Jan 1, 2018

New Year's Day 2018 in Detroit

New Year's Day 2018
Happy New Year!! Another year has passed and that means it's now time to share the annual Detroit
River video! This year the video was shot using an iPhone app called Clips. The Clips app allows you to add photos to the video clip, so you will see some still photos mixed in. It's a useful app for creating quick videos from your iPhone. And with the cold weather in Detroit it worked out quite well!

Located on the south side of Belle Isle
 Video of the Detroit River

Nov 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday: Fresh101 Midtown Detroit

Stop What You're Doing
fresh juices
Yes, stop whatever you're doing, and head over to Fresh101 in Midtown for an organic cold pressed juice! I just returned from visiting their new location at 4240 Cass Ave. (Note that the entrance is on the W. Canfield side of the building.) You will not be disappointed. The juice here is the real deal, fresh and flavorful. You'll also be happy to know that it's organic and super healthy.

Mrs. DVD and I, stopped in for a visit, and we were greeted warmly by the owners Denise and Monique. Monique explained their menu of different blended juices and smoothie bowls, while Denise shared info about some of the cool art work on the walls.  All of the juices sounded great, but I decided on the K.I.S.S juice (carrot, apple and ginger), and Mrs. DVD went with the Bella juice (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, turmeric and ginger.) Both drinks were simply delicious!

Small Business Saturday
There's a lot of great small businesses in Midtown, and Fresh101 is a fantastic place for you to stop and recharge as you are out shopping this holiday season. Even if your not much of a shopper, go and check out Fresh101. You'll definitely enjoy the healthy options they have!

Fresh101 Now Open :)

Apr 16, 2017

50 Years! Big Boy Closing in Detroit

The Last Day
The famous Big Boy statue on E. Jefferson Ave.
The Big Boy restaurant at the corner of E. Jefferson and E. Grand Blvd. is closing its doors at the end of the day after 50 years in operation. The restaurant will be demolished to make way for a new development in the neighborhood. You can read more about that at the Detroit News story about the closing.

Final Visit
I didn't really plan on visiting the Big Boy one last time before it closed, but something drew me there after church today (Happy Easter BTW!), and I'm glad I went. This restaurant has a history at the location, and even though I wasn't a regular customer, I'm sad to see it go. I hope that the new development is good for the neighborhood. The restaurant always seemed to have a steady stream of business. The last time I ate there I went to the breakfast buffet, and like most breakfast buffets, you can't go wrong!

50 Years at the foot of Belle Isle

Big Boy Classic
Since I was by myself, I decided to get an order to go. They were moderately busy with mostly an after church crowd stopping in. I looked briefly at the menu, but I already knew that the last meal for me from Big Boy would be the Big Boy Classic burger. It's the most famous item on the menu, and it just seemed fitting. :)

Simple but Delicious
I was not disappointed, and the Big Boy Classic burger was a nice lunch!  According to the news reports the company is helping the workers find jobs or work at another location. I wish the many long time workers there much success in their future.

The Big Boy Classic to go
Simple sign thanking the customers
What do you think? Did you enjoy going to the Big Boy on E. Jefferson? How do you feel about it closing? Leave a comment and let me know!