As you may (or may not) know, I recently relocated to Detroit, Michigan from Columbus, Ohio. For the past month I've been living back and forth between the two places, and this week I officially settled into full on Detroit living! The immediate reason for my move was to open and run the Half Mile Handmade pop-up shop at Capitol Park in Detroit (presented by Bedrock Detroit). However, regarding the long term... opening a permanent location has been in my mind and on my heart for at least a year now. This opportunity was perfect timing for me to transition and start to look for spaces and continue to make all of my handmade dreams come true!
Over the course of the past few weeks I've done A LOT of work but found some time to play too and I thought it would be fun to share just what I've been up to. Let's dive right in!
On my very first day, I ended up with a parking ticket and decided to drink my sorrows away at Woodward Avenue Brewers. I picked this place because they are pet friendly and I love taking my little Jahjeh with me wherever I can! My next day of adventures took me to many places along the Q Line that runs along Woodward Avenue in Detroit. I am able to get on it a 15 minute walk from my apartment and it will take me all the way to the waterfront in downtown Detroit. I had greek yogurt for breakfast at Dime Store in Chrysler House, then proceeded to wander around downtown. This took me to the HUSTLE exhibit, which they were calling a 'science gallery.' It's a guided tour through an interactive exhibit that shows how the arts and sciences can overlap. It was very interesting, but I think a lot of the pieces were admittedly over my head lol. Afterward, I walked down to Hart Plaza, checked out the waterfront, and waived to Canada (fingers crossed Drake saw me too). Before heading back home I made a quick stop to Capitol Park to speak with some of the vendors doing the pop-up before me. Paisley Paper Co. and Dale and Blue were complete sweethearts and shared their first hand experience with me. I felt a lot more prepared after speaking with them! On the way back to my apartment I jumped off the Q Line and ducked into Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. to meet a vendor for products for our pop-up. The vibe in there was fabulous, and the baristas were so nice to this girl who always orders "the sweetest thing you have."
Between the back and forth, I was also able to squeeze in a concert at DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan. I went to see Arcade Fire for the second time and they were equally as amazing as the first time I saw them. Also, inserting the set list for your viewing pleasure (don't get too jealous, they played a lot of good ones)! I grabbed a wheat everything bagel from the Detroit Institute of Bagels one morning too. This week, Laura from Ferne Boutique took me to a couple of places near my apartment (Kiesling and Northern Lights Lounge) that I absolutely LOVED and can't wait to visit again. Bonus, Kiesling is pet friendly since they don't have a kitchen.
The last and most amazing thing I want to mention about being back in Michigan is how close I am to family. My parents came down on the 4th of July to help me unpack. We accomplished SO MUCH I desperately needed the help. I was also able to visit my sisters new store, which I never would have been able to do still living in Ohio. I'm still feeling overwhelmingly grateful to be here and have the chance to be part of a city that is truly making its comeback. Three days of officially being here and it all still seems surreal.