by Lisa Diggs
Trained as a social worker by profession, Linda Yellin accidentally stumbled across her new direction as operator of a tour company in Detroit. A longtime supporter of the city, and passionate lover of food, Linda volunteered to be a tour guide during the celebrations surrounding Detroit’s 300th birthday. She led groups through historic Eastern Market, and absolutely loved the experience, except for one thought that gnawed at her. She wondered how a tour of Eastern Market could be complete without food-tasting being a part of it.
Participants did break into a singalong of 1950s tunes during the four-hour journey, arranged with the help of Linda Yellin of the sightseeing company Feet on the Street Tours. The group also stopped at Eastern Market for lunch. Later, there was birthday cake, dinner and a slideshow of photos through the years.
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.
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