10 awesome Michigan Halloween traditions

The year’s spookiest holiday is becoming more and more popular. Each year, new ideas, décor, and attractions arise. However, these uniquely Michigan Halloween traditions have been around for decades. We’ve been cooped up too long so get out and embrace some old favorites or try something new. Pick Pumpkins from a Patch Whether you’re decorating the whole

10 awesome Michigan Halloween traditions2022-10-08T12:46:16-04:00

Michigan Author Showcase at BMNFest

Presented by The 'Ville, this year's Michigan Author Showcase features the largest collection of local authors we've ever assembled at one event. It's an incredible opportunity to buy books and have them personalized, hear the inspiration behind the work, or even get inspired to write something of your own. Below is the schedule and location of authors

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Buy Michigan Now Festival Vendor Zones

Downtown Northville is utilizing street space that was available to vendors in previous years for a Social District. Consequently, the layout for the  2022 Buy Michigan Now Festival is unlike it has been in previous years. The reduction in available space has also led to pricing adjustments. The map below provides zones by price in order to

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Buy Michigan Now Festival Scheduled Vendors

The following organizations are scheduled to participate in the 2022 Buy Michigan Now Festival Align Family Chiropractic of Livonia All That Glitters & More of Shelby Township Almonds R Nuts of Northville American Metal Roofs of Flint Argent Tape & Label of Plymouth Backwoods Sugar Shack of Six Lakes BB's Boutique of Allendale Belledines BBQ Sauce and

Buy Michigan Now Festival Scheduled Vendors2022-07-28T13:27:56-04:00

The daring escape of the Crosswhite family

In the years before the Civil War, the Underground Railroad was key to helping slaves find their freedom. This railroad was a network of roads and homes that slaves used to reach northern states and Canada. Michigan was a key state in this route, especially for slaves coming up from Kentucky. Before the 1850s, if escaped slaves

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Disaster at the Barnes-Hecker Mine

We may not often think of how important mining has been to the history of Michigan. When we think of major economies in our state, we think of the automobile industry and our lumber companies. However, Michigan has four important mining ranges. First, there's what's known as Copper Country in Keweenaw, Houghton and Ontonagon counties. Then, the

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One Thirty Eight Cocktail Lounge

The aptly named One Thirty Eight Cocktail Lounge has opened at 138 W. Third St. in Harbor Springs.  The lounge offers an assortment of classic and modern cocktails, along with beer options, ranging from nostalgic domestic brands to craft labels, and wines. The food menu is focused on small bites and shareables. Examples include bleu cheese-stuffed olives

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Milk & Froth

Starting as a local ice cream truck in 2019, Milk & Froth, an ice cream shop is a cool new addition to Detroit's summer. The scoop shop will be serving up both vegan and classic ice cream options daily moving from the truck into its first brick-and-mortar at 535 Griswold Street.

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Motor City Brewing Works

Detroit's oldest operating microbrewery has added a new location on the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit. In addition to a range of craft brews, like the popular Ghettoblaster, the new space features casual fare. It's located at 19350 Livernois Avenue.

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Charlie’s Candy Barrel

Charlie’s Candy Barrel features a large variety of candy, over 200 different flavors of pop in glass bottles, and gag gifts. The owner's intent is to spread joy. Like a good old fashioned sweets shop, customers can purchase the candy for 15 cents each or $8.99 for a bag filled with candy of the customer’s choosing. Visit

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The Beer Exchange

One of Kalamazoo's most unique bar concepts has opened a new location in Detroit. Beer Exchange 1260 Washington Blvd. At The Beer Exchange guests set the beer prices based on the principle of supply and demand. The interactive drinking environment is complemented by a menu of comfort food and plant-based alternatives.

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Wise Men Distillery

Wise Men Distillery of Kentwood opened a new tasting room in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, at 146 Monroe Center NW in the McKay Tower. The 700-square-foot tasting room features Wise Men Distillery’s award-winning spirits and its line of seltzers.

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Mackinac Island Rum Co.

Mackinac Island Rum Co., a tasting room near the docks of Shepler’s Ferry, is a brand of their High Five Spirits based in Petoskey. The new venue features a tiki theme with cocktails, as well as tastings of Mackinac Island Rum, Petoskey Stone Gin, canned cocktails, and Gypsy Vodka.

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Grand Kids, Mens & Womens

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has created new retail offerings for the current season. Grand Kids, features books, plush animals, toys and more for the smallest guests. Grand Womens includes the perfect summer clothing and accessories for all of your Mackinac Island activities, including looks from Vineyard Vines, and also newly-designed tote bags. Grand Mens will

Grand Kids, Mens & Womens2021-07-31T23:07:55-04:00

Michigan ranked a top state for college students

MoneyRates.com released its newest research to help college students find the best place to study and acquire the job skills needed to compete in today's job market. The Best States for College Students study ranks four-year colleges in all 50 states based on average cost, retention rate, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate and breadth of choice. Michigan placed

Michigan ranked a top state for college students2021-05-27T18:00:45-04:00

Leelanau & Keweenaw make Reader’s Digest most gorgeous peninsulas list

Appropriately enough, Michigan is the only state to have two peninsulas included in the Readers Digest list of gorgeous U.S. peninsulas. Leelanau was singled out for its stunning lakeshore, three lighthouses, and old fishing shanties. Keweenaw got the nod for Copper Country, its National Historic Park, lighthouses, and waterfalls, among other attractions.

Leelanau & Keweenaw make Reader’s Digest most gorgeous peninsulas list2021-05-20T00:42:30-04:00

Pigs Tail Detroit

Located above the Red Smoke Barbeque, Pigs Tail Detroit is a new Greektown cocktail lounge with an emphasis on the best whiskeys and Bourbons in an intimate space. It also has a rooftop lounge with an additional 50 seats with views of Old St. Mary’s Church, Monroe Street, and Greektown Casino-Hotel. Find it at 573 Monroe Street

Pigs Tail Detroit2021-07-31T22:35:15-04:00

Taverna Rossa

Grand Rapids restaurateur Chris Perkey has opened a Mediterranean restaurant in Saugatuck. It features an assortment of dishes hailing from countries throughout the Mediterranean region of Europe, including Spain, France, Greece and Italy, and plans to offer delivery to boats docked in the marina. Taverna Rossa is at 129 Griffith St.

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Coriander Kitchen and Farm

Coriander Kitchen and Farm, one of Detroit’s most anticipated restaurants, opened March 6 for outdoor dining and takeout. Located in the former Fisherman’s Marina in Jefferson Chalmers, seating is currently first-come, first-served at picnic tables on the canal-side patio, with reserved seating around the fire pits. People can also order takeout. The restaurant is at 14601 Riverside Blvd in Detroit.

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Laurel & Jack

A new woman’s boutique has opened in Ada. Laurel & Jack, which is at 460 Ada Dr. SE, sells clothing as well as bags, jewelry, and a variety of home decor.

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Baobab Fare

Baobab Fare, a new restaurant run by a pair of refugees from Burundi, is serving up East African flavors in Detroit's New Center area. The culinary concept was voted top prize in the Hatch Detroit competition for entrepreneurs, which awarded them $50,000. Baobab Fare is located at 6568 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

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VEG-N

After starting out as a food truck aiming to boost the vegan offerings available in the capitol city. Now VEG-N has opened a permanent location at 902 E. Caesar E. Chavez in Lansing with a plant-based menu that will surprise and delight many a meat lover as well as vegetarians.

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Anna’s House

West side brunch hot spot, Anna's House has opened a new location in Okemos. The retro-style diner serves up unique dishes to me a wide range of dietary preferences including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options. The newest location can be found at 1753 W. Grand River.

Anna’s House2021-07-31T19:56:42-04:00

Detroit Riverwalk voted among nation’s best

Michigan has one of the top riverwalks in the entire country, according to USA TODAY. The national publication has announced the Detroit Riverwalk is among the top American riverwalks nominated for Best Riverwalk by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.

Detroit Riverwalk voted among nation’s best2021-05-23T22:55:03-04:00

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery

The latest creation from Northern United Brewing Co. has finally opened in East Lansing after the pandemic delayed its scheduled 2019 opening. It features spectacular craft beer, delicious pub grub, and of course the truffled french fries that are the hit of each Jolly Pumpkin location.

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery2021-05-23T21:10:52-04:00
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