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High School Student Wins Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest

The winner of this year’s Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest, is Jackson Riegler, a 17-year old senior, football player, and honors student at Muskegon Catholic Central High School. Riegler started Oshki, an apparel company, in July of this year. He...

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10 Experiences to Make the Most of Fall in Michigan

After a long winter, spring is such a delight; and summer is obviously so much fun, but it is hard to beat autumn in Michigan. Crisp air, crunchy apples, and a cornucopia of color that changes daily…what’s not to love?...

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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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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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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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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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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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FEAST Opens to Elevate Michigan Food Companies to Next Level

A small business owner, who designed jewelry, once told me the greatest business decision she ever made was to turn down the opportunity to have a product included as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” This shocked other people in the...

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Shop Worth a Stop: Yellow Door Art Market

Metro Detroit is filled with quaint and unique suburbs, but some get more attention than others. One such place, is Berkeley, which is often over-shadowed by elegant Birmingham, trendy Royal Oak, and Funky Ferndale. Yet Berkley, which Money Magazine named...

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Shop Worth a Stop: The Michigan Shoppe

While there’s never a bad time to go, it seems as though summer sends people flocking to Frankenmuth for fried chicken and family fun, making this a great time to recommend a retailer there that spotlights goods made in our...

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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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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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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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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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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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Motor City Paint Bringing Big Boost to Local Economy

After 47 years in business, Shelby Paint & Decorating, which has retail locations in Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe Woods and Shelby Township, recently made a product shift that has the potential to add $1.5 million a year into the local...

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App Simplifies Garage Sale Management

This time of year there are almost as many garage and yard sale signs dotting the Michigan landscape as there are construction barrels. Families, friends, neighbors, come together with the belongings they no longer desire, in hopes that each item...

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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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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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12 Things to Do in a Michigan November

The holiday season seems to come earlier and earlier, doesn’t it? The good news is, there are a lot of fun events and shopping opportunities that now come in November, which previously would have been December. We’ve picked out some...

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12 Things To Do in a Michigan October

Fall really comes into all of its colorful glory during October. It brings with it a whole new set of tastes and experiences. Here are a dozen delightful ways to make the most of autumn this month.   Oct 1-8 ArtPrize –...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan September

Crisp air, scrumptious cider, football tailgates, welcome to September in Michigan. Here are just a few special ways to enjoy this glorious month.   August 31-September 4 Michigan State Fair – Novi It’s been five years since the State Fair made its move...

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12 Things To Do in August in Michigan

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.   August 2-6 Rendezvous in Mackinaw-18TH Century Trade Fair – Mackinaw City...

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What's In Season in a Michigan July?

There is so much fresh produce ripening in Michigan this month, that you can plan nearly every meal around it. Farmers markets continue to be your best source of locally-grown fruits and veggies, but many grocers also buy their produce...

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12 Things To Do in Michigan in July

Festivals really emerge as summer entertainment around the state this month. Live music, amazing food, incredible attractions, here are a dozen fun fests and celebrations worth taking in.   July 1-8 National Cherry Festival – Traverse City First held in 1926, this...

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What's In Season in a Michigan June?

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation. We grow more varieties of crops than anywhere but California. Unlike the Golden State, our weather is much more seasonal, which means what fresh locally-grown food is available really...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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