The sun sets behind Detroit's skyline in this lovely shot from the riverfront 

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Faygo Beverages is introducing its newest flavor, Faygo Gold, with a contest to win gold from its promotion partner, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and Tapper’s Gold Exchange. The campaign is launching during the St. Patrick’s Day season with the tagline, “At the End of the Faygo Flavor Rainbow… is Gold.”

The promotion features opportunities to win a “Pot of Gold” - a cauldron of Faygo Gold pop, T-shirts and a 24K, solid gold bar from Tapper’s; - a social media photo contest on Instagram; and an in-store contest and product sampling at Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and Tapper’s Gold Exchange locations.

“With a 105 year history of pop innovation, Faygo fans have come to expect new flavors that are bold and unique,” said Al Chittaro, executive vice president of Faygo Beverages, Inc. “Consumers are already voicing rave reviews for Faygo Gold, a rich, zippy, ginger ale. Our partnership with another celebrated Michigan brand, Tapper’s Jewelry, is a great way to celebrate the launch of Gold with our loyal fans.”

Faygo Gold joins more than 60 flavors in Faygo’s beverage line. Gold is available now throughout Michigan in 24oz and 2 liter bottles. Diet Faygo Gold is available in 2 liter bottles.

#FaygoGold Social Media Photo Contest Starting on Friday, March 15, through Friday, March 29, Faygo fans are asked to take a photo of “what” or “who” is most valuable to them and upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag, #FaygoGold. The top three Instagram photos generating the most “likes” by 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, will win. The winners will be announced on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and will receive a “Pot of Gold” that includes Faygo Gold and a 24K, solid gold bar valued at $250 for first place; $100 for second place; and, $50 for third place.

Faygo Gold Contest in Tapper’s Stores On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, noon - 5 p.m., Faygo fans who visit any of the 12 participating Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry stores and Tapper’s Gold Exchange locations, can get a free sample of Faygo Gold and enter to win a “Pot of Gold” that includes Faygo Gold and a one-third ounce 24K solid gold bar valued at $550. The final drawing will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

Nothing goes better with basketball than free Detroit-style pizza! That’s why the Oakland University (OU) Grizzlies and the University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM)’s Titans basketball players and fans are amped up to win.

Both the OU and UDM athletic programs are participating in a basketball points promotion which offers event-goers one free 4-square cheese pizza each, with a ticket stub or coupon, when the men’s teams win with 80 or more points and when the women’s teams win with 65 or more points.

UDM Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions Brandon J. Longmeier said the partnership between Buddy’s Pizza and the school has been beneficial for both parties. “We’re so appreciative of what Buddy’s is doing for our athletic program,” said Longmeier. “The points promotion really motivates the team and gets the crowd excited for free Buddy’s pizza after the game.” Titan fans are additionally offered $3 off 8-square pizzas when their team wins.

Just like at UDM, the students and fans at OU can be heard chanting for “Pizza” during Grizzly basketball games. “The points promotion electrifies the atmosphere during our games,” said Tim Dameron, assistant athletic director for OU marketing and sponsorships and a longtime Buddy’s Pizza fan. “The fans’ excitement helps the team perform better, and everyone gets to celebrate with a delicious Buddy’s pizza.” Grizzly fans additionally receive coupons valid for $4 off 8-square pizzas at each game.

Basketball fans following their favorite teams through the NCAA Tournament can do more than cheer on their favorite teams this year; they can enter for a chance to become one of Buddy’s Final Four Finalists during a Facebook sweepstakes beginning mid-March.

Participants need only enter their name and email into the designated Facebook app. Weekly winners will be chosen to receive four free “Elite 8-square Buddy’s Pizzas” throughout the course of the month-long promotion. At the end of the sweepstakes, one grand prize winner will be selected at random among the Buddy’s Final Four Finalists to receive a Buddy’s Pizza Ultimate Fan Basket.

The sweepstakes begins at midnight on March 18, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2013. For details and official rules visit

The fastest-growing cities in the country when it comes to technology jobs posted on Dice may have been unexpected in the past. But, with communities coming together to support start-ups, court large employers and fund STEM education initiatives – no one should be surprised that “traditional tech centers” needs a new definition. 

Detroit Tech City

Detroit is the only two-timer on the list, having worn the crown for fastest growing city in 2011, as measured by job postings on Dice.

Back then Detroit had more than 800 tech jobs posted on any given day, now it’s more than 1,100.

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology association, ranked the Greater Detroit region among the best for its strong record of students completing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.

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Click HERE for the interactive map to see the change in your community! 

Historic Pewabic Pottery will celebrate 110 years of service to the metro Detroit community with a birthday celebration Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its National Historic Landmark building, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.

The free event is open to the public. Guests will enjoy giveaways, birthday cake, refreshments and demonstrations from talented ceramic artists. Guided tours of Pewabic’s museum and fabrication studio will also be given at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“At Pewabic Pottery, we are humbled to be part of Detroit’s history for the past 110 years,” said Barbara Sido, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “It’s an honor to work in such a vibrant city and we’d like to say ‘thank you’ to the metro Detroiters that continue to visit our museum, tour our pottery, join our classes and help continue the tradition.”

Founded in 1903, Pewabic Pottery quickly established itself as a fixture in Detroit’s arts & crafts scene and through the years has evolved into a respected, cultural and educational institution.

Pewabic Pottery, the milestones:

Founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace Caulkins and produces first commission for Burley and Company in Chicago.

  • In 1907 moved to its current East Jefferson location, designed by architect William Buck Stratton. In 1909 introduced signature iridescent glazes.
  • In 1928, Pewabic’s Saarinen house fireplace is featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 
  • In 1937 featured in an exhibition of ceramic art at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City. 
  • In 1947, founder Mary Stratton is awarded the coveted Charles Fergus Binns medal, the nation’s highest award in the field of ceramics. Pewabic wins this prestigious award again 1993. 
  • In 1961, Mary Stratton passed away and Pewabic is run by her assistant, Ella Peters. From 1966 to 1979 Michigan State University owned and operated the pottery as part of its continuing education program. In 1971, Pewabic Pottery is named to the National Register of Historic Places. 
  • In 1979 the Pewabic Society was established to handle the pottery’s day-to-day operations.
  • In 1980 granted nonprofit status. In 1981 ownership was transferred to the Pewabic Society. 
  • In 1991 the pottery and its contents were recognized as a National Historic Landmark. 
  • In 1999 created murals for Comerica Park, the new home of the Detroit Tigers. 
  • In 2011, Pewabic’s iconic chimney is restored. In 2012 launched Copper & Clay: Pewabic’s New Leadership Initiative, a committee of engaged, young professionals providing skills and experience in support of the nonprofit’s mission.

Pewabic’s handcrafted installations and collections can be found in churches, schools and buildings throughout Detroit, including the Guardian Building, Comerica Park, Detroit People Mover Stations, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Scott Fountain on Belle Isle. Pewabic ceramics can also be found nationally at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Rice University in Houson, Texas, the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Neb. and at the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution and Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C

Detroit Quote Of The Day

Charlie LeDuff visited the studios of HBO's 'Real Time With Bill Maher' to discuss his new book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy."  Below is my favorite quote from the interview, which you can watch HERE.

Bill Maher: "Are you hopeful about Detroit?"
Charlie LeDuff: "Yeah."
Maher: "Really?"
Charlie LeDuff: "Yeah, we're going to be there."
Maher: "It's going to go up again?"
Charlie LeDuff: "The Roman Empire fell and Italians are walking around with nice shoes on, man. We're going to be fine."

The City of Detroit sends its former mayor to jail -- and THIS is how the city responds. I love Detroit.