Episode 208: "Pop Pop Americano"

Detroit / Saugatuck

On this episode of Under The Radar Michigan, we head to Detroit’s own Eastern Market for one of the most authentic urban adventures in the entire United States … we’ll discover why Eastern Market is a unique urban village where people can shop, live, work or even start a business. Then, we head west to find out why Saugatuck & Douglas are two towns that function as one incredible placed to experience Michigan. We’ll spend the night on a rare “Boat & Breakfast” … take a behind the scenes tour of the food culture there … and finally kick back and relax “Jamaican style”, right here in Michigan.

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Eastern Market
I'm doing what thousands of other people do every week, enjoying one of the most authentic urban adventures in the entire United States. This six block public market isn’t just open in the summer, it’s alive year round with great places to eat, cool places to shop and, oh yea more than 250 vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing, that’s right “food.” Every Saturday you’ll see people from all walks, walking the market in search of fruits, vegetables, flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, and fresh meats...you name it, it's here. It’s a fascinating conglomeration of character, characters and crates and crates of fresh edibles.

2934 Russell Detroit, MI 48207

FD Lofts - Urban Life Development
The FD Lofts are located right on the main drag just a couple minutes walk to the Market Center. Bob Heide of Urban Life Development is a progressive thinker who’s taken this fascinating piece of history and turned it into a model of renewal and transformation in Detroit.

3434 Russell St. (#108) Detroit, MI 48207

Uncommon Grounds
I LOVE good coffee, and we found out right away why this place is so popular. By partnering with their growers and roasting in-house, they make sure that your getting the best cup of joe around.

127 Hoffman St. Saugatuck, MI 49453

Pleasant Hill Blueberry Farm
You'll feel like you stepped back in time when you arrive at the beautiful 400 acre Pleasant Hill Blueberry farm. For over 30 years, Joan Donaldson and her husband have been working this land the old fashioned way.

5859 124th Ave. Fennville, MI 49408

Sea Suites
The Sea Suites is a floating "Boat and Breakfast" docked right here in the Harbor and it's the only one of it's kind Michigan. Whether or not you feel at home on the water, inkeepers Sally Coder and Pete Morrison will definitely make sure you feel at home here.

219 North Union St. Douglas, MI 49406

Detroit Manufacturing
Robert Stanzler is one guy who's done just that. His company, Detroit Manufacturing is just one of the cool businesses housed here and his designs have turned Detroit pride into a fashion statement. And no matter what your personal style is, Detroit Mfg is sure to have something to fit it and when you wear it, you know that you're supporting a Detroit company who's supporting Detroit.

PO Box 07070 Detroit, MI 48207

Hungry Village Tours
"Hungry Village Tours" is a great way to get a behind the scenes view of all the things that make this area such a great food destination. Creator and self-proclaimed local food nut, David Geen was our tour guide for the day, so first things first.

400 Culver St. Saugatuck, MI 49453

Evergreen Lane Farm
Evergreen Lane farm is a Goat farm that's producing some amazing Artisinal cheeses, and it's just another one of the great places you'll experience on the tour.

1824 66th St. Fennville, MI 49408

Salt of the Earth Restaurant
Our next stop was Salt of the Earth in downtown Fenville where chef Matt Pietsch prepared us an amazing lunch which focused on the restaurant's simple philosophy.

114 East Main St. Fennville, MI 49408

Red Dock
Now our last discovery in Saugatuck might be tough to find, but when you do you’ll swear someone put you into one of those Star Trek teleporter machines and sent you straight to the tropics. The Red Dock Café is a little bit Jamaica, a little Key West...and a whole lota fun. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, the music is great, the people are super friendly, the food is top notch, and just being her made even me feel like I was cool.

219 Union St Douglas, MI 49406