Classes

416. POST – June 30, 2019 – Detroit, MI

June2019Post1 (2)June2019Post2 (2)Here’s a post I’m especially excited about: my post on POST! Yes, I’m totally being punny here, but truly, this place is AH-MAZING!

Housed in a former U.S. Post Office building on the East Side of Detroit, POST is a retail space selling handmade goods made by independently-owned companies and individual artisans – about 100 in total, according to its website. The shop is owned by Mutual Adoration, a local woodworking business that makes custom furniture and other goodies constructed from reclaimed wood.

Approaching POST on a sunny Sunday afternoon in late June, I dug its red-and-white façade, which maintains old-timey post-office vibes.

I got especially excited when I entered POST’s interior, because WOW! does this place have a lot of beautiful pieces for sale! There are picture frames and pottery and wall art and candles, greeting cards and scented soap and artfully arranged bouquets . . . POST is a haven for handcrafted delights.

It’s also a haven for makers to practice the hand-crafting themselves – because POST is not simply a store; it’s also a workshop space. Every month, it hosts a plethora of classes on topics such as screen printing, jewelry making, weaving, and floral arrangement.

I find scrolling through POST’s online schedule of classes addictively inspiring – I want to try ALL the things!

But the thing I decided I wanted to try most this summer was a woodworking class where we made wall art from scraps of reclaimed wood that we painted and stained and arranged inside a frame. That was the main reason I was visiting POST on this Sunday afternoon.

The class was a blast. It lasted about four hours and was taught by the owners of Mutual Adoration, Clare and Wayne. They were really kind, patient instructors. Moreover, they served a lovely spread of snacks: fruit and hummus and chips and cake – plus wine that could be enjoyed after the use of the heavy machinery.

There were about 12 of us class participants sifting through piles of reclaimed wood of different sizes and varieties, then painting and staining and cutting and arranging and gluing and trimming and nailing . . .. We got to use power tools such as a mechanized saw and a nail gun to aid in the making, and we got to enjoy the company of each other, us like-minded souls who find crafting to be the cat’s pajamas.

I left POST on that afternoon with a singular piece of wall art made from scraps of walnut and other striking wood, some painted purple or orange or sage-green or maroon, others stained to a deeper patina or left exactly as I’d found them. The piece hangs on a wall in my home office, a reminder of the thrill of creating that I channeled during the workshop. Thank you, POST, for cultivating this space that champions creativity and indie entrepreneurs!

Worth noting: POST is closed Sundays through Tuesdays, except to participants of classes being held on those days; workshop attendees are offered the ability to browse and make purchases pre- and post-session.

14500 Kercheval Ave.

Detroit, MI 48215

www.mutualadoration.com/pages/post-detroit

97. Cellar Door Wine Academy – January 9, 2015 – Auburn Hills, MI

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Grilled ribeye with a roasted-garlic and chive compound butter was our main-course creation – DELICIOUS!

Tucked away in a non-descript office complex at the edge of Auburn Hills, Cellar Door Wine Academy is a hidden gem for local food and wine lovers. It features wine-tastings and wine-education classes, themed multi-course dinners created by renowned chefs, and awesome cooking classes like the one I attended yesterday. The Chef’s Table Cooking Class Dinner Date Night, as termed by Cellar Door, is as fun for couples as it is for friends, mother-daughter combos, solo foodies who are open to cooking with strangers – basically anybody. We were teamed up in groups of four, and while sharing cooking duties with unknown people felt awkward at first, the ice broke sooner than our wedge salads with freshly rendered pancetta and homemade dressing were assembled (delicious – and I don’t even like salad). I would highly recommend this place if you are a food or cooking enthusiast – or even if you just want to change it up on a Friday night (the friend I went with does not consider herself a cook; by the end, she was enthusiastically exclaiming that she wants to become a chef!). Check Groupon; it is currently promoting a deal on these classes that offers a significant discount.

1091 Centre Ct., Ste. 150
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

www.cellardoorclub.com