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(The guide actually works all year long)

If you want your money to go further, keep it close to home.
We’ve found out during this pandemic just how important our local businesses are and how important it is to support them. Show your appreciation and help them stay in business. They sure support you!
Here are some of the wonderful local businesses we support; get out in your community to discover even more!


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Velodrome Coffee Company
In the heart of downtown Marquette, Velodrome offers a tranquil sipping experience and boasts locally roasted single-serve coffee packets for that on-the-go java fiend. Order coffee, gifts – including subscriptions, and apparel online.
Marquette, Michigan

Tillie's Tafel
Tillie’s Tafel
We first tasted heaven when we helped these bakers with a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Our coworkers, spread around the state, just had to hear about them. Now they can order them too! Ship cinnamon rolls to someone you love.
Petoskey, Michigan

Blackrocks Brewery
The swag game is almost as strong as the beer game at Blackrocks Brewery, plus there’s a map for where to find their beer all around the Great Lakes region. Gift cards are great, too (hint, hint).
Marquette, Michigan

Cherry Republic
These imaginative creations all use cherries – and we are here for it. This year, they’ve debuted a shiny red cherry ornament, full of wonderful cherry treats! There are gift boxes that help local nonprofits too, like the Leelanau Conservancy and Food Rescue.

The Only Cannoli
The Only Cannoli
This charming Muskegon bakery has taken cannoli to a new level – and the other treats are keeping up. There are some great gift packages, exemplary coffee and custom cakes waiting for you.
Muskegon, Michigan

The Beechwood Cafe
Fresh food prepared creatively! Catering and party trays for the holidays! Delightful customer service! The Beechwood Cafe is a hit in Roscommon and well worth a stop. Ordering is easy, but don’t delay. These goodies get swooped up.
Roscommon, Michigan

The U.P. doesn’t get any sweeter than Doncker’s. This downtown Marquette staple has a delicious selection of gift boxes featuring their wonderful homemade goodness. The Sunshine Box has Sea Salt Caramels, luxurious truffles, and sourballs!
Marquette, Michigan

Rare Bird
Delicious food gets paired with some of the best beer around in Traverse City. The Rare Bird shop is great too, with that wonderful logo. Gift cards always a hit.
Traverse City, Michigan

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BIPOC Business Directory

BIPOC Business Directory
Turns out Jessa Challa did the work for us! Her wonderful BIPOC Business Directory has exhaustive listings – and Jessa’s visiting a lot of them herself!
BIPOC Business Directory
West Michigan

Ragsdale Home Furnishings
As seen on TV, if you watch “Yellowstone,” these artisan works are in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright and Limbert. Ragsdale Home Furnishings offers beautiful lamps and tables.
Battle Creek, Michigan

Sleepy Dog Books
Sleepy Dogs Books opens in 2022, but that hasn’t stopped these intrepid booksellers from selling books! You can buy books and audiobooks from an independent (intrepid!) bookseller, so it’s a win-win.
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Cheryl Stevens Studio
Cheryl Stevens Studio
This charming shop is a go-to all year long because of the thoughtful and creative items. These ceramic magnets really do bring joy!
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Applecore General Store
Michigan-made eatables, gifts, home goods, and accessories that celebrate the art and craft of the Great Lakes State. Order online, customize a gift box, or stop in to select the perfect gift.
Cedarville, Michigan

Ruff Life
Ruff Life Pet Outfitters
Who doesn’t want a new sweater for Christmas? Your furry friend sure does – and maybe a jacket, collar, bowl or toy, too. And now Ruff Life Bakehouse is shipping its great treats!
Petoskey, Michigan

Tip’n the Mitten
Who knew so much wonderful stuff was made in Michigan? We did, and so did the proprietors of Tip’N the Mitten in Grayling. From food to books to gifts and more – Tip’n the Mitten offers products made and/or designed in Michigan and conceived in the minds of Michiganders from across the state.
Grayling, Michigan

Public Thread
Public Thread is upcycling textiles, taking a load off our planet and providing us with wonderful creations.
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Beth Millner

Beth Millner Jewelry
One-of-a-kind jewelry handcrafted using the best of nature. Plus, Beth gives back again and again to her community. What she does with native stones is amazing – and that’s just the start.
Marquette, Michigan

Grand Alpaca Farm and Fiber Mill
High quality, locally made clothing such as socks, hats, gloves, scarves – or luxurious Alpaca yarn for those who want to DIY.
Montague, Michigan

Love Your Selfie
The possibilities are endless and the wonderful stages are already set for your fun holiday card, family pictures or childhood keepsakes. Have fun and be creative! As they say, “It’s a Great Day to Love Your Selfie!”
Lansing, Michigan

Stormy Kromer
Stormy Kromer
You can never go wrong with the classic Stormy Kromer Cap with its warm and cozy pull-down ear flaps. But there’s all sorts of handcrafted apparel, accessories, and pet products made in Michigan, are the perfect gifts to keep your loved ones cozy. Order online or find a local retailer on their website.
Ironwood, Michigan

Traverse City Guitar Company
Give the gift of music! Whether you are shopping for an accomplished musician or someone looking to start a new hobby – Traverse City Guitar Company offers the finest American made guitars and lessons.
Traverse City, Michigan

Shop local this holiday season to positively impact your local economy and support your neighbor’s dream. Check with your local Downtown Development Authority (DDA) or Economic Development Organization to find ways to support businesses in your area.