I’m thankful for many things in life, but every day I am especially thankful I made the decision to move to a Downtown Detroit loft a little over seven years ago now.
In terms of thankfulness, Thursday will be no different—except for it being the day our nation designates for ‘thanksgiving.’ And that there will be a parade celebrating it—a parade right outside my front door.
It is widely known that the Thanksgiving holiday officially kicks off the night before with the biggest bar night of the year (sometimes called ‘Blackout Wednesday’).
While I won’t give credence to the nickname that plays off of Black Friday, I will be sure to meet up with friends at any number of popular watering holes within walking distance of my Downtown Detroit loft.
I will be sure to head to the Detroit Beer Company, where I am sure to run into friends who are like family— since we’re all Mug Club Members. Being a Mug Club Member has its perks: you get a special mug (only, unlike the china that gets pulled out on Thursday, it isn’t reserved for ‘special occasions’—it’s just reserved for you), you get early- and member-only-access to their special brews (like when your favorite aunt lets you sneak treats from the kitchen), and during the year they have days where they lay out a feast for Mug Club Members where your only job is to show up and eat and drink to your heart’s content (it’s like a Grandma Pop-Up, but with special hops too!). This year I will be ‘feasting’ on their Detroit Beer Experiment: Sweet Potato Porter 5.2% ABV 20 IBU, their People Mover Porter recipe brewed with spiced sweet potato puree made by our collaboration partners at Sweet Potato Sensations. But even if you’re not a Mug Club Member, you will love the DBC’s delish food and friendly atmosphere.
Despite a hydration ritual that is as key as basting the turkey, there is no doubt that I will be up early on Thanksgiving morning as the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hosted by The Parade Company is staged outside my front door. This means that the performers, dance routines, and marching bands run through a final rehearsal of their sets as they will be aired by WDIV-TV, Local 4 (“with a syndicated national potential reach of over 65 million households!”), News/Talk 760 WJR, and WOMC – 104.3 starting quite early in the morning, so I get a sneak peak of the upcoming acts. (And, Little Dog, who turned 9 this year, thinks it is simply par for the course that celebrities serenade her morning outing. She also appreciates that Art Van sponsors the parade, because, well, Little Dog is VERY thankful for her couch….)
Fortunately for me, whose morning ritual requires caffeine and not kibble, The Hudson Café will be open at 6 a.m. so I can get a specialty coffee or a hot chocolate and a pastry at their outdoor café or fuel up for the festivities with their signature Red Velvet Pancakes or perfectly paired Chicken and Waffle, oversized Omelets. And their Cinnabunn Pancakes… well those are certainly Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
Then it’s Parade time inside and outside my Downtown Detroit loft! I don’t have to bake, cook, or roast a thing as friends from the building, neighborhood, and suburbs come over to watch as the parade balloons sail by my windows at eye-level. (Again, Little Dog seems to think this procession is in her honor—but, if you saw her wag as each passes by and wait on the windowsill in anticipation of seeing Kermit, you would understand why this too makes me thankful.)
The celebrations don’t end with the Grand Finale (SANTA!) of the parade.
And, yes, for most of my life before moving to a Downtown Detroit loft I watched the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day Games on TVs in kitchens or from the dining room table—now, I get to watch the action from—well, if not the sidelines—the stadium!
Oh, and that whole Black Friday thing? I have Bedrock’s Holiday House (featuring City Bark, Bird Bee, Detroit Artifactory, Talulah Belle, Woodward Throwbacks, State and Liberty Clothing Company, David Vintage, The End Grain Wood Working Co., Douglas & Co. Detroit, Cannelle Pastisserie, Has Heart, the Nike Store (which is basically my first-floor), Moosejaw Mountaineering, Kit and Ace, John Varvatos, and countless other local businesses to shop in Downtown Detroit.
I don’t have to get up early. I don’t have to camp out.
Because I live here.
And I love it.
Not just Thursday.
When you live in a Downtown Detroit loft, it’s not just a hashtag. It’s a way of life.