Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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:

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

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  1. How is it that I haven't heard of most these products? Thanks for introducing us! I love the key!

    1. Glad I could share something new with you. I find out about many Michigan products by going to festivals and shows around the state. I'm always keeping an eye out when going into smaller stores that carry local products as well.

    2. I also share products I find on Pinterest.

  2. I'm already a huge fan of Jenna Kator, but I LOVE the Michigan keys! What a fun housewarming gift!