Building a better community, one t-shirt at a time

A few weeks ago we told you about an amazing Michigan-themed clothing line called Live.Love.Michigan. Well, get ready to LOVE this company even more…they just launched a program to give back to Michigan-based nonprofits through their Hold on to Hope Project!

Why was the Hold on to Hope Project founded?

The Hold on to Hope Project is more than just super soft clothing. It’s more than just partnering with non-profits in Michigan. It’s more than an extension of our clothing line. It’s the way we can give back to organizations in Michigan that are doing their part to better the state in some way.

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A Hold on to Hope t-shirt.


Ellen’s Bakery & Cafe

Ellen’s Bakery & Café has been known for their delicious sweets, but it is important to note that they also offer some incredible breakfast and lunch options in their café. Chef Ellen & her husband have developed a full menu for patrons including (but not limited to) fresh breads, cakes, cookies, breakfast, sandwiches, salads and soups. Ellen’s is a great place to grab a meal then browse the showcase for which sweet to leave with. (more…)

Our Newest Chick in the Mitt

We have some very exciting news to share….our Chick in the Mitt family is growing! My dear friend and CITM co-founder, Courtney and her husband Gustan welcomed their BEAUTIFUL baby girl, Emme Elizabeth on September 1st!

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Meet our newest chick, Emme.


“A burger Detroit can be proud of”

Detroit seems to be doing things right lately, especially when it comes to the food industry. You don’t have to go far to find hip and delicious restaurants. Corktown is no exception to this with a slew of new spots popping up along Michigan Avenue. Mercury Burger & Bar in the Corktown neighborhood puts out tasty eats, has a chill atmosphere and makes “a burger Detroit can be proud of!”

Michigan Ave. Corktown

Michigan Ave. Corktown


Hooked on Beauty by Nuha

About seven years ago, I was at my cousin’s wedding and I could NOT stop looking at how exquisite her makeup looked. After her wedding I asked who did her makeup and she replied, “Nuha!” Ever since that day I have been hooked on Beauty by Nuha.

She has done my makeup for MANY different occasions – even my wedding! Nuha NEVER disappoints and people constantly ask – “wow, who did your makeup?!”

Nuha's makeup on my wedding day.

Nuha’s makeup on my wedding day.


Commerce Township Watering Hole.

Everyone has their local watering hole, don’t they? Well either way, I consider CJ’s Brewing Company in Commerce Township to be mine. I have spent a lot of time there (if you consider once a week a lot) enjoying their tasty food and great beer while in good company. In addition to meeting the basic requirements to be a local watering hole; CJ’s also has quality service, fair pricing, enticing specials and a cozy bar and patio.

Brewing Equipment.

Brewing Equipment.


Wing Hong’s Express: fast and budget-friendly

On busy week nights carryout is my best friend. One of my go-to spots is Wing Hong’s Express. They are fast, reasonably priced and are generous with their portions. What more do you need when it comes to a carryout restaurant?

Last week when I swung into their parking lot, I hadn’t even ordered my food yet. I was in a rush (like always) but it only took eight minutes from the time I placed my order until I was swiftly walking to the car with a heavy carryout bag in tow.

The waiting area of Wing Hong Express.

The waiting area of Wing Hong’s Express.


The Best at Gest.

Gest Omelettes is named perfectly; after it’s noteworthy omelettes. Picture the fluffiest eggs stuffed with unique options, topped with homemade sauces and served next to lettuce and your choice of toast. In addition to their outstanding omelettes, Gest serves up an array of AM food choices from breakfast nachos to carrot cake pancakes. Although I find it difficult to look past the “Gest Omelettes” portion of the menu, they also have many lunch options including sandwiches and salads as well as some delicious sweets to finish off any meal with.


Gest is in a strip mall at the corner of Haggerty Road and Fourteen Mile Road. 39560 West Fourteen Mile Road Commerce Township, MI 48390. Open Monday through Sunday 6:30am-4pm.

Fourteen & Haggerty

Fourteen & Haggerty


Longtime Luncher at Jennifer’s Cafe

I have been going to Jennifer’s Cafe for as long as I can remember. My mom would always take me to meet an aunt or my grandma for a “girls lunch.” The memories I have there are almost as good as the food – which is absolutely fantastic!

The menu is the perfect assortments of options for lunch; soups, salads, wraps and a variety of fresh entrees. I have tried lots of dishes but I do have my staples….maurice salad, #14 chicken sandwich and the cookies – they are the size of your face and delicious.

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Those cookies.


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