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The Cupcake Station has opened up in downtown Plymouth.  According to its website, it is the third southeastern Michigan location for this franchise.

According to its Facebook page, the “grand opening” was yesterday, but I had in mind that it had been open for a week or so.  It occupies part of what used to be Gabriala’s on Main Street, across from Kellogg Park.

The store looks nice and I’m betting the cupcakes are good.

Check out its website.



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Finally Plymouth’s beloved Burger Spot has re-opened.  It was closed for months for “remodeling” but there was actually a change in ownership.  The remodeling did occur and the place looks quite nice, but the temporary closure was more than about just aesthetics.

A few of the things that made the Burger Spot great remain unchanged.  The hamburgers taste about the same and the french fries are delicious as always.

But, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, more has changed than remained the same.  First, there is only one (1) type of true hamburger.  You get a choice of standard toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions.)  Gone are the dozen or so varieties of (beef) hamburgers the classic Burger Spot used to carry.

Second, salads and similar menu items have disappeared entirely.  There are a number of different sandwiches but I didn’t pay much attention to that side of the menu.  I went to the Burger Spot for a burger, not a sandwich.

Third, while there is only one hamburger, there are three other types of “burgers,” e.g. vegetarian and turkey.  I accidentally ordered the Greek Burger, thinking it was a beef hamburger with feta and tzatziki sauce.  I bit into it to discover that it was a vegetarian burger — clearly marked on the menu as such; my fault, not the restaurant’s.  While I wanted beef, I must admit that it was the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever had! By miles!

The limited menu is disappointing.  I think the new ownership, in my opinion, has changed one of the key things that made the Burger Spot the best.  But the menu that they do offer, though limited, is very good!

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On Thursday, April 15th, from 6 p.m. to midnight, there were be a pub-n’-grub crawl in downtown Plymouth, which will include these bars and restaurants:

  • Ironwood Grill
  • Penn Grill
  • Sean O’Callaghan’s
  • E. G. Nick’s
  • 1999 Tavern

The cost is $5 per adult for buffets at all five pubs, a T-shirt & raffle ticket.  Raffle proceeds will benefit local charities.

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At least I’m declaring it that. A beautiful day combined with lots of eager celebrants = busy bars and restaurants, no doubt busier than a normal weekday St. Patrick’s Day.

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I apologize ahead of time for this post being more personal and less about the Plymouth community more broadly. I can’t help myself though, I’m so pumped.

Our family and friends, including a number of folks from here in town, will be gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall (K of C #3292) on Lilley Road this coming Saturday for our Second Annual Burns Night. If you don’t know what Burns Night or a Burns Supper is, it’s a dinner party to honor Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns. Burns
Suppers are typically held on or around his January 25 birthday. More than celebrating the poet, Burns Night is about celebrating Scotland’s history, literature and culture. And they’re a helluva lot of fun.

The evening involves toasts of whiskey, saluting and eating haggis and enjoy other really good Scottish dishes and desserts. Of course gentlemen that have kilts (like me) wear them and a piper provides the music.

We hosted a Burns Supper two years ago in our home and things were a bit tight. We had dinner at another couple’s host last year but decided to try our own party, this time at a hall or restaurant.

I can tell you that I was disappointed that (a few) local restaurants were not interested in working with us to get the necessary ethnic food. It is apparently customary not to permit outside food at rented restaurants. However, the restaurant could always order the food needed and charge the celebrants extra for the inconvenience, but they’d rather not do that apparently.

The Knights of Columbus gave us a great rate and we’ll have a nice space. I look forward to holding our party there.

How does this tie in to Plymouth? I see this event happening with our group every year and, in fact, I fully expect it to get bigger. I have this idea — vision, pipe dream perhaps — of this evolving into a community-wide event. It’s kind of exciting to see it that way.

If you’re by the K of C Saturday night, look for the kilts and listen for the bagpipes. That’ll be us.

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I received this email from the Salvation Army’s Plymouth Corps.  Plymouth area volunteers should be proud of their accomplishments during this Red Kettle Campaign

Dear Friends:

We here at The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps want to offer a warm and heart felt thank you to everyone who donated their time, talents and monies to help support our 2009 Thanksgiving and Christmas programs.

We have over 1,100 volunteers in the Plymouth Corps Volunteer First data base and it is through our volunteers’ commitment to The Salvation Army that we successfully completed another blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

We wanted to share with you an update on the current status of our fund raising campaign and holiday assistance given to those in need.

The overall Christmas fund raising goal is $315,000. We have received $272,069, or 86% of the goal to date. We will wrap up the fund raising campaign at the end of January 2010. With your help, $212,104 was collected in the Red Kettles; additionally, we have received $59,965 in cash or check donations at our Corps office in Plymouth.

Just to share some seasonal stats:
Our Christmas Toy Towne assisted 354 families which included 1,215 children.
Our Christmas Food for Seniors & Singles assisted 29 families.
Our Thanksgiving food distribution assisted 358 families including 1,268 children.
Our Coats 4 Kids assisted 130 families including 296 children.
Our Back 2 School Blitz assisted 140 families including 307 children.

And to recap our volunteered hours:
Our Thanksgiving programs:
17 volunteers packed boxes for a total of 42.50 hours
42 volunteers assisted with the distribution for a total of 91 hours

Our Christmas programs:
Toy Towne Preparation 99 volunteers with a total of 594 hours
Toy Towne Distribution 213 volunteers with a total of 1,491 hours
Christmas Application Processing 7 volunteers with a total of 60 hours.

Additional Front Desk coverage 9 volunteers with a total of 145 hours.
Food Pantry Assistance 8 volunteers with a total of 20 hours.

And let us not forget those brave and hearty individuals, who stood in the cold, rain and snow to ring bells during the Red Kettle Campaign.

Once again, our community is blessed with wonderful volunteers!! Thank you for stepping up to help those in need. Without your continued support, we would have never been able to assist the many families and individuals during this past holiday season.

Have a Blessed and Happy 2010

The Plymouth Corp Staff
The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps

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A new bar and grill has opened downtown. The Rock Bar & Grill is located at 844 Penniman Avenue, next to the Post Office, in downtown Plymouth.

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