DETROIT — Doug Watson isn’t a carpenter by trade—he’s a longtime electrician at The Conti Corporation—but he raised his hand anyway when he heard that S.A.Y. Detroit needed some work done at its Detroit Water Ice Factory in downtown Detroit.
The request: Install a third row of trim designed to hold a slew of celebrity photographs at the frozen dessert store at Campus Martius, where all profits benefit Detroit’s neediest citizens under Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit umbrella of charities.
“I’ve been in the business long enough that I know how to do a lot of different things,” Watson said. “I’m glad that you contacted me, but I’m especially glad that it worked out well.”
The project, which was completed last week, was Watson’s first since joining the Detroit Muscle Crew II last spring after Albom formed the all-volunteer team of skilled tradespeople to help with S.A.Y. Detroit’s physical projects and endeavors. (You can sign up to become a member here.)
Watson said that he had so much fun, and that Albom was so grateful, that he decided to donate the materials for the project himself, a value of $143.
“It was great teamwork all the way around,” Watson said. “Bedrock (which provides the DWIF space for the store) even sent a guy over to help me, because it was a two-person job.”
In town for the world premiere of the new movie, DETROIT, actors and starsPeyton ‘Alex’ Smith, Nathan Davis Jr., Joseph David Jones, Ben O’Toole, Tyler James Williams, and Ephraim Sykes made a special appearance at Detroit Water Ice Factory to celebrate Detroit’s 316th birthday. After receiving some fast training from Mitch Albom, the film’s stars scooped free water ice for the first 316 people who stopped by, and gave away a pair of tickets to the film’s premiere that night at the Fox Theatre.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 25th – Detroit Water Ice Factory is opening a summer-long pop-up at the Franklin Cider Mill and scooping up free water ice for the entire day beginning at 2pm.
Here’s what you need to know about the new pop up location:
Season: May 25 – August 20
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
What’s on the menu:
Your favorite D-Ice Flavors
Almond Amaretto Tofutti Pie (reimagined from Hogan’s)
Why you’ll love it
A cool tent put up by the Detroit Muscle Crew II
Sit by the stream and enjoy scenic views
Tables and seating
When Tori Weingarten decided to research the Detroit Water Ice Factory last fall, she did so with one idea in mind: She wanted to find a unique product that would stand out among the rest.
As it turned out, the DWIF was a winner for Weingarten this year. The Bloomfield Hills High junior routinely placed and won awards pitching the product in her sales competitions in forensics during the school year, culminating with a third-place finish at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association State Tournament on April 28-29 at Eastern Michigan University.
“The deciding factor was the amazing giving back campaign,” Weingarten wrote in an email to S.A.Y. Detroit. “I loved promoting a Detroit product, and this bonus of discovering a place where 100% of the profits go to S.A.Y. Detroit charities sealed the deal. I had found the perfect, unique dessert company and knew it would be a winner.”
Also known as competitive speaking, forensics features debate, public speaking and performance in an array of categories.
On short notice on Monday, volunteers from the Detroit Muscle Crew II and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries gathered to erect a tent that will be used this summer for S.A.Y. Detroit’s satellite location of the Detroit Water Ice Factory.
Special thanks go to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three of his summer employees to the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, where the tent was raised. Fellow Muscle Crew team member Jack Galopin drove in from Pinckney to help. Thanks Jack!
And, as always, big thanks go to Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — our operating partner — who sent three people over to lend a hand.
From start to finish, the job took two hours to complete. Thank you volunteers!
The group that spent Monday afternoon at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills raising the tent that will be used this summer for our Detroit Water Ice Factory’s seasonal location. We acknowledge the following folks and businesses associated with the all-volunteer Detroit Muscle Crew II who made this happened: Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three employees (Ben and Blake Borkowski and Simon Albaugh); Jack Galopin of Pinckney (he’s in the red sweatshirt); and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, who supplied three helpers for this project. Also pictured is Larry Brown of the Franklin Cider Mill and Rick Bochenek, who will be managing the DWIF location.
Many thanks to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry who answered the Detroit Muscle Crew II’s call for volunteerism and sent three of his summer employees — Simon Albaugh, Ben Borkowski and Blake Borkowski – to help us raise the tent for our nonprofit Detroit Water Ice Factory’s summertime location that will be opening later this month at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills. The Albaugh crew here is next to Rick Bochenek, who’s going to be managing the DWIF location.