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Celebrating the Season Family-Style with Friends & Neighbors in Detroit!

Posted on December 17th, 2014 in: Apartment Living, Detroit, Detroit Events, Detroit Food with the tags: , , ,
Vicente Cuban Cuisine
On Friday night The Lofts of Merchants Row will host its Annual Holiday Party, where LOMR Residents get together with friends and neighbors and celebrate the season! This year, we’ll be celebrating ‘Family-Style’ with a delicious dinner, drinks and dancing at Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine! ‘Family-Style’ is a [...]

Rescuing Christmas Gravy: An Apartment Gourmet’s Guide

Gravy is like gravity: it’s easy to not notice, but it holds the entire Christmas meal together. It moistens dry turkey, it flavors bland potatoes, it amplifies the power of stuffing, and it counterpoints the sour-sweet of the cranberries. But what do you do when your [...]

Decorating for Christmas Without Taking Up Valuable Space

Christmas decorations are a huge part of the holiday season, but they take up an awful lot of space. If you’re determined to celebrate the holiday in style, but you can’t afford to take up a room and a half to do it, here’s some easy ideas from the Lofts of Merchants Row [...]

Campus Martius Tree Lighting

Campus Martius Tree Lighting
The Lofts of Merchants Row documented inspired Detroiters as they celebrated the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Recorded during the 2014 Christmas Tree ceremony in Campus Martius [...]

Cooking With No Money and No Space

When you’re living on a tight budget in an apartment — so no pantry, basement, or other food storage except whichever cupboard isn’t holding your dishes — cooking can be a hit-or-miss affair. That’s why the Lofts is offering up a few super-simple, super-tasty [...]

Celebrating Community with Noël Night in Detroit!

Noel Night
The word ‘Noël’ has become associated with Christmas, but noëls were originally songs, or carols, that were sung during communal celebrations, such as the ‘harvest tide’ and midwinter celebrations. And the word ‘carol’ itself evokes the spirit of community, closeness, and [...]

Shop & Score Big: Everyone Wins on Small Business Saturday in Detroit!

Terietta Jewelery 3
I am not a shopper. Believe me. I grew up with ‘a shopper’—an elite shopper—so I know shoppers. Shoppers enjoy the sheer experience of shopping: going to the store, being in a store, going from store to store. It’s like a safari for them: an adventure from start to finish. [...]

Six Reasons to Be Thankful for Living in Downtown Detroit!

T-Day 2
Why only six? Because it is my sixth Thanksgiving Day living in my Downtown Detroit Loft. And because, when you live right Downtown, planning for a great Thanksgiving Day is so easy, it doesn’t even take 10 steps! (Seriously, it takes more effort to open a box of Stove Top Stuffing, get [...]

‘Doors at Seven…': How to Spend an Incredible Day—and Night—in Detroit!

Fillmore Marquise
I was recently asked by a friend, ‘How would you spend the day in Detroit?’ Ironically, because I live here, this isn’t a question I get to consider very often. You see, while there are more things than I can count that I love to do, I get to do them when I feel like doing them. [...]

Going Minimalist: the Ultimate in Apartment Decluttering

There’s a powerful urge in American society to gather stuff. Every major celebration we have all year is either about eating, or about eating and getting more stuff.  Even without trying, a decade of standard adult Christmases and birthdays and anniversaries and whatnot can result [...]