Devita Davison, Marketing and Communications Director, FoodLab Detroit
WHEN YOU SPEND A DAY IN METRO DETROIT WITH OUT-OF-TOWNERS, WHERE DO YOU TAKE THEM AND WHY?
“Herman “Uncle Herm” Hays opened Dilla’s Delights doughnut shop in honor of his late nephew James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla), a revered Detroit hip-hop producer. You can’t go wrong with the light-as-air Conant Garden glaze, but my favorite is the John Doe plain. Get there early. Doors close once they sell out.
The Paris-inflected Savvy Chic in Eastern Market is filled with a little bit of everything — clothing, specialty foods, kitchenware and home décor. Even though the space may feel international, owner Karen Brown makes sure it’s hyperlocal, too.
Speaking of Paris, my absolute go-to spot to grab a café au lait and get away from it all is Le Petit Zinc. As soon as you walk through the gates, you’ll find yourself in an urban oasis dotted with flowers and a fountain.
Owners Christopher and TaNisha Prater are the most stylish couple in Detroit and their store, Thrift on The Avenue, is the fashion equivalent of “new Detroit.” This well-curated shop blends traditional consignment with upscale resale. The best vintage selection I’ve seen in the city.
I’m not vegan and still shocked at how Detroit Vegan Soul mimics the succulent flavors of soul food with little more than nuts and veggies. While you won’t find a trace of dairy, meats or seafood on the menu, trust me, you won’t miss it. You can find me here on Fridays eating Seitan pepper steak.”
FoodLab Detroit is a diverse group of locally owned food businesses ⎯ caterers, bakers, picklers, distributors, corner store, cafes ⎯ that are taking active steps together toward a more green food economy in Detroit.
“There has been a rebirth, an encore, a renaissance and Detroit is emerging with an entrepreneurial energy that’s reshaping the landscape. She’s big. She’s beautiful. She’s Detroit.” ⎯ Devita Davison