More Car Talk

29 Aug

A new radio program, “In the Driver’s Seat,” just launched on SiriusXM with host Doron Levin.  Levin is an award-winning journalist from Motown.

Here’s how the President of SiriusXM described the program. “If you love cars or are just thinking about what to buy, you’ll want to listen to Doron Levin,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Doron’s remarkable insight and experience as a journalist and commentator will deliver to SiriusXM listeners and car buyers revealing conversations with the car world’s top executives, as well as top drivers, designers, engineers, collectors and journalists.”

This will be a great program for car aficionados all over the world who want to know the latest trends and capture an inside look into the business.

This airs on SiriusXM Insight channel 121 and on SiriusXM On Demand.

I hope he interviews some of my favorite car aficionados — Jay Leno, Bob Lutz and the guy from Car Talk NPR Radio Show.



Fat-Free Ices for Charity

21 Aug




It’s a snow cone for charity –thanks to Mitch Albom, writer, columnist and philanthropist. He recently opened  this “cool” store Detroit Water Ice Factory, where all the profits go to charity. Mitch is modeling this after Paul Newman’s concept of donating all the profits back to charity.  Some of the colorful flavors include: Motown mint and the chips, Corvette cherry and Honolulu blue raspberry.


This is all part of Mitch Albom’s S.A. Y. Detroit’s Charities. I personally visited the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic helping Detroit’s neediest a few years ago.


All good things for Detroit. Thanks Mitch!


Photo credit: Eat Detroit, via Instagram

Fash Bash 2015

16 Aug


Fash Bash is a Motown happening. It’s a mix of  fall fashion trends and stylish people all for a great cause. Neiman Marcus partnered with the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Founders Council for the runway show. Mlive has all the spectacular photos here.


For all the fall trends, check out this blog for Neiman Marcus written by several contributors including Ken Downing.

Photos: Tanya Moutzalias, Mlive

Tax-Free Shopping

11 Aug




Yes, that’s correct, but it’s only in a some states.  And it’s usually tied to back-to-school shopping. There’s a complete list of states and what they offer on the website Passion for Savings. It’s clothing and school supplies.

Hey, Motown — Let’s get this in Detroit and Michigan!

So proud of my Motown friends who participated in NCJW’s Back 2 School Store providing 400 Detroit school children with the necessary tools for success.



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.




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