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In virtually every neighborhood in metro Detroit, you’ll find decades-old hot rods and restored racecars sitting pretty underneath covers in garages, waiting to rev their engines on the city’s streets.

Cars are ingrained in the culture of Michigan, and Detroiters love an excuse to wash and shine theirs up for a show, or simply to take a look at someone else’s handiwork.

That’s why it’s no surprise events like Autorama draw such a massive crowd to Cobo Center. The 62nd annual Autorama — America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show — returns to Detroit March 7-9 bringing the finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from across the country.

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CraftCocktails DS

They’re civilized. They’re sophisticated. They’re craft cocktails. Detroit is not immune to the mixology trend that has swept the nation over the past few years.

These specialty concoctions require passion, patience, creativity, attention to detail and sometimes five or more ingredients to prepare. Tools of the trade may include eye droppers, test tubes and even blow torches. The end results are often magical.

Some stories are best delivered over a craft cocktail. If you’re looking for a place to tell your tale, you’ll find the masters of mixology at these fine local establishments:

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WinterBudget DS

About this time each year, cabin fever starts to set in. While many people choose to head south to warmer temps, there are plenty of things to do around metro Detroit that can be much more affordable than jet setting to the sunshine state.

Here’s a look at five ideas for winter activities on a budget:

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Eastern Market IMG 8117 Dawn Giblin

Vibrant flowers, vine-ripened tomatoes, hand-picked berries. These are things we associate with summer and Michigan’s farmers markets.

They’re not the types of things your mind associates with winter — though the chilly weather shouldn’t stop you from snagging fresh produce, homemade goods and one-of-a-kind items from the market. Detroit Eastern Market keeps its doors open on Saturdays year-round, and the jams, cheeses and grass-fed meats know no season.

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ThingsYouDidntKnow DS

Detroit’s been in the news a lot lately; it seems like everyone’s talking about the Motor City’s offerings and opportunities. It’s almost impossible to think there are things the general public doesn’t know about Detroit, but there are still dozens of fascinating secrets most people have yet to discover about this evolving, resilient metropolis. Here are 11 things you probably didn’t know about Detroit … until now.

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