At All Things Detroit events, small business owners, artists, instructors, and all sorts of other creative artisans unite for two primary reasons: to network with consumers and support the local business scene. Organized by Jennyfer Crawford of Ask Jennyfer fame, the event will showcase locally made products from more than 60 vendors and businesses. Attendees can examine Detroit-themed artwork, jam to local bands, and even participate in interactive demonstrations. Plus, even if they don't find anything they want to buy, those in attendance may not go home empty-handed since raffles and giveaways allow everyone to join in on the festivities.
Roma Caf? started out as a one-woman operation way back in 1888. The Marazza family ran a boarding house for Eastern Market farmers, and Mrs. Marazza would always serve a hot meal to anyone who stayed. Word of her cooking skills spread quickly throughout the Eastern Market area, and her various fans convinced her to open an official restaurant. In February of 1890, Roma Caf? was born.
Its continuing commitment to classic recipes is apparent from one glance at the menu, where housemade pastas share space with veal scaloppine and broiled lobster tails. Adventurous eaters will be drawn to dishes such as the sauteed sweetbreads and frog legs, and wine enthusiasts can browse an extensive list of reds, whites, and specials.
Although the baked lasagna and chicken parmigiana are certainly Old World staples, Roma Caf? hasn't become mired in tradition. Its third-generation owner, Janet Sossi Belcoure, takes regular trips to Italy that keep her up-to-date on culinary trends and the latest gossip on who's dating Michelangelo's David. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet on Monday nights, complete with appetizers, pasta dishes, and cannoli. If you stop by on the night of a Red Wings game, there's even a shuttle that will take you to the arena.
At Twilight Zone 4D, partygoers celebrate Halloween in a sequence of spooky rooms, some outfitted with decor inspired by Rod Serling's iconic show. Other themed rooms include a space inspired by worldwide sensation 50 Shades of Grey. The most surreal touch? The images projected on the walls look?and feel?ultra-real, thanks to enhancing sounds, textures, and smells. Meanwhile, DJs and performers add to the ambiance with spooky tunes such as "Thriller" and "Yellow Submarine (Full of Zombies)."
Sifu Owen Matson trains students on the ving tsun kung fu techniques taught to him by a line of Moy Tung sifu and grandmasters. Matson's classes cultivate students' balance of body and mind through the practice of three open-hand forms and two person drills.
A well-weathered teacher, Matson began his training in 1999 under the expert tutelage of Robert "Moy Yat Tung" Squatrito, who helped him master the swift movements and powerful strikes of the kung fu discipline. After becoming a member of the Moy Tung's MY4 and ICC inner training circles, Sifu Owen traveled to Detroit to open his ving tsun studio.
From not chewing with your mouth open to abstaining from sniffing strangers, human beings are constantly encouraged to quell most of their animal instincts. During Animal Behavior classes at RetroFit LLC, however, instructor Shana Byas encourages ladies of all fitness levels to tap into their inner beasts. Students strengthen and sculpt with exercises inspired by the animal kingdom, crawling, crouching, pushing, and pulling their way to increased fitness and confidence.
When she isn't indulging her animalistic side, Shana leads classes through calorie-burning dance routines scored to old-school tunes from '70s disco to '90s new jack swing. Along with retro music, she incorporates retro toys into her exercises during hula-hoop aerobics, which burns more calories than a tug of war with Stretch Armstrong.
Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.