Since its opening in May 2017, the QLINE easily connects people to the businesses on and around a 3.3 mile stretch of Woodward. While most riders are familiar with Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena (LCA), and Campus Martius, we wanted to share some of the more unknown gems found along the 12 stops!
6529 Woodward Ave.
Ferne Boutique, originally in Bay City, will open a second location at the beginning of the QLINE, but don’t rush there too quickly. Unfortunately, the boutique is not set to open until May of this year, just in time for a new summer wardrobe!
Stella Good Coffee
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Located in the Fisher Building lobby, Stella Good Coffee features locally roasted coffee, tea, Avalon baked goods, and Russell Street Deli soup. Before starting your trip, stop into the coffee shop for a boost of caffeine.
Northern Lights Lounge
660 W. Baltimore St
If you love live music, Northern Lights Lounge is the place for you. Visit any day of the week to hear live performances from funk to Motown to soul. The kitchen is open until 11:00 p.m. while the lounge is open until 2:00 a.m.
Henry Ford – Detroit Pistons Performance Center
A few stops before Little Caesar’s Arena, visit the practice facility of the Detroit Pistons with the anticipated opening in summer 2019. The performance center will include the training facility and corporate headquarters for the Pistons, and a sports medicine, treatment, and rehabilitation facility run by the Henry Ford Health System. The facility will host youth basketball camps and Pistons Academy basketball programs.
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave.
The Detroit Historical Museum’s goal is to share Detroit’s history with exhibits such as, America’s Motor City, Streets of Old Detroit, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, and more. As an added bonus, admission is free!
Michigan Science Center
5020 John R. St.
With an IMAX Dome Theatre, Planetarium, hands-on exhibits and activities, you will need more than one day to see the Michigan Science Center.
Detroit Artists Market (DAM)
4719 Woodward Ave.
Detroit Artists Market is a non-profit that focuses on Detroit contemporary art. Visit the galleries and even take a piece home, made by a local artist.
Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St,
Founded by Detroit native, Jack White, Third Man Records is the perfect stop for any music lover. The shop carries Jack White’s work, along with others under his label. The remodeled Jeep warehouse is now printing vinyl records. Stop by and watch through the window, or step inside on one of the scheduled tours of the pressing plant.
Majestic Theater Center
4140 Woodward Ave.
Opened in April 1915, the Majestic Theater Center contains two music venues: The Majestic Theater and The Magic Stick. The Center also includes the Garden Bowl, built in 1913, which is Detroit’s longest operating bowling alley. The visit would not be complete without a visit to Sgt. Pepperoni’s pizza place located at the end of the Theater Center.
55 W. Canfield St. #1
Cleanse your body and mind at Downtown’s Bikram Yoga. They offer classes throughout the day for all levels of experience – check the schedule to find the time that works for you and be ready to sweat!
The Hub of Detroit
3611 Cass Ave.
The Hub of Detroit opened to help raise funds for the Back Alley Bikes nonprofit. The bike shop is a hub for what’s happening in the Detroit bike community.
New Order Coffee
3100 Woodward Ave.
New Order says they aim to delight and energize our everyday life. Their bright white space with accents of orange and teal is perfect for the creative mind or to catch up with friends. Try a cereal bar to go with your coffee or tea!
Brush Park Mansion
East of Woodward
Just east of Woodward, Brush Park was established in the 1860’s and is one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods. The historic houses became abandoned over the years, but are being redeveloped with the help of community leaders and Bedrock Real Estate Services. Walk through the neighborhood to view the beautifully restored mansions.
2645 Woodward Ave.
Before a game or concert, visit one of the restaurants connected to the arena: Mike’s Pizza Bar, Sports & Social Detroit, and Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit. Check out the menus and pick the one that matches your taste buds. Even if there’s not a concert or game happening, you can still enjoy a meal at these restaurants!
2301 Woodward Ave.
Hidden inside Hockeytown Café, the 430-seat theater hosts concerts, plays, comedy shows and more. Check out upcoming shows to plan your trip!
1439 Griswold St.
The secret speakeasy is located a short walk from the QLINE. Grab a table and a drink as you enjoy live music of your favorite oldies hits. As an extra treat, keep an eye out for Larry Mongo, the owner, who can be seen at the bar.
Avalon International Breads
1049 Woodward Ave.
With the original location in Midtown, Avalon brings their homemade bread and baked goods to downtown Detroit, steps away from the Woodward stop. I recommend the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies!
1228 Griswold St.
Stating that they are for the expressive and edgy soul, Bird Bee has clothes, accessories, and home décor for all styles. Explore your personal style at the storefront in Capitol Park.
Grand Trunk Pub & Whiskey Parlor
612 Woodward Ave.
Grand Trunk, named after its past tenants, turned the old ticket station of Grand Trunk Railways into a pub and eatery. Upstairs guests can also find the Whiskey Parlor. Visit their other locations around the corner, Checkers Bar and their upstairs arcade bar, POP + Offworld (128 Cadillac Square).
400 E Congress St.
Famous for their marinated wings, Sweetwater Tavern has a homemade meal for everyone. Their hours are perfect for before a Tiger’s day game or a midnight snack and is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
QLINE tickets can be bought at station kiosks or on the QLINE Detroit app. In 2018, QLINE has extended its hours to: 12:00 a.m. on Monday – Thursday, 2:00 a.m. on weekends, and 11:00 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about parking, accessibility, and planning your trip, visit out the QLINE website.
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