According to our governor's decree, it's Buy Michigan Week.
But what does that mean to you and me?
It's an opportunity to strengthen our economy by buying locally produced goods and services.
Really, it's a great chance to shop and feel good about it. Consider it your duty as a citizen.
And downtown Rochester has something Michigan-made for every member of your family, from dad to dog and everyone in between.
I shopped around town this week for Michigan-made items, and here's what I found.
Buy Michigan for Dad
It's chilled and frosty and brewed right here in Rochester. Show Dad and Michigan some love with a six-pack of Cornerstone India Pale Ale.
Manager Heidi Wahl told me the IPA is its No. 1 seller and a "big hit with the guys."
Beer at Rochester Mills is available for carryout, including six-packs of IPA tall boys for $12.95.
Buy Michigan for Mom
As usual, has a ton of cute stuff, and a good selection of it is Michigan-made, including notecards for $10.95 and magnets for $10. There's an eclectic collection of art priced from $18-$35, but my favorite item might be the "Love the Mitten" T-shirts and tank tops for $20.
Buy Michigan for son
Did you know that custom-built skateboards are made right here in Rochester Hills?
I didn't, either.
They're called Nevada Decks, and each one is unique. My son's favorite costs $189. They're available at .
If that is beyond your budget, South Street also has Detroit Lives! T-shirts for $22.
Buy Michigan for daughter
Talk about local: makes its jewelry right on Main Street. From colorful bracelets to charming necklaces, it has a beautiful collection of locally crafted pieces. My favorite is a necklace called "Friends." It costs $50.
Buy Michigan for children
Bursting with cool toys, you know has got to have some great Michigan-made merchandise. A few favorites include:
- Constructive Eating from Ann Arbor. What parent doesn't use the age-old technique of pretending a spoon is a bulldozer to get a picky eater to eat? Now you don't need to pretend. The plate costs $14.95, and the three-piece utensil set costs $19.95.
- The mini-trebuchet kit from Oakland County. Build it, and it's a fully functional catapult. Owner Geoff Lytle told me it's also a hit with grandpas.
- Three Rivers Crossing by Rochester's own Robert A. Lytle. This young adult novel, appropriate for ages 9 to 12, tells the story of a boy who travels back in time to 1822 to be a part of the building of Stoney Creek Village. Other Lytle books, including his Mackinaw series and A Pitch in Time, are also available. Prices range from $8.95 to $12.95.
Buy Michigan for baby
has wooden blocks made in Grand Rapids from Michigan wood. Manager Christine Nugent said, "All I have to do is tell people they're made in Michigan, and that sells them."
The blocks come in four different collections: classic for $32, bugs for $39.99, numbers for $19.99 and letters for $19.
Buy Michigan for doggy
Even your four-legged citizen can show his love for the mitten at .
The doggy boutique carries locally made clothes ($18.99-$45), bandanas ($8-$13) and collars ($19.95).
Some collars and bandanas sport favorite Michigan teams just in time for the approaching football seasons. And who's going to smack-talk a fan with sharp teeth?
Sticky Paws also has delicious — or so tells me — doggy treats, including some in the shape of our state. The treats cost $2 each or three for $5.