Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of November 10-12

By Shianne Nocerini - Nov 9, 2017

The weekend is almost here! And it looks like the forecast is for a tasty and fun weekend. Get out there and enjoy the Motor City!

Detroit Dough Popup

There has been a lot of press about Detroit Dough which is the new cookie dough shop that will be opening in the NW Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit.

The shop might not be open yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of cookie dough this weekend at the Detroit Dough Popup.

Cookie dough lovers will be able to choose between Detroit Dough’s five safe to eat flavors.

The popup will take place Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11 at The Detroit Clothing Circle.

Hours: 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Detroit Clothing Circle is located at 3980 2nd Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Merry Mitten Holiday at Pages Bookshop

One of my favorite gifts to give children are books, because reading is fundamental.

If you have children in your life, be it your own or nieces and nephews I suggest going to Pages Bookshop this Saturday, November 11 to pick up some children’s books.

While you’re there there will be four local children’s book authors in the store to sign their books.

Hours: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pages Bookshop is located at 19560 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48223

P.S. While you’re there might I suggest picking up Karen Dybis’s newest book The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930’s Murder Mystery”. If you have yet to listen to our Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast with Karen you’re missing out.

25 Hour Improv-A-Thon Fundraiser

Planet Ant has been working really hard to raise $35,000 to help finish the renovations on The Ant Hall, which they purchased last year.

If they raise the $35,000 by midnight of Monday, November 13 the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will match their donations.

In ordrer to help raise these funds they are holding a 25 hour Improv-A-Thon fundraiser.

Between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. there will be a line up of stand up comedians and improv troupes performing.

The Improv-A-Thon will begin at midnight and will end at 1:00 a.m. on November 13.

Improvisors have collected pledges for consecutive 15 minute blocks of improv performed.

There is no admission fee, however there is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Dig deep people this is a fundraiser after all, and The Planet Ant needs your help.

If you can’t make it to the Improv-A-Thon but would like to donate to their Patroncity campaign you can do so here.

The Ant Hall is located at 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Labyrinth With Shadow Cast

There is only one person I know that does not like Labyrinth and that is my best friend Giulia.

So unless you are a weirdo like her, you need to get your tickets to Labyrinth at the Redford Theater this Saturday, November 11.

This is a special viewing of Labyrinth because there will also be a shadow cast performing in costumes while the movie plays behind them.

Guests are also encouraged to get dressed up for a masquerade.

Children are welcome to attend as well.

Tickets are $10 per person. I suggest you purchase them soon. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

The Redford Theater is located at 17360 Lahser Road Detroit, Michigan 48219

Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Service

The Mariners Church will be holding their annual Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Service on Sunday, November 12.

The ceremony will honor those sailors that have lost their lives in the Great Lakes as well as those who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial service.

The service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The Mariner’s Church is located at 170 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Free parking is available in the Ford Auditorium underground parking garage.


Jennifer Hammond’s All-Star Charity Event

If you’re planning on going out for drinks on Friday, November 10 why not head out to Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale.

Jennifer Hammond is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program.

Come out to the bar and rub elbows with the likes of Cary Hyder, Eddie Mio, Bob “Wojo” Wojnowski, Mary Joe Sanders, Monica Gayle and Huey Perkins.

There will be a free Coney Bar and a 50/50 raffle plus other  surprises.

The event is free to attend.

Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Dino’s Lounge is located at 22740 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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City of Detroit cleans 50,000 tags of graffiti in 3 years

DETROIT (WJBK) - In Detroit's fight against blight, the city hit a major milestone this week when it officially cleaned up it's 50,000th act of illegal graffiti.

It's more than just washing away paint, it is helping the city rebuild and move on from some of its darkest times.

In the past three years, the city has been hard at work scrubbing both vacant and occupied buildings. According to Jessica Parker with the General Services Department, by cleaning up the graffiti, it helps feel like they're part of a greater good.

"You don't feel threatened by the environment, because some of it is gang-related - they feel like they are not alone," Parker said.

While 50,000 are clean, the city estimates they're only half done. Parker said they notify building owners who have a week to get it cleaned up before the city can step in - and it's the building owner who foots the bill.

"They give the owner at least 7 days to go ahead and remove it themselves (and) on the the eighth day we have the right to remove it," Parker said. "It can range anywhere between $800 and $2,000 depending on how many crews are needed to come out and remove it."

Beyond the takedown, the city also has to make sure the graffiti doesn't come back but they have a plan for that too - find the person responsible and make them clean it up.

"Once we see the same tag, we log it," Parker said. "And then they can identify and try to catch the people. We've had a good success rate. I've gone to court 10 to15 times already."

But neighbors say it's nice now but don't think it will last.

"It's good for two or three months but next summer I believe it will be the same way," resident Lorenzo Edwards said.

But Parker says that won't stop them.

"Soon as they come back out - we come back out," she said. "Because we want them to know this city is not tolerating the old culture of graffiti."

Edwards isn't sold though. He said that the city would be better off just taking the building down.

"That's all it is window dressing," he said. "Knock it down and put something else there."

Well, he's getting his wish. At the corner of Ferry Park and Linwood, something else is going in: a cookie dough store, "Detroit Dough" founded by a Detroit native and entrepreneur.

"I'm here because I was born and raised here. It's home and that's the biggest thing," said Daniel A. Washington. "We want to start Detroit Dough on this corner because the people need it."

That store opens in the summer of 2018.

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Cookie dough cafe coming to Detroit

DETROIT (WJBK) - If you're the type who just can't resist the temptation of cookie dough, you're in for a sweet treat this weekend. 

A cafe selling safe-to-eat cookie dough is popping up in Midtown from November 9-11. The cookie dough is safe because it uses heat-treated flour and does not include raw eggs. 

Detroit Dough plans to feature five cookie doughs - chocolate chip, brownie, peanut butter, no chips, and sugar. 

You can try out their dough this weekend at their pop-up shop at Detroit Clothing Circle, which is located at 499 W. Alexandrine. The shop will be open on all days from noon to 7 p.m. Price: $5 for one scoop, $7 for two scoops and $9 for three scoops. 

Daniel Washington from Detroit Dough joined us on The Nine to tell us more about the dough and the shop. You can hear from him in the video player above. 

The team behind the concept has plans to open a shop in 2019 at Linwood and Ferry Park in Detroit's NW Goldberg neighborhood, which is where Daniel grew up. 

Daniel tells us once the official shop is open, it will have a whole mix-in bar with dozens of different items to mix in with the dough. 

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We tried Detroit Dough’s safe-to-eat cookie dough

By Kinsey Clarke

If you’re like me, you may have spent more than a few times snacking on frozen cookie dough at home on the couch, despite FDA warnings that raw cookie dough is not safe to consume. Having repeatedly ignored those warnings, I was thrilled to find out that Detroit is getting its own cookie dough café in the NW Goldberg neighborhood.

Detroit Dough is run by local twentysomethings Autumn Kyles and siblings Daniel A. Washington, Theodore Washington III, and Victoria Washington. While they haven’t opened their location at Linwood and Ferry Park just yet, they are having an ongoing pop-up November 9 - 11 at Detroit Clothing Circle, located at 499 W. Alexandrine in Midtown. 

Though the shop boasts five flavors to choose from – brownie, sugar, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and plain dough with no chips – Chief Storyteller Aaron Foley and I visited the pop-up to try just two flavors: brownie and chocolate chip. Here’s what we had to say about the experience.

AF: I had the brownie flavor, and I could easily see this becoming a guilty pleasure. It’s rich and chocolately, and none of the base ingredients (like, for example, flour or egg) overpower the actual flavor. There’s a reason why this will taste better than the cookie dough I’ll try to make at home.

KC: This is classic chocolate chip cookie dough without the looming threat of salmonella. I could definitely eat this while watching The Crownon Netflix during the long weekend. 10/10, would eat again.

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Detroit’s First Cookie Dough Cafe Opening SOON!

By Rat & Puff - November 8, 2017 9:01 AM

A raw cookie dough cafe is opening its doors as soon as spring 2018. But don’t worry, this cookie dough is safe for consumption and salmonella free. The cafe will be called Detroit Dough and it plans to feature 5 cookie dough flavors: chocolate chip, brownie, peanut butter, no chips, and sugar. They’ll also have 50 different toppings if straight cookie dough isn’t enough. The cafe will be located in Northwest Goldberg in Detroit!

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'Detroit Dough' bringing cookie dough cafe to city

By Alexandra Bahou - 8:40 AM, Nov 8, 2017

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Cookie dough lovers, you're in luck: Detroit Dough is on a mission to bring a "safe-to-eat" version of the tasty treat to the city with pop-up locations and a storefront slated to open next year. 

"We've been operating with this whole mantra...Why not Detroit? Why not us?," said Daniel Washington, chief marketing officer for Detroit Dough. 

Washington and CEO Autumn A. Kyles, General Manager Victoria Washington and Executive Dough Chef Theodore J. Washington III saw the craze taking off in other parts of the country and decided to make it happen here. 

Washington said Detroit Dough is aiming to bring energy and excitement to local businesses with its pop-up circuit.

The next opportunity for you to get yourself a helping of cookie dough will be November 9 through November 11 at The Detroit Clothing Circle at 499 W. Alexandrine Street. 

According to the Detroit Dough website, flavors include Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Brownie and Hold My Chips (cookie dough without the chocolate chips.) 

The cookie dough, he explains, is safe to eat because Detroit Dough uses an organic heat treated flour instead of egg. 

Washington says eventually they will have more than 50 mix-ins available, referring to Detroit Dough as the "Cold Stone of cookie dough." 

On Wednesday night, the company will also be participating in The Dolphin Tank, a business plan and pitch competition hosted by the Michigan Women's Foundation, where the founders will try to secure up to $10,000 for their business. 

The Detroit Dough cafe is expected to open in the spring of 2018 on the corner of Linwood and Ferry Park Street. 

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Team plans cookie dough cafe to help boost Detroit neighborhood

By Tyler Clifford - November 07, 2017 7:15 a.m.

  • Team plans to invest $400,000 into edible raw cookie dough cafe in Detroit
  • Detroit Dough expects to launch in the spring
  • Owners plan to give back to community with sales, discounts

A band of millennials are mixing up a new cookie dough business that they hope will serve as a "beacon of hope" in the depressed NW Goldberg neighborhood in Detroit.

Chief Marketing Officer Daniel Washington, a 24-year-old Detroit native, said his team of partners plans to invest $400,000 to launch Detroit Dough LLC, which will serve edible raw cookie dough. His sister Victoria Washington, 27, and business partner Autumn Kyles, 24 of Farmington, will lead the business as general manager and CEO, respectively.

"As a kid, I always loved to sneak a scoop of cookie dough when my mom made cookies. Today, I'm still in love with cookie dough and I know that most people still love it, too," Kyles said in a statement. "I think in today's age there's always that opportunity to push the boundaries and try new concepts that connect people together through food. This is my way of sharing my love with others while giving back."

In a Cold Stone-style service, patrons will be able to create their own treat, starting with one of five dough bases and choosing from more than 50 mix-ins. One scoop costs $5, two scoops for $7 and three for $9, with mix-ins available for 50 cents each.

The cafe will also serve 20 signature creations, it said in a news release. Homemade pastries, milk, Faygo pop, coffee and ice cream are among the other goodies that will also be on the menu.

"The dough will be safe to eat because there are no eggs. The recipe allows for an amazing product at the end of the day. My brother is an executive chef, who worked out the recipe," Daniel Washington said. 

Executive Chef Theodore Washington, 29, runs custom cake business Cakes By: Teddy Washington III LLC out of his home in Detroit. "(The dough) cannot be baked, so we are going to hang our hats on the people who like cookie dough without it being baked," Daniel Washington said.

Detroit-based Three Squared Inc. was tapped to design the 1,200-square-foot cookie dough bar on the corner of Linwood Street and Ferry Park Avenue out of six custom-built shipping containers. The cafe will feature patio and (nonalcoholic) bar seating. A contractor has not been selected.

The entrepreneurs are looking at a mix of loans, accelerator grants and private investments to fund the startup. Victoria Washington and Kyles will pitch for a $10,000 grand prize in the Dolphin Tank pitch event in Detroit on Wednesday hosted by the Michigan Women's Foundation. On Dec. 1, they will pitch for a chance at $2,500 in seed money in Lawrence Technological University's Detroit Center For Design + Technology Design Accelerator 10-week program. The accelerator "helps aspiring business owners take an idea from concept to creation to grow new opportunities in the city of Detroit," according to its website.

With a projected spring launch, Daniel Washington said they expect to break even in the first two years before realizing $300,000 in annual sales. 

The owners will offer NW Goldberg residents a 10 percent discount on all orders and donate 10 percent of nonresident sales to organizations and programs that serve the community.

"We want to remove blight. We see the disparity between the downtown and the neighborhood," Washington said. "So that's our mantra: Why not us? It's a neighborhood that deserves the same love and investment as others."

Editor's note: This version of the story corrects the location of Cakes By: Teddy Washington III and the order of names of the partners in the photo.

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Sweet! Detroit to open its 1st cookie dough cafe

By Georgea Kovanis - 3:19 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017 | Updated 3:22 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017

This just might be a dream come true.

A cafe selling safe-to-eat cookie dough — as opposed to the kind with raw eggs, uncooked flour and a real potential for salmonella — is looking to open in Detroit's Northwest Goldberg neighborhood this spring.

Detroit Dough plans to feature five cookie doughs — chocolate chip, brownie, peanut butter, no chips, and sugar  — and 50 different items to mix into the dough

The team behind the cookie dough concept — twentysomethings Autumn Kyles and siblings Daniel Washington, Victoria Washington and Theodore Washington — plans to open the shop, built from shipping containers, at Linwood and Ferry Park. 

Residents of Northwest Goldberg, where the Washingtons grew up and still live, will receive a 10% discount on their purchases and 10% of the proceeds from purchases by non-residents will be given back to neighborhood churches, non-profits and families who could use some help. "It might be something as small as paying someone's tax bill," said Daniel Washington, who is 24.

The Northwest Goldberg neighborhood is bordered by the Lodge, I-94, West Grand Boulevard and Grand River. 

“We want to do something different and unique," Washington said. "We believe we can attract people to this neighborhood."

Want a taste? Detroit Dough is hosting a pop up Nov. 9 - 11 at  Detroit Clothing Circle, 449 W. Alexandrine, Detroit. Hours: noon to 7 p.m. Price: $5 for one scoop, $7 for two scoops and $9 for three scoops. 

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