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🗓️ Good morning! It's officially February and the first day of Black History Month.

☔ Today's weather: Chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, windy and a high of 45.

Situational awareness: President Biden will meet with UAW members today at a "Detroit-area" union hall, Reuters reported. The visit comes a week after the union endorsed his re-election bid.

Today's newsletter is 903 words — a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Everett Cook and copy edited by Cindy Orosco-Wright.

1 big thing: Caregiver tax credit to benefit Detroiters

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enters the Michigan House of Representatives last week before her sixth State of the State address. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Michigan's largest city didn't take up as much of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address as it did last year, but advocates tell Axios her plan to provide relief to family caregivers could benefit Detroit families the most.

Driving the news: Whitmer unveiled the Caring for MI Family Tax Credit, a plan to offer a $5,000 tax credit to caregivers that could be used for expenses like nursing or respite care, transportation and even temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities.

Why it matters: Saving up to $5,000 off their taxes would be a major help to Michiganders struggling to afford their own lives while spending thousands on out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.

  • The economic burden of caregiving mostly falls on women and falls even harder on Black and brown people, Danielle Atkinson, founding director of Mothering Justice and member of the Wayne State Board of Governors, tells Axios.

By the numbers: The number of people in Michigan taking care of a loved one is on the rise since the pandemic.

  • Approximately 1.7 million people provide care to a loved one, according to an AARP Michigan estimate.
  • Nationally, AARP reports Americans spend more than $7,000 a year on caregiving expenses.

What they're saying: "It does not go all the way, there is more that caregivers need, like paid family medical leave, but this is a great start," Atkinson tells Axios.

  • "Tons of people who aren't necessarily poor do struggle when it comes to the added burden of caregiving adults."

Context: A survey of 1,000 caregivers sponsored by the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative found that more than half of all people at every income level in Metro Detroit reported having out-of-pocket expenses for caregiving, the Detroit News reports.

What we're watching: The details of who's eligible for the tax credit are yet to be released, but the governor is expected to say more about the proposal during her Feb. 7 budget presentation to the Legislature.

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2. Joyner Juicery finally opens

Joyner Juicery at 3161 Woodward Ave. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Hey, Cass Corridor — it's Sam. Joyner Juicery on Woodward and Peterboro is finally open and I'm hoping to be a regular customer.

Why it matters: The long-awaited juicer and cafe sells healthy foods at reasonable prices — like refreshing smoothies for less than $10.

What happened: I was warmly greeted by owner Arielle Joyner, who recommended the Joyner Green smoothie with kale, spinach, apple, mango, banana and honey ($7.75).

  • Joyner offered me a ramekin sample of the Vitality smoothie with kale, spinach, strawberry and banana — it was just as good.

State of play: You can tell the place isn't quite finished yet, but it looks great.

  • There's a grassy swing hung from a wall of flowers, and the entrance is decorated with large plants and a full wall of artificial foliage.
  • Soon to come is the juicery's apothecary, which Joyner described as a collection of medicinal herbs.
The interior of the juice shop. The walls are white. The shop has a simple, clean design with some accent plants and a couple tables.
The juice shop's interior. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

What they're saying: "I specialize in medicinal herbs and getting people more familiar with taking control of their health, how to use different herbs to combat different ailments and illnesses," Joyner says.

Catch up quick: The pandemic slowed plans to open the holistic juice spot after Joyner secured space in the building owned by eccentric developer Joel Landy after meeting him in February 2020, six months before his death.

The bottom line: Joyner says opening the store has been her full-time job since she purchased the space. Most days it's just her behind the counter.

  • "A lot of people don't know I'm here every day — I meet people who say, 'Oh my gosh, I didn't know you were open,'" Joyner says.
  • Hours.

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3. Things to do this weekend

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

January is done and time is always slipping on by. Here are some ideas to while away the hours this weekend.

🌟 Hey now, you're an all-star. Or at least you could be at a "Shrek"-themed rave at Leland City Club.

  • Saturday at 9pm. $25.

🍩 Embrace paczki season with a themed brunch from Pietrzyk Pierogi at Urbanrest Brewing in Ferndale. Paczki waffles should be a highlight.

  • Sunday from noon-4pm. Food costs vary.

ğŸŽ¥ Celebrate Chicano history at the Senate Theater with art, discussions and a screening of documentary "American Homeboy."

  • Saturday, 5-9pm. Free!

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4. The Grapevine: You heard it here

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A father of six is on life support after three dogs attacked him Monday while he was walking home from a bus stop on the west side. (Fox 2)

ğŸŽ­ Downtown's historic National Theatre building, vacant since the 1970s, was razed this week. The site is part of "the Development at Cadillac Square," a Dan Gilbert project that's expected to include a 2,000-seat concert venue. The building's facade was preserved for future use. (Free Press)

ğŸŽŸï¸ The Tigers' youth ticket donation program provided about 50,000 free tickets last year — but only about half were used, often due to weather and transportation issues. (Bridge Detroit)

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🐶 1 adoptable pup to go

Rosie, or "PEWAMO A161454." Photos: Courtesy of Friends of DACC

This 8-month-old, 20-pound puppy, Rosie, is among many dogs looking for a permanent home through Detroit Animal Care and Control.

  • She's currently with a foster, who says she likes other dogs and cats and is working on potty training.
  • Those interested in Rosie should email [email protected] with Rosie's designated number, "PEWAMO A161454," in the subject line.

Plus: Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is hosting a free "meet your match" adoption event from 4-8pm on Valentine's Day with dog speed dating and a kissing booth.

Our picks:

ğŸ˜Ž Joe is looking forward to a football-free weekend.

🐶 Annalise is tempted by the animal shelter's cute-sounding Valentine's Day event, but has zero time, emotional bandwidth or desire for another dog.

📱 Sam misses when Radio Shack was still huge.

ğŸŽ¶ Everett's song of the day is "Concrete Schoolyard" by Jurassic 5.