Block party fetes launch of Shinola Runwell Turntable

The folks at Shinola threw a helluva block party on Monday to celebrate the launch of the new Shinola Runwell Turntable. Some 600 community influencers, media types, and friends and fans of Shinola filed into the flagship store on Canfield by invitation only with Hunter House and El Guapo food trucks situated right outside serving up a slew of hot and tasty treats. Two James Spirits provided a Detroit classic cocktail, “The Last Word,” that had most of the crowd feeling no pain after one serving. The evening also featured a Leni Sinclair exhibition with a live DJ, Mr. Fine Wine spinning the tunes. The party also rocked out next door at Third Man Records where there were three banging live performances by J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Sun Seekers and Shigeto. The sleek Shinola Runwell Turntable retails for $2,500, and for those who wonder why the company started producing turntables, the invitation to the party sums it up: “There was a time when building watches in Detroit seemed like a crazy idea, too.”

‘Queen of the Blues’ celebrates new CD with concert

For the last four years, Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues,” Thornetta Davis-Anderson, has been working diligently on perfecting what is her first CD in 20 years. Titled “Honest Woman,” (“I wrote this cut for my husband, James,” she blushes), the music tells the story of Thornetta’s life — the ups , the downs, the good, the bad. She refers to it as a “Detroit music experience,” as she utilizes some of Detroit’s best talent in the mix of this collection of sassy, sexy, bluesy original tunes. On Sunday, Thornetta will celebrate the new CD with what is sure to be a dynamic concert performance at Music Hall. She also will feature some of the musicians and singers that performed on the CD and other special guests, such as Kimmie Horne, Sky Covington, Kathleen Murray and “Scat DivaAudrey Northington. Tickets for the event are $35 (general admission) and $65 (VIP), and are available at and Ticketmaster.

Smoke 10 raises money for

Thick, rich cigar smoke billowed from the London Chop House Cigar Bar on Nov. 17 in celebration of Smoke 10, a benefit for, presented by Know Advertising. A hundred businessmen and a few gutsy ladies made up the sold-out crowd supporting the organization that is committed to encouraging young people to get involved in volunteering and philanthropy early in life. Guests were presented with cigars in plastic bags upon entry and enjoyed an open bar once inside. Know Advertising has hosted Smoke in support of for the past five years, and a total of 10 events, raising over $50,000 for Detroit-based nonprofits. “Smoke 10 had a special significance this year because Know Advertising also celebrated its 10th anniversary,” says Rick Van House, CEO of Know Advertising.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.

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