2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide
Thank you for using EntryPoint’s 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide! We at EntryPoint created this guide to help you support small businesses in the Midwest by providing you with information about these companies and the products they would like to promote as gift ideas – all in one place. On this page, you will find information about gifts for adults that are created and sold by small businesses in the Midwest. If you’re looking for gifts for the adults in your life, start here!
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SHOP GIFTS FOR ADULTS
44 Burrito • Detroit, Michigan
44 Burrito is a restaurant owned by Tara L. Young and located in Detroit, MI. The restaurant specializes in deep-fried burritos, and aims to offer customers Mexican food with a taste of soul.
Agricycle • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Agricycle is an agricultural and food service technology company that was founded by Josh Shefner and is located in Milwaukee, WI. The company connects smallholder farmers in emerging economies to global markets through a vertically-integrated supply chain and portfolio of ethically-sourced and upcycled brands. Their model respects the rights of the poor through a member-driven value chain. They design appropriate and extremely scalable technologies and systems, and their field teams train members in the best food safety and agricultural practices to ensure high quality products and transferable skills. Agricycle brings their network of smallholders and rural communities into an inclusive value chain. Members sell products to Agricycle and can access health insurance, affordable solar electricity, and better agricultural inputs through a group-purchasing program. They also build brands in global markets and sell members’ products through e-commerce, wholesale, and ingredient supply channels.
Angel’s Exquisite Fruits • Detroit, Michigan
Angel’s Exquisite Fruits is a produce business that is led by Founder and Owner Angel Simmons, and has locations in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit, MI. The business prepares and packages healthy, immuno-boosting produce in fun ways, such as bouquets and infusions. Angel’s Exquisite Fruits offers goods for all events and occasions, including everyday enjoyment.
Ann Arbor Art Center • Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Ann Arbor Art Center is a nonprofit organization led by President and CEO Marie Klopf, and is located in Ann Arbor, MI. The center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages, backgrounds, and artistic abilities for over a century. Their mission is to be a forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration, and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives, and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists, and the community. The Ann Arbor Art Center is empowered to carry out this mission through the support of community members who believe in their work and in creativity’s role in sustaining and elevating the common experience of humanity. In fulfilling their mission, the Art Center serves as a regional hub for the visual arts and prioritizes the long-standing partnerships they cultivate as a keystone for Ann Arbor’s healthy ecosystem of cultural and civic life.
Art of the Table • Grand Rapids, Michigan
Art of the Table is a specialty retail store owned by Amy Ruis and located in Grand Rapids, MI. The business focuses on tabletop accessories, gourmet food, and beverages. They are an excellent source for gift giving, as they create custom gift baskets for any occasion or person, ranging from gifts for the board room, the closest of friends, new babies, and the bereaved. The Art of the Table staff is also knowledgeable in pairing wines/beers/cocktails with foods, as well as picking out placemats for the table and wares for the kitchen.
Ash & Erie • Detroit, Michigan
Ash & Erie is a clothing company led by CEO Steven Mazur and located in Detroit, MI. Ash & Erie is the first major brand for shorter men. Their premium clothes are designed exclusively for men 5’8″ and below.
Bags to Butterflies • Detroit, Michigan
Bags to Butterflies is a social enterprise founded by Michelle Smart and located in Detroit, MI. The company empowers formerly-incarcerated women with transitional employment, resources, and a caring network. They are taking an innovative approach to create jobs using a common women’s accessory: a handbag. Their handbags are one-of-a-kind and created using repurposed wood. Bags and Butterflies selected this material to demonstrate how something (or someone) can be transformed into something new and beautiful, and their employees are shown how that same transformation can take place in their lives with commitment and dedication on their part.
Battle Brothers Shaving Co. • Grand Rapids, Michigan
Battle Brothers Shaving Co. is a personal care company that is led by Owner and CEO Andrew Weiss and is located in Grand Rapids, MI. This company creates shaving utensils inspired by the military values of brotherhood, service, and quality. Their MkII Razor is made from the same aluminum as the Black Hawk helicopter, making it light and nimble, and giving users the finesse to cut down every hair that stands in the way of their best shave.
Bee Present Honey • Saline, Michigan
Bee Present Honey is a beekeeping and education business owned by Rebecca Wittekindt and located in Saline, MI. They provide bee-derived goods ranging from honey and beeswax to health and beauty products, all sourced from chemical-free hives located locally all over Washtenaw County, Michigan. Bee Present Honey also engages in community outreach teaching about the importance of bees, pollination, beekeeping, the healing properties of bee products, and, of course, the joy of honey.
Best Practices Consulting Services • Detroit, Michigan
Best Practices Consulting Services is a consultation company led by Laura Sigmon and located in Detroit, MI. Their services include comprehensive consults to help identify gaps and opportunities, comprehensive reports that include a project plan with timelines and milestones, cost analyses, and schedules. Best Practices Consulting Services also offers a suite of quality products that will help clients achieve success quickly and smoothly.
Breathe Vape Lounge • Wyandotte, Michigan
Breathe Vape Lounge is a high-end luxury vape boutique led by Karam Nasser and located in Wyandotte, MI. This company offers the best selection of personal vaporizers, e-liquids, and accessories. Their hardware selection spans the spectrum of what is offered in the industry, ranging from affordable starter kits to high-end luxury devices. Breathe is home to a one-of-a-kind experience in both atmosphere and amenities.
Cadence Baby • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cadence Baby is retail company that is led by CEO Lindsey Thompson and located in Ann Arbor, MI. The company creates babywearing slings that allow parents to easily and practically keep babies close to them, as many babies are more content and cry less when making physical contact with their parents. All of their products are OEKO-TEX 100 certified, which means that every aspect of our products are tested for harmful substances. Cadence Baby’s designs also include key details such as extra fabric to fit most body types and added length in the shoulder pad for additional comfort. These designs help keep babies both comfortably and safely close to their parents. The company has a mission to support new parents and babies, and aims to help parents enjoy the messy but joyful rhythm of life that comes with new additions to the family.
ClevelandPeople.com • Cleveland Heights, Ohio
ClevelandPeople.com is a social enterprise led by President Dan Hanson and located in Cleveland Heights, OH. Northeast Ohio is home to people from over 120 distinct ethnic groups, this organization seeks to help celebrate and improve awareness of this diversity. ClevelandPeople.com works with the leaders and grassroots of all the region’s communities to promote and record photos and videos their events, provide resources, and share information. They have a combined calendar of events and send a weekly eBlast to thousands of participants who want to know more about these ethnic communities.
Colorful Teez Imagine That • Detroit, Michigan
Colorful TEEZ is a commercial printing company that is led by CEO and President Zepora Starts and located in Detroit, MI. The company offers a variety of customized clothing printing options and services, including t-shirts, logos, hoodies, polos, school uniforms, and more.
Cookie Colab • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cookie Colab is a bakery that is led by Owner and Cookier Amy Lugo and is located in Ann Arbor, MI. Lugo makes custom decorated butter cookies with buttercream frosting for a variety of events, including holidays, special occasions, corporate retreats, gifts, and everyday enjoyment. In addition to a signature set that is available year-round, Cookie Colab also sells DIY decorating kits, hosts decorating parties and workshops, and offers packages that can be used for fundraising. Lugo founded Cookie Colab in 2019 after years of being inspired by her Aunt Mary’s one-of-a-kind animal cookie recipe.
Daddy’s Diner and Cream CheeseCakes • Detroit, Michigan
Daddy’s Diner & CreamCheeseCakes is a food service company owned by Taneisha Register Muhammad and located in Detroit, MI. The company specializes in their signature CreamCheeseCakes, as well as other grab-and-go foods. Daddy’s Diner also has a food truck and engages in many vending opportunities.
Dark Water Coffee Roasters • Hart, Michigan
Dark Water Coffee Roasters is a family run, small batch coffee roasting company led by Lauren Rybarz and located in Hart, MI. This company specializes in roasting Organic and Fair-trade coffees from different coffee growing regions around the world.
Detroit Artists Market • Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Artists Market is a gallery led by Director Matt Fry and located in Detroit, MI. This nonprofit organization is committed to contemporary art and to connecting artists, collectors, and communities.
DOLLed Up By Darnishous • Detroit, Michigan
DOLLed Up By Darnishous is an accessory retail company led by CEO Darnishous Thompson and located in Detroit, MI. The company provides a wide selection of unique handcrafted jewelry and accessories. Many of the items are created using denim, wood, natural stones and beads. For men, DOLLed Up BY Darnishous offers a selection of jewelry that includes custom cufflinks, bracelets, rings, and unique statement watches. For women, they offer a wide selection of watches, earrings, bracelets, rings, and statement necklaces. The company also creates custom “Mirrored Reflections of You” bling mirrors that reflect words of inspiration and motivation with beautiful rhinestones, pieces of jewelry, and lots of bling. DOLLed Up By Darnishous is committed to helping customers feel great and look amazing by providing unique, handcrafted accessories that helps them to stand out in the crowd, elevate confidence through style and expressing a bolder version of themselves.
Eastern Market Brewing Co. • Detroit, Michigan
Eastern Market Brewing Co. is a brewery led by Managing Partner Dayne Bartscht and located in Detroit, MI. They are a community-focused craft brewery and taproom in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market, providing its locals and visitors a refreshing place to gather and drink beer.
Easy Mobile Advertising of Detroit • Detroit, Michigan
Easy Mobile Advertising of Detroit is an advertising service that is led by Owner and Founder Jamal “JB” Wheeler and is located in Detroit, MI. The company helps local small businesses, organizations, and campaigns save money by sending ads through cellphones. They utilize text ads, location ads, and augmented image ads.
Empowerment Plan • Detroit, Michigan
Empowerment Plan is a social enterprise that is led by Founder and CEO Veronika Scott, and is located in Detroit, MI. Empowerment Plan produces a durable and innovative coat that transforms into a sleeping bag. The company aims to provide employment opportunities to the homeless and to ensure that each person they hire is able to earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence.
Estella’s Vegan Cuisine & Desserts • Detroit, Michigan
Estella’s Vegan Cuisine & Desserts is a pop-up restaurant and bakery owned by Chantele Jones and located in Detroit. The restaurant is dedicated to offering its customers a wide range of plant-based dishes that are both healthy and flavorful.
EZ DOH • Mentor, Ohio
EZ DOH is a kitchen device company that is owned and operated by John Dmytriw and is located in Mentor, OH. The company designs, manufactures, and markets a hand-crank dough mixer. This mixer makes the job of making dough (for bread, pizza, tortillas, pretzels, pastries, etc.) easier, quicker, and cleaner. Because the mixer is lightweight and manual, it enables people of any age and ability level to make their own healthy foods (or anything that requires dough). It enables baking to be a fun family activity, and is also used by serious home bakers who like to make everything from sourdough bread to pizza and tortillas.
Feeling Fused • Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Feeling Fused is an art company led by artist Missy Perlic and located in Cleveland Heights, OH. Feeling Fused offers fused glass art pieces ranging from fun and frivolous to pretty and practical. Perlic is fascinated by the play of light on glass, and she is continually looking for ways to maximize that effect. Many of the items offered by Feeling Fused include bits of dichroic glass, iridescent glass, metal inclusions, and crystal beads to add sparkle and shine. Each piece of artwork is handmade and unique, and Feeling Fused has an item for everyone to bring beauty and light into their life.
For the Love of Sugar • Detroit, Michigan
For the Love of Sugar is a cakery and café owned by Manal Hussein and located in Detroit, MI. The business offers cakes by the slice, cookies, brownies, French macarons, and other goodies, as well as different daily coffees and lattes. For the Love of Sugar also make custom cakes including wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and cakes for other occasions.
Genusee • Flint, Michigan
Genusee is an eyewear company led by Founder and Owner Ali Rose VanOverbeke and located in Flint, MI. Genusee crafts eyewear from recycled plastic water bottles as a response to the impact of the Flint Water Crisis. The company’s mission is to create jobs while turning the surplus of plastic waste caused by the man-made water crisis into closed loop products. Genusee aims to upcycle single use plastic into products that have more value and purpose, and are able to upcycle 15 water bottles with every purchase.
Gerarden Fabrication & Design • Green Bay, Wisconsin
Gerarden Fabrication and Design is a furniture company that is owned by Amy and Codey Gerarden and is located in Green Bay, WI. The company designs and manufactures custom fine furniture. Gerarden Fabrication and Design ships their heirloom-quality furniture throughout the United States and exports internationally as far as Australia, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Canada.
GETTEES • Sterling Heights, Michigan
GETTEES is a clothing company founded by Mathew Hunt and located in Sterling Heights, MI. In 2014, this clothing brand and manufacturer built our own factory to challenge the status quo of the garment industry and manufacture high-quality, American-made apparel. Because GETTEES owns and operates its facility, the company is able to cut third party costs, allowing them to invest more into both the people that make our product and the product itself. GETTEES started by hiring former automotive sewers and re-training them to manufacture garments. The company has also developed partnerships with the few remaining luxury material suppliers and knitting mills in the US, sourcing many of the same materials as luxury retail brands to design, cut, and sew high-quality essential garments starting at $19.
GingeRx is a wellness company led by CEO Stacy Orosz and located in Hart, MI. The company has a mission of making living healthier, easier, and more delicious. To that end, GingeRX creates organic energy wellness shots made from 100% juice. Their products are shelf-stable for convenient on-the-go lifestyles.
God Got Me • Farmington Hills, Michigan
God Got Me is an apparel company owned by Travis Wilder and located in Farmington Hills, MI. They offer clothing products branded with the “God Got Me” slogan. God Got Me aims to promote a lifestyle guided by the idea that, no matter what life throws somebody’s way, they can rest in the fact that God always has their back.
Good Cakes and Bakes • Detroit, Michigan
Good Cakes and Bakes is a bakery that is led by Co-Owner and Pastry Chef April Anderson and is located in Detroit, MI. The bakery specializes in producing quality baked goods made with organic ingredients. Good Cakes and Bakes also identifies itself as a triple bottom line company, as they are also committed to providing jobs to the community and returning citizens.
Halo-Heart Designs • Cleveland, Ohio
Halo-Heart Designs is a jewelry company that is owned by Lindsay Flack and Amanda Foley and is located in Cleveland, OH. The owners believe that, sometimes, the right words at the right time can have the power to unlock a person’s best self. As such, the business focuses on designing jewelry that means something, such as a personal commitment, an inspirational message, a reminder of intent, or an empowering mantra. Halo-Heart Designs is committed to manufacturing their products in the United States of America through a handmade process, and also sells their products all around the world. They also believe in giving back to the community, and have partnered with celebrities and nonprofits to provide handmade, personalized jewelry gifts that highlight and amplify their message.
Heritage Lake Farm • Cleveland, Ohio
Heritage Lake Farm is an agricultural business that is led by co-owners Michael and Marilyn Gardner and is located in Cleveland, OH. The farm produces and sells maple syrup, along with other products including chanterelles, watercress, and hay.
Holland Bowl Mill • Holland, Michigan
The Holland Bowl Mill is a retail and manufacturing company led by Dave Gier and Kory Gier and is located in Holland, MI. This company is now the best and largest solid wood bowl production facility in the world, making beautiful solid hardwood bowls of the highest quality, the same way they were made over 150 years ago. A variety of colors and grain patterns give testimony to the uniqueness of each bowl, no two are exactly alike. They take great pride in bringing this beauty to all their customers. Functional and decorative our wood bowls are keepsakes that will last for generations.
Hoots Woodworks is a woodworking company owned by Martin V. Hueter and located in Ann Arbor, MI. The company, based out of Hueter’s own basement, builds small items like cutting boards, boxes, cribbage boards, and stools. Hoots Woodworks has a passion for building items that are both functional and beautiful.
Hudson Music Center • Dexter, Michigan
The Hudson Music Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is led by President and Founder Gordon Darr and is located in Dexter, Michigan. The long-term vision of the center is to provide “Music. For Everybody.” The Hudson Music Center prepares people of all ages to enjoy the expression and appreciation of music. Their highly-qualified teachers are professional educators and musicians in their own right. Many of them operate their own music studios. The Center offers private lessons, group classes, ensembles, and is the producer of the Dexter Community Choir. The Hudson Music Center also engages in fundraising activities to expand music opportunities to all people everywhere.
Hypno-Energize • Ypsilanti, Michigan
Hypno-Energize is a wellness service founded by Misha Lanith Tuesday and located in Ypsilanti, MI. Hypno-Energize provides hypnosis and energy work to individuals and groups. Using a blend of left and right brain techniques, their services help clients change behaviors and create their best possible futures. By blending the psychological principles of hypnosis and traditional coaching with the more intuitive methods of energy healing and even Tarot, Hypno-Energize represents a whole brain approach to personal excellence that works on many levels.
ILERA Apothecary • Detroit, Michigan
ILERA Apothecary is a personal care company led by CEO Chinonye Akunne and located in Detroit, MI. The company was launched in 2015 with the values of creating plant-based skincare products with high-quality and ethically-sourced ingredients. ILERA Apothecary believes in the power of love and support found in the community. They are committed to making an impact on their customers, employees, and local areas through our store, which is more than an online marketplace and physical retail location – they provide a diverse, inclusive space for in-person wellness events, curated pop-up shops, and community building.
InBooze • Grand Rapids, Michigan
InBooze is a cocktail kit company founded by Ashleigh Evans and located in Grand Rapids, MI. The company offers a line of cocktail kits that a customer can use to infuse their favorite alcohol. Each kit contains a tea-style bag of dehydrated fruits, spices and herbs that can be used to infuse at least 2 cups of alcohol. After 3 days of infusion, the customer will have enough contents for 8-10 cocktails. Each batch has a shelf life of 6 months.
Iverson’s Outdoors • Wetmore, Michigan
Iverson’s Outdoors is an outdoor products company that was founded by Clarence Iverson and is located in Wetmore, MI. The company designs and manufactures handmade traditional woven snowshoes, as well as snowshoe-themed decorative items, furniture, and wooden fishing nets. Many of their customers are those who work in the outdoors, such as foresters, utility line workers, and surveyors who rely on our products to get them through their day. Customers also include outdoor recreation enthusiasts who appreciate the traditional aesthetics of Iverson’s products, as well as their superior performance off-trail.
Kudo Box • Cleveland, Ohio
Kudo Box is an online retail store founded by Scott Himmel and located in Cleveland, OH. This company was designed to help managers recognize and thank their remote team members during the COVID-19 quarantine. It’s powered by the HarvestOwl team. HarvestOwl delivers fresh and energizing meals to offices and residential buildings.
Lettering Works • Chicago, Illinois
Lettering Works is a design studio that is led by Owner and Designer Chelsie Tamms and is located in Chicago, IL. The studio offers vibrant, high quality art products that spread positivity and build community. As a modern-brand studio, Lettering Works also specializes in customized artwork, visual branding, and designs for artists, creatives, and small businesses.
Luxe and Comfort • Pepper Pike, Ohio
Comfort Sac – $28
Luxe and Comfort is a consumer products company owned by Gina Palmer and Jamie Ovens, and is located in Pepper Pike, OH. The company creates and sells Comfort Sacs, which are a natural heating/cooling bag designed to provide hours of enjoyment and calming relief. The sacs are created from 100 percent cotton and are hand-filled with select rice. Comfort Sacs are also handmade with a dense fabric which retains heat/cold longer and are available in a variety of colors and patterns.
LZL Interiors • Cleveland, Ohio
LZL Interiors is an interior design firm owned by Laurie Lindbloom and located in Cleveland, OH. The firm specializes in residential interior design with the goal of creating warm, comfortable, inviting spaces that reflects each client’s personality and style. Whether a customer desires a casual elegance or an eclectic style of old and new, LZL Interiors can create for them a unique, aesthetically-pleasing space through the mix of furniture, accessories, lighting, and color. The firm is able to help clients define their personal styles and imprint them on homes in a way that is both beautiful and practical, and strives to do so in an efficient and educated manner.
Makeupology Store • Detroit, Michigan
Makeupology is a cosmetics store owned by Lisa M. Glickoff and located in Detroit, MI. The store’s mission is to provide every consumer with quality makeup at affordable prices. Makeupology offers a variety of colors to ensure that they can work on everyone and create the ability for customers to transform themselves.
Matthew’s Bonfire BBQ • Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Matthew’s Bonfire BBQ is a food company founded by Matthew Hessburg and located in Grosse Point Park, MI. The company produces and sells different varieties of BBQ sauce, all created by Hessburg who studied at both Western Carolina University and the award-winning Haywood Smokehouse. Hessburg, who has Down syndrome, also uses this brand as a platform to promote Disability Awareness and to expand opportunities for all. A portion of the proceeds from Matthew’s Bonfire BBQ sales goes to the UP Program at WCU and Ruby’s Rainbow, which is an organization that supports individuals with Down syndrome.
Max Out Fitness • Pontiac, Michigan
Max Out Fitness is a health company owned by Jermaine Branner and located in Pontiac, MI. The company specializes in helping clients achieve wellness. Their goal is to educate and serve urban communities that are considered food deserts and are lacking in financial literacy.
McPherson Local • Saline, Michigan
McPherson Local is a retail company owned by Jennifer McPherson and located in Saline, MI. The store is located in a historic former library and all of its products are made in Michigan. They are home to over 130 Michigan artists/makers/farmers/bakers and small businesses representing 36 Michigan cities. Their mission is to bring back the idea of shopping small, supporting community members, and being a safe space general store for everyone.
MenuBubble • Lansing, Michigan
MenuBubble is a food service company led by CEO Malik Jackson and located in Lansing, MI. The company functions as a healthy meal-plan delivery service with costs as low as $8.75 a serving, and focuses on accessibility and convenience. MenuBubble offers fully-cooked, macro-balanced meals that are chilled and can be warmed up at a customer’s own convenience. They serve the Greater Lansing Area, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapid Areas, and aim to cater to everyone – including those with financial and location restrictions.
Mike The Hatter • Cleveland, Ohio
Mike the Hatter is a retail hat shop owned by Stephanie Travers and George Anastaskis, and has locations in Cleveland and Broadview Heights, OH. The shop was established in 1937 by the Anastasakis Family and remains family-owned and operated. Mike the Hatter offers one of the largest selections of hats and caps in the country, featuring feature men’s, women’s, and kids hats as well as custom hats for weddings and special events. They also provide on-site repairs and cleaning services.
Mindo Chocolate Makers • Dexter, Michigan
Mindo Chocolate is a chocolate-making company owned by Barbara Ann Wilson and located in Dexter, MI. They are one of the very few companies worldwide that makes micro-batches of chocolate. Mindo begins by purchasing cocoa beans in Ecuador and roasting, stone-grinding, and making small batches of very high quality, pure, heirloom certified chocolate. The company only purchases organic cocoa and uses organic methods throughout their process. Mindo makes chocolate both in Ecuador and in Michigan. They sell chocolate bars that have a very high cocoa content. The company also makes tasting squares, baking chocolate and cocoa powder that is purchased by Zingerman’s, Michigan By The Bottle, Tasty Bakery, Sandhill Crane Winery, Unity Vibrations, Vinolgy and other various restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries – most of which are located in Michigan. Mindo also sells their chocolate bars at Plum Markets, Busch’s, Argus’s, and Agricole.
Motor City Woman Studios • Southfield, Michigan
Motor City Woman Studios is a recording studio led by President Robin Kinnie and with locations in both Detroit and Southfield, MI. The studio is focused on changing how underrepresented groups are portrayed in the media. Motor City Woman Studies are intentional in the way they provide resources, collaborating with organizations and creating a platform that amplifies those voices. They produce voiceovers, audiobook, podcasts and digital media for everyone from individuals to brands.
Natural Red • Detroit, Michigan
Natural Red is personal care company that is led by Owner and Founder Karen Guilmette, and is located in Detroit, MI. The company develops, manufactures, packages, sells, and ships small-batch, handmade personal and family care products that are clean, safe and effective. The formulas for these products were developed by Guilmette herself and contain only natural ingredients.
Naturally Raw Hair Studio • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Naturally Raw Hair Studio is a salon operated by Amber Kessler and located in Ann Arbor, MI. Kessler has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2006, having graduated from the Douglas J. AVEDA Institute, and has continued to extend her skills through continuing education classes. At Naturally Raw Hair Studio, she provides a variety of services, including hairdressing, bridal styling, razor cutting, men’s cutting, and airbrush makeup. The studio is also committed to using toxin-free products made with natural and organic ingredients, are produced through cruelty-free means, and packaged in recycled bottles using renewable energy sources like wind power. Kessler makes some of these products in house and also offers her clients full disclosure of all ingredients.
Nicole Haley Photography • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nicole Haley Photography is a business owned by Nicole Haley and located in Ann Arbor, MI. Haley seeks to tell the story of humans and businesses in Ann Arbor, metro Detroit, and beyond. She does this by documenting the emotions at weddings, in families, and in businesses so that the photographs tell timeless tales for her customers.
Nutz 4 Coffee • Cleveland, Ohio
Nutz 4 Coffee is a food company that is led by Founder and Owner Matthew L. Gorse and is located in Cleveland, OH. This company provides real, fresh, roasted nuts for use in coffee. Nutz 4 Coffee grinds their nuts, roasts them, places them in a filtered bag, and then packages them. Customers can simply place the filtered bag into their favorite coffee for an all-natural nut flavor for their coffee that is made with real ingredients.
NW Products • Sheffield Village, Ohio
NW Products is a fishing supply company owned by John L. Gaskell and located in Sheffield Village, OH. The company is known for creating the Fish-Pic, a cast aluminum device produced at a foundry in Cleveland. This product provides fishermen with an easier way to handle fish after they have been caught. After a fish has landed, a fisherman can insert the Fish-Pic under the fish’s gill plate and out of its mouth. The fish will then be contained, making it easier to remove the hook and lessening the chance of the hook sticking in your hands. After removing the fishhook, the fish can be placed in a cooler by simply turning the Fish-Pic upside down and letting the fish slide into the container. This product can be used on all species of fish and is especially helpful on those with sharp teeth.
Olive Seed • Detroit, Michigan
Olive Seed is a personal care company led by nutritionist Latricia Wright and located in Detroit, MI. This holistic wellness company oﬀers integrative services like nutritional counseling, wellness workshops, and wholesome products. These products include loose leaf tea, herbal-infused honey, olive oils and vinegars, handmade soap bars, and spice blends.
Original Moxie • Ypsilanti, Michigan
Original Moxie is a personal care company that is led by Founder and CEO Rachel Blistein, and is located in Ypsilanti, MI. The company offers a full line of comprehensive, diagnostic hair care, including shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, definers, sealers, and treatments. Each of these products is crafted using formulas created by Blistein herself. Original Moxie’s flagship store also functions as a full-service salon, where they offer in-depth haircare consultations, product and styling demos, professional treatments, and texture-positive cutting. They also provide professional education for stylists who share Original Moxie’s passion for healthy hair, natural ingredients, and beautiful, precision cuts.
Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q • Detroit, Michigan
Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q is a restaurant that is led by Owner and President Roderick Parks and is located in Detroit, MI. The restaurant is an “old school barbecue joint” that specializes in pit-grilled pork, beef ribs, and chicken. Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q is family-owned and has been in continuous operation since 1964.
PedalCell • Chicago, Illinois
PedalCell is a technology company led by CEO Adam Hokin and located in Chicago, IL. PedalCell aims to address a problem common among cyclists: keeping devices powered. From keeping a phone charged for navigation or, worse, having a light run out of juice mid-trip, cyclists everywhere had issues keeping their batteries alive. PedalCell’s CadenceX allows cyclists to stay safe and connected by powering smartphones, lights, GPS, and other USB devices through rider motion. The product mounts in minutes on nearly all bike designs. CadenceX‘s proprietary generator clamps onto a bike’s front fork. The generator converts motion from the bicycle’s wheel into electricity. The Smart Power Hub contains two USB-C ports and can be mounted on the handlebars or on the frame. PedalCell’s patented electronics stabilize charge, no matter a rider’s speed may be.
Poisera • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Poisera is a counseling service that is led by Founder and CEO Marianna Kerppoloa and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their serviced aim to help postpartum mothers cultivate resilience. Through daily, personalized check-in conversations, Poisera helps mothers navigate the highs and lows of motherhood.
Produce Puns • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Produce Puns is customized products company led by Creator Mary Lemmer and located in Ann Arbor, MI. The company specializes in creating hand-drawn food pun illustrations, and applying those illustrations to a variety of products, including journals, t-shirts, mugs, and more gifts.
Pure Orchid Aesthetics • Warren, Michigan
Pure Orchid Aesthetics is a personal care company owned by Ashante’ Williams and located in Warren, MI. The company is committed to providing customers with natural skincare products made with quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients that they recognize. The mission of Pure Orchid Aesthetics is to craft products that will boost customers’ confidence and leave them feeling beautiful in their uniqueness. The company believes that natural skincare shouldn’t be a luxury, but an affordable staple in every skincare routine.
Quevos • Chicago, Illinois
Quevos is a food company led by CEO Nick Hamburger and located in Chicago, IL. The company produces healthy chips made out of egg whites. These chips are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and are available in a variety of flavors.
Rachel Fisher Creative • Chicago, Illinois
Rachel Fisher Creative is a brand design service that is led by Owner and Designer Rachel Fisher, and is located in Chicago, IL. The service specializes in developing strategic, thoughtfully-crafted brands for entrepreneurs who believe in their businesses.
realLINGUA • Ann Arbor, Michigan
realLINGUA is an educational service led by CEO Keith Phillips and located in Ann Arbor, MI. The service is a language-learning platform that helps students learn a second language just like their first. Using authentic native-speaker conversations, it eliminates the need to memorize a dictionary’s worth of vocabulary or regurgitate grammatical rules ad nauseam when trying to learn another language. Its immersive foreign language-learning delivered via a patent-pending approach in a self-directed learning app. Rooted in descriptive linguistics and implicit learning, realLINGUA exposes the language-learner to high-frequency language from actual native-speaker conversations as it is really used in everyday dialogue – unscripted, in-context, at-speed – making their approach as close to the way humans naturally learn language as possible! realLINGUA pairs that content exposure with “linguistic mirroring” practices through memorization, retention, and pronunciation activities.
Rebel Nell • Detroit, Michigan
Rebel Nell is a jewelry company led by CEO Amy Peterson and located in Detroit, MI. The company began in 2013 as a social enterprise with the mission to employ women facing barriers to employment in Detroit, educate them on financial management, life wellness and entrepreneurship, and empower them to transition to a life of independence. These women are hired as Creative Designers and are taught to craft unique, wearable art from fallen layers of graffiti, while providing services to support on their way to self-sufficiency.
Rosemarine Textiles • Detroit, Michigan
Rosemarine Textiles is a sustainable textile studio owned by Meghan Navoy and located in Detroit, MI. The studio makes home goods and accessories using the rich, complex colors of plant-based dyes. Each piece is made by hand in the studio using processes that take many days to achieve the perfect color. Rosemarine Textiles is committed to environmental sustainability, and utilizes what would otherwise be waste material, including working with local restaurants to acquire dye-producing food scraps and florists for day-old blooms. The studio continues to experiment with dyes and innovate processes to contribute to an expanding collection of textiles.
Ruff Life Photography • Troy, Michigan
Ruff Life Photography is a photography business led by Christine O’Brien and located in Troy, MI. They provide pet photography services for customers who love their animals.
Sapphire Moon Chocolates • Appleton, Wisconsin
Sapphire Moon Chocolates is a gourmet artisan chocolate manufacturing company and retail store that is owed by Tarina Swanson and located in Appleton, WI. The company specializes in halal (Muslim) chocolate, including other confectionery to meet religious and dietary guidelines for numerous ethnic and religious groups. Sapphire Moon Chocolates also focuses on social justice and promote unity and peace through the sale of our chocolate and confectionery items. Their retail shop features our chocolates, truffles, French desserts and macarons, confectionery, ice cream, antiques, vintage and gifts. We assist and promote veteran, woman, and minority-owned businesses.
Shy vs Bold • Detroit, Michigan
Shy vs Bold is a women’s boutique owned by Tennille Payne-Glas and with retail locations in both Detroit and Southfield, MI. Shy vs Bold offers distinctive clothing, accessories, home and gift items to their customers. It is their aim to provide customers with unique, quality products from all over the globe and at an affordable price.
Simply: Health Coaching • Ann Arbor, Michigan
Simply: Health Coaching is a personal care service that led by Coach and Chief Officer Liza Baker and is located in Ann Arbor, MI while maintaining a virtual presence as well. The company provides Integrative Nutrition® health coaching services to hardworking women in the mission-driven/nonprofit sector with the issue of helping under-resourced, overwhelmed, and overworked women promote their own health and wellness.
Sisters On A Roll Mobile Cafe and Catering • Detroit, Michigan
Sisters on a Roll Mobile Café and Catering is a food service company led by Chef Harriette Brown and located in Detroit, MI. The company specializes in vegan cuisine that is made from scratch, healthy, and flavorful. They offer a variety of foods, including soups, condiments, desserts, and meat alternatives.
Smokin’ Bettie’s BBQ Sauces • Cleveland, Ohio
Smokin’ Bettie’s BBQ Sauces is a food company owned by David Ball and located in Cleveland, OH. This company produces and sells Texas-style BBQ sauces, which are known for their balance of sweet, smoke, and spice.
Soap Bullet • Mentor, Ohio
Soap Bullet is a personal care company owned by Bozana Anicic and located in Mentor, OH. The company creates an all-natural, plant-based liquid hand soap concentrate that is made with olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and tucuma butter. The product is free from SLS, SLES (and all other sulfates), EDTA, and other ingredients that are commonly misleadingly advertised as naturally-derived. Soap Bullet also does not use plastic. This liquid hand soap concentrate is created through a handmade process that is environmentally safe. Soap Bullet is committed to helping customers save money, nurture their hands, cut back on carbon emissions, and protect the planet.
SPC Innovations – BrickShield • Okemos, Michigan
BrickShield is an adhesive product that was created and is sold by business founders Austin Loper, Sean Fochtman, Caleb Andrews, and Paul Jaques, who are based in Okemos, MI. BrickShield is a nontoxic adhesive designed for plastic brick toys like Lego that keeps creations together. BrickShield is more than 50% stronger than other glues, and can be washed off with water when one would like to take their toys apart again.
SuperLove • Ann Arbor, Michigan
SuperLove is a clothing and accessory design company that was founded by Katy Lind and Nate Stevens, and is located in Ann Arbor, MI. The company’s unique “ILY” design and logo can be used for a variety of accessories, including t-shirts, hats, pins, water bottles, baby clothes, and stickers. SuperLove shares this iconic design with people and organizations all over the world.
Sweet Bean • Cleveland, Ohio
Sweet Bean is a chocolate company owned by chocolatier Kristin Barnes and located in Cleveland, OH. The company was founded in 2014 and focuses on handmade filled chocolates and single-origin bean-to-bar chocolate, occasionally featuring marshmallow or other confections.
Sweet Designs Chocolatier • Lakewood, Ohio
Sweet Designs Chocolatier is a chocolaterie that is led by Owner, Founder, and Master Chocolatier Ines Rehner, and is located in Lakewood, OH. The chocolaterie offers over 80 different chocolates and treats, ranging from truffles and hand-dipped fruit to nut clusters and caramels. The chocolate is crafted with Rehner’s unique recipe blend that she discovered after years of experience, experimentation, and refinement.
Tactile Craftworks • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tactile Craftworks is a leather crafting company that was founded Sarah Heck and Anna Warren, and is located in Milwaukee, WI. This woman-owned and operated company was founded in 2014 and partners with over 200 retailers nationwide. Tactile Craftwork specializes in handcrafting leather pieces that are inspired by the idea of place and emotional responses to both home and travel. The company strives to make pieces that are durable to use, beautiful to look at, and satisfying to hold.
TAIT Design Co. • Detroit, Michigan
TAIT Design Co. is an independent product design studio that is owned by Matthew Tait and Audrey Elkus and is located in Detroit, MI. The studio specializes in thoughtful and timeless homewares and toys for people of all ages. All of their products are made from 100% USA-sourced materials and are assembled by hand in Detroit. From hand screen printed balsa model airplane kits to stunning wall clocks, their entire line makes for great holiday gifts.
Taxes At Tiffany’s • Grand Rapids, Michigan
Taxes at Tiffany’s is a tax preparation service provider owned and operated by Tiffany Sherman and located in Grand Rapids, MI. Sherman specializes in a variety of tax services and aims to provide outstanding support and expertise for clients with busy lives. Taxes at Tiffany’s can care for anyone’s accounting needs quickly and efficiently.
The Butters Hygienics Co. • Ypsilanti, Michigan
The Butters Hygienics Co. is a personal care company led by Jerome Stuart Nichols and located in Ypsilanti, MI. The company offers a full line of 100% vegan personal care products for skin, hair, mind, body, and soul to solve unique hygienic problems.
The Getup Vintage • Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Getup Vintage is a retail business owned by Kaylan Mitchell and located in Ann Arbor, MI. The shop was founded in 2005 and specializes in vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories from the 1950s through the 1990s. The Getup Vintage believes that vintage styles are for everyone.
The Guild of Artists and Artisans + The Gutman Gallery • Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Guild of Artists & Artisans is a nonprofit membership association of independent artists led by Executive Director Karen Delhey and located in Ann Arbor, MI. Founded in 1970, the Guild’s mission is to develop and present art fairs to provide marketing opportunities for its members which also serve as educational, cultural and entertaining events for the community. It does so through five Fine Art Fairs annually, The Gutman Gallery (which opened February 2020), and several programs offered throughout the year.
The Nut Button • Detroit, Michigan
The Nut Button is an eCommerce brand that was founded by James Reina and Davis Harari, and is based in Michigan with online sales and shipment available nationwide. The Nut Button was originally a sole product developed as a response to a viral meme – an electronic button that, when pushed, will say “nut.” The success of this product has enabled the Reina and Harari to extend the branding to apparel, as well as to develop a new “Ok Boomer” button.
The People’s Club • Chicago, Illinois
The People’s Club is an educational service founded by Brooke Burton and located in Chicago, IL. The Club functions as a digital-first community for 20/30s in Chicago that hosts virtual events on a variety of subjects that span across art, culture, cooking, health, wellness, and community. More specific examples of event topics include cocktail making, art classes, and comedy workshops. A People’s Club membership is a great gift for young adults who might be living alone right now and looking for fun things to do or new people to meet, or for couples who want to do fun, and interactive events together at home.
Thom Zahler Art Studios • Timberlake, Ohio
Thom Zahler Art Studios is an art company led by Thom Zahler and located in Timberlake, OH. The studio creates cartoons for a variety of purposes, including cartoons for comics, illustrations, and advertising. Additionally, they sell all of Thom Zahler’s original comics work, including My Little Pony, Love and Capes, and more.
VADE Nutrition • Lansing, Michigan
VADE Nutrition is a nutritional supplement company that is led by President, Founder, and CEO Joe Johnson and is located in Lansing, Michigan. In an effort to streamline customers’ supplement practices before and after workouts, the company invented the world’s first and only portable protein powder in the form of Dissolvable Protein Scoops. VADE Nutrition’s mission is not only to help make people’s lives easier with their product, but also to give back to their community through creating jobs and donating VADE’s products to feed the hungry.
Wareologie • Northville, Michigan
Wareologie is an accessibility accessory company led by CEO Gina Adams and located in Northville, MI. The company develops and retails accessories to empower people with physical challenges and to help restore their independence. These products help people dress independently and express their unique styles. Whether faced with arthritis or recovering from surgery, it is imperative for people to have the ability to engage in self-care and improve their own well-being. Wareologie is diversifying its product assortment in the Fall of 2020 by adding stylish products to their line that help customers to restore essential activities of daily living
York Project • Detroit, Michigan
York Project is a clothing company led by CEO Josh York and located in Detroit, MI. This manufacturer and brand stands for the principles of People, Product, and Planet. Each product provides a one-for-one donation to the Detroit homeless and is made by employees making a fair wage. York Project makes their products from American fabric with the highest attention to detail in design and manufacturing. Additionally, York Project clothing is made in a way that minimizes environmental impact. Dyeing goods locally with recycled water, using fabrics made from recycled water bottles, upcycling all fabric waste, and buying from a local supply chain are a few of the man practices that help them achieve these goals.
YUMI TUMI • Cleveland, Ohio
YUMI TUMI is a food company that is led by Founder and Owner Edwin Goyzeuta and is located in Cleveland, OH. YUMI TUMI strives to make sauces that enhance all varieties of food. As such, the company creates and sells a variety of sauces to compliment and elevate the plates of their customers, no matter the place, occasion, or cuisine.