back in Campus Martius, Detroit for an arrival ceremony. Checkpoints and challenges will be sprinkled into the route making the rally both a physically and mentally demanding competition. Participants will be competing for cash and prizes with a portion of proceeds going to Reach Out Worldwide charity and toy donations going to Toys for Tots Foundation.

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8:00 AM, Monroe Street facing Greektown Casino and Hotel will be closed down to make room for the official rally cars to line up and be launched into the start of the event. Spectators and fans of the rally are invited to come see all the race cars warm up before they take off for the two day journey. Detroit Police escorts will assist the parading line of cars through the local streets of Detroit before releasing them onto the highway.

Once on the highway, teams will use an interactive mobile phone driving app to obtain clues leading them to various checkpoints. Ideal driving times between checkpoints will be based on local posted driving speeds to ensure safety of the drivers and others on the roads. Drivers and their navigators will have to use any skills they may have along with general knowledge to navigate the route efficiently. Once they arrive at a checkpoint, a physical challenge will have to be completed before they are able to return back to driving. Eventually, all teams will make their way to downtown Chicago for the night where dinner, a VIP style party and luxury hotel stay await. The next morning all teams and their cars will converge and be released to once again navigate a secret route with timed checkpoints.

Sunday evening, August 24th at 6:00 PM, the rally will come to an end as cars make their final destination to Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit. The general public is encouraged to join the festivities and come greet the drivers as they arrive back home for the finishing party. This family-friendly event will host an array of activities for guests of all ages and interests. Local graffiti artists will be onsite creating works of art in real time for an art competition. A live DJ will be spinning tracks to set the mood and a special musical performance by up and coming artist JSR is slated to take place. Food and drink vendors will also be on site for good eats while the Red Bull Wing Team energizes the crowd. A special auction with a chance to win exclusive prizes will take place for charity. All car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring out their rides to enter a car show with prizes awarded to the winners in various categories.

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MotorCity Rally Club, LLC is a not for profit club created by local car enthusiasts and staffed by volunteers. The MotorCity Gumball is the Midwest’s premier luxury automotive and lifestyle rally touring both local areas and expanding beyond to explore new roads and sites across the country. A portion of proceeds from this year’s rally will be donated in honor of the late Paul Walker to his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. A toy drive will also be held in which all participating teams and those entering the arrival party car show will donate new, unused toys for children through the Toys for Tots foundation of southeast Michigan.


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Second Chance for Summer Zoomance August 21


Detroit Zoo - Summer Zoomance

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.

Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.

The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.

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The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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Hatch Detroit Final Four

Hatch Detroit 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

The 2014 Hatch Detroit Contest Final Four are in and voting has already commenced.  Voters now must choose only one business each day in this round. The four finalists that will continue to try and win your heart are the following:

Cockadoodle – Breakfast/Lunch concept on Avenue of Fashion

Gabriel Hall – Live New Orleans style entertainment bar & restaurant

Sister Pie – Bakery including pies, cookies and more

Third Wave Music – Instrument retail store

You can vote by visiting their website, click here. The Hatch Off, this Wednesday August 20th,is where the winner will be announced. The crown will be awarded by 50% popular votes and 50% Hatch Off Judge votes. If there happens to be a tie the winner will be determined by the total number of popular votes from both rounds of voting. Tickets for the Hatch off being held at Ford Field can be purchased by clicking here.

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