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

Charlie’s Candy Barrel2021-08-01T00:40:13-04:00

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

Metro Detroit

Amidst the big box stores and national chains, there are a growing number of local shops in the Metro Detroit area that are making a point of featuring products designed and made right here in Michigan. City Bird (Detroit) 460 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 831-9146 Heart of Michigan (Howell) 203 W. Grand River, Howell, MI

Metro Detroit2021-11-09T06:35:17-05:00


While we refer to it as Mid-Michigan, we are really talking about the middle of the Lower Peninsula, not the whole state. From art to apparel, food to jewelry, and so much more, these shops in the central part of the mitten peninsula are featuring an exceptional quantity of Michigan-made products. Amazin' Mitten (Frankenmuth) 646 S Main Street


Northern Michigan

Affectionately known as the tip o' the mitt, Northern Michigan is a huge draw for tourists and therefore boasts several souvenir shops. These stores not only showcase the state, they make a point of carrying products that are made right here in Michigan. My Secret Stash (Traverse City) 122 Cass Street, Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 929-0340

Northern Michigan2021-11-09T06:55:52-05:00

Southwest Michigan

West Michigan has long been a preferred destination for Michigan artists and food producers. In fact, the area around Saugatuck and Douglas is sometimes referred to as the art coast. The following shops make a point of highlighting Michigan-made products and art. C2C Gallery (Grand Haven) 104 Washington Ave. Grand Haven , MI 49417 616-935-7337  Downtown

Southwest Michigan2021-11-09T08:04:33-05:00

Upper Peninsula

There are a lot fewer big box stores and national chains in the Upper Peninsula than in most of the rest of the state so it's easier to buy from local, independent entities. Some also really make a point of stocking Michigan-made products like those featured here. Downtown Art Place (Ironwood) 111 E. Aurora St. Ironwood, MI

Upper Peninsula2021-11-09T07:35:45-05:00

Frankenmuth mouse needs your help to get a name for his birthday

Over the years, the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus has become a Michigan’s Little Bavaria institution. 2018 marked its 50th anniversary, and included a move to a much larger location at 545 S. Main St. Naturally, its most famous resident came along to reside outside the new digs, and now he’s celebrating a big birthday too. I’m speaking, of

Frankenmuth mouse needs your help to get a name for his birthday2020-03-04T13:41:26-05:00

Ypsilanti’s The Eryie

Sometimes eclipsed by the notoriety of neighboring Ann Arbor, another college town awaits your visit. Ypsilanti has a history and charm all its own. Home to Eastern Michigan University, it is a quiet town enlivened by youthful energy and marked by creativity that is uniquely Ypsi. The bevy of local artists, along with proprietor Janette Rook, are

Ypsilanti’s The Eryie2020-01-07T17:44:33-05:00

Traverse City’s 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 and body line created by the owner, it features a truly wide array of Michigan-made products from over

Traverse City’s My Secret Stash2020-01-07T17:38:17-05:00

Lansing’s 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 to unique businesses like Old Town General Store. Shop owner, Rhea Van Atta grew up in the area,

Lansing’s Old Town General Store2019-02-22T13:31:45-05:00

Bay City’s 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 the city, while still allowing large ships to travel easily along the Saginaw River. It is across

Bay City’s Half Mile Handmade2021-11-09T08:02:56-05:00

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 aside, this is a way that we can each participate in true job creation. This week, July 30-August

10 Ways to celebrate Buy Michigan Week2020-03-04T14:38:21-05:00

Meijer adds another new shopping option

The days of going to a small, local market in your neighborhood and buying a few items from the grocer you’ve known for years are all but gone. These days, most people seem to prefer larger product selections, volume pricing, and convenience above the virtues of a traditional, personalized experience. Perhaps retailers can provide all those newer

Meijer adds another new shopping option2020-03-04T14:25:05-05:00
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