These great old pictures of Blissfield, Michigan come from the Growing Up in Blissfield Facebook page. The Rusted Roost building - previously known as The Tavern and Coon's Tavern - can be seen in many of the shots.
To learn more about our historic building and see pictures of the architectural elements that make it such a wonderful space, visit the Our Story page.
He’s a Blissfield native who works as a paramedic, helping people in need all over Lenawee and Monroe Counties.
She’s a small-town Ohio writer who’s had jobs in bookstores and offices, but was most inspired while serving the public as a barista.
He’s Ben. She’s Lindsey. Together, the Forches have two cute kids, a big dog, and a great little shop - The Steam Inn Coffee Room. It’s located inside the historic Rusted Roost Marketplace in downtown Blissfield.
“Ben and I first talked about opening a bar in 2008,” Lindsey recalled. “My uncle owned bars when I was little, and the atmosphere there always felt electric - like anything could happen.”
As she and Ben got interested in craft beer, they decided to start a brewery. Ben even studied the craft beverage business through Portland State University. “That idea evolved when I read an article in Food & Wine about the trend of coffee and beer," Lindsey said. "Since I always loved working in coffee shops, we chose to open both a brewery and a coffee shop in one.”
“But when we saw the Rusted Roost building, we realized the coffee concept would fit better in the upper floor and the brewery could work in the basement, so we separated the two,” Lindsey said. The brewery is still in the planning stages.
“All of our coffee and espresso is direct-trade from Actual Coffee in Toledo,” said Ben. “Once you try it, you'll know the difference. It's smooth, nuanced, and complex. All the coffees we brew are of light to medium roast. You can truly taste the flavors in them.”
“And we make all of the classic cafe drinks, like lattes and cappuccinos,” Lindsey added. “You can also try specialty drinks, like our honey lavender latte or the toasted marshmallow mocha.”
Steam Inn Coffee Room also offers Arbor Teas. Lindsey recommends the London Fog. “It’s an Earl Grey latte with lavender and vanilla." She also likes a latte made with macadamia milk or a grassy tea.
Ben’s favorite? “The espresso is amazing and one of the reasons we were drawn to Actual Coffee. Sometimes I'll have a Red-Eye or just a double-shot of espresso.”
“The Steam Inn Coffee Room is original," he says. “We've worked hard to provide the quality and atmosphere that people expect in bigger towns like Ann Arbor.”
Lindsey agreed. “We’re in a historic hotel, which is already pretty awesome. But also, everything in our shop - from our decor to our inventory - is something I stand behind. I’m a natural curator, and I have a passion for putting everything I love in one place.”
“We feel so fortunate to be able to bring what we love about good coffee shops - the craft and the vibe - to our little town.”
The Rusted Roost website has been acknowledged with an Honorable Mention certificate from the 2018 MarCom Awards. The MarComs honor excellence in marketing and communication.
Since its founding in 2004, the MarCom Awards has evolved into one of the largest, most respected creative competitions in the world, receiving about 6,000 entries annually from dozens of countries.
Our website and Facebook page are run by Scott Greggory of Rancid Mayonnaise Creative and ScottVoiceovers.com. He's also the Chief Creative Officer of MadAveGroup and has earned more than 120 awards for his work.
That's a comment we've heard many times. And we hope that knowledge comes in handy for you. During the Christmas season it can get pretty chilly in southern Michigan, so stop in anytime you need to warm up.
While you're here, enjoy a walk through all the gifts, home decor accessories, unique farm antiques and architectural salvage items. There's bound to be something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. For you, too, of course.
Not sure what your loved ones might like? Give Rusted Roost gift certificates and send your friends and family members on a fun journey through our nearly 150-year-old building. They'll love the experience.
Thank you for your support during our first year. We wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.
The Coca-Cola advertising piece above features the Coke Sprite Boy, a character that appeared in the company's ads between 1942 and 1958. He's shown wearing a bottle cap, which was one of his two hats. He wore a soda jerk's hat in other ads.
Roughly 3-1/2 feet high, the circular sign would make a bold statement, whether it hangs in a kitchen or bar area, or becomes part of a Coke collection.
The Sprite Boy was designed by Muskegon, Michigan native Haddon Sundblom, the artist who also created the Coca-Cola Santa. In the 1930s, Sundblom's iconic interpretation pretty much defined how Americans began to think of Santa Claus, and how we still think of him today.
Here are two other ads that feature the Sprite Boy, who, by the way, is not affiliated with the beverage Sprite. That soft drink was not introduced until 1961, several years after Coke officially retired their cheerful mascot.
If you're looking for something new to collect, consider old coolers and thermoses. We've had many in the shop, and we love their style, their colors, and the labels and fonts that show off their brand names.
Vintage coolers and thermoses can make a great-looking display in an organized grouping on shelves or when placed more sporadically around a kitchen or family room.
They can also bring back wonderful memories of picnics and those trips to the beach decades ago.
You may not immediately think of a graveyard as a place of beauty, but, as is so often the case, it's all in how you choose to look at it.
These final resting places are often peaceful spots for contemplation where we can pray or show our respect, even for those who passed a century or more before we were born.
And the headstones, like these we found in the Saline area, are frequently simple works of art that not only mark the presence of those below them, but capture the style of their era.
So, this Halloween season, if you drive by an old cemetery, consider stopping and taking a walk through it, not in search of something spooky, but in expectation of something beautiful.
You may not know the name Sylvan Goldman, but you certainly know what he invented: the grocery cart.
Many decades ago, Mr. Goldman owned the Humpty Dumpty grocery store chain in Oklahoma City. It occurred to him one day that if his customers had a convenient way to carry more items, they might buy more items. He got to tinkering, and debuted his first grocery cart in June of 1937.
So, how might you use the wonderful vintage grocery cart shown above in your home?
1) If you collect old packaging - detergent or cereal boxes, pop bottles, cleaning products, etc. - you could display your examples in the cart.
2) A giant Boston fern would look great in this cart with its fronds flowing over the top and between the gaps in the metal wire.
3) What if house guests walked into your bathroom and saw the cart filled with a tall stack of bath towels?
No matter how it's used, this cart will make for an interesting conversation piece in just about any home.
There’s something about this scale that drew us in; something that made us want to know more about it.
Maybe it’s the bright blue color, or the encircled numbers on the face. Or maybe it’s that name: Pelouze Family Scale.
Yes, it was that name that got us started. We searched “Pelouze” online and found that this piece was made in Chicago by the Pelouze Scale and Manufacturing Company, which was founded in 1894.
The man who started that company - William Pelouze - had a Michigan connection: he and his brothers attended the Michigan Military Academy in Oakland County. After moving to Chicago, though, Pelouze became one of the town’s movers and shakers, growing his business, starting new ventures, championing civic causes, and contributing to the city’s plan for the 20th century.
We're blessed to live and work in an area with a rich agricultural history. And so, alongside the new corn and wheat that rise from the soil each year, there are beautiful old barns that continue to stand through the decades in proud celebration of the farming life. They're mouments to an earlier time; painted wooden odes to hard work, family and self-sufficiency. Yet, we're losing them quickly. So take time to appreciate these very special structures while you can. They're an important part of America's heritage and our life in southeast Michigan.
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