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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    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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Real Deal - Reader's Choice

Best of Detroit 2012: Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Detroit Products

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Pure Detroit 4/25/2012
Best Jewelry Store

Best Jewelry Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Diamond Vault of Troy 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Pure Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Catching Fireflies 4/25/2012

Best Gift Shop, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Rocket 4/25/2012

Best Jewelry Repair

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Miner's Den 4/25/2012

Best Florist

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Blumz 4/25/2012

Best Indie Hardware Shop in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Frentz & Sons 4/25/2012

Best Indie Hardware Shop in Detroit

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Busy Bee 4/25/2012

Best Bicycle Shop in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop 4/25/2012

Best Bicycle Shop in Detroit

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Hub 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Skates/Skateboard/etc

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Modern Skate & Surf 4/25/2012

Best Place for Audio Gear

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Guitar Center 4/25/2012

Best Store for Musical Instruments

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Guitar Center 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Dearborn Music 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: UHF 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Melodies & Memories 4/25/2012

Best Indie Record Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Encore Records 4/25/2012

Best Grow Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Cultivation Station 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Plum Market 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Beer Depot 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Champane's Wine Cellars 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Champane's Wine Cellars 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Holiday Market 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Holiday Market 4/25/2012

Best Wine Selection in a Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Merchant's Fine Wine 4/25/2012

Best Beer Selection in a Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Merchant's Fine Wine 4/25/2012

Best Indie Health Food Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Natural Food Patch 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Arbor Farms 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Nino Salvaggio 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Oakland

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Western Market 4/25/2012

Best Independent Grocery Store, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Honey Bee La Colmena 4/25/2012

Best Motorcycle Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Motor City Harley-Davidson 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Varsity Ford 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tie between Dorian Ford and Jeffrey Auto 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Car, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Jack Demmer 4/25/2012

Best Place for Car Audio Equipment

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Mickey Shorr 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy a Mattress

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Art Van Furniture 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Home Accessories

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Bed, Bath & Beyond 4/25/2012

Best Indie Furniture Store

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tie between Leon & Lulu's and Bright Ideas 4/25/2012

Best Place to Sell Your Gold

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tapper's Gold Exchange 4/25/2012

Best Video Selection

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Thomas Video & DVD 4/25/2012

Best Indie Bookstore in the Suburbs

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Book Beat 4/25/2012

John K. King Used and Rare Books

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tiny Ninja 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Vault of Midnight 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Comix Corner 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Detroit Comics 4/25/2012

Best Comic Book Shop, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Green Brain 4/25/2012

Best Michigan Product

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Better Made 4/25/2012

Best Head Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: B.D.T. Pipe and Tobacco 4/25/2012

Best Tobacco/Smoke Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Smoker's Outlet 4/25/2012

Best Body-Piercing Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Signature Tattoo 4/25/2012

Best Tattoo Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Eternal Tattoos 4/25/2012

Best Adult Novelty Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Noir Leather 4/25/2012

Best African-American Hair Salon

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Textures by Nefertiti 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Douglas J. Aveda Institute 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: London Calling 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Flip 4/25/2012

Best Hair Salon, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Curl Up & Die 4/25/2012

Best Antique Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: DuMouchelles 4/25/2012

Best Flea Market

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Dixieland 4/25/2012

Best Makeup Studio

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio 4/25/2012

Best Nail Salon

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: ROUGE Makeup & Nail Studio 4/25/2012

Best Indie Lingerie Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Harp's 4/25/2012

Best Eyewear Boutique

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: SEE 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Shoes

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: DSW 4/25/2012

Best Place to Buy Jeans

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Old Navy 4/25/2012

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Bivouac 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: The Getup Vintage 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Lost & Found 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Rachel's Place 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Washtenaw County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Tied between Orchid Lane and Mix 4/25/2012

Best Thrift Shop

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Vintage Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Incognito 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Oakland County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Incognito 4/25/2012

Best Indie Men's Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Showtime 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Wayne County

Real Deal - Readers' Pick: Showtime 4/25/2012
staff picks

Real Deal - Staff Picks

Best of Detroit 2012: Our staff picks for retail in Metro Detroit By MT Staff 4/25/2012

Best Place to Get Wedding Photos that Pop

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Stereoghost 4/25/2012

Best Detroit Gift Destination

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Tulani Rose in the Spiral Collective 4/25/2012

Best Place for Kitchen Supplies

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Advanced Restaurant Services 4/25/2012

Best Place to Shop, Cook & Stay

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Honor & Folly 4/25/2012

Best Place to Put Up Visitors on the Cheap

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hostel Detroit 4/25/2012

Best Place to Shop in Color

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Scout 4/25/2012

Best Retro Store with Retro Soundtrack

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Regeneration 4/25/2012

Best Retail Change Over

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Nest 4/25/2012

Best Way to Soap up Your Skin

Real Deal - Staff Pick: DressGreen 4/25/2012

Best Place to Outfit

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hosiery with Style 4/25/2012

Best New Boutique

Real Deal - Staff Pick: The Peacock Room 4/25/2012

Best New Detroit Retail Addition

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Detroit Farm and Garden 4/25/2012

Best Place to Rent a Costume

Real Deal - Staff Pick: The Parade Company 4/25/2012

Best Place to Pretend You Live in Portland

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Rustbelt Market 4/25/2012

Best Indie Women's Clothing, Macomb County

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Salvation Army 4/25/2012

Best Folks to Get Out that Damn Spot

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Chet's Cleaning 4/25/2012

Best Audio Store

Real Deal - Staff Pick: David Michael Audio 4/25/2012

Best Place to Record Shop on Foot

Real Deal - Staff Pick: Hamtramck 4/25/2012

Best Century-Old Business Reborn Under a New Name

Real Deal - Staff Pick: R. Hirt Jr.'s retail store 4/25/2012