With all of the talk floating around this year about "jobs" and how politicians aren't doing enough to preserve and promote jobs in this country and how they should punish those who send jobs elsewhere at the expense of our own friends, neighbors and local businesses, I'd like to take a more positive tack by encouraging others to support, and buy from, Midwestern businesses.
So, I'll be posting a few short lists of suggestions for your holiday shopping consideration over the next couple of weeks.
My most recent shopping expedition was to the Miners Den, a local jewelry store where I've shopped for years and that creates a lot of nice pieces in-house. For the record, I grabbed a great deal on a Fordite pendant for myself.
Illness in the family forced me to do more of my shopping online in recent years, but I make it a habit to search out local and indie places throughout the Midwest when I'm shopping online as well. The most recent package that arrived here was from Gwen Frostic's paper goods place in Benzonia (Michigan), which I promptly wrapped and put under my tree!
So, if you need to do a little shopping online, take a look at a few of these places if you're in the market for a real Midwestern holiday:
Tim and I both love shopping at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan and made sure we made an online stop at the store for a couple of gifts for his dad, a cousin and for ourselves. Our purchases this year included all sorts of cherry goodness that include dark chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate covered cherries and sour patches (my favorite from their candy department). I've had good luck shopping their retail stores, ordering online and placing my orders by phone. I placed my most recent Cherry Republic order via phone to the Glen Arbor store, which is a 5-hour drive from here, and it arrived here in metro Detroit the next evening!
We're also big fans of Skyline Chili, which is a Cincinnati favorite. It isn't readily available outside of Ohio, but you can easily grab some of the canned version online. They have 4-can and 8-can packs, and if you have an Amazon Prime account, you order them and have your own Skyline dinner in a couple of days. We had Skyline 3-Way meals, with the chili over spaghetti and smothered with grated cheese. Tim skipped the hot sauce, but I opted for some of that and a beer as well!
I discovered Dot's Homestyle Pretzels earlier this year when I heard a couple of folks rave about them. Problem is, they're from North Dakota, and I've yet to find them here in Michigan. Again, you can managed readily find them on Amazon, and I've already ordered them a couple of different times. These are hearty pretzel twists with a unique mustard-style taste.
Check back here soon for more Midwestern gourmet goodie suggestions and some other non-food gift suggestions!