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Sterling Heights

It may not have been around as long as some Metro Detroit cities, but in roughly 40 years Sterling Heights (incorporated in 1968) has really come into its own. Not only is it Michigan's fourth largest city, it's been ranked in the top 20 in Money Magazine's list of "Best Small Cities."

Nestled East of Troy and north of Warren and approximately 23 miles from Detroit, the city is known for its safe neighborhoods, diverse business landscape, growing Chaldean and Asian communities, and signature outdoor attractions. First and foremost of those is the Clinton River, which provides endless opportunities to boat, kayak and fish. Freedom Trail also runs through Sterling Heights with a hike, bike, and rollerblade path that connects over 20 miles of Macomb County Metro Parks.

If you've got a hankering for festivals, the city's Dodge Park and Freedom Hill Amphitheater boast must-attended family-friendly events. From a spectacular 4th Of July fireworks show to an eclectic summer outdoor concert series, the amphitheater is ground zero for local entertainment. Similarly, Dodge Park is home to the city's annual and ever-popular Sterling Fest. If you're looking for something a little more Old World, check out the American-Polish Festival, which straddles Dequindre Rd. and neighboring Troy, as it celebrates the region's Polish heritage.

Foodies take comfort, SH has got you covered. Looking for the ingredients to your next authentic Italian meal? Ventimiglia Italian Foods carries products from 'The Boot' while offering up mouth-watering subs. Antonio's Italian Cuisine gets high marks from local reviewers and Sterling's Bistro has been described as "a gem hidden in plain sight" by the Metro Times.


Macomb Muslims gather in front of a mosque before a prayer service

Christian pastor helps Macomb County Muslims share their stories

Though Dearborn is well known as a center of Michigan's Islamic community, Macomb County is also home to a sizable Muslim population. With the help of a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, a Christian pastor is working with Macomb Muslims to help them tell their stories and increase tolerance and understanding in the larger community.

Safe To Sleep

From Inmates To Infants: An Entrepreneur Finds His Niches

Ryan Santangelo is what folks in the biz call a serial entrepreneur. First he launched the firm Dynamic Media. Then Secure Media Systems. His latest effort is SafeToSleep, which is bringing infant monitoring into the new millennium. And all three businesses are thriving in Sterling Heights, a place he calls the Silicon Valley of Michigan.


Little Baghdad in Sterling Heights

Much has been made of Dearborn's Arab American melting pot. But it's only one part of Metro Detroit's ever growing immigrant story. Our region now boasts the highest concentration of Middle Eastern Americans in the nation, and percentage-wise Sterling Heights tops the list of cities with a population of 100,000 or more.


Bowling 2.0

It is the natural order of things: evolve or perish. And bowling is no exception. Over the last decade the sport has seen a decline in leagues and devotees. Enter Bowling IQ, a bowling salon that offers instruction, caters to corporate parties, and boasts state-of-the-art everything.


The Armory For Democracy Goes Suburban

War is hell. It's also very profitable for some Metro Detroit suburbs. Billions of dollars in defense contracts are pouring into communities like Troy, Sterling Heights, Warren and Ann Arbor, and the companies there are finding new jobs for auto engineers who are willing to adapt.
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