Living in the Great Lakes region, you probably know about and celebrate Sweetest Day. Celebrated annually on the third Saturday in October, I like to call it our fall Valentine’s Day sans all the hype, anxiety and pressure.

 But what is Sweetest Day and why isn’t it celebrated across the United States?

The first Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee created the day. His goal was to bring happiness to people that were shut-in hospitals, orphans and others that may have been forgotten.

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Today, the holiday is celebrated the 3rd week in October. The top states for Sweetest Day sales are Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Texas and Florida.

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People assume Sweetest Day is only for romantic love, but it’s a day to show love to everyone! Spread the love. Say a kind word. Give someone a card. Call an old friend. Enjoy a nice dinner with the ones you love.

But, who says you can’t radiate this loving energy throughout the month, season, and year!

Here are a few local ways to extend your own personal Sweetest Day holiday with the ones you love:

Have a Nice Dinner

Who doesn’t love food?


Restaurants like Primanti Bros. in Novi offer late night dinner deals like half-off burgers and appetizers.

And if you are looking for something fancy, Texas de Brazil takes reservations until 9:30 pm.

Netflix and Chill

Do we need to say anymore?


Go to a Cider Mill

If you don’t get a chance to make it out this weekend, you can enjoy cider and donuts all month long.

Here is a list of ciders mills in the area.


Come to the Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Yep! You read that correctly…

Custom designed with programming to engage, inspire, and serve the entire family, the Ford Resource & Engagement Centers offer free services, groceries, mentoring programs, extracurricular activities, and fun seasonal family events. Stop by and see us…and stay tuned for our upcoming Halloween events!

From the FREC family to your family, we hope you’ll make every day the Sweetest Day!

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Kyla Heat

Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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