5 Michigan Businesses to Check Out this Summer

Summer is here, and for Michiganders, that means a number of things. The sun is shining, there’s a light breeze in the air, and we can come out of hiding from the winter weather. Many of us will travel up north for a couple of weekends – if we’re lucky – and enjoy the Great Lakes and all that Michigan has to offer. While we’re at it, why not support the local economy?

Turn the Music Up

What better way to celebrate a summer afternoon than to crank up the radio and kick up your feet? Even better – you can invest in a radio that will play only the type of music you want to hear, when you want to hear it. Ferndale-based company Livio Radio provides radios that sync up with internet music services like Pandora, allowing users to customize their music experience. So crank up the Kid Rock, Eminem and Madonna, and rock out in the spirit of Michigan.

Save the Bagels

In the Detroit area? Check out the workings of the up-and-coming sensation Detroit Institute of Bagels, a business run by two brothers out of their flat in Corktown. They are currently campaigning for the funds to open a storefront. Providing various healthy bagel options, the shop is now featuring a test run of bagels made from whole wheat flour. The shop has been known to pay it forward with Michigan products such as Traverse City dried cherries and Hampshire Farms’ whole wheat flour.

Lemonade, Please

Next, crack open a can of Ohana Lemonade, from the Faygo line of products. A Michigan favorite, Faygo was founded in Detroit in 1907 as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works. Looking to change up your recipe routine? Check out their website to enhance the flavor for healthy recipes like Very Cherry Salsa and Vegetarian Bean Chili with various Faygo flavors.

Classic Coneys

Can’t resist the temptation of a summer visit to National Coney Island? Why should you? Originating in Roseville, it’s a local staple.  This time, instead of opting for some of the heavier menu items, try the Baby Greek Salad, Tossed Salad, Tuna Sandwich, Garden Burger, or other healthy option. With all of their local charity involvement, from their Take a Lion to School program to Metro Detroit Youth Day, you can feel great about your purchase in more ways than one.

Outdoor Gear

Looking to amp up your adventures in the Michigan wilderness?  Moosejaw, a popular outdoor retailer, is Michigan-based as well.  With everything from tents to backpacks, jackets, and hiking boots, you can prepare for all of your favorite summer adventures – while supporting the local economy. Stemming from Keego Harbor, Moosejaw now has seven store locations, a catalog and an e-commerce website, all supplying some of the leading outdoor products from brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware and more.

Proud to be in Michigan

The Healthier Michigan Radio Show airs on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on WJR-AM (Detroit), WJIM-AM (Lansing) and WJRW-AM (Grand Rapids). In July, the topic is Michigan-focused and the guests are:

  • Dawn Stowe, representative from Plum Market
  • Lisa Diggs, coordinator of Buy Michigan Now festival
  • Dan Musser, President of Grand Hotel
  • Grace Derocha, registered dietician at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Tune in on July 5 at 7 p.m. to hear about companies and organizations with deep commitments to Michigan, with host Ann Thomas. If you can’t tune into the broadcast, a podcast of the show will be available on the WJR-AM website.

What are your cant-miss Michigan products or fave local companies? Tell us about them below.

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