Detroit, Michigan


It’s been over two months since I posted the previous part of this Midwest tour, but I’ve finally circled back to continue with the next leg — Detroit!

We stayed at the Shinola Hotel, happy to support the Detroit-based watch & lifestyle brand.

There was a very nice library in the nook right outside our hotel room. Lots of goodies to look through here!

Detroit’s downtown is filled with such beautiful buildings. Having heard of Detroit only for its automotive manufacturing past, I had no idea this was such an center for interesting architecture from the city’s heyday. Brunch was over at the Dime Store, located inside the Crysler House, formerly the Dime Building.

So many art deco details.

The Guardian Building was especially a stunner. We wandered right in to see the lobby.

So colorful!

“The Fist,” a monument to Joe Louis; and “The Spirit of Detroit.”

Then we made our way over to the Canfield area for a visit to the Shinola flagship. Plus, a visit to Source, a black-owned bookshop.

Shinola flagship

Michigan everything, matchy matchy.

Some history about the West Canfield Historic District.

Very cute Detroit finds at City Bird.

Third Man Records, founded by Jack White.


Back downtown.

Loved this Shinola Hotel Library Program. They partner with Source Booksellers to offer some Detroit-themed picks that can be purchased delivered straight to your room. I chose two books!

Dinner at Buddy’s, famous for its Detroit-style pizza! I am a fan. Detroit-style pizza is having a moment here in SF too these days.

Then it was time to walk over to the Detroit Tigers’ baseball stadium, the whole impetus for this trip. MLB ballpark number 19 of 30 for Alex! So many tigers. Tigers everywhere.

Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera, “Miggy.” Still playing when we went! Back in 2012 he won the batting Triple Crown… and then the Tigers lost to the San Francisco Giants for the World Series that year. Sorry!

This stadium is by far the most family-friendly and has the most fun statues everywhere

Plus a carousel! (Every animal is a tiger) And a Ferris wheel!

We were able to meet up with my friend Christine’s whole family for the baseball game! But of course first a ride on the carousel and the Ferris wheel.

Eventually we went up to our actual seats…

… for the post-game fireworks! Funny enough, this would not be the last baseball game fireworks we would see on this trip.

Finally, one last quick morning stop by the 150-year-old Eastern Market, a sprawling farmers market. We didn’t have much time to spend there, but it was fun to do a quick walk through the various market spaces.

And I spy Grace Lee Boggs, the legendary Chinese American activist.

Then we were off to the Michigan game! Revisit the rest of the series below.

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