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!

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Today in Michigan History

April 12, 1827

The village of Monroe was incorporated.

Monroe was first called Frenchtown by French-Canadians who cleared ribbon farms along the River Raisin in the mid-1780s. The settlement was renamed and made the county seat after a visit from President James Monroe in 1817.

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


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.

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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!

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Hey Michiganders! It’s Time To Play The Name Game!!

Here at Michigan is Amazing we are looking for your input on our next Top Ten List.

This week we want to know what Michigan city you think has the most unique name?!  So tell us…does Colon make you giggle? Or maybe you still aren’t quite sure how to pronounce Pinckney!  Leave a comment or send us an email (

The list will be up next Tuesday!