Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Franklin Publicity, Inc. 2016 Made In Michigan Holiday Shopping Guide

There are so may great products to give as Christmas and Hanukkah gives that are made right here in good old Michigan! Here is the list for 2016!

It was 1945 when Jim and Jenny Williams decided to start a cheese business, using an old barn on their property as a warehouse. Long hours, hard work, and commitment to quality is the foundation on which the Williams Cheese Company was built, and that continues today as second, third, and fourth generation Williams family members maintain those same high standards – never compromising on quality.

Williams Cheese Company produces, ages, and packages more than five million pounds of various cheeses and spreads annually. They’ve become so much in demand that their products are sold throughout Michigan and across much of the U.S., mainly east of the Mississippi, but will soon expand west! Their delicious products are sold at many retailers, including Meijer stores, and Williams has become a frequent destination stop for those traveling to and from the upper part of Michigan all year long. Williams Cheese Company is well known for its many kinds of spreads, especially the vegetable and original horseradish, X-SHP Pinconning Daisy Cheese, Smoked Cheeses, Half Moon Colby, and Colby Jack cut from a true longhorn, and its Amish Swiss Cheese, to name a few. They have corporate gifts available as well.
CONVERSATION WITH PAM ROSSI – Ferndale, MI 734/740-1199 www.pamrossi.com
Over the 17 years that well-known radio personality, Pam Rossi, hosted her Sunday morning program from 7 to 10 am called Over Easy on WCSX she had the pleasure of interviewing over 500 musicians from single performers to complete bands. And, as Rossi says, it never got old because she was always excited about getting to the station for her show.

Rossi has penned a new book called “Conversations with Pam Rossi” that is chock full of interviews she had with people like Jeff Daniels, Ritchie Havens, Al Stewart, members of America, Dan Fogelberg, Melanie, Peter Yarrow, and many other well known musicians that play everything from rock to folk on the local, national, and international scene. It’s a fun book to have on the coffee table or the nightstand to read a little bit at a time and enjoy. Pam’s book is available at  www.pamrossi.com, www.amazon.com, or her publisher www.glendowdermedia.com.

A family favorite since 1946, what holiday table would be complete without a delicious honey-glazed, spiral-sliced Dearborn Ham! Perfect for Christmas, New Years, and watching your favorite football team in action. And for the die-hard, late fall, and winter outdoor grillers Dearborn now has five new varieties of chicken sausages! They’re also good in the broiler, as well. Dearborn products are available in stores throughout Southeast Michigan, including Kroger stores, most other supermarkets, and at the Dearborn Brand retail outlets in Roseville, 29616 Gratiot, and in Dearborn, 2450 Wyoming Avenue, to name a few. Holiday catering trays are also available.

SRODEK’S PIEROGI AND POLISH FOODS, Hamtramck, MI – 313/871-8080 www.srodek.com
Nothing says good cooking more than the taste of fine made European foods, especially Polish comfort foods found at Srodek’s on Joseph Campau in Hamtramck. Since 1980 Srodek’s has been making all their foods by hand the way grandmas used to do! Nothing is shipped in from out of state! For Thanksgiving and Christmas they have a sweet potato pierogi with a hint of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg that tastes like a pumpkin pie wrapped in dough and lightly browned in butter. A little bit of powdered sugar and it’s like Heaven on earth! For those that like a heartier pierogi, they also have pulled pork, chili cheese coney, kraut and meat, breakfast, spinach and artichoke, and corned beef and Swiss, to name a few over 35 varieties in all.

Other tasty treats include Camp Fire Polish Sausages in five varieties, stuffed cabbage in a savory tomato sauce, and a variety of homemade soups such as Dill Pickle. Sauerkraut, Beet, Kielbasa, and chicken noodle. For those brave enough, there’s also Czarnina! Srodek’s also offers polish candies and breads, polish ingredients for making soups and other foods at home, polish beers and an assortment of Polish liquors.

MEL’S TOFFEE, Rochester, MI – 248/496-0186 www.melstoffeeandtreats.com
Mel’s Toffee is back with new flavors of its delicious toffee this year, including CEO Stout, which has Right Brain's CEO Stout beer and a touch of espresso – it’s a great waker upper, Maple Bourbon with Jim Beam Maple, pecans, and cocoa powder - it's like a Pecan Pie in a toffee form, Plain Jane, which was created for people with gluten and peanut issues so thay can have their own bag of toffee too, and Coconut Almond made with Arcadia Ales Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout, coconut, and almonds. It tastes like a Mounds bar in a toffee form. Some people are purchasing these toffees in bulk to use in making cookies! Pretzel companies are using them as a topping for their pretzels, and believe it or not, breweries call and use it in their beer!!!

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit, MI – 313/925-4774 www.bettermadesnackfoods.com
Better Made is always on the cutting edge when it comes to creating new products and improving on old favorites! This year the company’s newest version of its dark and milk chocolate covered chips is even better than last year and is sure to please the chocolate lover in everyone! You have the chocolate, the salt, and crunch – what could be better? Better Made’s new Dark and Milk Chocolate covered chips now use Morley Candy Makers Inc./Sanders! The tin has the famous Better Made Logo on the top. These tins are only available for a limited time due to how quickly they sell out and the time of year. Obviously they can’t be sold in warm weather – so now’s the time to enjoy them! The new tins are available at Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Polly’s Country Markets, Busch’s Fresh Food Markets, and many other independent retailers, as well as the Detroit Shoppe, the Better Made Outlet Store, and Online at www.bettermadesnackfoods.com.

Another long time Holiday and year-round favorite is the Better Made Sampler Box filled with 15 different delicious Better Made products. Both the Sampler Box and the new Sanders Chocolate Covered Chips are great for family gatherings, office parties, corporate gifts, and shipping to family and friends here in Michigan and those that have moved out of the area.

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Roseville, MI – 586/771-7744 www.nationalconeyisland.com
Your fiends or family love the taste of a snappy, spicy, National Coney dog, the problem is they’ve moved out of state and can’t get them. Or maybe you’ve moved away for work and are missing that great flavor. Did you know a lot of states don’t really have Coney chains like we do here in Michigan? The solution? A Coney kit from National Coney Island! Each Styrofoam box is packed with 24 fresh hot dogs, buns, a brick of chili, mustard, and even the onions with dry ice on top to keep it all fresh. You simply thaw it out, prepare the chili per the instructions, brown the hot dogs and voila – instant NCI Coney Dogs! Kits can be ordered on line and shipped anywhere in the contiguous United States. It makes the perfect gift for a New Year’s Eve party or the big game. Add some Better Made chips and top it off with Mel’s Toffee and you have a meal.

The Detroit Popcorn Company continues to show its dedication to Detroit with new popcorn tins that really capture the essence of the City, especially with its re-released Tour of Detroit tin featuring beautiful photos of many of Detroit’s favorite landmarks old and new. The main focus of the tin is the Detroit Skyline from the riverfront but also has photos of the Detroit Zoo, Ambassador Bridge, Tiger Stadium, Vernors, Spirit of Detroit, Detroit Popcorn Company, Olympia Stadium, the Hudson’s Building, the Fox Theatre, the Motown Museum, and a plethora of others. The 3.5-gallon tin is filled with delicious, freshly popped butter corn, cheese corn, and sweet caramel corn, and sells for only $39.95. It’s a prefect holiday gift for friends, family, co-workers, and also as employee/employer appreciation gifts. There are also several other party things and supplies available to make the holidays even more fun!

248/642-3770 www.margots.com
For over 35 years, Margot Kohler, Founder of Margot European Day Spa, has developed skin care products for men and women​. From a hydrating lotion for the hands and face to a mist spray that refreshing the face, to her very popular neck treatment formula, Margot’s products can help people look and feel refreshed and more beautiful than they already are. All products are manufactured in Troy, Michigan by Elba Labs, and range in price from $22 to $55 depending on the product.

For business owners looking for something out of the ordinary for their employees, Margot’s has corporate gifts and events that can be customized and tailored to fit any budget, and is the perfect gift of wellness to help bring balance to busy lives. ​Corporations both large and small have enjoyed the benefits of having well balanced and healthy staff/team members. At Margot European Day Spa, it's not just a trip to the spa, it's the Margot Experience – Detailed, welcoming, and memorable.

MICHIGAN MAPLE BLOCK COMPANY, Petosky, MI and KITCHEN HAPPY, Richmond, MI – and available through www.Michigan-Made.com in Standish, MI
Beautifully hand crafted Cutting Boards shaped like our beloved state and round Lazy Susans decorated with a dazzling design of Michigan are just two of the thousand or so Michigan made products available through Standish-based Michigan Made Products & Gifts and www.Michigan-Made.com.

Manufactured in Petosky by Michigan Maple Block Co., the cutting boards are made of Michigan Northern Hard Maple and come in two sizes, small for $19.95 and Large for $45.95.
Michigan Maple Block Company is one of the largest and oldest manufacturers of butcher-block products in the nation. Manufactured in Richmond Township by Kitchen Happy, the Michigan Lazy Susan is beautifully hand crafted and a welcome addition to any dining room or kitchen table. The Michigan Lazy Susan is just one in the collection of original Lazy Susan designs available. The Michigan Lazy Susan is a beautiful timeless gift that will be treasured and passed down from generation to generation. Each is made of solid Ash Wood and retails for $74.95.

877/862-6267 www.kneehighsocks.org.
Knee high socks are the latest craze and the sky is the limit in styles available and what can be customized for any occasion, especially Christmas and winter in general. The socks are made in Michigan, are now fur free, and are being shipped throughout Michigan, the U.S., and virtually anywhere internationally. Knee high socks come in a variety of colors and patterns to match any ensemble and can be worn for many occasions. The socks are so popular that Chrissy’s Knee High Socks and the Detroit Derby Girls have teamed up in a sponsorship deal where Chrissy’s supplies classy red and black socks with the team’s logo. The company now has a wide assortment of Holiday-themed socks that are perfect for little girls, teens, and even grown ups!

B’BITES – Royal Oak, MI, 248/470-6252 www.bbitesnacks.com
The old adage is, if it’s healthy for you, it can’t taste good. However that is not the case here! B'Bites is a delicious dried fruit and nut snack that is raw, all natural, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, vegan, and handmade with whole natural and organic ingredients. Each B’Bites square has at least 100mg of Potassium, in addition to fiber, iron, folic acid, omegas, antioxidants, magnesium, and protein, all of which give people the essential nutrients their bodies need. They come in a 2 or 4-pack size in four flavors, including Almond Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Crisp, Chocolate Walnut, and Cinnamon Raisin. They are sold throughout Metro Detroit at stores like Market Fresh, Trek American Cycle and Fitness, Beyond Juice, Jungle Juice Bar, Pulse Fitness Training, ZMC Pharmacy, the Franklin Athletic Club, and a host of others. They have a good shelf life and can be shipped anywhere.


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