Ask Model D: We've got some answers for your queries

Model D readers are insightful and inquisitive. We receive great -- and probing -- questions all the time, so we decided to make use of them in a recurring feature called "Ask Model D." This week, we got Development News Editor Kelli B. Kavanaugh to find some As for a few of your Qs.

From SS, via email: Where in Detroit does one buy those little grocery stroller-cart things? We run out of groceries by Wednesday if our market spoils are limited to what we can carry.

S, you need to get yourself to Cheap Charlie's ASAP. This shop carries a hodgepodge of goods, from socks to bags to pots and pans. But most important for you, they carry two-wheeled grocery carts for $28 and four-wheelers for $32.

Charlie's is at 1471 Gratiot, just east of Gratiot-Central Market. Hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 313-567-7788.

From JG, via Facebook: Where can I get a decent egg roll in the Downtown area?

J, if you had asked that very same question even a year ago, we would have had a very different answer for you: Windsor.

Luckily, there has been an Asian renaissance of late, and Midtown's Shangri-La and Downtown's Wah-hoo should do the trick.

From VB, via email: I thought you guys might be the people to ask, I am traveling through Detroit (on a budget!) from Chicago and looking for a decent enough hotel. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!

If you are not opposed to a casino hotel, try the Greektown Casino Hotel, which has nice rooms starting around $99. And it's right downtown. Also, try the Hilton Garden Inn and the Doubletree Fort Shelby. They are newer properties and often have good Internet deals out there.

If you want something boutique-y, try Midtown's Inn on Ferry St. Rates will probably be around $150, but its proximity to the Detroit Institute of Arts, boutiques, bars and restaurants might make it worth the money.

If you don't mind the motel vibe, try the Shorecrest Motor Inn or Corktown Inn. They aren't pretty, but both are just outside of downtown and are quite inexpensive.

There is a also an active couch-surfing network here if you are really looking to save some dough. You can read more about that scene here.

From AF, via email: When is Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe opening -- Do you know?

Unfortunately, no. We had a lovely chat with co-owner Peter Solaka last week in which we learned that he and brother and business partner Michael Solaka are doing their very best to open the Brush Park market as soon as possible but, in true Detroit development fashion, there have been unforeseen circumstances that have delayed things. His determination and motivation to get the doors open were palpable throughout the call.

Whatever the date, Model D will be sure to let all of our readers know as soon as we do.

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