“I would keep it simple. Detroit has had incredible highs and impossible lows throughout history and all the while was filled with the most resilient, hard-working and loyal people you can imagine. These people have always been, and continue to, make art, play rock and roll, build car culture and just keep getting back up to fight for the city that they call home.” We’re with Photographer EE Berger @eeberger this week. Growing up just an hour away, Emily’s “love affair” with Detroit was immediate when we attended art school in downtown. “I deep down knew Detroit would probably be my home in the long-run. I moved away for five years to Brooklyn and although I loved it, I missed my adopted home-town every day. In 2014 I moved home with my boyfriend and we’ve been living and working in the city ever since.
I don’t want to speak for all Detroiters, but I think most of us are so sick of ‘ruin porn’. We see abandoned and empty buildings all the time. We’re used to it. And while I love a dramatically crumbling house like anyone, we don’t need more pictures of it. Also Detroiters love this city til death. We are one loyal bunch!
Lastly you shouldn’t come to Detroit expecting to experience an average city. Come with an open mind and I have a feeling you’ll love it.” When you know you know,
Hey everyone! @eeberger stepping in from Motown, The Motor City, Detroit Rock City, Paris of the Midwest, the Aresenal of Democracy...the list goes on. You've probably heard a lot about our fair city and some of it may be true (for better or worse) but I can guarantee nothing can hold up to experiencing Detroit. So thats where I'll step in. First stop: Hitsville USA. Berry Gordy purchased this building in 1959 and turned it into the first headquarters for Motown. For 22 hours a day this building (now a museum) churned out The Motown Sound. You want to understand Detroit? Knowing Motown is a good place to start.
(at Hitsville USA)
Good morning from Detroit! My next stop is to visit the incredible @sisterpiedetroit in the West Village neighborhood. There aren't many words I can find to describe these baked goods. Incredible, insane- those kind of words help. If you only want to have one thing when you visit my hands-down favorite is their buckwheat chocolate chip cookies. Eat one for yourself, and one for me too
(at Sister Pie)
For the best selection in modern gifts, home goods, beauty products and more, a stop at @noradetroit on Cass avenue in Midtown is the place to go. Not only is the location filled with plenty of other shopping, but it carries products that I truly have not seen anywhere else in Detroit. Its a serious winner!
Yesterday for breakfast I (@eeberger) took you to one of Detroit's fairly new spots. This morning I'd like to introduce you to a morning spot thats been churning out donuts for 69 years! Here you will find the classics like long johns, nutty, glazed, custard and more that have been served on Woodward Avenue since 1947. This is a serious favorite of mine.
(at Dutch Girl Donuts)
I would be remiss to not talk about "The Architect of Detroit", Mr. Albert Kahn. If theres a building gem located in Detroit, theres a huge chance he was the architect. From factories that changed the world to art deco masterpieces, Kahn's work forever formed the design of Detroit. My favorite building of his in the city is the Fisher building in New Center where anyone can stroll in and acquire a neck ache from staring up at the ceiling for an hour. If you're visiting us do not miss this stop.
(at Fisher Building)
Happy Wednesday! Here's a must-see (and another building designed by Albert Kahn) the Belle Isle Aquarium. This is the oldest aquarium in North America, opened in 1904! The crazy green ceiling was made by Detroit's own @pewabic and is reason enough to go. But my favorite fact about the aquarium? It has a basement that was known to be a speakeasy during prohibition.
(at Belle Isle Aquarium)
Its five o'clock in Detroit so how about Happy Hour? @ourdetroit is a vodka distillery with a tasting room serving up delicious cocktails, like this one made with a Hibiscus mixer from Detroit's own @wolfmoonmixers . Our/Detroit is part of an international family with other locations in Berlin, Seattle, Amsterdam and more.
My next recommendation this morning is to visit the wonder that is @bonbonbonchocolate. Alex and the rest of the crew are not only some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, but the chocolate bon bons they're pumping out in flavors that Vanity Fair said only someone like "Willy Wonka could dream up" are out of this world. My favorite is the Boston Cooler, Better Butter Crunch and Malt Caramel. But really you can't go wrong with any of them.
(at Bon Bon Bon)
After you grab some chocolate, head to the Eastern Market to check out the wealth of incredible murals and street art. Every corner you turn you're guaranteed to find more and more artwork that will blow you away. Detroit is becoming one of the premier cities in the world for street art and the market is a perfect showcase.
(at Eastern Market)
Happy Friday! @eeberger here bringing you another one of my Detroit favorites. If bohemian-gypsy-vintage style treasures, trinkets and clothing are your jam, then @eldoradogeneralstore is your place! Housed in a beautiful brick triangle shaped building on Michigan Ave in Corktown, owner and gatherer Erin won't let a soul walk through the doors without saying hello. Something for every price point, you can't skip this one.
( at Eldorado General Store)
As the end of my week exploring Detroit approaches, I'm realizing how I could go on for probably another two weeks with the amount of places I'd love to show you! But one spot that for sure had to make my list is @goldcashgolddetroit. Go for a weekend brunch and cocktail in one of the prettiest and unique restaurant spaces I've seen. Plus the in house baked goods are killer.
(at Gold Cash Gold)
How about some Saturday night bowling? Garden Bowl is the 103 year old alley in the Majestic complex on Woodward Ave in Midtown. The complex also includes several music venues, a cafe, a pizza place and bar. I can't count all the times I've spent at this complex at one spot or another over the years- its a constant in an ever evolving city.
(at Garden Bowl)
So my time showing you Detroit has come to a close- I appreciate your excitement and enthusiasm over my city and hope you've enjoyed a peak into some of the places that I think makes Detroit so great! The final stop is my favorite view of the city, from the very tip of Belle Isle. Looking over the river (especially at sunset) I am filled with pride for what this place has been through and the place where it is today. Nothing good comes easy and Detroit is a prime example. We hope you stop in for a visit soon, much love from Motown!
(at Belle Isle Park)