Valentine’s Day Plans, Mid-Town Booksellers, and The 90s Fashion Resurgence
Stories Dawn Garcia and Darralynn Hutson
How will you celebrate Valentine’s with your honey? Maybe an indulgent dessert for two or scribing arcs on ice.
Valentine’s Day comes but once a year—so if you struggle to come up with romantic ideas for the big night, we have you covered for Valentine’s Day 2020. Check out our fun list of four exciting places to go on your lovers’ date.
The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor at The Whitney
The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor offers a wide selection of sweet endings to perfect nights, situated in a pretty and intimate space inside The Whitney, an 1894 mansion-turned-restaurant. The Dessert Parlor gives you a night out, a luxurious dessert, and a beautiful setting for less than half the cost of dinner at The Whitney.
Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park
The Frankenmuth Rink at Campus Martius Park is downtown’s favorite (temporary) outdoor skating rink. Scene to the city’s annual tree lighting, the rink is open to skaters from mid-November through the beginning of March, making it a perfect place for a romantic skate on February 14.
Live Jazz at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
Billed as “the world’s oldest jazz club,” Baker’s offers live music and soul food on the northwest side of the city.
Couples Massage and a Hot Tub
Southfield Family Sauna & Tub in Southfield offers a $150 couples massage experience that can be followed up with a dip in the hot rocks sauna or hot tub (rented by the hour).
Books and More
This midtown bookseller offers stacks of nonfiction, sage sticks, author talks, and tai chi.
Source Booksellers is an independent bookstore in Detroit’s Midtown district on Cass Avenue. It offers a unique niche of nonfiction books as well as unusual sideline items like sage sticks and burners, world maps, shea butter soups, and raw snacks. Most of the shop’s books are on the subject matter of history and culture, health and well-being, metaphysics and spirituality—with many books either written by or celebrating women. The store also curates a series of author talks with local and national authors, providing in-depth conversations about the culture of book publishing and storytelling of subjects currently relevant to the Cass corridor and Detroit’s community at large. Events on the calendar include mind, body, and spirit classes: tai chi, yoga, qigong, and belly dancing.
Party Like It’s 1999
Old school becomes new again.
With the nostalgia of the ’90s revival including the comeback of scrunchies, old school hip-hop parties, cartoon reboots, grunge fashion, army pants, vinyl records, and the Friends craze ever present, why not celebrate like it’s Y2K?
The ’90s were the era when grunge was born; punk rock got a resurgence; indie music fests took off; personal style was nonconformist; music was insanely good, angsty, dance-worthy, and impactful (Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tupac, N.W.A., Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, and so many more); and the teens and twentysomethings finally felt like their voices were being heard.
By Stephanie Wilson, Editor in Chief
1. Primary Focus
A New Hampshire law requires the Granite State to be the first presidential primary in the nation. This election cycle, that goes down on February 11, after which my home state becomes irrelevant for another four years.
2. Leap of Faith
While the calendar year is 365 days, it takes the Earth 365.24 days to orbit the sun. Every four years, we add an extra day to the month of February because without it, the calendar would be misaligned with the seasons by 25 days after just 100 years.
3. Born This Way
The odds of being a “leapling”—a person born on a leap day—is 1 in 1,461.
4. Right On
On February 29, some places celebrate Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day—both a nod to the old Irish tradition that gave women the right to propose marriage to a man on leap day. If he declined, he was required by law to pay a penalty, often in the form of gloves so she could hide the shame of her bare ring finger.
5. Modern Love
Since we’re not all Irish, but we are all feminists (because we all believe in the equality of the sexes, of course), any of us can propose to whomever our heart desires whenever we want. Except Valentine’s Day. There’s no law prohibiting it but, sweetie, pay-as-you-go forced romance is anything but romantic.
6. PETA Violation
The origins of the canned-love holiday are as cruel as a red rose delivery in February is clichéd. According to NPR, V-day traces back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a brutal fete during which naked men sacrificed dogs and goats—and whipped women with the animal hides. Stop, in the name of love.
Here’s a look at new releases.
With the awards season in full gear, it’s also a time for some fun new releases in film and TV. On the big screen, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn gives new meaning to female prowess with Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn opening February 7. This long-awaited female-led film will throw you into a seductive, violent tailspin that will feed your need for a strong badass movie, welcoming you back into the DC Comics universe. Releasing that same day is a dark and bloody indie horror flick starring Elijah Wood called Come to Daddy. In the vein of reviving the past, the film Fantasy Island (inspired by the 1970s TV show) will release on Valentine’s Day, and it’s anything but campy. Guests are invited to the most seemingly perfect island to live out their fantasies, but what they’ve asked for is dark and twisted and will push them to their limits. Keep your eyes peeled for the long-awaited remake of The Invisible Man, written and directed by Leigh Whannell. Opening February 28, the film stars Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Netflix releases Locke and Key on February 7, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on February 12, and Season 2 of Narcos: Mexico on February 13. Hulu releases the premiere of High Fidelity on February 14, Starz releases the long-awaited Season 5 of Outlander on February 16, and AMC releases Season 5 of Better Call Saul on February 23.