1. You won't need to place your sports bets in-person for much longer, because online gambling kicks off at noon in Michigan!
The state has approved 10 operators so far, which includes the three big ones in Detroit, others are scattered across Michigan. Although there are none here in Michigan, yet.
Many of the operators have their own individual platform provider for their sportsbooks and the tax rate varies a bit between different platforms and casinos.
Online gambling is expected to generate millions for state and local governments.
2. The West Michigan Whitecaps host a fundraiser every year for youth baseball leagues, the Tigers Foundation, and local charities. But this year's event is going virtual, and everyone can join.
The fundraiser kicks off at 7 p.m. next Thursday, January 28.
Organizers say they're packing nine innings of fun into about an hour. There'll be a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Whitecaps 2021 class, an auction with more than 100 items up for bid, and appearances by Tigers players and coaches.
For more information, visit whitecapscommunityfoundation.org.
3. Deep dish pizza is coming to downtown Grand Rapids. Mark Seller's new ghost kitchen, Loretta's Deep Dish, opens today ta 3.
It's located in the basement of Max's at 58 Ionia Avenue Southwest.
All of their dough and sauces are made in-house from scratch. They also serve appetizers, salads, and lasagna with homemade garlic bread.
Find them on Facebook, or order online at lorettasgr.com.
4. America Airlines is getting into the wine delivery business. The company rolled out a new program called American Airlines flagship cellars.
The monthly subscription starts at $99, which includes three bottles of wine with that option.
American Airlines is also offering single bottles, which range in price from about $13 to $40.
Airlines still aren't offering the number of flights they did pre-pandemic alcohol is banned in many cabins to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means there's a lot of leftover drinks that American Airlines is looking to cash in on.
5. Bernie Sanders is getting a bobblehead.
During President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, an image of Senator Sanders sitting on a folding chair went viral.
This image apparently inspired the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame to create their latest product, which is a figure of the independent senator from Vermont, complete with a mask.
The bobbleheads are expected to be available in May and will cost $25 each.