Blake’s Releases Line of Non-alcoholic Pop, Veterinarians Needed at Local Animal Shelter, & More Metro Detroit Headlines

Get up to speed on the latest news in metro Detroit from this past week (Jan. 16-20).
Photograph courtesy of Blake's Hard Cider Co.

Blake’s Hard Cider Co. debuts line of non-alcoholic, probiotic pop.

Blake’s new Sorta Pop is a low-calorie, low sugar, carbonated probiotic soda (pop) line that is made with real fruit, and comes in three flavors: tangerine, strawberry-watermelon-cucumber, and lemon lime.

Detroit Animal Care and Control is seeking veterinarians at its shelter.

The shelter is searching for a new veterinarian, a senior veterinarian, and a veterinary technician. Without a veterinarian, medical procedures such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and euthanasia, can no longer take place at the shelter.

Michigan Science Center nominated as top science center.

After coming in second last year, the Michigan Science Center is vying for the first-place position in USA Today’s 2023 10Best Competition for top science museum. Five other Detroit destinations were also nominated in other categories. Public voting to choose the winners is open through 11:59 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Richard Wershe Jr. will open up about his life during interview with Charlie LeDuff.

Wershe, aka “White Boy Rick,” will discuss his life before, during, and after spending decades in prison during the one-on-one interview. The conversation will take place March 18 at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren and is open to the public.

HopCat in Royal Oak announces a new reopening date.

Due to construction issues, the public grand opening has been moved to Feb. 11. The first 100 guests in line will win free Cosmik Fries for one year.

Madonna announces global tour and stop in Detroit this August.

The “best-selling female solo touring artist of all time” is making a stop at Little Caesars Arena on Aug. 5 as part of her global tour: “Madonna: The Celebration Tour.”

Metro Detroit is running out of numbers for its 313 area code.

It is projected that Detroit and the surrounding area will run out of unassigned phone numbers with the iconic area code as soon as 2025. The Michigan Public Service Commission is looking to add 679 as a new area code.

Michigan DNR to debut Free Snowmobiling Weekend next month.

All required snowmobiling registration and trail permits are waived on Feb. 11-12 as part of the new event, which joins the ranks of free ORV Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend.

Fox Theatre to expand its programming with a national theater alliance.

The Theater Alliance features an inaugural roster of 39 theaters and venues across North America, including the Fox Theatre. The alliance will allow for nontraditional content, sponsorship opportunities, shared proceeds from an annual fundraising gala, and more.

Hazel Park has a new Key West-inspired beach bar.

Eastern Palace Club opened Jan. 17 on John R Road. It features a wide selection of beer and wine, non-alcoholic cocktails, and warm-weather cocktails like rum runners and frozen margaritas.

Detroit’s home values increased by 20 percent in 2022.

This increase represents a continuing six-year trend of rapidly rising property values. The city of Detroit examined more than 14,000 market sales between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022, to compute the proposed 2023 assessments.

Megabus is returning to Detroit.

Thanks to a new partnership with Miller Transportation, the New Jersey-based bus company is expanding services that will connect more than 50 Midwest cities. New routes will take riders from Detroit to 13 cities including Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Indianapolis, and eventually, Chicago, Memphis, and more.

The Exchange residential tower in Detroit achieves a major milestone.

The final floorplate on the Exchange Building in Greektown has been lifted, bringing the development to 14 total floorplate lifts plus the roof plate. The Exchange is a 16-story tower that will include residential rental units, and office and retail concepts.

Vehicle theft is up 900 percent at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The Detroit Metro Airport Authority reported 29 vehicle thefts in 2022, compared to three in 2021. The most popular model stolen last year was the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Copper Peak, one of the world’s largest ski jumps, will reopen in Michigan after decades.

Located in the U.P., the 469-foot-jump plans to reopen in 2024. It will be the only ski flying hill outside of Europe and the only ski flying hill in the world with an all-season surface.

There’s a new Michigan tool aimed at fighting the opioid crisis.

A dashboard launched by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows how bad the opioid epidemic is in each county by looking at opioid deaths, emergency room visits, and calls to EMS in an effort to curb the crisis.

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