Best Annual Event - Movement
There's no question of whether or not Movement will always be a hit. Since 2000, thousands of people have gathered in Detroit to celebrate electronic music. Movement-Detroit Electronic Music Festival is one of the most highly-anticipated festivals of the year and for a good reason. With over 100 artists rocking the stage for a party lasting for 36 hours, this is an event you don't want to miss.
Best Place to Buy Chocolate/Candies - Sanders
The reasons to love Sanders are myriad. Not only do they provide many a Michigander with sweets that can be bought in grocery stores across the nation, they also have 11 ice cream and chocolate shop locations in which sweets-loving patrons can enjoy a chocolate cream puff as well as a hot fudge sundae. Don't feel like gorging yourself on ten scoops of ice cream in front of your fellow patrons? Take home their cream puff-flavored ice cream as well as a couple different dessert sauces and you've got yourself the perfect night in. Don't like sweets but still love to support a Michigan biz? Check their adorable stock of cute coffee mugs as gifts for those you love, especially yourself!
Best Hookah Lounge - iHookah
iHookah provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing along with many luxurious amenities—from a wide variety of tobacco types in dozens of flavors to "push for service" buttons. Stay inside at one of iHookah's many booth seats, or take the party outdoors on their one-of-a-kind patio complete with fire pit. Either way, you're in for a great night.
Best Attorney - Fieger
Geoffrey Fieger is a beast. He's one of the most legendary attorneys in the country and he's based right here in Southfield. Fieger has been involved in some very controversial cases and he's not afraid to win. Whether he's representing Dr. Jack Kevorkian or suing the City of Dearborn, Fieger is a force to be reckoned with. After winning multimillion-dollar verdicts, Fieger shows no signs of slowing down. If something seems shady, you know who to call.
Best Weekend Getaway - Windsor Essex
Want to get away this weekend? Head across the border for a weekend you won't forget. Windsor Essex has so many different things to experience; you're guaranteed to have a good time. There's always something to do and with Windsor Essex being one of the most diverse cities in Canada, you're sure to find an event of your preference. No matter what type of food you're in the mood for, there are dining options for everyone. Windsor Essex should definitely be on your list of places to visit. You're in for a treat.
Best Bank - Chase
Chase does it all. Whether you're applying for a car loan or managing your account online, Chase offers so many products and services that it's no wonder why our readers love Chase. With over 19,000 ATMs and 5,600 branches and the ability to deposit your check with a smartphone, Chase understands the importance of convenience. Chase also has one of the best reward programs so you have a good reason to put it on your card. Chase goes above and beyond to meet all of your financial needs.
Best Bowling Alley-Lucky Strike
This is not your typical bowling alley. With 12 bowling lanes, 10 pool tables and over 100 arcade games, there's no way you won't have a good time. Lucky Strike is an ultra-cool place to hang out after work or for a night out with friends. If you have a celebration coming up, throw an upscale party with 4 VIP lounges and a full service bar that will not disappoint. Be sure to check out the Liquor Store - a nightclub located in Lucky Strike for an extra bonus.
Best Cell Phone Carrier - AT&T
Although AT&T is no longer exclusive to carrying the iPhone, they still manage to show their customers why they are number one. Their variety of cell phones and flexible plans make them an easy choice when you're looking for the best. AT&T gives you more bang for your buck as you're able to roll over any unused minutes to use them whenever you need them. AT&T also offers services that make your life so much easier; it's like having a personal assistant right there on your phone.
Best Cosmetology School - Douglas J. Aveda Institute Royal Oak
If you ever imagined yourself doing hair for a living or you want to become a celebrity makeup artist, the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Royal Oak is the school to attend to make your dreams a reality. With the expertise of the legendary Douglas J. and hands-on experience from those who work in the profession, you will take your career to the next level. Aveda even offers housing to students with leasing options that are customized to the length of your program. Check out the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Royal Oak for an experience you won't be able to get anywhere else.
Best Detroit Book – - Coney Detroit
We all know and love the Coney Island hot dog and we're proud to say that it originated here in Detroit. Coney Detroit explores the love of the Coney as well as the highly recognized Coney Island restaurants in Michigan and other places from coast to coast. Your mouth will water as this book features variations of the coney dog and photos to go with them. Not only is this a great coffee table book, but it will have you running to your local Coney Island for this delicacy.
Best Local Tattoo Artist - Matthew Hockaday
Whether he's painting or inking a customized tattoo, award-winning Matthew Hockaday will never disappoint. With over 10 years of experience with painting and tattooing, it's not hard to see why he's so good at what he does. Hockaday is known for portrait, realism and neo-traditional style of tattooing. Just be sure to book him well in advance. He has a waiting list and is always in demand.
Best First Stop to Becoming Famous - Pro Audio & Lighting
So you think you can DJ? Just make sure you stop by to get the latest equipment and supplies that will keep the party going. Whether you need mixers or a turntable, Pro Audio and Lighting is the place to go. After being in business for over 20 years they really know their stuff. Some of their staff members are DJs themselves so they are very helpful when it comes to finding exactly what you need. Pro Audio and Lighting isn't just for local DJs either. Celebrity artists like Kid Rock and Eminem shop there as well, just to name a few.
Best Detroit-Made T-shirt - Made in Detroit
What's one thing Detroiters love? Showing their city a lot of love. And purchasing one of these shirts to show how proud we of our little town is the perfect way to do that. Kid Rock helped revitalize this brand and show that even if other people have given up on our city, we haven't. The iconic logo of a man holding a wrench shows that we mean business and we're not to be taken lightly. With a variety of products available it's impossible to not find a Made in Detroit product that fits your style.
Best Feather Bowling-Cadieux Cafe
More than just a rare place to go feather bowling, Cadieux Café is not going anywhere anytime soon. This family-owned establishment has been in business since the '60s and features traditional Belgian dishes and Belgian beer that customers rave about. When you aren't enjoying a great meal, most likely you're feather bowling. Feather bowling is a traditional sport that can be played in very few locations other than Cadieux. Check out this jewel for good food and a great time.
Best Haunted House - Erebus
One of the largest haunted houses in the country, Erebus is a force you don't want to fuck with if you can't handle it. This formerly abandoned parking garage has turned into one of the scariest attractions known to mankind. This place is like no other. Erebus features plenty of actors who don't believe in "no touching" and fake props that look and feel way too real. The building moves as you try to navigate your way through obstructions. And please watch out for the bottomless pit as they are known to bury patrons alive. Enter if you dare.
Best High End Hotel - Westin Book Cadillac
This historic hotel has been around since the '20s and there are few others that can compare to the beauty of the Westin Book Cadillac. Designers were inspired by the Italian Renaissance and the hotel features sculptures of influential people in Detroit. With over 400 guestrooms with breathtaking views and an award-winning restaurant, Roast, you can bet you're getting the best of the best of high class experiences at the Book Cadillac and if you feel that a few nights aren't enough, there are condominiums and penthouses on the top floors.
Best Limousine - Lavdas
Style. Quality. Service. That's exactly what you get when you rent limousines from Lavdas. Lavdas has been servicing the community for over 20 years and has been recognized by many notable establishments as being the best. Lavdas also allows they're customers to experience the service of the stars without breaking the bank. With a variety of vehicles from sedans to stretch H2 Hummers, they offer luxury and affordability with exceptional customer service. If you want to make sure your special night is treated with the care and attention you deserve, call Lavdas.
Best Local Hotel - Athenium
Located in Detroit's lively Greektown Cultural District, guests are placed amongst ethnic bakeries, restaurants and other attractions—right where all the action is. Each of Athenium's 174 suites offer breath-taking views of downtown and marble bathrooms with whirlpools or soaking tubs to indulge in. The décor of the rooms combines classic Greek style with a modern sensibility. Who says you need to leave town to take a vacation?
Best Michigan-Made Product Better Made Chips
The familiar crunch of Better Made Chips has been a lunchtime staple for Michiganders for decades since it was founded in 1930 by Cross & Peters in Detroit. This hometown favorite comes in all sorts of flavors, ranging from Rainbow and Sour Cream to the classic Original and Barbeque. Using locally-grown potatoes, Better Made chips truly offers a taste of Michigan.
Best Michigan-Made Food Product McClure's Pickles
Starting off with just a passed-down home recipe in a small kitchen, McClure's Pickles have really taken off since their start in 2006. Offering products ranging from pickles and relish to potato chips and a transcendant Bloody Mary mix, McClure's makes sure to keep it local, calling growers directly to ensure that the food they use is locally-produced. No wonder they've quickly become a hometown favorite.
Best Place For A Wedding - White House Wedding Chapel
Built in 1943, the spacious white manor of the White House Wedding Chapel sits on five acres of wooded land. Among the manor's features is the chapel's grand spiral staircase which allows the bride to make a grand entrance before up to 125 guests. The manor's award-winning landscape features picture-perfect scenic gardens, offering the best setting possible for any couple on their special day.
Best Place For A Wedding Reception - Penna's
Penna's offers all the necessities to turn any wedding reception into a wonderful evening, offering different menu options of their authentic Italian cuisine at both of their two locations. Penna's has been in business since 1968, and with just one trip to their tastefully-decorated banquet hall, it's easy to see why.
Best Place To Rent A Bike - Wheelhouse Detroit
In an increasingly bike-friendly city, Wheelhouse offers the chance to intimately tour Detroit with plenty of variety. From tandems to BMXers to old school Schwinns, there's a bike for everyone. From its location on the Detroit River, Wheelhouse sets riders up with a prime spot for a brief tour of the Riverwalk or a day-long expedition downtown.
Best School To Get You Famous - Specs Howard
Named after the alias of radio pioneer Jerry Liebman, Specs Howard School of Media Arts offers courses that teach the ins and outs of the media industry with programs in Broadcast Media Arts, Digital Media Arts and Graphic Design. Their unique curriculum mixes online learning with hands-on experience, giving students familiarity with professional equipment.
Best Skate Park - Modern Skate
Modern Skate Park features plenty of half pipes and rails among other obstacles designed and built by X-Games ramp builders, Team Pain. Take an opportunity to practice on the same types of equipment the pros use. Modern Skate is more than just your average skate park, offering alternative activities such as a bike sessions or lessons for future professionals. And with their indoor facilities, Modern's got you covered all year 'round.
Best Way To Get Around - Detroit Bus Co.
In a city desperate for reliable, regional transit, the Detroit Bus Co. helps to fill the void. Currently offering themed tours and monthly pub crawls, the creative minds behind the Detroit Bus Co. have set their efforts on creating future routes across Amtrak and linking Detroit with nearby suburbs such as Northville and Canton.
Best Way To Meet Your Match - SPSC Detroit
With various outdoor and indoor actives at differing skill levels, Stay and Play Social Club provides the perfect icebreaker for connecting with other active Detroiters. SPSC is the biggest organizer of recreational sports and social events in Detroit. With activities ranging from dodgeball to Euchre, and social events like happy hour and travel opportunities, if you're looking to meet new people look no further.
Best Humidor - Jenuwine Cigar Factory
Stop by either of Jenuwine Cigar Factory's two locations in metro Detroit, and it's easy to see why the Jenuwine family has been selling cigar and tobacco products in metro Detroit since 1947. Their Sterling Heights humidor is the largest in the world, with over 2,000 cigars on display. Today it offers metro Detroit's best cigar.
Best Place to Buy a Harley - Motor City Harley
If you're looking to blaze a trail on two wheels, Motor City Harley has exactly what you need, offering a plethora of new and used bikes along with a catalog of over 1,000,000 parts and accessories. Their full-feature service center has more than 130 years of combined experience, and with classes from their qualified "Learn to Ride" program, there's no reason not to get that bike of your dreams.
Best Place to Buy an ATV or Snow Machine - Rosenau Power Sports If you're in the market for a set of wheels that'll take you off the beaten path, look no further than Rosenau Power Sports. What started in 1971 as a motorcycle repair shop has grown in to metro Detroit's most trusted power sports dealers. Check out their huge selection of new and pre-owned ATVs, snowmobiles and PWCs and see for yourself.
Best Car Dealers - Suburban Collection
Find your future ride at any of Suburban Collection's beautiful showrooms. Their professional staff will help put you into the new or used car of your dreams and their experienced service team will keep it running from routine maintenance to major repairs. Participators in many a charity event, the folks at the collective of Suburban dearlerships are also known for their generosity to those in need locally. So what does that mean to you? It means you're forthwith comanded to buy all your motor vehicles here, as a charitable contribution to those in metro Detroit.
Best Cider Mill - Blake's
Not just known for their crisp apples and delicious cider, Blake's is the perfect place to spend time with loves ones and explore a family-owned business that has been around since the '40s. Blake's is a great place for family fun as they offer fun attractions such as hayrides, cornfield mazes and much more. Blake's has three locations where customers can pick their own apples, strawberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. And they're not JUST a cider mill. During October, Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill is tranformed to a creepy, crawly haunted attraction that's a must-attend event each and every year. That Tunnel of Terror is FOR REAL.
Best Party Bus – - Metro Motor Coach
So you want to enjoy a night out without the hassle of driving. Oh, and you'd also like to ride around in one of the swankiest motor vehicles available in metro Detroit. Well, Metro Motor Coach is your answer and their party buses are at your beck and call. With packages that include bachelorette parties, weddings, proms and graduations, your bus will likely include draft beer and a wet bar, a mini fridge, modern bathrooms and even TVs with dish-in-motion satellite service to provide up to 250 channels! Why would you go anywhere else?
Best Bingo – Five15
Do you know why Five15 offers the best bingo around. If you don't, we'll let you in on a little secret. It's run by drag queens. Like, really funny, super sassy, totally done-up drag queens. Every Friday and Saturday night, the ladies of Five15 take over the Royal Oak coffee shop and serve up some steaming hot bingo that your grandmother may or may not approve of. A great start to any bachelorette party or just a different approach to any weekend evening, you're sure to enjoy yourself at this one-of-a-kind gambling game.
Best Medical Marijuana Certification - MMMA
There are plenty of places around town where a shady doctor can hook you up with a "card" and send you on your way, hoping to find a balm for your wounds. But at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, they've been fighting for both patient and caregiver's rights for the past five years, hoping to ensure all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With the help of the lawyers and doctors on staff, both patients and those looking to help supply buyers with product can look to MMMA for advice and help in continuing to lawfully use natural medication.