“Mike…You Still with Us?”
Story Behind the Name
There’s something funny about dressing Tom up in funky clothing and doing a mini fashion show inside Detroit Threads in Hamtramck. Owner Mike was a great sport and we felt compelled to recycle his joke in the Frankenmuth segment. We realize that what makes us laugh about certain segments might go over the heads of viewers, but it still makes us laugh.
Hamtramck is one of the most interesting, eclectic and diverse communities you’ll find anywhere. Some people would say Hamtramck is going through a bit of an identity crisis right now, but the reality is, it’s a place in transition that’s presenting great opportunities for everyone and an open palette for urban expression. Hamtramck used to be a predominantly Polish community, but now it’s home to all kinds of people and cultures who all have one thing in common: a genuine love for their city. All you have to do is turn around, and you’ll find another cool place to explore.
If you’re looking for another great Michigan adventure, Hamtramck is definitely one of them. From the historic St. Florian Church that’s been there since 1907 to the classic Polish bakeries and restaurants, it’s a great place to be. And once you’ve been there, believe me, you’re officially cool.
If you live in Michigan, there’s a good chance you’ve made it to Frankenmuth, and if you’ve been there, you know how much fun it is. But, if you haven’t been there, what the heck are you waiting for?
Frankenmuth was founded back in 1845 by some real Germans who came there from Franconia, Bavaria, and this town is as German now as it was then. Well, except for the fact that everyone speaks English now. That sure makes it a lot easier when you’re shopping. Speaking of the shopping, it’s incredible. There are so many cool stores and unusual things to buy that you may need to stay a night or two just to make up your mind. Don’t worry, they have many awesome places that will put you up.
The first thing I did when we got to Frankenmuth was become German. I bought myself an authentic German hat, some lederhosen, some strudel and a Bavarian beer. I even learned how to count to ten in German, but I stopped at three because it’s a family show.
Frankenmuth was totally worth the drive… and the five pounds!