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    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

    In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy.  And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Wayne County

 

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Wayne County

Showtime

5708 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-875-9280; showtimedetroit.com

For nearly 25 years, this Midtown staple and perennial winner has supplied threads to Detroit's musicians, performers and entertainers — and the scenesters who follow in their wake. But it's not all leather and lace — although there's plenty of that — the store's racks also come stocked with fashions suitable for any style other than run-of-the-mill. Owner Dan Tatarian is a fierce champion of all things local — from bands to stores — and advocated for shoppers to avoid chains long before that mantra became trendy. Stop into the store and he'll be more than willing to help outfit you in an eye-popping getup, while supplying entertaining banter free o' charge. 

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

 

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Oakland County

Incognito

323 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-548-2980; 

incognitoinc.com

Another MT readers' fave, Incognito provides rock-inspired wear for the fearless trendsetter. Even if less daring fashionistas choose to avoid leopard-print, body-hugging jeans, there are still plenty of choice pieces to choose from, including the Brit-inspired men's fashions of Ben Sherman and the Detroit-centric goodies of Made in Detroit and Aptemal Apparel. Incognito also offers an extensive selection of eyewear, as well as an entire separate room devoted to footwear, featuring the latest drool-worthy styles in stilettos, pumps, sandals, boots, flats, etc. for both men and women. It's so beautiful you'll want to cry, then max out your credit cards.

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

 

Best Vintage Clothing, Macomb County

Best Thrift Shop

Salvation Army

salvationarmyusa.org

When all else fails, try the Salvation Army. This stalwart thrift shop supplies everything from furniture and appliances to books and bric-a-brac (and apparently much of the clothing needs of Macomb County) at everyday low prices. It's a haven for those who need to stock a new apartment on the cheap, for those low on dough and for those who just can't say no to other people's junk.

Best Indie Women's Clothing, 

Washtenaw County

TIE

Orchid Lane

419 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-662-6446; orchidlaneonline.com

Mix

128 & 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-961-8704 mixnewandused.com

Flirty sundress, flowing wrap skirts and colorful tops are mainstays at Orchid Lane, which sells women's clothing, home decor and natural gemstone jewelry as part of its mission to help establish a fair trade global community. Along with its own clothing line, the store also sells high-end brands and imports goods from international fair trade co-operatives, boasting a large selection of items priced at $15 or less. Ypsi's Mix lives up to its name by offering an eclectic and affordable mix of new and vintage women's clothing. The store also stocks vintage jewelry and antiques, with a friendly staff to help shoppers navigate the ample inventory.

Best Vintage Clothing, Wayne County

Rachel's Place

2124 Pine St., Detroit; 313-964-9008

It seems as though beautiful vintage clothing covers every inch of the old brownstone that Rachel's Place calls home. The North Corktown shop caters to the fashion-savvy with its knockout selection of high-quality men's and women's clothing, in all sizes and from all eras. Casual skirts, elegant cocktail dresses, racks of heels, retro blazers, vintage denim, elbow-length gloves, scarves, handbags, hats, jewelry ... the list goes on and on. The budget-conscious will appreciate the affordable prices, trendsetters will appreciate the quality and selection, and everyone will appreciate the service of the ever-smiling proprietor Rachel Leggs, whose boundless enthusiasm never fails to rub off on shoppers. 

Best Vintage Clothing, Oakland County

Lost & Found

510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-548-6154; lostandfoundvintage.com

Every vintage lover should know this downtown Royal Oak shop, which features three levels of one-of-a-kind wearables from every decade of the 20th century. The friendly staff is always willing to help shoppers dig through the racks to locate the perfect '70s jumpsuit, '50s housedress or retro Girl Scout uniform (they have them; what you do with them is your business). Prices can be utterly affordable, but be prepared to blow the bank on a must-have couture piece. Along with its impressive selection, Lost & Found also boasts a large number of plus-sized offerings, a notable collection of T-shirts and boots, and collectible records and accessories.

Best Vintage Clothing, Washtenaw County

The Getup Vintage

215 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-327-4300; thegetup.com

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