Author: Diane I. Daniels, For New Pittsburgh Courier

Best Bid on the Packard Banksy

$137,500

The image has by now become iconic: a 1,500-pound section of cinderblock and concrete from the Packard Plant depicting a child with a paintbrush next to the words: “I remember when all this was trees.” When the 555 Gallery crew hauled it out of the hulking building in 2010, they initially claimed they hoped to preserve it.…

Best Indoor Wedding Venue

Gem Theatre

333 Madison St., Detroit; 313-963-9800; gemcolonyevent.com You may know this quaint and deluxe, circa 1903 relocated building with elaborate decor as a groovy spot to check out the latest off-Broadway shows or live comedy.…

Best Nonprofit

Detroit Dog Rescue

Address available upon request; St. Clair Shores; 313-458-8014; detroitdogrescue.com Compassionate, professional, and clean, DDR is surprisingly Detroit’s first-ever no-kill dog shelter.…

Best Environmental Marketing Gimmick

Coke breeze

Just a few years after community anger had prompted the removal of a massive pile of “pet coke” from the riverfront near Southwest Detroit, a new pile began to appear. But the people responsible had a soothing argument: It’s not pet coke — it’s “coke breeze.”…

Best Place for Kids to Learn About Life Through Boxing

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

6445 E. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-209-3029; downtownyouthboxing.org In a converted book bindery on the east side of Detroit, any given weekday you’ll find dozens of young people gathered around two boxing rings, where fighters are being coached in the sweet science.…

Best Aquarium

Sea Life

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4316 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills; 866-622-0605; visitsealife.com Did you know that cownose stingrays breathe through special holes behind their eyes?…