Blakes's Guide to Downtown Detroit

Blakes's Guide to Downtown Detroit

Sarah Coffey
Oct 15, 2010
Name: Blake Neighborhood: Downtown City: Detroit, Michigan My Home: One-bedroom three story loft I live in one of the most misunderstood neighborhoods in the world. I walk to work, restaurants, shops, markets everyday. I moved here in March of this year to be able to walk to work. I was sick of hearing how people keep leaving Detroit. I wanted to be part of something bigger then myself and make a mark. Blake's Guide to Downtown Detroit 1. Favorite Neighborhood Home Store
    DETROIT ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE: 4885 15th Street You never know what you'll find here; I have found old movie theater signage and mid-century modern furniture.

2. Favorite Bookstore
    JOHN KING BOOKSTORE: 901 W. Lafayette Boulevard It's a four-story warehouse filled with so many books it would take weeks to navigate all the sections; this is a book collector's heaven.

3. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant
    CAFE D'MONGO'S SPEAKEASY: 1439 Griswold Street Only open Friday nights. You come for the fantastic soul food and then settle in for a night of great live music and meeting the most amazing people in the city.

4. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries
    EASTERN MARKET: 2934 Russell Street One of the best farmers markets I have ever been to. If there was ever a reason to visit Detroit it would be to visit Eastern Market.

5. Best Place to Buy Flowers
6. Best Neighborhood Park
7. Best Spot to Take Visitors
    THE GUARDIAN BUILDING: 500 Griswold Avenue Amazing cup of coffee and one of the best examples of Art Deco design.

Photos: Blake Thanks, Blake!
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