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Superfly Kids finds flyaway success with superhero capes business

What started as a sewing hobby has achieved liftoff for a pair of intrepid entrepreneurs in Livonia.

Excerpt:

"...one Michigan company is moving faster than a speeding bullet — by  selling superhero capes.

Livonia-based Superfly Kids makes and sells capes — custom capes, to be exact — for kids and a few adults. And their sales have taken off like, well, Superman.

From 2010 to this year, the company, owned by Holly Bartman and Justin Draplin, has seen its revenues leap from about $260,000 to an estimated $2.4 million. They are expected to double next year."

More here.

Rainbow Loom bracelet kit is nation's hot craze this summer

Metro Detroit inventor Cheong-Choon Ng has a hit on his hands. Youth across the country are keeping their hands busy with this new bracelet kit.

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"First there were slap bracelets, then friendship wristlets and Silly Bandz, and now comes the newest youth accessory obsession, the Rainbow Loom. It differs from its predecessors in that kids can express their creativity by forming the colorful rubber-band bracelets themselves. 

"We are selling the Rainbow Loom like crazy!" says Christine Gorham, owner of Cherry Hill's Sweet & Sassy. The summer obsession, also sold at Learning Express, Michaels, Hallmark, and various independently owned toy stores as well as online, is flying off shelves so quickly that stores can't keep them in stock for long..."

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It's cider mill season in Metro Detroit

Fall has officially landed, which means that cider and donuts are on the menu. Patch has put together a round up of local cider mills that should put you in an autumnal mood.
 
Sample:
 
Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill
 
New this year to the popular autumn destination is a haunted 3D maze and a "zombie paintball safari." Other tried-and-true attractions include train rides, hay rides, pony rides, a straw maze, story book barn, animal petting farm, barnyard funland, straw mountain and more. Blake's also offer u-pick fruits and vegetables and a store filled with tasty treats and fresh apple cider. 
 
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Got Mud? 24th Annual Mud Day is good dirty fun

Man, where was this event when I was a kid? The Freep offers up this awesome video of Hines Park's mud day, where thousands of kids and hundreds of tons of top soil mixed for good dirty fun.

Mud Day in Metro Detroit from Eric Seals on Vimeo.


It's official: world's youngest professional drummer lives in Macomb

Okay, this Macomb musical prodigy is seven years old. Seven! Julian Pavone recorded his first CD at 20 months. He has appeared on about 150 television and news shows. And now he's in the Guinness Book of Records.

Feel inadequate yet?

Excerpt:

"Julian Pavone was certified as of March 21, 2010, when he was 5 years, 10 months and 3 days old, Guinness announced Tuesday.

The rules for London-based Guinness say a drummer must play on at least one commercial record and be paid for the work. The drummer also must have given at least 20 concerts of 45 minutes or longer within five years."

Read more here.

Watch the video here.


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