#NMonlocation in Detroit
March 10, 2016
Scouting destinations for the March issue of the book, Art Director Jon Tutolo wasn’t looking for a palm-dotted beach. He had something less conventional in mind: Detroit. Little more than a year since the city emerged from the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy, Detroit is making headlines thanks to its growing arts, culture, and culinary scenes.
“I was inspired by the city’s resilience,” says Tutolo. “All of these communities have come together to rebuild the city and they’re so passionate about its future. I wanted to show the new face of Detroit.” That meant taking the shoot all over the city, to once-abandoned buildings now transforming into luxury hotels and brasseries.
Here, some favorites from our weekend of exploring.
Founded in the 1890s, this multi-acre destination is busy again thanks to the farmers, butchers, and florists who’ve set up shop there. While the Saturday market is filled with produce stalls and fresh-baked offerings from local bakers, Sunday is the best time to hunt for antiques.
2934 Russell St.; easternmarket.com
GOLD CASH GOLD
Once a pawnshop, this Hill Country brasserie in the city’s historic Corktown district serves up farmstead, from-scratch dishes by Chef Josh Stockton. Think made-in-house charcuterie, fresh burrata, and pickle-brined fried chicken. Parties of eight or more can reserve the chef’s table for an up-close view of the kitchen.
2100 Michigan Ave., goldcashgolddetroit.comInstagram: @goldcashgolddetroit
CHARTREUSE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS
Vibrant green walls and hanging botanicals match the menu starring seasonal, fresh, and local ingredients at this new Midtown restaurant owned by Sandy Levine. You can BYOB for small corkage free, but the cocktails are not to be missed. In keeping with the theme, order a Last Word, with gin, green chartreuse, lime, and maraschino.
ROSE’S FINE FOOD
Reopened in 2014 by cousins Lucy Carnaghi and Molly Mitchell, this once-shuttered ’60s diner boasts a made-from-scratch menu with locally sourced ingredients. Try their classic Maple Egg Cream, a sweet and refreshingly carbonated drink—interestingly containing neither egg nor cream.
WRIGHT & COMPANY
Marc Djozlija is one of only two Detroit chefs nominated for a James Beard Award in more than 20 years. As executive chef and co-founder, he crafts refined small plates like eggplant caponata and green harissa sea scallops in a neighborhood atmosphere. (The neighborhood part is key to Djozlija; his goal was to create a place where locals could come either for a date night or a drink before a Tigers game.)
If there’s a name synonymous with Detroit right now, it’s Shinola, maker of handcrafted watches, fine leather goods, and bikes. The company’s launch in Detroit three years ago fulfilled a deeper purpose: to support the return of manufacturing in America and the rebirth of Detroit. Visit the flagship store, then head down the street to Jolly Pumpkin for a round of La Roja, the brewery’s artisan sour ale.
Opened in 2001, this nonprofit printmaking studio offers hands-on workshops on printmaking, bookbinding, wood engraving, and more. It’s also the perfect place to find limited-edition prints from Michigan artists. (We also picked up some Detroit tees as souvenirs.)
1345 Division St., #102, signalreturnpress.org
DETROIT DENIM CO.
Five years ago, Eric Yelsma cashed in his 401(k) to turn his hobby into a fulltime business. He and his small team manufacture handcrafted, sourced-in-the-USA selvedge denim, accessories, and tees with a manifesto that states: Serve others…Do things with purpose. The brand is moving to a new space in Rivertown soon, so check the site for details.
While you’re in Detroit, you must swing by and say hello! NM Troy is just a short drive north, and you can take a shopping break at the NM Café.
2705 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy
Okay, it’s not open yet. But when the ASH Hotels renovation of the historic Wurlitzer Building is complete, it’ll be the place to stay downtown. Built in 1926, the landmark will be reimagined top to bottom to accommodate 106 guest rooms and one of the neighborhood’s only rooftop bars with views of Comerica Park.
You won’t be in Detroit long before hearing about Ponyride, a 30,000-square-foot “small business accelerator” and its founder, Phillip Cooley. After working pro bono to help start-ups, this modern renaissance man (he’s studied everything from film to architecture) opened Ponyride as a shared space to foster blacksmiths, woodworkers, screen-printers, and even a dance studio. The project—and all the social entrepreneurs comprising this community—symbolizes what the city is all about. No Ponyride events scheduled during your stay? Stop by Slows BarBq (slowsbarbq.com), the restaurant Cooley co-owns.
What’s happening in the Detroit music scene? Consult Assemble Sound for reviews of new releases, a live music calendar, and videos. Part blog, part studio, it was founded by Garret Koehler and Seth Anderson. Together, they transformed an abandoned church into a collaborative studio space. Among the artists recording there: Anderson’s singer/songwriter sis, Jax. Her project Flint Eastwood became an instant favorite of the crew on set. The band is touring soon; don’t miss a live show if you can catch one.