Mary’s Mantle: a small nonprofit with a big mission

Volunteering is near and dear to Chick in the Mitt. When we started to dream up this blog, one of our main goals was to highlight a variety of places Michiganders could volunteer. Recently, we volunteered at Mary’s Mantle and we were blown away by the passion and love that this small nonprofit has for it’s mission  - so naturally, we had to share our experience with you!

Volunteering at Mary's Mantle.

Volunteering at Mary’s Mantle.


Tre Monti Ristorante: A Unique Fine Dining Experience

We left Tre Monti Ristorante, named after the three mountains of San Marino, feeling like we could not wait to get back. Since it opened in 2008, it has been recognized for its excellence numerous times, including Hour Detroit’s 2013 Restaurant of the Year.  There is really no place like it. Impeccable service with white linen table clothes, quality dinnerware and outstanding Italian cuisine makes it a true fine dining experience.

Tre Monti’s success is a result of being operated by a passionate team. The restaurant is unique in the sense that it is run by experienced general manager, Zharko Palushaj, and talented executive chef, Marc Casadei, but a sophisticated board is also invested in maintaining a standard well beyond its competition.


1695 East Big Beaver Road Troy, MI 48083. Situated behind San Marino Club. They have complimentary valet parking under a covered area of the beautiful brick building.

Closed Monday. Open Tuesday-Thursday 5-10pm. Friday-Saturday 5-11pm. Sunday 5-9pm.


Off Big Beaver in Troy


Uptown Grille: Eat. Drink. & Fun.

If you live within 30 miles of this place, I can guarantee you’ve heard of it. Uptown Grille is a one stop shop… the restaurant that has it all. You could spend an entire day there… start with breakfast, grab lunch, a drink or two, then dinner and finish on the dance floor!uptown front

Although I have frequented Uptown countless times, this particular time it was for breakfast. I think breakfast is their best kept secret so here’s to letting it out! (more…)


The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye and if you’re like us, you still have some shopping to do. We at Chick in the Mitt have a passion for our state and love all the different Michgian-made products available…but we know they are sometimes hard to find. So to make it easy for ya we compiled a list of our favorite local places where you can finish up that shopping list! We encourage you to shop local this holiday season to support our state and keep Michigan businesses thriving.



Rust Belt Market: The Place for Anything & Everything Michigan

We LOVE anything & everything Michigan so when we find businesses like Art is in Market, Mitten Crate or Live Love Michigan, we feel like it is our Michigander duty to share the wealth & knowledge with all of our followers. My recent experience at a Ferndale based business was without a doubt one of the best. Rust Belt Market is THE PLACE for artists, collectors, and shoppers who admire the Mitten State as much as we do.rustbelt

Rust Belt is an artist & vintage market that is open year-round and full of Made in Michigan vendors. Hour Detroit named Rust Belt the “Best Place to Buy Local Craft” for two years straight (2013 & 2014) for a reason.  From coffee to furniture and art to clothing, Rust Belt Market has something for everyone… especially the Michigan lover. (more…)

Give the Gift of The Mitt

With the holidays right around the corner we wanted to remind you that Chick in the Mitt has an entire line of Michigan themed clothing for women, men and babies! We have sweatshirts, mugs, water bottles, tank tops and more! Our items range from $13-$40, click HERE to start shopping!

Take a look at some fellow Michiganders sporting our stuff….


December GIVEAWAY: Small Moments Invitations & Design

Fellow Michigander, Kimberly Mortson, owner at Small Moments Invitations + Design enjoys soaking up all that The Mitt has to offer! She is a graphic designer by day and specializes in unique social invitations and announcements by night. Many of her designs showcase our great state. Kimberly has an online shop and puts her creative touch on every piece she designs for her customers. Whether the theme is craft beer and cocktails or dodgeball and game night, clients can contact her and she will personally design something just for them!detroit_craft_beer_invitation

When you visit her online shop, you will find eye catching designs! She also offers prints, notecards, professional design services (logo’s/branding, event posters) and marketing materials (t-shirts, postcards, business cards, banner and stickers).love_from_the_mitten_2014

Here’s the good news… we have teamed up with Kimberly to give away a gift certificate to put towards a Small Moments order. (more…)

Where to Volunteer this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time that many of us feel inspired to volunteer. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So we decided to share the top three local organizations we have volunteered at. ‘Tis the season!


Focus: Hope 

  • Mission: Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Packing food boxes for the community, delivering food for senior citizens and tutoring students.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at Focus: Hope.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Outreach 

  • Mission: P.B.J. (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Outreach, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on feeding and clothing the poor and marginalized living in the Detroit metropolitan area. The organization unites volunteers and equips them to obtain, prepare and distribute food and clothing while creating an awareness of our obligation to service others.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Prepare and distribute food to the homeless of Detroit.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at the Peanut Butter & Jelly Outreach.

Forgotten Harvest

  • Mission: Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 48.8 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Package food for those in need in the warehouse or work on their farm.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at Forgotten Harvest.


Corktown’s Detroit Institute of Bagels

The revitalization of Corktown might just be one of my favorite parts about the positive changes happening in Detroit. With its historic landmarks, Corktown has the character and sense of community to be the comeback neighborhood. Detroit Institute of Bagels, among many other small businesses, is contributing to the turnaround of what once was the home of the original Tiger’s Stadium.

Detroit Institute of Bagels

Detroit Institute of Bagels


Early Bird Cafe: Tiny diner…Big Taste

You know a place is good if people wait in a line that’s out the door to get in. That’s the case at Early Bird Cafe and I will admit…..I’ve happily lined up to eat there many times. Their breakfast and lunch food is so fresh and delicious it will keep you coming back no matter what!


They are known for their breakfast skillets. YUM!


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