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Comerica Park ranks in top 20 Major League Stadiums

USA Today takes note of BaseballParks.com's ranking of Comerica Park on its hit list of the nation's Major League ballparks.


"Like Tiger Stadium, Comerica achieves an intimacy that would seem to be difficult to pull off in a facility with 41,255 seats. Sightlines are excellent, and a center-field fountain and statues of all-time greats such as Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and Al Kaline add to the appeal.

This is one 360-degree concourse you must walk. Don't miss the statue of beloved broadcaster Ernie Harwell near the main entrance.

Your kids will be drawn to the Big Cat carousel featuring, of course, tigers. It's behind the first-base stands. Behind third base is the popular Fly Ball Ferris Wheel."

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Help Wanted: NY Times sees tech workers moving to Detroit

West coasties are coming to Detroit, on the heels of a tech-hiring boomlet in the auto industry.


"After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998, Brian Mulloy followed the path of many of his classmates, fleeing his home state for a job in a bustling city. But after 10 years of working in technology start-ups in San Francisco, he has returned as founder of a company in Detroit’s budding technology sector..

Mr. Mulloy is part of a group of workers that Detroit is suddenly hungry for — software developers and information technology specialists who can create applications for the next generation of connected vehicles."

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Renaissance Venture Capital Fund thrives on Michigan investments

The Detroit-based Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is getting landmark returns through investing in Michigan companies.


"The  Renaissance Venture Capital Fund(RVCF) is a Michigan based venture capital fund.   The company has announced today that their initial investment of $16.7 million has led to a total of nearly $300 million in 20 new Michigan companies.   This means that they are seeing a ratio of $17 venture capital investment coming into Michigan for every dollar invested by the RVCF.   This led to the creation of hundreds of high-wage jobs that pay an average of $80,000 per year."

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Iron Chef Michael Symon finds Detroit hits the spot for eateries

Iron Chef Michael Symon decided Detroit had what it took to be a culinary destination when he opened Roast in 2008 at the Westin Book Cadillac. Crain's chats with Symon about winning the best burger in America title three years in a row and what other famous chefs say about the Motor City. 
"What are you hearing about Detroit from your peers? 
Some of my chef friends make fun of me because my restaurants are in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit. 
But when we have success in those cities, there is always an interest. They wonder how you can be successful outside of New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. 
I think in the restaurant world, it takes time to change people's perspectives. Chefs that I bring to Roast are always amazed that Detroit is so different than what is shown in the news."
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The (less than) skinny on Detroit Chocolat

File under "Things That Make You Say Yum." A teacher starts his day, every day, as an up n coming chocolatier. 
"Chocolate runs in his blood: He’s a fourth-generation chocolatier (the great-grandson of Ervin and Julia Morley of Morley Candy Makers) and he spent a decade working for Morley. Even though he’s a full-time elementary school teacher, Petz was unable to resist the pull of chocolate and in 2010 started Detroit Chocolat in Sterling Heights (to the delight of his mother and his wife whom he calls a “chocolate addict.”)"
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Robots now road testing Ford vehicles

Robots are now getting behind the wheel for Ford when it comes to road-testing their vehicles. No word yet on Skynet's involvement. 
"Ford said it is the first auto maker to make autonomous vehicles a major part of its durability testing. It has barred human drivers from three routes at its Michigan Proving Ground north of Detroit and plans to use the technology significantly more there and at its other test tracks.
About three-quarters of Ford's durability testing can now be done without human drivers, using either robots or dynamometers, said Dave Payne, the company's manager of vehicle development operations."
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Microsoft and Detroit challenges compared

There's an interesting comparison of how Microsoft's and Detroit's fortunes have faded. Too bad there isn't any insight on how either might rise to prominence again or what these former global giants are doing right or wrong to reverse course.
"In recent weeks we have seen two developments that, to us, capture the shifting nature of all competitive advantages.
Microsoft (MSFT), which rode to tech dominance in the 1980s and 1990s on the back of its wildly successful Windows operating system and Office suite for productivity software, is working on a comprehensive restructuring to streamline the company.

Detroit released a restructuring proposal laying out the dire financial condition of the city, and the concessions creditors will be asked to take."
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Ann Arbor's Domino's Pizza debuts DomiCopter, the future of pizza delivery

Are we looking at the end of pizza delivery dudes? Domino's unveils the DomiCopter, a proof of concept that pizza delivery can be by air.
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Minneapolis-St Paul preps Metro Detroit businesses for light rail impact

No small business likes it when development projects kick into gear near their front door. In order to help Woodward Ave businesses understand the potential impact of light construction, Minnesota's Twin  Cities are offering some guidance.
"Business owners along Detroit's Woodward Avenue are just beginning to worry.
Construction of that city's M1 streetcar line is expected to begin this summer. Although it will affect fewer businesses than the Green Line construction along St. Paul's University Avenue did, struggling Motown has few successful businesses to spare.
So they're looking to St. Paul's experience.
A group of Twin Cities developers who worked to mitigate the Green Line construction's adverse impact on local businesses is exporting their experience to a nonprofit called Midtown Detroit Inc."
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Salt water pools in Michigan backyards are a thing

If you've got a poool in your backyard, you're probably destination number one for neighborhood kids. BUt if you've got a salt water pool, well, you're part of a small but growing group of trendsetters. And you spend a whole lot less on chlorine.
"Developed in Australia in the 1960s, where they make up 80% of the pools there, saltwater pools were introduced to the U.S. in the 1980s but didn’t really catch on until the mid-1990s, when the technology significantly improved.
Any pool can be converted to saltwater with the purchase of a lot of salt and a special generator that electronically turns salt — sodium chloride — into pure chlorine to clean the water, then regenerates back into salt."
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CNN Money notes "Treat Dreams" come true for Ferndale ice cream entrepreneur

Get your scoop while it's hot. The nation's press is descending on Treat Dreams, Ferndale's gourmet ice creamery.


"Scott Moloney started exactly the kind of business he would have once rejected for a loan.

The Birmingham, Mich., resident closed out his 18-year career as a private lending officer in 2009 to open an ice cream shop. Among the strikes against him: "I was a first-time entrepreneur, with no experience, going into a high-risk industry," he says...

In March 2010 he bought a six-quart ice cream maker, and five months later he opened Treat Dreams for business.

Initially, Moloney offered only one unusual flavor: Loopy Fruit, featuring ground-up cereal in vanilla ice cream. His next concoction, Sunday Breakfast -- with waffles, bacon, and maple syrup -- "got people talking," he says. Since then the store has produced 500 unconventional varieties, including Lobster Bisque and Raspberry Chipotle Bacon."

See CNN Money's coverage here.

And Time magazine calls "Michigan Salad" of the "Fifteen Funkiest Ice Cream Flavors on Earth."

The Autobike is less work, more play

Why not get your bike to do the work for you this summer?


"Remember when riding your bike was all about fun and adventure? Well, if you have forgotten, it's time you got to know  Autobike. Autobike, a Betaspring alum from Fall 2012, is now shipping an automatic shifting bicycle that delivers the simplest, smoothest, most comfortable riding experience ever to customers across the US...

Driven to bring back a riding experience that could delight a new generation of riders--and get riders who had abandoned their bikes back on two wheels--the team designed an automatically shifting bike with no on/off buttons, no shifting levers. Fast forward six months and the team has shipped to customers in MI, NH, TX, FL, TN, IN, NV, WA, and British Columbia so far and the pipeline is growing by the day."

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TV reality show pilot and "Detroit Rubber" web series to be shot in Metro Detroit

And the latest round of film incentives goes to a reality show about the training of pro athletes and the second season of Detroit Rubber.


"The television pilot project is a reality show following a Michigan gym owner and his staff as they work to train professional athletes and the middle-aged dads that work alongside them.   Shooting in Plymouth, the project is being directed by Michigan native Chris Farah with Mike Farah and Anna Wenger producing....

Detroit Rubber follows Rick Williams and Roland “Ro” Coit, owners of the Royal Oak sneaker shop Burn Rubber and boutique two/eighteen. The show will continue to highlight these Michigan entrepreneurs as they balance family, a growing business and day-to-day struggles."

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Benefit party for public art in Ferndale set for June 21

Give public art a footing in downtown Ferndale at a benefit party on Friday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rust Belt Market. Your $20 gets you live music, food, and, hopefully, future art displys downtown.

Tickets and more info here.

Berkley's Amici's Restaurant appears on Cooking Channel

The Oakland Press reported that Berkley's Amici's Restaurant, known for its delish pizzas, was featured on the Cooking Channel's Pizza Cuz show on June 3. If you missed it, catch it again on June 8, 9, and 10.


"When they were teens, Jen Stark and Maureen McNamara played clarinet together in the Royal Oak Dondero High School Marching Band.

Now, all grown up and back together again after varied careers, the two women are marching to the tune of a different drummer.

They are running Amici's Restaurant at 3249 W. Twelve Mile, between Coolidge and Greenfield in Berkley, that is so popular the women and a couple of their crowd-pleasing pizzas will be featured on the Cooking Channel's "Pizza Cuz"   show at 9 p.m. Monday, June 3 as one of the nation's top three pizzerias owned by women."

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And check out the show here.
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