Bonnie Caprara

Bonnie Caprara

Bonnie Caprara is the Director of PR for Urbane Media. Her career has traversed between print journalism and media relations in the agency world and for private clients. She's also a semi-serious foodie with a penchant for Cheetos.

Green Daffodil is Growing in Ferndale … and Beyond

Candles are my indulgence and my therapy. Sometimes the glow of a flickering light and a pleasant scent eases my mind even better than a cocktail or a glass of wine. But I’m also picky about my candles. I hate burning my money on a pillar or container of wax that’s going to disappear in…

Ladies Night Out in Royal Oak Sept. 20

What could be better than a night of shopping with the girls? A night of shopping during the Royal Oak Retailers Association’s Ladies Night Out. This isn’t the typically fabulous Royal Oak shopping experience. Over 40 stores and restaurants have planned things like discount cocktails, free samples, and gorgeous men serving appetizers and giving free…

How to Refuse Ugly Hand-Me-Down Furniture

The good news: You moved into a new apartment. The bad news: Buying furniture is expensive. The worst news: A family member insists on giving you hand-me-down furniture. It’s probably “that ‘70’s couch” that’s already seen a second life in your parents’ basement rec room. It’s the bedroom set you grew up with that looks…

September: The Best Time to Travel

I often can’t help to notice how the tone and the vibe of everything changes after Labor Day. There’s some kind of drudgery about being back-to-school, even among people who don’t have kids. As for me, post-Labor Day is the best time to go on vacation. The weather’s still nice, if not a bit more…

American Mars Returns to Arts Beats & Eats with New Music

It’s no surprise that music devotees and really good musicians find their musical likes and influences in diverse spectrums. For the guys in American Mars, it’s their love for the post-punk sounds of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s and Americana roots music from the likes of Johnny Cash and Charlie Pride. I thought it was funny…

Arts Beats & Eats & 50%-Off Sales

Behind the stages and behind the art and food tents during Arts Beats & Eats, it’s almost easy to forget that the (he)art and soul of Downtown Royal Oak is made up of dozens of great bars, restaurants and stores — especially the stores. Most of them are independently owned and their own flavor that…

Arts Beats & Eats Preview: Sounds Like Mayer Hawthorne

Even if you didn’t grow up to the soundtrack of the Motown and Philadelphia Soul hit machines from the late ‘60’s to the mid-‘70’s, those songs and sounds are forever embedded in the soul of Detroit like a steel forged imprint, and 33-year-old Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne is reliving them. Yes, a young white…