20th Anniversary Of The Michigan Beer Festival

If Thursday isn’t the only day of the week you feel thirsty, you’re in luck. The Michigan Brewers Guild has your back and they’ve got a nice, cold brew for you too. Historic Depot Town provides the quaint and charming location for the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. This year, it takes place July […]

LorAnn Oils, Making Homemade Candy Possible Since 1962

Homemade Candy shaped like Michigan

My family has been making homemade candy for generations. My great-grandmother spent holiday seasons creating hard candy confections over a gas stove. When my grandmother was old enough to help, she watched as her mother poured the hot liquid candy out onto a marble slab. My grandma would then carefully covered the glistening hot candy […]

10 More Must-Visit Michigan Gluten-Free Restaurants

Last year I wrote about some of the best Michigan gluten-free restaurants across the state, so naturally it is time for a 2016 edition! Finding a restaurant that truly understands the care that’s needed to prepare a safe, gluten-free meal is no small feat. The first two restaurants below prepare meals in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, while […]

6 Michigan Hard Apple Ciders to Making This Fall Extra Crisp

The Awesome Mitten - Michigan Hard Ciders

With an abundance of cider mills and apple orchards dotting the state, Michigan produces a fall tradition—fresh apples. In addition to fresh apples pressed into cider, many of Michigan’s mills have joined the hard apple cider craze, producing boozy versions of the popular fall drink. Sweet, tangy, and even spicy, hard ciders bring a new flare […]

Banza Continues Detroit History of Innovation

Detroit's Banza chickpea pasta

Innovation, Creativity, Dedication. Detroit business owners have embodied these characteristics for decades. Just like Henry Ford changed the world by bringing affordable transportation to the masses, Brian Rudolph, creator and co-founder of Banza, wants to reinvent pasta and bring healthier pasta to the masses. It might be too early to call Rudolph the Ford of the pasta industry, but Banza’s chickpea […]

3 Amazing Natural Michigan-Made Beauty Products

Pachy Deodorant Rustic Maka

As an avid docu-holic, I usually dedicate my Sundays to watching documentaries and TED talks on Netflix. While many have launched me into (often temporary) action, my most recent foray really got me hyped up to act. The Human Experiment “lifts the veil” on the chemical industry, showing the chemicals in our everyday beauty products and […]

Top 15 Awesome Mitten Articles of 2015

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Happy New Year! Throughout 2015, The Awesome Mitten continued to explore the many hidden gems of this beautiful state and began to venture out on numerous #MittenTrips to capture the essence that makes Michigan towns unforgettable. As always, we’ve had a blast bringing you all the awesomeness this state has to offer. Thank YOU to […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

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Welcome to The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide! Whether near or far, these amazing gifts will make you fall in love with Michigan all over again! This guide highlights the absolute best gifts for those who love to incorporate and share their Michigan pride in every aspect of their lives! Holiday Décor Michigan Hands Tee Ornament […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: The Ultimate Michigan Gift Guide

The Awesome Mitten-The Ultimate Michigan Gift Guide

Recently, I found myself in a predicament that I’ve become all too familiar with: the quest to find the perfect Michigan gift. With family members sprinkled between Ohio and Virginia, I’m always inspired to mail or hand-deliver something that’s unique to this area, yet still interesting to the person on the receiving end. Ideal products […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Royal Oak


After a successful first year at their original Shelby Township location, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room has officially opened the doors on a second location in Royal Oak. A venture from the founders of the Michigan By The Bottle website (an online community which promotes the Michigan wine industry), the Royal Oak tasting room […]

Shop Michigan Made Gifts in The Awesome Mitten’s Online Holiday Popup Shop

Awesome Mitten Shop

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time where we get to team up with some of our favorite Michigan brands to bring their products directly to you, Awesome Mitten reader! #TeamAwesome is excited to launch {{The Awesome Mitten Online Holiday Popup Shop}}, a curated marketplace that will help you spread your #MittenLove […]

Mitten Crate Shares More Than Just Boxes of Michigan Products

Last year, Cory Wright and Andrew Chmielewski started Mitten Crate, a curated box of Michigan made food products from all over the state. People can’t seem to keep their “Mitts” off of them! (Yes, that was a silly joke.) This success means that the co-founders are able to give back to their community to the […]

Clinton River Medical Tailwind


Based in Auburn Hills (along the Clinton River), Clinton River Medical is an innovative company transforming mobility for the physically challenged. The Tailwind is a pioneering wheelchair, not completely manual, and not a power chair; this power-assist wheelchair looks and feels like a manual chair (a very stylish one), however, integrated motors in the chair […]

Bringing Michigan to the BBQ

The weekends of summer are filling up fast!  As we all scramble to enjoy every second of sunshine, don’t forget to bring a dish to pass!  I rounded up five easy things to bring to your next BBQ that make our Mitten look and taste awesome. 1. Everidae Sweet Habanero Sauce If you haven’t heard of […]

Three Years In: The Awesome Mitten by the Numbers

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We’re turning three on Friday, June 6th, 2014, and we have YOU to thank! I’m completely overwhelmed and honored by the continued support we have received from fellow passionate Michiganders (and those who just love The Mitten State). When I started The Awesome Mitten, I wanted to create a place for people to discover all […]

Made in the Mitten

Made in the Mitten

If you’re here on the Awesome Mitten, you undoubtedly know that Michigan has an enormous, yet oft-overlooked base of talented artisans. Like those here at the Awesome Mitten, Tonya Blust is a lover of Michigan hoping to shine a spotlight on these talented individuals with her new venture Made in the Mitten, a subscription box […]

Michigan Made Gift Guide: Gifts From The Upper Peninsula

Need to buy a gift for someone in your life? These Upper Peninsula made items are perfect for any gift giving occasion! Original Wool Stormy Kromer Cap Born in 1876, George “Stormy” Kromer was a railroad engineer who often had to stick his head out the window (and into the wind) to see where he […]

Just in Time for the Holidays – Awesome Mitten Crate

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Mitten Crate to create “The Awesome Mitten Crate” for Michiganders near and far to buy and gift this holiday season. The Awesome Mitten Crate has been carefully curated and filled with our favorite Michigan made goodies. Plus, keeping with Mitten Crate’s mission, for every crate that is purchased, […]

Mitten Crate: Eat. Love. Michigan.

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It seems there’s a “box” for everything: a box for makeup, a box for dog goodies, a box for artisan coffee. If you like it, more than likely there’s a box out there that you can subscribe to receive on a monthly basis. That’s true of ALMOST everything. Cory Wright and Andrew Chmielewski of Mitten […]

East Hills Business Association Celebrates Michigan Made Day 2013

Michigan Made Day - The Awesome Mitten

On Saturday April 27, the East Hills Business Association will host “Michigan Made Day,” an event to celebrate local businesses that offer products made in the Mitten State.   Located east of downtown Grand Rapids, the East Hills neighborhood is home to a number of local boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art galleries.  Businesses participating in […]

Michigan Made Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Michigan Made Gift Guide 2012

        [button link=”https://www.awesomemitten.com/food-2/awesome-mitten-crate-michigan-made-gifts/” size=”large” target=”_blank”]Send a crate of Michigan Made products to your loved ones for Christmas this year. Check out The Awesome Mitten Crate! Click for details.[/button] It should be said first and foremost that most of the products on this list are not made in the state of Michigan, but […]

Michigan Made Gift Guide: For the Foodie

Michigan Made Gift Guide 2012

        [button link=”https://www.awesomemitten.com/food-2/awesome-mitten-crate-michigan-made-gifts/” size=”large” target=”_blank”]Send a crate of Michigan Made products to your loved ones for Christmas this year. Check out The Awesome Mitten Crate! Click for details.[/button] Michigan has great food. There just isn’t enough room in this guide to list all the fantastic Michigan treats that you could gift this […]

Michigan Made Gift Guide: For the Beer Lover

Michigan Made Gift Guide 2012

        Michigan has got it’s craft brew going on, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than by gifting some Michigan beer, or gear! Our friends from MittenBrew.com put together a list of the top beers to give this holiday season: Founders Bolt Cutter: (15th anniversary barleywine) “This is a beer that […]

The Ravens Club

If the jury was ever out on whether or not there were awesome restaurants in Ann Arbor, Mich., I’m pretty sure The Ravens Club settled the verdict once and for all with a resounding YES. According to the owners, Chris Pawlicki and Jeff Paquin, The Ravens Club (TRC) is a unique concept in the Michigan […]

Day 171:Michigan Made Gift Guide

Michigan Made Gift Guide - The Awesome Mitten

The holidays are upon us and this year, we want to help you find the perfect Michigan made gift for everyone on your list AND support some awesome Michigan businesses! Below are a few favorites from everyone here at The Awesome Mitten as well as some businesses we’ve featured in our 365 Days of Awesome. What is a […]