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Floating Citadel joins Detroit cityscape

A striking new piece of art now adorns Detroit’s cityscape. It is the result of an extensive search that started when the convention building was called TCF Center, and ended after it became Huntington Place. The outdoor sculpture highlights the main circle drive near the entrance. Called Floating Citadel, it is the inspiration of local artist Scott

Floating Citadel joins Detroit cityscape2022-09-09T12:30:17-04:00

Hatch Detroit announces finalists

After 7 years in Chicago, attorney Nick Gorga, moved back to Detroit. He knew he wanted to help revitalize the city. Over a decade later, what started out as an idea captured on a cocktail napkin, is now a thriving economic development program called Hatch Detroit. The organization was founded in 2011 with the intention of giving

Hatch Detroit announces finalists2022-07-06T10:22:37-04:00

Calling all Michigan-based authors

The Buy Michigan Now Festival is returning to Downtown Northville Aug 5-7, 2022. In keeping with tradition, the event offers Michigan-based authors an opportunity to sign and sell books. Traditionally, over the course of the weekend, 25-30,000 people attend this upbeat celebration of Buy Michigan Week. BMNFest Writers selected to participate will be provided with a tent,

Calling all Michigan-based authors2022-09-08T21:03:05-04:00

Busch’s launches food drive for area children

According to Feeding America, 1,299,020 people in Michigan are facing hunger, and 305,190 of them are children. The need for children becomes even more drastic as the academic year comes to a close, and many meals provided through schools become unavailable. That is the driving force behind a food drive by Busch’s Fresh Food Market that is running from

Busch’s launches food drive for area children2022-05-01T09:31:26-04:00

11 local authors earn 2022 Michigan Notable Book honors

Each year, the Michigan Notable Book (MNB) list features 20 books. Each is about, or set in, Michigan, or written by a Michigan author. They are published during the previous calendar year. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction . They appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts

11 local authors earn 2022 Michigan Notable Book honors2022-09-08T20:51:50-04:00

Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program seeking applications

Anyone who has ever visited the Porcupine Mountains has likely been a little inspired. Some of us feel a desire to travel more. Others wish to slow life down. One or two may even reflect upon their place in the world. Then there are those with an artistic passion, for whom a visit sparks immense productivity. Are

Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program seeking applications2022-09-08T20:36:13-04:00

16 Michigan communities receive park improvement grants

Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that 16 communities were awarded a 2021 Recreation Passport grant. The Recreation Passport grant program started 11 years ago. It aims to boost visitation and funding for Michigan's state parks as well as local, community parks and trails. This year’s grants include a total investment

16 Michigan communities receive park improvement grants2022-03-02T07:54:31-05:00

10 ideal ways to kick off the 2021 Christmas season

After the past couple of years we’ve had, I’m really looking forward to basking in the joys of the holiday season from start to finish. Each year, Santa seems to start visiting towns earlier and earlier, but this time I’m happy about it. If you are too, and want to start harnessing the Christmas spirit, attend a

10 ideal ways to kick off the 2021 Christmas season2021-11-09T11:45:04-05:00

Michigan’s best family-friendly Halloween destinations

A great animated film delights the kids, with plenty of other elements that parents can enjoy as well. These Halloween events are in that same vein. The scare level is low enough that your kids can sleep at night, but they, and you, will have plenty of fun at Michigan’s best family-friendly Halloween destinations. Hallowe’en at Greenfield

Michigan’s best family-friendly Halloween destinations2021-10-01T14:05:05-04:00

10 tips for enjoying a visit to Mexicantown

When travelers cross the Ambassador Bridge into the United States, they land immediately in Mexicantown. I don’t know about you, but I find that a bit amusing. Can’t help but wonder if it has ever confused anyone to be greeted by Mexican flags when entering the U.S. Unfortunately, these days, there are less people crossing that border.

10 tips for enjoying a visit to Mexicantown2021-09-06T14:34:18-04:00

What can YOU do to revitalize Michigan’s economy?

Our state, like most of the world, is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic both from a health perspective and an economic one. Many small businesses in particular have been devastated by closures, supply chain issues, and ongoing employment challenges. With so many global events affecting us, it can feel like there isn’t much that

What can YOU do to revitalize Michigan’s economy?2021-08-03T11:32:31-04:00

Don’t miss Marquette’s unique junkyard art park

There’s often a debate over whether or not one person can really make a difference. That question has been solved with a resounding yes when it comes to a roadside attraction near Marquette. With just a simple idea, and a fair amount of land, Tom Lakenen has been able to create lifelong memories for passing travelers, as

Don’t miss Marquette’s unique junkyard art park2022-09-08T20:28:07-04:00

Michigan’s most family-friendly public gardens

After a long winter often filled with gray skies, brown grass, and bare trees, there is something truly spectacular about strolling through a Michigan garden in the spring. While these annual color tours may delight most adults, kids sometimes lose interest part of the way through. That’s why we’ve identified five botanical treasures that will delight your

Michigan’s most family-friendly public gardens2021-05-07T09:58:00-04:00

10 joys of spring’s arrival in Michigan

Some people listen to a rodent in Pennsylvania to determine when spring is coming, while others count days on a calendar, but for those of us who endure the cold and ice of a long, albeit beautiful Michigan winter, it’s calendar be damned. We know sure signs of spring when we see them, and most bring pure

10 joys of spring’s arrival in Michigan2021-03-12T10:55:09-05:00

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame calls for 2021 nominees

Almost forty years ago, in an effort to inspire future generations of female leaders, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame was established. The initial group of inductees included such noteworthy subjects as Elizabeth Chandler, Martha Griffiths, Helen Milliken, Rosa Parks, Anna Howard Shaw, and Sojourner Truth. Each year since, a group of women are nominated by an

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame calls for 2021 nominees2021-02-06T11:52:59-05:00

Michigan’s best paczki destinations

In some places Fat Tuesday is also known as Mardi Gras, but here in Michigan, it is more widely nicknamed Paczki Day. Once common only in the Detroit area, particularly in Hamtramck, the tradition has caught on around the state, and this year will be celebrated on February 16. Place orders in advance, or risk standing in

Michigan’s best paczki destinations2021-02-06T11:00:11-05:00

Northville adds sizzle to heat up winter dining scene

Since the pandemic hit, a number of cities and towns across the state identified specific areas to provide additional outdoor dining space for their restaurants. Some utilized the sidewalk in front of each eatery, while others did full street closures either for the entire period, or at designated times and days each week. Now, with COVID-numbers rising

Northville adds sizzle to heat up winter dining scene2020-11-15T20:48:52-05:00

New Michigan-themed digital cookbook released

Perhaps the only thing that can make Michigan’s agricultural products and inventive locally-produced foods even more tantalizing is when talented chefs combine them and take them to a masterful new level. That’s what makes Taste the Local Difference’s (TLD)new digital cookbook such an exciting addition to Michigan’s foodie culture. The Traverse city-based local food marketing company has

New Michigan-themed digital cookbook released2020-09-02T17:31:18-04:00

Legendary Dorothy Zehnder inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Once you meet Dorothy Zehnder, it’s hard to forget her. She may be a tad diminutive in stature, but she’s definitely not short on kindness, charm or energy. In fact, the 98-year young matriarch of the Zehnder family still works full time six days a week! She is the co-founder and co-owner of the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn,

Legendary Dorothy Zehnder inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame2020-07-27T00:07:30-04:00

7 really fun ways to enjoy Buy Michigan Week

It’s a tradition that started in 2009. While we encourage local spending all year long, for one special week each year (July 27-Aug 2, 2020), we ask people to make a more concerted effort to buy and try Michigan-made products; explore independent eateries and boutiques; learn more about local companies; and to share their long-time favorites and

7 really fun ways to enjoy Buy Michigan Week2020-07-26T20:18:37-04:00

10 Michigan companies making masks with style

A year ago, over even six months back, no one could’ve predicted the fashion trend sweeping the nation would be face masks. Yes, they are a necessary precaution during the pandemic, but in typical American form, they are now taking on stylish looks as well. Fabric masks can be washed and reused, yet for style’s sake, there

10 Michigan companies making masks with style2020-07-04T10:36:27-04:00

Little girl’s dream of inclusivity comes true in Commerce Twp.

After months of unprecedented fear and misery around our nation, today I had the refreshing opportunity to witness unbridled joy. Scarlet’s Playground in Commerce Township opened up to welcome a gaggle of giggling kids. The barrier-free, all-inclusive playground has been a primary mission for Scarlet’s Smile, a local 501(c)3 organization. The heart of the nonprofit, and the

Little girl’s dream of inclusivity comes true in Commerce Twp.2020-06-11T10:03:28-04:00

Michigan clothing brand aims to save our Great Lakes

We first introduced Jackson Riegler to our community when he was just a high school student developing a brand new, inspiring idea to help preserve the Great Lakes. He won our Up & Coming Entrepreneur Contest at the tender age of seventeen, back in 2017. Today, he’s a student at the University of Michigan with a full-blown

Michigan clothing brand aims to save our Great Lakes2020-04-22T09:19:01-04:00
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