The road from the North Pole to your house and everyone in between comes through Michigan and Local 4, First at 4.
We've embarked on a very ambitious project to showcase Michigan-made products from now through Christmas eve. Weather you're doing Christmas shopping, holiday shopping or buying a few things for yourself you'll love our selection of Hometown Holiday Gifts.
Stop by everyday to be introduced to a new vendor, a new product, a new food, a new trinket and a new way of supporting your local merchants. Remember every gift you purchase from a homegrown merchant means more money in your immediate community and an assurance that your neighbors will still have jobs.
We've combed the Blue Pages at Buy Michigan Now for the most interesting people, selling the most interesting items and everyday at 4 p.m., we'll introduce you to something you didn't know you couldn't live without until now.
Our shopping resource guide is below:
On Monday, December 2, we introduced you to Epiphany Glass Studio located in Pontiac. A company that's really blown up in the last several years under the artistry of April Wagner. At Ephiphany you can find paperweights, bowls, glass sculptures and the artisans on-site will teach you to blow-glass and make your own flower sculpture for $50.
Oakland County Epiphany Glass Studio
770 Orchard Lake Road
Pontiac, MI 48341
On Tuesday, December 3, we sampled old world Italian pasta in a new world setting. Al Dente Pasta from Whitmore Lake specializes in handmade pasta and sauces with the care and pride of an Italian grandmother. While the holidays are a time for entertaining, Al Dente Pasta makes giving the gift of great eating easy and fun.
Al Dente Pasta
Baskets of pasta and sauce
9815 Main St
Whitmore Lake, MI
On Wednesday, December 4, we got a whiff of the wonders at Holly's Candle Shoppe in Holly, Michigan. The hand-poured candles are luxurious and also burn cleaner in homes where there are allergies. Dip your finger carefully in a little warm wax and rub it into your skin to seal in softness and moisture. Holly's Candle Shoppe only uses the finest materials for body products, as well.
Holly Candle Shoppe
110 S. Saginaw
Holly, MI 48442
On Thursday, December 5, we got a chance to experience Common Spirits Organics out of Brighton, Michigan. This company specializes in baby-safe products as well as bath and body products for everyone in the family. Each product is created with an organic, anti-oxidant rich base and there are no harmful chemicals ever used.
Common Spirit Organics
Brighton, MI 48114
On Friday, December 6, we discovered a truly unique way to customize romance. Love Book out of Ann Arbor has a fun to use, easy to navigate website that allows you to be the author of your own love story. Tell the person you love most why you love them. Give a coupon book with images that look just like you. It's fun, easy, affordable and 100 percent custom and Michigan-made
On Monday, December 9, we had a lot of fun using our own imaginations. Palumba from Ann Arbor specializes in toys that drive imagination. These are safe, hardy, imaginative toys, furnishings and items that drive your child to think for themselves. While many toys laugh, giggle, talk and walk, these toys allow the child to dictate the story and the play, developing imagination and sharpening thinking skills. The toys are so beautifully made they will become family heirlooms.
221 Felch Street, Suite C3
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
On Tuesday, December 10, we tasted the goodness of Kelly's Karamels. This company operates out of Troy, Michigan and promises to deliver soft, chewy caramels that won't stick to your teeth. There are a variety of gift packs and hostess gifts that can be purchased online. Kelly's Karamel's can also be found at Holiday Markets, Plum Markets, Vince and Joes and Nino Salvaggios'.
Soft gourmet caramels
4977 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48098 Map