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Margaret Thomas
Margaret Thomas
Margaret Thomas is the house manager of the Detroit Institute of Arts theater. She is seen here posing with David Deveries, the owner of R. Hirt Jr. Co. which his great-grandfather founded.
Lived in Detroit: 15 years
Favorite spot: R. Hirt Jr. Co. store in the Eastern Market.

Every Saturday thousands of Detroit residents come together at Eastern Market, my favorite thing about the city. Hundreds of vendors attend the market, and they sell everything from flowers to olives to cured meats.

My favorite is the R. Hirt Jr. Co. The store is three floors, and it sells more than 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses. It has an old-world charm, with a long wooden counter that's been there 150 years. They'll let you taste anything, which means there are long lines -- but it's worth it.

Why I love Detroit: It's not precious and beautiful and full of new things, but it has a rich history and residents who love it. Obviously, these times have brought us a lot of depressing issues. Sometimes we feel bad because people don't understand it. I think of Detroit as a well-kept secret.

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