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.