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Vintage Lover’s Guide to Detroit

The Awesome Mitten, a blog covering all things delightful in Michigan, just released their Vintage Lover’s Guide to Detroit. There’s many great finds in the Motor City, including Lost and Found Vintage and the Peacock Room. To plan your next vintage shopping spree, consult the full list.

American Made

Merida highlights four companies revitalizing American manufacturing, two of whom call the Midwest home. Detroit’s Shinola and Minnesota’s Faribault Woolen Mills made list for their respective expertise in watch construction and wool blankets. To tour their factories, see the full feature from Merida.

St. Paul Spirits

11 Wells is releasing their latest—a wheat whiskey handcrafted in Saint Paul. Mix yourself a cocktail with a little Midwestern flavor!


Sota Clothing, one of our favorite Minnesota outfitters, has this winter-rific print available now on their site. Who doesn’t want to head up North with a pile of firewood for the weekend? Bring the cabin times home with this print.

Skyway Living

Would you like to live in the Skyway? Now’s your chance. CityDeskStudio is giving away a decommissioned section of the downtown Minneapolis skyway. The catch: you have to move it. The bonus: they’ll give you $5,000 to do it. The architects have whipped up some renderings of what your future home could look like.

Friday Flashback

We love this furniture flashback. Designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Herman Miller, meet the Marshmallow Sofa from 1956. We can picture see the mod piece into many living rooms today.


Iconic Minneapolis Dishes

Swedish meatballs from The Bachelor Farmer, pancakes at Al’s Breakfast, Jucy Lucys at Matt’s Bar, cured salmon at FIKA at the Swedish Institute—Minneapolis Eater has collected Minneapolis’s iconic dishes. They list eight must-try entrees around town. Do you agree? What are they missing? Check out their full list.

Lakeshore Living Room

Lake Okoboji sits in the middle of what Min | Day Architects calls ‘the Midwestern corn desert.’ The picturesque lake resort offers spectacular views of surrounding oak trees, open water and fields. They designed this home to capitalize on outdoor space; the first floor opens up almost completely, turning the lakeshore into a living room.

Wisconsin Getaway

This is 880 square feet of happiness, tucked away in the Wisconsin woods. Milwaukee-based Johnsen Schmaling Architects designed the modern cabin to capitalize on the view. The tower overlooks the valley below. To tour the interior, visit Trendir.

Urban Farming Initiative

We’re still in the throes of winter, but spring is just around the corner and talk in Detroit has turned to gardening. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is raising funds to expand their operations in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. The successful city farm hopes to add a children’s garden and outdoor classroom. A shipping container homestead is also on the way. Read more about the project at Curbed.

Wilson & Willy’s

Minneapolis has a new general store with a modern twist. Wilson and Willy’s specializes in “thoughtfully made” products for men, woman and the home. They just opened in the North Loop last week; stop by and browse their amazing collection of heritage goods.

A Rare Breed

Butchers are a rare breed. Sauce Magazine has all the details on the young chefs-turned-butchers who are changing the St. Louis food scene. The local food movement has brought butchery back into the neighborhood, and these chefs are whipping up amazing dishes with locally-sourced meats they butchered themselves. Get all the details from Sauce.

Chicago High

Two historic Chicago skyscrapers are undergoing renovations, which gave The Chicago Tribune’s photojournalist Brian Cassella unprecedented access to the structures. Cassella captured stunning shots of the city’s skyline from his high perch. See them all at The Chicago Tribune.

Detroit’s Voices

Ashley Zlatopolsky highlights Detroit’s young music producers in a collection of in-depth profiles. Creative industries are finding a foothold in Detroit’s revitalization and Zlatopolsky interviews some of the changemakers making it happen.

Architectural Icons

Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings are architectural treasures—and that designation could soon be official. Ten of Wright’s most iconic buildings have been submitted for consideration for the UNESCO World Heritage List. If they are accepted, they will be the first example of American modern architecture to make the list, which includes icons like the Acropolis and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Let It Snow

Heritage Bicycles in Chicago won’t let a little snow stop them! They shared this photo of the snow-pocalypse blanketing the Windy City yesterday: they stayed open through the storm.

Tastiest Places In Minneapolis

The Food Network put together “A Newcomer’s Eating Tour” for Minneapolis that highlights dining hot spots around town. Seafood, pizza, and of course the classic Jucy Lucy make the list. Plan your next night out accordingly: Must-Eats in Minneapolis.

A Textile Pioneer

Ruth Adler Schnee has been a pioneer in the world of textile design for over 50 years. After fleeing Nazi Germany, she settled in Detroit and became the first woman to earn a graduate degree in architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Inspired by the growing metropolis, she began to create textiles that evoked the skyscrapers and industrial of Detroit. Now 91, she was just named a 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist. To see her groundbreaking designs visit the Detroit Free Press.

Secret Recipe

The Tasting Table gets The Purple Pig’s Jimmy Bannos Jr. to spill his secrets – one of them, anyway. Bannos, the James Beard Award-winning Rising Star Chef, unveils his recipe for gourmet cauliflower you can make at home.

Before And After

This is the most dramatic “before” photo of a house renovation that we’ve ever seen. Christopher and Amy Lee set out to restore an abandoned home that was once the Lee’s family homestead. No roof, no ceiling, gaping holes in the floor… The Detroit couple definitely had their work cut out for them. To see some of the astounding “after” photos, check out this feature.

World Class Pastries

Team USA took third place in the world’s top pastry competition, Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. The team was led by Jon Kraus of Patisserie 46 in Minneapolis. Italy took gold and Japan silver at the bake-off in Lyon, France. Those hungering for award-winning sweets can stop by Patisserie 46 for a taste.

Pure Detroit

Detroit is full of architectural gems; don’t miss your chance to explore them with Pure Detroit. The Guardian building is a gleaming, art-deco wonder; you could easily spend hours looking at each detail. Pure Detroit will give you the scoop on its construction. Tours of the Fisher Building are also available. More details from Pure Detroit.

Into The Woods

This lake house in Green Lake, Wisconsin blends right in with its surroundings; the architect used exterior vertical panels to echo the surrounding trees. The panels themselves are various shades of red, orange, yellow and green, mimicking the changing leaves. The interior features high ceiling, exposed beams and unimpeded views of the rich landscape.

Modern Minimalism Goes Rustic

We’re in love with the elegant yet comfortable decor of this summer home on Lake Wisconsin. Designer Lauren Piskula of de[luxe] design studio mixed modern minimalism with rustic touches to create the peaceful getaway. To see more of the house, which will have you longing for cabin time, check out Interior Design 2014.

Frito Pie, Gourmet Style

The Frito pie has a place in many people’s childhoods but Punch Bowl Social in Detroit is taking it to another level. Their artisan version of the nostalgic treat features smoked brisket with chimayo red chili, queso oaxaca, queso cotjia, onion and crema. Not exactly the way mom used to make it.