The saying, “a family who eats together, stays together” or in this case works together, holds true when it comes to the Palushaj family. With a love for good food and everyone doing their part, they have built Howell’s newest lunch and dinner spot, Firewood Grill. To say that owner and chef Tom Palushaj has experience is an understatement. After immigrating from Albania with his family as a boy, he began washing dishes in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. There, he learned to perfect the recipes he now uses at his own restaurants. Lucky for Howell residents, they can now get a little taste of Greektown in their community!

Full bar.

Full bar.



One of my favorite parts of Chick in the Mitt is getting to meet the people behind the Michigan based companies we write about. I love to see their passion and learn about what inspired them to start their own business. Rustic Maka, a line of organic personal care products, we learned that they have a “story” as incredible as the items they create.

The founders of Rustic Maka, Kasia and Monica, were born in Poland where mainstream beauty and hygiene products were not easily accessible. Inspired by their mother – they “used what they had” and made products that were simple, natural and effective. But when they moved to Michigan years later, they had a hard time finding personal care products that were both truly natural AND effective…so they went back to what they knew and created their own!

Rustic Maka Founders, Kasia and Monica.

Rustic Maka Founders, Kasia and Monica.

These lovely entrepreneurs went on to create an entire line of products that follows a “less is more” philosophy by leaving out all of the harsh chemicals usually found in beauty products. Instead, they use plant-based oils, natural minerals and plant extracts. They are not only natural and organic – but they smell fantastic and ACTUALLY WORK!


Rustic Maka offers a wide variety of their amazing natural products, including: pachy (polish for armpit) deodorant ($7.95-$11.95), foaming soaps ($11.95), soap bars ($8.95), body scrubs ($14.95), and bath salts ($23.95).

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Rustic Maka products. Adorable packaging!

Purchase Rustic Maka. 

You can find them at a variety of events, retailers or order online. Courtney and I have tried and tested their products and we feel so lucky to have found a product line that is both healthy and effective for us and our families!


Smack dab in the middle of one of Detroit’s loveliest neighborhoods, you will find a spot that will take you to another place, Greektown Casino- Hotel. This is THE place to stay when you are downtown Detroit for a game, dinner, to spend a little money at the slots, or a night on the town with friends or family.

Chick in the Mitt in Greektown!

Chick in the Mitt in Greektown!



While studying at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Veronika Scott was given an assignment: create something that would fill a real need in the city of Detroit. It’s easy to understand why her mind went to the homeless – it’s estimated that one in every 42 people are considered homeless in the city, about 20,000 total. Veronika’s answer to her college assignment not only solved the immediate problem of keeping the homeless warm, but also the long term issue of reducing the number of homeless people in Detroit. Making it a solution that not only filled a need, but one that decreased the source of the need drastically.

She did this by designing an extremely warm jacket that transforms into a sleeping bag at night and a bag when not in use. But she took it one step further by hiring homeless parents from local shelters to manufacture the coats – making them long term Empowerment Plan employees, who earn an income which allows them to find secure housing and gain back their independence.

Trying on the jacket - they are SO warm and durable! Plus they serve THREE different purposes: bag, sleeping back and coat!

Trying on the jacket – SO warm and durable! Plus they serve THREE different purposes: bag, coat and sleeping bag!


Where do you Hot Rabbit?

We just discovered something that will change party planning for life! Hot Rabbit, a Michigan based company, has taken the annoying leg work out of making jello shots! These little babies come in a variety of flavors, prepackaged and ready to go. They are absolutely perfect for the boat, tailgates and parties – click HERE to find out where you can pick some up!

We loved Hot Rabbit Jello Shots so much, we passed them out to friends and asked them “where do you hot rabbit?” Wait until you see what they said:


Made in the USA, founded in Michigan, and designed with extreme attention to detail by Detroit born, Shelley Van Riper, Alchemy Detroit’s beautifully finished pieces are what’s missing from your closet. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the womanpreneur behind the brand and talk with her about the choice to leave behind her successful corporate career to build a line of luxury, menswear-inspired basics for her.

Timeless tailoring, bold attitude, for her, for life!!

Timeless tailoring, bold attitude, for her, for life!!!



You know we respect Michigan entrepreneurs and always do our best to get their names, products, and businesses out there to our readers. Well, we have recently been introduced to the youngest one yet. Skylar Bisel, also known as the Creative Director & Vice President of Bizzy Fizz, is just a teen under his business title. Through a science project, he accidentally came across the idea for fun and effective bath soap and now, he and his partner Laura Bisel, CEO and his mom, are producing handmade luxury bath and body products perfect for the average person… and Hollywood!

The Giveaway.


Handmade, luxury bath & body products ($55 value)

We are giving away a lovely gift basket including a Body Scrub, Great Lakes themed soap, Fizzies, and Lotion. All handmade in Macomb, Michigan with the highest quality products.

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!

Check them out and use the code CITM15 for 10% off any order!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


Yes, it is true, the Atwater brand has expanded into craft spirits and we got the chance to taste them at their 1st Anniversary Party back in June! The Detroit grown company has introduced whiskey, rum, vodka and gin to their taproom and beirgarten in Grosse Pointe Park. This handcrafted booze is the icing on the cake for a place that already has established a long list of fabulous craft beers!

Happy 1st Anniversary & Spirit Launch!

Happy 1st Anniversary & Spirit Launch!


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