For the past few years, Destination Downriver has been trumpeting the transformation of this region from what it was into what it has become. A big part of that transformation has been discovering both new and old events, businesses, and experiences that have stood the test of time and are completely unique to this region.
The list that follows is some of those experiences we’ve had at independent businesses and places throughout Downriver that fit into that unique and genuine category. Honestly, this list just scratches the surface of all that makes the Downriver region so very destination-worthy.
REV’D UP FUN
This indoor family entertainment center in Woodhaven is loaded with attractions, arcade games and delicious food and drinks to keep you and your kids fueled for unlimited fun and enjoyment. REVDUPFUN.COM
FRANCESCA’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA
If you want to sample authentic, brick oven pizza as it’s made in Italy, then Francesca’s is worth the drive down Telegraph. The oven, the recipes and ingredients are all old country, Mediterranean inspired. This one had us all coming back for more. FRANCESCASPIZZERIALLC.COM
ALL ABOUT GRACE
This eclectic spot sells handmade specialty items from mostly Michigan makers. Owner, Ashley Young, spearheads events and activities that keep folks coming back and shopping in Downtown Trenton. ALL ABOUT GRACE ON FACEBOOK
Taking traditional diner food to an entirely new level, this renovated 1950’s Texaco station retro eatery has become a favored destination for classic cars cruising the Telegraph corridor. STATION24FLATROCK.COM
CREAM BARBER & SHOP
Their mission is to reinvent traditional men’s grooming experiences. They’ve evolved the basic men’s haircut into quality, tailored services, striving to exceed client expectations. CREAMBARBER.COM
TAYLOR’S VETERAN’S MUSEUMHere, the City of Taylor provides a place of honor for those who have earned it. Exhibits feature cabinets that currently house 11 veterans’ personal collections including memorabilia honoring Medal of Honor Recipient U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, 2nd Lt. U.S. Army. CITYOFTAYLOR.COM/408/TAYLOR-VETERANS-MUSEUM
BLOCK’S GREENHOUSE & STAND
Rivaling the size, scope and selection of the farm-grown plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables found in Eastern Market, this Family-owned fresh market is a must-visit place for every Downriver community to enjoy. BLOCKSSTANDANDGREENHOUSE.COM
DETROIT SALSA COMPANY
The Gomez brothers of Lincoln Park started their company selling family made salsa, and have grown into a regional success story with retailers throughout Michigan lining up for shipments. Visit their retail store in Flat Rock or shop online. DETROITSALSA.COM
The Eastern European comfort food found here is sure to delight foodies and average joes. This family owned business offers your family an unforgettable dining experience that is a must-see bucket list favorite. THERHAPSODYRESTAURANT.COM
DETROIT RIVER INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Downriver is home to North America’s only international wildlife refuge. This wonderful park protects coastal wetlands, several islands in the Detroit River, and waterfront trails along 48 miles of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shoreline. The Park is a testament to just how much is possible when it comes to reclamation of brownfields and abandoned industrial sites, a true Downriver treasure. FWS.GOV/REFUGE/DETROIT-RIVER
Find great places like these and more in 2024 when you explore the Downriver area packed full of community, business and culture.