Hometown Holiday Gifts: Michigan-made products

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:26:42 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 25 2013 09:38:46 AM EST


Epiphany Glass in Pontiac specializes in glass blowing and painting, such as these holiday ornaments. More information can be found at www.epiphanyglass.com.

Detroit -

The road from the North Pole to your house and everyone in between comes through Michigan and Local 4, First at 4. 

We've embarked on a very ambitious project to showcase Michigan-made products from now through Christmas eve.  Weather you're doing Christmas shopping, holiday shopping or buying a few things for yourself you'll love our selection of Hometown Holiday Gifts.

Stop by everyday to be introduced to a new vendor, a new product, a new food, a new trinket and a new way of supporting your local merchants.  Remember every gift you purchase from a homegrown merchant means more money in your immediate community and an assurance that your neighbors will still have jobs.

We've combed the Blue Pages at Buy Michigan Now for the most interesting people, selling the most interesting items and everyday at 4 p.m., we'll introduce you to something you didn't know you couldn't live without until now.

Our shopping resource guide is below:  

Epiphany Glass

On Monday, December 2, we introduced you to Epiphany Glass Studio located in Pontiac. A company that's really blown up in the last several years under the artistry of April Wagner. At Ephiphany you can find paperweights, bowls, glass sculptures and the artisans on-site will teach you to blow-glass and make your own flower sculpture for $50.

Oakland County Epiphany Glass Studio
770 Orchard Lake Road
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 745-3786

Al Dente Pasta

On Tuesday, December 3, we sampled old world Italian pasta in a new world setting. Al Dente Pasta from Whitmore Lake specializes in handmade pasta and sauces with the care and pride of an Italian grandmother. While the holidays are a time for entertaining, Al Dente Pasta makes giving the gift of great eating easy and fun.

Al Dente Pasta
Baskets of pasta and sauce
9815 Main St
Whitmore Lake, MI

Holly Candle Shoppe

On Wednesday, December 4, we got a whiff of the wonders at Holly's Candle Shoppe in Holly, Michigan. The hand-poured candles are luxurious and also burn cleaner in homes where there are allergies. Dip your finger carefully in a little warm wax and rub it into your skin to seal in softness and moisture. Holly's Candle Shoppe only uses the finest materials for body products, as well.

Holly Candle Shoppe
110 S. Saginaw
Holly, MI 48442

Common Spirits Organics

On Thursday, December 5, we got a chance to experience Common Spirits Organics out of Brighton, Michigan. This company specializes in baby-safe products as well as bath and body products for everyone in the family. Each product is created with an organic, anti-oxidant rich base and there are no harmful chemicals ever used.

Common Spirit Organics
1401 Raleigh
Brighton, MI 48114

Love Book

On Friday, December 6, we discovered a truly unique way to customize romance. Love Book out of Ann Arbor has a fun to use, easy to navigate website that allows you to be the author of your own love story. Tell the person you love most why you love them. Give a coupon book with images that look just like you. It's fun, easy, affordable and 100 percent custom and Michigan-made

Love Book
2015 Rugby Ct.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(810) 730-7281


On Monday, December 9, we had a lot of fun using our own imaginations. Palumba from Ann Arbor specializes in toys that drive imagination. These are safe, hardy, imaginative toys, furnishings and items that drive your child to think for themselves. While many toys laugh, giggle, talk and walk, these toys allow the child to dictate the story and the play, developing imagination and sharpening thinking skills. The toys are so beautifully made they will become family heirlooms.

221 Felch Street, Suite C3
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Kelly's Karamels

On Tuesday, December 10, we tasted the goodness of Kelly's Karamels. This company operates out of Troy, Michigan and promises to deliver soft, chewy caramels that won't stick to your teeth. There are a variety of gift packs and hostess gifts that can be purchased online. Kelly's Karamel's can also be found at Holiday Markets, Plum Markets, Vince and Joes and Nino Salvaggios'.
Kelly's Karamels
Soft gourmet caramels
4977 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48098 Map

Detroit Scroll

On Wednesday, December 11, we got wowed. Detroit Scroll out of Grosse Pointe, Michigan has found a way to turn the city's history into art. For instance a tee shirt will have important locations, artfully silk screened. There are glasses and scrolls. And patrons have an opportunity to create their own custom memories. If you met your sweetie on Belle Isle, ran the Detroit Free Press Marathon together down Jefferson, fell in love at the Detroit River and got engaged at Campus Martius, you can have a wearable, useable art item inscribed with the places that tell your personal story. This one really pegs the cool meter.


And for other interesting homegrown gift ideas, you can always check out the Buy Michigan Now gift guide.

Zingerman's Deli

On, Thursday, December 12, we immersed ourselves in all things Zingerman's. Zingerman's Deli is an institution in Ann Arbor, but it was also recently a main character in the movie Five Year Engagement. People travel for miles to get those famous Zingerman's sandwiches, but the growing Michigan-made enterprise continues to wow and surprise with interesting kitchen items, cooking kits and sendable goodies. Zingerman's Online makes it easy to send a little bit of Ann Arbor to anyone you love.

Zingerman's Mail Order
422 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Chase Coat

On Friday, December 13, we discovered The Chase Coat. Can the Big Dogs in the house get some love? If you have a behemoth of a beast who gets cold feet and needs warmth again the cold Michigan winters and you can't find dog coats and gear for your St. Bernard sized-bundle of joy, The Chase Coat may be your answer. The Chase Coat specializes in quality made clothing for the big, make that, the extra large dog in your life. Hand made with neoprene for warmth, there's gear for the body and the ears.

The Chase Coat
248- 957-8573

Cherry Republic of Traverse City

On Monday, December 16, we celebrated a very cherry holiday season with Cherry Republic out of Traverse City. This homegrown company makes everything cherry delicious with their blend of creativity and on of Michigan's favorite natural resources--the cherry. They have wonderful sampler baskets that are perfect for any occasion, not just the holidays. But if you need to get something for co-workers, bosses or hard-to-purchase-for family members, you may want to try some of their handmade goodies like Chocolate Cherry Toffee, a Cherry Nut Mix or one of their new products, Cherry Summer Sausage and Artisan Cherry Mustard.


Retail Locations:
Ann Arbor
S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

411 Bridge St
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Traverse City
154 E. Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684

Glen Arbor
6026 South Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Art is in Market

A collection of 150 local up and coming artists have banded together to share retail space -- it's called the "Art Is In Market."

It's a year-round art fair for locally-made work.

The works can be ordered online at www.artisinmarket.com or at their three locations:

The Mall at Partridge Creek

Phone: (248) 759-8000 ext 400
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00 pm

Laurel Park Place

Phone: (248) 759-8000 ext 200
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00am - 6:00 pm

12 Oaks Mall

Phone: (248) 759-8000 ext 300
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00 pm

Southwestern Michigan Buttery

Southwestern Michigan Buttery, the people who do everything butter the natural way. They're gift samplers are perfect and easy to send. These are people who seem to be able to make butter out of anything, including rhubarb. They also have apple, peach and plum butters and their newest flavor is a scrumptious blueberry butter.

Their butters can also be found in some local markets.


Detroit Mercantile Company

The Detroit Mercantile Company is located at Eastern Market. Their claim to fame is having provisions for the urban pioneer, but this is really a cool shop to stroll around in.

It has an old world feel and features, not only Made-in-Michigan items, but a large selection of Made-in-the-USA items.

The Detroit Mercantile Co.

3434 Russell St.

Detroit, Michigan

Phone: 313-831-9000


Rust Belt Market

The Rust Belt Market is at the magical corner of 9 Mile and Woodward. Once you walk in, you'll be treated to an array of merchandise from local artisans.

It has the wonderful feel of an open-air market. This is NOT a flea market or consignment shop. It IS a collection of wonderful items, carefully selected by people who care about the region.

The Rust Belt Market

22801 Woodward Avenue

Ferndale, MI

48220 USA


ACO Hardware

This is more than just a hardware store, this is a place that honors other Made-in-Michigan products. They have everything you need for your last minute shopping and don't forget them come spring for their wonderful gardening items. When you shop at ACO Hardware for just a few items, you are keeping a 100% Michigan company healthy and viable. www.acohardware.com

Hiller's Market

There are seven Hiller's Markets in your community. This is a long time member of our neighborhoods serving great deli dishes, fresh foods and general grocery items. From fresh meats for winter grilling, to special side dishes for your holiday parties, Hillers is in your neighborhood all year round to give you great value and great service.

Locations are in:

Ann Arbor

3615 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Washtenaw Avenue, in the Arborland Mall at US 23)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (734) 677-2370

Commerce Township

39950 W 14 Mile Rd
Commerce Twp., MI 48390
(Fourteen Mile Road and Haggerty Road)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (248) 960-1990

Lyon Township

51847 Ten Mile Road

South Lyon, MI 48178
(Ten Mile Road and Johns Road)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (248) 264-6457


425 N. Center Street
Northville, MI 48167
(Center Street, between Main Street and 8 Mile Road)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (248) 344-4001


15455 Haggerty Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
(Haggerty Road and 5 Mile Road)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (734) 420-5555

Union Lake

3010 Union Lake Road
Commerce Twp, MI 48382
(Union Lake Road and Commerce Road)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (248) 363-8718

West Bloomfield

6433 Orchard Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(Maple Road and Orchard Lake Road in the Orchard Mall)
Open: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (248) 851-7100


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