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Diamond in the Rough

By Sarah Williams

Published: January 9, 2012 under Travel

The kitchen and dining area of Honor & Folly

Photo: Staff

The kitchen and dining area of Honor & Folly

Dining area of Honor & Folly.

Photo: Staff

Dining area of Honor & Folly.

A potted cactus and teapot sit on the dining table.

Photo: Staff

A potted cactus and teapot sit on the dining table.

The inn is furnished with vintage finds throughout the flat including this unique headboard in one of the bedrooms.

Photo: Staff

The inn is furnished with vintage finds throughout the flat including this unique headboard in one of the bedrooms.

Honor & Folly resides right above one of the most popular restaurants in the city, SLOWS BBQ.

Photo: Staff

Honor & Folly resides right above one of the most popular restaurants in the city, SLOWS BBQ.

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Detroit has been revving up for some time, with the hum of young, creative entrepreneurs finding opportunity amidst the much lamented urban decay. On a recent day trip there, we just scratched the surface of Detroit’s sprawling neighborhoods, museums, and public art — but we did stumble on a particular block in the Corktown neighborhood that’s been rebuilt with a serious dose of local pride.

In the shadow of the once grand Michigan Central Station is a cluster of activity. SLOWS Bar BQ was one of the first to open on Michigan Avenue, with patrons now willing to wait two hours for their dry rub baby back ribs. A new cocktail bar in the vein of NYC’s Milk & Honey and Angle’s Share recently opened, by the name of Sugar House. A few other businesses are taking root, mainly under the guidance of Phil Cooley and a close knit group of family and friends.

Meghan McEwen is part of that circle. She is also the proprietor of Honor & Folly — a small-scale inn with a focus on design a few storefronts down from Slow’s and Sugar House. She has been writing and documenting her obsession with travel and design for some time on Designtripper, and prior to landing in Detroit she was editor-in-chief for a Chicago design magazine. Her expertise and passion came together with brick and mortar when she opened Honor & Folly.

The inn has a large open living room and kitchen space and two bedrooms. Exposed brick and antiques create a warm, textural backdrop for beautiful and functional objects by local designers (all available for purchase.) In addition, cooking classes and events are hosted in the space. It’s a cozy home base, from which to explore Detroit’s grand architectural relics and wide open avenues.

Next time you’re passing through the Detroit area, stay a little longer. There are sure to be more undiscovered gems waiting.

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