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Wedding Venues That Ring Cool

With one-third of engagements taking place between Thanksgiving and New Year's, winter is high season for nuptials planning. Metromode picks a bouquet of Detroit-area ceremonial destinations that take the cake.

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.

FilterD: Jan. 17 - 23

For years, Detroit Contemporary has hosted an Anti-Auto Show, including a creative black-tie gala preview for $1. Sounds rich. Get all the details in FilterD.  

Guest Bloggers: Lucas Morrison, Ji Yoon Gook, Mackenzie Carlsen

It's said history repeats itself, but our legacy of burning fossil fuels for energy isn't renewable. A team of U-M students working with SolarYpsi, a volunteer-based solar power organization gaining national prominence, gets at the root of our conservation issues.

Designer Genes: The McGowen Brothers

Homecoming isn't just an event for Rochester's McGowen brothers, it's a philosophy. Over four generations, the family has made their home furnishings and interior design business a place where locals always felt welcome. Returning from stints in L.A., siblings Jonathan and David have decided to pick up the family legacy, opening shops across the street from one another.

A Brittle Game Plan

When you've been to the Super Bowl six times what else is there to do? For defensive tackle and Birmingham native Mike Lodish the answer was peanut brittle.

FilterD: Jan. 10 - 16

Hamtramck's Public Pool revs up the new year in art with the edgy 'Distorted,' an exhibition of women artists. Get all the details in FilterD. 

Different Downtowns, Similar Successes

On the surface, Plymouth and Howell look very similar. Similar size, similar look, similar downtowns. And the two communities are successfully growing. But how they approach that growth and development differs. Metromode's Natalie Burg takes a look at how and why each works in its own way.

Upper Floor Housing Rehabs Spur Neighborhood Growth

When shopping in your favorite downtown store, ever wonder what's upstairs? For decades, the answer has been "not much" for many Michigan cities. Take a look at how that trend is changing across the state, in communities like Manistee, Portland and Detroit's Eastern Market, where local property owners are redefining downtowns by reviving upper floor residences. 

Destination Cinema

For years The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township was an art house that catered to an older film-going audience. Jon Goldstein thought it could be more, so he bought it. $1.5 million later the Maple boasts a topnotch coffee house, full service bar, and, of course, movies.

Finding A Hydrogen Future

For more than 20 years Dr. Robert Buxbaum's Ferndale-based company has been designing technologies that filter hydrogen. That may not sound particularly exciting to the everyday Joe but when you consider that he has contracts with the U.S. and U.K. Navies and believes his product could have prevented the Fukushima meltdown you understand how focusing on something very small can have a very large impact.

FilterD: Dec. 20 - Jan. 9

Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, Swimsuit) releases a solo LP and performs this Saturday at Hamtramck's Lo & Behold. Get all the art rock details in FilterD.

Happy Holidays!

Metromode wishes all of our readers a happy holiday and jubilant new year! We'll be taking the next two weeks off to spend time with family and friends, wear embarrassing sweaters, and maybe catch up on a few movies. We'll return on Jan. 10 with more stories of innovation and growth.

Talking Energy and Environment with the State's Valerie Brader

Affordable energy, reliable energy, and protecting our environment were part of the governor's recent 'Ensuring Our Future' message. Veronica Gracia-Wing digs into the details with the governor's deputy legal council and senior policy advisor. 

Liquid Assets: The Water That Sustains Us All

Did you know we all live in a watershed, are surrounded by over a fifth of the world's freshwater supply and interact, one way or another, with the Great Lakes basin every day? Matthew Lewis shares those factoids and more in our new blue-green infrastructure series. 
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