If there’s one small hope for Michigan and our economy this holiday season, it’s in the shopping ... so why not do it local?
People like Lisa Diggs, creator of Buy Michigan Now, are begging, or rather, campaigning for us Michiganders to do so.
“It’s about encouraging others to buy from a Michigan-based company to keep the money in the state,” she says. “Take the pledge, make the commitment to speak positively about the state. There’s guides on the Web site to make shopping easier too.”
What was first launched the day before Thanksgiving in 2007 has now blown-up, particularly during holiday time, because when you buy local, you’re also employing local.
Here are just a couple of the many ways Diggs suggests to go local for all you playing St. Nicholas (and we also threw in a couple of our own suggestions too).
Head to the banks of the Detroit River in downtown Wyandotte for some Michigan art in the form of tiles, pottery, jewelry, glass, furniture and fine art. It’s an ever-changing canvas this store, so there’s sure to please at least one person off your Christmas wish list. Plus, you know all the items are truly one-of-a-kind because there’s only one for sale.
If your gift recipients are into Michigan original glass blown art, Diggs says to visit this creative academy in Dearborn. The school doubles as a retail shop where patrons can snag the students hard-earned, but hip work that includes anything from glass ornaments to candy canes.
Borders, Meijer and Dunham’s
You prefer to shop the big chains? Well you’re in luck because these are just a few that happen to be considered homebound. Plus, the best part is the convenience of the one-stop shopping grocery-chain, the variety at the media outlet and the sporting spot.
Museum shops of Henry Ford Museum
“You don’t need to pay admission to shop the unique gifts they make in the museum,” says Diggs. But, you can find quirky picks to reflect the exhibits, souvenirs, toys and other creative, and could be considered irreplaceable for all-ages at these Dearborn shops.
“It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky..Eveyone knows it’s Slinky.” Alright, you may not know the slogan song, but everyone knows what a Slinky is and, who wouldn’t want that throw-back stuffed in their stocking? It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s headquartered in Plymouth and it’s a Slinky.
Relic Soap Company
In Farmington, find handmade artisan soaps that blend oils, aromas and eco-friendly ingredients. They say soap is a necessity (which it is for those of you who may think different) so head over here to check anyone off your list.
The chic boutique wine stop in downtown Northville provides any wintertime wino with plenty to choose from: Made in Michigan wines, chocolates and other accessories. Also an option, take the giftee to the wine shop and have a seat at the barrel tables for some tasting.
Smokey’s DogHouse Treats
No one ever forgets a holiday treat for that special furry little friend who isn’t just considered a pet. This dog delight in Commerce Township offers premium preservative free treats, BARKscotti and gourmet Doghouse Bones.
a.i. paper design
In Berkley, the stylish April McCrumb creates colorful handmade paper goods, frames, albums and home décor that anyone can use and give as a gift. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” easier -- and in this case more creatively -- than a card or more.
Beadz N Bagz
Get bedazzled goods in jewels, bags and other accessories for the lovely ladies on the list at this Rochester establishment. “Even though we’re in a global economy people can think of what portion they want in Michigan; there’s always some portion of money we can keep here,” says Diggs.
For more information visit www.buymichigannow.com and check out the holiday gift guide.