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A few steps down from the entrance of Brome Modern Eatery in Downtown Detroit, an Australian-style espresso bar called Coffee Down Under is under construction and set to open this spring. After a year abroad in Australia, owner Tarun Kajeepeta came back to The D inspired by Melbourne’s cafe culture and decided to open a 10-seat espresso bar. Besides serving signature Australian sips like flat whites and long blacks brewed with Melbourne-based Proud Mary coffee, the 400-square-foot space will also feature a small kitchen serving the likes of breakfast burritos and pastries.
Now open along the Columbia Street Promenade near the Fox Theatre, national chain Rush Bowls is offering Metro Detroiters smoothie bowls topped with organic granola and a drizzle of honey for a healthy, on-the-go meal. With up to five servings of fruits and vegetables and a max 40 grams of protein in each recipe, a bowl makes the perfect post-workout snack if you find yourself downtown.
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Red light therapy is all the rage in the world of wellness, and now, you can experience it for yourself at rapidly expanding concept Red Effect Infrared Fitness. Inside custom-made sauna studios, infrared heat gently penetrates the skin and heats the core of your body during classes like HIIT, kickboxing, circuit training, cycling, barre, and yoga. Locations recently opened in Dearborn, Plymouth, and West Dearborn (which offers Red Effect for Women, an exclusive class for the ladies). A Rochester Hills locale is on the way, so no matter where in Detroit you find yourself, you’ll have easy access to this next big thing.
Got a sweet tooth? We’re so looking forward to the spring opening of Safflower Street, Southeast Michigan’s first all-vegan, gluten-free bakery in Ferndale. The former 1,300-square-foot pharmacy will be reborn with a dessert counter, featuring a large kitchen for retail and commercial baking, as well as 10 service-counter seats where customers can enjoy Safflower classics like giant samoa cookies (made with date caramel, tahini, and cashew butter) or grab-and-go vegan snacks.
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This January, we saw a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of AKT Royal Oak on Woodward Ave. — another one of the dance-based fitness concept’s rapidly-expanding studios across the country. Developed by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, the workout entails a combination of four full-body training modalities: toning, interval, circuit, and dance. Lace up your grooviest kicks and switch up your regular fitness routine with a class. Fitt Tip: AKT Rochester Hills is right on Royal Oak’s heels.
That’s right — Orangetheory Fitness is turning Michigan its favorite color one facility at a time. At the end of January, the Florida-born fitness phenomenon will open its first Downtown Detroit location inside The Boulevard, a mixed-use development in the city’s New Center neighborhood. At OTF, you’ll split your time between the treadmill, rower, and floor-based strength work as your personalized heart rate monitor beams your color-coded metrics to the screens above. Your goal? Get in the Orange Zone.
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Yes, the cycling studio with a cult-like following is officially open in Ann Arbor, meaning it’s time to clip into the pedals at the first SoulCycle in Michigan! If you’ve never experienced a SoulCycle ride before, get ready to surrender to the beat of the studio’s music and push the rest of your classmates toward the finish line. Classes are sure to be selling out for the next couple weeks after last weekend’s opening, so, to ensure you’ve got a bike booked, download the SoulCycle app to make things easier on yourself.
F45 Training is coming to Royal Oak in January 2020, partly thanks to famous actor, businessman, and fitness guru Mark Wahlberg. As a main partner in the venture, Wahlberg and F45 are aiming to open another two studios in Midtown Detroit and Birmingham as soon as the new year. Their functional, 45-minute team workouts are a combination of HIIT and circuit-style training that will get your heart pumping and sweat dripping in no time.
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Detroit can’t get enough of home-roasted java by The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, which is why they’re opening a cafe in Royal Oak this January. Partnering with Meijer to bring a new concept market to life at Woodward Corners, TGLCRC will be serving the full range of coffees they’ve become known for, including their coveted cold brew on tap. Fresh pastries including croissants and bagels will also be on display in addition to classic Meijer-brand goods and the market’s specialty food offerings from about 2,000 local and national artisans. Daily Dozen Doughnuts and New York Bagel Co.? Bring it on!
Word of Yoga Shelter's 2,400-square-foot studio coming to Royal Oak at Woodward Corners is sure to put some pep into every downtown yogi’s step! This location will act as its new flagship, which will be a model for how all their studios will look moving forward. Starting with Woodward Corners, all Yoga Shelters will have practice spaces with infrared heat for all the hot yoga-lovers, showers, larger bathrooms, and a high-vibe community gathering space — who’s excited?
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The wait is over — vegan-friendly ice cream and treat shop Cold Truth is finally open in Midtown on Cass Avenue! Soft serve-lovers can expect to find two flavors of dairy soft serve and two rotating non-dairy flavors on the menu at all times, like peppermint and sweet cream with dark chocolate drizzle or pumpkin with sprinkles of pecan praline topping in a from-scratch waffle cone. To top it all off, the new location has also debuted its vegan hot chocolate recipe — sprinkled with gelatin-free marshmallows, of course.
Poke bowls, poke burritos — been there, done that. But have you ever had a sushi donut or a poke-laden pizza? We didn’t think so. Well, that’s all about to change because Atlanta-based eatery Poke Burri is now open in Detroit, and that’s exactly what they’ll be serving up. Want in on the scoop? Check it out here.
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