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Detroit Concours d’Elegance this September 16 – 18, 2022 is packed with immersive automotive experiences for the whole family, including Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance at The Detroit Institute of Arts. SPONSORED BY HAGERTY Enjoy a weekend-long tribute to the people who designed, built, and drove American car culture, and to the vehicles at its heart. There are multiple events including car shows, a kids zone, Detroit food vendors, art, and even free ride and drives in cool cars. Hagerty, an automotive and lifestyle company and steward of the Detroit Concours, is proud to invest in downtown Detroit, just blocks from where so much of car culture was forged. SATURDAY: CARS & COMMUNITY Saturday’s Cars & Community is a day full of car-fun for the entire family. Located just off iconic Woodward Ave in the parking areas adjacent to Comerica Park, it features three unique shows in one: RADwood, a celebration of 1980s and 1990s lifestyle, blending period correct dress with automotive awesomeness; Concours d’Lemons, a tongue in cheek concours celebrating the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world; and Cars & Caffeine, a gathering of car enthusiasts and local car clubs displaying their vehicles.In addition, youth will enjoy spending […] Read moreDetroit Concours Celebrates Car Culture in the Heart of the Motor City

Married artists Rosa Chavez and Leon F. Ruiz have a passion for art inspired by romance BY KORIE WILKINS / SPONSORED BY ROSA CHAVEZ Artists Rosa Chavez and Leon F. Ruiz – married for more than 30 years – have one rule in their shared art studio: A critique isn’t given unless it is requested. “The couple, originally from Mexico, share a studio in Granger, Indiana and this simple rule has kept them happily making art over the years,” says their daughter Esmeralda Ruiz, who manages their business. Chavez and Ruiz met on a beach in Acapulco, started talking and discovered they were enrolled in the same art school in Mexico City, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Ruiz – who grew up in Mexico City — already was working as an architect, but loved hand-draw-ing his designs so much he decided to pursue a degree in fine art painting. Chavez, from the agricultural state Michoacan, was taking classes there but had been making art out of found items from nature for years. “Making art is like breathing; you need it to survive,” Chavez says. “I feel that being an artist isn’t a hobby, a job or a choice. It is […] Read moreArtist Spotlight: Rosa Chavez and Leon F. Ruiz

The perfect summer getaway to Traverse City includes a stay at the brand new 539 Bay Street. BY KORIE WILKINS / SPONSORED BY 539 BAY STREET There’s no better way to enjoy the summer in Michigan than visiting Traverse City, and if you are looking for the ultimate in luxury, privacy and all the amenities of home, 539 Bay St. offers all of that – and more. Traveling up north means finding the perfect accommodations, but sometimes, a hotel isn’t what you are looking for. And trusting that a rental property is as advertised can be a bit of a gamble. But 539 Bay St. brings the convenience and consistency of a hotel together with the amenities and relaxing feeling of being in a private home – all with one of the best locations in Traverse City. “It’s so calm and peaceful, and yet you are just a short walk or bike ride away from all that downtown Traverse City has to offer,” said Jonathan Pack, director of operations. “It’s a great location overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay. It’s away from the hustle and bustle but still accessible. And it’s a great neighborhood feel.” Traverse City has so many options […] Read moreTraverse City’s 539 Bay Street is Your Home Away From Home

For 10 Points, Name a Winning Quiz Bowl Coach and Teacher. ANSWER : Brad McNellen BY KIM KISNER / SPONSORED BY DETROIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Upon meeting and speaking with Brad McNellen, it’s instantly clear that there’s no shortage of passion, energy and genuine interest when it comes to his students and his job. McNellen, a 21 year veteran at Detroit Country Day, teaches Latin within the upper school and is also the school’s extremely successful Quiz Bowl coach. And ‘successful’ is a bit of an understatement. Of the 26 years he’s coached, the school has won 20 state championships, finished within the top 20 teams in the nation multiple times, and in 2020, took third place of 200 teams nationally in Atlanta and 11th of 100 national teams in Chicago. When asked what he loves about coaching, McNellen says “witnessing the kids at matches displaying this mutual respect they have for one another and enjoying the friendships they’ve built is incredibly rewarding.” He goes on to say “a real benefit that came recently – from COVID – has been going virtual. Being online drew more teams together quicker and the kids were able to bond and challenge each other […] Read moreDetroit Country Day School’s Winning Quiz Bowl Coach

Real estate expert Dan Gutfreund shares pro tips and trends for the 2022 real estate market in Metro Detroit BY KORIE WILKINS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SIGNATURE SOTHEBY’S If the last two years have taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. And with the real estate season heating up for the spring, local real estate guru Dan Gutfreund, who owns the Dan Gutfreund Realty Group of Signature Sotheby ’s International Realty in Birmingham, said it could be another interesting year. Let’s jump right in and talk about spring 2022. What are your predictions for this typically busy time of year? It will be interesting this season to see how the market fares. Increasing interest rates, low inventory and high buyer demand is a perfect storm. I feel that with the low inventory our year-over-year sales will be lower. Sellers are not selling because there is nothing for them to move into. This is the issue. Buyers are locking in rates that they need to secure a home to initiate the mortgage. If the rate lock expires, buyer will open themselves up to a higher interest rate. So, the market remains to be seen. I hope for the best. […] Read moreMetro Detroit Real Estate Pro Tips and Trends for 2022

Visit the Park West Museum in Southfield, one of the best collections in the United States, to see everything from Renoir and Chagall to Picasso, Dali and more. BY KORIE WILKINS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PARK WEST GALLERY I’ve driven past that place a million times.”That’s one of the most common responses when you ask someone from Metro Detroit if they’re familiar with the Park West Museum. Everyone recognizes the building with its regal columns and sprawling layout—it’s a fixture as you drive down Northwestern Highway in Southfield. But not nearly as many people realize that, inside that iconic structure, you can find one of the best collections of art in the United States, and it’s available for anyone to visit, for absolutely no charge, seven days a week. That’s why the Park West Museum is one of the most spectacular hidden gems in Detroit. Stop by for a visit and you can spend an afternoon marveling at original paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the founders of Impressionism, or exploring the largest collection of Pablo Picasso’s ceramic works on display anywhere on the planet. You can find salons dedicated to art history legends like Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt van […] Read morePark West Museum: Detroit Art Scene’s Best-Kept Secret

Metro Detroit real estate expert Dan Gutfreund talks local real estate trends and predictions for the coming season. By Korie Wilkins Sponsored by Signature Sotheby’s  The local real estate market is booming, and has been for a while. Dan Gutfreund, who owns the Dan Gutfreund Realty Group of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, says the 2022 market has the potential to be just as hot. He talks local trends and predictions for those looking to buy or sell a home this year. How has 2022 started off so far? January 2022 has come out of the gate strong. Sales are up, however, inventory is down and Realtors are feeling the pressure. Homeowners who are looking to make a move are not listing their homes because there is nothing to buy. This is creating an influx of action in the market place. We have more buyers than sellers right now and homes are selling for at or above asking. Let’s talk about spring 2022: Is it going to be busier than last year? Any changes or trends to note? Spring markets typically are the opening of the busy season in real estate. In Michigan, we typically have two strong seasons: Spring and […] Read moreMetro Detroit Real Estate Market Watch for Spring 2022

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