Make A Statement, Shop Local

Thanks to Kristi Trevarrow for her guest blog piece on Pure Michigan shopping.  We love to hear from our audience, so please visit our guest blogger information page to learn how to submit your own story.

Fourth Street Mercantile

As the reality of my ever-growing shopping list set in, I decided to practice what I preach and do my holiday shopping in my downtown. Working in a downtown district, it is easy to be spoiled by the wide variety of businesses, each offering their own distinctive array of goods.  It struck me that many of my friends and family might not be aware of all the great things to be found so close to home, so why not put downtown “under the tree” this holiday season.

With a chill in the air and wallet in hand, off I scurried from shop to shop in search of twinkling treasures.   Exceptional gifts, inimitable objects and bright, smiling faces welcomed me at every stop on my shopping tour.  I could hardly contain my excitement as I marveled at the fantastic items found right in my own hometown.  My holiday shopping list became shorter at every stop, while the number of packages steadily increased.

Haigs of RochesterI encountered handmade items of all kinds including candles, soaps, mittens, toys and chocolates.  I always have good, yet ill-fated intentions of making my own gifts, so this was a welcome find. The merchants were happy to share the stories behind these items – how they were crafted, where were they made and most interestingly, why they chose to offer this product to their customers and neighbors.

Along the way, I discovered many made in Michigan products including Sanders, Cherry Republic, Made In Detroit and Leelanau Coffee. Shopping local and Michigan-made?  That’s a gift giving home run. 

A stop by my favorite bakery for a minute of rest and a white chocolate cocoa inspired me to expand my local shopping mission to include my holiday entertaining needs.  Faster than you can say Kris Kringle, I ordered handcrafted artisan breads for my holiday table.  Just down the street, I stopped at the florist and ordered my holiday centerpiece. And all of this in less than a morning and just a few steps from my door.

I walked out of every store knowing that I didn’t just find a wonderful gift or item, I made an investment in my community. So when you’re out and about, caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle, remember, shopping local is the best gift you can give yourself.

 

 Kristi Trevarrow is the executive director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.  If you have some tips on shopping Michigan-made and local, or just want to let Kristi know what you thought of her story, leave a comment below.

  • JEANNINE MAC DONALD

    Funny story about shopping local. Lady came in yesterday had been everywhere……………………looking for a simple black skirt. guess where she found it? In her “little local, independent’ store, happens all the time. i believe that it is now up to peer pressure “what? you dont shop local and independent”?…….

  • http://benjamintwiggs.com julie

    We LOVE Leelenau Coffee at Benjamin Twiggs in Traverse City. They are the best!!

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  • Jim

    For unique jewelry for the woman or man in your life, check out Modern Art on University in Rochester MI.

  • Mike

    Check out http://www.TheMittenState.com for Michigan shirts,stickers, etc, out of Grand Rapids, MI! Portions of every sale are donated to local charities, too.

  • http://michigan-made.com/shop Kathy

    The Michigan-Made.com website had a fantastic sales record this year! The the push on “buy Michigan” really helped bump up the sales for our Michigan suppliers. Attending the Buy Michigan event along with news articles in the Detroit Free Press and radio spots promoting “buy Michigan made” helped a great deal to get the word out. One comment that is left over and over from our customers is “thank you for your website, I want to buy Michigan made”.

    One of our greatest thrills in 2010 was being contacted by Chris Amy of the ABC-TV’s Detroit 187 show who asked: “Can you help? We are filming the show “Detroit 187″ ABC-TV and want to buy Michigan!”.

    There are a lot of talented artisans on our website (with a waiting list and new suppliers added frequently) and we are proud to promote their products – from beauty products to food to jewelry and everything in-between. It has been an honor and a pleasure doing business with all of our suppliers, customers, and retailers. Here’s looking forward to a bright 2011!
    All the best,
    Your Friends @ Michigan-Made.com

  • http://www.hamperme.com.au Fathers Day Hampers

    It depend upon everyone. whether they want to buy goods from their local stores which is nearby them or go for big stores. One thing is good in big stores, we get discounts from there and also do shopping in one place without going here and there.