Today in Michigan History

February 15, 1751

Pierre de Celeron, Sieur de Blainville, commanded Detroit.

Except for a smallpox threat in 1752, the French community of Detroit remained isolated and quiet during Celeron’s term as commandant, which ran until March 19, 1754.

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Today in Michigan History

February 12, 1781

A Spanish force captured British-held Fort St. Joseph.

Once an important French fort on the route to the Mississippi River, Fort St. Joseph (present-day Niles, Michigan) had fallen into disrepair under the control of the British and was an easy target for a force of Spaniards who traveled from St. Louis, Missouri. The Spaniards’ one-day occupation of Fort St. Joseph allowed Niles residents to boast later that theirs was the only Michigan community over which four flags (French, British, Spanish and American) had flown.

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Featured Business: The Cupcake Station

The Cupcake Station:  Helping people one cupcake at a time

One of Kerry Johnson’s passions in life is cupcakes, but an even greater passion of his is helping people.  When he decided that it was time for a new venture in life, he started The Cupcake Station, and has kept his passion for helping people as an integral part of the cupcake business.  Today, The Cupcake Station has helped over 2,000 different organizations.  The Cupcake Station is now accepting applications for Franchises with one “condition.”  The future franchise owner must stay true to the roots of The Cupcake Station; giving back to the community.

Over 25 varieties of cupcakes are made daily from scratch.  Their most popular cupcake is the Carrot Cake Cupcake followed closely by the Michigan Bumpy Cupcake.  The Michigan Bumpy Cupcake features Dark Chocolate Cake with smooth White Buttercream bumps dipped in Dark Chocolate Ganache and drizzled with White Chocolate.  The Cupcake Station created this little piece of Heaven in homage to Sanders, another Michigan institution.   The Cupcake Station was the first to come out with The Michigan Bumpy Cupcake, which was featured on the national news.  Now, cupcake stores nationwide have started making Michigan Bumpy Cupcakes.

Currently, there are two locations, Birmingham and Ann Arbor that employ 22 people.  During the week, they sell 500-700 cupcakes per day and an additional 1,200 – 2,000 per day on weekends.   This weekend many more cupcakes will be flying off the shelves since Valentine’s Day is their busiest holiday of the year.  The Cupcake Station now ships its amazing cupcakes nationwide.

For locations or franchise information, please visit: www.cupcakestation.com.

Today in Michigan History

February 11, 1937

The Flint Sit-down Strike ended in victory for the workers.

Hailed as one of the most important strikes in American history, the 44-day strike in Flint, Michigan, ended when General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers as the sole bargaining unit for its workers. Within a year, the UAW saw its membership grow from 30,000 to 500,000 members. The Flint Sit-down Strike was, as the British Broadcasting System later noted, “the strike heard ’round the world.”

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Today in Michigan History

February 10, 1942

Civilian car production ended in Detroit.

As America prepared for war, the automobile industry agreed to stop civilian car production. Over the next three years, the automobile industry became the Arsenal of Democracy, producing tanks, planes, trucks, jeeps and an assortment of other war materiel.

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Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

Here are some things that are going on this weekend.  Check out the “Notes” section on our facebook fan page for more details!

Feb 12-14 10th Annual Winterfest – in Ida
Feb 12-14 Detroit’s Motown Winter Blast – Downtown @ Campus Martius Park
Feb 13 Valentine’s Dance Party to Benefit Homeless Animals – Madison Heights
Feb 13-15 Village of Rochester Hills Ice Sculpting Festival
Feb 13-21 Detroit Boat Show – 52nd Annual – in Detroit

Today in Michigan History

February 9, 1864

Lieutenant Colonel William McCreery escaped from Libby Prison.

In one of the Civil War’s great prison escapes, William McCreery of Flint was one of many Union officers who tunneled their way out of the famed rebel prison. McCreery, who entered service in May 1861 as a sergeant in the Second Michigan Infantry, eventually resigned his commission on account of the many wounds he received during the war.

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Today in Michigan History

February 8, 1985

The Stroh Brewery announced it is closing its Detroit plant.

Beer was brewed in Detroit as early as 1836. By the eve of the Civil War there were “upward of 40” breweries in Michigan’s largest city. One of these was operated by Bernhard Stroh, who began brewing beer in Detroit in the 1850s. By the 1880s, Stroh was Detroit’s biggest brewery. In the years following World War II, Stroh fought with Goebel and Pfeiffer for dominance in the city. By 1982, Stroh was the nation’s third largest brewery, but Stroh’s acquisition of Schlitz led to the closing of the Detroit plant.

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Featured Business: Bearclaw Coffee

Doing Their Part to Bring Great Coffee and Jobs to the People of Michigan

Debi and Doug Scroggins started Bearclaw Coffee in 2002.  In eight short years that one small coffee shop has grown to 18 locations and three mobile units just in Michigan.  They have plans to open more locations in Wayne & Washtenaw Counties, which would bring 30 more employees to Michigan.  They also have stores in Kentucky and Virginia.

For location or franchise information, please visit www.bearclawcoffee.com

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