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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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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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Hatch Detroit Voting in Full Swing

Hatch Detroit 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

The 2014 Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 we’re announced last week and are now looking for your vote. Voters may choose up to four business for the first round of voting and participate once per day. The lucky ten semifinalists looking to win your heart are the following:

Alegria Pops – Authentic paletas (Mexican ice pops)

Bumbo’s – Polish bar/cuisine

Cockadoodle – Breakfast/Lunch concept on Avenue of Fashion

Gabriel Hall – Live New Orleans style entertainment bar & restaurant

McClary Bros. Outpost – Tasting room/Soda shoppe

Rocco’s Italian Deli – Midotwn deli

Sister Pie – Bakery including pies, cookies and more

Third Wave Music – Instrument retail store

Uncle Bug’s Organic Creamery – Ice cream manufacturer

1701 Bespoke – Custom clothing

You can vote by visiting their website, click here. Past winners have included Hugh, La Feria and Batch Brewing. The top four finalists will be announced on August 15th at which point Round Two of voting will begin. The Hatch Off and winner will be announced on August 20th.

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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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Holiday Shopping in Midtown

Nora | Detroit, Michigan

By Jeffrey Buck

Shopping for the holidays can be painful and finding the right gifts can seem impossible but Midtown can offer a fun solution with its many unique local stores. If you haven’t been to the bustling Detroit neighborhood in a while I’d suggest you go. Midtown has many stores with gifts for everyone on your list from home goods, to clothing, to antiques and baked goods. Here are a few of my favorite stores in Midtown:

The Peacock Room
15 East Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202‎
(313) 559-5500

Nora
4240 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-4845

Hugh
4240 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-4844

Avalon International Breads
422 West Willis
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 832-0008

Nest
460 West Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9776

City Bird
460 West Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9146

Mantra
3401 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

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Chez-Zara is open in the M@dison

Chez-Zara Espresso Bar | M@dison Building, Detroit, MI

By Jeffrey Buck

Residents of the newly renovated Broderick Tower won’t have to travel far for a fresh cup of joe in the morning. Nestled on the Broadway side of the highly talked about M@dison building is the recently opened flagship store of Chez-Zara, a local espresso bar.

The 900 square-foot store will be serving up several drinks -espresso, organic tea- as well as some delicious pastries from Midtown’s Avalon bakery. The Detroit-based company offers comfortable seating in a modern space equipped with WiFi and an outdoor patio. The M@dison Building, a collaborative tech hub, underwent extensive renovations to its five floors and more than 55,000 square-feet of space. It’s becoming a special place and that’s what caught the eye of Chez-Zara’s owner Mallak Beydoun.

“The M@dison is the perfect fit for Chez-Zara because the building is literally buzzing with activity day and night,” said Beydoun. “When we saw so many inspiring people in the M@dison Building looking to build something special and grow in this region, we knew we found the perfect spot for our flagship location.”

The M@dison was originally designed by C. Howard Crane and constructed in 1917 as the Madison Theatre. It is now 100 percent full with more than 125 people working in the building. Chez-Zara, which has been operating a mobile location in the lobby of the Chase Tower Building, anticipates employing a team of three at the M@dison location and will be open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends.

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Festi-Fall Corridor Style at Traffic Jam & Snug October 27

By Mike Fossano

Midtown’s Traffic Jam & Snug is gearing up for the release of their fall microbrew, which is set to be unleashed to the public on Thursday, October 27 at an event that surely will help alleviate the jarring transition from mild to frosty weather.

The awesomely-named Hibernator Doppelbock is a strong dark lager with a bold malt forward profile and a refined hop character for a serious beer (7.5% A.B.V.).

For those with insatiable sweet teeth, tastings of Traffic Jam’s new ice cream will also be available. Made in the brewery’s dairy, “Cider Mill” is jam-packed with apples, cinnamon and doughnuts. The evening will also include pop-up performances from the Detroit Fire Guild and haunted hayrides throughout the Cass Corridor.

Back to the main course, the Hibernator Doppelbock is a Bavarian specialty beer that was first brewed by the Minims an order of monks founded by St. Francis of Paula. During the spring religious season of Lent, monks were required to fast.

Bock beers are higher in food energy and nutrients than lighter lagers, thus providing sustenance during this period, similar to high-gravity Lenten Trappist beers. The Minim monks named their beer “Salvator,” so it is traditional for breweries to give their Doppelbocks names that end in “ator,” hence Traffic Jam’s Hibernator Doppelbock.

Traffic Jam opened in 1965 at its current location on West Canfield and Cass Avenue in Detroit. They count an in-house bakery and dairy among their featured amenities, in which they produce their own breads, desserts, cheese and ice cream.

Traffic Jam opens at 11 a.m. daily  and closes at 10:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday & Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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