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Detroit watchmaker Shinola makes the big time

Will a Detroit-made Shinola become the new Rolex? Time will tell.

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"Three years ago, in autumn 2010, a small group of businessmen, consisting of watch industry stalwarts from Swiss movement manufacturer Ronda and strategic developers from Dallas-based  Bedrock Brands, came together to discuss the possibility of regenerating the long-defunct U.S. watch industry. What emerged was the Shinola watch factory, which established itself on the fifth floor of Detroit's College for Creative Studies.

According to its CEO, Steve Bock: "We are not doing this out of philanthropy, we chose to come to Detroit for practical business reasons. It is a city of heritage and of global recognition—just look at what has come out of Detroit—the motor industry, World War II manufacturing, and music. Craftsmanship and a first-rate work ethic emanate from the city."

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Anthony Bourdain digs Detroit's underground dining scene

From front-yard BBQ to a kitchen in a firefighters' station, Detroit's underground dining scene is being broadcasted to the nation.

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"Detroit-connected Facebooks went abuzz this weekend when chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain  wrote a love letter to Detroit  in anticipation of the season finale of his show "Anthony Boudain: Parts Unknown",  set in Detroit, which aired Sunday night.

In his Tumblr post Bourdain gushed about his trip to Detroit, saying, "I love Detroit. I think it's beautiful. I think it's one  of the most beautiful cities in America—still."   He also said, "I love Detroit. I love Detroiters. You've got to have a sense of  humor to live in a city so relentlessly fucked. You've got to be  tough—and occasionally even devious. And Detroiters are  funny, tough—and supreme improvisers." As such, the episode's narrative focused on the more DIY and under-the-radar dining experiences in the D."

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Dickinson Wright is tops in U.S. News' "Best Law Firms" 2014 report

The legal eagles at Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC have taken top national and regional awards in a litany of specialties, according to the 2014 rankings in U.S. News. The firm says it has garnered 92 first-tier rankings out of 70 practice areas overall. Within Michigan, it earned first-tier recognition in 67 practice areas.

See the rankings here.


Big Bang Detroit production company gets shout-out from NY Times

A Detroit and Clawson-based producer is getting national notice for its coverage of entrepreneurs around the country. Along with the cofounders of Priceline.com and Angie's List, Detroit's McClure's Pickles has been featured on this nationally-televised show.

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"Gary Bredow has always been curious about how the businesses he patronizes started, whether it’s a local bakery, a pizza place or a hardware store. "I always wondered about how they got their inventory, how they leased the store or where they got the idea in the first place," Mr. Bredow said.

He gets his answers, and more, in "Start Up," a new television "docu-series" he created for PBS that, in its first season, tells the stories of entrepreneurs in eight cities across the United States. Mr. Bredow hosts the series, which was directed by Per Franchell, Mr. Bredow’s partner in a production company,  Big Bang Detroit."

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Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail plans move forward

How does commuter rail service with stops in Ann Arbor, Westland, Dearborn and New Center in Detroit sound? Pretty good to us as well.  Semcog gave a presentation of what the new MiTrain line would look like for residents of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

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"Officials are looking at providing five round trips a day when service begins in about three years. It will be run as a demonstration for the first two years. After the first two years, officials will evaluate the project and its feasibility.

They have leased 23 bi-level rail cars, rehabilitated them and have been showcasing them in various areas along the proposed line. "

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Freep Film Festival to make its premiere

The new Freep Film Festival will showcase Detroit and its metros in spring 2014.

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"Detroit may be ailing, but a new film festival there intends to give it a good dose of positive attention.  The Freep Film Festival,  presented by the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership, which manages the newspaper’s business operations, will screen around a dozen documentaries in four days, all of which focus on Detroit and its surrounding regions.

Themes range from the city’s industrial wastelands to Michigan’s abundance of new craft breweries to the city’s music history, from Motown to the birth of techno pop raves...

The festival also intends to get community leaders and urban planners involved, with a series of post-film discussions with filmmakers."

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LiveWorkDetroit! career event to be held at Ford Field on Oct. 19

If you're looking to kick off a new career or a new reason to move to Detroit, come to Ford Field this Sat. Oct. 19.

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"LiveWorkDetroit! is an MEDC initiative designed to connect Michigan’s college graduates to Detroit job opportunities and promote the city of Detroit as a preferred post-graduation talent destination...

Participating students will have the opportunity to network with a wide range of Detroit employers, seasoned professionals and peers already working in sectors of Detroit’s emerging economy. The event will include a keynote address by Moosejaw President and CEO Eoin Comerford, panel discussion with some of Detroit’s young leaders, and a tour of Ford Field. Participants will also learn about Detroit’s high-tech startups, medical researchers, fashion trendsetters, restaurants, museums, and affordable places to live."

For more details and to register, click here.

Detroit-based Chalkfly makes national list of "Best Young Companies to Work For"

Chalk it up to giving customers and employees what they want. Chalkfly, a start-up e-commerce office- and school-supply company in Detroit that returns 5% of sales back to teachers, is one of 15 companies nationwide that garnered a new award.

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"What sets ‘Best Young Companies to Work for' apart from the countless other listings out there is that there were no self-nominations," said Peter Cappelli, Wharton professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources.

The companies were nominated by industry leaders and peers, partners, customers or other professionals who witnessed their success in building a place where everyone wants to work."

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Amtrak, state on board with higher speeds, Wi-Fi on Michigan trains

High-speed, wifi, and bike storage to boot are coming to Michigan 's trains.

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"Amtrak and the state of Michigan plan to invest millions of dollars over the coming years to improve service on the state's three passenger train lines, resulting in quicker trips and more amenities for  travelers.

Upgraded tracks between Kalamazoo and Dearborn will allow trains to travel up to 110 mph in that area...

Most passenger trains through Michigan travel at a top speed of 80 mph, so the track improvements between Kalamazoo and Dearborn will be  noticeable.

To draw passengers, Amtrak opened up space for bicycle storage on its Blue Water line. Packing a bike costs a passenger an extra $10. The  Michigan Department of Transportation  also will spend about $1 million to bring Wi-Fi to the three lines by  January."

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Is that England? No, it's Detroit!

The nationally-televised new PBS program, Genealogy Roadshow, made a stop in Detroit, and let's just say the producer liked what he saw.

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"...Here's producer  Stuart Krasnow's  take on Motown:

"Having never been to Detroit, I did not know what to expect when arriving to shoot an episode for the new PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. In a word…Wow!

"My first impression was how beautiful the architecture is, both old and new. The sun was shining, and the towers downtown were gleaming, and somewhere amidst the bad press and the images the media likes to show, I had forgotten that Detroit was on the water and that Canada was visible on the other side...

"The next morning, we shot on location in Indian Village. The estate we filmed at was magnificent. The neighborhood was filled with kids on bikes, skateboarders, people jogging or walking their dogs. No one complained about our large production imprint and everyone I met pretty much wanted us to let the world know how great Detroit is. No one I met seemed like they ever wanted to live anywhere else. I sent a photo to a friend and said 'guess where I am.' 'England???' my friend texted back, thinking I had snuck out of town. 'Nope, Detroit'.

"My friend texted back a single word answer: 'Wow!'"

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Dearborn's Arab American National Museum to sponsor culinary tours of Eastern Market

This fall, grab a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine (and its ingredients) at Detroit's Eastern Market. 

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"The YallaEat! Culinary Walking Tours kick off Tuesday and will be held on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays in September and October. "Yalla" means "let's go" in Arabic.

Organizers say the goal of the free, guided tours is to share the story of Arab Americans in the Detroit area. Participants will visit Middle Eastern businesses that are family-run and founded by immigrants — while snagging some free samples and shopping."

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LevelEleven founder tells Forbes why he keeps his start-up in Detroit

Detroit start-up LevelEleven, which could conceivably have gone anywhere else but Detroit, has stayed rooted in the area. Here's why.

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"By the time my company LevelEleven launched last fall after being incubated within Pleasant Ridge’s ePrize, I had already planned our business strategy and next steps. And it never crossed my mind to move out of Detroit to build LevelEleven in a more obvious startup market. Why? In part, because this is home. But Detroit also has many characteristics that make it a great place to launch a technology startup."

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We all deserve a little bit of yoga

Who says you have to run a marathon to feel good ( and do good) ? Try a Yogathon instead.

On Sunday, September 1, the Yoga By Design Foundation will host an all-day Yogathon at Karma Yoga in Bloomfield Hills. Additional classes will be held that same weekend at Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills, Be Nice Yoga in Detroit, House of Yoga in Berkley and Shine On Yoga in Ferndale.

All fees will go to the foundation, which funds yoga programs for underserved populations. Classes start at  6:30 a.m.  and continue back-to-back until  6 p.m.  A $20 donation per class minimum is requested; participants can pre-register or drop in.

Click here for more information, or contact Lynn Medow at ybdfoundation@gmail.com, or 248.939.1367.


Bye Bye Brooklyn, Hello Detroit

Business-minded couples getting squeezed out of Brooklyn are taking the combo of affordable rents and the supportive arts-minded communities of Detroit and its close-in city cousins.


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When Sandi Bache Heaselgrave and Andy Heaselgrave made the well-worn migration from New York City to Detroit, they didn't realize they'd be starting a trend...

But when the couple, who worked in the photography industry, decided to leave in 2010, they were the first of what would become six couples (and counting) relocating from the tiny enclave of Red Hook, Brooklyn, with entrepreneurial pursuits in mind....

So when Ann St. Peter, owner of  Pinwheel Bakery,  offered to let them open in the front half of her shop in Ferndale, the couple jumped. Bache Heaselgrave had planned to sell Pinwheel pastries anyway. 

She spent $35,000 renovating the space, buying her equipment and giving the shop an airy feel. She also took over responsibility for sales so St. Peter could focus on pastries instead of running a retail location. Bache Heaselgrave increased prices and improved the coffee, becoming the only café in the Detroit area to sell Portland, Ore.-based  Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

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Celeb chef Anthony Bourdain gets a taste of Metro Detroit dining

Here's food for thought: The Eater Detroit website reports that celeb chef Anthony Bourdain was allegedly checking out Metro Detroit's top tables this past weekend.

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"Either celebrity chef / wayward TV personality  Anthony Bourdain  really did come to Detroit this weekend, or he's engaged in an elaborate form of social media tomfoolery.  Just kidding – he was here.

It's been a vaguely confirmed fact that the former Travel Channel (now CNN) host would be visiting the Motor City while filming the second season of his show,  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown...

Though Bourdain continued to play social media maven throughout the weekend, tweeting at popular local chefs like Birmingham's  Brian Polcyn  and complimenting Michael Symon of Roast, the only point of food consumption that Eater can confirm is based on those same tweets."

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