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Shining a Spotlight on Midtown

You want to see some smart Detroiters? Check out Third Thursday (tonight) in Midtown. It's a new monthly event that showcases the great retailers, restaurants, art galleries and shops in the North Cass neighborhood.

I'm obsessed with Midtown and its store owners and investors. They are, to me, the brightest lights within the city right now. This is moxie. This is having an agenda and seeing it through. This is taking a chance on Detroit – and making sure that chance pays off (or, at least pays the rent). Kudos to all involved. I hope to get down there and pass on some cash and good tidings. Click here to get all the Third Thursday scoop.

Also, come back to City Bird and the Bureau of Urban Living Friday for the Detroit-based version of PARK(ing) Day. The event goes from 5-7 p.m. in parking spots in front of the stores. Again, a wonderful way to draw attention to Detroit's need for green space, parking space and retail space. Rock on, Sean Mann and friends! For more info, click here.

According to the PARK(ing) Day press release: "In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.” Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” art project that challenges people to rethink the way streets are used. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar's Matthew Passmore. “The strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do\ they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

From Third Thursdays: Over a dozen of Detroit's favorite independent merchants are joining to host a new monthly celebration of local art, food, design, fashion, health & more in Midtown's North Cass neighborhood. “Third Thursdays” will kick-0ff Thursday, September 16, 5-9 pm, on West Willis and Canfield Streets, between Cass and Second Avenues. Local shops, galleries and eateries will offer extended hours, special sales, exhibit openings, book signings, live music, artisanal food & more. It's a great opportunity to (re)discover one of Detroit's most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

September 16 highlights will include:

* Avalon International Breads - It's French Month at Avalon! Live like the French, bring your pooch to your favorite cafe! Join Canine to Five's "Partie pour Chiens” with contests at 7pm: Littlest & Biggest Dogs, Best Trick & Doggie Fashion Show. (Yummy food for humans, too!
* Bureau of Urban Living - Introducing new handmade posters and city propaganda from Detroit Lives! Meet Philip Lauri and check out his collection of new tees, totes & more.
* City Bird - Book release party for "Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins” Get your copy signed by author Dan Austin and photographer Sean Doerr.
* City Living Detroit - Stop by Midtown's newest real estate brokerage between 5-7pm. Located in Willys Overland Lofts.
* Curl Up & Dye - Walk in and make an appointment during the event to get 10% off. Buy two products, get a third (of equal or lesser value) for 50% off. Or, purchase a $50 gift certificate and get a $10 gift certificate free!
* Flo Boutique - Show your soul wearing something from Flo's and receive 10% off your purchase during the event!
* Goodwells Natural Food Market - Stop by for the first annual blowout sale to receive discounts on organic food & more.
* Re:View Contemporary Gallery - Enjoy music outdoors at Re:View's new art plaza! Inside, check out Cedric Tai's solo exhibit, “Accepting Accidents” and Dolores Slowinski's installation, “Thread Lines: Sketchbook.” Plus, a special sale of prints, t-shirts, ceramics & more.
* Source Booksellers - Sidewalk book cart sale! Prices starting at $7 for previously owned books, coffee table books for $10. Cash only outside.
* Textures by Nefertiti - Free outdoor Five-Element Qigong Meditation led by Thai masseuse Jason Blackman. Starting at 7:30pm.
* Traffic Jam & Snug - Dine between 5-9pm and enjoy 25% off your entire bill!

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