stuff i find that's detroit and/or michigan related. i'll try to focus on things that are locally produced, but we'll see...
Wanna see an entire state pull itself up by it’s well worn boots? This get-off-your-ass-and-do-somethin-about-it illustration is part of a larger family of prints by the talented (and generous) Amanda Jane Jones.
I won’t make fun of you for being “that guy” if you wear this shirt while buying organic veggies at Eastern Market.
It’s 1901 and Henry Ford wants to build a car that everyone can own. But first he needs the money to produce it. How will he get it? He enters a car race, of course! Readers will love this fast-paced, fact-based story!
The “Heart of Detroit” Run/Walk is an event designed to bring runners and walkers to downtown Detroit to raise money for local non-profits. The course is designed to “show off” downtown Detroit and it finishes inside Comerica Park…on the field! The “D” Home plate is the Finish Line and the after party is on the concourse with the Tiger’s merry-go-round and Ferris wheel running! There will be many Detroit surprises at this event….all aimed at raising money for hundreds of Detroit charities.
Has a lifetime of being a Detroit Tigers fan not been quite enough for you? Now you can take your frustration into the afterlife with a series of MLB-licensed funerary products from Eternal Image, Inc. Since early 2007, the company has been selling MLB-themed urns, and towards the end of 2008, it introduced its first run of MLB caskets.
This truly inspiring piece of film makes you want to shed a tear from happiness and fury all in the same breath. The teachers at Catherine Ferguson Academy are rolling up their sleeves and thinking out of the box to wake a resting city, while in the mean time bringing fresh organic produce and new found employment to one of the most impoverished cities in the country. The documentary Grown in Detroit shows how the students at Catherine Ferguson Academy turned a small garden on their playground into a sizeable organic plot complete with apple trees, horses, pigs, and goats. But this isn’t your average school. Catherine Ferguson Academy is one of three schools left in the country where teenage mothers can bring their kids to school with them. In a country where, according to the movie, 90 percent of moms drop out of school because they get pregnant, there are far too few opportunities left for these young moms.
Could Henry Ford have taken his idea for an automobile assembly line from the elves at the North Pole? Maybe so. Set just before Christmas in 1908, this charming tale finds Henry Ford puzzling over a way to make his Model T affordable for the average family. His little son Edsel suggests that Daddy write to Santa for advice. Since Santa makes toys for millions of children, Edsel points out, he must know a better way. Henry writes the letter just to please his son, but Santa actually answers by taking Henry to visit his North Pole workshop. When he sees the elves working in a line, each completing just one specific task on every toy that’s made, Henry Ford envisions an automobile assembly line. The story not only illustrates that children can teach adults how to dream, but it also provides an author’s note with factual information about Henry Ford and the Model T.
Made with authentic Michigan birch bark from up north, these earrings feature sterling silver ear wires and are coated in a thick gloss finish. They are also organic and would be complementary to any skin tone. I could see my mom wearing these in early autumn, with her green/brown-ish boatneck shirt.
If you grew up in the late 1970s and early 80s like I did, you’re probably familiar with Roger Hargreaves’ “Mr. Men” series of books, which featured characters with names such as “Mr. Mischief” and “Little Miss Splendid.” Although Hargreaves never wrote a book featuring “Little Miss Detroit,” with this t-shirt, you can imagine what adventures she would have with her turntables. While you’re at the Detroit Manufacturing website, have a look around at the other Detroit designs they have available.
I don’t know if there is a Michigan woman, over the age of seventy, who doesn’t have this great lakes lighthouse cardigan somewhere in her closet. Perhaps they pass this sweatshirt out when your hair turns gray. Both of my grandmas have one, as do most of the little old ladies at my church. I don’t know what it is about the elderly, but they all seem to love these beacons of light, and there are more of them in Michigan than any other state in the union. I feel like perhaps I should buy one now, just in case they’re not available in forty years.
With its opulent movie palaces and nightclubs, the Grand Circus Park district, north of Detroit’s riverfront, has always been a Motor City hot spot. Like much of the city, the area lost some of its luster during the auto industry decline, and there are still some empty storefronts and vacant lots. But its namesake park has been spruced up, and when Detroit’s pro sports teams are in town, the area fills with fans. Topping everything off is a selection of theaters and concert venues, and a thriving restaurant scene.
This antique sterling silver souvenir spoon was made in the late 1940’s or early 50’s. There is a beautiful depiction of Grand Circus Park on the handle, leading down to the word Detroit and eventually to the flattened bowl of the spoon, formed into a cuff bracelet.
The Night Before Christmas in Michigan is the third in a series of state specific “Night Before Christmas” titles from Gibbs-Smith publishing. In addition to to the lavishly illustrated hardcover, it’s also available as a download for the amazon kindle. It seems that the author has done a pretty good job of researching facts about the state, and incorporating them into a modified version of the poem. Whether you live in Michigan or have moved away, this book would make a great addition to your Christmas list.