Holiday Shopping at Haven Boutique in Traverse City, MI

I stopped by Haven Clothing Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan to check out their cozy clothing and accessories. Scroll down in this post to see some of the beautiful items I found including soft sweaters, winter hats, dyed sweatshirts, fun pants, carry-everything bags, oversized scarfs, knit mittens, basic long cotton tanks, locally made facemasks, delicate jewelry, and much more! Visit Haven to see for yourself at Grand Traverse Commons Shops located at The Old State Hospital Building: 800 Cottageview Dr, Suite 20 Traverse City, MI 49684

www.havenclothingtc.com

 

Searching for the sweetest little pea….

My holiday visit to Sweet Pea Baby Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan, was filled with fun items including baby clothes, Melissa & Doug toys, Piggy Paint, and MY board books! As many of you know, I have four board books that make great gifts for little ones! See why this sweet store is Merry & Bright this Christmas… Sweet Pea is located at 205 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

 

 

 

 

Inspire us with your Northern Michigan INVENTION!

Meet: Brittany Luea

Inventor. Entrepreneur. Architect. Owner of ComenityMED, LLC.

Brittany Luea, inventor of medical women’s foot supports, produced by ComenityMED LLC. Photography by Scarlett Piedmonte Photography.

Meet Brittany Luea: Inventor, entrepreneur, architect, and owner of ComenityMED, LLC

Brittany Luea is looking out for females across the country with her latest invention, silicone foot supports. Sounds glamorous, right! Well, she invented these foot pads to make your yearly woman’s visit a little bit more comfortable. Find out more about the details of her story and process in the interview below. In addition to her impressive professional endeavors, she is a wife, a mom, and a dog mom of two. She always makes time for yoga, loves to read, and is an avid volunteer in the community.

Brittany Luea’s Foot Supports, produced by ComenityMED LLC. Photography by Scarlett Piedmonte Photography.

Brittany, what is your 30 second elevator story of who you are and what you do: I’m always fascinated by the question, “What do you do?” By trade, I’m an architect, but recently shifted gears to focus on co-founding comenityMED®, an innovative medical accessories company aimed at Pursuing Patient Comfort. comenityMED® manufactures patent pending Resilient® Professional Foot Supports for exam table stirrups that provide patient comfort and are easily sterilized between patients.

What makes you passionate about your product? I’m passionate about our product because it solves a simple but broad reaching problem in healthcare. Often times, medicine is not associated with comfort. Our products offer an alternative to traditional medical design that focus more on ergonomics. I love to make things and solve problems and by teaming up with a physician, we’re able to utilize our skills in medicine and design to provide innovative medical solutions. 

How did you develop your idea? It’s kind of a funny story, but it all started with a simple dinner conversation. My friend, Autumn Bridger DO, shared an idea she had for exam table stirrup covers and we spent the evening brainstorming about materials and how it could work. I was excited that she wanted to team up with me to make it happen! Although it took a few years to bring it from concept to product, we knew that evening what we wanted it to be. We utilized 3d modeling and printing for a few of our prototypes, then eventually made a steel mold that we now use for our finished silicone products.

What is it like to run a small business out of Northern Michigan? I love it! I absolutely love living in Northern Michigan. Our products are available online and our distribution center is here in town. The best of both worlds! 

Tell us about what you are looking forward to in the future. I’m looking forward to life after the pandemic. It’s been a great time to reflect and consider what direction we want to take going forward as a business. Based on the success of our first product, we know that our idea of providing serializable medical equipment that focuses on Pursuing Patient Comfort is here to stay! 

How do you balance family and running a small business? It’s definitely a balancing act. My primary focus is always my family, but I’ve set up my work life in a way that allows me to enjoy the benefits of both. 

How have you handled the current pandemic and Michigan Stay-at-Home orders? During the pandemic, my partner, Autumn, and I raised money to help provide over 700 masks for our community.  Juliette at Posh in Traverse City helped to sew the majority of these (she deserves tons of credit here!) along with my business partner, Autumn. I gathered materials locally and along with Autumn, worked on fundraising. A team effort with great results!

Brittany Luea is a licensed Architect in the State of Michigan. She received her Master of Architecture with Distinction as well as her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Michigan. Brittany loves all things creative and innovative. Find more information about her Traverse City based company,  ComenityMED, LLC on their website: www.comenitymed.com  Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @comenitymed

Save the Planet with a Silicone Straw from this traverse city company!!!

Discover: Stacey Feeley’s Silicone Straws

Stacey Feeley is a Traverse City entrepreneur and the owner/inventor of GoSili Products– Sold throughout the world! Here is one of here hottest new products- A reusable silicone straw that is dishwasher safe, sustainable, and folds into this useful tin, so you can take it anywhere! Send it with your kids to school or throw it in your purse for your next business lunch- Help make the world a little cleaner, one straw at a time! You can find these locally at Target, Meijer, Luckys and a lot of other stores- or shop online on Amazon.com or Gosili.com Here is a little more info on this innovative and useful product:

Reusable Silicone Straw + Case

Perfect for on the go. This reusable eco-friendly silicone straw comes with a travel case and is the perfect solution when on the go. Never be without your straw again! The portable travel case fits right in your pocket, backpack, purse or bag. Smaller than a pack of gum, cheaper than a tin of mints, lasts longer than both and better for the environment! Easy to use and clean, both the straw and carry case are dishwasher safe.

  • 100% European-grade silicone
  • BPA, BPS, phthalate, PVC, and lead free
  • Comes with aluminum travel / case
  • Includes one straw
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Straws are 8″ in length with an opening of .5cm

HAVEN: A New Traverse City Clothing Boutique 

As we prepare for autumn weather we are starting to think more about sweaters, knits, and soft pants… Well, Up North ladies, I think I have found your new favorite store! With fall coming in strong, Northern Michigan style gals have found their newest calling at Haven Boutique- a clothing market found in the Village at Grand Traverse Commonswhich is located in the Old State Hospital buildings in Traverse City, Michigan.  Filled with casual clothing, perfect for Up North living.  You can also find affordable necklaces, bags, earrings, and other adorable accessories that make perfect gifts. Owners Erin and Aaron Simon have created a space that is inviting and makes me want to purchase one of everything! She is the adorable lady standing behind the counter in the opening picture. Check out the images from my last trip and see for yourself… 

HAVEN: A Clothing Market

800 Cottage view Dr, Suite 20 Traverse City, MI 

 231-735-8813          www.havenclothingtc.com

 

 

 

 

       

WORTH A VISIT: SHOP WESTBAY HANDMADE on Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan for locally made goods all in one place! 

I found these great leather earrings for under $10 and LOTS of other fun surprises at one of my favorite shops in Traverse City- Westbay Handmade. The store carries goods from over 100 Michigan artists and makers at Westbay Handmade- located next to The Goodbowl Eatery and Yen Yoga on Front Street. One of my TOP PICKS from this store is a set of my board books! Find all four titles in their children’s section. They also have great home items, men’s gifts, beauty, yoga mat bags, handmade face masks and feature talented local artists work- You won’t find some of these artists anywhere else!!!  Take a tour of the store and watch the owner, Kat, on her YouTube channel- Here she shows off some of her creative DIY projects and cool products at the store. The inventory is constantly changing and once the pandemic is over they also offer classes! Thanks for  shopping small #supportlocal

West Bay Handmade, LLC
326 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI  231-252-8482

Find hip leather earrings for under $10 at Westbay Handmade Shop on Front Street in Traverse City, Mi. 

The huge selection changes every week!  

<- Find Kristy’s baby board books at Westbay Handmade Shop! Pick up all 4 for your next baby shower! Each book is priced at only $7.95 – What a great gift!

Men’s gifts too! 

 

Shop: West Bay Handmade 

West Bay Handmade, LLC
326 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI 49684 
231-252-8482

www.westbayhandmade.com

Discover Recycled Nautical Charm at Sea Bags: A New Boutique on Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan


As I was walking down Front Street in Traverse City the other day I stumbled upon a new store filled with straight-up “Nautical Charm.” Walk inside Sea Bags and you will find hundreds of one-of-a-kind vintage bags and accessories made out of recycled sailing sheets! These bags are so cool… I just loved looking at each one, they are ALL unique and ALL absolutely fabulous! These bags are sturdy enough to last for seasons. Nautically inspired, the motifs include lobsters, dogs, mermaid, and sailing stripes and number. Pick a handmade tote bag to pack for the beach, or a choose a smaller cosmetic bag to carry in another purse. They also have home decor, candles, accessories, dog items, and more. Sea Bags is one of the newest boutiques to pop up on Front Street in downtown Traverse City, Michigan this summer. Originally based out of Maine, the handmade items are made in the USA. Each bag is a little different than the next, so the joy is stopping by and checking out each one in person!

Sea Bags in Traverse City
223 East Front Street (See map below!) 
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231.421.3185
https://seabags.com

Each bag is unique and made from recycled sailing sheets!

Wear a mask to keep safe inside the store.

Sea Bags has other items like candles and cheese trays!

They have mermaid and lobster bags too!

Sea Bags in Traverse City
223 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231.421.3185
Find them online at: www.seabags.com

Sea Bags Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

 

 

Raspberries might just be one of my favorite foods (behind ice cream.) To honor my life long love for this sweet berry, earlier this summer I took a trip up to an adorable U-Pick Raspberry Farm on Old Mission Peninsula. Here is what I found…

Take a drive up Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula to visit Edmundson Orchard, a sweet u-pick raspberry farm with ripe berries ready for picking! It’s about 3/4 of the way up the peninsula, and you will see the sign on the road (see picture). Drive up the dirt road to find rows of yummy raspberries ripe for the picking! I visited the second week in July 2020 and the berries were just starting to ripen. There were more than enough to pick however it was clear that they will be in season for at least a few more weeks. The farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm- Remember to bring cash, a small bucket is $4 and a larger $7. They do not use pesticides, so if you happen to sneak a taste while picking you will be safe! I also love that this is a local farm owned and operated by local families. Supporting local is one of my top missions in this blog, so it always feels good to visit local farms and experience food straight from the earth. Freshly picked berries are DELICIOUS and even better when locally grown. Happy Picking 🙂

Rip & Delicious Berries!