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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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Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Wayne County

Showtime Clothing

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, 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 Men’s Clothing in Oakland County

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in 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 the less daring fashionistas choose to avoid leopard-print, body-hugging jeans, there are still plenty of stylish pieces to choose from. 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. It’s so beautiful you’ll want to cry, then max out your credit cards.

 

Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Macomb County

The Road Show

28500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville

586-779-7623; theroadshowinc.com

If a store could be diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder, the Road Show would take first in that category too. A panoply of “taste” awaits those entering this eastside institution. From hippie chic to skater rad, the cache of ponchos, tie dyes and hipster T-shirts is a find; the eclectic crap that accompanies it gives the store a Sybil-like charm. Analysis: The Road Show is like a really big head shop.

 

Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Washtenaw County

Puffer Red’s

113 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

734-485-7050

A store where edge, pseudo-prep and “street cred” triangulate, Puffer Red’s can outfit you for the club … any club: squash, dance or after hours. A must-go for anyone looking to be cast in a hip-hop video or fit in with the posse, the brands are nearly all high-end. From Cole Haan to Lacoste, authenticity doesn’t come cheap. However, we hear looking cool pays dividends. As one fan of the store was quoted as saying: “If you want to sport the newest, hottest kicks this side of a music video then [Puffer Red’s] this is your one stop action.”

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Wayne County

Peacock Room

15 E. Kirby, Ste. 110, Detroit

313-559-5500

A boutique with a mix of new and upscale consignment attire, vintage clothing and accessories, ranging from 1920s silk lingerie to 1960s mod dresses. The merchandise is suitable for both the sophistication of professionals and is accessible to a student budget. Restored features like the marble floors, mirrored panels, lights, and gold-painted ceiling add to the vintage aesthetic. ‘

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Macomb County

LA Tags

8789 Hall Rd., Utica; 586-932-2633

At L.A. Tags, you can find T-shirts, button-ups, jackets, jeans and, best of all, bikinis — all the things you need to put together the perfect party outfit. Add some graphics to your wardrobe with the wide range of printed T-shirt designs. The shop carries such well-known brands as Affliction, Rock Revival, Miss Me, Robin’s Jeans, and Superdry from Japan.

 

Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Washtenaw County

Mix

128 & 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

734-961-8704; mixnewandused.com

A wonderful mix of vintage clothing and new pieces and accessories. It’s easy to put together a rockin’ outfit, complete with jewelry, for a fair price. Find great stuff without having to scour the racks for hours to find a gem. The vintage clothes are only gently used, clean and stylish. Mix has a friendly staff that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Best Vintage Clothing Wayne County

Detroit Threads

10238 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck;

313-872-1777

Leave it to fashionable Hamtramck to house one of the best vintage clothiers in the area. Calling all lovers of the chapeau: This is where you should be going. Hats, hats and more hats. Plus, if you insist that nothing quite sounds as good as vinyl, you’re in luck. In addition to the wide variety of vintage Ts and whatnot, there’s vinyl as far as the eye can see. The staff is friendly, the prices reasonable and the place is clean. Can’t ask for much more than that.

 

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. Lost & Found also boasts a large number of plus-sized offerings, a notable collection of T-shirts and boots and collectible records and accessories.

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