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Broderick Tower Blog http://brodericktower.com/blog The Talk of the Tower. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:26:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.10 Shopping in the D: City Bird & Nest http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/28/city-bird-nest/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/28/city-bird-nest/#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:43:53 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=761 City Bird and Nest are two neighboring retail shops in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood featuring art, design, handmade goods, housewares and more Detroit-themed gifts than you can count. I stopped in to City Bird after hearing so much buzz about this famous book, Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit. I’ve always taken […]

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City Bird and Nest are two neighboring retail shops in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood featuring art, design, handmade goods, housewares and more Detroit-themed gifts than you can count.

I stopped in to City Bird after hearing so much buzz about this famous book, Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit. I’ve always taken pride in knowing a lot about Detroit and the fun places to visit, dine, shop and more. But even experienced Detroiters will enjoy reading about the lesser known gems and attractions throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods – which by the way are neatly organized and easy to use as a guide. Whether you’re a Detroit native, a new Broderick Tower resident or just a weekend visitor to Detroit, this book is a must-have.

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit – softcover, illustrated, 448 pages, $22. Printed in Detroit. Available at City Bird.

“Edited by siblings and lifelong, seventh-generation Detroiters Andy, Emily, and Rob Linn – with contributions from a team of more than 30 Detroit-based writers and researchers – Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit is the result of thousands of hours of research, thousands of site visits, and contributions and ideas from hundreds of local residents, making this streetwise guide a key for unlocking the city.” [BelleIsleTo8Mile.com]

City Bird also carries tons of Detroit-themed housewares, accessories and paper goods as well as work by hundreds of other artists and designers. I picked up a cool hanging art tile with a photo of the Bronx Bar, and I’ve got my eye on the Motown record coaster set.

If you pop next door you’ll come across Nest, a home and housewares shop owned by the same siblings who opened City Bird. Tons of cool stuff here for apartment or home decorating with a unique items, and of course a touch of Detroit.

The shops are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Bird and Nest are located at 460 W. Canfield St. in Detroit, 1.7 miles north of Broderick Tower.

Have you shopped at City Bird or Nest? What are some of the fun items you’ve found at these unique Detroit shops?

 

Editor’s Note: This is Angela H.’s final blog post for the Talk of the Tower.

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Blues on Broadway http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/22/blues-on-broadway/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/22/blues-on-broadway/#respond Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:29:19 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=755 If you’ve made your way down Broadway Street recently, you might’ve noticed a new hot spot at the corner of Gratiot. Blues on Broadway is a new Detroit blues bar with a “taste of New Orleans soul” that’s definitely worth checking out. The former Dirty Jersey location has been transformed, a project that Broderick Tower‘s […]

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If you’ve made your way down Broadway Street recently, you might’ve noticed a new hot spot at the corner of Gratiot. Blues on Broadway is a new Detroit blues bar with a “taste of New Orleans soul” that’s definitely worth checking out.

The former Dirty Jersey location has been transformed, a project that Broderick Tower‘s own Chester and Judy are involved in (kudos!). Every day is Mardi Gras at Blues on Broadway, with purple and gold decorations adorning the walls and bright blue lights line the stocked bar.

The products are imported from New Orleans, including N.O.’s own Abita beers. And with a chef also from New Orleans, you know the cookin’ is authentic. The menu is packed with Cajun and creole food classics such as poboys, gumbo, red beans & rice and more.

Guests are treated to a live blues band from 6pm to 9pm daily, and the entertainment is top notch. Happy hour is from 5pm to 8pm each day with $5 martinis and $2.50 beers on special.

Blues fans also won’t want to miss the Best of Detroit Blues Concert and Festival at Bert’s Entertainment Complex in Eastern Market in Detroit. Originally scheduled for this weekend, the event has been rescheduled for November. Check their website for more information dates to follow.

Blues on Broadway is located at 1315 Broadway St. in Detroit, two blocks southeast of Broderick Tower. They are open Monday through Saturday with doors open at 4pm.

Have you checked out Blues on Broadway? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

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Cruising on the Diamond Jack http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/14/cruising-on-diamond-jack/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/14/cruising-on-diamond-jack/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:13:26 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=732 Did you know the Beatles once stayed at the now abandoned Whittier Hotel along the Detroit Riverfront? Or that the Peace Tower on Belle Isle is named after influential Detroit News columnist Nancy Brown, whose readers donated to build it during the Great Depression? These are just two of the countless fun facts and historical […]

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Did you know the Beatles once stayed at the now abandoned Whittier Hotel along the Detroit Riverfront? Or that the Peace Tower on Belle Isle is named after influential Detroit News columnist Nancy Brown, whose readers donated to build it during the Great Depression?

These are just two of the countless fun facts and historical anecdotes passengers will learn about during the two-hour narrated sightseeing boat tour along the Detroit River on Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

For those looking to see Detroit in a whole new way, Diamond Jack’s River Tours offer a fun, unique and exciting experience. Passengers can take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the river and the famous Detroit skyline from either the open-air deck or seated at comfortable group tables inside below deck.

Also below deck you’ll find a modest concession stand with a few snacks and beverages, but I recommend grabbing lunch before. The stand does offer a small selection of draft beer for purchase. I also recommend arriving early to get a place in line as seats on the top deck fill up fast and admission is first-come, first-served.

The Ambassador Bridge seen from aboard the Diamond Jack.

In Detroit, the Diamond Jack tours load along the Detroit Riverfront at Rivard Plaza (there’s also a downriver tour that docks in Wyandotte). From there, the tour route will take you all the way down toward Lake St. Clair, loop around Belle Isle, down the Canadian side taking in sights of Windsor, underneath the breathtaking Ambassador Bridge before completing the loop near Historic Fort Wayne and the old Boblo Island loading dock.

Diamond Jack’s tours are available June through September on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with departure times at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (over 60), $13 for children ages 6-16, and free for children under 5. Keep an eye out for a Groupon deal on great discounted tickets, or take advantage of this coupon offer for a $10 ride for Thursday or Friday.

Have you been aboard the Diamond Jack? What are some of your favorite sights along the Detroit Riverfront?

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Weekend in the D http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/08/weekend-in-the-d-7/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/08/weekend-in-the-d-7/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:44:53 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=722 The summer fun continues in and around Detroit this weekend, regardless of the not-so-summerish weather! Looking for something fun to do? Here are five events happening in and around the D this weekend you might want to check out: Drinks x Design at Pewabic Pottery: Thursday, Aug. 8 from 5:30-8pm at Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. […]

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The summer fun continues in and around Detroit this weekend, regardless of the not-so-summerish weather! Looking for something fun to do? Here are five events happening in and around the D this weekend you might want to check out:

Drinks x Design at Pewabic Pottery: Thursday, Aug. 8 from 5:30-8pm at Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave in Detroit. Drinks x Design will take over the Pewabic courtyard for the unveiling of the Detroit Design Festival‘s commemorative tile along with music, tours, drinks and of course design. Drinks x Design is a monthly open studio for the creative community. It is a partnership between Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Metro Times and is also sponsored by Quicken Loans. It also highlights some local professional design organizations: AIGA Detroit, AIA Detroit, IDSA Michigan, and NOMA Detroit.

Beach Party at Campus Martius Park feat. Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band: Friday, Aug. 9 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Beach at Campus Martius Park. Grab your favorite island wear and head down to Campus Martius to become part of the Parrot-Heads’ Paradise of Sights & Sounds. Bring a date or meet-up with family and friends for one big island party featuring the famous Parrots of the Caribbean band! Enjoy food and drinks at the Beach Bar & Grill while listening to great music on the Frankenmuth Brewery Stage as you relax on the large deck or dance in the sand.

Detroit Burger Brawl: Saturday, Aug. 10, 11am-3pm, Eastern Market. The 2013 Detroit Burger Brawl is a street fair-style strolling event with 20 participating restaurants and sponsors giving away a taste of their menu burgers. Some competitors include Green Dot Stables, the Rattlesnake Club and One-Eyed Betty’s. The event is a fundraiser for Gleaners of Southeast Michigan and also includes several family-friendly activities. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Detroit Ribs and R&B Music Festival: Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11, Hart Plaza. The 8th annual Ribs and R&B Music Festival takes place on the beautiful Detroit Riverfront in Hart Plaza downtown. The family friendly event features grilled sensations, drinks, shopping and a jam-packed entertainment lineup all weekend long. Cost is free all day Friday, and before 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. After 3pm, admission is $3.00.

Prince and Michael Jackson Experience: Friday, Aug. 9 at 9pm, St. Andrew’s Hall. The Prince and Michael Jackson experience is the ultimate tribute party to the Purple One and King of Pop. Fans celebrate these idols on the dance floor as DJ Dave Paul mixes album cuts, remixes, rare tracks and hits from two of the greatest artists of our time. This dance party event features music from Prince, Michael, The Time, The Jackson 5, Sheila E., Janet Jackson, Vanity 6 and many more. Tickets are $10.

Photo credit: www.bombhiphop.com, Yelp Events

What are you up to this weekend in the D? Let us know what other events are going on in the comments. More importantly, who would you choose: Prince or Michael Jackson?

 

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Weekend in the D http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/01/weekend-in-the-d-6/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/08/01/weekend-in-the-d-6/#respond Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:52:51 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=709 It’s hard to believe August is already here, but summer isn’t over just yet. There’s still plenty to see and do this summer in Detroit. From concerts and volleyball to a muddy 5k race, here are a few events happening this weekend you may want to check out: Beach Volleyball on the Detroit Riverfront: Sand […]

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It’s hard to believe August is already here, but summer isn’t over just yet. There’s still plenty to see and do this summer in Detroit. From concerts and volleyball to a muddy 5k race, here are a few events happening this weekend you may want to check out:

  1. Beach Volleyball on the Detroit Riverfront: Sand Volleyball is now available at the Detroit riverfront as well as a variety of riverfront beach amenities. Relax with friends and family in newly placed Adirondack chairs, chaise lounges and beach slings. You’ll be able to borrow volleyballs on volleyball nights, Mondays & Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm, and the café will offer food and drink specials. Open volleyball play is also available on Saturdays from noon to 3 pm, but BYOV (bring your own volleyball) on Saturdays.
  2. Rooftop Comedy Showcase at Bookies Bar & Grille: Thursday, Aug. 1 from 10pm to 2am. Stand-Up in Detroit presents the Rooftop Comedy Showcase every Thursday at 10 pm at Bookies Bar & Grille. During the free comedy show, featuring new comedians every week, Bookies will offer ½-off appetizers, $5 mason jar beers, $4 bombs and $4 martinis for the ladies. Bookies is located at 2208 Cass Avenue in Detroit.
  3. Science Rocks – After Hours Party at Michigan Science Center: Friday, Aug. 2 from 6pm to 10pm. Join The Michigan Science Center for a special night of rockin’ entertainment and fun for all ages. The Science Rocks party features a reduced cost to the special exhibit The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll along with our Laser Magic shows in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium. Guitar Hero, cash bar, food and a great band will be part of the afterhours fun in Midtown Detroit.
  4. 8th Annual Backpack Music Festival at Belle Isle: Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8am to 9pm. The 2013 festival will feature the city’s premier electronic, techno, house, funk, and hip hop djs, as well as musical and visual artists. The 8th annual backpack music festival fundraiser will help provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need.
  5. Vinyl Record Album Sale at the Detroit Public Library: Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10am to 4pm. The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation will host a one-time only LP and vinyl sale. Browse thousands of interesting, rare and collectible records, jazz, gospel, classical, rock, show tunes and other genres available for purchase at this one day sale. Proceeds will benefit the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of the Detroit Public Library.

    MuckFest MS Detroit obstacle fun run takes place Saturday, Aug. 3 at Belle Isle.

  6. Muckfest MS Detroit Race at Belle Isle: Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9:30am. MuckFest™ MS is a mud and obstacle fun-run. The five-mile course features a gauntlet of muck-filled mazes, pits and craters with over twenty gigantic steel obstacles. The fun doesn’t stop when you slide over the finish line. There’s beer, great food and music in the MuckFestival area. 100 percent of fundraising dollars go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

What else is going on this weekend in the D? Let us know what you’re up to in the comments.

Photo courtesy: Detroit Riverfront Facebook, MuckFest MS Facebook

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Downtown Detroit gets “Transformed” http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/24/downtown-detroit-gets-transformed/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/24/downtown-detroit-gets-transformed/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:49:03 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=692 Controlled explosions, squealing tires and lots and lots of crashes. That’s what residents of Broderick Tower can expect to see and hear a lot of over the next few weeks as Transformers 4 begins filming in and around its main movie set on Bagley Ave. this week. The set is quite the site to see […]

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Controlled explosions, squealing tires and lots and lots of crashes. That’s what residents of Broderick Tower can expect to see and hear a lot of over the next few weeks as Transformers 4 begins filming in and around its main movie set on Bagley Ave. this week.

The set is quite the site to see in downtown Detroit. Crew have transformed an abandoned lot once used for Kid Rock’s “Care” video into a bustling Asian-inspired city. The set features stone lion statues, a derailed transit train car, a three-tiered pagoda, a broken and battered giant umbrella structure (spaceship?) and fake Chinese storefronts touting market fabrics and goods.

But Transformers isn’t the only blockbuster to hit the streets of Detroit. Here are a few other recent or upcoming Detroit film projects to check out:

So keep an eye out for Mark Wahlberg sightings and click here to find out the details of upcoming street closures from our friends at MLive. Transformers 4 is scheduled to be released in June of 2014. See below for more photos from the movie set.

Fake Chinese storefronts line the facades of the old Michigan Theater Building on Bagley Ave. downtown. A semi truck trailer was used to crush dozens of cars in a parking lot on Clifford Street in Detroit. A Chinese pagoda on the set of Transformers 4. A giant umbrella-like structure looks destroyed and toppled over on the main set for Transformers 4. A row of dozens of identical taxis, presumably which will be crushed during filming of Transformers. A fake Victoria's Secret billboard with Chinese writing covers the "CARE" wall used in Kid Rock's music video. A Chinese pagoda on the set of Transformers 4.

Have you seen any of the Transformers or other Detroit film action taking place downtown? What would you like to see filmed in Detroit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Drive: Detroit’s Table Tennis Social Club http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/18/drive-detroits-table-tennis-social-club/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/18/drive-detroits-table-tennis-social-club/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=680 When most people think of table tennis, a few things come to mind. Old rec rooms at the city center, that ping pong/pool table hybrid your parents now use to fold laundry on, or perhaps that movie Balls of Fury. But Drive, Detroit’s one and only table tennis social club, is working to change that […]

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When most people think of table tennis, a few things come to mind. Old rec rooms at the city center, that ping pong/pool table hybrid your parents now use to fold laundry on, or perhaps that movie Balls of Fury. But Drive, Detroit’s one and only table tennis social club, is working to change that perception.

Opened earlier this year, Drive combines table tennis with entertainment and elegance. Guests are greeted by a sleek and sophisticated style, complete with white leather couches, mood lighting and eye-catching art deco surrounding several professional table tennis courts.

Players of all skill levels are welcomed, and staff will help you navigate the rules and techniques if you need a refresher course. You can reserve courts by the hour, $10 per hour before 5pm and $15 per hour after 5pm for non-members. Those who are club members can play for free and also can take advantage of special league challenges and VIP events.

Drive also offers several special public events and promotions including FREE play on Monday evenings during the summer, and a Lunch League. In addition, this Friday, July 19 from 5pm to 11pm, Drive will host a special “beer + pong” event featuring free samples from Motor City Brewing Works.

Our group had a blast getting out on the courts. Though I’m no Forrest Gump, it was still a fun and unique way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I highly recommend grabbing a group of friends and heading over to Drive.

 

Have you had the chance to play table tennis at Drive? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

Drive Table Tennis Social Club is located at 1441 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit, one block south of Broderick Tower. Club hours are Monday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 11pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Jazz in Detroit http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/11/summer-jazz-in-detroit/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/11/summer-jazz-in-detroit/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:47:59 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=670 No matter what time or day of the week, chances are during the summer you’ll come across a FREE live music performance in and around downtown Detroit. Yesterday the Jazz & Stage series kicked off at Grand Circus Park, and many Broderick Tower residents only had to crack open their windows to hear the smooth […]

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No matter what time or day of the week, chances are during the summer you’ll come across a FREE live music performance in and around downtown Detroit. Yesterday the Jazz & Stage series kicked off at Grand Circus Park, and many Broderick Tower residents only had to crack open their windows to hear the smooth sounds of this live music presentation. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or just looking for a fun outdoor activity, here are a few upcoming free jazz events you might want to check out.

Jazz & Stage at Grand Circus Park: Wednesdays through July 31, and August 7 & 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The Opportunity Detroit Jazz Experience features outstanding jazz performances, followed by special presentations on the park lawn stage from Shakespeare-in-the-Park to choral sensations to dance productions.

Guests relax in Grand Circus Park during a free Jazz & Stage performance.

Thursday Alfresco Jazz & Blues at New Center Park: Thursday Alfresco Jazz & Blues runs through August 29th located at New Center Park across from the Fisher Theater. The conservatory serving food & beverages opens at 5:00pm with music starting at 6pm. See artists such as Lady Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew Band, Will Sessions, the Rodney Whitaker Quartet and many more.

Lunchtime in Paradise at Beatrice Buck Park (Paradise Valley):  These free live music performances enliven this pocket park with the sounds of jazz, Broadway, R&B and the blues in downtown’s Paradise Valley district. Check out the shows from 11:30am to 1:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday through August 22 and again on August 29.

Java & Jazz at the Detroit Public Library: The last performance of the Comerica Bank Java & Jazz Concert Series takes place July 18 at the Detroit Public Library’s main branch. Although this performance isn’t outdoors (some are), the show by Sin Hielo is sure to please. Based in Detroit, Sin Hielo has created a new sound fused with Latin, jazz and rock. You can catch these guys all around town, from Sunday brunch at Union Street to garden parties at the Whitney.

And remember, the D is home to the largest free jazz festival in the world, the annual Detroit International Jazz Festival, which takes over downtown each Labor Day weekend.

Where is your favorite place to see an outdoor music performance in Detroit? What other jazz and music events are taking place around downtown?

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Feather Bowling at Cadieux Cafe http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/03/feather-bowling-at-cadieux-cafe/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/07/03/feather-bowling-at-cadieux-cafe/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:00:43 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=656 The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit is a Belgian-themed pub that has been around since its days as a prohibition-era speakeasy. Today, guests (including Anthony Bourdain) flock to this modest corner bar for feather bowling, Belgian bar food, a wide beer selection, live music and more. The dining and bar areas at Cadieux are adjacent to […]

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The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit is a Belgian-themed pub that has been around since its days as a prohibition-era speakeasy. Today, guests (including Anthony Bourdain) flock to this modest corner bar for feather bowling, Belgian bar food, a wide beer selection, live music and more.

The dining and bar areas at Cadieux are adjacent to two indoor feather bowling lanes. I recommend starting the night off with a bite to eat. The mussels are the house specialty and can be served up several different ways. There are other Belgian favorites such as roast beef, beer stew and pomfrites. Don’t forget to ask about the daily specials.

Cadieux offers several special promotions such as all you can eat mussels on Mondays, jazz night on Tuesdays, karaoke on Wednesdays, and jazz and soul Sundays. You can also snag $8 pitchers of beer after 10pm Monday through Thursday.

Feather bowling at Detroit’s Cadieux Cafe is great for groups.

As I mentioned, Cadieux Cafe is famous for feather bowling. If you aren’t familiar, feather bowling is similar to bocce except that the pallino (small target ball) is replaced by a feather sticking out of the ground. And instead of bocce balls, you roll larger wheels that are similar to a wheel of cheese. The game can be played by any number of people, broken into even teams. Scoring is based on which team’s wheels lay closest to the feather.

For full details on scoring and how to feather bowl, click here. But have no doubt, this game is sure to be a hit with groups of all ages. Lane rental is $25 per hour per lane Sunday-Thursday and $40 per hour per lane on Friday and Saturday. The lanes are reserved for league play on Tuesdays after 8pm and Thursdays after 7pm. Call ahead to reserve a lane – they book up fast, especially on weekends.

Cadieux Cafe is located at 4300 Cadieux Rd in Detroit. The kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 11pm, and 4pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar is open until 2am every night. For more information call 313-882-8560.

Have you feather bowled before? Let us know your tips about Cadieux Cafe in the comments.

Here is a Vine of my recent trip to Cadieux Cafe!

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10 things to do in Detroit this summer http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/06/27/10-things-to-do-in-detroit-this-summer/ http://brodericktower.com/blog/2013/06/27/10-things-to-do-in-detroit-this-summer/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:47:50 +0000 http://brodericktower.com/blog/?p=641 Summer is in full swing and the streets of Detroit are bustling with all the excitement that warm weather brings. From biking and kayaking to movies in the park and more, here are 10 summertime activities you can enjoy. But don’t wait too long to cross these off your summer bucket list. Before we know […]

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Summer is in full swing and the streets of Detroit are bustling with all the excitement that warm weather brings. From biking and kayaking to movies in the park and more, here are 10 summertime activities you can enjoy. But don’t wait too long to cross these off your summer bucket list. Before we know it it’s going to be snowing again, right?

  1. Kayaking on Belle Isle: Detroit River Sports offers kayak and paddle board rentals from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends on Belle Isle. Cost is $15 per hour or $50 per day for a single kayak, or $20 per hour or $65 per day for a tandem kayak. Stand up paddle boards are $20 per hour or $60 per day.
  2. Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Tour: From the murals of Southwest Detroit to the culture of Hamtramck, experience and explore the city’s architecture, public art, history and much more all from two wheels on a guided bike tour with Wheelhouse Detroit. Tours start at $25 – add $10 to the tour cost if you need a bike rental.
  3. Bocce at Buddy’s Pizza:  A good old fashioned game of bocce ball is the perfect summer pairing with some delicious Detroit style pizza. Play on these historic courts for FREE when you dine at the original Buddy’s location in Detroit. Don’t know how? The friendly staff are more than willing to show you the ropes. Beer, bocce and Buddy’s Pizza – what more can you ask?

    Playing bocce at the original Detroit Buddy’s Pizza location is a great way to spend a summer night.

  4. Movie Night at New Center Park: Each Wednesday night during the summer, New Center Park offers free outdoor movie showings at 9:30pm. Enjoy classics like Dirty Dancing and Sixteen Candles on a blanket in the park. It is a licensed venue so leave the picnic basket at home — food, beverages and cocktails are available for purchase. They also have free alfresco jazz and blues concerts on Thursday evenings.
  5. Sand Volleyball at Z’s Villa: This historic Detroit house/bar/grill not only has great food and a cool atmosphere, but they have a sand volleyball pit in the back yard. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are reserved for league play, but you can get a group together and play on the court for free after enjoying a bite to eat. Just call ahead to make sure it’s available 313-874-2680.
  6. 4th Fridays at Campus Martius Park: It seems like there’s always something happening at Campus Martius Park in the summer. Spend a Friday enjoying free live music concerts, food, drinks and marketplace shopping during the regular 4th Friday events. While you’re there you can stick your toes in the sand at the Beach at CMP or sip a summertime cocktail on the patio at Fountain Bistro.
  7. Detroit Segway TourAlright, so by now we’ve gotten used to seeing people zip around the city on Segways, right? See what all the buzz is about and take your own tour to experience Detroit in a whole new way. You can ride along next to an experienced guide on a variety of themed tours, or create your own adventure and rent a segway. Rentals are available from 10am to 6pm daily through October.
  8. Rockin’ on the Riverfront Concerts: Rock and roll returns to the Detroit Riverfront this summer for the annual Rockin’ on the Riverfront free summer concert series. Classic rock fans look forward to this event each year, with bands like The Romantics and Loverboy hitting the stage. The series features six free consecutive Friday evenings of rock and roll fun starting July 12.
  9. Diamond Jack’s River ToursCruise the world’s busiest international waterway to see the sights of Detroit and Windsor aboard the double decker Diamond Jack. Beer, wine, snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase on the two hour narrated tour. Tours run twice a day on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until September. Adult tickets are $17, but keep your eyes peeled and you might catch a Groupon deal. Don’t forget about the Princess, too!
  10. Yoga in the Park: PopUpYoga313 offers regular outdoor yoga classes at Palmer Park and Lafayette Greens. Relax and recharge with some amazing yoga while enjoying the beautiful park scenery this summer. Check the weekly schedule for details or follow them on Facebook for the latest updates. If you’re free Friday night, stop by Lafayette Greens for a big outdoor yoga jam on June 28 at 7pm,  tickets are $20.

What activities are on your Detroit summer bucket list?

[Photo: Detroit River Sports via Facebook]

[Photo: Buddy’s Pizza via Facebook].

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