Take the “Shop MI Downtown Holiday Challenge” by Participating in the Uptown Holiday Shop Hop!


This Thursday, December 2, 4 pm - 7 pm is the Uptown Holiday Shop Hop. The four vibrant business districts of Uptown (East Hills, East Fulton, Wealthy Street and Eastown) are decking the halls for the best shopping night of the year! See their Facebook Event Page for details.

L Mawby: A Sparkling Jewel Among Michigan Wineries

Whenever I go to Traverse City, there are a handful of wineries that are on my MUST VISIT list, even if we only have time to visit a few. L Mawby is one of them; I love their tasting room experience, and I love their sparkling wine.

SkinDeep Naturals Giveaway: Handmade for the Holidays!


Welcome! Eat Local, West Michigan is participating in the West Michigan Bloggers/Etsy of West Michigan Handmade for the Holidays blog hop! We hope you will use this as an opportunity to find the many talented artisans and blogs we have right here in West Michigan! I’m privileged to host a giveaway by SkinDeep Naturals. Jessica […]

Made In Michigan: Dip Sensations


I have to admit, when I first saw Bill dressed up in his magician garb at the Making It In Michigan conference, I thought perhaps it was a gimmicky way to draw attention away from the dips. But they were amazing!

Handmade for the Holidays


Looking for Christmas ideas? Check out what Etsy of West Michigan and the West Michigan Bloggers have for you! We’ll be celebrating our local artisans by hosting a blog hop, where you’ll discover local blogs, Etsy shops, and have the chance to win beautiful handmade prizes (keep it for yourself, we won’t tell!) Participating blogs […]

Made In Michigan: Ginger Clean


OK so I’m straying a bit from the eating and drinking, but part of eating and drinking locally has to do with supporting local businesses and also being good stewards of our environment. So I’m making an exception to tell you about Ginger Clean!

Plan Now for Buy Nothing Day and Small Business Saturday!


For years I’ve subscribed to the Buy Nothing Day Philosophy; seriously, nothing is worth getting trampled over. But as I’ve come to realize the power of shopping locally, I was excited to come across what I consider a companion Small Business Saturday campaign.

I love Michigan beer and wine! Try some at the upcoming Wine & Food Festival


If you would like to sample some of the beers, wines, and spirits of our great state, consider attending the upcoming Food & Wine Festival!

In Season: Early November


What’s in season? What fresh produce is on the horizon? If you’re curious about what’s at market, the Fulton Street Farmers Market publishes a list of goods every week at The Rapidian. Some of the ingredients are hyperlinked to recipes from my other blog, The Local Cook. Enjoy! New at the market! Cranberries Currently at the market: […]

Made In Michigan: Mrs. Peacock’s Homemade Brittle


Remember when I told you about the Make It In Michigan conference I attended a couple of weeks ago? Today is the first of a series of Friday features. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was at the variety of foods that are Made In Michigan.

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