Tag: metro Detroit

Small businesses abound in downtown Clawson

For those who grew up in this small town, it’s hard to believe the changes in Clawson’s ‘business district.’ The changes are great to see – if only to encourage continued growth and success of businesses, and therefore residents. It’s no Royal Oak with the almost always busy streets…but that’s okay (in my opinion). Clawson

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

2 There is always much hoopla surrounding Black Friday, especially lately as retailers creep their sales into Thanksgiving or even start “pre-Black Friday” sales as I saw last week. There’s nothing wrong with shopping on Black Friday – my mom, sisters and I have done our fair share of shopping and lunch outings on the

Craft show shopping tradition rings in holiday season

The approaching end of the year brings a festive tradition for my sisters, Mom and me – craft show season! In some ways, craft show shopping kicks off the holiday season for me, although I’m SO not ready for the holidays and winter weather. I finally am understanding my grandmother’s comments about holding tightly to

Fall colors paint the trails at Wolcott Mill park

It was another beautiful fall day in Michigan when I ventured to my next hiking destination. Wolcott Mill is part of the Huron-Clinton Metropark system. Located in Ray Township in north Macomb County, the 2,625-acre park has much to offer visitors. In addition to the amazing beauty of the colorful fall leaves, Wolcott Mill has

Nature center offers great outdoor escape in Troy

When the sun is shining on a crisp fall day, there’s not much better than taking a hike in the woods. So I decided to do just that and headed to the Stage Nature Center in north Troy. Several friends have recently mentioned this conveniently located nature center and surrounding trails. I have never personally

Labor Day weekend fun fills metro Detroit

Labor Day always seems to creep up on me. It feels like one day it’s early June and I’m excited for the start of summer weather and outdoor fun, then the next day it’s early September and we’re preparing for fall (and then my least favorite season that brings white stuff to the ground). Obviously,

Check out these Michigan festivals

2 The summer season is upon us in Michigan. With it comes many opportunities for fun adventures in our great state. Summer festivals are an integral part of the season. There are so many options to choose from that I think the hardest part will be deciding which festival to attend…maybe all? I collected a

Adventure Saturday: Exploring Detroit’s riverfront

With spring temperatures slowly heading to Michigan, and an abundance of sunshine greeting us on a recent Saturday morning, my husband and I decided to head to downtown Detroit to explore the riverfront. So much work and so many updates have been done in the past decade to improve the area so residents and visitors

Pottery painting brightens the day with my niece

I take my role as an aunt very seriously. I want to be someone my nieces and nephew can always turn to for advice, hugs, adventure, love and support. So it’s important to me to build a good relationship with each of them, which includes quality time together. My recent “quality time” outing was with