This summer has seen a significant number of devastating weather disasters affect much of our world. Many areas are popular vacation destinations for many of us in the colder climes. Our hearts go out to all those who suffer or have loved ones who have been affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires that are still causing destruction. I have received several questions from clients and others about the impact of the recent hurricanes on travel and tourism to the southern United States and the Caribbean. So many want to help but aren’t sure how. So, instead of using this month’s space to talk about how to travel, I thought we could discuss how to help.
Now, there are many, many great organizations which provide emergency assistance to those in need. You know some of them: the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org/Disaster-Relief); the Salvation Army (www.give.salvationarmyusa.org/); UNICEF (https://www.unicefusa.org/); the United Way (https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation/); and, Habitat For Humanity (https://www.habitat.org/impact/our-work/disaster-response/hurricanes/2017). . These agencies have existed for decades, and are well known for the great service they provide to the nation and the world.
There are also other organizations, some of which aren’t so well known for humanitarian aid, or which were only recently established to support relief efforts in a particular emergency. They are still very reputable and provide additional opportunities for people everywhere to get involved and lend a hand. They include:: The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (www.tourismcares.org); United For Puerto created by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector (http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/); Convoy of Hope, a faith-based initiative that provides food, water, and other supplies (https://www.convoyofhope.org/donate/hurricane-maria-response-2017/); the SPCA which organizes pet evacuation and more (https://spca.org/give); and, Hand In Hand, the entertainment industry’s hurricane relief telethon that aired on September 12, 2017, is still accepting donations (https://handinhand2017.com/). Then there are crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe which maintains a list of verified aid campaigns (https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/hurricanemaria); and, GlobalGiving which connects donors to non-profit organizations around the world (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-caribbean-relief-fund/).
Now, I’m no expert, and cannot say that I have personally vetted each organization listed. So, I suggest doing your research and check for yourself. But, I can say that each organization has (or is linked to a larger one that has) a notable and reputable presence in our business, entertainment, educational, and philanthropic communities. Regardless of how you choose to be of service, we at Star 1 Vacations encourage you to do whatever you can to provide support. No matter the amount you give, the benefits will be priceless to those in need, wherever they are.
~ The Travel Diva loves helping others experience world travel that engages, empowers, enlightens, and entertains. Contact her at (313)808-8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s no “trick” the “D” has been growing by leaps and bounds, but the “treat” would be if the senior population was growing with it. I live near the new Micro Apartments on Griswold. They look great from the outside, but living in one room 24/7 is not for everyone unless you happen to be a short-term tenant or a traveling salesman. There is a lot going on, and I heard they were going to start work on the old Hudson’s site in December this year — something huge with a very tall skyscraper built in the middle. I wonder if there will be room for a grocery store. With all this hustle and bustle, the seniors continue to be at a stand still. Jobs for them are zero to none. There are some, like myself, who are still able and very much want to go back to work. The problem is they are now considered as “non-productive”. It would be great if they looked at their experience rather than their age.
On Saturday morning, September 9, 2017 the people in Florida were hit with a catastrophic category 5 hurricane named Irma. It continued until September 11, 2017. The same storm had previously hit the Caribbean Islands. There was national news coverage at that time. Since then there has not been many other reports of what is going on. I clicked on Facebook and found a website called Science Insider. Their video was on “Where Do Hurricanes Come From”. I was amazed at the information and decided to check the website on Google. There is so much more to hurricanes than high winds and torrential rain. Most hurricanes that hit the United States come from the exact same spot in the world and they all seem to follow a similar course. In fact, Irma, Harvey, and Jose were born on the other side of the Atlantic; Cape Verde a point off the west coast of Africa. The Sahara desert is also to blame. According to the Science Insider video there are two clashing climates with high altitude winds that come together – dry hot air from the Sahara Desert and moist cool air from the south. This is known as the African Easterly Jet. In the United States weather moves from West to East. The African Easterly Jet moves from East to West. Over the year the Jet builds strength. The strongest storms usually occur in September. A category 5 is the most catastrophic. Irma had winds over 185mph. One of the worst storms in history, some scientists considered it a category 6. If you want to read more on hurricanes such as how they are named and other information check out the Science Insider website.
The flooding we had in the state of Texas was the forerunner of Irma. Since Irma we have had two earthquakes in Mexico. The devastation to all of these people and where they live is beyond comprehension. All of us here in Detroit and the state of Michigan really need to count our blessings. Next month is Thanksgiving. Lets remember all of these people and pray that next year they may be celebrating too.
The Detroit Blues Society has their roots deep in some of the best music that’s ever come out of Detroit. The group has been around in some capacity since 1985, and informally before that, with an effort to bring something big to the city of Detroit. This fall, they’re hosting a tribute show as part of their Detroit Blues Heritage Series. The series is in its 20th season.
Ed Schenk, the current president of the Detroit Blues Society, found himself taken by the blues as a college student in Texas. He discovered juke joints and a kind of musical community he hadn’t yet been introduced to. He had really stumbled on something big.
He moved back to where he was originally from, the east coast, and met an individual who hosted house parties in New York City. Grammy winners would play on the house stage sometimes, and parties seemed like they’d last forever. The blues was a type of music that almost created a party just with its sound. Schenk remembers fondly that Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown played one of the parties.
Schenk met his wife, got married, and moved to Detroit, which is close to where his wife is from. While in the city, he was working and wasn’t really feeling fulfilled, so he changed something for the better. He got involved with the local cable station and decided he was going to produce a show on the blues in Detroit. “They gave me a camera and off I went,” Schenk said.
That life change sparked Schenk’s involvement in the Detroit Blues Society. He met more artists and key players in Detroit, and he saw the Blues Society as a way to get more involved in the world of music that changed his life.
One of the projects of the Detroit Blues Society included Eddie James "Son" House, Jr., who Schenk refers to as a more contemporary Robert Leroy Johnson. Schenk kept getting involved in shows that would tell stories about blues players’ lives and he loved bringing that educational element to the stage. After all of his involvement in the Blues Society, someone suggested he become more officially involved. Schenk held the role of vice president first and then became an influential president of the Detroit Blues Society. In 1997, Schenk made a commitment to a series of events with the Detroit Blues Society, called the Detroit Blues Heritage Series, in partnership with the Scarab Club in Detroit.
“By the second show, people had really latched on to the idea of this event that was free to the public, anyone could come in and you got to see incredible music,” Schenk said. “You never knew who you were going to see and you never knew what to expect.”
At the time of Schenk's starting efforts with the Detroit Blues Heritage Series, people weren’t coming to Detroit for entertainment at all, he said. The first couple shows really started putting the Detroit Blues Society on the map, though, and Schenk decided there really was no stopping something like this.
“At that point, we just started building,” he said. “We were able to bring bigger and more important artists in.”
The Detroit Blues Society and their Heritage Series have hosted Detroit Blues Guitar shows, Detroit Blues Piano shows and much more as an effort to educate the community on a type of music that is one of the richest in sound in the history of music.
In 2002/2003, the Blues Heritage Series was named as part of Martin Scorsese’s Year Of the Blues. In 2016, the Detroit Blues Heritage Series received a Testimonial resolution from Detroit City Council. This is the 20th season of the Detroit Blues Heritage Series. “I have a show that is just going to kill,” Schenk said.
The show he’s putting on for the city is a tribute to Howard Armstrong. The show will feature Ralphe Armstrong, Howard’s son, on bass, with Ray Kamalay on guitar and John Reynolds on violin. This tribute is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Scarab Club at Farnsworth.
Ralphe is a nationally known bass player who has played with artists across the country, like John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, and Carlos Santana. He also played with his father Howard on the W.C. Handy award winning record “Louie Bluie.” Howard was declared a National Treasure by the National Endowment for the Arts, and he began performing in the 1920s. Howard even played the 1933 World Fair and backed blues musicians Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie. “His son was just so happy that we wanted to do this,” Schenk said.
Schenk said that this show is special because it’s going back to their roots in the Detroit Blues Society. In the beginning, their shows were all acoustic, and people really took to the rawness of the performances. Schenk wants to bring that back and make this as big as it was when it all started.
For more information on the Detroit Blues Society, the Heritage Series and more, visit www.detroitbluessociety.org.
~Erica N. Rakowicz
As a regular feature of Detroit City Limits, we’ll profile a vendor at Detroit’s Eastern Market, focusing on some of the lesser-known vendors and products. This week: Hay Creek Heritage Farms.
Vendors: Nate Oswald and Nicole Robidoux
Products: Produce, including heirloom vegetables, pasture-raised duck and chicken eggs, cut flowers
Location: Farm in Pinckney, Mich., vending at Shed 2 at Eastern Market
Q&A with Nicole Robidoux
DCL: How did you get started farming?
NR: Growing food sustainably and raising animals in a humane manner are very important to us. As our home garden kept expanding, we eventually decided to start our own small farm. We moved to Pinkney five years ago. We started with chickens and ducks and a large garden. We added more livestock and did a pilot CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. We’ve continued to grow, and our CSA now has about 60 member families who receive our produce, all grown on our farm using organic practices, weekly for 26 weeks per year. We sell our produce, cut flowers, and eggs at the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, as well as through the Mighty Microform program at Eastern Market this summer.
DCL: Why did you focus on heritage livestock and heirloom produce?
NR: We focus on heritage livestock and heirloom vegetables because we want to conserve and promote these unique varieties of produce and animals. We grow all our produce and flowers using sustainable, organic practices, though we are not certified. We believe that preserving biodiversity is essential to a healthy and sustainable food system. We love learning about the traditional uses of heritage livestock or the history of how heirloom seeds were passed down through generations. Plus the taste of an heirloom tomato or heritage turkey can’t be beat.
DCL: How did you get involved with Eastern Market, and can you tell us more about participating in their microfarm program?
NR: An Eastern Market staff member met us at one of our meet-and-greet events, where we talk to prospective members about our CSA program. She invited us to apply for the Mighty Microfarm program that aims to promote small local farms. Through the program we vend four Saturday markets during the summer. We’ve had a great experience at Eastern Market. We’ve met so many people who are enthusiastic about our farm and what we do. We’ve had a chance to introduce new customers to our pasture-raised eggs, cut flowers, and produce. We have one more Saturday left in the program, Sept. 2.
DCL: What are some of your most popular offerings?
NR: Our chicken and duck eggs. We’ve sold out of eggs at each market. Our heritage breed ducks and chickens are pasture-raised, which means they have access to more than six acres on the farm, including a pond and wooded areas. We put them in a coop at night to protect them from predators, but during the day they free to forage for food and explore.
DCL: What do you like about Detroit?
NR: There is so much to do and explore in Detroit. Although the farm keeps us pretty busy, we enjoy visiting local restaurants and venues in the city - including Eastern Market, of course. If you haven’t experienced a Saturday at Eastern Market, you should come down.
Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at email@example.com.
“All right, Bella, let’s go!” The girl hopped down from the stranger’s porch at her sister’s summons. Her blonde bun resting on top of her head fell limp, reflecting Bella’s expression as she faced her guardian.
“But we’ve only been out thirty minutes!” she protested. “At least let me finish this street!”
“I told you I have a party to go to,” the pseudo-Madonna argued, hearing none of the girl’s pleads. “If you want to go, go ahead. I’m gonna be late. You know how to get home from here, right? It’s just down the street.” She ran a gloved hand through her teased hair as Bella’s face fell at the proposition.
“You can’t leave me alone out here! It’s too dark!”
“Oh, come on, you just walked up to a bunch of strangers begging for candy, I think you can walk five minutes in the dark without any issues.”
“Kayla!” she screamed, but Bella’s sister ignored her cries and made her way to the party. The girl huffed a sigh, looking around skeptically before heading in what she thought was the direction of her house.
After a good ten minutes of wandering, she realized she really didn’t know how to get home. Turning a dark corner, she didn’t see the boy until Bella ran face first into a stiff cowboy costume. “Aww, it’s Baby Bella!” he jeered, seeing her terror-stricken face. “What are you supposed to be, a green bean?”
She shook her head, white knuckles matching the filled pillowcase she clung to. “Tinker Bell,” she muttered, his confident laugh filling her atmosphere. She could feel the presence of his cronies come up behind him, and even in the darkness she could feel their shadow overpower her tiny frame.
“Tinker Bell!” they mocked, the pack closing in on their prey. In one smooth motion, the leader closed a chubby hand around Bella’s earnings, swiping the pillowcase out of her hand before she could even defend herself.
“Give that back!” she tried, but the ground collided with her back before she even realized they had shoved her down on the sidewalk.
“Nah, I think I’ll keep it,” he smirked, the boys laughing as they slinked further down the street. Getting up, Bella brushed some dust off her dress and found a seat on a curbside below a street lamp, tears streaking her glittered cheeks. Before she could fully break down, though, she heard a noise behind her, making her sit up once more. Out from the shadows, a tall man stepped forward, putting out a cigarette with a heavy leather boot.
He couldn’t be much older than her sister, yet couldn’t be more different. The figure blended perfectly in attire with the darkness of the night, and a single white contact stuck out from the rest of his dreary wardrobe as the brightest thing on him aside from platinum blonde hair. In the glow of the street lamp, a couple metal rings glinted off his lip. “Hey,” he started, his voice strikingly calm for such a harsh appearance. He took a seat next to the girl as she stood at attention. “The only reason someone should be crying on Halloween is out of joy or fear,” he joked, “and this doesn’t look like either. You okay?”
Bella inched further from the strange man, trying to remain composed through the adrenaline coursing through her veins. “I-I’m not supposed to talk to strangers…” she started, her gaze fixated on the pavement.
Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed the man smile and hold out his pale hand, black fingernails contrasting like sores on his fair complexion. “I’m Dante,” he introduced. “That’s a very good rule to have, but I won’t hurt you, I promise.”
Bella knew he wasn’t lying, but the axiom remained in her conscience, keeping her still. Dante put down his hand, sensing the rejection, then peered out to the street. In the distance, the bullies were rummaging victoriously through their battle spoils. “Did those guys hurt you?” he asked, which proved to be the fatal blow to the girl’s eroded defenses.
She gave a defeated sigh, looking up at the man. “They stole my candy,” she pouted.
“That’s not fair!” he empathized. “What are you going to do about it?”
The broken fairy shrugged a little, looking down again. “They’ll just push me down again if I try to get it back. Really, I just wanna go home.”
“Oh, come now, you can’t just lay down and take that. You’re dressed as a fairy, not a doormat, you can’t let people walk over you.”
She cracked a little laugh at the joke, the smile breaking her depressed demeanor. Dante smiled a little, leading Bella to notice tiny fangs peeking out from his mouth. “No, we’re gonna get that back for you. Here’s the plan.”
The two plotted on the curbside, the lamp above illuminating devious smiles cross their faces. After a minute, the boys on the other end of the street noticed a little figure stand tall in front of them. They lifted their greedy heads from the pillow case, mocking laughs creeping out of their mouths. “Kindly return my candy,” she demanded, her voice loud and confident as she stood, arms folded across her chest.
“Or what,” the leader joked, “you’ll sprinkle me with fairy dust?” More laughs echoed from the pack.
“No,” she countered, “I’ll send my vampire on you.”
The boys looked at each other before breaking out in hysterics. A smug smile crept onto Bella’s lips as Dante stepped forward, grinning ominously at the offenders. In normal light he could easily be seen as off-putting, but the distant glow from a street light behind them gave him an even more frightening façade. The candy bag dropped to the ground as the head of the group caught sight of the outline of two accentuated canine teeth protruding from the man’s mouth, and the most feminine screams escaped their lips as the three dashed off in the other direction. It was Bella’s turn to laugh as she picked up the bag from the ground, Dante smiling softly behind her.
“That’s how it’s done, kid,” he congratulated. “Great job.”
She smiled, digging through the bag before tossing him a package of red licorice, his face lighting up. “Yes, my favorite!” he laughed. “Thank you!” She laughed at his informality as he ripped the wrapper open.
“Mine too,” she smiled. “Thanks for helping me.”
Dante shot a wide smile, nibbling on the candy. “Happy Halloween, kiddo.”
~ Victoria Heitzman
Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That's where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.
Why is financial planning important?
A comprehensive financial plan serves as a framework for organizing the pieces of your financial picture. With a financial plan in place, you'll be better able to focus on your goals and understand what it will take to reach them.
One of the main benefits of having a financial plan is that it can help you balance competing financial priorities. A financial plan will clearly show you how your financial goals are related--for example, how saving for your children's college education might impact your ability to save for retirement. Then you can use the information you've gleaned to decide how to prioritize your goals, implement specific strategies, and choose suitable products or services. Best of all, you'll know that your financial life is headed in the right direction.
The financial planning process
Creating and implementing a comprehensive financial plan generally involves working with financial professionals to:
• Develop a clear picture of your current financial situation by reviewing your income, assets, and liabilities, and evaluating your insurance coverage, your investment portfolio, your tax exposure, and your estate plan
• Establish and prioritize financial goals and time frames for achieving these goals
• Implement strategies that address your current financial weaknesses and build on your financial strengths
• Choose specific products and services that are tailored to help meet your financial objectives*
• Monitor your plan, making adjustments as your goals, time frames, or circumstances change
Some members of the team
The financial planning process can involve a number of professionals. Financial planners typically play a central role in the process, focusing on your overall financial plan, and often coordinating the activities of other professionals who have expertise in specific areas.
Accountants or tax attorneys provide advice on federal and state tax issues.
Estate planning attorneys help you plan your estate and give advice on transferring and managing your assets before and after your death.
Insurance professionals evaluate insurance needs and recommend appropriate products and strategies.
Investment advisors provide advice about investment options and asset allocation, and can help you plan a strategy to manage your investment portfolio.
The most important member of the team, however, is you. Your needs and objectives drive the team, and once you've carefully considered any recommendations, all decisions lie in your hands.
Why can't I do it myself?
You can, if you have enough time and knowledge, but developing a comprehensive financial plan may require expertise in several areas. A financial professional can give you objective information and help you weigh your alternatives, saving you time and ensuring that all angles of your financial picture are covered.
Staying on track
The financial planning process doesn't end once your initial plan has been created. Your plan should generally be reviewed at least once a year to make sure that it's up-to-date. It's also possible that you'll need to modify your plan due to changes in your personal circumstances or the economy. Here are some of the events that might trigger a review of your financial plan:
• Your goals or time horizons change
• You experience a life-changing event such as marriage, the birth of a child, health problems, or a job loss
• You have a specific or immediate financial planning need (e.g., drafting a will, managing a distribution from a retirement account, paying long-term care expenses)
• Your income or expenses substantially increase or decrease
• Your portfolio hasn't performed as expected
• You're affected by changes to the economy or tax laws
Common questions about financial planning
What if I'm too busy?
Don't wait until you're in the midst of a financial crisis before beginning the planning process. The sooner you start, the more options you may have.
Is the financial planning process complicated?
Each financial plan is tailored to the needs of the individual, so how complicated the process will be depends on your individual circumstances. But no matter what type of help you need, a financial professional will work hard to make the process as easy as possible, and will gladly answer all of your questions.
What if my spouse and I disagree?
A financial professional is trained to listen to your concerns, identify any underlying issues, and help you find common ground.
Can I still control my own finances?
Financial planning professionals make recommendations, not decisions. You retain control over your finances. Recommendations will be based on your needs, values, goals, and time frames. You decide which recommendations to follow, then work with a financial professional to implement them.
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With so many amazing restaurants in Detroit, getting to all of them has become my favorite pastime. This time, I finally got to try La Feria Spanish Tapas Restaurant. They are located at 4130 Cass, in Detroit's booming Midtown area. As the story goes, a few friends that loved this style of food won a capital funding contest to see their dream come true ... and the rest is Detroit culinary history. According to their website, the name refers to small plates that remind them of a Spanish festival. You really need to see their website or speak to the owners to get the full amazing story. My Spanish feast in Midtown started with a spinach, pear, walnut, blue cheese and roasted shallot vinaigrette salad, followed by a superior charcuterie board of imported meats and cheeses. My feast finished with juicy flat iron steak and asparagus dishes, both with red bell pepper and garlic sauce. Our Spanish feast in Midtown was also served with bread and some great oil/garlic sauce for dipping. My friend and I struggled to finish this unexpected treat. In addition to the amazing food, the service was very helpful with questions, the atmosphere was festive and they had a full bar that includes local sourced spirits and quality sangria. After my visit to La Feria Spanish Tapas restaurant, I can now understand how this food inspired the dream of its owners.
It’s about that time where you will find tech deals just about every place you look and life is hard enough without worrying about which laptop to buy. For anyone shopping for a new system, the choices can seem overwhelming. With so many models, options and specifications to consider, you may feel like you need to sign up for Laptop 101.
Bargain back-to-school laptops exist for a reason: Not everybody can afford a $2,000 laptop. To be honest, most people don't even need a $2,000 laptop.
For this article, I will discuss a few key options and help you select a tech-savvy laptop for school.
For starters, this is big. Windows? or Mac? This is largely a matter of personal preference unless your school has a specific requirement. If that’s not the case, I recommend that you choose the platform that you know best.
If you’re using your laptop mostly for word processing and web browsing, a laptop with an entry level processor like an Intel Atom, Celeron or Pentium is acceptable. These processors typically lack the horsepower for higher education tasks like computer aided design and video production. I recommend choosing a model with at least an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. These systems tend to have more robust graphics hardware, making them better suited for more demanding software.
How big do you want your laptop to be? The size of the screen tends to dictate the overall size of the system and because students are always on the move, bigger might not be better. I had to find out the hard way and wouldn’t want anyone to lug around a 17” laptop unnecessarily unless you are spending most of your time at a desk. An 11.6 or 13.3 inch screen will afford maximum mobility.
A touchscreen is not essential for most schoolwork, but it is a nice feature for anyone that desires to scroll through documents and web pages with the flick of a finger. Touchscreen laptops tend to cost a bit more than their non-touchscreen counterparts.
If you don’t need a huge hard drive, definitely consider a system with a solid state drive. These drives run faster and cooler than their mechanical counterparts because they have no moving parts. They cost a bit more, but in my opinion, they’re worth every dime.
Make sure you spend some time with the keyboard to ensure that it is a comfortable fit. If the keys feel mushy or not to your liking, move on to the next model. Definitely consider a model with a backlit keyboard, which can make typing in dim lighting considerably easier.
If you are more than a moderate user and can afford to spend $750 for a laptop, by all means do so. I performed an analysis of some laptops in that range, and saw a major difference in performance. A new laptop that retails for around $500 will have you trading off one important feature for another. You tend to get one standout feature amidst a bunch of compromises. I’ve found that laptops in the $750 price range are generally more well-rounded.
On the other hand, you can get a surprisingly competent laptop for around $500 or so. These machines aren’t going to make a power user fall in love. But, for basic web browsing, office work, and movie streaming, a $500 laptop nowadays is a much better proposition than it was fifteen years ago, when I entered the marketplace.
In closing, when evaluating and choosing a laptop, pay attention to the build quality, screen resolution, keyboard, and trackpad which are just as important as the specs. More than likely, this is a device you will be using every day. Even if you only purchase a $500 laptop, be sure you're getting a system that feels like a quality laptop, not two sheets of veneered plywood held together with a rusty door hinge.
Willie E. Brake is a Computer Expert at All About Technology, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, located at 6450 Michigan Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.
It has been a lazy summer. Now as September approaches we can feel the whispered chill of autumn and cooler days to come. In the midst of all the construction in downtown a piece of the past came to light. The old Sanders store. On August 9,2017 Wednesday, history came to life beneath a “brownish façade”. The iconic Sanders sign was revealed on a downtown Detroit building located on Woodward Avenue. The sign, a little faded but still clear, brought back sweet memories of long ago. The historic Sanders sign was installed on the Downtown building in 1948 according to Daily Detroit. Fred Sanders founded the Sanders Candy Co. in 1875. The company had expanded to 57 locations before closing in 1982. In 2002 Morley Candy Co. purchased the brand and the recipes. In 2016 the vacant building was purchased by Dan Gilbert. Future plans are for turning it into office and retail space by 2018. Today there are seven Sanders stores still in the region and two on Mackinac Island that are still in business. Let’s hope the re-make of the old Sanders store will be something we all can partake in and not just the privileged few.
SOCIAL SCENE for SEPTEMBER 2017
The Detroit Tigers are still here for all our baseball fans. At the Fox Theatre, Frank Valli will be here in concert Sept. 9 at 7:30 PM. For the younger set, Gorillaz will be at the theatre Sept. 18 at 7:00PM. At our new stadium in the Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12 7:30 PM will be Kid Rock. For other social venues check your internet.
Enjoy the beginning of our autumn season.
Jamel Randall, owner of a yoga and massage studio in Lathrup Village, doesn’t look like the typical picture people have in their mind of a yoga teacher, but he thinks that’s an advantage.
“People might think my tattoos or the way I walk or talk is not like a yogi, but I am a yogi. I’ve been through the awkwardness of being the only black guy in a yoga class,” Randall says.
On the plus side, having known what it’s like to be the “odd man out,” Randall says he knows how to relate to people who are new to yoga and aren’t sure they’re cut out for it.
“Maybe a client is bigger, or for some other reason they don’t fit that mold of what people think a yogi should look like. I try to make them feel comfortable, because I know what that’s like. We work with whatever limits you’ve got. Perfection is not what we’re looking for,” he says.
Randall started off pursuing physical therapy after graduating from high school but stumbled into a massage class and decided to “roll with it” and became a trained massage therapist at age 19. He worked in various places for a few years, finally settling into a job at “Immerse,” the spa at MGM Grand Detroit.
After a few years, he decided to strike out on his own and did massages out of his house, building up a clientele. During that same time, he got into yoga and found that it helped with a back injury he’d sustained while lifting weights.
He wanted to learn Sanskrit and get deeper into yoga and ended up in a teacher training course, LifePower Yoga with instructor Jonny Kest. Randall says that yoga and massage are a natural pairing.
“As we get older, we get tighter muscles but weaker bones,” he says. “Yoga helps to align the spine and the rest of the skeletal system, and it opens up the hips and hamstrings. Massage complements that by soothing those muscles.”
Randall specializes in Thai massage, which involves a lot of stretching and having the therapist put the client into various yoga poses right on the table. “I’m up on the table, finding acupressure points on the body, and that release muscles and promotes relaxation,” he says.
Randall’s approach to both massage and yoga are a little different than many other practitioners, and that’s reflected in his slogan: “Mind. Body. Beats.”
When you’re on the massage table, you’re not going to be hearing those tired old nature CDs that many therapists use.
“You’ll be hearing some nice beats, but more soothing ones,” he says. “In my yoga studio, I tend to play a lot of hip-hop, but I don’t like to get stuck on any one type of music.”
Randall’s studio is located at 208880 Southfield Road, Suite #183 in Lathrup Village. To learn more, call 248-914-4020 or visit www.jamelrandall.com.
Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.