Monday, July 15, 2019

It's Fun to Sweat Out Your Stress at The Schvitz

A Schvitz is a sauna or steam bath. A place where groups of people gather to share in the ritual of sweating together, a ritual that dates back to ancient Greek times. The premise behind this ancient form of self-care is to embrace sweating to get all of the bad things inside of you out. Some people use steam baths for arthritis issues, some for skin issues, and others use it as a way to get over the last drinking binge. Bathhouses are very different from the dry saunas that you might have seen at your local gym so we want to tell you a little bit about our experience at Detroit's 100 + year old bathhouse called The Schvitz so that you know what you are getting into if you ever decide to go.

The Schvitz has been located in Detroit for over 100 years, but until a few years ago it was not very accessible to many different people, especially women. Oddly enough though, I was friends with a member and I had the chance to check it out a few times. The best way to describe it was lawless, the same way that I would describe Detroit 10 years ago. You could smoke whatever you wanted wherever you wanted and no one bothered with you if you didn't bother them. We would rent the space out on a Sunday and have a co-ed day with friends. This would include bringing in trays of food, bottles of alcohol, and all of our own amenities, including towels. It was fun, but it was dirty. Plus, women were only allowed if we rented out space or if you went with a date on a Saturday, so saying it wasn't really female-friendly would be an understatement. Thankfully, the new owner has completely turned things around and these days on Tuesdays and Sundays it is one of the most female-friendly places in town!

The new Schvitz is completely renovated from top to bottom, much more female-friendly has a lot more amenities and is all-inclusive and body positive. They have co-ed nights, as well as male and female only nights and they offer many other services throughout the week. My first visit was on a Tuesday night for a female only sweat from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. We got there around 6:30 and I would say that it was the peak time for people arriving for steam. When I arrived I paid my $30 fee to get into the club and was given 2 towels to start with (one to sit on and one to dry off with) and a locker key for a locker that I could store all my things in while I was there. I headed to the dressing room, changed into my swimsuit. and stored all my stuff in the locker and I was ready to go. I ventured down to the hot steam room with two friends, rinsed off. and went into the wet steam room where we hung out for around a half hour (as long as we could handle). While we were in the steam bath I observed some people getting a service that involved being hit with wet tea leaves. There were also a lot of women who were naked and proud, by this I mean spread out and unbothered. So, if you are uncomfortable with nudity. this might not be the place for you. After hitting the wet steam we visited the dry steam and jumped in the pool. We repeated this pattern over and over until we could take it anymore and then we headed back upstairs.

After changing out of our clothing and signing up for a late night massage I ordered food from the Coriander Kitchen's pop-up that they had in the house for the night. This particular pop-up offered a ton of vegan options, including a kale salad and chocolate mousse with blueberries that we couldn't pass up. The portions were hearty, the food was amazing, and the service was to die for. It was the perfect way to wake your body back up after spending so much time in the Schvitz. Finally, to end my night, I got a quick 35-minute total body massage from Joy, one of the therapists that were set up for the night. She was kind, she was thorough, and after hours of rubbing, she still had some really strong hands. I also have to say that getting the massage after the steam was really the icing on the cake. It was the perfect way to let go of the stress that I have been holding onto. In fact, I cried out of happiness and release on my way home and slept better than I have in months. So, I needed the steam session for a lot more than an article.
The Schvitz is open 7 days a week and you can see their schedule here. They have different pop-ups that are there throughout the week/year with lots of different services that you can take advantage of. This can include everything from tarot readings to Reiki. You can also still bring your own booze to enjoy, but you cannot smoke inside, you have to take that out to the amazing patio. They provide towels and robes for anyone that asks and have nice soaps and washes in all of their showering areas. So, you do not have to bring much. We do however recommend bringing a pair of flip flops and a reusable water bottle to keep filling up every time you need a drink. We also saw a few women using face masks in the steam room and we cannot wait to try that the next time we visit. And for the girls, we also recommend going on a girls only night if you can.  There was something really special about being around a bunch of awesome women for the night, it made me appreciate us and our bodies more than ever before.


~S

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 12-14

Friday, July 12th & Saturday, July 13th, 2019 - The Raconteurs @ The Masonic Temple: Jack White will be back in Detroit this weekend for back to back nights at The Masonic Temple with The Raconteurs. It's the perfect place for this show, since after all, Jack is the man that saved that amazing building. The Detroit dates are the kick off to the band's North American Tour in support of their latest album Help Us Stranger, which was just released last month. Tickets are still available for both shows and can be purchased online here.

Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th - The Wizard of Oz @ The Redford Theatre: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Redford Theatre this weekend for The Wizard of Oz! The historic theatre will be showing this classic film on Friday night, and again on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are only $5 per show and can be purchased in advance here. The theatre will also be collecting donations for Pantry 4 Paws, so bring some food for furry friends.

Saturday, July 13th - HR of Bad Brains @ The Loving Touch: HR (Human Rights) of the legendary band Bad Brains will be in town this weekend to play The Loving Touch. He will be playing music from his solo career as well as some Bad Brains songs at the show. Joining him for the night are Downtown Brown and J. Navarro & The Traitors. Tickets are only $15 and all ages are welcome. Pick up your tickets online here.



Sunday, July 14th - Conquest of the Planet of the Tapes @ The Sanctuary: Calling all movie lovers! If you don't care about Blu-Ray and digital quality and still love watching VHS tapes, then this event is for you! The Sanctuary will be full of vendors selling amazing movies on VHS this Sunday afternoon. According to the Facebook event, it looks like there might even be some Super 8 films there too! Show up to shop and see what you can find! Admission is free and the swap runs from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.




Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Concert of Colors is Still Free and Fun

For 27 years straight, the Concert of Colors has been bringing together the City of Detroit to celebrate music and diversity. This annual event is sponsored by The Arab American National Museum in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and the University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The festival's goal is to, "unite metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world."

The nine-day long event will take place on multiple stages across the city. The main stage is located at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts with supporting stages at the DIA (north lawn, Rivera court, Kresge Court), Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Historical Society, Michigan Science Center, Scarab Club, International Institue of Metropolitan Detroit, and The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.
This year's event officially kicked off last night with a Tiny Desk concert sponsored by WDET, but there will be a lot more to experience over the next 8 days. You can see the full schedule of events here. Some of this year's highlights include a screening of the 2019 documentary: God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines – The Story of Detroit Techno, a low rider display in front of the DIA, and a live performance by Shigeto. There is even a film about Grace Jones being played at The DIA on Tuesday.
The Concert of Colors is a family event and it is free to attend. You can see a full schedule of everything fun you can do over the next 8 days here

~S 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Win Tickets to See Kyle Shutt of The Sword at Small's

Guitarist Kyle Shutt has been playing with the band The Sword since 2003. The band is currently on hiatus, but Shutt is still making music. He recently released a self-titled album for his solo project. Give it a listen below.


Kyle Shutt and his band are currently out on tour and will be making their way to the Detroit area this weekend. They are set to hit the stage Sunday night at Small's in Hamtramck. Joining them is Detroit's own Trout, one of our personal favorites. Tickets to see these two bands live are only $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can purchase your advance tickets online here

Thanks to our friends at Small's, you can also enter to win a pair of free tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #Kyle in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. 

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on Sunday and 18+ are welcome. 


~C

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

We Tried Outdoor Yoga at Port and It was Awesome

Working out is an interesting thing, it can be so intimidating, but it can also be addicting. I personally enjoy working out in a group setting because it pushes me to try harder, do better and learn new things. But for a lot of people, it can also be really scary to get hot and sweaty around a group of people that you do not know, especially if you are a beginner. For these reasons, I find myself sticking to routines and classes that I know I can handle which prevents me from learning new techniques and finding new ways to get fit. So, I decided that it was time to push myself to try something new.

I have always wanted to try a group yoga class so when I found out that Port in Ferndale was offering free donation based session on Saturday and Sunday mornings I decided that I was going to bring a mat and see what it was all about.

The classes are taught by Samantha Mee, a local woman who has quite a following. The routine was around an hour long and Sam did a great job at walking all of us through it. She explained everything that she wanted us to do and helped those of us that got confused along the way. She also made adjustments for people who needed things to be easier or harder. But, the best part about the whole thing was being outside in Ferndale on a sunny Sunday. It was fun to hear the birds, the cars, the people, and all of the sounds of the small Metro Detroit city and make mornings so special. I understand why people like to do yoga outdoors, it is a different experience and it is amazing. In fact, I went to the class angry and after one hour in the sun focusing on my breathing I left on the top of the world. I was nervous to try something new and after trying it, I definitely want to go back.


Port yoga takes place at 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday all summer long. It's free to attend with a $5 suggested donation for Sam for taking the time to practice with everyone. We highly suggest trying this class this summer, it is always good to get out there and do something different! 


~S 

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Dr. Wants You to Eat Good Sushi

Sushi has always been one of my favorite foods, but ever since I went vegan, I have been underwhelmed by my options. It turns out that most sushi places only offer a few vegan rolls and they tend to be pretty basic. This means that despite being one of my favorites, I haven't enjoyed much sushi over the past two years and I was really starting to miss it. So, I ventured out to see if I could find someplace that would make me something that would make my mouth water the same way that salmon avocado used to, that's when I found the doctor.

Dr. Sushi is a local Detroit catering company that has been popping up at restaurants and bars all over the city for the last 6 years. Nick George, a.k.a. Dr. Sushi, began his journey as a prep chef in a sushi bar before venturing out to create the first sustainable sushi business in Metro Detroit. His approach is to source high-quality sustainable fish and locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables to bring his customers the freshest and most eco-sustainable sushi that they have ever tasted. His cuisine also caters to vegetarian and vegan eaters by offering up lots of options that aren't on any other menu in town. This includes 2 of the best rolls I have ever eaten. One featured avocado, sweet potato, cucumber inari, and onion, and another that featured avocado with lemon habanero kosho. Each bite of sushi was PACKED with flavors that I have haven't tasted before. Dr. Sushi was by far the best sushi that I have ever had, vegan or otherwise.
There are three different ways that you can try Dr. Sushi for yourself. The first option is to attend one of his monthly pop-ups around town. The next one that he has scheduled will take place on July 12th at Lost River in Detroit. You can follow them here to stay up to date on their pop up events. The second way is to hire him to cater to your party or event. They can deliver some sushi trays, hangout and make them for your guests, or prepare an entire 5-course meal for your friends if you have the money and space. The final way that you can try their food is to attend one of their sushi classes. They have one at Brooklyn Street Local this Wednesday, July 10th and they run them all around town throughout the year. You can even reach out and book your own class for you and your friends if you want to learn together. You can find out more about Dr. Sushi's classes here.



~S

Friday, July 5, 2019

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: July 5-7




Friday, July 5th - Cheapshow's Release Show @ The Sanctuary: Cheapshow is celebrating the release of their new EP After Everything is Said & Done, Friday night at The Sanctuary. The new songs can be streamed on the band's bandcamp here. Cheapshow will be joined by The Quirk and No Vision for this show. Cover is $8 and all ages are welcome.



Friday, July 5th - Vinyl Up Your Ass Voume 6 @ Outer Limits Lounge: Everyone's favorite Heavy Metal DJ Duo Heavy & Beyond will be spinning records throughout the night at Outer Limits. The soundtrack for the night will mainly consist of old school heavy metal. Cover is free and there will be cheap drinks. Things kick off at 8 p.m.



Friday, July 5th - Snoop Dogg @ Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre: The one and only Snoop Dogg will bring the Puff Puff Pass tour to Detroit this Friday night. Joining him on the tour are Warren G and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. That's a pretty epic lineup in our book! Tickets are still available, but they're pricey! Get more info and purchase tickets here.



Saturday, July 6th - A Star is Born @ Campus Martius: A Star is Born is definitely one of the top movies of the past year. If you haven't seen it yet, or you want to watch it again, this Saturday night you have a chance to watch it under the stars. Movie Nights in the D at Campus Martius Park are back and this Saturday, A Star is Born will be shown at 8 p.m. Make sure you get there early though, spots on the lawn fill up fast!





Saturday, July 6th - Stef Chura @ Deluxx Fluxx: Stef Chura has a new album out too and she's celebrating the release this Saturday at Deluxx Fluxx! Midnight can be heard online here. Stef will be joined by French Vanilla and Johnny Ill for Saturday's show.  Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online here. 18+ are welcome and doors are at 7 p.m.




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Kunt-Fu Wants You to Help Them Keep Our Local Bars Safer For All Of Us

Partying, bar hopping, and going to shows is supposed to be fun. But, when you're a woman it can also be scary. We all know how uncomfortable it can be to walk in and out of a bar by yourself, but there are lots of ways that we can all make sure that everyone, including the ladies, makes it home safe.

The first thing that we can do is lookout for each other. If you are at a bar and you see someone having a tense conversation, being taken out of the bar against their will, or about to walk to their car by themselves, take action. Walk them out with your friends, interrupt that tense conversation and say something to someone when you see something weird going on. No one is asking you to be the hero, but there is nothing cooler than caring about the people who live, play and travel around the same circles that you do. You can make a commitment to be a part of a new bar culture where we all really look out for each other.

The second thing that you can do is support a fundraiser to raise money to handout pepper spray in Detroit and Hamtramck that was put together by Anne Cousins and Andrea Bonaventura. Anne and Andrea are two of the amazing bartenders at The Painted Lady in Hamtramck. They both work really hard to create a safe space for their friends and patrons and they want to make sure that more bars around the city are equipped to do the same. For the second time, they have put together a fundraiser with two purposes. First, they want to raise money to buy and distribute pepper spray and then they want to host a few free self-defense classes for anyone that is interested in learning more about how to keep themselves safe as they travel around the city. You can donate any amount to their cause by clicking here. Every dollar helps and this is a great cause. 

We all want our friends and family to have a good time when we go out and we all want to get home safe. So, when you're out and about treat everyone like they are your loved ones and we can all make sure that we have fun nights all over town. We are proud to live in a place where people are taking action and looking out for each other.


~S






Tuesday, July 2, 2019

24 Hour Giveaway: The Beths @ El Club

The Beths just wrapped up a European tour last month and now they are making their way across North America! The New Zealand based band just kicked off their latest tour last week in Wisconsin and they'll be making their way to Detroit this week. They will perform live at El Club this Wednesday, July 3rd. Watch the music video for their song "Uptown Girl" off the band's debut full length Future Me Hates Me, then read ahead for more details on their Detroit show!


Wednesday's show at El Club will also feature Girl Friday and Benign Appeal. Cover to see these three great bands live is $12 in advance or $14 at the door. Thanks to our friends at El Club, we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. To enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #beths in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors will open at 7 p.m.


~C

Monday, July 1, 2019

Everything You Want to Know About Metro Detroit's New Skate Parks


Did you know that Tony Hawk opened two new skate parks in Michigan this Summer? These new built-to-skate spaces were laid out and funded by the Tony Hawk Foundation, a non-profit that has built over 600 different free skate parks in communities all over the US. Tony understands how important it is for kids to get out and skate with their friends so he is making sure that no matter where you are, you can do that. He gave Ferndale and Detroit each a $250,000 grant to build a park and that is exactly what they did.

The Ferndale skate park features 11,000 square feet of smooth cement that is laid out so that you can drop in anywhere and just keep going. There are a few rails built into space and no harsh edges. A lot of people can skate the park at the same time and the space is set up so that family and friends can hang out while you do so. There are 7 shaded picnic benches surrounding the skate park, as well as two playgrounds and a covered area around 50 feet away. The only that is missing is a bathroom. So you need to make sure that you have a plan if you decide to bring the family to hang out for the day. Helmets are required to ride in the park and space is completely unsupervised so you are riding at your own risk. The Ferndale skate park is located at 1198 Earle Blvd., Ferndale, MI 48220

The Detroit skate park is even bigger than the Ferndale location, clocking in at around 15,000 square feet. It has the same built to ride design, but there are a lot more amenities at this park. This includes soccer fields, a basketball court, a playground, restrooms, a softball field, and a picnic shelter. They also recently opened a dog park so pooches are welcome to come to hang out too. The Detroit skate park is located inside West Riverfront Park, located in Southwest.

Both parks are 100 % free to skate at your own risk. Helmets are required, pads are recommended. Skateboards, roller blades, BMX bikes, and scooters are all allowed to come roll.
Photo at the Detroit location by Camera Jesus


~S