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Michigan Nonprofit Aims to Write a Brighter Future for Teens

It’s hard to think of a time in recent memory that that has been more fraught with verbal conflict than this. Possibly the anonymity of the internet is chiefly to blame. Maybe the culprit is our deeply divided political system...

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What to Do If You Find a Bird's Nest

This time of year bird nests begin to pop up all over the state, and often in some pretty unusual places. Here are some helpful hints from the Department of Natural Resources on what to do to help protect these...

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Mighty Mac Walk Brings Out Best of Michigan

Ever since 1958, people have been gathering in St Ignace and Mackinaw City on Labor Day for the rare opportunity to walk across the magnificent 5-mile span of the Mackinac Bridge. This year, it was a privilege to be among...

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DNR Seeks Merchandising Partners

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for some new partners to help support state parks, trails, and waterways through sales of branded and co-merchandised products made within the state. The idea was piloted earlier last year through a...

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10 Ways to Show Appreciation to Our Military Heroes

More than 2,000 Michiganders are actively serving in the military today, and 658,469 of our neighbors are veterans, according to the US Department of Veteran Affairs. They deserve our gratitude and support. May is Military Appreciation Month so here are...

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8 Sure Signs Spring Has Arrived in Michigan

Sure you can look at a calendar, and knowing that the Vernal Equinox has passed, determine that it’s spring, but what if it’s bitterly cold, or snow still blankets the ground? If you’re in Michigan, here are 8 easy ways...

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One Michigan Museum You Really Need to Visit

I’d driven by Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum many times on visits to Frankenmuth, but never stopped in, and now that I have, I realize it’s a very special place that many more people need to discover. Having seen the...

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New Effort Aims to Boost Michigan's Theatrical Community

Every once in a while an experience comes along that changes the course of your life, and sometimes even introduces you to people who want to take a similar journey. Such is the case with two Michigan girls who met...

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Detroit Kids Deserve Outdoor Adventures

When you grow up in a city, it’s easy to become somewhat immune to the charms of the surrounding landscape. Skyline structures have often replaced towering trees. Parks are limited to small spaces between city blocks. Transportation to nearby wilderness...

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Let's Spread More Michigan Positivity

Since the inception of the Buy Michigan Now campaign back in 2007, there have been a few ongoing observations that have gnawed at me, and I suspect many of you are aware of them too. First is the way our...

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Celebrating Black History Month in Michigan

February is Black History Month, making this a great time to pause and remember some of the many significant people and events that helped shape Michigan and the nation. Black people have been living in Michigan for nearly 250 years, arriving...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in February

February may be a short month, but there’s no shortage of ways for Michiganders to experience winter fun. These are just a dozen of the many awesome entertainment options from which to choose throughout the state. Jan 30-Feb 1 Ice Breakers...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in December

The holiday season is in full swing, bringing with it some delightful events to warm up your December. Dec 1-Jan 4 Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World – Grand Rapids A visit to Meijer Gardens is always a treat, but at...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in November

Naturally November makes our mouths water with anticipation of a Thanksgiving feast, but there are many other events that can be equally tantalizing throughout the month.   Nov 1-2 & Nov 8-9 Toast the Season– Leelanau Peninsula The wineries of Leelanau continue to...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in October

October is one of the absolute best months in Michigan. Cider mills, pumpkin patches, and football games are just a few of the many ways to enjoy this glorious time of year. Here are a dozen other great ways.   Oct 2-4...

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My Encounters as a Michigan Lighthouse Keeper-Pt 3

In Part 3 of a three-part series, guest writer, Colleen Kilpatrick. shares some of her experiences as a volunteer lighthouse keeper at Little Sable Lighthouse in Mears, Michigan.  Before volunteering at the lighthouse, I had the mistaken notion that people with...

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My Encounters as a Michigan Lighthouse Keeper-Pt 2

In Part 2 of a three-part series, guest writer, Colleen Kilpatrick. shares some of her experiences as a volunteer lighthouse keeper at Little Sable Lighthouse in Mears, Michigan. (Read Part 1) Dream Come True When I first saw the elderly woman, she...

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My Encounters as a Michigan Lighthouse Keeper-Pt 1

The first file in my file cabinet is labeled, “Fun Things to Do”. It’s not in alphabetical order as are all the other files in the cabinet. It’s front and center because the dreams and future experiences it holds are...

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Michigan Artists Collaborate to Tackle Eating Disorders

Michigan native, and star of the MTV original comedy Awkward, Jillian Rose Reed is taking on a new project that aims to use art as a means of unmasking the stigma associated with eating disorders. The global campaign is called Breaking...

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10 Ways to Celebrate Buy Michigan Week

Did you know that if every Michigan household shifted just $10 of our weekly spending to Michigan-made products collectively we would put around $38 million a week back into our local economy? That’s nearly $2 billion a year. All politics...

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Free Books Available to All Michigan Kids

It started as a simple idea in a living room. Menachem Kniespeck was convinced that children would do better in school with access to the proper supplies, so he began collecting pencils, paper, crayons, and glue to fill some backpacks,...

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These Boating Safety Tips May Save a Life

In a state where you are never more than six miles from a body of water, nor more than eighty five miles from a Great Lake, it’s no wonder that we love our boats so much. In fact, Michigan is...

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Eastern Market: Soulfully Good

Eight weeks ago I was experiencing a severe case of cabin fever which prompted me to jump in the car and head to Eastern Market for “something to do.”  I have lived in the Detroit area for my entire life...

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University Collaborations Drive Michigan's Economy

A group of Michigan’s research universities are partnering to offer Michigan businesses a chance to gain access to their faculty’s research and expertise. Known as the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), the six collaborating universities include: Michigan State, Michigan Tech,...

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Michigan Parks Mobilize

Michigan residents love our sports and the outdoors, and now there’s a free smart-phone app that will help us easily navigate Michigan’s most scenic and lively parks and recreation areas. The Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) partnered with Royal Oak-based...

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Are You the Willy Wonka of Michigan's Ice Cream World?

How does a free year’s supply of Hudsonville ice cream sound to you?   The company has a long history of using local ingredients and creating Michigan-inspired flavors like Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge®, Mackinac Island Fudge, Michigan Deer Traxx®, and Lake...

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Avoid Bambi: She Can Be a Killer

I’ve been traveling Hines Drive, near Detroit, most of my life, and have never seen a deer, so I suppose that can lull one into complacency. It wasn’t even early morning hours when Bambi leapt from the woods right toward the road...

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Who Really Wins at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids?

Grand Rapids recently hosted ArtPrize from September 19th through October 7th, for the fourth straight year. For those not familiar with the event, it is an international open artist competition with a grand prize of $200,000. Only one Michigan artist has come...

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Labor Movement Has Deep Roots in Michigan

These days for most people, Labor Day means a last long look at summer. Jazz fills the air in Detroit and thousands of people take a stunningly beautiful stroll across the Mackinac Bridge. Boats leave their docks with swimmers onboard...

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Exploring Hemingway's Michigan

Michigan recently played host to the 15th Biennial International Conference of The Hemingway Society, an organization founded in 1980 and dedicated to the study of the works and the life of the late writer Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway spent his formative...

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Hope Is Rising for Under-Employed 18-24 Year Olds

Beverly Thomas’ face lights up like only a mother’s can when she talks about the vocational education at Focus: HOPE. “That training is for real,” she says.  According to Thomas, “When our youngest son graduated from our homeschool in 2000, we knew...

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Can Cash Mobs Spur Sales?

Ever since the story broke about a Cash Mob descending on a family-owned hardware store in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, people around the nation have longed to create the same effect on local shops they love. The idea is fairly simple. Pick a...

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Kids Celebrate Cloverleaf's Birthday and Michigan's

Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant is celebrating a big slice of Detroit pizza history this year. It’s the 65th anniversary of their introduction of Michigan’s original deep-dish pizza recipe. Cloverleaf’s famous original deep-dish pizza was first introduced to Detroit in 1946 by founder...

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Ann Arbor Women to Swim the Channel for a Cure

An Olympic flag adorns the wall of U of M’s Canham Natatorium, and beneath it an electronic clock counts its way down to the Summer Games in London. Typically it’s meant to motivate swimmers who aim to represent their nation on...

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Shop Worth a Stop: Half Mile Handmade

Located just inland from Lake Huron, and north of Saginaw, Bay City is somewhat unique as the home to four modern drawbridges: Liberty Bridge, Veterans Memorial Bridge, Independence Bridge, and Lafayette Avenue Bridge. They enable traffic to flow between the east and west sides of...

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Shop Worth a Stop: Art Is In Market

Most of the time when seeking out one of these retail locations that is truly Michigan-centric, we skip the malls. It’s hard to find too many local shops that can afford the higher rent that comes with being alongside the...

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Shop Worth a Stop: Heart of Michigan

The tiny hamlet of Howell is a bit off the beaten path, yet totally worth the trip. Located just off of Interstate-96 between Detroit and Lansing, this charming town with a population of less than 10,000 is home to a...

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Michigan Craft Spirit Maker Takes Top Honors

Michigan has quite a bit in common with Scandinavia: peninsulas, water, fishing, cold winters, and now highly acclaimed versions of Aquavit, thanks to Long Road Distillery. The Grand Rapids-based company’s version of the popular Scandinavian spirit recently earned Best in...

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Michigan Shop Worth a Stop: Old Town General Store

With attention frequently focused on the capitol, the convention center area, or Spartan country, the quaint neighborhood of Lansing known as “Old Town” is sometimes overlooked. In fact it was, for several years, but is now enjoying a rebirth thanks...

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Bell's Brewery Adds 2nd Generation Leadership

Just two months old when the company began, Laura Bell, has been named chief executive officer of the brewing dynasty her father founded in 1985. Originally known as Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery is now considered to be the seventh...

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Michigan Shop Worth a Stop: My Secret Stash

No trip to the Traverse City area would be complete without wandering downtown and popping into a bevy of locally-owned boutiques and eateries. One such shop, My Secret Stash, is definitely worth a stop. Sharing its name with a bath...

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Michigan Shop Worth a Stop: The Detroit Mercantile Company

Detroit’s Eastern Market has long been a destination to shop for local goods, though in most cases that meant food and foliage. That is until the doors opened at The Detroit Mercantile Company. The red brick walls, blocked lettering above...

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10 Tips for Surviving Entrepreneurship

This week I’m celebrating fifteen years as an entrepreneur, and thankfully I’ve learned some things along the way. For those who take this particular plunge, it is rarely a simple path. The most common warning you hear from entrepreneurs who...

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2016 Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

The Buy Michigan Now campaign is dedicated to helping businesses succeed in Michigan, and creating awareness of products made here.  For the fifth straight year, in conjunction with our events, we’re giving one new business-owner a chance to win free...

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How to Win the Money to Open a Michigan Business

Some people dream of coming up with the “Big idea" in order to open a business. Others want to be their own boss so badly that entrepreneurship is about starting “Any” viable business. The approaches may be different, but inevitably...

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Motor City Bait Wins Entrepreneur Contest

We’re delighted to announce that Gordon Cepnick, owner of Motor City Bait  in West Bloomfield is the Grand Prize winner of our 2015 Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest. The competition is designed to promote awareness of new products being made in...

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Hudsonville Ice Cream Is Bringing Simple Back

For those of us who partake, ice cream is truly one of life’s simple pleasures. In recent years, while the flavors have grown increasingly varied, many of the formulas have grown complex. Questions have arisen about ingredients, and in particular...

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Enter Our Up and Coming Entrepreneur Contest

For the fourth consecutive year, in conjunction with the Buy Michigan Now Festival, we are giving one new business-owner a chance to win free marketing exposure worth more than $1,000 via our Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest.    Last year’s winner was Jonathan Ramer. His Grand...

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Growing Your Business Through Social Media

Let’s face it social media is here to stay.  If you are a small or medium size business, you and your marketing department are juggling all the other things you have to do every day and the last thing on...

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Duck Dynasty and the Misunderstanding of Rights in the Workplace

A&E recently suspended Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson "indefinitely" for comments he made in a GQ interview regarding his views on homosexuality and race relations.  This suspension and those comments erupted into a cultural firestorm. The bulk of that discussion, however, was based...

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Downtown Market Is the Latest Grand Rapids Jewel

A visit to the Downtown Market, one of Grand Rapids latest gems, conjures up images of one of Detroit’s best attributes, Eastern Market. The resemblance is palpable, from the long covered sidewalk that can fill with additional vendors for special...

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The Lost Art of Storytelling

You may think you know your story. You may even know details and dates that are important parts of it. But I’m willing to bet you don’t know the whole story, even though you’ve lived it. In a way, we are...

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Purchasing Assets Out of Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can have negative connotations, but a Chapter 11 reorganization is also a phenomenal and beneficial tool to keep a business alive and pay creditors. It can also be a way for another company to obtain valuable assets...

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Those Who Can’t Find It, Make It

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  In the entrepreneurial world that often manifests itself in the would-be customer creating a business.  Such is the case with Staci Dietzel, nurse, mom, and founder of RunnerBox in Dewitt, Michigan. An avid...

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2012's Entrepreneurial Up and Comer: Crunch Granola

Last year, Buy Michigan Now hosted our first Up and Coming Entrepreneur Contest to help a worthy new business get exposure and marketing support. The Grand Prize Winner was Crunch Granola of Walled Lake. So many of our fans voted...

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West Michigan Restaurateurs Take Innovative Approach to Financing

Chef Matthew Millar gestures animatedly toward the countryside outside his window when asked why he and his business partner decided to open their ambitious new restaurant St. Anthony in a sleepy tourist town in Michigan. “There is so much to feel...

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Expand into New Markets with a Strategic Alliance

The key to growing your business is to discover creative ways to expand and develop into new markets. Strategic business alliance relationships have grown popular and serve as a means for both parties to increase their brand awareness and capital, without expending...

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Start-ups Need to Understand Wage and Overtime Laws

All employers are generally required to comply with federal and state laws applicable to paying employee wages. There are various nuances and exceptions that need to be discussed with an experienced employment attorney, but here is an overview of state...

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Your Million Dollar Idea Could Be Somebody Else's

Everyone is searching for a million dollar idea.  It’s interwoven in the fabric of the American Dream, where the goal is to be as successful as you want to be. Let’s be honest – there are only so many ideas that...

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40 Plus Tips for Using LinkedIn Effectively

LinkedIn is THE most important business networking site there is. The challenge is most people think of it like it’s one of those late night infomercials…you know “set it and forget it.” LinkedIn is like EVERY other networking opportunity there...

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Can You Start a Business AND Keep Your Day Job?

There are many people out there that dream of owning their own business, but never make the leap. They believe they would need to walk away from the comfort of a regular paycheck, and maybe even health benefits, if they...

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Corp Magazine Honors Agriculture & Food Industries

“I feel like I’m in a room full of giants,” remarked one attendee at Corp! Magazine’s inaugural awards breakfast honoring members of the food and agriculture industries, which took place November 15, 2012 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.  It was an...

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New Personal Amphibious Vehicle Is Michigan-Made

If a waverunner and a 4-wheeler were to have a baby, the result would probably be something like the new Quadski coming out of Auburn Hills, Michigan, from a company called Gibbs Sports Amphibian. Introduced at a press conference in Detroit...

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Arcadia Ales Expands to Kalamazoo

It's Michigan Craft Beer Month, and with good reason.  This growing industry is a true bright spot on the state's economic horizon, contributing more than $24 million in wages, according the the Michigan Brewer's Guild.  In fact, there are now nearly...

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Crunch Granola Snags Top Prize in Contest

Entrepreneur Christine Stamper told me the phone has been ringing off the hook since we announced her company, Crunch Granola, as the grand prize winner of BMN’s Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest. That was music to my ears, as that is...

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Tastes & Tunes of Michigan Featured in Texas Festival

Every spring film and music enthusiasts from around the world flock to Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest (SXSW).  The gigantic street festival that began in 1987 has become a renown showcase for brands as well as entertainment.  This year it featured some of...

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Sandhill Crane Vineyards Adds Café

A glass of wine can be a delight on its own, but pair it with the right food and the result can move the experience from sipping a tantalizing beverage to a culinary feast for all the senses. Visitors to Sandhill...

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Michigan Brands Coupled for New Opportunities

They say opposites attract, though it's usually in reference to romantic entanglements.  This Valentine's Day we thought we'd take a look at some unique brand couples that are causing a stir. Pickle Potato Chips If you’ve ever gone to a great deli and...

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Levin Announces Passage of Defense Bill

At the end of the year, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced the authorization of funding for programs with the potential to tap into Michigan’s manufacturing and research strengths in the National Defense Authorization...

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Five 2012 To Do's Every Entrepreneur Should Consider

Ideally plans for a new year, should be created in the previous year to hit the ground running, but truthfully, many entrepreneurs are so busy during the hectic fourth quarter, that planning for the new year often falls by the...

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10 Michigan-Made Gift Ideas for Dad

Americans are expected to spend nearly $14.3 billion celebrating their fathers this year. Keeping those dollars close to home creates an enormous economic opportunity for our state. There are a multitude of ways to salute dad with locally-produced gifts, and...

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1 Tip and 4 Ways to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

While much of the libation attention in the state in recent years has been on the enormous growth in popularity and quality of the craft beer industry, our wineries have earned high acclaim as well. For example, earlier this year, Wine...

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Graduation Gift Ideas from Michigan

All over the state kids are donning caps and gowns while the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance fill the air. Next come the graduation parties and the inevitable gifts. Sure, there’s always cash in a card, but if you want...

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New Brews Are Springing Up in Michigan

March not only marks the return of greenery and baseball, in many cases it also harkens in the release of some of Michigan’s most popular and unique brews. You’ll notice an influx of wheat and fruit in most of these...

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12 Michigan Wineries Partner Under One Roof

Traveling from vineyard to vineyard tasting fruit of the vine along one of Michigan’s wine trails has become one of the most popular things to do in our beautiful state. Each winery offers its own unique style, but it can...

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Father's Day Gifts with Love from Michigan

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday June 19th, and, according to the National Retail Federation, spending is expected to reach $12.7 billion. We want to make sure Michigan gets as big a piece of that money pie as possible. Here...

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Sanders Ice Cream Line Gets an Update

When I was a kid my mom and I used to go shopping and inevitably stop for a lunch at Sanders. We would take our seats at the soda counter to order tuna salad sandwiches, and wash them down with...

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It's Been a Very Good Decade for Michigan Wine

Gubernatorial proclamations have made it an annual tradition for April to be celebrated as Michigan Wine Month. The designation kick-starts a season that attracts more than 2 million visitors. It’s also a good time to take a closer look at...

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Michigan's Super Bowl Super Foods

They say that Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to food consumption in a single day in America. That means a lot of dollars being spent, and whether placing an order, or relying on grocery...

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5 Questions with Dry My Gloves, Inc.

COMPANY: Dry My Gloves, Inc. CITY: Portage WEBSITE: www.thegreenglovedryer.com   BACKGROUND:Launched in Portage in 2014 by Karen Smoots, Dry My Gloves Inc., created Thegreenglovedryer®, a handy device designed to dry wet apparel during the snowy winter. BMN: How did the idea for your product come about? KAREN:...

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5 Questions with Scotty O'Hotty

COMPANY: Owens Family Foods, LLC (a.k.a. Scotty O’Hotty) CITY: Dearborn WEBSITE: www.ScottyOHotty.com BACKGROUND: Launched in Dearborn Heights in 2013 by Dearborn natives Scott and Suzi Owens, Scotty O’Hotty hot sauces come in five varieties: Roasted Pepper (Mild), Beer Bacon Chipotle (Mild), Premium Habanero...

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How Much Does Beer Mean to Michigan?

It’s Craft Beer Month here in Michigan, and it’s pretty easy to figure out what to do to celebrate. Arguably the hardest part of the decision is which pint to hoist! Lest you think the only thing to celebrate is the...

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New Micro-Creamery Puts Emphasis on Michigan Products

What do you get when you cross beer and ice cream? If you’re two creative Michigan-based businesses like Browndog Creamery & Dessert Bar and New Holland Brewing, you get a small-batch ice cream flavor called Dragon Bite. The unique concoction...

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Michigan Distilleries Win 16 National Awards

Five Michigan distilleries were honored with 16 individual awards last week at the 2nd Annual American Spirits Competition, presented by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA)—a not- for-profit trade association dedicated to protecting and promoting American craft spirits.   According to the...

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Avanti Press – A Card for All Seasons

In this age of convenient electronic messaging it seems increasingly common to only find bills, political circulars, and advertisements in our mailboxes. That’s exactly why getting a good old fashioned greeting card can really make someone’s day. The concept of sending...

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'Tis the Season for New Michigan Beers

Because so many Michigan brewers incorporate local ingredients, it’s no wonder fall brings a wide array of new and short-term releases into the local beer realm. Some are themed around the season or Halloween, while others just take on a...

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Michigan Film Battles Captain America

Making movies in Michigan is nothing new, but this weekend a film opens that has the potential to positively impact both the local economy and image of the state in a unique and ongoing manner. Jinn is the brainchild of...

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March Means Michigan Maple Syrup

Long before European settlers arrived in the land known as Mishigamaa, natives were flavoring their food with the sweet sap of maple trees. Today, Michigan ranks 5th in maple syrup production in the United States, averaging about 90,000 gallons per year. In...

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American Dryer Innovation May Prevent Flu from Spreading

This has been a particularly brutal cold and flu season, but hope is on the horizon. There is one relatively new Michigan-made product that can really help us protect ourselves from the spread of germs and disease. It’s the Extreme...

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Spirits Are Rising in Michigan

With new wineries and breweries continuously popping up all over the state, most Michigan residents are acutely aware of the opportunity to savor local brews or sip a little fruit of the vine, yet many are surprised to learn of...

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Michigan Artistry Gives Old Materials New Life

Ann Arbor’s Paul M. Hickman is on a mission. He is determined to design products that increase the utilization of salvaged wood. Hickman’s company, Urban Ashes®, creates one-of-a-kind frames from fallen trees and discarded timber. Why use salvaged wood instead of...

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Michigan-Made Film Opens in Grand Rapids

Tax incentives for filmmakers may be a shadow of their former selves in Michigan these days, but that doesn't mean movies aren't being made here anymore. On a large scale, Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, filmed at Raleigh...

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Hudsonville Ice Cream

I’ve passed by the Hudsonville headquarters many a time, and often wondered what goes on inside to create such creamy concoctions as Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge, Sleeping Bear Dunes Hug, and Michigan Deer Traxx, so I finally decided to find...

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12 Things to Do in June in Michigan

It may officially happen later in the month, but June undoubtedly means that summer has finally arrived in Michigan. Aside from cutting the grass, the toughest job may well be narrowing down which fun events to attend across our glorious...

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12 Things To Do in May in Michigan

May is full of tunes, blooms, and the sense of spring throughout the state. Here are some highlights to explore this month.   May 1-31 Traverse City Uncorked – Traverse City In conjunction with May now being Michigan Wine Month, Traverse City,...

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1O Great Ways to Spend Time with Mom in Michigan

The world is filled with jokes about mothers waiting for a call from their kids, so this Mother’s Day, why not up the ante by spending some quality time with mom? While out enjoying each other’s company, consider asking her...

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12 Things to Do in April in Michigan

Crocuses, Daffodils, Trillium, and even Tulips are beginning to pop up and bloom across the state, which means the promise of sun-soaked days is on the horizon. Here are some of April’s delights.   April 1-9 SmartPrize Innovator Competition – Marquette This business...

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12 Things to Do in March in Michigan

We’re all ready to march into spring. Here are a dozen delightful ways to get started. March 1-April 30 Butterflies Are Blooming – Grand Rapids If the the beauty of these glorious little creatures isn’t enough of a draw, then how...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan February

The arrival of February makes us realize spring will eventually come, but not until we have some more winter fun. Feb 1-18 LuminoCity – Detroit You never know what new sight you’ll find in the Motor City these days, especially when it...

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Epiphany Glass Studio Collaborates to Earn International Recognition

April Wagner, owner of Pontiac’s Epiphany Glass Studio, has partnered with Miami-based design firm Britto Charette, to craft an award-winning glass vessel. Designed by Jay Britto and former Detroiter David Charette, the piece, called Puquios, won one of Interior Design...

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How to Have a Year Full of Quintessential Michigan Experiences

There are thousands of events and activities to be had across the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Some are so uniquely Michigan that they help define who we are as a people and as a state, and are worth experiencing at...

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8 Attractions to Enhance Your Detroit Auto Show Experience

The North American International Auto Show has once again descended upon Detroit, and visitors to the city are coming from near and far. The show itself is always unique as new automotive creations and innovations are unveiled in Detroit like...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan January

It’s a new year and filled with places and events to explore. These are just a sample of the many exciting options from which to choose throughout the state in January. Jan 1-29 Work on Paper Labor Art Exhibit – Flint The...

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Glassmakers Keep Tradition Alive for New Generations

If your summer included a visit to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, you might be surprised to discover that the Royal Glassmakers are not part of some national traveling troop. They are in fact part of a company of artisans frequently...

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12 Things to Do in October in Michigan

October is one of the absolute best months of the year in Michigan. Cider mills, pumpkin patches, and football games are just a few of the many ways to enjoy this glorious time of year. Here are a dozen other...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan July

Festivals really take main stage around the state this month. Live music, amazing food, incredible attractions, here are a dozen fun ideas worth taking in. July 2-9 National Cherry Festival – Traverse City As Michigan festivals go, this may well be...

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15 Activities To Enjoy with Dad

Right about now we start to get inundated with ads for clothes, wallets, ties, and gadgets suitable as gifts for dad, but in most cases, what he’d probably prefer is to spend some quality time with his kid. It doesn’t...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan June

Summertime and the living is easy…except for narrowing down which events to attend across our glorious state. We’ve highlighted a collection of options. June 2-4 Jackson Blues Fest – Jackson Celebrating its 15th year, the blues you experience at the Jackson...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan May

May is full of tunes, blooms, and the sense of spring throughout the state. May 4-7 Storyfest – Jackson Strytelling is becoming a lost art, but thankfully not in Jackson. The community's Storyfest has been celebrating the art of storytelling for...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in April

Spring’s arrival is a special time in Michigan, full of warmth and memories waiting to be made. April 3 FestiFools – Ann Arbor Just after April Fools Day, it’s time for fools of a different ilk to take to the streets of...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan March

We’re all ready to march into spring. Here are a dozen delightful ways to get started. March 1-April 30 Butterflies Are Blooming – Grand Rapids For over twenty years this glorious, interactive experience has charmed kids and adults alike. The annual...

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12 Things to Do in January in Michigan

It’s a new year and filled with places and events to explore. These are just a sample of the many exciting options from which to choose throughout the state in January. Jan 2 Saturday Sips – Grand Rapids  Visiting the Downtown...

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A Dozen Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Michigan

The holiday season is in full swing, bringing with it some delightful events to warm up your December.   Nov 20 Silver Bells in the City – Lansing Kick off your holiday season in our capitol city. The entire town will glow with...

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Carhartt Invests More in Michigan

First Moosejaw made the move, then it was world-renown designer and Michigan native, John Varvatos. Now, the latest company to join a growing list of unique, and well-known brands with a retail location in Detroit is Carhartt. Established in 1889,...

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12 Things To Do During September in Michigan

September is such a glorious time in Michigan. The harvest brings an abundance of fresh flavors that are well complimented by the many new brews and wines that come to life at this time. Plus, we get to enjoy it...

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12 Things to Do During July in Michigan

Festivals really take main stage around the state this month. Live music, amazing food, incredible attractions, here are a dozen fun ideas worth taking in.   July 4-11 National Cherry Festival – Traverse City If you haven’t been yet, be sure to...

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12 Things To Do During June in Michigan

Summertime and the living is easy…except for narrowing down which events to attend across our glorious state. We’ve highlighted a collection of options.   June 4-6 Jackson Blues Fest – Jackson Imagine gathering together with a bunch of your friends at an...

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12 Things To Do During May in Michigan

The merry month of May always makes us feel like summer will finally arrive, yet it brings plenty of opportunities for fun all on its own.   May 1-8 Restaurant Week – Petoskey Petoskey and Bay Harbor restaurants have teamed up to...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in March

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Here’s hoping the lamb portion of the month comes very soon. In the meantime, these fun events are worth checking out.   March 1-April 30 Butterflies Are Blooming...

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Put Your Feet on the Street in Detroit's Eastern Market

Trained as a social worker by profession, Linda Yellin accidentally stumbled across her new direction as operator of a tour company in Detroit. A longtime supporter of the city, and passionate lover of food, Linda volunteered to be a tour...

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How to Add More Local Flavor to Your Thanksgiving Table

Few holidays place as much emphasis on food as Thanksgiving. Perhaps it’s because the very first gathering upon which the holiday is based was celebrated by people with vast differences sharing in a single feast to acknowledge a good harvest. Today,...

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Railroad Ties Iconic Michigan Brands Together

With such a deep automotive heritage in Michigan, it’s sometimes hard to remember how reliant the nation once was on locomotives. In fact that rich rail history ties two strong Michigan companies together: Carhartt and Stormy Kromer. Hamilton Carhartt was born...

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How to Enjoy Michigan's Abundance of Winter Squash

At this time of year farmers markets and grocery stores begin to fill up with the tasty treats known as Winter Squash, but many consumers find them intimidating. Here are some helpful hints to take advantage of this autumnal abundance...

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What Makes ArtPrize a Must See Event?

Grand Rapids has always been a cool city, but never more so than during the magical time when ArtPrize takes to its streets. The annual spectacle, entering its sixth year (September 24 - October 12), is a feast for the...

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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

These days for most people, Labor Day means a last long look at summer. Jazz fills the air in Detroit and thousands of people take a stunningly beautiful stroll across the Mackinac Bridge. Boats leave their docks with swimmers onboard...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in August

August means it's almost time to start thinking "back-to-school," but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of summer fun still to be had. Here are our highlights for August. July 29-August 3 Traverse City Film Festival – Traverse City Academy Award...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in July

Independence Day means fireworks celebrations all around the state this month, but there are also plenty of other exciting activities happening. Here are a dozen fun ideas worth taking in.   July 3-5 Dennis Hale Book Signing – Paradise The gales of November...

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Michigan Company Aims to Give the American Dream a Boost

 There are few things in life more exciting than buying your own home, planning your wedding, driving your new car, or traveling to an exotic locale that you’ve always wanted to visit. There are also few things that wreak more...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in June

Summertime and the living is easy...except for narrowing down which events to attend across our glorious state. We've highlighted just a few for your consideration.   June 5-8 Frontier Days – Carson City Since Carson City has long been associated with its...

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10 Tips for Shopping Michigan’s Farmers Markets

Summer is the most flavorful time of year in the Great Lakes State, and nowhere is that more obvious than in our plentiful farmers markets. However shopping them is slightly different than going to the produce aisle of a supermarket....

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Can Fashion Designers Battle with Samurais?

When most of us think of Samurais we picture strong men, clad in metal in ancient times. Not exactly the making of modern day fashion, but not so fast says the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The DIA is partnering...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in April

Spring is finally here and it brings with it a bunch of fun opportunities around the state.   April 4-5 Battle of the Glassblowers – Kalamazoo It’s always cool to watch an artist at work, especially when you get to see something as...

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How Does Beer City USA Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Let’s face it, St. Patrick’s Day and beer go together like Thanksgiving and turkey. It’s hard to imagine one without the other, which makes Grand Rapids quite a destination for Irish revelry in March. The craft brewing industry has been on...

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Ode to a Super Bowl Party Thrown Michigan Style

Across our state fans are preparing for a game and a feast, Even though they may not care who wins in the least. It’s all in good fun and provides quite an excuse, To gather with friends and family to really cut loose.   As...

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What Changes Are in Store for Detroit's Belle Isle?

I’ve been going to Belle Isle for as long as I can remember. It’s a peaceful respite from city life, seemingly floating in the Detroit River. At any time of year, the island offers spectacular views of both downtown Detroit...

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5 Big Reasons to Visit Mackinac Island in the Fall

Another season is winding down on Mackinac Island, and while the ferries may be heading into drydock, now is the perfect time to add an autumn visit to the island to your “bucket list” for 2014 and beyond. As a kid...

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Michigan's Magical History and City

Legendary magician, and master of the great escape, Harry Houdini died in Room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit on October 31, 1926. Medically speaking, he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. Given his profession, the fact that he...

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8 Extraordinary Autumnal Experiences in Michigan

Ah, autumn. While there are those who may lament the passing of summer or dread the onslaught of winter, it’s nearly impossible to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy fall in Michigan. Crisp air, crunchy apples, football games, and a colorful...

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Local Foods Set Sail in Traverse City

It wouldn’t be summertime in Traverse City without the majestic sight of the Tall Ship Manitou sailing through the bay. The ship begins sailing Memorial Day Weekend and doesn’t complete the season until September 30.  A favorite among tourists as well...

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100 Years of Smooth Sailing for Sanders Bumpy Cake

I'm not sure I can even remember the last time my family celebrated any kind of holiday that a Sanders Bumpy Cake™ wasn't invited to the party. I suspect I am not alone on that front, which comes as no...

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Michiganders Ramp Up the Hunt for Morels

The arrival of spring in Michigan is a welcome relief for all those eager to leave the snow behind, and especially for foodies who long to emerse themselves in the flavors of a new season. The desire for one such...

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10 Places to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

In keeping with tradition, Governor Snyder has again proclaimed April as Michigan Wine Month.  The effort, spearheaded by the Michigan Grape and Wine Council, is aimed at shining a spotlight on this growing industry. In 2012, total wine sales in Michigan...

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Two Iconic Detroit Brands Join Forces

These days many of us frequently find ourselves grabbing meals on the go.  Unfortunately the fast food market is largely dominated by national chains so there is a temptation to sacrifice buying local for the sake of convenience. Fortunately Detroit...

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Students Discover Value of MI-Made Products

One of the greatest ways to ensure that our buy local movement makes a significant economic contribution is to involve the youngest generation.  Not only do kids shop, they also influence their parents' buying decisions.  Which is why it's always...

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Six Michigan Wineries - One Tasting Room

For those interested in exploring Michigan-made wines, there is literally a lot of ground to cover. With 15,000 acres of vineyards, Michigan is the fourth largest grape-growing state in the nation. About 2,650 of those acres are devoted to wine...

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What Playing in a World Series Means for Detroit

Baseball fans all over the state are buzzing about the Detroit Tigers returning to the World Series, but baseball fan or not, anyone who loves Detroit has reason to be excited. Hosting a World Series means an unplanned economic boost, discovery...

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A New Way to Buy or Lease a Car

For someone who grew up in the world’s greatest car town, surprisingly I’m never particularly excited by the prospect of getting a new vehicle. Sure, I love that new car smell, but I find the process of actually selecting a vehicle...

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Celebrate Dad Michigan Style

Holidays like Father’s Day, which is coming up June 17th, are a time for reflection, fun, and of course gifts. In fact, spoiling dad is turning into big business.  According to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Father's Day spending survey, the average...

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Show Mom Some Michigan Love

April showers bring more than just May flowers, they also lead to Mother’s Day. The second Sunday of the month gives us a wonderful opportunity to do something special to show our appreciation to mothers, grandmothers, wives, and mentors who have...

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Bell's Is Brewing Culinary Tourism and Beer

The more theatrical among us may think of Oberon mostly as a Shakespearian character terrorizing Titania amidst a mid-summer’s dream, but for lovers of fine ales, Oberon is a dream itself that arrives in early spring and makes many a...

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Romance Michigan-Style

February is a common time of year to talk about romance, and yet most people, women at least, will tell you any time of year is a good time of year to create a romantic moment.  Here are a few...

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Detroit Coney Dogs Go Hollywood

It's ten o'clock on a Sunday, and the regular crowd shuffles in.  There's a young man sitting next to me sipping Faygo instead of tonic and gin.  There's no piano man in sight, just plenty of people in Honolulu Blue glued to...

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Dog Sledding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Last year Steve, a real good college friend of mine, asked if I wanted to go dog sledding. Turns out its one of his “bucket list” items. I had seen plenty of dogs and sleds while growing up in the...

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