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    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    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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Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit

The Getup is the go-to spot for mid-century mod style mavens. Its vast selection zeroes in on the '40s through the '70s, but if go-go boots, bellbottoms and mini-dresses aren't your thing, pieces from Victorian times up through the '80s can be plucked from the store's bursting racks. The owner's keen eye is evidenced by the stock of immaculately cared-for, premium-quality garments. Affordable prices, frequent sales, a continually updated inventory, and an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff just add to the Getup's perpetual appeal.

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Washtenaw County

Bivouac

336 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-6207; bivouacannarbor.com

For more than 40 years, Bivouac has supplied stylish hikers and campers with both top-notch gear and high-end fashions. While it seems like an odd combo, the formula has obviously worked — the shop occupies three storefronts and multiple floors, laying claim to passionately loyal customers whose devotion borders on fanaticism. For gear snobs, there's a wide selection of well-known brands, such as North Face and Patagonia, alongside smaller names. For style-savvy men, there's a vast selection of clothing by big-name designers, from Lacoste polos to 7 For All Mankind denim. Most of the items don't come cheap, but this is a case where you get what you pay for — and Bivouac will match any competitor's prices.

Best Place to Buy Jeans

Old Navy

See oldnavy.gap.com for dozens of locations

Whether you're looking for skinny or boot-cut, straight-leg or flare, Old Navy has your denim. Most jeans average about $30 a pair, but some dip as low as $15 or $20. Choose between dark and faded, distressed and clean-cut, or get a pair of each. You can shop in-store for the perfect fit or order online if you've already found your fit and want another pair in pastel or black. Unlike affordable jeans at other establishments, our readers love that Old Navy's jeans hold up as the wardrobe staples they are, resisting loss of shape and bagging out.

Best Place to Buy Shoes

DSW

dsw.com

A vast expanse of tantalizing designer footwear at reduced prices makes DSW an obvious stop for shoe lovers. Whether you're searching out the perfect pair of strappy heels, the latest summer sandals or even a pair of practical tennies, DSW is bound to have it. The wide selection represents brands as diverse as Reebok and Gucci, Converse and Via Spiga, in men's, women's and kid's styles. Check out the discount rack for even better deals on all variety of flashy kicks.

Best Eyewear Boutique

SEE

160 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-723-1900

308 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-8056; 

more locations at seeeyewear.com

SEE's concept is inspired in its design and flawless in its execution: Use the best eyewear designers operating in Europe, hunting out obscure gems and talented up-and-comers; relentlessly review their prototypes and reject anything that's too pedestrian; stock shops with the most exciting frames, made exclusively for SEE. The result? Stores full of truly one-of-a-kind glasses that are chic, functional and miraculously affordable.

Best Indie Lingerie Shop

Harp's

265 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-642-2555; harps-lingerie.com

At Harp's, it's all about the fit. With 65 years of experience in the lingerie biz, this downtown Birmingham shop can outfit any lady with the lingerie that perfectly holds it up, sucks it in, smoothes it out or turns it on. The store offers a wide variety of fun and functional intimate apparel of the finest European and American brands. Customer service and personal consultations are the hallmarks of Harp's, ensuring that no customer should ever have to wear an ill-fitting bra again.

Best Nail Salon

 

Best Makeup Studio

ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio

23341 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248- 439-6010; rougemakeupandnails.com

At ROUGE, the traditional salon approach of harsh beauty treatments built around toxic chemicals is a complete unknown. Instead, pampering comes courtesy of all-natural cosmetics and vegan and organic skincare and nail products. After all, it just makes sense that manis, pedis and makeovers shouldn't just make you look good, but also be good for you. And if sea salt scrubs, organic ginger oil and colorful, chemical-free eye shadows don't sound good to you, you don't deserve the indulgence. ROUGE offers services that range from full-on luxury to quick touch-ups. Make-up application lessons, girl's night out parties and other services are also available.

Best Flea Market

Dixieland

2045 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; 248-338-3220; dixielandfleamkt.com

More than 250 vendors populate Dixieland, a perpetual readers' fave. A true hodgepodge of merch is available for wannabe pickers, including instruments, antiques, collectibles, retro memorabilia, western wear, comics, coins, household goods, clothes — the things you need and the things you don't, but can't live without. Dixieland is open Fridays through Sundays; check the website for a calendar of upcoming special events.

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