Corktown: Detroit’s Oldest New Neighborhood

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Located just west of Downtown Detroit on Michigan Ave. you will find the oldest neighborhood embracing new culture and new business.

Photo of Corktown homes by Flickr user Diane Piper       

Corktown, originally settled in the 1800’s and forgotten about after the tear down of Tigers Stadium is now being re-settled by artists, musicians, chefs, and families alike. Once abandoned buildings and homes find new hope as they are being re-purposed into colorful Victorian homes, industrial lofts and funky storefronts. The neighborhood is quickly growing and provides extremely affordable rent to its new patrons, making it a great destination for new business and community. There is no shortage of cool places to check out.                        

Places to consider checking out

Two James SpiritsTwo James Handcrafted Spirits

-Detroits first licensed distillery since Prohibition, commited to making the highest quality environmentally conscience spirits with the aim to give back to the community and lift Detroits spirit.

Mudgies Deli

– Voted Metro Detroits Best Deli six years in a row, Mudgies offers 100+ craft beers, house roasted meats, and locally sourced products, making Mudgies a must stop for any Deli lovers list.

Slows BBQ

– Slows BBQ offers slow cooked meats, plenty of craft beers with happy hour promotions and tap take overs. Slows “Yardbird” sandwich made it to the finals on Travel Channels show Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, I think the meat speaks for its self.                                                                                                            

Astro Coffee

Photo of Astro Coffee by Flickr user Sam Beebe.
Photo of Astro Coffee by Flickr user Sam Beebe


– Astro Coffe shop is is a small Cafe in Corktown featuring a unique menu that constantly changes depending on seasonality and availability. Great spot to grab a fresh coffee, or a delicious lunch.

Mercury Burger Bar

Stop by Mercury Burger Bar for a bite to    eat before any Tigers game and it will not disappoint. You cant beat thier fresh-ground, hand-pressed burgers. Aside from the beef, nearly everything else is sourced from Michigan. You can even find some of your favorite Slows BBQ sauces on site to spice up your already delicious meal and wash it down with one of 16 beers on tap.

Click here for a map of the town and more information on local business and things to do

Detroit: The Comeback Kid

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Bad Detroit                    4 Good Detroit
 Photo by youviewed  Photo by Jeff Karoub of The Huffington Post



           If you read this title and shook your head in disbelief, you obviously have not been to the state of Michigan recently. Detroit has received a poor reputation throughout recent years. Whether people have heard about the crime rate or the city filing for bankruptcy, Detroit has gotten very negative publicity around the country. Yes, it is true Detroit has some issues, but what city in America doesn’t. The truth is, Detroit is in the process of a major comeback, and Michiganders are overjoyed to see what the future holds.

          One of the most important reasons the city has managed to stay afloat during hard times is because no one ever truly gave up on it. Today, people are investing in plots of land and starting new businesses because they have faith it will return back to the Detroit everyone used to know and love. Whether it is the investment in a new $650 million dollar Red Wings arena or the development of the Woodward Avenue street car project, improvements such as these will help this great city turnaround. In upcoming posts, we will be addressing areas of Detroit and businesses that are a significant part of its historic comeback. In the meantime, don’t be surprised when you hear chatter about this relentless city.

Click Here if you would like to see some of the ongoing and future plans for the city.  

A few primary neighborhoods that are included on the site are Columbia Park, Woodward Square, and Cass Park Village.