15 places to break up with someone in the Detroit area
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Best place to make them feel deserted: The Cactus House in the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory at Belle Isle
300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit; 313-331-7760; belleisleconservancy.org
Where better to ditch a prick than a steamy, sweltering mini-desert? Let's hope your ex can survive without you just as a cactus can survive without water. Get ready for a dry spell!
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For the pretty-petty: Karaoke
First, pick your location. Second, pick your poison. Or, literally pick Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," if that's your thing. Regardless of taste, the options are endless. Are we dealing with a cheater? Well, there's Carrie Underwood for that. A narcissist? Carly Simon has you covered. Or for the Giver of No Fucks, call upon Saint CeeLo. No matter what song you choose, mic drop that shit.
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For the metaphor lover: The People Mover
"I feel like this isn't going anywhere" or"we're going in circles." Either makes for a great opening line as you enter the tedious task of breaking up and the even more tedious task of riding the People Mover. Pro tip: Make sure you exit at Broadway because there is plenty of much-needed booze within walking distance.
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For the risk-taker: A casino. Literally, any casino.
MGM Grand Detroit; 1777 Third St., Detroit; 877-888-2121; mgmgranddetroit.com
Ah, stale cigarette smoke, strategic lighting to disguise what time of day it is, and several buffet options now's the time to make some blithe analogies about putting your heart on the line, or taking a gamble, or how you lost your ass because the relationship was crap(s.)
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If "The Last Supper" is your thing: The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com
Okay. So, maybe it wasn't all bad. If this is the case, you owe it to them to do it up right and dine at the historic Whitney and then offer to split the bill. For optimal millennial symbolism, grab a final nightcap at GhostBar and when you're taking a bathroom break, just leave.
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If you're feeling old school: Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org
You can't take a time machine to swipe left, but you can
be petty AF. Before texting and DMs, there was butter churning, blacksmithing, and a surprising amount of syphilis. Enter the historic Greenfield Village, where you can literally put your shitty relationship in the past.
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If you're looking for a gut punch: Monument to Joe Louis
5 Woodward Ave., Detroit; located in Hart Plaza.
Don't go a full nine rounds. Hit 'em with a figurative T.K.O. at The Fist, which, for the novice, is literally a 24-foot-long fist in the middle of downtown Detroit.
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If you want to ruin their routine and future wellness: Whole Foods
115 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5300; wholefoodsmarket.com
"Hey, babe, we're out of coconut milk." Yeah, well, I'm out of patience for your bullshit. Grab a cart and strategically rehash old fights whilst grabbing groceries
We guarantee they'll never be able to visit the hot bar without thinking about your hot ass, now long gone.
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If you're feeling cinematic: Nain Rouge
Marche Du Nain Rouge takes place on Sunday, March 22; marchedunainrouge.com
It's time to get surreal. If you can hold out until March, Marche Du Nain Rouge is a prime opportunity to make your exit of grandeur. As the parade marches through the streets of Midtown cursing the pesky little red devil, make your move. Drop a good line or two and walk away against the flow of masked weirdos and caped gentrifiers, and leave your former significant other to distinguish reality from nightmare.
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If you want to get it over with under three minutes: The elevator at the Renaissance Center
200 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-567-3126; renaissanceconferencecenter.com
OK. So, maybe this one might be hard to explain to your soon-to-be-insignificant-other, but once you figure that part out, you will score major points for most unique breakup ever: 72-floors of resentment and one hell of a view.
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