The newly renovated Maple Theater on Maple Road at Telegraph offers an upscale, homey atmosphere in Bloomfield Hills. In addition to the first-run movies (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty), there is a club seating — comfortable and spacious. One can also grab a cup of coffee, snack and even a cocktail from the bar. The coffee is from the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company — purely Motown. Great Lakes Coffee will be opening another location on Jan. 30 in Lake Orion.
For the last 19 years, the residents of West Bloomfield have come together to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Parents, teachers, students and community leaders all celebrated the vision and dream of this dynamic leader. The event started on January 20th with a walk down Orchard Lake Road, and then the participants gathered in the West Bloomfield High School Auditorium for a program. The student leaders and community officials addressed the crowd echoing King’s sentiment of a dream filled with peace, unity and inclusion. Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hill was clearly moved attending his first United We Walk Celebration. “We are here to honor the life of Martin Luther King and how he has made a lasting impression,” said Hill. The keynote speaker was David Merritt, a West Bloomfield High School graduate and fashion designer, who donates 20 percent of his revenue to fund college scholarships. Even the elementary students participated in the day. Their posters graced the tables at the entrance of the auditorium. This poster from Ealy Elementary school sums up the day perfectly — children from every race and religion holding hands.
Capture the allure of Paris this coming in weekend in Detroit. On Friday, Jan. 18 following the North American International Auto Show, patrons can attend the annual AutoGlow to benefit the Children’s Center, a downtown non-profit helping children in need. The Children’s Center 2013 AutoGlow at Ford Field will feature Parisian-inspired decor and French cuisine honoring Detroit’s French roots. The event is hosted by Lisa and Bill Ford and Nicki and Alan Mulally. To purchase AutoGlow tickets, call 313-262-1085 or visit the website, www.thechildrenscenter.com/autoglow
For authentic French decor and accessories, shop at La Belle Provence in downtown Birmingham.
Faygo pop and Sanders hot fudge are pure Detroit, but the hot dogs in Motown sure are special. Pile on the chili, mustard and onions and you have a Detroit Coney Island hot dog. Now in Canton, American Coney Island will open a new restaurant with a drive-thru — perfect for a quick fix. On January 12th at 44532 Michigan Avenue in Canton, customers can drive up for a Coney. As part of the opening celebration, the first 50 customers will receive a FREE hot dog, beginning at 9 a.m. Other specials will continue throughout the day.
American Coney Island is a third-generation Motown family business, founded by Gust Keros in 1917. His son Charles and Charles’ daughter, Grace, are in the business. American Coney Island won the best Coney Dog in Detroit on “Food Feuds” on the Food Network and Travel Channel’s “Food Wars.”
I was reading Megan Swoyer’s article in the January issue of Hour Detroit magazine, and it reminded me of my favorite car. It was a hunter green Corvette with a tan top and tan interior. We owned it in 1994 or so and like all Corvettes, it was fast and fun.
Swoyer’s article gives a complete timeline and a walk down memory lane for Corvette lovers. She also interviews some Corvette aficionados.