Archive of ‘Explore by Senses’ category


Been crazy busy this holiday season and need to relax? Sole Serenity is the place to do it! It’s a hidden gem and my favorite medi-spa for a facial – but they offer a wide array of other spa services in a SUPER clean, professional and relaxing environment. I would highly recommend spending some time there to unwind during the craziness of the next few weeks – they are even offering holiday specials!



The reason I called Sole Serenity a hidden gem is because you wouldn’t just drive/walk by and see it. It’s tucked away in a medical building on Commerce Rd. Once you arrive at 9640 Commerce Rd #204, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48382, you pull around the left hand side of the building and will see the main entrance. From there, you take the elevator to level two and make a right and you will see the spa.



Sole Serenity is a medi-spa which means they blend medical technology with traditional relaxation to create an experience that rejuvenates your skin while easing your mind at the same time. Best of both worlds, right? The prices for their basic services (signature facial, mani/pedi, massage) are very reasonable. But there are other services you can add on that are on the pricier side but have incredible results! They offer a wide variety of peels and laser treatments that work wonders – the wonderful estheticians (I recommend Carri) will help you decide what’s best for your skin. They also offer a Sole Sisters membership where you pay $59 per month and choose choose from one of three spa services (facial, mani/pedi or massage) valued from $75-$85, plus 20% off additional services and 10% off products! Click HERE for their full menu of services.


I absolutely LOVE this spa. Not only do they offer amazing spa services in a relaxing and clean environment but the products (SkinCeuticals) they use are incredible and the estheticians are super knowledgeable and get results.Take advantage of their holiday specials and see for yourself!




Real Detroit Events and The Detroit Mercantile Co. present the Mitten Market on December 15 from 3-11pm at Royal Oak Farmers Market. Shop with 100+ Michigan art, vintage, maker, design, and food vendors – plus a pop-up coffee house, food trucks, and pet-friendly fun (well-behaved pets welcome) with a Santa Paws holiday pet picture booth, Tito’s Handmade Vodka bar supporting SE Michigan animal rescue charities, holiday DJ sets, and much more! All FREE at Royal Oak Farmers Market on Friday, 12/15.

mitten market


One in four girls will experience child sexual abuse. These broken, abused children, if not given the opportunity to heal, grow into broken adults who are vulnerable to many of society’s injustices. Joanne Ewald, survivor and founder of Mend on the Move, hopes to help break the silence of abuse and trafficking, empower survivors, and be their voice until they become strong enough to find their own.


Products are created at a recovery home in Detroit called Samaritas Heartline where the women live.  Soon they will have a mobile studio which will house all their equipment and tools and up to six of their makers can actually create inside it!  They will also use it as a retail space for markets and events (look for them at Eastern Market).

Customers can purchase items on their online shop and at various art shows, awareness events and speaking engagements they  do throughout the year, as well as retail locations Made Studio + Market in West Bloomfield and Finding Roots in Howell.


All their jewelry all retails for under $30, most expensive item they sell is the leather cell phone sling for $32. They use car parts which are very inexpensive and the leather is donated so we spend as little on our materials as possible and more for our makers’ hourly wages.

On The Move Key Chain.

On The Move Key Chain.


The most important thing for customers to know about the products is that they are providing an opportunity for women recovering from abuse and addiction to feel good about themselves again.  Working for Mend on the Move builds their confidence, provides skills, promotes accountability and is a stepping stone for future employment.  In addition, they also feel strongly about promoting our makers into leadership roles within Mend on the Move.

Mission and more information from the Founder.

The inspiration behind Mend on the Move came through my own journey of faith and healing from childhood abuse.  But that process took years and the true work did not begin until I was 40 years old.  My heart goes out to women carrying the shame and burdens associated with unhealed abuse.  I am a jewelry artist and I have always been intrigued by social enterprises which provide creative means for people to help themselves.  Mend on the Move became my vehicle to serve others who struggle like I once did.

This is the common story of the women we serve through Mend on the Move.  It is also my story and why I was inspired to start Mend on the Move. I, too, am a survivor of child sexual abuse. But I was one of the fortunate ones. My abuse did not lead to trafficking, addiction, homelessness or domestic abuse.  I have been able to heal. My heart aches for those women who are still trying to find their way.

In conclusion, the majority of our Makers were first abused as children, as was I.  It sets them up for further abuse and addiction later on in life.  The poor choices often lead to incarceration. The irony of abuse is that so often it is the victim’s life, not the abuser’s, that is destroyed by abuse.  It is the victim who lives with shame and unworthiness.  As a part of our mission, we hope to help break the silence surrounding abuse.


We want to make your Holidays a little easier this year… with a giveaway!!! We’ve teamed up with Small Moments, our favorite Michigan apparel & invitation designer & Bundled, a go to Michigan gifting company. To enter to win 75, 5×7 custom designed Holiday cards & a Holiday bundle, read the simple directions below!IGdionna_peter_ellis_holiday_2015

Giveaway info:

Entering is easy. Head to our Instagram account (@chickinthemitt) and follow the simple directions. One winner will be selected at random and given the option to design their custom Holiday card with Kimberly, from Small Moments (sample above) & have a Holiday bundle (pictured below) sent to one address. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Wednesday 11/15 at midnight- winner to be announced Thursday morning.



Good luck & tis the Season!


Neighborhood SEEN Magazine is kicking off the holiday shopping season with a pop-up shop! This event will make it easy to check everyone off your gift list while supporting the local boutiques, businesses and designers in our community. We have included all the detail below and would LOVE to see you there!

Seen Magazine Pop-Up Shop Details:


Who: SEEN Magazine is partnering with the Reyes Projects Gallery to bring you the ultimate shopping experience.

What: “Shop Local for the Holidays” Pop-Up Shop experience. Gifts will be organized into  ‘shops’ based on who you need to buy for — kids and teens, hostesses, foodies, fitness buffs, outdoor lovers and more… how great is that?

Where: Reyes Projects, 100 South Old Woodward, Birmingham,  Michigan 48009. Corner of Maple and Old Woodward, in the heart of the downtown Birmingham shopping district.

When: Friday, November 3, 2017 10am – 9pm & Saturday, November 4, 2017 9am – 7pm.

Give back: A percentage of proceeds will go to Detroit Goodfellows. This year, 34,000 children in Detroit, Harper Woods, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck will get holiday gift boxes filled with clothing, candy, books, toys and more. They also do more than make sure kids aren’t “forgotten” one day each year. Enhancing their lives with shoe and dental programs, camperships and scholarships to Wayne State University. Because regardless of what day it is, “forgotten” is no way to feel.

Participants: Found Objects, Caruso Caruso, Guys N’ Gals, Scout – Royal OakPaula & Chlo, Orleans + Winder, Anuja Tolia, CapriciousElla Designs JewelrySundance Shoes, Kiloh & Co., Ruby’s BalmGazelle SportsBateel USA, John Varvatos, dolce MODA, Sfumato FragrancesFranklin Village Boutique, SharklionBundled


I have always been a HUGE fan of Joe Muer Seafood. Whenever a special occasion or celebration came up, it was place I suggested. But for so long, the only location was in Detroit – which is wonderful but quite the drive for some people. So I was extremely excited to hear about the Bloomfield Hills location opening – now whether you are in the suburbs or downtown, you can enjoy this upscale, phenomenal restaurant.


The new location is located at 39475 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, right next to The Kingsley Inn. There is valet available or parking in front or on the side of the restaurant.

The beautiful exterior of Joe Muer Seafood.

The beautiful exterior of Joe Muer Seafood.


Joe Muer Seafood has won award after award for best seafood restaurant, restaurant of the year and more. So their prices do reflect the amazing seafood and spectacular service. Entrees range from $35-$90 but they do offer some incredible happy hour drink and appetizer specials.

The sushi is always fresh and unique.

The sushi is always fresh and unique.


The vibe is my favorite part of this restaurant. The elegant ambiance, live music and top of the line service makes any night spent as Joe Muer Seafood feel like a very special one.

The decor and ambiance is stunning.

The decor and ambiance is stunning.



Calling all pizza lovers! We’ve teamed up with Buddy’s Pizza, the original Detroit-style pizza, to offer one lucky winner a free 4 square cheese pizza voucher & $25 gift card to celebrate the GRAND OPENING of their Ann Arbor location this month as well as National Pizza Month. To get more information on the opening of the Ann Arbor location, be sure to follow them on Facebook. To enter to win FREE pizza, read the simple directions below!IMG_6034Giveaway info:

Entering is easy. Head to our Instagram account (@chickinthemitt) and follow the simple directions. One winner will be selected at random and given the option to have the gift card and voucher shipped to them or a pizza loving pal of their choice. Giveaway ends Monday 10/9 at midnight- winner announced Tuesday morning.

Good luck!


Football season is upon is and Olga’s Kitchen is ready to celebrate by giving away FREE SNACKERS! Yes, we’re talking about the signature, grilled-to-order, secret recipe, little pieces of heaven for free. All you have to do is bring in your winning ticket from any, home or away, U of M or MSU football game. Bring the winning ticket to any of the Olga’s Kitchen’s 26 locations to receive your free basket of snackers. Go Green! Go Blue!

Olga's Snackers

*offer valid only from the winning game day until the next U of M or MSU game is played.



Owners of Kenna Nicole, Nikki & Stefanie, like to call themselves “Kitchen Botanists”. They create products that are completely plant based (with the exception of locally sourced beeswax) using all essential oils, no preservatives, and no synthetic fragrances. Their goal is to enhance the natural beauty of their customers while giving the feeling of relaxation and inspiration. Trust us when we say, these ladies know what they are doing. Each product is soothing and takes you to a place of tranquility and peacefulness. We love to support ladies who promote our great state and genuinely respect our earth!


Kenna Nicole products are currently in 35 stores in Michigan and Illinois, including Whole Foods and Plum Market. Some Detroit boutiques include Detroit Mercantile, City Bird, El Dorado…. Here’s a link to their detailed list or you can shop online by clicking here.


Kenna Nicole Thyme Balm (8).  This Thyme Balm soothes the skin and invigorates the senses. It also contains illipe butter from the Malaysian Illipe Tree to restore skin’s elasticity while pure Michigan-harvest beeswax provides a sweet, earthy scent to transport your skin to a place of peace.balm+copyThe Patchwood Candle (22). This hand-poured candle made of Michigan-harvested beeswax and soy wax was crafted to purify you and your space. The Patchwood candle contains a lead-free wick and a natural, woodsy scent; this one goes out to the nature lovers.Candlev2

TORCH Essential Oil Blend (24). Reminiscent of tranquil summer nights spent gathered around the campfire, this roll-on scent was created to uplift and unwind. A fusion of 12 essential oils, Torch by Kenna Nicole will surely guide you to your warm, happy place.scent

Keep your eyes out as they introduce more products including Hemp Face and Body Oil and a few others.

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