News & Updates from Detroit Water Ice

Pop-up DWIF Up & Running Thanks to DMCII

Pop-up DWIF Up & Running Thanks to DMCII

Bloomfield Hills — If you happen to stop by the Detroit Water Ice Factory’s new pop-up location this summer at the Franklin Cider Mill, you’ll see the handy work of your Detroit Muscle Crew II.

All you have to do is take a look around.

The scoop: A team of DMCII members came together shortly before Memorial Day and put up the large tent on the parking lot at the cider mill. It wasn’t as easy as it looks. There was some craftsmanship going on to make the whole thing come together, with volunteers Jack Galopin and a few member members of Scott Albaugh’s masonry team, combined with a huge assist from Richard Krus of Midas Shelby Township.

The pop-up location at the cider mill, which is closed for the summer, will be open through the third week of August.

The DWIF, founded by author and columnist Mitch Albom, opened in downtown Detroit in August 2015. All profits support Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit charity, which helps Detroiters in need. The cider mill’s picturesque scenery makes it the perfect spot for a pop-up, so come visit us this summer!

Free Detroit Water Ice to Celebrate Franklin Cider Mill Pop Up

Free Detroit Water Ice to Celebrate Franklin Cider Mill Pop Up

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
Motown Mash
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

Bloomfield Hills Junior Takes 3rd in State Promoting DWIF

Bloomfield Hills Junior Takes 3rd in State Promoting DWIF

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.

Tent raising a success at Franklin Cider Mill

Tent raising a success at Franklin Cider Mill

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!

Love Has No Calories in Downtown Detroit

Love Has No Calories in Downtown Detroit

In a special Valentine’s Day treat for our neighbors in the Guardian Building (500 Griswold) and the Buhl Building (535 Griswold), we scooped FREE Detroit Water Ice in thanks for all the neighborhood love and support we receive in Campus Martius.

If you missed your free scoop, try our D-Ice Water Ice, hot Philly Pretzels, one-of-a-kind Motown Mash, or other sweet treats at our flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue.

All proceeds from the Detroit Water Ice Factory benefit S.A.Y Detroit, a 501 (c)(3) charity aimed at improving the lives of our neediest citizens through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts and education.

We love you, we thank you, and we proudly proclaim that there’s no calories in doing good!

​Michigan Masons Give Their Time to Help Detroit Water Ice

​Michigan Masons Give Their Time to Help Detroit Water Ice

Detroit — When the Michigan Masons and Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation became large supporters of Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit charities last fall, they stressed that their commitment would be more than financial. 

They proved that once again on Saturday, January 21, when nearly three dozen Masons and their families joined Albom at The Detroit Water Ice Factory in downtown Detroit for an exclusive A Time to Help project.

For more than two hours, the volunteer group did a deep-cleaning of the store and its storage facilities, from scrubbing floors and windows to organizing items and products sold at the shop at One Campus Martius. 

“This was two hours of good sweat,” said Bob Conley, who drove in for the event from Alma with his wife JoNeil. “We had Masons here from all over — Grand Rapids, Port Huron, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit area. We were really happy to be here and help Mitch. What S.A.Y. Detroit does with the (S.A.Y. Play) Center and with this and all of its outreach, it really is a place of hope. Being here today, I certainly see a rebirth in Detroit.”

Created by Albom, the DWIF opened its flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue on Aug. 4, 2015. The store follows the “Newman’s Own’’ model of philanthropy, offering a delicious frozen ice dessert – and other products — with the sole goal of raising funds to help others. All profits from the store benefits Detroit’s neediest citizens under Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit umbrella of charities.

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