It’s taken nearly 30 years for Sweet Potato Sensations to become an overnight success.

This stalwart Detroit business, which serves up numerous tasty sweet potatobased concoctions (even sweet potato ice cream), got started as a cookie-making operation out of the home of Cassandra and Jeffery Thomas, two of the four owners. The business is now a brightly colored bakery/café on Lahser Road. The last couple of years have seen Cassandra on the cover of Hour Detroit and the company the recipient of an expansion grant from the New Economy Initiative. Hillary Clinton even stopped by in July during a visit to the city (she ordered the cobbler, among other items).

The recent surge of appreciation for the Thomas’s efforts shouldn’t obscure the fact that their small business has been hitting big targets for a long time, providing desserts to major gatherings in metro Detroit.

You don’t need to be hosting thousands to serve the company’s treats at your next event, though—Sweet Potato Sensations caters events of varying size. Or just place an order for items like sweet potato coconut pie or candied yams and pick them up yourself at the bakery in Eastern Market.

It began as the first Cadillac dealership outside of Detroit, then became a roller rink in the 1950s. Now, the High Five GR is reopened as a premier event space in downtown Grand Rapids. The original roller rink hardwood floors remain, as do the vaulted ceilings and oversized arched windows that showcase the city lights. What’s new is a state-of-the-art a/v system and an event team that can create custom floorplans and organize set up/teardown and load in/out logistics.


The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.


When Alex Clark first opened Bon Bon Bon in 2014, Detroit, Michigan, was in for a sweet treat. It was inside this intimate factory and storefront that chocolate connoisseurs were first welcomed to come together and experience not only delicious chocolate but also the fascinating French techniques that go into the making of these chocolates.