Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome to Detroit!- #ASAE2015

Photo from Visit Detroit 

The 2015 ASAE Conference will take place in Detroit from August 8th through 11th. This means that we will see a lot more people out and about in downtown Detroit for the next two weeks! We are excited to welcome these individuals to our fair city and we hope that they enjoy their stay in Detroit. To help our guests figure out where to eat and what to do while they are visiting Blumz by JRDesigns has put together a short list of some of the best things Detroit has to offer.

 Don't forget, if you have any last minute event or floral needs, Blumz by JRDesigns has a store conveniently located in downtown Detroit to help you out. We even rent tuxedos if you get invited to  a big event that you weren't planning on attending before you left!  Welcome to Detroit, please enjoy your stay!

Here is a list of great restaurants that you might want to check out while your in town:

Slows BBQ- Slows is known for it's BBQ and they offer a variety of unique sauces to dress up your meal. They are also known for their mac and cheese, which is a must try if you visit.  Slows has two locations, a full service restaurant at 2138 Michigan Ave. and a to-go carryout location at 4107 Cass Ave.  The food is so good that there is usually a wait when you get there.  We suggest eating a snack before you go and grabbing a drink while you wait for the table, we promise it is worth it! 

Roast- This restaurant features a menu that was created by world renown chef Michael Symon. They are known for the Roast burger but we have never been disappointed with anything we have ordered. Here's an insider tip, there is a special happy hour menu that is served from  at 4:30 pm- 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. This special menu is only served at the bar and features some of their best items at a deep discount. Roast is located at 1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226.

Green Dot Stables- Do you like a good slider? How about a menu that features drinks, appetizers, and food for under 3 dollars an item? That's what Green Dot Stables has to offer. They are one of the most unique places in town and the food is not only great, it's very affordable. Don't forget to give the daily mystery meat a try!  Green Dot is located at 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216.

Supino Pizzeria- Every city has its own signature pizza and Supino is Detroit style pizza done right. They are located at 2457 Russel St., they have limited hours so make sure you check the website before you head over!
Vicente's Cuban Cuisine- This place is located right next to Blumz by JRDesigns, which means we order for their a lot!  We suggest trying the Grand Cubano or the Vegetarian Cubano. The restaurant is located at 1250 Library St., Detroit MI.

Any Restaurant in Mexican Town-   There are a ton of great places to get south of the border staples like margaritas, burritos, tacos and more. This is a great place to go if your really hungry and unable to wait, every restaurants has exceptionally fast service! Check out Eater Detroit's list of the best places in Mexican town here.

American Coney/ Lafayette Coney- Their is a long standing debate in Detroit, which is better Amercian Coney or Lafayette coney? Stop into both and have a little something and weigh in on the
debate. Which do you think is better? American Coney is located at 114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 and Lafayette is right net door!

The Fountain Bistro- This bistro is located in the heart of Campus Martius. This spot has a great happy hour and a good brunch menu. The best part is, this restaurant is within walking distance from Cobo Hall! (800 Woodward , Detroit).

Bucharest Grill-  This place is one of a kind. You place your order at the counter and wait for it to be delivered to your table. Their Greek salads are to die for and their vegetarian pita comes stuffed with fries. Plus, its pretty cheap!  Bucharest Grill is located at 1623 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI.

Fun Things to Do:

 Take a Stroll on the River Walk- The River walk is a fun place to go for a walk, a jog or a stroll.  There are lots of beautiful pieces of art and greenery to see.  There are a few places to grab an ice cream or a drink and their is a great view of the Detroit River. This is a fun and free way to experience Detroit.

Visit the Spirit of Detroit and The Joe Louis Fist-  These two Detroit staples are located right by Cobo Hall and are must see stops while you are in Detroit. The Spirit of Detroit was built in 1958 and represents a lot of different things to a lot of different people, some see it as a symbol of the relationship god has with his people and some people see it was a symbol of the strength of Detroit. The fist was dedicated to the city of Detroit in 1986. "It represents the power of his (Joe Louis) punch both inside and outside the ring. Because of his efforts to fight Jim Crow laws, the fist was symbolically aimed toward racial injustice". Both are staples of downtown and worth a visit.

Visit the Motown Museum- Detroit is known for it's music. We are the birthplace of  the Motown sound and Motown records. You can visit the place where is all started while you are in town. The museum is filled with Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia. The museum is located inside Hitsville USA at 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208.

Tuesday – Friday
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed: Monday
Last tour starts one hour before closing

Visit the DIA- The DIA  holds more than 100 galleries, a 1,150 seat auditorium, and a 380 street lecture hall,  an art reference library, and a conservation services laboratory. The museum features a wide variety of collections, for an overview of what they have in house right now click here.  The are currently featuring a special collection of Diego Rivera's work that is a must see. The museum is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue and it is only $12.50 for adults to get in for the day.

DIA Hours:
Sunday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern Market- Every Tuesday and Saturday the Eastern Market fills with local vendors that are selling all types of fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, meats, and breads.  There are also over 150 little shops that are open throughout the week in and around the market,  The Dequindre Cut is also within walking distance of the market, this is a great place to take a stroll.  There is literally always something new and fun to see in the market,  for a full list of activities and more information visit their website

Campus Martius- Campus Martius Park anchors a two square block district that is the commercial center and heart of downtown Detroit. During the summer they host all sorts of outdoor events, most of which are free to attend. The park is also walking distance form a lot of the city's best night life.  For a full list of events visit their website here.

Have a great time exploring the city that we are proud to call home!

~Blum by JRDesigns


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