38400 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 586-978-3880; pennasbanquets.com
This highly rated family-run venue with a full-service staff has been at it for close to 50 years. Penna's regularly hosts events of all kinds, from fundraisers to weddings. The attached Italian restaurant is a favorite of many regulars, and the dishes are superb. The bocce ball courts and TV areas provide ample recreation opportunities for all children in attendance during longer events, while hundreds of satisfied brides and grooms can attest to the quality of the location.
31390 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills; 248-855-2666; levineclinic.com
Back out of whack? The Levine Clinic of Chiropractic can put your spine back in line and help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Robert Levine and Dr. Daniel Cohen have both been practicing in metro Detroit for more than 20 years. Unlike other doctors who treat disease after it occurs, Dr. Levine and Dr. Cohen focus on improving health ahead of time in an effort to reduce pain and disease before they happen. Services include chiropractic and corrective care and exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, and spinal and postural screenings. Patients receive treatment that is specifically designed for their wellness needs and are treated with the least invasive, but effective, services.
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With locations throughout the Northeast and the Midwest, Pinnacle Treatment Centers just opened a new methadone treatment center in Ann Arbor last fall, and has plans to open two more in Sterling Heights and St. Clair Shores in the near future. The services that Pinnacle offers are predominantly low-cost outpatient treatments. They hope to expand and eventually offer other services, but to start these will all be methadone treatment centers. "We set a rate at $14 a day, which makes the cost very low," Chris Byers, the regional director for Pinnacle Treatment in Michigan, tells MT.
4291 Lapeer Rd., Orion Twp.; 248-371-9987; palazzodibocce.com
This combined Italian restaurant and bocce ball court is such a great idea, and ideal for larger groups (parties over a dozen are encouraged to make reservations). Whether your grandparents played this centuries-old sport in the old country, or you just picked it up yourself after seeing it in a movie last month, Palazzo offers the ideal spot to play.
500 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-268-2160; 1224 Library St., Detroit; 313-502-5450; citizenyogastudio.com
With two locations, Citizen Yoga has become the go-to spot for zenned-out yogis in the city. Classes include everything from vinyasa to slow burn, and there are a variety of levels, so you never need to feel embarrassed or insecure about your skill level. This is a judgment-free zone, where individuals can take time to stretch, breathe, and get in tune with themselves. The first class is free — so go check it out.
4300 Cadieux Rd., Detroit; 313-882-8560; cadieuxcafe.com
This category may as well have been invented for the Cadieux Café, the former homing-pigeon club and current Belgian-themed bar where you can order mussels and fries, wash it down with an Affligem Triple, and then head into the side room, equipped with 72-foot dirt trenches, to see what kind of feather bowler you are. The game itself is something like bocce or shuffleboard, but the bragging rights that come with having done something as unusual as "feather bowled" are what make it so much fun.
9085 Big Lake Rd., Clarkston; 248-922-0300; shepherdshollow.com
Rated Golf Digest's 42nd-best public course in the entire country, Shepherd's Hollow offers 27 holes of championship-level golf. They also have a terrific dining experience on offer, and are a popular location for weddings and other special events. The course design is stunning.
4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com
Around for more than a century, Garden Bowl is the No. 1 spot for people wanting to kick back and bowl. As reviews of Garden Bowl note on Yelp, this is a "fun, laid-back bar and bowling alley." Kind of perfect for a first date or a gathering with friends. Had enough of the lanes? No worries — the bar, and the bands it normally books, is a great way to move forward with the night.
1500 N. Stephenson Hwy, Royal Oak; 248-545-5700; modernskate.com
Skating is no longer a strictly outdoor activity. Thanks to Modern Skate and Surf, skaters can now surf the halfpipes indoors. Modern isn't just a skatepark, it's also a skate shop. Strap on your helmets and protective gear, grab a board or skates — whatever tickles your fancy — and achieve Tony Hawk status, rain or shine.
Valenti, 36, is brash, bold, quick-witted, and bright. It's easy to see why our readers chose him; if you're not following him on Facebook, it's hard to call yourself a true Detroit sports fan. He's of course half of the highly entertaining Valenti and Foster Show (formerly the Sports Inferno). The self-described "Don Draper fanboy" can be heard weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WXYT-FM 97.1.
The historic district of Detroit isn't just relevant around St. Patrick's Day. While it does have an Irish heritage, Corktown is an example of the revitalization of Detroit. Primarily residential, the district also houses historical landmarks like the Michigan Central Station and the site of the former Tigers Stadium. Corktown is also home to plenty of bars, nightlife, and some of the city's hottest restaurants.