Holland Tulip Festival

The annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland is quickly approaching. Festival dates are May 5-12, but due to warmer-than-usual temperatures in Michigan this spring, the tulips are expected to be in peaking in mid April. The Tulip Time Festival website is encouraging Tulip lovers to “Come Early For The Tulips, Come Back For The Festival!”

During the Festival, there is a luncheon with Governor Snyder (tickets are still available) and the Art in Bloom Competition that is held by Holland Area Arts Council. You’ll also find a parade, lots of music, and Dutch Heritage festivities.

For more information, please visit: The Tulip Time website.

Ann Arbor Art Fair

For all of you art enthusiasts…The Ann Arbor Art Fair is almost here! The art fair runs from July 20 – 23. Hours are W-F 10am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 6pm.

For more information on the art fair history, artists, locations, and maps, please visit:
www.artfair.org

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

If you are in the Royal Oak area this weekend, you should check out the 40th Annual Outdoor Art Fair. The art fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 9, 10am – 6:00pm & Sunday, July 10, 10am – 5:00pm.

One hundred artists will be displaying an exciting variety of art which include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.

Arts Beats and Eats

Mark your calendar for September 2 – 5 because you’ll want to attend this year’s Arts Beats and Eats in Royal Oak.  Already known for its top-ranking art fair, organizers of Oakland County’s premier festival are hungry for more recognition. They plan to unseat A Taste of Chicago, which had 70 vendors last year, as the country’s biggest foodie event.

The festival moved from Pontiac to Royal Oak in 2010, drawing about 423,000 visitors. A couple times entry gates were closed to accommodate the crowds. The larger festival footprint should give everyone more room, Witz said.

For More Information on the Festival, visit: http://www.artsbeatseats.com

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Cherry Crumb Pie was just named one of America’s Most Unforgettable Pies on YAHOO! Travel today.

Their Cherry Crumb Pie is made with Northern Michigan Montmorency tart cherries—locally grown in Traverse City. Yum!

Great job Grand Traverse Pie Company – Keep up the good work!

To read the rest of the article, click the link below.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-37630360

Michigan Business Spotlight – McClure’s Pickles

Using their Great-Grandmother’s pickle recipe, McClure’s Pickles began making pickles in 2006.  They use local produce whenever possible and each pickle is hand sliced.  Soy and vegetable inks are used with chemical-free plating and are created using wind powered electricity for their labels.  McClure’s Pickles was started in 2006 just outside of Detroit.  Today, they also have a location in Brooklyn, NY.

For more information or retail locations, please visit: www.mcclurespickles.com

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Check out this week’s featured business: Bagger Dave’s

A Legend in the Making

Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers which are made from fresh, never frozen, beef.  Patrons can choose a Legend or create their own Legend from oodles of choices.   Fries are hand-cut daily and they also have Dave’s Sweet Potato Chips that are very tasty.  Although Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers, their most popular item is the Amazingly Delicious Turkey Black Bean Chili which has all-natural Michigan fresh ground turkey, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, green peppers, a blend of secret spices, and sliced jalapeños.

Bagger Dave’s is very active in the local communities.  They have charity partners and school fundraising programs.  They believe that community giving is very important.  Bagger Dave’s also supports Michigan businesses whenever possible.  They serve the best Michigan-brewed beer on draught at all of their locations (4 on draught at a time).

Here is a list of the breweries that supply Bagger Dave’s with Michigan beer:

  • Dark Horse – Marshall
  • Founder’s – Grand Rapids
  • Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo
  • Arcadia Brewing Co. – Battle Creek
  • Ann Arbor Brewing Co. – Ann Arbor
  • New Holland Brewing Co. – New Holland
  • Keeweenaw Brewing – Houghton

Each location is decorated with old pictures of the city in which the restaurant resides.  This local flair is time-consuming to pull together, but makes each location unique and that much more interesting for patrons.  Bagger Dave’s has three locations: Ann Arbor, Berkley, and Novi.  A location in Brighton is in the works.

For more information or to visit a location, please visit:  www.baggerdaves.com.  You can also check out their facebook fan page:  Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers & Fries.

Check out this week’s featured business: Trattoria Stella

Nestled in the old Traverse City Asylum, Trattoria Stella offers Traverse City residents and patrons from around the state delicious food made from the finest ingredients, quite a bit from area farmers, and a great wine selection, many from local wineries.  Many of the ingredients and wines come from within 20 miles of their kitchen door,  which supports their local area businesses while getting the freshest, most flavorful ingredients.  Nearly everything is made in-house: bread, desserts, pasta sauces, dressings, etc.

Paul and Amanda both grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and are passionate about great food.  Paul has managed some of southeastern Michigan’s most notable restaurants, including Sweet Loraine’s in Southfield, Big Rock Chop & Brew House in Birmingham, and D’Amato’s in Royal Oak and Ann Arbor. It was at D’Amato’s where Paul first worked with Myles Anton, Trattoria Stella’s Executive Chef.

Amanda’s passion for training took her around the world to open new restaurants with Dallas-based T.G.I. Fridays and Detroit-based Elias Brothers Corporation among others.  Amanda is a sommelier currently working towards her master sommelier accreditation.  Trattoria Stella has quickly earned the reputation as one of the best wine cellars in the region thanks to Amanda.

Trattoria Stella takes to heart the fact that the community supports them and their continued success. They, in turn, continue to encourage a healthy and happy community through education.  Last year, they accomplished their goal of giving back one percent of their gross sales to local charitable organizations.

For more information or to visit Trattoria Stella, please visit: www.stellatc.com

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Check out this week’s featured business: Clementine’s

Clementine’s Shines

A crunchier and much tastier version of any onion ring you’ve ever tasted has found its way into many people’s lives and bellies.  Clementine’s is famous for their onion rings which are hand battered and sold on a wooden peg.  Patrons can order a six inch or a twelve inch peg stacked with some of the best onion rings you will ever find.  Last year alone they sold six miles of onion rings!

Clementine’s has food for all tastes and budgets.  Whether you are in the mood for a heaping plate of nachos, fish, steak, or a salad; you can rest assured that your food and your service will be excellent.  Clementine’s also has their very own brew, Ruppert’s Dark Ale, which you can get in bottle or draft.

Clementine’s has two locations.  The South Haven location opened in 1982 in the old Citizen’s Bank building.  It is full of antiques, wood trim, and tin ceilings.  Clementine’s Too opened on the banks of the St. Joseph River.  Patio seating and floor-to-ceiling windows allow diners to enjoy the activity on the river.  Although the atmosphere is different between the two locations; the food remains the same – GREAT!

For more information or to visit a Clementine’s location, please visit: www.ohmydarling.com