Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 6:30 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 Survival of family-owned businesses is a daunting proposition when you consider that 70 percent fail during the transition from the first generation to the second. Making it through the challenges to the third and fourth generations is even dicier. Which makes companies such as Mans Lumber, Kar’s Nuts, Sanders Fine Chocolates and DWM Holdings shine, having withstood the test of time. Mans Lumber in Trenton was started in 1900 by Nicholas August Mans, who sold coal and peat in the Downriver area. The business, which today includes two lumberyards and two kitchen and bath design showrooms in Trenton and Canton, has 135 employees. Doug Mans, president, began working for the business while in high school. “You started at the bottom and worked your way up,” said Mans. He spent summers working in the lumber yard, waiting on … [Read more...] about How family businesses like Sanders Chocolates have survived
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Khristi Zimmeth Special to The Detroit News Published 5:18 PM EST Nov 22, 2018 As the world awaits the latest royal baby to be born to Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle -- now Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex -- a quick scan of any newsstand in the U.S. and Great Britain is enough to prove that royal watching remains a popular pastime. Linda Tucker inherited a small – approximately 3 ¾-inches by 3 ¼ -- porcelain mug that commemorated Queen Victoria’s 1897 diamond jubilee from her grandparents. “Every school child got one of these,” she told appraiser Brian Thomczek at a recent appraisal held at the Michigan Design Center in Troy. The design includes a crest with a lion and a unicorn and a variety of words in French. It says “Made in Germany” on the bottom, something Thomczek said “was probably Albert’s influence, since he was German.” While reproductions are common, the provenance and apparent age led … [Read more...] about Trash or Treasure: Royal watching still popular pastime
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader WorldViews by Amanda Erickson by Amanda Erickson Email the author May 21 at 9:25 AM Email the author Meghan Markle waves Saturday as she rides in a carriage with her husband, Britain's Prince Harry, after their wedding at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/AP) A German television station is under fire for its royal wedding coverage. The public broadcast network ZDF used some loaded language to describe Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex. In one instance, a host asked, “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another replied: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat … [Read more...] about A German broadcaster called Meghan Markle ‘exotic.’ Viewers said it was racist.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Retropolis by DeNeen L. Brown by DeNeen L. Brown Email the author May 15 at 8:39 AM Email the author Queen Charlotte, left, and Meghan Markle. (Print Collector/Getty Images; Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images) Only six hours before their royal wedding, King George III met Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz for the first time. After a difficult storm-tossed journey at sea, the German princess had finally arrived from the German coast in London on Sept. 8, 1761, where George had been impatiently awaiting his chosen bride. He was 22; she was 17. When Charlotte was introduced to the king, she “threw herself at … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle, Queen Charlotte and the wedding of Britain’s first mixed-race royal
Tweet TweetLate last summer, my partner and I finally got to satisfy a long-held ambition, a road trip around of some of Europe’s most iconic routes, cities and attractions. For four glorious weeks we criss-crossed the continent, experiencing just a fraction of what was on offer. In this blog we look back at our trip and describe the pleasure of driving in Europe. Having arrived at Gatwick following our flight from Boston, we picked up our pre-booked rental van ready to start our journey. Naturally we chose London as our starting point as we were keen to take in some of the English capital’s top sights. My partner has a soft spot for the Royal Family so we particularly enjoyed visiting the Tower of London and Windsor Castle on day 1. From the fabulous aspects on the Thames to the pretty surrounds, these ancient royal monuments are a real treasure trove and beautifully located. After a few hours I was also more confident on driving on the left, which was completely alien to … [Read more...] about Our Van Trip