Friday, December 30, 2016

Livnfresh Celebrates A Huge 2016 At Vernales Steakhouse [Local Friday Features]

It is rare when you are able to combine your passion with your business venture. When it happens, you get to actually love what you do every day. What a pleasure! Well Dave and Cari Samalik have been able to have that experience. They have been in the screen printing business for over 20 years and they have had a love of all things outdoors forever. They have turned this combination into Livnfresh. Started in 2010 in Northern Michigan, the company produces high quality products that reflect a love of the outdoors and the uniqueness of its customers. The shirts are a cotton polyester mix for a soft and comfortable fit and winning fans all over the USA. The images are exclusive to Livnfresh and are guaranteed not to fade. The screen print designs are innovative and tailored to meet the needs of any one with the smallest inkling of style 🙂 . You can find these designs on all types of fashion apparel, including tee shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, tote bags, hats, and stickers. Any of these products will truly exceed your expectations.

The company name really is a lifestyle for the Samalik’s and their employees. The products help you express your love of outdoor activities and staying fit and active. From a statement, as simple as “Hunter” to something more personal like “Great Lakes Girl” or “Life is Better Unsalted”, you can will LOVE Livnfresh. Now that the company is in thirteen different states, you have an opportunity to also show your love for your particular state. From Florida to California, they are constantly coming up with new ways to showcase your statepride.

Most people love where they live or have a special place they visit, and now this special feeling can be expressed. This love of place is what we all have in common and can be a linchpin that unites us. That theme is carried out on the website and social media platforms where special state run events and locations are highlighted. Information on activities like hiking, biking, golf, hunting, and fishing is also provided. Over the years, Livnfresh has expanded its operations, and this year it opened a new location in the downtown Traverse City area. There was even more excitement when the company announced that in addition to being featured on Amazon, the products were now approved to sell through Walmart online.

Considering the great year experienced by Livnfresh, it only makes sense that the owners would want to celebrate Christmas at an equally successful business. So, on December 1st, all the full-time employees dined at Vernales. This restaurant was voted the #1 steakhouse in Michigan and also won the Wine Spectator’s award of excellence. The awards are meaningless unless you can deliver and Vernales is more than capable of doing just that. The restaurant has great food and an atmosphere for every situation. You can get together with friends and enjoy happy hour at the sports bar or on the patio. If you’re looking for a more intimate, adult only setting, you can dine in the temperature controlled wine cellar. If you’re a group like the Livnfresh employees, you can reserve a table in the Chop House. All areas are casual, with cozy fireplaces, and a diverse menu. Vernales also provides catering and a banquet area for large events like concerts and weddings. Great food and beverages and the perfect atmosphere make Vernales the perfect party place for a company like Livnfresh. Based on their histories, it seems like these two companies will enjoy a great deal of future success.


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Friday, December 23, 2016

NYE 2016-2017 Detroit Event Listings-Places To Party On New Years Eve In The D [Local Friday Features]

The Fillmore Theatre: Resolution Ball


Area: Downtown Detroit

Price: Party Passes start at $85 & VIP from $100

Crowd: 20s and 30s

Size: 1700 people

Dress: Black Tie Optional

Time: 9pm-4am

Being one the largest in the Midwest area, Resolution Ball entertains its customers through high-wire acrobats and roving illusionists. DJ Tommy Holiday is also performing here. This entertainment center features a midnight buffet with the following:

  • Pizza
  • Sliders and Coneys
  • A Champagne Toast
  • A Balloon Drop
  • Six Big Screens tuned to Times Square

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Motor City New Year’s Eve: The Drop


Area: Campus Martius & Cadillac Square

Price: Free

Time: 4 PM to 1 AM

Crowd: 10,000 people expected, Family Friendly

The Drop, also known as “The D” is in downtown Detroit. During its 7th year celebration, it offers various activities suitable for both adults and kids. The celebration includes local entertainment to be performed on two stages. It has also ice skating, fire pits, horse drawn carriages, and many more. Surely, the kids will enjoy their own mini drop through various kiddy games and activities. The local restaurants, vendors and food trucks here will also offer yummy food.

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The Atheneum Suite Hotel: The Motor City Gala


Area: Downtown Detroit

Price: Party Passes start at $85

Crowd: 30s to 50s

Size: 1700 people

Dress: Black Tie Optional

Time: 9pm-4am

The Motor City Gala, also known as “The MC Gala” is the official Gala for the Motor City New Year’s Eve Drop. There’s an Annual Mega New Year’s Eve Party here that has 2 premium packages. These packages help you celebrate in style. There are 2 ballrooms with DJs, dancing and a spectacular countdown at Midnight. Furthermore, there are also several options to celebrate safely and in style. This place has 3 Hotel Options. The events of this location serve as the main reason why NYE Detroit Events sell out yearly.

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Cadillac Square, Detroit – The Motown Countdown


Area: Downtown Detroit

Price: VIP Tickets Begin at $69

Crowd: 21+

Size: 1200 People

Dress: Festive Wear

Time: 8:00pm-1am

Ring in 2017 at THE DROP in style!

You can buy a ticket to have an entry to the Motown Countdown. You can enjoy as well the enclosed heated & carpeted 11,000 sq. ft. Grand Celebration NYE Heated Party Pavilion. It’s located at the Cadillac Square just beneath the D Drop @ Campus artius.

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Vintage Hollywood New Year’s Eve at The Bird & The Bread


Area: Downtown Birmingham

Price: Packages Start at $50 per person

Crowd: 20s and 30s

Size: 1700 people

Dress: Vintage Glam

Time: Dinner Served 5 – 10 PM; Show Starts at 9:30 PM

Vintage Hollywood offers three-course meal. Enjoy music with 5-piece Bluewater Kings Band. You can celebrate the night through the vintage glam of old Hollywood. What to do? Just dress up, walk down the red carpet, taste vintage cocktails, and dance. Enjoy ultimately the entertainment in this place.

There are three packages you can choose from:

  • Dinner for only $75 per person + tax/grat
  • VIP Dinner and Concert for only $150 per person + tax/grat dinner, concert, Bottle of Bubbly per couple, private seating tables, appetizer buffet at 11pm, party favors
  • Concert and Late Night Buffet for only $50 per person + tax/grat I entry to Elm Room at 9:30pm appetizer buffet at 11pm, party favors, toast at midnight.

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The Magic Bag: The Mega 80’s New Year’s Eve Bash


Area: Ferndale

Price: $35

Time: 8 PM

There’s a brand new show at “The Magic Bag!” This show is for a brand new year! Watching some clown on TV is boring, so be here. Don’t just stay at home and start your New Year off the retro way as the Mega 80’s hit the stage. This is an awesome place for everyone. The music event here harkens back to the grand tradition. If you’re a fan of the hits in the 80s, this is the right venue for you to celebrate New Year. The doors of The Magic Bag open at 8pm and tickets will be available at only $35.

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Orchid New Year’s Eve Party


Area: 141 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Price: $6 Pre-Sale Tickets

Time: 9 PM – 4 AM

  • Party ’til 4 AM
  • Doors open at 9 PM
  • Special Dance Show with the Wild Orchid Dancers
  • Includes Pei Wei, Champagne Toast and Party Favors
  • Balloon Drops & Confetti

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New Year’s Eve at The Royce Detroit


Area: 76 West Adams Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Price: $75 per person

Time: 10 PM to 1 AM

Looking for the right place to celebrate New Year? Choose The Royce Detroit! Let’s hear the ringing of the New Year’s Countdown together! The special guest is none other than but the popular DJ Mike Medow. He’s on the decks all night long!

Just join us and enjoy the evening of bubblies, white and red wine, tasty cheese and charcuterie, as well as a special champagne toast to end your year. With these offers, you can start the brand new year with grace and style.

There’s a private party here but for ticket holders only. You can purchase in advance your ticket online.

The ticket price includes an all-you-can-drink open bar that serves:

  • A special curated selection of wines and bubblies
  • Food pairings
  • Candles
  • Nice ambiance
  • Wonderful music

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New Year’s Eve Bash at Luna Royal Oak


Area: 1815 North Main Street, Royal Oak

Price: $5 Pre-Sale Tickets, $7 at Door

Time: 8 PM – 4 AM

At Luna Royal Oak, you can enjoy:

  • Partying ’til 4 AM
  • Special Dance Show with the Award-Winning LUNA Dancers
  • Pei Wei, Champagne Toast and Party Favors
  • Balloon Drops & Confetti
  • Get ready for fist pumping and popped collars. Because well, it’s Royal Oak.

Doors open at 8 pm!

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra: New Year’s Eve


Area: Downtown Detroit

Price: Concert-only portion of evening starts at $19-$68 / Gala Benefit Starting at $100

Time: 8 PM

Want to dance? You can put on your dancing shoes and walk the purple carpet when you’re here. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra in partnership with DPTV will have a party like it’s 1999. They will be here to pay tribute to the iconic legend known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and extravagant dress.

Led by the orchestra’s conductor Brent Havens, who arranged Prince’s top hits for orchestra, they will perform the adaptations of the artist’s top hits including:

  • Little Red Corvette
  • Purple Rain
  • Raspberry Beret
  • When Doves Cry

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New Year’s Eve at Club Venetian


Area: Club Venetian 29310 John R Road Madison Heights, MI 48071

Price: $55 by December 17, 2016; $65 after December 17

Time: 8 PM – 1 AM

Want to enjoy tasty food while celebrating New Years’ Eve? Club Venetian features Deluxe Carved Roast Beef with Mushrooms, Chicken Piccata, Ravioli Bolognese, Bow Tie Alfredo, Mashed Potato Bar with Assorted Toppings, Tossed Caesar Salad, Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Baked Rolls, and Delectable Desserts.

You can also enjoy:

  • Countdown to 2017 with Live Simulcast of the Ball Drop at NY Times Square
  • Champagne Toast at Midnight, Horns, Noisemakers and Dancing to the lively DJ tunes until 1am

How much to spend? You can enjoy all this for only $55 by December 17, 2016; then, $65 after December 17. Everybody is welcome, singles and/or couples.

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New Year’s Eve at the David Whitney Building


Area: Downtown Detroit

Ticket Price: Bronze $75 per person, Gold $130 per person

This is one Detroit’s most iconic buildings – the David Whitney Building. Why to celebrate New Year’s Eve here? There’ll be music and dancing in the transformed “Whitney Lounge” and a champagne toast together with a balloon drop in the nice atrium place at midnight. There’ll be also a live streaming by Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Campus Martius D Drop. Want to enjoy bonfire? You can do it right at the WXYZ patio.

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Rockin’ NYE in Downtown Wyandotte


Area: Downtown Wyandotte

Ticket Price: FREE

Time: 6 PM – 12 AM

If you want to enjoy live bands, together with a heated tent, you have to be here at Rockin’ NYE. There’ll be nice DJ activities, too. You can enjoy hot and cold drinks. Experience also the ice corn-hole with your hand. The ball drop will be at the clock tower along Biddle Avenue at Maple Street, 9 p.m. This place is good for families.

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All-You-Can-Play New Year’s Eve Event at Zap Zone


Area: Ann Arbor – 4177 Carpenter Road, 734-930-6670

Canton – 41953 Ford Road, 734-844-7746

Farmington – 31506 Grand River Ave., 248-471-6777

Sterling Heights – 43680 Van Dyke Ave., 586-323-0030

Taylor – 9751 Telegraph Road, 313-299-9690

Waterford – 3653 Highland Ave., 248-706-7777

Ticket Price: $20; pre-register and pay

Time: 10 PM – 2 AM

This place is a family friendly way to ring in the New Year! If you want to enjoy unlimited plays, this is right for you. It features special format laser tag games and a balloon drop at midnight! Amazing, right? If you have kids who are action-seeking, you have to be here as Zap Zone offers unlimited laser tag and glo-golf. There are also bumper cars running for your total enjoyment. Check in advance for age information.

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Additional Event Listings And Things To Do Around Metro Detroit

Metro Parent: Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Southeast Michigan

Crain’s Detroit: Things to do in Detroit on New Year’s Eve

Oakland County Moms: New Year’s Eve Events Metro Detroit 2016

Eventbrite: Detroit, Michigan New Year’s Eve Events

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Looking For Something To Do In Travers City When Its Cold, Rainy or Just Plain MEH, Outside? Check Out Busy Bodies Bounce Town! [Local Friday Features]

When temperatures drop in Michigan, it can be almost impossible to enjoy being in the outdoors. However, children can get wild and unruly without an outlet for their energy. The Busy Bodies Bounce Town is the perfect place to go for fun for the entire family. Get ready to enjoy a full day of fun. Forgive the fact they have no Facebook pics, and pretty much zero presence on their website referencing their Traverse City Location. PS- if you need help Busy Bodies- we know a guy 🙂

During the winter months, it is easy to pick up poor health habits by staying indoors lacking physical activity and interaction. Building better habits is critical for children and adults alike. Busy Bodies Bounce Town encourages healthy, stimulating activity to encourage children to turn of the television and engage in active playtime. Since studies have proven that children perform better in school, are happier, and have higher self-esteem when they are physically active, offering non-violent and healthy options is a great way to fuel healthy bodies and minds.

Things To DO in Traverse City In the winter time

Don’t Let This Be Your Kid!

This massive open area is filled with inflatable bounce houses. Parents are encouraged to participate in the fun by racing their children up and down and around the obstacle courses for an invigorating day of excitement. The best part is that parents are free, so only pay the cost of entry for your children and stay to play all day!

What can you expect upon entry? All parents and children are required to remove their shoes. There is an area for shoes to stay and all patrons are required to keep their socks on. This keeps the snow and dirt off the play area and the socks keep the germs away. Throughout the day, bouncers are cleaned and wiped down and will receive a full cleaning after each day.

If your child has a winter birthday, have no fear. This is a great place to take a group of children for a fun filled afternoon. Parties receive special admission discounts and each birthday package offers different items that help make this birthday a special day for all the guests. Parents can choose from a basic party with just plates, cups, and napkins, to the works package complete with food, toys, and a special guest appearance. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they see all their friends there to help them celebrate their special day. Busy Bodies Bounce Town even offers a customizable party invitation to make life even easier!

The newest and convenient location in Traverse City, Michigan is sure to make winter more fun, bouncy, and enjoyable. Laugh, run, jump, and play among the variety of bounce houses. Admire the new skills, self-confidence, and self-reliance your children exhibit as they navigate their way through the soft and safe walls of fun filled inflatables. Challenge them to races over and through all the different obstacles and get ready to leave with children who will sleep well that night. Cherish family time in a whole new atmosphere at Busy Bodies Bounce Town in Traverse City, Michigan today. The only thing better than being outdoors is being indoors on these awesome bounce inflatables having the time of your life.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Things You Will Find While Exploring Mich Legacy Art Park [Local Friday Feature]

Michigan Legacy Art Park is located in Thompsonville, Michigan not far from the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern part of the state. A visit there is sure to leave you with the feeling that your time was well spent. The park is open during daylight hours every day of the year, so regardless of when you visit, its facilities are available to you.

If you are into music, you will certainly want to consider a visit during a time in which you can enjoy the Tunes Among the Trees. This is an outdoor concert series that features music of genres such as folk, rock, classical and Latin.

A visit to a park such as this would not be complete without enjoying some of the outdoor activities that make the attraction so appealing. At Michigan Legacy Art Park, you can hike through the two miles of hiking trails. There you can take the time to view 49 sculptures and 31 poetry stones while you enjoy the natural scenery provided by the hardwood forests of Northern Michigan. The sculptures and poetry are created to give visitors a personal connection to the people, natural resources and events that make the region a special place.

A visit to the park provides an excellent educational experience, especially for school-age youth. This is what makes it a popular destination venue for school trips. Parents of children who have been on one or more of these trips frequently remark that the educational experience far exceeded what could be obtained from a classroom alone.

If you are a golfer, you should look into playing in the golf classic at Crystal Mountain. Not only will you enjoy a fantastic outing with family and friends, but the proceeds will go toward the park’s Looking to Learn educational program. The event is held in June of each year.

During the summer, you can take a guided tour of the park every Wednesday and Saturday. This is a good way to gain insight on the details of the park that you might have overlooked otherwise.

If you are into art, you will appreciate the artist benches that are scattered throughout the park. They provide a good way to sit down, relax, and put your art talent to work. You can also take advantage of the Artists in Residence program. Artists descend on the park each summer to create new works for the park’s collection. These artists also lead workshops and conduct studio sessions.

To get you in the Christmas spirit, you might consider attending the Winter Sounds holiday concert that is held during the month of December with this year’s event slated for December 17. It will feature Benzie Central Chamber Choir. You can also enjoy warm beverages while you appreciate to good music.

Your trip to Northern Michigan will be more complete when you add a stop at Michigan Legacy Art Park to your itinerary. You will truly find the park to be one-of-a-kind.

Of course if you are going to snow shoe it as would be the case with the current conditions outside, you should layer up in a Michigan D Fleece Or Hoodie!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tesla Opens Another Small Gallery In Troy, Despite Not Being Able To Sell In Michigan

Tesla Motors has been pushing hard to get a foothold in Michigan and the motor city. With around 260 galleries and retailers around the United States, Tesla definitely has become a major player in the auto industry.

However, due to Michigan laws the company has been forbidden from selling within the state, their galleries are entirely for show and pressuring local legislators to let them into the market.

With that said, Detroit could do to have more auto competition in the city to boost the economy, and with Michigan’s growing environmental focus, Tesla is the perfect company to bring in.


Tesla Motors has opened a small gallery inside the Nordstrom store at Somerset Collection in Troy.

The automaker appears to be abiding by a Michigan law that restricts sales of vehicles to franchised dealers.

The gallery, the first Tesla location in Michigan, opened Thursday and covers about 700 square feet on the first floor of the store near the entrance nearest Big Beaver Road. There is one vehicle, a Model X, on display and a separate exhibit featuring the car’s interior.

There are one or two people staffing the area to answer questions, but there are signs stating that the Model X is not for sale. One sign informs potential customers that they can learn more by contacting a Tesla retail store in Lyndhurst, Ohio, near Cleveland. Continue Reading

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CBS To Do Special Going Over The Future of Detroit With Self Driving Cars

Motor City Detroit was the powerhouse that started the auto industry in the united states over 100 years ago, but as markets change, will Detroit be able to stay in the competition and evolve to meet the needs and demands of the rapidly evolving industry?

CBS will have the answers in their “Eye on the Future” special Saturday, Dec. 10.


Detroit put the world on wheels over 100 years ago. With stiff competition from Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, China and Japan, will the city and state also be the center of the new autonomous revolution?

And how will this seismic shift to self-driving vehicles impact you and your family?

CBS 62 is proud to present its latest “Eye on the Future” special “Giving Up the Wheel, a Look at our Autonomous Future.”

Leaders at the forefront will explain how Detroit and our state are dealing with transformational changes in this riveting 30-minute special which airs Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Continue Reading

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Michigan 12 Year Old Raises Almost $2,000 To Bring Wolves To Local Zoo

Mackenzie Couch, a 12 year old Michigander has raised $1,710 to transfer a pair of wolves from California to the Binder Park Zoo. The young girl has even forgone Christmas presents to help raise more for the cause.

This species of wolf is believed to have less than 100 living in the wild today, and the Binder Park Zoo was part of the effort to conserve them – however the zoo had not long ago sent their females away for breeding at other locations leaving their wolf enclosure empty. It seems there is a lot of love in Michigan for these wolves.


The new wolf brothers at Binder Park Zoo were cautiously testing their new home Monday, but one person was positive they were in the right place.

Mackenzie Couch, 12, watched the wolves roam the enclosure at the zoo but she had already met them about a week ago.

“It feels very amazing,” Couch said. “I cried a little bit when I first saw them.”

The Kalamazoo girl had raised $1,710 as of Monday to help pay for the cost of bringing wolves back to the zoo, having sacrificed her Christmas presents to get as much money to the cause as possible. Donations can still be made at Continue Reading

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Michigan’s Most Instagrammed Locations

While Michigan features a plethora of jaw dropping natural wonders and popular landmarks, almost none of them even made a blip in the Instagram sharing sphere when compared to some rather ordinary locations.

Michigan’s most shared location was Michigan State University, which makes sense when you think about it. MSU has 47,000 students and all of them are around the peak age of the aps’ user base.

Following that, such wonderful sites as the Detroit Metro Airport and University of Michigan made it into the top 3.

While there certainly are some more scenic locations getting shots taken of them, there certainly is more room to strap into a performance sweatshirt and grab your Nikon to show Instagram what Michigan is really about.


Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing social media app, has about 500 million active users, sharing images of everything from iconic United States landmarks to morning bowls of soggy oatmeal.

With that in mind, USA TODAY writer Natalie DiBlasio sought to capture the Top 5 most Instagrammed places in each of the 50 states by looking at the highest number of geo-tagged locations.

While Michigan has many notable landmarks such as the Mackinac Bridge, Tahquamenon Falls, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and the Renaissance Center, none of those places made the Top 5. Continue Reading

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

New ‘Agrihood’ Coming to Detroit Thanks to Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Since Michigan has been getting a ton of national media attention these days, it can be easy to forget that there are local events and new developments happening around the state all the time.

One of the better stories of late comes thanks to the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and a new development they’re going to build out of a vacant apartment building (that they won at an auction for just a little over $5000). The property will hold a cafe and a community resource center when completed, which is estimated to be in May.

Feel like heading to the opening? Make sure to show off your love of our great state with a Michigan Love long sleeve shirt!


The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is expanding its presence in Detroit’s North End area with a new partnership to help transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe as part of was is being touted as the country’s first urban “agrihood.”

The nonprofit on Wednesday announced the support of BASF SE and Sustainable Brands, a global community of business innovators, which will help renovate the 3,200-square-foot three-story apartment building at 7432 Brush St. and across from MUFI’s 2-acre urban garden. It will house commercial kitchens that will service the planned cafe and allow for future production and packaging of goods for the organization. Other new amenities being developed include a children’s learning sensory garden. Continue Reading

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University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday 2016 a Huge Success

First started in 2014 to help fund student activities and financial aid programs that the University of Michigan offers, Giving Blueday has seen massive increases each year over its short run so far. In 2014, they earned $3 million and in 2015, $4 million.

This year, though, they amassed a huge $5.5 million to help students and organizations live a better life on campus. Here’s hoping their growth trends continue into 2017 and beyond.

If this warms your heart for (and grows your love of) Michigan like it does us, show off that pride with this cute Michigan Hearts V-Neck.


The University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, a 24-hour fundraising event for student organizations, raised over $5.5 million Tuesday from about 7,000 donors. This is the largest amount the program has raised to date, surpassing last year’s donations by nearly $1.5 million.

Giving Blueday stems from the international campaign Giving Tuesday, wherein people across the globe are encouraged to donate to different charities the week after Thanksgiving. The event is meant to kick off the holiday season — a season that is marked by heightened consumer activity and purchases.

At the University, donors can give either to the University or to a specific school or student organization. Continue Reading

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Detroit Renaissance Center Recreated in Minecraft

Like most other landmarks around the world, someone has painstakingly taken the time to build the Detroit Renaissance Center in the planet’s-most-popular-game Minecraft.

For those who don’t know, this kind of structure would take a ridiculous amount of time to build as the player can only place one block at a time, plus even in creative mode (where they have access to everything the game has to offer by just pulling up a menu), the materials are rather limited to work with.

The fact that YouTuber TheDeathShadow666 was able to create such an excellent likeness of the actual buildings is astonishing. View the video below then head to Detroit (making sure to bundle in a Michigan D Color Block hoodie, of course – it’s cold out there) and check out the Detroit Renaissance Center yourself to see just how accurate this recreation is.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Turkey Trotting Around Michigan

As we near the last month of the year, we swiftly approach two of the most anticipated holidays for most Americans. While time well spent with the family around the dining table this Thanksgiving, it’s often a little easy to put down a few hundred too many calories, which is kind of the entire tradition of the whole holiday at this point anyway. A few people will be trying to watch what they eat and spend Thanksgiving guilt free, but that’s hardly festive, which is why there are other ways to eat to your heart’s content while not being entirely overwhelmed with guilt.

The most festive and appropriate way to live your Thanksgiving at least a little guilt free are the annual Turkey Trots which happen in the days before and after Thanksgiving, most of them on the weekend after. Not only is a good 5k good for working off all that extra stuffing that you stuffed down, but many of these Turkey trots put proceeds to charities making them a win-win.

A couple really good sources for finding local Turkey Trots and other marathons are Running in the USA and Run Michigan. Both of these websites will help you find every race near you on your days off so you can get out there and plan out what races best suit you, they also have almost every single Turkey Trot in Michigan registered.

If you can make it to any Turkey Trots, then our top suggestions are the Toys for Tots Turkey Trot in Gaylord Michigan running this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday with a variety of different race distances with an adult ticket costing a meager $30. Another big Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot which starts at 8:15 in the morning giving you plenty of time to work up an appetite on either the 1k or 5k before running off to your big dinner. A final big Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is the Traverse City Turkey Trot running either 5k or 5 miles with proceeds going to the Humane Society, TCAPS and and TART Trails.

For anyone who previously participated in the Petoskey Turkey Trot 5k, it is unfortunately discontinued as of this year.


But that’s no reason not to strap on your Running Hoodie and find the next nearest Turkey Trot with the above resources.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Michigan Pie Chain Sports 60 Different Pies And Serves Slices Out Across States

As 2016 approaches its final two months, there is a certain food that is standing out in its annual spotlight and that food is pie.

The Grand Traverse Pie Company is a little gem of the great lakes state that is fanatically focused on quality pies to serve out to all the hoodie wearing Michiganders all year round, but this time of year they really crank them out to keep up with demand that literally comes in from around the country.

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The scene: Fall is in the air, Thanksgiving is just three weeks away, and Christmas is not far behind: that means pie is taking center stage on many festive menus.

Lots of restaurants and bakeries specialize in pie, but nobody takes it as far as the Grand Traverse Pie Company, a popular Midwestern chain built on 60 varieties of the stuff, with 15 locations across Michigan, as well as one in Terre Haute, Ind., west of Indianapolis.

With pies and other foods displayed behind glass cases, counter service, self-serve coffee, and seating in booths and at easily cleaned tables, Grand Traverse Pie Co. has the same slightly upscaled fast food atmosphere you’d find at bigger café-style chains like Panera, Au Bon Pain and Corner Bakery. But unlike those, it is family owned and through both its menu, quality and many other subtle touches, really maintains a distinctive sense of feel, serving Michigan-centric food that goes way beyond just pie. Continue Reading

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Michigan Now Allowing Self Driving Cars On The Roads

The state of Michigan just passed legislation that will allow fully automatic vehicles on the roads of the street, that’s probably the coolest news we’ve heard this entire election cycle.

What this means is that Michigan’s already existing car manufacturing plants will have the opportunity to employ their concepts for fully automated cars to a market where they are legal, and not save the sweet future cars for 3d renderings and rare exceptions.


Any aspiring engineers should slip on a Detroit snapback and get to Michigan where this technology is booming.

More cars without human drivers could soon be on the road, pending the governor’s signature.

Self-driving cars are in Michigan’s future now that the state house of representatives has approved autonomous vehicle legislation.

Brandt Iden is on the House Communications and Technology Committee.

He says the safety of these vehicles provides opportunity for auto makers.

“As more companies realize the safety of these vehicles and having them on the road,” Iden says, “they’re obviously going to up production.”

Iden has been one of the key proponents of autonomous vehicle technology in Michigan. Continue Reading

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Honor All Around At Michigan Venture Capital Association’s 2016 Awards Dinner

This event hosted at the Rattlesnake Club of Detroit is the first of two major events this month that will highlight new movers and shakers of the state who have been doing their part to develop the rapidly rising industries.

The Venture Capital Association has honored 3 therapeutic companies for their push into innovative medicine that extends lives as well as increases the quality of life of consumers. Millendo Therapeutics earned $100 at the event to help fund their programs that develop drugs that make life easier for those suffering with endocrine diseases.

The Venture Capital Association also honored some long time serving professors who have done their part to actively raise the next generation of innovators for the Great Lake State.


All this fresh Michigan hype is certainly going to make a little state pride being worn around feel real good.

Millendo Therapeutics, Fontinalis Partners and RetroSense Therapeutics were the top honorees Wednesday at the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s 2016 Awards Dinner at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit.

Ann Arbor-based Millendo Therapeutics works on finding drugs to improve the quality of life for patients with endocrine diseases. It won the Capital Event of the Year Award as the state’s largest health care deal in 2016 and largest venture capital financing round in the state.

Detroit-based Fontinalis took the 100 Award as it closed on a $100 million capital fund, the largest raised in the state this year. Ann Arbor-based RetroSense, which aims to restore vision to those with a retinal degenerative condition, won Exit of the Year because it was acquired for $60 million by pharmaceutical giant Allergan.  Continue Reading

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Michigan Releases Request For Information on Zero Emission Vehicle Projects

This news comes with a bit of mixed feelings. The state of Michigan has received a $14.7 billion dollar settlement from Volkswagen due to falsified emission test results on their 2015 diesel vehicles.

That being a whole lot of bad, the proud state of Michigan has set out to make the best out of a good situation and is requesting information on any existing projects for zero-emission vehicles so that the state can then invest the settlement funds into getting some real environment saving cars on the road.


We’re expecting clean air in the great lakes state as the state pushes for more and more clean air policies. There is no better time than now to slip into a great lakes sweatshirt and go for a walk and just smell the fresh air.

The State of Michigan issued a Request-for-Information (RFI) for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) projects on Monday, following the approval of a $14.7 billion Volkswagen settlement after the company falsified emissions tests for nearly half a million diesel vehicles in 2015.

$1.2 billion of the settlement funds have been set aside for investment in ZEV projects over the next ten years, with $300 million to be distributed to eligible projects every 30 months.

The RFI released by the State of Michigan, through the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), aims to gather information on eligible projects in order to submit a comprehensive proposal for ZEV Investment Plan funds. Continue Reading

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Michigan Hunters and Trappers Called On For Black Bear Research

The wildlife regulators of Michigan have put out an open request for hunters and trappers to mark down the GPS coordinates of any black bear dens they find while out in the wilderness and report them to Mark Boerson who is studying the animals to design a management program.


What better reason could you have to strap on a camo tailgate hoodie and head out to the woods?

Michigan wildlife regulators are asking hunters and trappers for help in locating black bear dens.

The Department of Natural Resources wants to find bears that could be fitted with radio collars and tested to provide information for a management program.

After locating a bear in a den, DNR scientists decide whether it’s a good candidate. If so, the animal is sedated and fitted with a collar and ear tags. A small tooth is removed to provide the bear’s age and a DNA sample.

The bear is then returned to the den to sleep through the winter. Continue Reading

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Detroit Set To Become New Silicon Valley

More and more tech and engineering startups are moving to detroit, concentrating a new generation of innovators in the Michigan area, and it’s amazing it took this long for it to happen.

The average detroit home costs a fourth of what the average San Francisco house does, the state has old veterans of the auto industry, and several colleges pumping out worthy engineers every year. The fact is, Michigan is home to a great many minds waiting to be tapped, and many of them have no interest in moving out to the west coast.


So don a little bit of Michigan pride and invest in the growing future.

Southeast Michigan is starting to look like northern California, minus the redwood trees, the year-round good weather and the crazy expensive housing.

Automotive startups and tech giants have been beefing up their presence in the Detroit area in an attempt to attract engineering talent away from traditional automakers, because those engineers don’t want to move out West.

“We want to capture the talent that’s here that doesn’t want to go to California, possibly because a spouse is working or their children are in school, and they aren’t ready to make that transition,” said Helen Watson, human resources manager at Karma Automotive. Continue Reading

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Sugar Loaf Resort Due For Makeover

As far as Skiing is concerned, Michigan is only second to New York for quantity of resorts and visitors dedicated to the sport. Sugar Loaf is an old location which held significant popularity until 2000 where it was shut down.

The good news is here though as a new investor is currently rebuilding the resort with the intent of having brand new doors open on the mountain within the next 4 years.


So get ready to slip into your fleece hoodies and get hyped for skiing with a sweet view of the great lakes.

Alan Fooy remembers when he was a single college student in the 1980s jamming ski gear with a friend into a VW Karmann Ghia with no heat and heading Up North to hit the slopes at the now-long-dormant Sugar Loaf ski resort near Traverse City.

“One of the reasons we stopped there was we were coming from southwest Michigan and we were too impatient to go all the way to Boyne,” Fooy, 53, now of Ferndale, recalled. “I loved the views — both from the car and on the hill. Now, I’d take my family back.”

He just might be able to, if Jeff Katofsky has his way. Continue Reading

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Coming up this Thursday, Detroit MI will be hosting the 7th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition where several dozen startup companies are competing against one another for $1 million in cash prizes as well as exposure to investors that will generate more money for the upstarts than any prizes.

With Detroit hosting such innovative competitions to foster in modern innovation, it seems like an excellent time to wear your Detroit sweatshirt while the city shows off why it’s now really earning the nickname of The Renaissance City.\


This Thursday, three dozen Michigan start-up companies will compete for up to $1 million in prizes. In addition, they will earn critical exposure to venture capital investors, both regional and national.

They will be competing at the 7th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Organizers say that Accelerate Michigan prize winners have created over a thousand jobs and have raised over $500 million in venture capital.

Danny Ellis, the CEO of SkySpecs, won $500,000 in the competition in 2014 and he joined Stateside to talk about the competition. His company develops software to automate drones for large structural inspections, like wind turbines. Continue Reading

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