Michigan Made

I love to find products made in Michigan and support local companies. I'd like to share some of my favorite and most recent products that I've found.

I noticed Third Coast Keys while making some extra keys at a Gilbert's True Value Hardware in Dewitt, Michigan.
Third Coast sells keys that are in the shape of the state of Michigan. I think the keys are adorable and offer a fun alternative for those that add identifiers to keys so they can distinguish keys from each other.

This spring, while visiting some of our family and friends at the Vermontville Maple SyrupFestival, my mom and also went to the Arts and Craft Show to purchase products from some of our favorite companies, we also found a new product line by MickeyT's.
Mickey T's is a company that I've never seen before this year. Mickey T's is located in Davisburg, Michigan. They have many flavors of rubs, spices and garlics with fresh ingredients, no salt, no MSG or preservatives in any of their products. Flavors offered are Chicken, Beef, Fish, Rib, Vegetable, Wild Game, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Jamaica, India, Italy, and France.  On their Salt Free Rub website you can order products, check the show schedule to see where they will be next, and find recipes.

SP Fine Bath and Body is one of our favorites. We love the vegan, eco-friend products which are chemical free, and come in great scents. SP sells bath & body, laundry products, bug spray, sunscreen, hand sanitizer as well as products for dogs. There are many scent selections including Cool Water, Drakkar, Cucumber Melon, Lovespell, Vanilla, Clean Cotton, Coconut Lime Verbena, and many others. My favorite products are the lotion bar and the body lotion, liquid soap (body wash) and body spray combo. The scents are strong at first, but fade quite quickly.

Who doesn't love dip mixes? Pam's Panty sells the best mixes for dips, salsas, no bake cheesecakes, and more. The extensive product line with so many flavors is outstanding. My favorites are Spinach Surprise, Definitely Dill, Funfetti, Mellie's Mexi Mix, and Caramel Nutter Butter. They always offer great deals at shows and if you sign up for their email newsletter, you'll periodically receive offers.

Michigan Pure Maple Syrup
One of the items that you can find anywhere when you go to the Vermontville Syrup Festival is pure Maple Syrup.  If you are looking for Maple Syrup outside of the Vermontville Syrup Festival, check out BennedictFamily Farms located in Vermontville, Michigan.  
Benedict Family Farm: 517-230-5083

We came across Lush Nuts while shopping at October Moon in Old Town, Lansing.
I tried the coconut lavender, which was very good. The lavender was very mild and coconut was not overly sweet. It was a great combination. As I looked further into the LushNuts company, I found that the it was started by Bisera Urdarevik who created the product while studying culinary arts in Chicago at Kendall College. In 2011, Bisera launched Lush Gourmet Foods, a specialty nut wholesale business in Kalamazoo.

I am very impressed with the vegan purses designed by Michigan State Graduate, Jenna Kator. Each of her purses are named after a Michigan City. Jenna's line include a variety of sizes of purses, wallets, and wristlets. Jenna is also a supporter of Philanthropy through the Handbags of Hope program. 100% of the proceeds for the Philanthropy Tawas Point Handbag goes to Handbags of Hope.

I love the Hasting's Candle Company Candles. They have more scents that I can list. You'll find traditional candle scents you'd come to expect as well as fun scents like Monkey Butt, Blueberry Cobbler, Sun-Ripened Tomato, and Sweet Potato and Brown Sugar. The candles are produced by the Hastings Pewter Company. I've found Hasting's Candles in Lake Odessa at ConsignmentsBy Sherry as well as in Hastings at The Hanger

On my way to a seminar at University of Phoenix in Southfield,Michigan, I stopped in Beyond Juicery +Eatery, a Michigan based company offering fresh juices, smoothies, sandwiches and other treats. To my surprise, found many Michigan Made products featured, including YumBitz, Detroit cookie company that gives back, as well as Living Zen and Carlo's products.

YumBitz come in three flavors and they are very tasty, not overly sweet … but that's not why you'll buy these cookies. For every purchase, 10% of the proceeds go to a community organization to help combat child hunger in the metro Detroit area. Monica Marks-Martin, co-founder and owner, is on mission to combat  hunger by giving back money to help support local Detroit food banks.

I'm not sure the extent of the Living Zen Organics product line, but I've tried the Flax Crackers and the Garlic Chipotle Pumpkin Seeds. Both of these snacks are great.  I've seen that they sell Kale Chips, which are available at Whole Foods. The company website lists all the places their products are available.

Carlo's Grain Free products include three flavors of granola, original, dark chocolate cherry, and key lime macadamia. The full list of where you can purchase their granola is on their company website.
Carlo Vivio, owner, also describes his journey with struggling with his weight which led him to create these healthy, portable snacks. His goal was to create a granola without grain, dairy, refined sugars, corn, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, peanuts, or soy that tastes great too … he succeeded!
His product was recently featured on a segment on a local Detroit news sharing great weight-loss snacks: http://www.clickondetroit.com/live-in-the-d/live-in-the-d-weight-loss-snacks-to-try?searchType=ALL&compId=316565310

Recently, I came across a list of Michigan companies online. Visit Buy Michigan Now, 

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Meandering Michigan Series: Grand River Avenue Towns, Williamston

The first stop on the Michigan Meandering of Grand River Avenue is Williamston Michigan. Until my mom moved into the Williamston area about 9 years ago, I hadn't really spent much time there. I had visited some friends once and also been there to eat at Spags (Spagnuolo's Restaurant and Spag's Bar & Grill), a longstanding Williamston eatery.  Since my mom's move, Williamston is now a frequent stop for us.

One of our favorite stops is the Michigan Market located in the Keller Building. This store offers a wide variety of Michigan made gifts including jams, snacks. jewelry, cards, and scarves. There are always finding new items to keep you coming back to see what they will have.
If you are looking for a one of a kind gift or piece for you home, stop in to Fireworks Glass Studio. You can watch artists Rhonda Baker and Dave Porter make one of a kind hanging lampshades, vases, and other creative and colorful pieces. Of course, they also offer glassblowing classes for those that are interested in making pieces.

Barrett's is a family owned clothing store in downtown that has been there since 1928. While it many in Williamston visit the store today for Williamston clothing and varsity jackets or school clothing, you can also find both men's and women's clothing and shoes. You can find apparel from Carhart, Stormy Kromer, Dickies, Levi's, Woolrich,  Columbia, Red Wing Shoes, Merrell, Toad & Co., and The Mitten State along with other brands.

On the edge of town, near I-96, near the Antique Market of Williamtson, is Meridorf Meats Market. Like many of the other Williamston businesses, Merindorf's is a family owned business. They have two locations, one in Williamston and one in Mason. They have been in business since 1997. Merindorf's carries a wide selection of beef , specialty smoked meats, and chicken, pork, buffalo, elk, venison items, cheeses, and specialty foods. They offer meat processing for farmers and hunters as well as meat bundles for those that want to purchase a larger amount for better deal. Keep an eye out on their website for weekly deals.

Gracie's Place
 Gracie's Place is a great lunch or dinner spot. The food is farm to table with quality ingredients and changes every couple of weeks. They have an vast beer, wine and signature cocktail offering.  While eating, you can also admire the paintings, each month a different artist is featured. If you sit in the back of the restaurant, you can watch the food be prepared.  The last time my mom was there, she said she had to tip the chef because she enjoyed her lunch so much. She had the Jack Donnelly sandwich (turkey, bacon, cranberry and horseradish) with creamy Tomato Basil soup, one of my favorites. Gracie's offers great food in a creative atmosphere. If you are interested in cooking classes, you contact the Gracie's for more information and to reserve a spot in their monthly cooking classes.
Gracie's Brick Wall that features different artists every couple of weeks.
When people think of dining in Williamston, many think of the Red Cedar Grill. Red Cedar Grill is New American cuisine described as Big City Tastes in a Small Town.  The menu at Red Cedar changes seasonally. If you are intrested in a having a drink with your dinner, they have Michigan craft brews on tap, a seasonal cocktails, and an expansive wine list.

The first time my mom invited me to eat at a Golf Course, I was surprised, but pleasantly surprised after dinning there. The menu is fairly extensive with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and flatbreads, Mexican selections, steaks, pasta, and fish. The prices are very reasonable. Be sure to check their website for specials, like all you can eat fish on Friday nights for $11.99 and a lasagna dinner special on Sundays for $9.99 where you can choose from homemade meat or vegetable lasagna.

For more information on Tavern 109, see my past blog post:

If you are interested in Antiques, Williamston is the town for you. There are several antique stores in town, our favorites are The Antiques Market, Red Cedar Antiques, and Old Plank Road.

The Antiques Marketof Williamston is a huge building located just off I-96 on the south end of Williamston.  Since 1995 the owners have managed to keep this large building loaded with a variety of items. This antique market is very well known. Be sure to check out their website for monthly specials, photos from booths, and pictures of what's new.

Red Cedar Antiques is a unique and interesting building located on the west side of town. It's divided into small rooms and there are plenty of antiques and vintage collectibles. This is a great place to walk around and shop. 

Old Plank Road Antiques is located right downtown.
Do not let this small store fool you.
They have plenty of good quality antiques.
New pieces come in frequently.

Stay tuned for the other stops on the Meandering Grand River Avenue Towns Series.

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Meandering Michigan Series: Grand River Avenue Towns

If you are from the Lansing or Detroit areas, you are familiar with the Grand River and Grand River Avenue. Between Detroit and Lansing there are several Michigan down towns that are worth a visit for restaurants, art, unique stores, and Michigan Made products.

Since my mom lives in the area, we are frequenters to many of these down towns. From East to West the towns you don't want to miss are Brighton, Howell, and Williamston.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts for each of these towns and my favorites stops. I'll also share additional pictures on the Michigan Girl Facebook page.

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2016 Michigan Spring and Summer Events

Keep an eye out for updates on 2016 Michigan Spring and Summer Events. I'm posting them on the Michigan Girl Facebook page. You can also find information on the sidebar to the right of the From the Mind of a Michigan Girl Blog Page.

Some of the events I can't wait to attend are the Shed 5 Flea Market, 14th Annual Michigan Lavender Festival , Old Town Scrapfest , and Bay City Tall Ships Celebration. Hope to see you there!

Also, you can look forward to my upcoming posts, sharing information and pictures from recent meanders to Mason, Williamston, and Howell. These downtowns are Michigan Girl Favorites. Stay tuned!

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