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WHERE TO EAT: DETROIT

Avalon Cafe and Bakery: It's a farm-fresh restaurant that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. The ladies of Avalon have a triple bottom line which means that they focus not only on creating delicious food but also on preserving the earth, engaging with their community and making their employees happy. But don’t miss the headline, the food is great too.

Royale With Cheese: If you’re a Pulp Fiction fan or just a burger fan, this is where you need to be. The name comes from the famous movie scene and they have a retro style burger shop. Their namesake sandwich is a 1/3 pound wagyu patty with gruyere, bacon, caramelized onion, mustard, special sauce and pickles which also comes in a vegan version if you can believe it. Saturday and Sunday they serve a mean brunch with it’s own version of the Royale. And lastly, they have tater tots. Enough said. Run, don't walk to this burger heaven.

Voyager:  With a extensive rotating list of raw shellfish, fish dishes, and tropical cocktails in a casual-yet-sophisticated dining atmosphere, Voyager is a contemporary oyster bar with a reverence for the Great Lakes. They serve coastal American favorites made with sustainable, wild caught and responsibly farmed fish & seafood.  They have a spectacular happy hour Tuesday through Friday with $1 oysters, $2 lagers and $3 daiquiris. For a nice evening out in Detroit, there is no better choice.

WHERE TO STAY: DETROIT

Artsy River Loft: First time visitors to Detroit and city regulars will enjoy this loft as a base of operations. The owner is a contributing author to Wildsam Field Guides, an eclectic guidebook publisher, and has great recommendations for most cravings in the unique city of Detroit.

The Inn on Ferry Street: This Inn is actually made up of 4 historic Victorian homes and 2 carriage houses that have been restored. Just steps from the state’s finest museums, acclaimed Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, the Inn is a relaxing change of pace from the standard business hotel.

Detroit Foundation Hotel: This hotel combined communal, industrial, and luxury design to transform Detroit’s 1929 former Fire Department headquarters into a 100-room hotel. There is a very cool hotel scene in this historic building with rooms that are comfy but chic with lots of in-room amenities.

WHERE TO DRINK: DETROIT

Otus Supply: Do you like beer? What about bourbon? If you said yes to either of those, then Otus Bar is for you. If you only said yes to one, you can still go. The beer options far outweigh the cocktails but they do have their own barrel of Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Live music is provided many nights a week making this bar a go to stop for an entertaining evening.

Katoi: Their motto is “Drink like an Adult” so I think that pretty much sums up the place. If you come for dinner, expect a wait but sitting at the bar is usually doable. Their bartenders put a ton of love and talent into each cocktail. And the cocktails mirror the delicious thai cuisine that Katoi serves. Be prepared to be amazed and delighted.

WHERE TO LISTEN: DETROIT

Cliff Bells: I’m sending you to the historic jazz club that was originally established in 1935, closed in the 80’s and then reopened in 2006. Rumor has it that this place was the place to go for a drink during prohibition. Now, you can still get a great drink while listening to truly great jazz. If you’re looking for a classy night about town, Cliff Bells won't let you down.

WHAT TO DO: DETROIT

Belle Isle: Take a walk or bike ride on Belle Isle, a Michigan state park that is 5 miles around the perimeter and was designed by Olmstead who you may know, also designed Central Park in NYC. There is an aquarium, a wildlife conservancy, fishing piers, a giant slide, and a beach. You won’t have any trouble spending an entire day on the Isle.

John King Used & Rare Books: Now bear with me here, I know this sounds like a snooze fest but there can be something so relaxing and interesting about searching through old books for something special. Or maybe you, like me just enjoy being near history as the store is inside a four-story former glove factory.

WHERE TO SHOP: DETROIT

City Bird: Founded by Emily & Andy Linn, this quaint shop merges their love of design with their love for the region. Carrying lots of Detroit and Michigan themed products like our Michigan cutting board makes it just the place to pick up some better-than-average souvenirs to take home to your loved ones.

wedding gift guide

With summer wedding season in full swing, it's probably time for you to buy some gifts. I know, I know, everyone has gift registries for their wedding now a days.

You’re right, the opportunities to put together a thoughtful wedding gift are few and far between. But if you get invited to that rare wedding without a registry, you are going to need some help. We’ve put together a wedding gift guide to make it as simple as can be while still gifting something special gift to the happy couple.

1. Mountain Return Address Stamp, $32.00. These custom-designed, high-quality, commercial-grade rubber stamps are made to last for years. The handles are made from North American native woods and the rubber is laser engraved with the couple’s names and address. Many other designs and themes are available.

Pair it with #2 for the couple that loves paper.

2. Frame their wedding invite, approx $60.00. You can be sure that if the couple loves paper then their invites will be show stoppers. They will plan on framing it themselves but you can help them out by going ahead and doing it for them. Framebridge has very affordable custom framing. Choose a neutral frame and mat that will suite any decor and you will have one happy couple.

3. New Edition Cake Stand by American Heirloom, $155.00. These cake stands aren’t just for weddings. This beautiful, functional, sturdy stand that will become the centerpiece for all of life’s celebrations.

Pair it with #4 for the couple that likes to entertain

4. Old Dutch Hammered Water Pitcher, $40.00. Not just for water, this hammered stainless steel pitcher features a sleek copper finish and ice guard. Great for water, lemonade on a hot day and of course, margaritas.

5. Map Heart Art, $68.00. You get to choose 3 locations for placement inside the heart. If the couple has traveled a lot together, you can pick places they’ve been but this would also be great as a set of places they aspire to go. This gift does double duty for a couple that is from different places or did the long distance thing for a while.

Pair it with #6 for the couple that likes to travel

6. Sideways Suitcase, $260.00. Any avid traveler knows that having the right luggage can really make a difference. The trick to this suitcase is that it’s wide, not tall, making it difficult to tip over when another bag is placed on top

7. Custom Couple Illustration, $75.00. The beauty of this personalized gift is that they have standardized the process by having pre-drawn brides and grooms so that you don’t have to waste time sending in an image of the couple. The frame is included too.

Pair it with #8 for the Artsy couple

8. Museum Membership, prices vary. Any art loving couple will appreciate the ability to frequent their local museum anytime they please, keeping up with all the newest exhibits.

9. State shaped cutting boards, $48.00. The great thing about these cutting boards is the ability to personalize them with the couple’s hometown, their initials, or their wedding date, making it a keepsake that they can use forever, reminding them of the day it all started.

Pair it with #10 for the couple that loves to cook

10. The Essential Chef’s Knife, $70.00. Every great cook has to start by chopping the vegetables and having a great knife is the key to success. Get the couple started right with this go-to knife.

11. Knitted Rope Bowl, $75.00. Simple, useful and also available in chrome if that’s more their style, this bowl will be a constant reminder of the day they “tied the knot”.

Pair it with #12 for the couple with a new home to decorate

12. Star Wall Clock, $46.67. Laser cut from eco friendly bamboo, this clock is a unique timepiece that will work in a modern or traditional home with a natural color that goes with anything.

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On this special day, we just wanted to take a moment to extend our truest gratitude, not only for the wonderful country that we live in and those that have sacrificed to make it great, but to our dear customers.

We are an American Made company and try with every product to exemplify that but we would literally be nothing without you. Your support is why we get up every morning and create the products that we do.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard because of you and we hope to keep doing so for years and years to come.

We truly hope that your holiday is full of food, friends and laughter.

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Nashville Guide: Where to Eat

HUSK: If you want to have a real serious culinary experience just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashville, then you will need to check out the newest outpost of the Neighborhood Dining Group and James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock's renowned restaurant, Husk. Led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Morgan McGlone, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Nashville. You’ll definitely need to plan ahead and get a reservation but it’s so worth it with dishes like Country Fried Steak with black pepper gravy and roasted potatoes not to mention, their famous Husk Cheeseburger.

MAS TACOS: This Snug, no-frills Mexican restaurant serving up an array of tacos & other standards is currently #8 out of 1,697 restaurants on TripAdvisor. With dishes like Fried Avocado tacos, elote, horchata, tilapia tacos, pulled pork tacos, chicken tortilla soup and tamales, it will satisfy all your mexican food cravings. This is a chill, order at the counter kind of place that is absolutely perfect for lunch in Nashville.

THE WILD COW: Just because you’re in the south doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy and delicious meal. This tiny, casual restaurant with a hippie feel has all of your meaty favorites without the guilt like vegan queso, nachos, tacos, burritos, reuben sandwich, portobello burger and of course a variety of salads and smoothies.


Nashville Guide: Where to Stay

THE 404 HOTEL: This boutique style Hotel is a welcome change from the typical chain hotels. Lots of unique touches in an urban style, eclectic setting. There is no reception/ front desk, but secure keypad code & excellent communication makes that irrelevant. With features like cement floors, woven natural fiber rugs and the barn door for the bathroom, this hotel is hip and chic. There are only 5 rooms in the entire hotel, giving it a very warm and intimate feeling but you need to check the availability in advance.

DREAMY COTTAGE: If you’re rather go the Airbnb route, then this quaint cottage is for you. Comfy, cozy, romantic and less than 3 miles from Downtown. The Cleveland Cottage provides a private oasis within city limits that includes full kitchen, Wifi, parking, electric fireplace & entrance through a private courtyard with fire pit. Perfect for a peaceful getaway to Nashville.

HUTTON HOTEL: If you are looking for an adult feeling hotel a great view of downtown, this is the place. The surrounding West End neighborhood is hip and full of nightspots and lively cafes. This hotel is committed to their green ethic with bamboo floors and furniture. And they not only welcome pets, they spoil them with pet bed, scratching posts and treats.

Nashville Guide: Where to Drink

ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD: This longstanding outpost on the always happening Broad Street features live country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches. There will be drinking and there will be two-stepping at this prototypical honky-tonk. You cannot go to Nashville without stopping by and dancing with a real live cowboy. Don’t worry if you don’t know how, they’ll teach you.

PINEWOOD SOCIAL: From the classic to the young and hip. The Pinewood Social is great place to have a great time. They serve yummy food and drinks while providing lots of fun activities like bowling, bocce ball and pools to cool off in the hot summer heat.

Nashville Guide: Where to Listen

THE FAMILY WASH: There is no shortage of places to see and hear music in Nashville. It’s actually harder to find a place where there is no music but this is an absolute fav of ours. It’s a low key venue that also serves great food. So you could also put this in the food category but I love it for good local music. They host a variety of acts so you are always guaranteed a good time here.

Nashville Guide: What to Do

JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM: If you have any love for classic country music and the man in black then this is a must see.

THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY: A 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway. Stop by The Loveless Cafe while you’re there for some good old fashioned home cooking.

Nashville Guide: Where to Shop

WHITE'S MERCANTILE: Inspired by an old general store but with a modern twist, this shop was named an essential stop in Nashville by The New York Times and we agree. You can find our Tennessee Cutting Board at all of their locations!