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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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Free Books Available to All Michigan Kids

It started as a simple idea in a living room. Menachem Kniespeck was convinced that children would do better in school with access to the proper supplies, so he began collecting pencils, paper, crayons, and glue to fill some backpacks,...

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These Boating Safety Tips May Save a Life

In a state where you are never more than six miles from a body of water, nor more than eighty five miles from a Great Lake, it’s no wonder that we love our boats so much. In fact, Michigan is...

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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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University Collaborations Drive Michigan's Economy

A group of Michigan’s research universities are partnering to offer Michigan businesses a chance to gain access to their faculty’s research and expertise. Known as the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), the six collaborating universities include: Michigan State, Michigan Tech,...

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Michigan Parks Mobilize

Michigan residents love our sports and the outdoors, and now there’s a free smart-phone app that will help us easily navigate Michigan’s most scenic and lively parks and recreation areas. The Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) partnered with Royal Oak-based...

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Are You the Willy Wonka of Michigan's Ice Cream World?

How does a free year’s supply of Hudsonville ice cream sound to you?   The company has a long history of using local ingredients and creating Michigan-inspired flavors like Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge®, Mackinac Island Fudge, Michigan Deer Traxx®, and Lake...

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Bartender, Some Pumpkin in my Pint, Please

Fall brings us crisp air, fantastic football, apple cider, mulled wine, and of course harvest ales.  The latter of which are becoming increasingly popular and unique.  Can you imagine a beer being made with actual pumpkin pie, for example?  Yep, it's on the...

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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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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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March Means Michigan Maple Syrup

Long before European settlers arrived in the land known as Mishigamaa, natives were flavoring their food with the sweet sap of maple trees. Today, Michigan ranks 5th in maple syrup production in the United States, averaging about 90,000 gallons per year. In...

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American Dryer Innovation May Prevent Flu from Spreading

This has been a particularly brutal cold and flu season, but hope is on the horizon. There is one relatively new Michigan-made product that can really help us protect ourselves from the spread of germs and disease. It’s the Extreme...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in August

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. July 29-August 3 Traverse City Film Festival – Traverse City Academy Award...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in July

Independence Day means fireworks celebrations all around the state this month, but there are also plenty of other exciting activities happening. Here are a dozen fun ideas worth taking in.   July 3-5 Dennis Hale Book Signing – Paradise The gales of November...

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Michigan Company Aims to Give the American Dream a Boost

 There are few things in life more exciting than buying your own home, planning your wedding, driving your new car, or traveling to an exotic locale that you’ve always wanted to visit. There are also few things that wreak more...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in June

Summertime and the living is easy...except for narrowing down which events to attend across our glorious state. We've highlighted just a few for your consideration.   June 5-8 Frontier Days – Carson City Since Carson City has long been associated with its...

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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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12 Things to Do in Michigan in May

April showers are bringing May flowers and there is plenty of fun blooming around our state this month. Here are some options to consider.   April 30-May 3 Jackson Storyfest – Jackson   Once upon a time, there were no movies or video...

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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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12 Things to Do in Michigan in April

Spring is finally here and it brings with it a bunch of fun opportunities around the state.   April 4-5 Battle of the Glassblowers – Kalamazoo It’s always cool to watch an artist at work, especially when you get to see something as...

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12 Sure Signs of Spring in Michigan

Like Virginia at Christmas time, more so than ever, residents of the Great Lakes State are starting to doubt that it exists this year, but yes Michigan, there is a spring. It is finally upon us on the calendar, and...

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How Does Beer City USA Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Let’s face it, St. Patrick’s Day and beer go together like Thanksgiving and turkey. It’s hard to imagine one without the other, which makes Grand Rapids quite a destination for Irish revelry in March. The craft brewing industry has been on...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in March

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Here’s hoping the lamb portion comes very soon. In the meantime, these fun events are worth checking out.   March 4 Pączki Day – Hamtramck Some see it as a...

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12 Things to Do in Michigan in February

Frigid winds may still be blasting our way in February, but that doesn’t stop Michiganders from having a blast. These are just a dozen of the many awesome entertainment options from which to choose throughout the state. Feb 1-2 International 500 Snowmobile...

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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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What Changes Are in Store for Detroit's Belle Isle?

I’ve been going to Belle Isle for as long as I can remember. It’s a peaceful respite from city life, seemingly floating in the Detroit River. At any time of year, the island offers spectacular views of both downtown Detroit...

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5 Big Reasons to Visit Mackinac Island in the Fall

Another season is winding down on Mackinac Island, and while the ferries may be heading into drydock, now is the perfect time to add an autumn visit to the island to your “bucket list” for 2014 and beyond. As a kid...

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Michigan's Magical History and City

Legendary magician, and master of the great escape, Harry Houdini died in Room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit on October 31, 1926. Medically speaking, he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. Given his profession, the fact that he...

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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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Local Foods Set Sail in Traverse City

It wouldn’t be summertime in Traverse City without the majestic sight of the Tall Ship Manitou sailing through the bay. The ship begins sailing Memorial Day Weekend and doesn’t complete the season until September 30.  A favorite among tourists as well...

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100 Years of Smooth Sailing for Sanders Bumpy Cake

I'm not sure I can even remember the last time my family celebrated any kind of holiday that a Sanders Bumpy Cake™ wasn't invited to the party. I suspect I am not alone on that front, which comes as no...

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Michiganders Ramp Up the Hunt for Morels

The arrival of spring in Michigan is a welcome relief for all those eager to leave the snow behind, and especially for foodies who long to emerse themselves in the flavors of a new season. The desire for one such...

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10 Places to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

In keeping with tradition, Governor Snyder has again proclaimed April as Michigan Wine Month.  The effort, spearheaded by the Michigan Grape and Wine Council, is aimed at shining a spotlight on this growing industry. In 2012, total wine sales in Michigan...

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Two Iconic Detroit Brands Join Forces

These days many of us frequently find ourselves grabbing meals on the go.  Unfortunately the fast food market is largely dominated by national chains so there is a temptation to sacrifice buying local for the sake of convenience. Fortunately Detroit...

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Students Discover Value of MI-Made Products

One of the greatest ways to ensure that our buy local movement makes a significant economic contribution is to involve the youngest generation.  Not only do kids shop, they also influence their parents' buying decisions.  Which is why it's always...

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Six Michigan Wineries - One Tasting Room

For those interested in exploring Michigan-made wines, there is literally a lot of ground to cover. With 15,000 acres of vineyards, Michigan is the fourth largest grape-growing state in the nation. About 2,650 of those acres are devoted to wine...

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Serve Michigan at Your Feast

One of the greatest aspects of the holiday season is sharing scrumptious meals with friends and family. We, here in Michigan, are incredibly fortunate that some of the most delectable foods in the world are grown or produced right here. Everything from turkey to...

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What Playing in a World Series Means for Detroit

Baseball fans all over the state are buzzing about the Detroit Tigers returning to the World Series, but baseball fan or not, anyone who loves Detroit has reason to be excited. Hosting a World Series means an unplanned economic boost, discovery...

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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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Celebrate Dad Michigan Style

Holidays like Father’s Day, which is coming up June 17th, are a time for reflection, fun, and of course gifts. In fact, spoiling dad is turning into big business.  According to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Father's Day spending survey, the average...

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Show Mom Some Michigan Love

April showers bring more than just May flowers, they also lead to Mother’s Day. The second Sunday of the month gives us a wonderful opportunity to do something special to show our appreciation to mothers, grandmothers, wives, and mentors who have...

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Bell's Is Brewing Culinary Tourism and Beer

The more theatrical among us may think of Oberon mostly as a Shakespearian character terrorizing Titania amidst a mid-summer’s dream, but for lovers of fine ales, Oberon is a dream itself that arrives in early spring and makes many a...

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Romance Michigan-Style

February is a common time of year to talk about romance, and yet most people, women at least, will tell you any time of year is a good time of year to create a romantic moment.  Here are a few...

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Detroit Coney Dogs Go Hollywood

It's ten o'clock on a Sunday, and the regular crowd shuffles in.  There's a young man sitting next to me sipping Faygo instead of tonic and gin.  There's no piano man in sight, just plenty of people in Honolulu Blue glued to...

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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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Test Your Apple IQ

Fall means a lot of wonderful things in Michigan, not the least of which is a great influx of fresh, crisp apples.  With an estimated annual impact of $700 million, apples are Michigan's largest, and most valuable fruit crop.  Home...

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Come Cook with Dorothy Zehnder

What trip to Frankenmuth would be complete without partaking in some of the food for which our “Little Bavaria” has become known? Now, you can bring some of those tastes into your own home on a regular basis, thanks to Come...

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Michigan Beers Conquer the World

Michigan’s reputation for beer production is rising faster than the yeast used to make the tasty froths. The state now ranks #5 in the nation in terms of its overall number of breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs.  In fact, this thriving industry contributes...

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10 Ways to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month

Looking for an excuse to sip a little extra wine this spring?  You're in luck because April is Michigan wine month, and that means many extra opportunities to explore and adore this booming local industry. Michigan's 80 commercial wineries produce more...

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Which Wine Shall We Serve?

To help you toast the season Michigan style, we asked From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries co-author Lorri Hathaway to share some pairing recommendations for commonly served holiday dishes as well as some good bottles to have on hand to serve and share...

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Amazing Pie Captures Title in Recipe Contest

Sally Sibthorpe knocked herself out for our first We're Cookin' in Michigan Recipe Contest.  She created not just one, but two truly unique recipes, chalk full of Michigan ingredients, that captured the interest of our preliminary round judge, Chef Peter Julian...

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How About Some Ice Cold Beer for Dad?

Father's Day is right around the corner.  Before picking up another tie or some golf balls, why not consider a tasty gift that is closer to home?  Michigan is rapidly becoming known as The Great Beer State and with good reason.  More than 70 craft...

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Bowers Barn Wins Financial Support via National Vote

When the builder of the big red cattle barn on Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills began construction in the 1920s, he certainly wasn’t intent on building an icon that would win a national award 90 years later. But that’s exactly...

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A Glass Menagerie of Pumpkins

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 perfect shape and size to become their jack-o-lantern. For...

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Exploring Lakeshore's Michigan Wine Trail

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to kick off the fall season, consider exploring Michigan’s wine country. The Michigan Wine Trail has several paths, and we recently explored a portion of the Lake Michigan Shore section in the southwest.   There are...

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Hiller's Leads by Example

Can everyone make a contribution toward improving Michigan's economy?  Hiller's, a small chain of grocery stores in Southeastern Michigan, seems to think so, and naturally we agree.  Sidney Hiller introduced the company in 1941, and was committed to bringing quality and value to his customers.  Back...

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Take a Bite Out of Michigan

It's March and that means National Nutrition Month. This year's theme is Eat Right, and eating right, while buying locally, is easy for Michiganders due to the plethora of healthy foods grown and produced here. In addition to generating over $63.7 billion...

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From Michigan With Love

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast (February 14th).  Here are some gift ideas that will delight your loved ones and support blossoming Michigan businesses. Michigan Roses Roses are the ultimate romantic flower, and there’s one company in Michigan that’s still growing...

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Make a Resolution to Transform Our State

When most of us think of new year's resolutions we think of making personal changes, and often changes that make a bigger impact on ourselves than on others.  The quest toward genuine self-improvement is always a good thing, so go...

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Michigan Sparkles for the Holidays

STOP! Before you reach for that bottle of French Champagne or California bubbly during the holiday festivities, how about giving a try to one of Michigan’s finest? Sparkling wines, that is. Whether from L. Mawby or Shady Lane on Leelanau Peninsula, Chateau...

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Create a Holiday Feast with Michigan Goods

If every Michigan household shifted just ten dollars of our weekly grocery purchases toward Michigan products, we could add nearly $1.9 billion dollars a year into our local economy!  It's something we can all do to help, and it's even easier...

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Our Fab 5 Michigan Money-Savers

With the holiday season in full swing, every dollar counts.  Here are five fabulous ways to save or find money in Michigan. Vintage Michigan Club - Wine aficionados may want to join the Vintage Michigan Club for ongoing savings and education on local...

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Jeff Daniels Celebrates Homegrown Music

Actor, singer, and songwriter Jeff Daniels is celebrating "Made in Michigan" music at his third annual Jeff Daniels & Friends concert over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Inspired by a similar event, which was the brainchild of musician, Arlo Guthrie, Daniels' showcase will...

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Meijer Introduces Groceries by the Case

Finding ways to reduce household expenses is becoming increasingly important in this troubling economy.  Now Meijer.com is rising to the occasion with a new program that allows shoppers to purchase groceries in bulk at reduced cost.   The Grand Rapids-based retailer estimates that...

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Here's the Scoop on Moomers

Moomers Ice Cream, one of the best kept secrets in Michigan, is finally getting known across the country.  Nestled back off of N. Long Lake Road in Traverse City, Moomers was recently voted the "Best Scoop in America"  by viewers of ABC's...

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State Legislature Acts to Protect Great Lakes

Michigan's state legislature took a historic step on June 23rd to protect the Great Lakes from pollution, water diversion and corporate interests. The Michigan House and Senate agreed to pass legislation barring outside interests from profiting from the five Great Lakes, which...

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Cinco de Mayo Michigan Style

For most Americans, celebrating Cinco de Mayo is less about the historic relevance of Mexico's victory over the French in 1862, and more about savoring the spicy flavors of Mexico.  No fiesta would be complete without spectacular salsa.  Since Michigan borders our colder...

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Every Day Can Be Earth Day in Michigan

The debate about renewable energy is heating up in Michigan, and not just because today is Earth Day. The scientific community is increasingly aligned behind the contention that climate change is a reality, and that fossil fuels are contributing to the...

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Ring in the Spring with Michigan Wine

April is Michigan Wine Month and a great time to leave the winter behind and explore the budding greenery of the countryside.  Why not pair your weekend retreat with some fine wine?  Michigan’s flourishing grape industry is not only producing...

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