Barnyard home filled with fun, fantasy and love

31 Jul


Photojournalist Linda Solomon’s home is featured in the Detroit News. It’s truly a labor of love, and a unique home filled antiques that Linda and her husband, Barry, have collected over the years.  Flea market finds, turquoise-laden objets d’ art, and whimsical bric-a- brac fill this treasure trove. I had the opportunity years ago to feature the home in the now defunct Style magazine, and Detroit News writer Maureen Feighan captures the spirit too.

Linda Solomon sure is talented. See my previous post when she was on the Meredith Viera Show.

Photo credit: Clarence Tabb Jr. for the Detroit News


Southern Comfort in Miami Beach

26 Jul


If you love fried chicken, biscuits and comfort food, I’ve found the place for you — Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach.

fried chicken

I devoured the fried chicken, biscuits and macaroni and cheese. Everything was so yummy and flavorful. The desserts looked fantastic. I just didn’t have room to try the  bacon butterscotch cake, but the couple next to us who tried it said it was delicious.

If one of my  favorite cardiologists, Dr. Joel Kahn, finds about this, I know the perfect answer: The salads were just as yummy!  And, that’s the truth.



Artists Believe in Detroit

17 Jul



Have you noticed how many national newspapers and magazines are highlighting Detroit as the place to move?

Today’s New York Times article, “Ready for a Renaissance,” by Melena Ryzik interviews artists about Detroit’s public art spaces. The story also mentions the generous grant from the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation.

Last week the  New York Times wrote about Brooklyn artisans moving to Detroit.

Go Motown!

Photo of Detroit artist Robert Sestok at his outdoor studio space behind his home. Photography by Laura McDermott for The New York Times

Motown is Booming

2 Jul


Here is a post from the Wayne State University Facebook page featuring an article from the Wall Street Journal. Motown was recently in the London Times too. Yes, Detroit is a great destination for visitors.

From Midtown to the Riverfront, our city is booming. via The Wall Street Journal

The best places to eat, sleep, shop and explore in the Motor City, with expert advice from fashion designer Tracy Reese, impresario Wayne Brown, ‘Rehab Addict’ host Nicole Curtis and chef and restaurateur Dave Kwiatkowski.

Motown Heart, South Florida Resident

28 Jun


Hey Motown Savvy readers, I’ve relocated to the Jupiter Florida area.

As you can see from my T-shirt, I will always be a Detroit girl, and I will continue to post about Motown. I will now be expanding my horizons and promise to keep you up-to-date about fashion, food and fun!

Since my heart will always be in Motown, my daughter-in-law sent me this fantastic welcome mat. You can customize your own with this link.


College Basketball Coaches Make a Special Visit

13 Jun


A few weeks ago ten college basketball coaches visited patients and cancer survivors at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. According to all the participants and the smiles on the children’s faces, the visit was better than any medicine. The event was partnership between Beaumont Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to Coach Greg Kampe of Oakland University whose idea turned into an impactful event.

Coaches included:  Steve Alford – University of California, Los Angeles, Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee, John Beilein – University of Michigan, John Calipari – University of Kentucky, Bob Huggins – West Virginia University, Tom Izzo – Michigan State University, Greg Kampe – Oakland University, Sean Miller – University of Arizona, Josh Pastner – University of Memphis and  Roy Williams – University of North Carolina.

“This was a ten person team united against fighting cancer, ” said Tom Izzo, Michigan State University.

View the actual visit here.




Memorable Wedding Gift

23 May



Looking for an original, memorable wedding gift? How about a hand-drawn portrait? Andrew and Jess, my son and daughter-in-law, just received this pencil drawing from their friends. The drawing is from Grace Portraits, and it was just featured on their Facebook page and on the website Style Me Pretty. This is a special gift.

Golden Restaurant

10 May


You have to love a restaurant that used to be the site of a pawn shop in Detroit. So the owners named the restaurant from the existing signage outside — Gold Cash Gold. From the moment you walk through the stained glass door,  the ambiance is inviting. The food was delicious and affordable. Many of the ingredients come from local farms. If you are in Detroit, try this restaurant. It’s worth the wait in gold.

Oh Baby!

24 Apr


Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Michigan hosts the best Baby Fairs. Last week the site was Royal Oak, Mich. where more than 500 new parents or parent-to-be attended mini-classes and educational forums on everything baby.  Danialle Karmanos, of the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth, inspired many new moms talking about natural childbirth.I had the opportunity to highlight the event on Fox2. If you live in the Detroit area, visit this week’s fair at Beaumont Hospital Troy on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Favorites in the D

13 Mar



My buddy, Chuck Bennett (top, far left), hosted a fabulous soiree at the Roostertail in Detroit. The event marked the one-year anniversary of his blog the social D.

All the guests ate, drank and danced to all of Chuck’s favorites. Models wearing Neiman Marcus fashions (lower left) added to the ambiance.  Detroit’s finest food establishments catered the party — Forte Belanger, The London Chophouse, Bistro 82, Andiamo, Tre Monti, Addison Eatery  and yes,  Detroit’s own American Coney Island. Spirits were from Zim’s Vodka and Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. Proceeds from the auction items — a Shinola Watch and a Townsend getaway– benefited three charities. Danialle Karmanos Work it Out DKWIO, the Horatio Williams Foundation and the Rhonda Walker Foundation were the beneficiaries.

I had the opportunity to chat with some interesting people — Dr. Joel Kahn, one of my favorite Beaumont doctors (upper right in the photo with me) and Karen Buscemi (lower right), Rosemary Bannon, Marcy Hayes, Ina Levinson, Tom Anderson, Terry Olson.

To see some of the fascinating people at the event, check out D business. (I even made it in the party pics!)




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