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Ford Unveils Throwback Ice White Appearance Package for Mustang Family
For the first time in 28 years, Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is offering a white-on-white Mustang and is extending the Ice White Edition Appearance Package to the Mustang Mach-E.
“Mustang has always had the power to attract attention on the road, but the new Mustang Ice White Edition could — just like the original ’93 Triple White Fox body feature Mustang — become one of the hot collectibles of future generations,” says Jim Owens, brand marketing manager for Mustang. “We are proud to continue a longstanding Mustang tradition of continuously offering fresh, new styling options for customers to empower them to make their Mustang an extension of who they are.”
The package, unveiled last Thursday in the lead up to the Dream Cruise, is the first to be offered to both Mustang Mach-E and Mustang coupe customers.
The Star White Metallic Tri-Coat paint on the Mustang Mach-E includes Star White mirror caps and wheel lip moldings to “ice-out” the exterior. Front and center on the grille is an Oxford White pony badge, which also appears between the tri-bar taillamps. The package adds 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Oxford White-painted pockets.
Light Space Gray is the interior color, appearing on the seats, center console, and door-panel armrests. A Bright Silver hex-patterned instrument panel plus an Oxford White pony badge on the steering wheel add chill to the interior environment.
Orders for the 2022 Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition open in the fall. The vehicle will be in showrooms early next year.
The 2022 Mustang coupe Ice White Edition is reminiscent of the 1993 Triple White Fox body feature Mustang. Ford made just 1,500 Triple White Fox body feature Mustangs — all convertibles.
Available on Mustang EcoBoost and GT Premium fastback models, the Mustang Ice White Edition comes lacquered exclusively in Oxford White and features unique iced-out taillamps, plus heritage-inspired 19×9-inch wheels in matching Oxford White with machine-surfaced pockets. Just like on the Ice White Edition Mustang Mach-E, the Ice White Mustang coupe comes with Oxford White pony badges and fender badging.
The black and white interior features Oxford White leather seat inserts front and rear, plus Oxford White leather door panels. An aluminum appliqué on the dash and white accent stitching on the center console, door panels, shifter boot, headrests and more add to the cool cabin environment.
Ice White Edition Appearance Package-equipped Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT Premium coupes arrive at dealers in early 2022.
Grown Rogue and Pure Extracts Form Joint Venture to Expand Product Offering in Michigan
Grown Rogue International Inc., a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon and Michigan, has signed an agreement with its Michigan partners, Golden Harvests and Pure Extracts Technologies Corp., to expand Grown Rogue’s product offering and bring Pure Extracts’ portfolio of products to Michigan.
In addition to Pure Extracts’ Pure Pulls and Pure Chews, Grown Rogue will be adding to its Michigan product portfolio to include concentrates and cartridges to complement their award-winning flower and their proprietary, 3.5gram, nitrogen sealed flower jars, which is already one of the leading flower brands in the state.
“We are excited to expand our product offering in Michigan to include new products that doubles our addressable market in a top 5 cannabis state,” says Obie Strickler, CEO of Grown Rogue. “We have consumers that actively seek out the processors who purchase our trim for their own products so this joint venture will help fulfill the increasing demand for Grown Rogue’s high-quality products in the state of Michigan, increase the strong brand equity our team is building, and capture additional margin for the company.”
Pure Extracts is a plant-based extraction company focused on cannabis and hemp based out of British Columbia, Canada. Pure Extracts will provide a mix of equipment, cash, and extraction expertise to the venture, which will allow the partners to rapidly scale-up to meet the rising demand for processed products throughout the state.
The joint venture plans to build-out 2,600 square feet of existing space in the 80,000-square-foot facility in Bay City. The joint venture has the ability to produce Grown Rogue branded concentrates, cartridges, edibles, and tinctures as well as similar items under Pure Extracts’ brand. The joint venture will consider building dedicated greenhouse production to provide cheaper processing input for house brands and available white label opportunities.
“We are excited to be teaming up with Grown Rogue, renowned cultivators who have already sold their cannabis products to over 100 dispensaries throughout Michigan, a state where cannabis sales reached a record $171 million in July of this year, up 56 percent from a year ago,” says Ben Nikolaevsky, CEO of Pure Extracts. “Establishing Pure Extracts’ brands in the United States, the world’s largest and most important cannabis market, is an important milestone for our company.”
Veterans Invited to Oakland County Food Drive and Resource Fair
A number of community and veterans’ organizations are joining forces to host a food drive and special Veterans Resource Fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Hazel Park Community Center (620 West Woodward Heights in Hazel Park).
Oakland County Veterans’ Services has partnered with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Oakland Community Health Network, Oakland County Housing and Neighborhood Development, Oakland County Michigan Works!, and the South Oakland Area Regional Chamber of Commerce to offer food and a variety of resources to all veterans, as well as active duty, guard and reserve service men and women, and their families.
“Our communities continue to rebound from the pandemic, but we know our proud veterans, as well as active duty and reserve personnel, are still struggling,” says Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “They served us and now we’re serving them through resource fairs that provide food and other invaluable services, no matter their age, health or work status. Our goal is to help out as many local veterans and service personnel as possible.”
There is no cost to participate in this event, but registration is required here.
Products and services provided to veterans by Oakland County include:
- Free, nonperishable food boxes
- Completing an application for the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program
- Assistance from Oakland County Housing and Neighborhood Development, with completing a rent, mortgage and utility relief grant application and housing counseling career planning, training programs, and job search resources on a priority basis from Oakland County Michigan Works!
- Counseling to address behavioral health issues and other concerns from the Oakland Community Health Network
“There are about 60,000 U.S. veterans in Oakland County and, while the majority of them are financially stable, we know there are many who aren’t,” says Garth Wootten, manager of Oakland County Veterans’ Services. “They have certainly earned our help. This resource fair will provide food for their families and introduce them to the variety of services available to them today, from disability compensation to VA health care to employment services and more.”
Value City Furniture Hosting Detroit-area Hiring Events Aug. 25
Value City Furniture will be hosting open interviews for full- and part-time positions at ALL Detroit-area store locations on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Potential applicants should plan to bring several copies of their resume.
These hiring events will focus specifically on sales associate, office, and warehouse support positions. There is no advance registration required. Offers to qualified applicants will be made on the spot.
The safety of Value City Furniture employees and guests is our top priority. All current associates will be wearing masks. Masks also are strongly recommended for applicants interviewing for open positions.
Henry Ford Health System to Host Hiring Open House Aug. 24
Henry Ford Health System will host in-person open house hiring events at multiple locations from 1-4 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Full-time, part-time and contingent opportunities are available in a variety of job categories.
All attendees must wear a mask, pass COVID-19 screening, and follow social distancing guidelines while in Henry Ford facilities. Open house events will be for employment opportunities at Henry Ford Hospital, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and Henry Ford Allegiance Health.
All Henry Ford team members are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. For more information which open house to attend for certain positions, visit here.
Branch Out Productions Brings Block Party Film to Grand Rapids
African American led production company, Branch Out Productions, has started pre-production on its next film, “Block Party,” which will be filmed in Grand Rapids.
Branch Out will be hiring a Michigan-based casting director and will conduct auditions later this month.
With a story by Grand Rapids native and Branch Out Productions president, Lisa Mathis, “Block Party” is a family comedy in the vein of “Barbershop” and “The Best Man Holiday.” The film will be directed by Dawn Wilkinson and is in final negotiations with several actors including Antoinette Robertson, Oscar-nominated Margaret Avery, Birgundi Baker, Emmy-nominated John Amos, Luenell, and Charlyne Yi. Additionally, “Block Party” will feature a variety of local actors and performers to round out the ensemble cast.
“Our comedy, ‘Block Party,’ is set in Michigan, so it is important to add in as much regional flavor as possible,” says Lisa Mathis, president of Branch Out Productions. “We’re making an extra effort to cast locally while bringing more jobs to Michigan to strengthen our hub for diverse actors, producers and filmmakers. We believe casting local actors is good for the economy and good for creativity.”
The first shoot date is scheduled for September 2021. Principal photography also begins this September in Grand Rapids. For more information on Branch Out Productions, please visit here.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities Prep 400+ Donated Backpacks with School Supplies
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the Detroit-based organization that provides food, clothing, and human development programs, is packing more than 400 donated backpacks with school supplies on August 24 at 4390 Conner St. in from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The backpacks will be distributed later in the week to K-12 students in the Detroit area. Br. Gary Wegner, executive director and Br. Fred Cabras, social work manager of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen will be in attendance, along with Adam Perry, director of the Center for the Works of Mercy, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan will be in attendance.
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph and has ministries in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana. The Capuchins are primarily funded by donations.
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan provides programs and services that offer help and hope to over 20,000 people annually throughout the six counties served by the Archdiocese of Detroit. For more information, please visit www.ccsem.org.
LGBTQ+ Women-owned Viva La Vida Imports Opens Storefront in Eastern Market
Viva La Vida Imports, an Eastern Market pop-up shop since 2016 specializing in crafted goods by indigenous artisans in Mexico, has opened a brick-and-mortar storefront at 2510 Market St., Suite B.
Hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Owners Diana Miranda and Paola Portillo manage the shop, stocked with footwear, apparel, jewelry, accessories, and exclusive seasonal items, all hand-picked by the duo. They have established long-term relationships with indigenous Mexican artists, creating a space for Fair Trade Certified handmade products.
“As Mexican immigrants, bringing elements of our authentic culture to different parts of Detroit and exposing more Detroiters to diverse, fair-trade products is one thing we’re excited to do,” says co-owner Diana Miranda. “Expanding Mexican attractions beyond the Southwest Detroit district shows our culture is integrated throughout the whole city and Metro Detroit.”
The pandemic has allowed the two to focus solely on their roles as owners of Viva La Vida Imports. Facing the pandemic shutdowns, Miranda and Portillo chose to focus solely on their own business and shift to an entirely online model for a time.
“Being forced to shift our structure during the pandemic was for the better, as it has helped revolutionize our business,” says Portillo.