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Thirty minutes downriver of Detroit lies the tight-knit community of Flat Rock, Michigan, an area of less than 10,000 people. With beginnings as a Native American settlement, it still has a small-town feel and an abundance of rich, local history — Henry Ford established his Ford Motor Company Lamp Factory here in 1925. Residents stay connected using the city’s Facebook page as a modern-day town crier. While it gets cold here at times thanks to winter winds blowing across Lake Erie from the east, the warmth and interconnectedness among neighbors remains.
As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Flat Rock, MI is $640 for one bedroom, $707 for two bedrooms, and $868 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Flat Rock has increased by 5.7% in the past year.
In a smallish setting like Flat Rock, finding favorite dining spots is as important as it is easy and enjoyable. Michaels’ on the River serves as that fun, casual neighborhood bar with awesome food where locals flock to socialize most any night of the week. Strong drinks, a lively crowd and your favorite songs on the jukebox make this establishment the perfect choice for a night out with friends.
To indulge in some comfort food, head to Big Bear Lodge. Open for lunch and dinner, this log cabin-style restaurant serves up New American-style grub: steaks, bread pudding, wood-fired pizzas, pasta and cocktails like the Papa Bear Margarita. When it gets too chilly outside for iced beverages, order a warm cider and tasty toddies in Thermoses — 'cause, you know, Thermoses.
A hidden gem located steps beneath the Salutes Special Events banquet hall, The Roc Restaurant and Wine Bar features a classic Italian menu and a cavern-style fireside setting. Once a family owned-restaurant and catering mash-up, The Roc maintains a traditional yet elegantly upscale charm that's perfect for relaxation after a long work week.
Flat Rock began as a Wyandot settlement. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, large groups of people began to settle in Michigan, and the town of Flat Rock began to grow little by little, serving as a center for farmers in the surrounding areas. By 1923, the town was incorporated as a village and as a city in 1965. American and Japanese car makers alike opened manufacturing plants in Flat Rock. What remains today is a place filled with history and inhabitants who care deeply about the community. Weather plays a big part in local events during the winter months, but there always seems to be something going on, such as the Flat Rock Citywide Garage Sale or races over at the Flat Rock Speedway in neighboring Monroe County. Visit the Flat Rock Historical Museum to learn even more about the community and its origins.
Downriver from Motor City, Flat Rock residents use private vehicles for most of their transportation needs. Public transportation isn't really an option though bus service operates in neighboring towns like Monroe. Conveniently sandwiched between Interstates 5 and 275 and directly on Connector 24/Telegraph Road, this neighborhood provides easy accessibility to most areas of the state.
Still fairly new in larger Michigan cities like Ann Arbor and Detroit, Uber hasn't yet become a staple service in Flat Rock. Local cabs make a fairly good option, and but call well in advance as it's rather difficult to hail one on the street. In Flat Rock, some do bicycle as a means of transportation, but most keep to the trails and paths in the city's parks.
With so many long time residents in the area, the primary rental properties here in Flat Rock stand as well-maintained apartment complexes with pools and clubhouses. On average, rental rates for a one-bedroom apartment run around $565 and up to $750 for a three-bedroom.
Gas costs 20 percent less per gallon than the national average, which is pretty sweet, especially since cars are the favored method of transportation. The cost of a pint sets you back about $4, and most grocery items cost less than in larger cities.
In Flat Rock, supporting community means shopping local. Nationally-owned Kroger markets for groceries and the Mall of Monroe 20 minutes downriver give you some big-name shopping, but keeping it small and local has become a Flat Rock tradition.
Open since 1974, Jim’s Butcher Shop provides a full-service butcher shop, party store and catering business all in one, making planning family dinners and parties simple. This family-owned favorite bakes up fresh chicken pot pies every Wednesday and you'll always be treated like an old friend when to stop by to visit.
For the freshest fruits and veggies as well as homemade baked goods, Flat Rock Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday, March through October — weather permitting.
Simpler Times Downtown General Store serves as the newest addition to downtown Flat Rock. As the name suggests, you'll find natural, organic and gluten-free items as well as an assortment of Michigan-made goods, premium and personalized gift baskets, and even flavored oils, making this charming shop a gift-giver's delight.
Style U Boutique stands as the place to go when you need to buy or sell used evening wear. For weddings, proms and just-because-you're-fabulous events, this resale shop has you covered.
Parks are plentiful and free of charge in Flat Rock, and most are metroparks — parks owned and maintained by the city rather than the state.
HuRoc Metropark is Flat Rock's largest and busiest park. Located on the Huron River, this delightful place to fish, picnic, walk or bike gives sporting and fitness enthusiasts lots of ways to spend their days. You can even throw a party or wedding ceremony in the park's gazebo. Several large-scale community events happen at HuRoc too, such as Country Blast in the Park, Flat Rock Riverfest (and annual hot dog eating contest), the Cruzin' HuRoc Park Car Show and the Swap Meet and Music Weekend. Other area parks include: Lake Erie MetroPark, Oakwoods MetroPark and Willow MetroPark, which features a scenic golf course to enjoy.
Furry friends are always welcome at Flat Rock parks, and the neighboring town of Woodhaven features two acres of off-leash awesomeness of WOOFhaven Dog Park. Open year-round, this canine community allows both big and small dogs to romp and play — all for a nominal annual fee.
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