Giveaway ($400 value) from Rustic Maka!

Our entire mission at Chick in the Mitt is to spotlight all of the AMAZING small businesses Michigan has to offer. So when we heard about the initiative our friends at Rustic Maka launched this month, we just HAD to tell you about it. They have chosen 18 small businesses to spotlight and on November 28th, Small Business Saturday, one randomly selected person will receive a box filled with items ($400 value) from each small business!

To read about the small businesses participating and to enter the giveaway, click HERE.

Scroll down to read a heartwarming letter from Rustic Maka about the importance of supporting small businesses. 

Rustic Maka

Some of the amazing items included in the small business giveaway!

“In this season of compassion, caring and thankfulness, we have been asking ourselves: what does it take to bring a positive change in the world today?

As a small business that not too long ago started from the ground up, we have been pouring our dedication, long hours and a whole lot of sanity to make our passion for healthy living available to everyone. Not by a long shot have we ever thought that making Pachy deodorants for our families and ourselves would turn into hours of cooking, family sacrifices and arguments over the most benign things. But this is the price we are willing to pay for the best moments of having our own business and the change it can bring for all of us.

The change starts right at home. In the most unexpected way, it brings our family closer together – a soccer game on a Saturday morning, bonfire by the lake and one last bedtime story before the kids fall asleep.

And it doesn’t stop there. There are many of us joining this journey of change. The power of buying cheap junk in the name of the all mighty dollar lessened and transformed into a pride of owning a product of love, honesty and quality. When we make a purchase from a small business, we support the person behind it – our own neighbor, our kid’s baseball teammate, our best friend. According to Forbes, there are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and over 50% of working population, work in small business. Purchasing from a small business means we are all working hand-in-hand to better our kid’s future and the country we live in.

Throughout this past year and a half, we have come to know so many amazing, hardworking small business owners behind the remarkable products they have created. From expos we’ve attended to casual introduction through a friend or simply by trying a product and being curious who was behind it, we have met these entrepreneurs and are continuously amazed at their business practices, the passion and hard work they put forward, every day.

This small chunk of 18 companies is here to represent not just Michigan small businesses, but small businesses all across the United States. We hope by getting to know us, everyone will be inspired to explore other up and coming brands.

Behind the brands we choose to support, there is always a person whose dreams we have helped come true, validated their hours of hard work and provided them with a boost to keep moving forward…all through a singular purchase of a product made purely with care, love and dedication.

Through supporting small business owners we are all given a chance to become part of the change, one product at a time, one person at a time.

Thank you! Rustic Maka


Having a line of beers in front of me always does the trick, but to say that Ale Mary’s is just a place to go for good beer is a complete understatement. This cozy Ale House is leading the influx of spots for craft brew with it’s delicious dishes!



316 S. Main Street Downtown Royal Oak, MI 48067


Served in a cute mini fry basket with smoked tomato chutney, the Beer Battered Cheese Curds (8) were the perfect match for our line of beers. We had to try the Beer Cheese Burger (13) served with beer battered fries. The beer cheese added so much flavor and created an interesting tasting experience. Based on our yummy choices that night, we cannot wait to work our way through the remainder of the menu! As for the BEER (seeing a trend here), we did two flights and told the bartender to surprise us making for a laid back beer tasting.




See what’s inside a Mitten Crate!

We sat down with the founders of Mitten Crate to check out exactly what’s inside these amazing subscription boxes that are PACKED with Michigan-made treats. All we can say is YUM. YUM. YUM.

Join us for an “unboxing” of one their crates – PLUS there is a surprise at the end of the video that you don’t want to miss!

The products mentioned in this video are:

Apolonia: Natural Dressing

Mary Ann’s: Han Crafter Soda and Syrups

Kaleamazoo Chips

Bloom Coffee Roasters

Chewy’s Gourmet: Penut Brittle

Yumbitz: Cookies



Bistro 82‘s new 5-course tasting menu will be available to guests every Wednesday evening, beginning this week on November 11th. The tasting menu costs $50 per person, and guests can add a 3-course wine pairing for an additional $25.

Take a look below to check out the specially curated menu with favorites by Chef Derik Watson, and Assistant GM, Matthew Hollander, who is also a level one sommelier. We are thrilled to see one of our absolute favorite dishes, Roasted Cobia, as the third course, but let’s be honest, everything looks amazing!

Wine & Dine on Wednesday evenings at Bistro 82.

Wine & Dine on Wednesday evenings at Bistro 82.

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Bistro 82… read all of our past posts here!


When we stumbled upon this adorable baby shop, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with our readers. What better way to introduce you to this Michigan based mother-daughter business than with a giveaway?!

Lola Marie began from the desire to dress their little ones in trendy, yet safe and sustainable fashions. Their mission and commitment to their shoppers is to only ever use natural and organic materials that are free of common allergens to both give you piece of mind when shopping Lola Marie and help keep our environment green for baby’s future! All items are custom designed and hand-crafted using fabrics that are Certified Organic Cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).

You can shop their items online at their etsy shop or visit them at various Detroit area art shows! Learn more at by clicking here.

The Giveaway.

One lucky baby will win a matching legging & headband set (size small). We are OBSESSED with the smarty pants print!

Smarty Pants set ($42 value)

Smarty Pants set ($42 value)

Enter to Win.

The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter (see below). Here’s how it works:

  • Login using your email or Facebook.
  • Simply click on the different entry options and follow the directions.
  • The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning.
  • We will contact the winner personally and announce the lucky person on our social media sites!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


After working in the beauty industry and dealing with sensitive skin all her life, makeup connoisseur, Kimber Leigh decided to take her passion for beauty & health, go out on her own as a freelance artist and develop a line of makeup that is suitable for faces of all kind! Virtve Cosmetics will enhance your innate beauty while keeping it all natural!


Kimber Leigh creates her ORGANIC and VEGAN mineral based cosmetics right here in Metro-Detroit.

You can find her products online by clicking here. They can also be found at a variety of stores around Michigan, click here to find out where.

Natural. Organic. Vegan.

Natural. Organic. Vegan.



There’s a spot that has taken up residence in 3rd Street Bar that is sure to knock you off your feet. What started in Baltimore by a couple of musicians looking to, “play for love & bake for profit” has become a well-known pie shop in a Detroit bar. Dangerously Delicious Pies is serving up savory & sweet with a side of amazing!


Savory & Sweet: Baked in Detroit.



We have told you guys about our obsession with the food at Bigalora – but this Tuesday, October 20th – you’ll be able to enjoy their fabulous food, support Breast Cancer Awareness Month AND meet Lions’ players. WOOHOOO!!!

The Fundraiser.

Detroit Lions’ punter Sam Martin, along with a few of his teammates, will be serving up slices on the Bigalora Wood Fired Food Truck in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to Game On Cancer, a joint campaign between the Detroit Lions and Henry Ford Health System benefiting cancer patients by providing groceries, transportation, medications, utilities and other hidden costs on cancer.

Nothing compares to Bigalora Pizza!

Nothing compares to Bigalora Pizza!

When and Where?

The Bigalora truck will be at Shed 2 in Eastern Market in Detroit starting at 10am October 20th, with Sam Martin and other Lions players on-site from 11am – 1pm. Live updates of the event can be found on Twitter by following Sam Martin, @SamMartin_6, or Bigalora Wood Fired Food Truck, @BigaloraTruck, with hashtag #GameOnCancer.

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