Linda Yellin of Feet On the Street Tours was again our D-expert guide, with our first stop at the Red Bull House of Art (the former historical B&E Brewery). This unique house of art provides the tools, space and wings necessary to unleash Detroit’s finest creative young people. On to a tour of the Riverwalk with a stop at the beautiful Rivard Plaza and the William Millikin State Park to view the vista of the new waterfront updates. Open Mic Nite at Bert’s Marketplace, where Bill Meyer hosted the RGB Trio plus visiting musicians from the GDJS, provided a fun and eclectic night of music. Thanks to all of the musicians who made it an extra special evening of jazz for GDJS visitors and Bert’s regulars.

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Like many of our FoodLab businesses, entrepreneur Linda Yellin first started offering her talents to fill a need she saw among friends and family. After nearly 10 years of organizing informal gatherings and tours to help folks experience, explore, and enjoy Detroit, Linda decided to turn her hobby into a business and form Feet on the Street Tours.

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Get to know Eastern Market

When it opened in the 1800s, Eastern Market was a place to purchase hay and wood. These days, shoppers are likelier to be browsing for fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, cookies, plants and flowers.

The market’s rich history and current offerings will be explored during Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier, a 2½-hour tour being offered Saturday by Feet on the Street Tours.

“It will be a strolling, tasting tour, and we’ll give people a behind-the-scenes look at the market while also sharing some history and fun stories,” says Linda Yellin, founder of Feet on the Street. “It’s a diverse and interesting place to be, and you get a feel for the growth of Detroit and the market district as you buy locally.”

9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3 and June 14. Meet at 9:15 a.m. inside Rocky Peanut Co., 2489 Russell St., Detroit. 248-353-8687

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — You might’ve noticed recently that the city of Detroit has seen a surge of support. Near and far, from T-shirts to Cadillac commercials, the struggling city is gaining hordes of fans who believe Detroit is headed for a comeback. And what better way to show your allegiance than to head downtown and explore all that Detroit has to offer?

That’s exactly what Linda Yellin set out to do when she started giving informal tours of Detroit’s Eastern Market to friends in her spare time. Now, 10 years later, the clinical social worker has grown her small walking trips into Feet on the Street Tours, a Southfield-based company that offers a variety of outings, classes, tours and other programs that highlight Detroit’s rich culture and social life.

“The tours are not only showing Detroit off to visitors, but also to people in the suburbs who want to connect or reconnect with the city,” said Yellin....

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