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Seen Photo Gallery: Big Shots, Little Stars

02/05/16

Seen Photo Gallery: Big Shots, Little Stars

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation celebrated being one of eight charities to benefit from the auto show’s charity preview

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Detroit's Lost Heroes

02/05/16

Detroit's Lost Heroes

Rosa Parks. Joe Louis. Coleman Young. You know who they are and what impact they had on Detroit. But there are so many more Black Detroiters who made their mark on this city. Discover the stories of six of our unsung heroes.

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Valentine's Day Wine from House of Pure Vin

02/05/16

Valentine's Day Wine from House of Pure Vin

Regina Gaines from House of Pure Vin in Detroit, dishes about a few wines perfect for Valentine's Day.

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Seen Photo Gallery: MLK Commemorative Breakfast

02/05/16

Seen Photo Gallery: MLK Commemorative Breakfast

See who we spotted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast at the Wright

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Calvin and Alicia Goodwin: The Comedians

02/05/16

Calvin and Alicia Goodwin: The Comedians

They fuss like two cranky old marrieds. They fire off wisecracks like radio-show comics. They get real when they talk about their love for one another. Calvin and Alicia Goodwin married in 2012, after years of dating following a meeting while students singing in the University of Michigan Gospel Chorale. "When you find the right one, you'll know," Alicia, 32, says carefully and calmly. Here, she is balanced. "When you’re together, you realize…I'm not sure how to explain it, but your heartbeat and breathing become in sync. It's a weird thing that happens." Calvin, 33, interjects. "Well, I hope you'll breathe me. Cause you'll die if you don’t." Alicia's calmness vanishes. "Stop!" she...

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Ashley and Adam Hosey: The Newbies

02/05/16

Ashley and Adam Hosey: The Newbies

Adam and Ashley Hosey have one of those relationships most people envy, because it's playing out so beautifully on Facebook. Updates on the little things – surprise gifts, romantic dinners, silly faux pas – are what pepper Ashley's Facebook page. Call it a reflection of modern romance: The pair actually might not be together today if it weren't for Facebook. They first met as students at Oak Park High School, she a sophomore and he a senior. A few years later, they ran into each other at a club in Windsor. They started communicating via Facebook, then real-life courtship before marrying in 2011. "Marriage is like going off into a foreign country and adjusting to a new culture," Ashley, 27, says. Adam, 29, shares a similar view:...

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Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

02/05/16

Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

It's the caramel cake that draws people in. And the red velvet. And the gooey cake. And the cupcakes. And the pies. But it’s the caramel cake that's building a reputation on the Avenue of Fashion. The Avenue of Fashion has seen its ups and downs, but is certainly trending upward lately. The stretch of Livernois Avenue once home to some of the most fashionable boutiques in the city still has the boutiques, but also art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and Good Cakes and Bakes, which opened in 2013. April Anderson, the shop's owner, is from Detroit but her career took her far as Arizona and back to Michigan again. A lifelong baker – she had been baking since she was nine – she hadn't considered making a hobby into a business until she read...

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Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

02/05/16

Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

Quinn Hamilton is one of those native Detroiters we should be talking more about. Westside-raised, Renaissance High School and Yale University pedigree, and a front-row seat at the city's burgeoning start-up scene. That's probably why it's no accident that her candle-making company is called Firebrand – someone that takes charge, is feisty, is passionate. Like many businesses in Detroit, it started as a side project or a hobby that has morphed into a secondary source of income. Not quite a full-time job yet, but Hamilton wouldn’t mind if that happened. "I said, OK, people believe in me, so I really need to get this started," Hamilton says. She was looking for unique, one-off handmade gifts to give to friends and family, so she experimented...

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Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

02/05/16

Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

It's hard to resist making a TLC reference, but here's how Michele and Anthony Watts met: In 1999, Michele was walking with a friend, when a car approached and Anthony, in the passenger's side of his friend's car, leaned out the window to talk to her. Except that Anthony isn't a scrub. He’s a lieutenant with the Detroit Fire Department. Michele is the director of the sports management program at Madonna University. Like many 40-something couples, they're at or near the peak of their careers, but unafraid to take on other endeavors. "We're in dream-chase mode right now," says Anthony. The couple runs a mobile photo-booth, which can be rented out for parties, weddings and other events, while raising two children from a previous...

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Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

02/05/16

Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

There are things you notice when two people are deeply in love: The way each person can naturally finish the other's sentences, the inside jokes, the way their eyes light up when describing the day they met (almost always the wife directs that question to her husband, saying "I want you to tell it," as a sly test), their proposal or their wedding day. We noticed these characteristics when we asked metro Detroit couples at every stage in a marriage—from 20-something newlyweds to 70-something lifelong partnerships—to talk about what makes their relationship special and lasting. It's not all champagne and chocolates, though. Many couples candidly discussed a relationship's challenges, ranging from health issues and parenting to keeping the spark...

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