Thursday, April 22, 2021

Missing Art and Culture? Visit a Gallery!

The number one thing we miss about pre-COVID life is art and culture. Thankfully, most of Detroit's galleries have reopened with precautions so that you can make an appointment to visit to see their current exhibit(s). Here is what some of our favorite spots currently have on display.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD):

DUAL VISION - Dual Vision is an expansive, forty-person group exhibition featuring artists living in or otherwise engaged with Detroit. Framed as a series of visual conversations that explore various methodologies for collaboration between practitioners, Dual Vision includes twenty individual projects produced by forty artists working in pairs—each work representing dual creativity as one. This exhibition underscores the nature in which contemporary artists communicate visually as a means of crafting a collective message. Dual Vision exhibits a robust intersection of disciplines and practices—from painting and sculpture to sound, fiber, and lens-based media—with contributions by artists at varying stages of their careers.

February 5th - August 8th, 2021

LENI SINCLAIR: MOTOR CITY UNDERGROUND - Motor City Underground presents the photographs of Leni Sinclair, best known for her work chronicling radical movements of Detroit since the 1960s. A founding member of the White Panthers, Sinclair is both an activist and longtime witness to social justice organizing in Detroit. Her images are among the most iconic and thorough records of the city’s countercultural history.

February 5 – May 2, 2021

BLACK ART LIBRARY - Created in February 2020 by independent curator Asmaa Walton, the Black Art Library was born from Walton’s desire to create a tactile means for communities to engage with Black artists and Black art history. A living archive of global Black creativity, the collection includes artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, children’s books, artist memoirs, artist biographies, art history texts, and other art-related ephemera. As a mobile collection and interactive installation, Black Art Library provides a platform for community accessibility and engagement with the rich legacy of Black art, aesthetics, and history.

February 5 – May 2, 2021

DETROIT NARRATIVE AGENCY: RADICAL REMEDIES - As our communities face the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and severe anti-Black racism, what do resilience, resistance, joy, grief, and collective care look like? Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) invited Detroiters and Michigan residents to creatively respond to this question through short videos. Radical Remedies, organized in collaboration with Detroit Narrative Agency, amplifies community stories to build collective healing

February 5 – May 2, 2021

M Contemporary Art:


Solo Exhibition
March 26 - May 1, 2021

MAY 15, 12 - 6 PM

Library Street Collective:

ANATOMY: NATALIE WADLINGTON - Anatomy: Natalie Wadlington features new paintings by the Texas-based artist, who creates vibrant oil paintings that are based in story-telling and figuration. Her characters are wide-eyed with wonderment and fear as they navigate various environments and encounters with both wild and domesticated animals. Within her paintings, humans and animals come together in symbolic scenes that mirror our own complex interpersonal struggles for understanding.

March 16 - April 27, 2021


FADE TO FADE: JULIA WACHTEL, PAUL PFEIFFER, AND WENDY WHITE-Through the lens of the American stage, Fade to Fade challenges the passivity of our contemporary self-image at a time when manipulation through social and news media has reached dizzying heights. Through the deconstruction of pervasive imagery within media and popular culture, artists Julia Wachtel, Paul Pfeiffer, and Wendy White present a dismantling of the pageantry of commerce, performance, and policy to reveal the axioms and essential flaws that lie beneath.

April 10 - May 8, 2021
Paul Pfeiffer — Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (06), 2001-2018

Detroit Institute of Arts:

ROBERT BLACKBURN & MODERN AMERICAN PRINTMAKING-Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking celebrates both the artist and the democratic and diverse creative community he developed. Born of Jamaican immigrants and raised in Harlem, Blackburn was an innovative printmaker and influential teacher. Blackburn explored avant-garde ideas while promoting a new collaborative approach to printmaking. The exhibition contains more than 75 works, including lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio prints, and watercolors by Blackburn and the artists with whom he collaborated, including Elizabeth Catlett, Grace Hartigan, Robert Rauschenberg, and Charles White.

Sat, Mar 20, 2021 — Sun, Sep 5, 2021

DETROIT STYLE: CARE DESIGN IN THE MOTOR CITY 1950–2020-Detroit designers have always led the way in car design. The futuristic concept cars, roaring muscle cars, and sleek racers designed in and around the city shape our ideas of what a car can be. Working on paper, in clay, and in metal, their ideas drive American car culture and inform the way we get around every day.

Sun, Nov 15, 2020 — Sun, Jun 27, 2021

RUSS MARSHALL: DETROIT PHOTOGRAPHS, 1958-2008-The Detroit Institute of Arts presents a survey of over 90 photographs by Russ Marshall whose black-and-white imagery was inspired by the Motor City’s streets, architecture, music and factory workers for over 50 years. Marshall was born in 1940 in the thriving coal-mining town of South Fork, Pennsylvania to a family of coal miners, farmers and industrial factory workers. His family relocated to Detroit in 1943. By the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Marshall had begun to photograph the city’s streets, its passersby, Thanksgiving Day parades, its Michigan Central Station (MCS) and even a rare “Love-In” staged on Belle Isle in the late 1960s.

Sun, Nov 15, 2020 — Sun, Jun 27, 2021

EXPERIENCE AND EXPRESSION-To create the art of our time, artists often draw on their own experiences of the world—from the personal to the political, from the aesthetic to the commercial, from the individual to the collective, from the spiritual to the material.

Sat, Jan 30, 2021 — Sun, Oct 3, 2021

Cranbrook Art Meseum:

2021 GRADUATE DEGREE EXHIBITION OF CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART-The most innovative work from the next generation of architects, artists, and designers will be on display at the 2021 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Degree Exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of graduates as they launch their careers.

April 17 – May 16, 2021

Playground Detroit:

MISE EN ABYME: RACHEL PONTIOUS SOLO EXHIBITION-Rachel Pontious is a fine artist based in Detroit, Michigan. She uses paint to explore nonlinear narratives that speak to the ways we relate to one another, to the objects around us, and to the spaces we inhabit. Pontious does this by weaving abstracted and unnavigable spaces with figures and objects of different planes and perspectives. Her work investigates the Venn diagram of what objects we keep close and the personal mythologies that they create, subtle and exaggerated modes of communication (e.g. body language and theatricality), as well as threshold/transitional architectural spaces and portals.

On view through May 15th

Red Bull House of Art:

AKEEM SMITH: NO GYAL CAN TES-Drawing upon his experience growing up between New York and Jamaica, Smith harmonizes disparate elements from this extensive archival documentation, which chronicles this seminal era from the early 80s through y2k, conjuring a collective memory that otherwise would have only existed on the threshold of the artist’s own. Part poem, part anthropological homage, No Gyal Can Test forms a layered exploration of spectral coloniality, diaspora, and the voyeurism that results from transposing these artefacts across cultural, economic, and temporal divides.

April 16–July 30, 2021


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Celebrate 4/20 with a Happy Deal from Joebar

Do you remember the excitement of getting a Happy Meal when you were a kid? Not only did you get your own perfectly portioned burger or nuggets with fries and a drink, but you got a surprise toy too! Sure, you knew what the theme was, but would you get the toy that you really wanted? 

Joebar in Hazel Park is bringing back that excitement we experienced as kids, but to adults. Every Tuesday, they offer a $10 Happy Deal. The deal usually is comprised of an amazing specialty burger, fries, and a Miller High Life. And, of course it wouldn't be happy if there wasn't some sort of surprise that came along with the meal. So, Joebar teams up with other local businesses to offer a "toy" for adults that comes with each meal.

This week, in honor of 4/20 and those that like to celebrate with a little flower, Joebar has an extra special Happy Deal. They have teamed up with their neighbor New Standard Cannabis for this week's toy. The burger is also extra special and is called The Luau. It features classic Joebar patties topped with American Cheese, Pineapple Chutney, Lettuce, and Honey Sriracha. 

If you want to celebrate 4/20 with a $10 Happy Deal, you have to pre-order your meal here. Pre-order starts at noon and pickup begins after 4 p.m. Joebar is located in Hazel Park at 23839 John R. To stay in the loop on Joebar's weekly $10 Happy Deals, follow them on Facebook and Instagram


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spruce Up Your Spring Wardrobe by Shoping Local

Spring is finally here and the warmer weather has come along with it! We're all in the mood to venture out a bit more and maybe even get dressed before we leave the house. Plus, with many people getting vaccinated, it's just a matter of time before you will be seen in public again. 

If you feel like your wardrobe could use some revamping for the season, check out these spring looks that were sent to us from a few of our favorite local businesses! For a list of more local clothing stores, check out our Shop Small or Die Guide

24918 John R., Hazel Park, MI 48030
Instagram: @youngbloodsshop

Youngbloods specializes in menswear, plus you can get a trim at their barbershop while you're there! Although they mainly carry men's clothing, there are quite a few accessories and items that everyone can pull off. Check out some of their favorite looks for spring below. 

Old Soul Vintage
3627 B Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

After the Flu of 1918, everyone was ready to get out of the house, live life, and look fabulous during the Roaring '20s. Old Soul Vintage's new collaborative clothing line "Charades" will let you have fun with your clothes, after wearing sweats and pajamas for most of the last year. The collaboration is between OSV, Leslie Graver (Bitchin Stitchin), Crying Heart Craft Co., and Shadow Show. Make sure you stop by the shop to see what vintage treasures you can find too! 

Photo credit: @punkypies

1418 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
Instagram: @brightlytwisted

If you're not quite ready to give up the comfy clothes just yet, Brightlytwisted is the perfect fit. Their tie-dyed clothing looks great and feels great, with everything from dresses to hoodies. Check out some of their latest items below and head to their website to see their full clothing line. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Hip in Detroit's Picks for the Weekend: April 9-11, 2021

More people are getting vaccinated and the weather is getting nicer. That means, for the first time in over a year, we have some events to share as our picks for the weekend! Please keep in mind, that COVID-19 numbers are still up. So, if you go out, please be safe, wear a mask, socially distance, and keep your hands clean. 

Saturday, April 10th - Heavy & Beyond @ Small's: 

Heavy Metal returns to Small's this Saturday night with Heavy & Beyond! They will be supplying the tunes, while Renegade Kitchen serves up some tasty eats. The menu for the night is stoner themed, with items like Pizza Poutine (pizza rolls, cheeses sauce, pizza sauce and pepperoni) and Hamtramck Hot Tots (think Nashville Chicken on tots w/ cheese). Small's will also have $1 off tallboys and $3 16 oz. Bring Out Your Dead IPA on special. Hang out on Small's new patio and enjoy some socially distanced hangs! Cover is $3 and doors open at 7:30 PM. 

Sunday, April 11th - Fleatroit Spring Outdoor Flea Market @ Outer Limits Lounge:

Outer Limits Lounge will be taking the fun to their patio as well this weekend, with the Fleatroit Spring Outdoor Flea Market. The market will feature vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, books, records, and more. It is free to attend and its open from noon until 6 p.m. While you're there, grab a pasty and a drink too! The bar is open 'til 11 p.m.

Final Weekend for the Monroe Street Drive-In:

If you haven't heard, there has been a pop-up drive-in movie theatre Downtown for the last few months. Monroe Street Theatre has featured newer films, family films, and classics during its run, but sadly that run is coming to an end. This is the final weekend to check out the theatre. Friday's movie is Shrek 2, Saturday is The Croods, and Sunday is Forrest Gump. Tickets are $20 per car and can be purchased at

Don't forget! You can even order carryout from your favorite Detroit restaurant and have it delivered to your car during the movie! Get more details on that here


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Revisit the Art of Experience at Willis Show Bar this Weekend


It's been almost four hundred days since Willis Show Bar's house band has filled their legendary room with music. It's been almost thirteen months since their mixologist has shaken up one of their signature cocktails and it's been way too long since any of us has had the kind of classic night out on the town that only Willis Show Bar can offer. Thankfully, this weekend that all changes because WSB is ready to welcome everyone back for a socially distanced experience that you cannot find anywhere else.

Willis Show Bar will be open for service this Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10th. They have always had limited seating, but in order to keep everyone safe and make sure that they have a good experience, their seating will be even more limited. They also have a new menu and their house band will be taking the stage to entertain you two times a night from 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Their house band is comprised of some of the city's best artists, which means that they never disappoint. This isn't just a bar or venue reopening, this is the art of the experience returning to Motown.

Following this weekend's reopening celebration, Willis Show Bar will be open Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. The house band will be performing from 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. nightly and there is a $5 cover, all of which goes directly to the performers. Please note, you do not need reservations to visit unless you have a party of 5-6 people. Also, there is no cover before 6 p.m. and Happy Hour starts at 5.

Willis Show Bar is officially ready to welcome you back for a classic night out on the town!


Friday, April 2, 2021

Support Local Artists and Businesses at the Michigan Artist Market

This Saturday, over 50 artists and vendors will come together for the Michigan Artist Market. The market will be held at 516 Piquette St. in Detroit. Social distancing will be in place, allowing for customers to feel comfortable while shopping and supporting local artists. Old Soul Vintage and Custom Comic Box are just a couple of the vendors that will be on site, along with artists like Planet and Matthew David Forsgren. There will also be food available from Renegade Kitchen and the Imperial food truck. Get a sneak peek of everyone that will be at the market here

The Michigan Artist Market will be open from noon - 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 3rd. Admission is free. Support local artists and businesses and have a fun day out of the house!


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Musicians Wanted for The Stage at GameTime

Over the past year, livestreams have really been the only way that you can see your favorite band perform live. Some artists have streamed from their living room, while others met in a studio for a full on production. It is a medium that no one expected to enjoy so much, but we are so thankful that it is here! 

A newer business in Auburn Hills is getting in on the livestreaming action and helping to provide a platform for local musicians. GameTime is a gaming center in Auburn Hills that offers open play, hosts events, and is home to the professional multi-gaming esports franchise, the Renegades. In addition to being a mecca for gamers, the venue is now also setting the stage for musicians with The Stage, a talent competition and open-mic. The event begins as an open-mic night featuring local acts. Then, select artists will perform during the main event, "The Stage", which is a competition. Fans will be able to watch in person or via the livestream and can vote for their favorite performance. GameTime hosted their first edition of The Stage just a couple of weeks ago. You can check that out on YouTube here. Their next event will be held on Saturday, April 3rd. If you would like to sign up to perform or to be in the audience (live or virtually), click here. Networking and registration starts at 6 p.m. and the open-mic portion starts at 7 p.m. 

To learn more about GameTime Detroit and everything that they have to offer, check them out on Facebook or head to


Friday, March 26, 2021

DCFC Welcomes Fans Back to Keyworth Stadium this Spring

Photo borrowed from DCFC's Facebook Page

The Detroit City Faithful will be able to return to the stands to cheer on Le Rouge this spring! DCFC announced that fans will be allowed to attend games at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck for the 2021 Season. At this time, the organization will be allowing 20% capacity at games, in line with state guidelines. That will allow approximately 1,600 fans to attend the games. Of course, social distancing guidelines will be in place and masks will be required, but DCFC fans have been wearing masks at games for years. So, we don't see that being a problem! 

DCFC's first home game of the season will take place on Saturday, May 1st against the Maryland Bobcats with a 7:30 p.m. game time. At this time, they have 5 home games on the schedule. You can see the full schedule here. The DCFC Women's Team will kick off their season at home on May 15th against the Muskegon Riders, with 5 home games on the schedule as well. Check out their schedule here

Season tickets for the 2021 season will go on sale on Monday, March 29th. Single game tickets will go on sale some time in April. Tickets can be purchased online here. For additional details on ticket sales and to stay in the loop on updates for the 2021 season, head to and sign up for the email list, or keep an eye on DCFC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hip in Detroit - March 2021 Playlist


Check out each of the artists featured on this playlist at the links below. 
Ally Evenson
Jax Anderson

Remember, you can always access all of our playlists by clicking the "Music" tab up above. 


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Concert on the Fly Brings Music to the Streets of Detroit this Weekend

If you've been wanting to get out of the house and if you miss seeing live music, Frugal on the Fly has you covered this weekend! This Sunday afternoon, Frugal on the Fly presents Concert on the Fly, a day of Jazz. The event will take place outdoors at Filthy Americans clothing store in Detroit. The day will feature music from five acts in the street outside and pop up shops inside the store. Check out the schedule for the day below. 

1 p.m. - Special Guest
3 p.m. - Jerome Clark

Admission for the concert is only $5, with proceeds going to Frugal on the Fly's community outreach efforts in Detroit. In addition to the music, at 3 p.m. performance artist Scott McDuffee will be creating a 36x48 piece of art that will reside in a Detroit shelter, which Frugal On The Fly is helping to remodel. McDuffee will also have two smaller pieces that will be prizes in a raffle at the event, along with items from Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Frugal On The Fly, Teffola, and Radiant Paws. There will also be refreshments available for purchase, including drinks to warm you up, like coffee and hot cocoa.

This family friendly event will take place from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. Filthy Americans is located at 1312 Holden in Detroit. To purchase your tickets to Concert on the Fly, click here. For more information on Frugal on the Fly, click here


Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Redford Theatre Reopens with "The Sound of Music"

After months of being closed, the historic Redford Theatre will reopen its doors this weekend. The theatre will be showing The Sound of Music this Friday and Saturday night. This classic film was also the first movie that the Redford showed in their Classic Movie Series, which began in March of 1978. Now, 43 years later, and 56 years after the film's original release, The Sound of Music will play on the big screen at the Redford Theatre again. This seems like the perfect choice to reopen the theatre with and we're sure many of the Redford's faithful fans will be spinning around like Julie Andrews when they step foot in this remarkable place again. 

The Sound of Music will be shown on Friday, March 12th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 14th at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here. Attendance for these showings will be limited to approximately 20 % of the Redford's 1,600 person capacity. Also, social distancing and other COVID protocols will be in place. You can view all of those guidelines here

To stay in the loop on other upcoming showings at the Redford Theatre, visit and make sure you follow them on Facebook, too


Monday, March 8, 2021

A Hip Little Chat with Shady Groves


Shady Groves is on the cusp of releasing their second full-length album Dreamboat (release date April 1st, 2021)! So,we asked them to chat with Sadie from Hip in Detroit to tell us a little about their new music, the writing and recording process, and what's next for the band. Check out our chat with Adam and Dylan and then give their first two singles from Dreamboat a listen!

Listen to the first two singles from Dreamboat"Like You" & "Smoulder"

Watch the video for the song "Smoulder" by Elaine Smith

S & C

Inner Sage Opens a New Store in Downtown Ferndale

It's been a while since we had the opportunity to visit a new store opening in Metro Detroit and after a year of negativity and bad vibes, a space like Inner Sage couldn't come soon enough for us! After successfully opening a yoga studio in Dearborn, Inner Sage has teamed up with Motor City Creations and 12th Street Industrial to create a new store that specializes in gems, stones, oils, smudge sticks, tinctures, locally made goods, gifts, yoga gear, and more! The shop had a great vibe and some gorgeous rings that we couldn't leave without buying. I scooped up a delicate little moonstone and have been wearing it every day since. If you need some good vibes or a gift, this is a great place to pop into the next time your in Downtown Ferndale!


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Video Premiere and Interview with Sara Marie Barron

Last September Sara Marie Barron released her second full-length album Existential Glam. This week she is ready to release her fourth music video from this album for the song "Pretty Boy". This video was directed by Zach Hagy and it features Alex Burns of Cousin Mouth, Curtis Roach, and Supercoolwicked.

Watch the video and then take a minute to watch our virtual chat with Sara about her music, staying creative curing COVID, and what's next! 

Listen to Existential Glam:
Follow Sarah on IG where she will be doing a LIVE CHAT tonight, Wednesday, March 3rd @ 8 pm.

~S & C

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Don't Miss Winter at Valade Park

If you haven't experienced Winter at Valade yet, your time is running out! This weekend is your last opportunity to check out all the winter activities that have been taking place at Valade Park all season long. Winter at Valade features bonfires, warm drinks, marshmallow roasting, sledding, ice sculptures, and more. This weekend is supposed to be a bit warmer so it'll be the perfect time to bundle up for a socially distanced visit.

Winter at Valade Park is free to attend. In case you get hungry while you're there, Geisha Girls Sushi and Smokey G's Smokehouse are on-site from noon - 8 p.m. The activities at Valade Park are available from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, noon - 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon - 7 p.m. on Sunday. Valade Park is located on the Detroit Riverfront at 2670 Atwater Street, east of the Aretha Franklin Park Amphitheatre (Chene Park). For more details on this event click here or visit the Facebook event page


Friday, February 19, 2021

The Crofoot Presents Brings Live Music to a New Site on the Detroit Riverfront

Site of the New Outdoor Venue - Riverside Station Detroit (From Google Maps)

Over the years, the team at The Crofoot Presents has transformed everything from parking lots to historic buildings like The Fisher into amazing concert grounds. Their team knows what it takes to put on an amazing show and this summer they have plans to blow concert goers away with another new experience. 

It's no secret that over the past year live music has been basically non-existent. Going to a venue and getting sweaty next to a complete stranger isn't really an option right now. So, the team at The Crofoot Presents decided that they were going to have to get creative if they wanted to continue to produce live music. In the fall of 2020, they began hosting some drive-in concerts at the lot across from The Crofoot. This year, they have a new plan in place to create a safe, outdoor space for concerts. They will be drawing fans to the old site of the Joe Louis Arena for new concert grounds in the parking lot across the street, just west of the old arena. The venue will be called Riverside Station Detroit, appropriately named since it is alongside the Detroit River and located below the Joe Louis Arena Station for the People Mover. In a recent interview and article from WDET, Dan McGowan from The Crofoot Presents shared the plan for this new space. He explained that this site will allow for music fans to once again experience the thrill of live music by setting up pods for viewing. The grounds will be separated like a checkerboard into designated areas for groups of up to 6 people. Each of these "pods" will be 8 feet apart from one another. So, no there won't be a "pit" and you won't' be getting touched by strangers or questioning whether you're covered in your own sweat, someone else's sweat, or beer, but is that really a bad thing? Personally we are all for this new idea, especially if it means that we can start seeing live music again! 

In addition to spacing fans out during the show, there will be other modifications to the concert going experience as well. Instead of visiting the merch booth or standing in line for a drink, purchases will all be made from your pod through an app on your phone. Then you will sit there like royalty while staff brings your order right to you! Sounds pretty sweet, right? Plus, then you don't have to worry about missing the show while you wait in line for a drink! 

The first show that has been announced for Riverside Station Detroit is Mt. Joy on May 7th with Michigander. Tickets are already on sale for this inaugural event and can be purchased online here. Tickets are on sale per pod, which for this show is for up to 4 people. Pods range from $175-$250, with the higher priced pods being located closer to the stage. Tickets are already selling quickly, so if you're interested in attending this show, don't wait too long to purchase yours!

The team at The Crofoot Presents said that they will be announcing more shows at this new venue in the coming weeks! So keep an eye on The Crofoot's Facebook page and Instagram to be the first to hear those announcements. 

Riverside Station Detroit is located at 701 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. To learn more about this new venue, check out this interview from WDET


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hip in Detroit - February 2021 Playlist

This month's playlist features some newer releases from some great Detroit musicians! Click play below to give it a listen! 

Remember, you can always access all of our playlists by clicking the "Music" tab up above. 

Learn more about each of the artists featured on this month's playlist by clicking the links below. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Preorder Your Limited Edition Support Local Shirt and Help Hip in Detroit Keep it Hip in 2021

Last March, the entire world took a pause. Most businesses closed and all the hip places that we love temporarily shut their doors. None of us knew what to expect or how long we would have to lay low, so we stocked up, jumped on Zoom calls, wrote letters, donated to our favorite local shops and restaurants, and planned to ride this out for a few weeks until things got back to "normal". But, here we are almost a year later and very little has changed back to the way things were. Few, if any of our normal activities have returned to our lives, and all the magical events that made covering Metro Detroit so amazing are still on pause.

When everything hit the wall, Hip in Detroit pivoted, canceled all of our upcoming ticket giveaways and plans for event coverage, and started supporting locally by amplifying the voices of the businesses that are trying to survive during these unsure times. We promoted ordering out, outdoor patio dining all summer, and we put together the most comprehensive shop local list in town over the holidays. We also started putting a lot of time and effort into our Instagram/Facebook stories so we could share the most up-to-date happenings with all of you on a near-daily basis. Finally, we put all of our sponsorship on hold. We understand that we cannot ask these local businesses to give us money when they are having a hard time making enough money to even remain in business. But, we also didn't plan on things being closed for so long. We have 100% run out of funds to keep this thing going, so it's time for us to pivot again to make sure that we can survive! Thankfully, we only need to raise enough money to pay for the programs, memberships, and fees that go along with running Hip in Detroit, our team will continue to work for free. But, we also aren't the type to ask for something without offering you something in return. So, we came up with a really cool way to support Hip in Detroit, and in turn support all things local, and help us raise funds to make it through 2021.

We teamed up with Monster Free Design and KO Prints Detroit to create this limited edition Hip in Detroit "Support Local" shirt that will only be on sale for the next two weeks!

If you like what we do and you want to support us, as well as a local artist and a local screen printing company, we are asking you to purchase one shirt or to make a one-time donation to to help us make it through the rest of this pandemic without any sponsors or income. If you would like to preorder a shirt, please send $25 to us on PayPal ( or Venmo (@hipindetroit). In the notes, please include the size shirt that you are ordering (unisex sizing), your shipping address, and your name. If you would like to make a donation without purchasing a shirt, just let us know in the notes that it is a donation. This presale will run from February 17 until March 3, 2021. Once it closes, we will get the shirts made and ship them out as soon as they are dry!

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far and we would be honored if you would help us get through this next year so that we can keep covering all the cool things that you do! 

Thank you for your continued support! Please share this with your friends and followers and help us reach our goal! 

~S & C 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Give Sareytales' New Podcast a Listen

Do you listen to podcasts? According to the latest stats, more than half of US consumers over the age of 12 have streamed at least one episode of a podcast over the last year. Most listeners report streaming shows while they workout, commute, or clean their homes, and the number one reason people give for tuning in is to "learn something". This means that for a lot of us, it's not what the podcast is about, but how interesting the topic is and how much we can learn from it that determines if we are going to listen. Personally, this usually means that I am willing to give any topic a one-episode listen before I decide if I am interested in it or not. That being said, even I was skeptical when a new podcast by Sareytales came across my inbox. I was intrigued because I love Sarey's art, but skeptical because I thought what could a podcast about dating teach someone who has been in a long-term relationship for a decade and a half and has never opened a dating app? It turns out that if you approach it as thoughtfully as Sarey did, you can teach me a lot and keep me streaming episode after episode without a pause! 

If you're not familiar with Sareytales, it is the brainchild of a Detroit-based artist named Sarey Ruden who took the creepy, cruel, and misogynistic messages she received on online dating apps and turned them into art. This started a bigger conversation about dating and with the help of  Michigan Podcast Productions (shout out Becky and Seth), she turned those conversations into 7 one-hour deep dives into topics like "Bias in Social Media" and how to "Dodging Wastemen". The podcasts are well-produced, the topics are great, and every guest is interesting and well versed in whatever they came onto the show to discuss. Plus, Sarey is a great host, and the production of the show is top tier. I especially love the music and the sound effects! This show is on par with anything that you would find on the big networks like Earwolf, Gimlet, or Radiotopia, but it was made right here in Detroit by a great local company, which makes it even more magical! All 7 episodes of the show were released on Valentine's Day and I highly suggest that you give the first episode a listen to see what you think. I have a feeling you will find yourself just as intrigued as I was whether you are single, dating, or in a long-term committed relationship. 

Click here to listen to the podcast and here to learn more about Sarey's art.

Click here to learn more about Michigan Podcast Network.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Who Boy is Back with New Music

Like most bands, Who Boy has been relatively quiet since COVID hit. Before the pandemic, they had just released an EP entitled ONEHUNDRED 100 and they were ready to play the tunes live. They had shows lined up and plans for the year. They were even on the bill for MOPOP. Obviously that all changed. Shows were cancelled, MOPOP was cancelled, and things got pretty quiet for the band.

Well now Who Boy is back and they have some new music! The band just released a new single called "Yellow Check" this week. The song is an ambient track and is completely different from anything that they have released in the past. Give it a listen by clicking play below. 

If you like what you hear, head over and follow Who Boy on Facebook and Instagram. They plan to release another new song in a couple of weeks! We had a chance to check it out and it is a good mix of the new and the old Who Boy. So we think you will like what you're going to hear! 


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Celebrate Palentine's Day with Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

If you've been considering adopting a pet, this weekend is a great time to adopt from the Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control! Starting this Thursday through Sunday, they are hosting their Palentine's Day - Sponsored Adoption Event. That means that just in time for Valentine's Day, you could have a new love in your life and the adoption fee will be covered. So you can use that money to pamper your new pet with toys, treats, and whatever else your heart desires. 

Friends of DACC is a volunteer group that supports Detroit Animal Care and Control, the City of Detroit's Animal Control Department. As you probably know, there are many stray dogs, cats, and animals in need in Detroit. The need is more crucial than ever right now, with the extremely low temperatures outside. So, by adopting a pet, you not only are making life better for that dog or cat, but you are also helping to get an animal out of the cold and potentially saving their life. 

If this all sounds like a great idea to you, head to the DACC building this Thursday - Sunday between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The building is located on the I-75 Service Drive at 7401 Chrysler Dr., Detroit, 48211. Before you go, check out some of the current adoptable pets that are available by visiting the Adoptable Animals at DACC Facebook Group or their Adopt-A-Pet page. In addition to those that are posted on these pages, there are always other pets available too! So stop by and see who might want to come home with you! 

If you would like to help the animals of Detroit through the Friends of DACC, but can't adopt, there are other ways you can help. You can make a monetary donation through their website here. You can also donate gifts or supplies through Chewy or Amazon by shopping off their wish lists. They are also always looking for volunteers and fosters! Can't take on a foster pet long term? You can have a sleepover or just take in a pet short term through the Couch Surfers program. Learn more about all of the ways to help out by clicking here


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Beat The Winter Blues with a Private Sauna Session

A lot of us have spent the last year locked up in our houses. Sure, we might have to go to work, run to the grocery store, and keep an appointment or two, but for the most part, where we live has become where we have spent most of our time over the last eleven months. At first, it was easy to stay home because everything outside was scary. Then it warmed up and we got to go outside to play at a social distance, but this winter is dragging on and it's getting a lot harder to stay positive. So, we started looking for a semi-safe way that we could get out of our homes to do something special without feeling like we were risking it all.

That's when fate intervened, we received an email that one of our favorite local wellness spas has installed a new private infrared sauna and they were offering a special on your first visit. We were intrigued by the email so we made a phone call and chatted with the staff about their COVID safety precautions. They informed us that they were not only wearing masks, cleaning spaces, and spacing out their appointments to keep things safe, they had also invested in a machine that would sterilize the entire space. I was also assured that everyone would be wearing masks and that I could pay at the checkout window with little to no contact after my appointment. This conversation made me feel safe coming in for a visit, so I booked my first session to spend 30 minutes in a 130-degree sauna all by myself. 

That half-hour was one of the most magnificent moments that I have experienced over the last year! It was nice to take a minute away from it all, sweating, breathing, and refocusing on myself and my wellbeing. I also felt really good about my safety during my visit. Even though they provide everything you need, I felt more comfortable bringing my own towels and a change of clothes that I could slip into after my visit. I also double-masked with a KN95 and a cloth mask while I was entering and exiting the building. It was one of the first times I felt truly relaxed and it was exactly what I needed to help me make it through the rest of this pandemic. I enjoyed myself so much that I bought a package and booked a standing appointment to visit the sauna by myself every Wednesday for as long as I can. This half-hour of slow breathing and self-reflection is helping me remember that there is a light at the end of this long tunnel. 
I highly recommend checking out the sauna at GreenLeaf Bodywork and booking yourself a visit if you are in the Downtown Ferndale area. If you are not, I suggest googling "infrared sauna" and booking a visit at someplace near you. If you visit someplace else, please make sure that you call and talk to them about what they are doing to keep you safe before you visit. You want to feel calm and relaxed when you are there and you won't be able to do that if you're worried about your safety! It's more important than ever to make sure that you are taking care of your mental and physical health, so make sure that you are doing something that will help you get through this because the vaccine is out and there is a light at the end of the tunnel!