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 under $10 that are created and sold by small businesses in the Midwest. If you’re looking for gifts in this price range, start here!
Be sure to tune into the special holiday edition of our weekly livestream series The Cackle during the week of November 30th to learn more about these companies’ stories, products and services, and what gifts they can offer you ahead of the 2020 holiday season!
SHOP GIFTS UNDER $10
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sensory Box Family • Zeeland, Michigan
Sensory Box Family is a handcrafted retail business founded by Rachael Windemuller and located in Zeeland, MI. The company seeks to bring affordable joy into the daily life of all families, especially those who are differently-abled, have sensory challenges, or live with mental illness. The Windemuller Family is no stranger to the unique needs of children with autism and sensory processing disorders (SPD). In fact, Sensory Box Family was originally sprung from the desire to provide meaningful work for their oldest child, Jay. Living with autism, anxiety, and depression, can make working outside the house challenging on the best of days. But, passionate about art, amazingly creative, and looking to earn money, they started looking for things to create. Jay’s artistic sense, combined with a mother with a knack for crafts, and a father with a love for woodworking, and Sensory Box Family was born.
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.
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.