Haute Picks

pics1At Haute is Magazine, Michigan is our home and we want to share with the world some of our favorite places and things you can only find here in our beautiful state. Also, check out our shopping guide on the hauteis.com website for a directory of businesses around Michigan.

Farmington Civic Theater

A landmark in downtown Farmington, Michigan, the Farmington Civic Theater is one of the few old-fashioned movie houses still in operation in southeastern Michigan. It’s still like it was when we were children and we rushed off to the Saturday matinee. The seats are still comfortable; it’s well kept and clean.

Designed by the late C. Howard Crane in Art Moderne style, the theater has an elegant blade marquee and facade in shades of red and off-white. Originally opened in 1940, it was owned and operated by the Hohler family for 59 years. The city of Farmington took ownership in 1999, retaining its old-time charm when it rebuilt the theater’s interior. A new sound system was installed, as well as cushioned love seats equipped with armrests and drink holders.

One of our Haute is team members viewed the latest Star Wars movie this summer. The small and intimate setting made for an “up close and personal experience.”

Farmington Civic Theater
33332 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI 48336

Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

Located on ‘The Hill’ in Grosse Pointe Farms, the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe presents live jazz and fine dining in an intimate, ole English pub atmosphere.

The venue offers great food and music Wednesday through Saturday. Chef Andre Neimanis serves up bistro favorites, world cuisine influences, comfort food with a twist and exciting daily specials. The wine list offers about 60 selections, 20 by the glass.

Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Destination Style Boutique

Destination Style is a unique women’s boutique offering an array of trend-forward fashions and accessories at affordable prices. The Style team is known for its personal attention to customers, and expert fashion advice. Owner Candice Yopp states that her goal in the crowded retail clothing market is to offer customers a carefully curated line of affordable fashion. Shoppers can find all types of women’s apparel including Missy and Plus sizes, and all types of footwear, handbags and jewelry. Just recently the boutique introduced a new line to its plus-size diva customers called X-Two, which is widely known all over Europe for high-quality, trendsetting plus-sized fashions. This boutique has something for every fashion-conscious customer.

Destination Style Boutique
29107 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, Michigan 48034


Haute is stumbled up on this new gem within the treasures of the DIA – its CafeDIA! A great hangout for a Friday evening or during the week for a lunch meeting, it’s innovative, upscale and relaxed. CafeDIA is the Detroit Institute of Art’s “new” Kresge Court. It’s for the community to meet, dine, relax with a book or work from one of the many tablet stations. There’s also a Concierge present to assist visitors on the happenings within the museum as well as the Midtown community.

CafeDIA features several specialty food stations that include soups, baked breads, made to order salads, wraps, sandwiches and a salad bar, along with hot entrees from the Innovation Station that includes grilled meat, fish and pizza. To finish your dining experience, top it off a variety of desserts and a cup of Starbucks coffee. DIA members receive a 10% discount.

When required, the whole area can be subdivided into two or three spaces to accommodate special luncheons, private evening dinners and special events with a full- service dining room area – up to 300 people.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Vivienne’s Comfort Desserts

The taste of confections made from scratch is pleasantly unmistakable. Haute is sampled Vivienne’s Comfort lemon pound cake and most assuredly it was hauntingly scrumptious. Moist and full with old-fashioned goodness, it’s a must order for your next entertaining occasion that calls for a delicious treat for discriminating palates.

Since 2006, Vivienne’s Comfort has produced high-quality confections for those who appreciate the difference between cakes and breads baked from scratch and those made from a box. The company seeks to do justice to your discriminating tastes and is confident that you will enjoy both their home-baked goods and friendly customer service.

Dana Dacres is the owner of Vivienne’s Comfort, who named the bakery after her eldest child. Dana’s journey began by baking a homemade cake for her family every Sunday for dessert, then later for Wayne State University college students every month to celebrate their birthdays.

Dana Dacres



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