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A NEW WAVE OF WELLNESS IS HITTING DETROIT'S CORE CITY NEIGHBORHOOD

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FRANCES DUBE

JUL 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA THE COLLECTIVE AT TRUE NORTH | FACEBOOK

At first thought, Detroit—with its prideful Coney dogs and pan pizza—might not be considered a city centered around health and wellness. Yet, thanks to Ford Motor Company’s restoration of an old train station in Corktown, one part of town is seeing a rise in well-being.

After 50 years of being undeveloped, the Core City neighborhood has found its flow with the construction of True North in 2017, sparking a vision of community, health, and wellness. Since then, two notable health-conscious restaurants have opened, magnifying the area and turning the vision into reality.

FINDING TRUE NORTH

Focused on living, working, and wellness, True North consists of ten traditional-style Quonset huts. The unique architectural structures are filled with living spaces and Airbnbs, but one hut is home to a hidden gem.

Hut #8 is home to a yoga community called The Collective at True North. The airy and open studio’s focus is not only on yoga but emphasizes the importance of overall well-being. And the diverse schedule follows suit, establishing community through yoga, meditation, and relaxation. Inclusive to all levels, you’ll find restorative, community, and slow flows, along with Hatha-style practices. They even provide classes incorporating the use of yoga blocks, bolsters, and straps to trigger your creative side, allowing you to look at yoga in a different light. Classes are offered seven days a week and are typically one hour long.

Plus, events focusing on health and wellness, and deepening your yoga practice, are hosted here throughout the year. Whether it’s teacher training, a yoga workshop, or a holiday-themed flow. The studio space is also available to rent for a variety of occasions, such as wellness events, birthday parties, weddings, and photoshoots.

As beautiful as it is, however, the social sanctuary aspect is what the collective is all about, so you’ll be asked to stow your phone at the cubbies before your practice. Settle in with a cup of tea, treat your body, and linger in this wellness-minded community.

CORE FOOD GROUPS

As True North has flourished, so too have the restaurants catering to health-conscious eaters. And as yoga and brunch are known to make the ideal morning, Ochre Bakery was the perfect addition to the community. Tucked in a courtyard across the street from True North, the bakery has brought life to the old Sawtooth building.

Started by the same owners of Corktown’s Astro Coffee, Ochre Bakery’s organic, local twist on simple brunch food is refreshing and leads to a long line out the door, especially on the weekends. And despite the strong focus on bread, the health of the community is a priority for Ochre, which is why the menu is filled with many healthy options, such as salads, dips, sandwiches, and smoothies.

And for later in the day, you can find Magnet. Connected to Ochre through the courtyard, this vegetable-forward, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant opened in the old Magnet Radiator Works building. Each dish here, 100% wood-fired, focuses on simplicity, featuring one core ingredient while providing an unexpected twist. The chef’s unique approach to using “what the earth gives us; lots of vegetables, gray salt, the Michigan seasons, and the occasional abundance of meat” allows the shareable food to be appreciated for its own bold flavors.

MORE WELLNESS TO COME

Yoga? Brunch? Dinner? It took 50 years, but Core City is being revitalized, reimagining health in the city. Check it out for yourself to experience the new wave of wellness in Detroit, and don’t expect this neighborhood revival trend to sit idle for long.

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