Angela Snow is co-founder of Detroit Rug Restoration. Among some of her earliest recollections of her families business (her grandfather started Hagopian Rug Cleaning and a retail showroom 75 years ago) are running through the warehouse, jumping on bailed rugs with her siblings. “It was like playing King of the Mountain!,” she recalls. “To this day I still love the smell of wool when I walk into the warehouse or a rug showroom. It brings back sweet memories.” Today, in addition to her role in Detroit Rug Restoration, Snow is the VP of Operations of Original Hagopian, a beloved Detroit company and longtime benefactor to the arts. When she’s not at work, here’s how she likes to spend her free time in the Motor City.
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Located in the theatre district in downtown Detroit, Music hall is the cities premier venue for jazz, theater and dance. "At one time I had season tickets. I really love this cultural center and particularly love the dance series."
Michigan is a big brew pub state and when I vacation I like to bring my brew pub guide and find new ones. It’s good to see them coming to Detroit now. I like Motor City Brewing Works and Hopcat. But Craft Breww City is near my house, has great brews from all over the state and has a pretty decent vegetarian menu.
This recently renovated theater on Woodard is near the medical district and every last Thursday of the month they host their World Mix Music Series. I go as often as I am able!
This is a beautifully restored, state-owned island park in the Detroit River and there is an aquarium and zoo and arboretum. My family had a tradition of going there every Easter and to have our picture taken in front of the James Scott Memorial Fountain. We have pictures of us through the ages in front of it.
The DIA houses an amazingly diverse collection, with significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Islamic and Ancient art. One of their most popular acquisitions is Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle. They have great events and of the past two years I've particularly love the Oscar shorts film series shown in their film theatre.
Detroit’s vegetarian scene has come a long way. This restaurant, located in the Ferndale neighborhood, is a fully vegan, plant-based, physician-owned restaurant and craft cocktail bar. And it’s amazing! I’m a big fan of their Bento bowl. Plus, Happy Hour at the Bar extends from 5 until close on Wednesdays.
My father started a student rug design competition 28 years ago and me and my sisters and brother have kept it going. Each year the students are given a theme to design in to and this year it was Graffiti. The winner gets to see their design made into a rug. The student’s work and their annual show always inspires me.