Detroit Historical Museum, Good Girls Go To Paris, On The Rise Bakery

1 Jun

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On The Rise Bakery is located at 6110 Mc Clellan at Gratiot, it is housed in a beautiful historic yellow brick building with Pewabic tile accents. Inside you will find large round loaves of fresh-baked bread, cupcakes, muffins, several varieties of cookies the size of saucers, and much more.  It smells wonderful inside, everything looks delicious, prices are reasonable, and staff members are friendly and helpful. We were there on a late Friday morning, along with a constant flow of patrons coming and going. On The Rise is sponsored by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen; your purchase supports housing, training, counseling services, educational opportunities and self-help programs for men recently released from prison or those who have completed a substance abuse treatment program. I chose a loaf of Monastery White bread, great for sandwiches, or perfect french toast, and was not disappointed. Located outside the ‘tourist zone’ this is a fun stop for the more  adventurous.

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The Detroit Historical Museum was established in 1928 and is one of America’s oldest public museums dedicated to metropolitan history. We found a metered parking space on Kirby, there is also a pay parking lot adjacent to the building, the cost is $4.00.  As you climb the few stairs to the main level you will currently find the Fabulous 5 display, in it is one of Diana Ross’ beaded dresses, I had no idea she was that tiny. Things are still done the old-fashioned way here and it has a quaint feeling to it. If you haven’t been here in ages memories will come flooding back as you wander the Streets Of Old Detroit or marvel at the Glancy Trains. The Motor City exhibit is a multi-faceted look at Detroit’s auto industry; covering invention, assembly, labor and suppliers. The centerpiece being the assembly line featuring the Cadillac Clark Street  plant “Body Drop” acquired in 1987, and several vintage Fleetwoods.

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In addition to the permanent collection there are a number of changing exhibits. I love the current “Saying I Do” Detroit Weddings showcase, it explores the traditions surrounding weddings and marriage of different nationalities found in metro Detroit. Over the years we’ve seen: Hudsons, Historic Movie Palaces, and vintage toys to name a few. Detroiter or not come check it out.

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Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes is located right across Woodward from the museum and makes a great lunch stop. Park on the street and head inside the lipstick red walled dining space. The menu is posted on a large chalk board hanging on the wall, the Right Bank features sweet crepes, and the Left Bank savory. One of each is a nice combination, packed full of fillings these crepes are meant to be eaten with a knife and fork, large enough to share, we cut each in half and split. Our selections this time were the Janel, filled with eggs, swiss cheese, ham and pesto, and the Mary which is simply cinnamon, sugar and butter. It is astounding how something so simple can be so flavorful. Order at the counter then have a seat at one of the tables to wait for your food to arrive. Check out the French movie posters displayed on the walls, watch the activity on Woodward  through large front windows to pass the time. It can get crowded, but the line usually moves quickly and I think it’s worth the wait. UPDATE: Good Girls Go To Paris is now closed.

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