Next time you are craving a taste of all the greatness Michigan has to offer, you can skip the cross state road trip and just head to Ferndale. M-Brew offers a “grab and go” or “hot to order” menu of the Great Lakes state’s finest products. Think Pasties, Pinconning Pizza made with Michigan cheese and flour, 30 Michigan beers on tap, Traverse City cherry & beef brisket chili and Bavarian Style Frankenmuth fried chicken. This place is sure to give you your Made in Michigan fix!
Beer. Wine. Coffee. Food.
It’s not blatantly obvious – but soon after I entered Detroit’s new Wright & Company restaurant, I noticed there was a subtle diamond theme throughout the place. After quickly checking Google, I learned that this space was occupied by the Wright-Kay jewelry firm from 1920-1978, hence the name and the decor. I’m a sucker for historic meaning, so my interest in this restaurant was peaked from the beginning….
The dining area, overlooking Woodward Ave.
…And continued to peak all the way through two “snacks” four “plates” one “dessert” and the array of craft cocktails served throughout the meal. I had a feeling that the food and drinks would be stellar considering Wright & Company is a joint venture between Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija, former head chef at MGM Grand Detroit’s Wolfgang Puck Steak.
Wright & Company is located at 1500 Woodward Avenue Second Floor Detroit, MI 48216.
There is lots of metered parking available along Woodward and John R, which run on either side of the building. Also, the People Mover stops at Broadway St. which is just a 2 minute walk to the restaurant. Once you park, head towards the entrance on John R (it’s towards the back of the building) and then take the elevator to the second floor. I know it might sound a bit confusing but there are Wright & Company signs that direct you. Believe me, it’s worth the hunt.
Wright & Company’s menu offers nine “snacks” ranging from $6-$10, nine “plates” ranging from $10-$18 and three “desserts” which are $7. That may seem like a limited menu, but each dish offers a HUGE variety in taste and cuisine. The portions are a shareable size and between three of us we tried the warm dates, fresh potato chips, brussels sprout salad, tuna tartare (my personal fav), pork tenderloin and the seared teres major. Every dish was beautifully plated, flavorful and unique.
Brussels Sprout Salad.
Though the decor is a stunning mix of classic/modern – complete with a marble bar top and a murono glass chandelier – the vibe is surprisingly chill. The servers are relaxed but know everything about the menu and drink options. We highly recommend sitting in Lauren Deming’s section, she’s fabulous. The crowd that fills the half-circle leather booths and quaint tables are diverse and clad in everything from jeans to a suite and tie; making it the perfect place to stop after work or visit on a weekend night out.
Situated on “the hill” in Grosse Pointe Farms, you will find an adorable spot where you can grab a coffee, delicious breakfast, lunch, pastry or dessert and pop in for a specialty cocktail at happy hour! Morning Glory Coffee & Pastries can quickly become your go-to coffee shop and place to grab a glass of wine after work. I love when you can find a place that meets all your eating & drinking needs!
There are so many fun family traditions associated with fall and at Long’s Family Orchard you can find them all in one spot! They have a corn maze, petting farm, apple picking, tons of activities for kids and you can purchase pumpkins, apple cider, donuts and more – everything you need for a perfect fall day!
Lots of pumpkins to choose from at Long’s!
Main Street in Milford is home to many fabulous restaurants, but one of my long time favorites is a place created by a passionate, Italian brother- sister collaboration, Coratti’s on Main. From the fresh bread & homemade marinara to the pasta and sauces that are so perfect, you know they’re made from scratch, Coratti’s knows how to serve up a meal you will come back for!
Main Street in Milford
There are few things I love in this world more than a brunch. What could be better than a leisurely meal with friends or family that usually and a mimosa or two? If you are a brunch lover like me I HIGHLY recommend trying the “out-of-the-box” menu items at Toasted Oak.
Ready Set Crossfit owners, Brad Meyer and Jamie Straight, opened their gym for more than just a business venture; they really hope to change a few lives by motivating people to reach their goals.
I have the pleasure of knowing each of them personally and can say that their hearts are in the right place… all you have to do is walk through the doors of Ready Set and I can guarantee they will kick your butt into shape!
Ready Set Crossfit
For years I had the misconception that Douglas J Salons were simply institutes to train cosmetologists. But recently I was invited to the Douglas J Salon in Rochester and learned that yes, some of the locations are institutions to attain a cosmetology degree, but they also have traditional salons with experienced, professional stylists who have been in the business for years!
The reception desk at the entrance of the salon.
Picasso Café’s motto is that “every sandwich is a work of art” and in my opinion everything they serve is a work of art! From the well thought out sandwiches and wraps to the savory soups, Picasso Café should become your new go-to lunch spot!
39915 Grand River Avenue Novi, MI 48375
Open Monday –Friday 730am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
Picasso Café in Novi
There is so much to love about Michigan Scents but first and foremost, I love it because the founder and owner of the company is my sister-in-law, Kelly Gheesling. It has been impressive watching her take an idea and turn it into reality. In just three short years Kelly has founded Michigan Scents, created a yummy smelling soy candle line, INVENTED the first ever ceramic electric warmer made in the USA and opened a store front located in Dearborn, MI. Whew – that’s a lot of entrepreneurial-awesomeness packed into three short years.
But besides being a proud sister-in-law, I genuinely love their products! Whenever my petal warmer is on or I’m burning a candle, people will comment on the beautiful scent drifting throughout my home.
Some of the products Michigan Scents offers.