Celebrate Buy Michigan Week in Ann Arbor all year round

ANN ARBOR, me. – Show your Michigan pride by supporting the companies that give Tree Town its spirit.

In late July, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that July 28 through August 4 would be “Buy Michigan Week.” Michigandans are encouraged to support the Mitten State by spending their money locally to support their economy.

But why settle for a week when you can do it all year round through the diverse shops and businesses of Ann Arbor?

Here are 4 ways to celebrate Buy Michigan Week in A2 year-round:

1. Shop in Michigan

Those looking to fill their homes with mittens-inspired products can check out many stores in Tree Town. Stop by Michigan-based companies Cherry Republic, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Avalon Cafe, and Kitchen Ann Arbor and Bon Bon Bon for stocking up on chocolates, caramel, cherries, wine, sauces, ice cream, bread, and baked goods.

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Beautify your home with illustrative tiles from Motawi Tileworks or locally produced art from the Ann Arbor Art Center or Gutman Gallery.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a creamy slice from 24th Cheesecakerie, a scoop of ice cream from Blank Slate Creamery or a tray of baklava from the Cravings Dessert Lounge in Ypsilanti.

2. Support local farmers

On Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm, take a quick trip to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in Kerrytown to shop for Michigan grown produce.

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Those on the west side of Tree Town can pop into the parking lot of Zingerman’s Roadhouse at their own Westside Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you can’t make it to market, both Argus Farm Stop and The Produce Station work with local farmers to offer a variety of farm fresh produce, meat, fruit, baked goods and more.

3. Get Michigan Swag

Represent the state of Mitten with Michigan-related articles from local stores. Get a long-sleeved Michigan gangster sweatshirt from Rock Paper Scissors or a pack of Michigan postcards from Roeda Studio.

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Those near Kerrytown can stop by Found, which also stocks mittens such as postcards, stickers, prints, mugs, and pint glasses, among others.

Sports fans can deck themselves out in University of Michigan-style corn and blue clothing at four M-Den locations around Ann Arbor.

4. Eat local

Here’s your excuse to get back out there. Many restaurants in the Tree Town area are locally owned or use locally sourced ingredients. Buy Michigan-made by supporting these entrepreneurial small businesses and getting something delicious in return.

For those trying to get out of Quarantine 15, kick-start your metabolism with a cup of coffee from one of Ann Arbor’s locally run coffeeshops, like 19 Drips Coffee and Tea or Vertex Coffee Roasters.

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