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How Ten Cents a Meal Can Change the Lives of Michigan Children

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state and a national leader in the cultivation of apples, asparagus, blueberries, tart cherries, green beans, dry beans, potatoes and squash. Despite our diverse and rich produce production, most Michiganders fall short of...

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New Product Can Help Thousands Suffering from Dexterity Issues

Perhaps the only thing harder than watching someone you love struggle with a seemingly simple task, is to be the person for whom the task seems almost impossible. One such chore is buttoning a shirt. Most of us have done...

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Michigan: First In and First Out of Prohibition

The month of May marks the anniversary of Michigan Prohibition, which began on May 1, 1917. “But wait," say those of you who know your Constitutional History. “Prohibition was the 18th Amendment and that took effect on January 17, 1920.”...

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Public Television Launches New Show about the Great Lakes

I defy anyone to spend time in Michigan and not be at least a little in awe of the incredible lakes that surround it. The serenity of a sunrise over Lake Huron and the majesty of a sunset over Lake...

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4 Michigan Artists Capture National Attention

The arts community in Michigan is vibrant and diverse, representing multiple genres. Every day there are talented Michiganders in recording studios, behind lenses, at rehearsals, across from canvases, and in front of laptops in coffee shops. They hone their skills...

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Bless You Boys: A History of the Detroit Tigers

April. It is officially spring, and there is much going on in the world of sports. In hockey, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, as do the NBA playoffs, and of course one NCAA basketball team will experience ‘One Shining Moment’...

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Michigan Woman Earns Medal for Civil War Valor

There are many accounts throughout history of women who dress as men and go off to fight gloriously in battle and the Civil War has no shortage of examples. One of the most well-known women who joined the army is...

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Celebrate National Reading Month with These Notable Books

As an adult it seems like every New Year’s Day I make a plan to read more, and then life gets in the way. Fortunately, I seem to get a jumpstart when March rolls around because it’s National Reading Month....

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Abraham Lincoln's Visit to Kalamazoo

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care...

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Michigan's Best Elk Viewing Experience

Most kids love a trip to the zoo, but it’s sometimes a little less fun in the winter months Michigan. Many of the animals are keeping warm indoors, so parents may have to get a little creative with their animal...

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Remembering Michigan Native and National Hero Roger Chaffee

January 27, 1967 started just like any other day for most Americans. There was much excitement through the nation as three men prepared for another mission in space. The three astronauts knew that in a month, their mission could make...

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How Lake Superior State Famously Became the 'Word Police'

It all started on New Year’s Day in 1976, when Lake Superior State University (LSSU) Public Relations Director W.T. (Bill) Rabe unwittingly started an annual tradition by releasing a list of banished words. The tongue-in-cheek List of Words Banished from...

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Get Off the Bench and Become a Star

While most of the time “Buy Michigan Now” is described as a campaign, the truth is, it is more than that. It is a living, breathing evolving idea. In short, it’s a MOVEMENT. Individuals and entities continue to come together...

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DNR Auction of Surplus Public Land Starts Dec. 11

Eighty-one individual land parcels in Michigan, ranging in size from less than an acre to 160 acres, will be available for sale by sealed-bid auction starting Tuesday, Dec. 11. The auction is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’...

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The Frostbitten Convention That Secured Our Beloved Upper Peninsula

This time of year often brings some heated college football rivalries, and none more nationally-known than the University of Michigan versus Ohio State University. It seems as though these two colleges, and by extension, these two states, have a deep animosity...

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The Harrowing Tale of Michigan's Joe Beyrle: WWII Veteran of Two Countries

With this being the month of November, I thought it appropriate to write an article about a hometown veteran. To me, the story of Joseph Beyrle is made for Hollywood. Joe was an American soldier who was given accolades by...

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Experience Eastern Market's New Palette of Colors

Long known as a palate-pleaser, Detroit’s Eastern Market is now pleasing to palettes of a much different kind. Over the past four years, an astounding visual transformation has been taking place in the historic district. Already worth a visit as...

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URC Contributes $18.7 Billion to Michigan’s Economy

"Silicon Valley" is not just a comedy on HBO, it's a term that has become synonymous with technology, research, and innovation. It's derived from the San Francisco Bay area in northern California, where a Stanford University professor encouraged his students...

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2018 Design House Has Unprecedented Star Power

It’s almost time for another Designer’s Show House. The biennial event always draws throngs of people eager to see a stunning home, with new twists contrived through the creative genius of some of the region’s top interior designers. This, the...

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Honoring Michigan's First Female Conservation Officer

By all accounts, Huldah Neal was no one to fool with. That’s not to say she wasn’t liked or respected throughout Grand Traverse County, Michigan, which she called home for 70 years. In fact, her 1931 obituary mourned her loss, describing...

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A Quick Guide to the 2018-19 Michigan Fishing Season

Spring marks the start of a new fishing season in Michigan. Every year over 1.2 million anglers take to the lakes and waterways in Michigan, creating a $2.5 billion impact on the local economy. Michigan is home to more than 11,000...

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Experience the Warmth of Lowell, Michigan

Main Street in Historical downtown Lowell is a great place to find what you need and what you want. You will find a palate pleasing mix of new and old, traditional and contemporary and everything in between. Hungry? Lowell has you...

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An Insider's Guide to Enjoying Greenfield Village

It’s a common misconception that Greenfield Village does not open until Michigan’s unofficial start of summer, more commonly known as Memorial Weekend. Actually, while The Henry Ford’s outdoor museum is closed during the majority of the winter, it reopens annually...

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The Glacial Impact Over Time on Our Economy

It’s hard to believe that something that happened over ten thousand years ago, could have a significant affect on the economy today, but that is absolutely true in the case of the state known as Michigan.   While it is difficult to...

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Kalamazoo Coffee Biz Provides Grounds to Do Good

When Mark Smutek first got enamored with an old abandoned gas station in Kalamazoo back in the early ‘90s, it’s a safe bet that he never imagined his efforts would someday help support the dreams of young boxers in Detroit,...

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Kalamazoo’s Can-Do Kitchen Creates New Scholarships

About twelve years ago, while working at a co-op in Kalamazoo, Lucy Dilley began to recognize a need in the community for a shared-use, commercial kitchen. It seemed like a good business opportunity, but research led her in a slightly...

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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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How to Give a Great Interview

Ok, you – or your PR agency – have landed a coveted press interview but you’re a rookie when it comes to media interviews. Don’t stress! It is absolutely normal to be a little nervous – even media interview pros get...

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$20,000 Hardware Pitch Competition Launched in Detroit

Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) Centrepolis Accelerator and Planet M are looking for the next great ideas in hardware development. The two entities are teaming up for a pitch competition that will take place in conjunction with the Hardware Tech Summit,...

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IoT Tech Connect Conference Returning to Detroit

Increasingly homes and businesses are filling up with smart phones and televisions, security systems we can control and monitor from other places, and even appliances that connect to the Internet. Many transportation systems are already dependent upon accessing the Internet,...

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Ray's Red Hots Is Surprisingly Green

At first glance, it might be easy to dismiss Ray’s Red Hots in Ann Arbor as just another hot dog joint. Yet, it’s so much more than that, and there’s nothing ordinary about their delicious dogs either. One of the...

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Michigan Restaurants Earn 9 James Beard Nominations

America just shined its spotlight on the Academy Awards, and now it turns toward the “Oscars” of the food industry, otherwise known as the James Beard Awards. These culinary accolades seek to honor the skill and expertise of top chefs...

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A2 Celebrates Restaurant Week

There are lots of good eats across the great state of Michigan. With our diverse agricultural profile, this state is a food lovers paradise, even in the off season. That’s essential because it is a time of year that lends...

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Cadillac Headquarters Returning to Motor City

Following a trend of ongoing good news for Detroit’s automotive sector, Cadillac is relocating its headquarters to the Motor City, or more accurately, to Warren. News of the decision was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, and has since been...

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12 Things To Do During October in Michigan

The trees are really beginning to change color, football season is heating up, and cider is flowing everywhere. Here are just a dozen unique ways to make the most of fall.   October 4-9 Bright Walls – Jackson Jackson is about to take...

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Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Celebrates 50 Years in Business

 If you’ve ever been to Frankenmuth, especially with kids, chances are you recognize the iconic Cheese Haus mouse. Thousands of families have stopped to see him for what used to be a photo opportunity, but is now better known as...

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Nominations Open for Farm-to-Table Restaurants Awards

Once upon a time, on the rare occasion that a family went out to a restaurant to get something to eat, they could be confident that the food they would consume came from the same local farmers from which they...

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Top 6 Resources for Women Business Owners in Michigan

Often we see women portrayed in the media as being caddy or conniving with one another, especially when it comes to business. My personal experience could not be further from the truth. I have found that every time I have...

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Explore The Eyrie in Ypsilanti's Depot Town

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...

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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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Inside Detroit's First Winery in Sixty Years

As far back as 1679, French explorer, LaSalle, and his crew, reported making wine from grapes growing wildly and abundantly along the Detroit River. Similarly, Cadillac, credited with discovering Detroit in 1701, wrote of vines heavy with grapes and the...

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10 Spectacular Ways to Spoil Mom

There’s an argument to be made that every day of the year should be Mother’s Day, but let’s face it, most are kids days instead. Thankfully, the second Sunday of each year, we finally focus our attention on all the...

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5 Unique Snacks You Just Have to Try

The season of road trips, picnics, and beach days is nearly upon us. What better time than now to up your snack game? These unique options will tantalize your palate and perhaps even surprise a guest or two.   Original Cinnful Crunch...

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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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Michigan Maple Weekends Are Back

Long before European settlers came to Michigan, maple syrup was an agricultural staple. The spring thaw would start sap flowing, and Native Americans tapped the trees to collect the sap then boiled it down to create sweet syrup. While the...

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Michigan Distillers Capture 9 Medals in National Competition

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), has announced the winners of its Sixth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits. The annual Awards marked the official opening day of the 2019 ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Michigan...

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The Evolution of Dragon's Milk

To many beer connoisseurs, Dragon’s Milk is the nectar that truly put New Holland Brewing Company on the map. The West Michigan-based company opened its doors in 1996, and in 2001 a “legend” was born. The release of the first...

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Valentine Gifts to Make His Day

Shopping for men can sometimes be challenging. It’s not that they are more particular necessarily, so much as the fact that they aren’t as likely as women to express what they like or even drop any hints. That may create...

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Valentine Gifts to Make Her Day

The key to making her Valentine’s Day special is demonstrating that you cared enough to put some thought into the gift. One easy way to do that is to avoid big box and online superstores and instead shop a neighborhood...

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6 Products for Surviving a Michigan Winter

Luckily, we've had a fairly mild winter so far, but the recent storm that swept across Northern Michigan dumping over a foot of snow, is a healthy reminder that real winter is coming. Every seasoned Michigander knows that, even if...

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Highlights of 2018 Making It In Michigan Conference

Each November, the MSU Product Center, part of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, brings together food producers, buyers, and representatives from supporting entities for Making It In Michigan. Part trade show expo and part educational conference,...

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Buying Local for Your Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re going to find yourself in a grocery store buying food to entertain family and friends this month, you are certainly not alone. Most of us tend to eat more during the holiday season, so it stands to reason...

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View a Menagerie of Glass in Dearborn

It is common at this time of year for families to visit pumpkin patches and farmers markets all over the state in search of a special orange squash that is just the right shape and size to become one of...

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The Delectable Brews of Fall

Welcoming a new season isn't just about a change in weather, it also brings welcome changes that are sure to please the palate. For example, it turns out that pumpkin and autumnal spices can taste just as enjoyable in a...

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Los Angeleno Recommends Her BMNFest Favorites

I'm sitting on a plane, listening to the list of snack options being presented to me by my American Airlines attendant, turning them all down, knowing I have something with me that's even better.  Rosted Spicy Crunchy Lentils. Otherwise known...

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How Strong is Your Beercabulary?

July marks Craft Beer Month here in Michigan. The quantity and quality of craft beers continues to grow each year, here in the Great Beer State, leading more and more people want to taste new versions. Unfortunately, in some cases the...

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Stocking Up on Michigan Spirits

Sometimes it’s hard to tell which came first, the rise in popularity of craft cocktails or the availability of handcrafted and small batch spirits, but they unquestionably go hand in hand now. Consumers are increasingly on the hunt for unique...

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8 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

May has been proclaimed Michigan Wine Month by Governor Rick Snyder. According to the official proclamation Michigan's wine grape and wine industry contributes $5.4 billion in economic impact, including $253 million in tourism spending and creates more than 47,000 jobs....

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Flavorful Michigan Salsas Are Heating Things Up

 With summer barbecues and picnics just around the corner it’s the perfect time to explore some of the most flavorful salsas coming out of our state. The abundance of produce grown locally, and the creativity of our entrepreneurs, has led...

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Michigan's Oldest Winery Expands

Paw Paw’s St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s oldest and longest-operating winery, has set its sights on expansion. The company has announced plans to open two new tasting locations this year according to Nancie Oxley, Vice President and Winemaker. “This is an exciting...

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Valentine Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day has become the ultimate date night around America. Going out to dinner and/or catching a movie is commonplace, and a really great start. Yet everyone knows that adding a gift to the mix will almost always bring an...

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Valentine Gifts for Him

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Most of the gift suggestions for this romantic holiday tend to be geared toward women, but men deserve to know how much they're loved too. Here are some fun ways to show your...

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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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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 Michigan This June

Warmth is finally arriving, graduates are marching, and fests are popping up every weekend. It’s time for some summer fun.  June 6-9 Bavarian Festival – Frankenmuth June means it’s time for one of Frankenmuth’s favorite weekends. Celebrate the heritage that made the...

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The Most Unbelievable True Story of Pontiac's Rebellion

Every Memorial Day Weekend, a group of individuals dressed as American Indians from the upper part of Michigan gather in front of Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City to play baggataway, which is an early version of lacrosse. The game is...

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12 Things To Do in Michigan This May

We’re still flirting with snowfalls so it’s nice to know that May truly means summer cannot be far behind. Flowers are blooming, boats are reappearing in our lakes, and a month of delightful experiences awaits. Here are a dozen opportunities...

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Painter Sandi Hammerstrom Oliverio Captures Michigan on Canvas

Today, painter Sandi Hammerstrom Oliverio has the great fortune of working in the medium she most loves, while living in a place that provides seemingly endless inspiration, but that was not always the case. She first began her career in...

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10 Moments That Make Us LOVE Springtime in Michigan

Winter got off to a bit of a sleepy start in 2018, but it sure has finished with a kick in 2019. It's almost enough to make us think that, despite the date, spring will never really arrive. Yet, we...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan This April

One of the best things about April is the resurgence of green, complemented by the first flowers of the year. Here are a dozen other opportunities to enjoy.   April 4-5 Spring Art Fair – Royal Oak Head to the Royal Oak Farmers...

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Michigan's Best St. Patty's Day Wardrobe Options

There’s an old adage that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, that’s not really true, but it is true that you can get in the Irish spirit by donning something green. That said, not everyone has that...

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12 Things To Do This March in Michigan

March brings “Madness,” unpredictable weather, kite-flying season, and the long-awaited arrival of spring. It also has loads of enjoyable event opportunities. Here is a dozen of our favorites. March 1-3 DSO Heroes & Villains Concert – Detroit What do you get...

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How Did a Doughnut Get Its Own Holiday?

One of the most significant elements that makes up the food culture of any region is the ethnicity of the people that settle in that area because they bring with them the traditions of their land of origin. One such...

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Planning the Perfect Northern Michigan Girls Getaway

Stock up on snacks, pick a meeting place, fill the tank, and hit the road. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip, especially when it involves some of my favorite people. Such was the case recently,...

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Michigan's Winter Restaurant Week Destinations

The concept of a “Restaurant Week” is said to have originated in New York City back in the early 1990s. The idea was to give foodies an opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus at some of the best restaurants in the...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan This February

 The arrival of February is hopefully bringing some relief from the polar vortex. Either way, there is time for more winter fun. Feb 2,9,16,23 Snowshoes, Vines & Wines – Suttons Bay  As long as there is snow on the ground, Black Star...

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12 Things to Do in January

For those of us who choose to live in Michigan, embracing each season is part of the joy. The state is a winter wonderland come this time of year, with plenty of January events and opportunities. Here are a dozen...

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Top 10 Uniquely Michigan Christmas Traditions

For most of us, the holiday season is steeped in our own unique traditions. When I was a kid, for example, Santa used to come and pound on our door early on Christmas Eve. He would drop one gift in...

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12 Things To Do During December in Michigan

Lights, entertainment, and new year's celebrations take center stage during this festive month. Here are some extra special happenings around the state. Dec 7-Dec 18 Christmas Cabaret – Augusta If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit, a visit to The...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in November

There is no more important thing you can do this month than vote on November 6, but there may be a few things that are more fun. Here are a dozen ideas… Nov 4 All Things Detroit Holiday Edition – Detroit Already...

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5 Scrumptious Ways to Drink Your Apples

It’s apple harvesting season, and there’s nothing quite like biting into one of these sweet, crispy fruits of fall. That is of course, unless you take advantage of one of the many other scrumptious ways to drink in all that...

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7 Spooktacular Michigan Destinations

October in Michigan is about more than cider and corn mazes, when we embrace fear in its many forms. From the abundance of scary movies on TV to the costume shops in every other strip mall, to the haunted houses...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in September

School is back in session, but fun still abounds across the state as we turn our attention toward cider mills, football games, and trees bursting with color. Here are just a few special ways to enjoy the delights of September...

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Top 10 Tips for Picking Apples

The air is getting crisper and so are Michigan’s apples. September and October are prime apple-picking months and there are U-Pick orchards all over the state for some fresh food and family fun. Before you head out, here are ten...

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12 Things To Do During July in Michigan

Boating, beaching, baseball, and of course fairs and fests galore are in full force this month. Here are just a dozen examples to explore around the state. July 5-7 Bay City Fireworks Festival – Bay City Many communities offer up some firework...

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Celebrating Pioneering Women of Michigan Wine

Would you be surprised to learn that the first American woman to earn the title Master Sommelier is from Michigan – or that the Winemaker of one of Michigan’s largest wineries is a woman? It’s Women’s History Month. Help us...

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12 Things To Do During June in Michigan

The weather is downright hot, graduates are marching, and fests are on the rise. June means that summer has finally arrived in Michigan, and so have a huge bevy of cool things to do.   June 1-3 Lyon Township International Kite Festival...

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Barbara Pietron Writes a New Chapter for Herself

After years in the corporate world, Royal Oak-based author, Barbara Pietron, found herself with a chance at a second career. Inspired by a lifetime love of reading, and with a background in technical writing, she decided to pursue a career...

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Master Jeweler Ted Lepczynski Draws Inspiration from Michigan

Michigan Jeweler Ted Lepczynski’s artistic journey began over 40 years ago when he served as an apprentice under old world master jewelers at the Meyer Jewelers Headquarters in Detroit.  Ted’s role included participating in the manufacturing, repair and finishing of fine...

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Best Beer Stops in Kalamazoo

With its multi-year designation as Beer City USA, there is no doubt that Grand Rapids is one of the best places to experience frothy goodness, but make no mistake, it’s not the only awesome beer town in the state. Kalamazoo...

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12 Things To Do in a Michigan May

May is full of art, music, flowers, and opportunities to salute our brave troops, past and present.   May 4 Downtown Art Walk – Tecumseh This is a lovely time of year for an evening stroll, and you can hardly find a sweeter...

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12 Things to Do in a Michigan April

Maple running in trees and fools running in the streets are just two of the ways Michigan comes to life after a sleepy winter this spring. Here are some of April’s highlights.   April 5-7 Grand Rapids Film Festival – Grand Rapids Unlike...

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Monte Nagler Proves It's Never Too Late to Focus on Your Passion

Farmington-based photographer, Monte Nagler was not always making his living behind the lens. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he first became a car designer and automotive product planner. Eventually Monte turned his professional pursuits to photography. His passion...

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12 Things To Do in March

She seems to be coming in like a lion, but we’re all looking forward to her going out like a lamb. Regardless of weather, March always brings some tremendous opportunities for revelry.     March 5-10 KBS Week – Grand Rapids AND...

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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 1-28 The Science Behind Pixar – Dearborn The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation takes guests behind the animated curtains of...

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Michigan Takes Gold at Wine Competitions

It's winter-time and Team USA is ready to go for Gold at the Olympics. Here in Michigan, our wineries have been going for glory all year long, making this a good time to reflect on recent wine competitions, and Michigan’s...

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12 Things To Do During January in Michigan

It may be chilly, but our state is also a winter wonderland come this time of year. Get out and explore, or at least eat and drink, depending on your style. Here are some cool, or downright cold ways to...

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8 Other Ways to Enjoy Detroit During the Auto Show

It’s time once again for the North American International Auto Show, which will take the Motor City by storm January 20th-28th. Cars are of course the stars of this annual extravaganza, but with the ever-changing cityscape of Detroit, it is also...

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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 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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