We go through snow, freezing temperatures, wind and rain waiting for summer to arrive and then it’s gone in a blink! It’s August, half the year is over. Providing the weather holds, everyone is going to make summer last for as long as possible. We still have Indian summer, the weather is just a little cooler and there are plenty of fun things to do and places to go. Tiger fans can still cheer their team on until late September.
What do you think of the idea of “Micro housing”? The concept is not really all that new. Places like the old Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit have had live-in residents for a long time. Any amenities in the rooms are sparse. Now a land contractor has developed the idea into something that is more compatible with our everyday computerized/on-the-go society. The idea is also geared to people on low income and is attracting nationwide attention. In the downtown “D” near Capitol Park the micro (meaning small) apartment building will open soon. On the ground level it will be occupied by a hub of vibrant business places. Not just apartments but other styles of residential living in general. Outside the immediate downtown area other micro living structures are being built and will be available for occupancy this year. People may not be aware of this because nothing is given any credence unless it is right under their nose. New in Detroit this year, is another unique concept. True North, a Quonset Hut community is being built off of Grand River and 16th. There are seven in all and everyone is occupied. One of the bigger huts will be rented out as a gallery with living quarters upstairs. Cass Community Social Services has come up with another housing concept called Tiny Homes. They are located in the Woodrow Wilson/Lodge freeway area. Six styles are available. They range in size from 250 – 600 Sq. feet. The lots are 30x600 ft. Really small compared to the neighboring homes. Between the two I would say Quonset Huts have much more living space. Check the internet for more information on these housing ideas. Hotel chains such as the Hilton are offering home 2 suites, another idea in Micro Housing. These are for students, travelers and business people who need more than just a “hotel room”. I stayed in one in Cranberry PA. It was almost like a home away from home. All the amenities including dishes, GE refrigerator and microwave but no stove. Lots of space but compact. Check them out next time you travel.
Detroit Tigers VS Pittsburgh Pirates will be here beginning August at Comerica Park.
August 9, 2017 at Chene Park, 7:30PM “Shalamar”
August 19, 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise. 9AM to 9PM. Ferndale to Pontiac.
Check your internet for more events and family things to do.
New level of deliciousness!
When driving down Trumbull, in Midtown Detroit, the fresh new facade of Pie-Sci Pizza has caught my eye for some time. In addition to their curb appeal, as a pizza lover, the idea of pizza as a science interested me greatly. Located at 5163 Trumbull, they are next to Woodbridge Pub, between I-94 & Warren. I'm pleased that I finally got the chance to stop by for lunch. Once inside, I was struck by the extensive collection of lab beakers and test tubes. They added to the fun atmosphere. I was also greeted right away and got a brief tour of their wall menu. Despite being very hard to choose amongst so many great options, I ordered the "Hawaii Five O". It consisted of red sauce, pineapple, ham, bacon, mozzarella and BBQ sauce drizzle. I also ordered a Detroit City Soda black cherry pop. My pizza was amazing and my pop was superior! I'm hooked! In addition to ordering out, they also provide indoor, as well as a new outdoor seating area. Pie-sci has definitely taken pizza to a fresh new level!
At Detroit City Limits, we regularly profile a small business vendor at Detroit’s Eastern Market, focusing on some of the lesser-known vendors and products. This week: The Old White House.
Vendor: Theresa Hein
Products: Eco-friendly lavender laundry soap and cleaning supplies
Location: Produced in Eagle, Mich., vending on Adelaide Street at Eastern Market on Saturdays
Q&A with Theresa Hein
DCL: How did you get started?
TH: Our son went to the University of Michigan for Environmental Science, and he’d send me documentaries on pollutants and chemicals in our food and cleaning supplies. I watched those and decided I wanted to make my own laundry soap. I tried a few recipes that I saw popping up but I didn’t care for any of them, so I tweaked the recipe until I came up with my own. The laundry detergent is non-sudsing, clean-rinsing and concentrated. You can use one tablespoon in a high-efficiency washer, and a pound does 32 loads of laundry. All of our ingredients are septic-safe and pet safe. I gave it to family and friends to try at first, and everybody loved it. In 2010, I went to our little farmers market in Portland, Mich. and started selling by the scoop, putting the powder into paper lunch sacks. I got a great reaction from everybody there, and then I started slowly adding products, like our lavender linen spray and natural, calming dryer sachets.
DCL: What are your most popular products? And why lavender?
TH: Our sachets are our most popular and recognizable products. Many people already keep sachets in closets or in drawers. The laundry soap and linen spray are right behind the sachets in popularity, and people also like our kitchen and bath cleaner and carpet freshener. Lavender has these calming properties, and most all of us have a connection to the scent. Customers tell us that “My mom or grandmother always has lavender sachets around.” Lavender is a good all-around essential oil for cleaning, because it’s relaxing while you clean, and it also kills germs.
DCL: How did you get involved with Eastern Market?
TH: We do the farmers market in Lansing, and Terry Campbell, who was one of Eastern Market’s managers at that time, came by my booth and approached us about being a vendor at Eastern Market. We filled out an application, and our first time vending there was our first time ever at Eastern Market. That place has done so much for the growth of The Old White House. They gave us that push to know that we could do more, and now we’re in more than 65 stores nationwide. Eastern Market has the best energy. The people we meet on a weekly basis become friends. Our customers sell our products for us. They’ll see someone stop at the booth and say, ‘You have to get yourself some.’ And all the small business people are so encouraging, helping each other. Eastern Market has become our home away from home.
DCL: What do you like about Detroit?
TH: The people, for sure. You start talking to people who work down there, and you feel that positive energy. What they want for their city and what they’re doing to make that happen is just so energizing. In my small town, people ask if we feel safe in Detroit, and I tell them to just turn off the news and go visit.
~Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at email@example.com.