It’s getting chilly, but the city’s creatives and entrepreneurs are keeping our spirits lifted. Speaking of lifting, my housemates and I are creating a small but mighty at-home gym to avoid the cold (and colds) and still stay strong. 

Out in the world, we’re watching a new spot to nourish your body inside and out and a gaming space to fuel your inner kid. As always, there’s a secret spot to test your local knowledge. 

Interest piqued? Read more in this week’s culture roundup.

Can you guess this spot?

It’s shoutout time! ✨

Major props to Lee Visci, Nellie Tsai, Michelle McAllister and Mi’Ele Booker for correctly guessing last week’s secret spot: the beloved Milwaukee Caffè. Fun fact: This was the first (of many) coffee shops I visited when I returned to the city after college.

This week’s spot just recently opened on Grand River Avenue in North Rosedale Park (and this wall may already look a little different). Do you know where it is?

Drawing of two faces on a white wall: an artist’s signature says “Phillip Simpson,” and the circular faces are drawn in caricature with thick black lines, no color.
Hint: This art wall is found inside a building on Grand River Avenue in North Rosedale Park, though it may have a different drawing now. Photo credit: SaMya Overall

Email the answer to me at for bragging rights, or look out for it on our Instagram.

Made here

Detroiter Tyrell Slappey has turned his lifelong love for video games into a successful business by launching Round One Gaming Lab

The mobile gaming trailer — which comes to you for birthday parties and other events — resembles an arcade on wheels with five screens, PlayStation and Xbox consoles and an extensive selection of games.

(CBS Detroit, Round One Gaming Lab)

Wellness on trend

Hot Bones, a hot yoga and Pilates studio with a bone broth bar, is coming soon (paywalled) to Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. Set to open in this fall (with the broth bar to open in February), the studio is owned by Lara Richli, who brought the idea to Detroit following her time in New York City.

A little ways south, expect leg lifts aplenty at a new Pure Barre studio, opening later this year (paywalled) on Woodward at Mack Avenue. A previous Detroit franchise of the barre fitness brand closed during the pandemic; its owners filed for bankruptcy in September.  

(Hot Bones, Detroit Free Press, Pure Barre Detroit, Crain’s Detroit Business)

Better air

Detroit residents and environmental justice advocates called on the state and federal government to set more substantial clean air standards at a roundtable on Oct. 31. The city’s poor air quality has a disproportionate impact on communities of color, causing a number of health conditions. Our friends over at the Capital B newsroom are drawing the link between pollution in majority Black cities and population loss in those places.

Southwest Detroit has some of the worst air pollution in the country. The region, along with Ecorse and River Rouge, has more than 150 facilities emitting toxic gas, chemicals and particulates.

(Michigan Advance, Outlier Media)

More to explore in Detroit’s culture

👷 Hard hats painted by artists Phillip Simpson, Eric “El Cappy” Lowry and Mike Han are being auctioned off to support local youth organizations, and the bids are coming in hot. (Metro Times, Hard Hats for Detroit)

⚖️ Detroiter Darell Chancellor speaks out on being wrongly convicted — twice. (Hour Detroit)

🍎 Blake’s Hard Cider is merging with Texas-based Austin Eastciders to form an independent craft hard cider behemoth. (Hour Detroit)

💤 Experience a small sliver of what it’s like to be homeless while raising funds for housing insecure youth at Covenant House’s Sleep Out event in North Corktown next week. (Sleep Out)

SaMya (she/her) believes in empowering and encouraging minority voices through local journalism because journalism is a service to the community, not vice versa. She loves Campus Martius, especially during holiday time with the bright lights and snow.