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:



American vs Lafayette Coney Island on Food Wars

The two Coney Islands will be facing off on Food Wars!  Have a favorite, come out to show your support!

For all the details, click here.


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:

Featured Business: Global Warming Salsa

Global Warming Salsa Ignites Michigan

Dan and Cherie Houston own a fitness consulting business, with locations in Highland/Milford and Clarkston.  Upon visiting their website, you’ll notice a theme that includes chile peppers, very appropriate for the creators of Global Warming Salsa.

Global Warming Salsa was born out of a need to find a salsa that was different and according to their website, “something that makes your mouth cry and sing at the same time.”  And before you start thinking the name is commentary on a political issue, you need to know that idea of “Global” came from them utilizing flavors from around the world.  They are using ingredients from all the popular international cuisines; Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Mexican just to name a few.

The salsa is a way for them to help their health and fitness clients add flavor to their food with minimal calories and a better overall nutritional value.  But most importantly, they are using the proceeds from the salsa to help combat childhood obesity by developing nutrition and exercise programs for schools and finish their book on childrens exercise.

For more information on award-winning Global Warming Salsa and a list of locations where you can purchase this Michigan product, visit


Featured Business: The Cupcake Station

The Cupcake Station:  Helping people one cupcake at a time

One of Kerry Johnson’s passions in life is cupcakes, but an even greater passion of his is helping people.  When he decided that it was time for a new venture in life, he started The Cupcake Station, and has kept his passion for helping people as an integral part of the cupcake business.  Today, The Cupcake Station has helped over 2,000 different organizations.  The Cupcake Station is now accepting applications for Franchises with one “condition.”  The future franchise owner must stay true to the roots of The Cupcake Station; giving back to the community.

Over 25 varieties of cupcakes are made daily from scratch.  Their most popular cupcake is the Carrot Cake Cupcake followed closely by the Michigan Bumpy Cupcake.  The Michigan Bumpy Cupcake features Dark Chocolate Cake with smooth White Buttercream bumps dipped in Dark Chocolate Ganache and drizzled with White Chocolate.  The Cupcake Station created this little piece of Heaven in homage to Sanders, another Michigan institution.   The Cupcake Station was the first to come out with The Michigan Bumpy Cupcake, which was featured on the national news.  Now, cupcake stores nationwide have started making Michigan Bumpy Cupcakes.

Currently, there are two locations, Birmingham and Ann Arbor that employ 22 people.  During the week, they sell 500-700 cupcakes per day and an additional 1,200 – 2,000 per day on weekends.   This weekend many more cupcakes will be flying off the shelves since Valentine’s Day is their busiest holiday of the year.  The Cupcake Station now ships its amazing cupcakes nationwide.

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Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

Here are some things that are going on this weekend.  Check out the “Notes” section on our facebook fan page for more details!

Feb 12-14 10th Annual Winterfest – in Ida
Feb 12-14 Detroit’s Motown Winter Blast – Downtown @ Campus Martius Park
Feb 13 Valentine’s Dance Party to Benefit Homeless Animals – Madison Heights
Feb 13-15 Village of Rochester Hills Ice Sculpting Festival
Feb 13-21 Detroit Boat Show – 52nd Annual – in Detroit

Today in Michigan History

February 8, 1985

The Stroh Brewery announced it is closing its Detroit plant.

Beer was brewed in Detroit as early as 1836. By the eve of the Civil War there were “upward of 40” breweries in Michigan’s largest city. One of these was operated by Bernhard Stroh, who began brewing beer in Detroit in the 1850s. By the 1880s, Stroh was Detroit’s biggest brewery. In the years following World War II, Stroh fought with Goebel and Pfeiffer for dominance in the city. By 1982, Stroh was the nation’s third largest brewery, but Stroh’s acquisition of Schlitz led to the closing of the Detroit plant.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.