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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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Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit

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Best Vintage Clothing Macomb County

Salvation Army

Various locations; salarmythrift.com

When in doubt, go for the ganddaddy of vintage resellers. Offering resale clothes back when the clientelle was primarily the poor, the selection at Salvation Army is like panning for gold. You can wade in the water for days and get zilch. Then, the motherlode hits and you are the benficiary of some dowager’s closet-cleaning rampage. So, grab your patience and a friend for some company. There could be an amazing find just ’round the corner. Good luck.

 

Best Vintage Clothing Washtenaw County

The Get Up

215 S. State St., Ann Arbor;

734-327-4300

The Getup is the go-to spot for mid-century fashion freaks. 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 maintained, premium-quality garments. Affordable prices, frequent sales, a continually updated inventory, and an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff all add to The Get Up’s perpetual appeal.

 

Best Place to Buy Jeans

Caruso Caruso

166 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham

248-645-5151

If you are looking for a store that stocks a better selection of high-end jeans than Caruso Caruso, let us know when you find it. In truth, there are too many brands they carry to list here, but we dare you to ask for one they don’t carry (and Wrangler or Jordash don’t count). In addition, the T-shirt, tank, bathing suit and select tops here are all Grade-A. Make sure you pay your mortgage before you visit, because looking hot isn’t for the frugal.

 

Best Place to Buy Shoes

DSW

Find locations at 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 tennis shoes, DSW is bound to have it. The wide selection represents brands as diverse as Reebok, 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 Indie Lingerie Shop

Harp’s Lingerie

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 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, seek out obscure gems and talented up-and-comers, relentlessly review prototypes and reject anything that’s too pedestrian and 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 Adult Novelty Shop

TIE

Lover’s Lane

Locations at loverslane.com

 

Noir Leather

124 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak

248-541-3979; noirleather.com

 

All over metro Detroit, Lover’s Lane offers more than lingerie: It’s a judgment-free shopping experience, with a friendly staff that offers information and encouragement all those who want to explore sensuality. Same goes for Noir Leather. For more than a quarter-century, Noir Leather has been metro Detroit’s prime purveyor of kink, offering BDSM toys, leather gear, sexy threads, lingerie and almost everything necessary to satisfy any taste.

 

 

 

Best African-American Hair Salon

Textures by Nefertiti

4147 Cass Ave., Detroit

313-831-4771; texturesbynef.com

At her Midtown salon, Nefertiti provides a calming refuge from hectic city life, and she views herself as much a “spiritual coach” as a hairstylist. Her focus is on providing natural hair care to men and women, helping clients embrace their inner beauty as much as the natural kink and curl of their hair. This holistic philosophy is evidenced throughout the entire enterprise, which features all-natural, organic products and, along with standard salon services such as massages, facials, nail care, energy balancing and shamanic healing massages.

 

Best Nail Salon

Best Hair Salon in Macomb County

Skates with Scissors

33190 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser

586-552-5021

As the tagline states, Skates with Scissors offers “Swanktastic hair for the rest of us.” The more we thought about it — and Macomb County — things came into relief. Looking to get glammed up with a style that’s maintainable? Look no further, ladies. When you’re there, go for the gusto and get a mani, pedi and other spa offerings.

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