ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Show off your Michigan pride by supporting the businesses that give Tree Town its spirit.
In late July, Michigan Governer Gretchen Whitmer announced that July 28 to August 4 was “Buy Michigan Week.” Michiganders are encouraged to support the Mitten State by spending their money locally to support their economies.
But why settle for one week when you can do it year-round through Ann Arbor’s diverse shops and businesses?
Here are 4 ways to celebrate “Buy Michigan Week” all year in A2:
1. Shop Michigan-made
Those wanting to fill their home with Mitten-inspired products can visit many Tree Town’ businesses. Stop by Michigan-based businesses Cherry Republic, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Avalon Cafe and Kitchen Ann Arbor and Bon Bon Bon to stock up on chocolates, caramel, cherries, wine, sauces, ice cream, bread and baked goods.
2. Support local farmers
Take a quick trip to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays to shop for Michigan-grown produce.
Those on the west side of Tree Town can stop by their own Westside Farmers’ Market from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot.
3. Get Michigan swag
Those near Kerrytown can stop by Found, which also carries Mitten-theme goods like postcards, stickers, prints, mugs and pint glasses among other things.
Sports fans can adorn themselves in maize and blue University of Michigan-themed clothing from four M-Den locations around Ann Arbor.
4. Eat local
Here’s your excuse to get take out again. Many restaurants around Tree Town are locally owned or use locally sourced ingredients. Buy Michigan-made by supporting these entrepreneurial small businesses while getting something tasty in return.