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

 

GIRLFRIEND’S HAPPY HOUR: FOODIE FINDS

A few recommendations straight from one girlfriend’s kitchen to yours via our zoom happy hour… 

Here we are again! For the last few weeks my girlfriend and I have hosted a zoom happy hour  (because we are stuck in our homes right now due to Covid-19- Stay safe ladies)- Soooo, we are doing it again this week… with a topic, I like to call: FOODIE FINDS! These are just simple food items straight from one girlfriend’s kitchen to yours… Some of our favorite basic food items that are a go-to in good times and bad. And just in case you wanted to try them out yourself, I have added some links (when possible) below the product- just click on the link find where you can purchase the product.  If you like what you see or have any FOODIE FIND suggestions, please share it in the comments below. Stay safe and healthy. xoxo Kristy & her Happy Hour Girl Friends

Carrine’s Chocolate Love 

Lundberg Organic Chocolate Covered Thin Stackers

Carrine loves these organic chocolate covered thin stackers in the decadent dark by Lundberg Farms

“These are the rice cake/chocolate things that I just love! Delicious!” -Carrine

Carrine & Lauren’s milk pick 

ALMOND & OAT MILK 

Carrine recommends this specific healthy brand and blends: Califia Farms Almond Oat Milk, unsweetened, oats & almond blend. She says, “I do a banana smoothie in the morning, so I use it for that. Or I’ll put it in my coffee. I get it at the Olson’s Grocery Store by the Old State Hospital in Traverse City- not every store carries this specific kind of almond milk. It is a little creamery. If I make coffee, I’ll put it in there with a little maple syrup.”

Lauren prefers the Almond Coconut flavor of the same brand. “I am chia pudding, I like to use the Almond Coconut to make chia,” she says. “I add cinnamon and maple syrup.”

Erica’s best box

Green Chef BOX

Erica loves the Green Chef meal delivery box: “We love Green Chef in our family- It’s awesome. We order one box that comes with three meals for the week (for 4 people each). You can choose from many organic options: keto, paleo, family plans… My daughter has been cooking it for us every day in Quarantine! She is learning all about cooking – it’s been such a cool thing! It’s super simple (more simple than Blue Apron). It’s rare that we even need to help her. They give a calorie count and carb count. We get it for a family of four, and the kids love it! Organic and yummy flavors!”

LAUREN’S SALSA 

Mrs. Renfro’s Hot Green Salsa Verde

“Lauren recommends you try Mrs. Renfros Hot Green Salsa Verde – She buys it locally in Traverse City at Tom. “I eat it on everything and I buy multiple at a time to keep stocked.” -Lauren

MACKENZIE’S FARM FAV

MICHIGAN FARM-TO-FREEZER

This company takes local produce, like veggies and fruit, they package it up, freeze it, and sell it in grocery stores. It allows Mackenzie to easily use all local blueberries and strawberries for her smoothies- even in the off season. They are often at the end of the aisle at the grocery store.

MACKENZIE’s CBD DRINK 

DRAM DRINK

DRAM is a cbd sparkling water in a can. Mackenzie recommends “beauty bubbles” flavor- it is gluten-free, plant-based, antioxidant, healthy eyes, and so much more. The company is based out of Colorado, and you can order online. She says, “they are tasty!”

GROWING WITH MAC 

THAI BASIL PLANT

“I have been inspired by the nice weather and I’ve wanted to plant,” explains Mackenzie. “So, I bought this thai basil, it makes me happy! I also like to plant mint and other herbs. I’ve been putting them in my kitchen window. I bought them at the new Oryana West in Traverse City.”

ERICA’S CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Terrain.com

Erica recently discovered Terrain.com and loves their white and pink cherry blossoms for only $58.  “I had a box delivered, they will bloom over the next four weeks- I’m going to send my step-mom in Florida the white one in honor of Traverse City. I was so excited, instead of flowers and they last a month! So, TC, if you have a mother-in-law out of town, it’s perfect!”

BUTTER-ME-UP with kristy

KERRY GOLD IRISH BUTTER

Kristy’s go-to butter is Kerry Gold Irish Butter, it is all-natural, and a great go-to for any kitchen needs!  Kristy knows the importance of pure quality butter for a healthy diet- she picks this one!  You can find this brand at most of your local grocery stores. 

 

 

GIRLFRIEND’S HAPPY HOUR: KITCHEN LOVE

A few of our favorite kitchen items as discussed in our zoom happy hour… 

Last week my girlfriends and I hosted a zoom happy hour  (because we are stuck in our homes right now due to Covid-19- Stay safe ladies)- Soooo, we are doing it again this week! And tonight the topic is KITCHEN LOVE! What do you LOVE in your kitchen? Is it a cool utensil? A yummy sriracha dip?  A popcorn popper?! Well, pour your self a glass of wine, or a margarita, and get ready to read this blog post filled with the GREATEST kitchen stuff that these ladies can find in their own kitchen!  Get ready to be blown away!!!! And just in case you wanted to try them out yourself, I have added some links (when possible) below the product- so just click on the link find where you can purchase the product.  If you like what you see or have another kitchen suggestion, please share it in the comments below. Stay safe and healthy. xoxo Kristy & her happy hour friends

lisa’s summer pineapple slicer

Pineapple Corer and Slicer tool –  for Easy Core Removal & Slicing 

It peels it, slices it, and cores it all in one scoop! This pineapple slicer is one of Lisa’s top summer utensils- Makes for easy and fast pineapple enjoyment.

Dirty or clean? Erica knows!

Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty  Changes When You  

This genius Dirty/Clean Magnet sticks on the dishwasher to label when it needs unloading or loading. Erica said: “My husband got it for Christmas from Santa! Saves our family from a lot of arguments.”

Mary’s tiny chopper

Kuhn Rikon Pull Chop, 2 Cup Food Chopper 

Mary’s top kitchen pick is this adorable Tiny Chopper. She says, “It is so simple, my kids use it, we use it every single day. You pull it and it chops up- it’s fun! Peppers, onions, oats! It’s so easy!”

Perfect Popcorn with mackenzie

The Original Proper Popper Microwave  

This popcorn popper is a kitchen favorite of many of the girls on this Zoom call– It is made of silicone and pops open for easy cleaning and storage. Simply put it in the microwave, enjoy the popcorn, and then throw it in the dishwasher. Then it collapses to store for next time!

Lisa’s smart Avacado slicer

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

In addition to slicing pineapple, Lisa is an avid avocado gal. This avocado slicer makes for perfect avocado pieces. It takes the skin off in section, so gourmet!

Mary’s stylish salt & pepper

MENU Bottle Grinder with Steel Lid, Ash/Carbon, Set of 2

These stylish salt and pepper shakers are Mary’s go-to for housewarming gifts. They are decorative and easy to use every day, they work by turning them upside down. “This Christmas I gave them to my sisters for housewarming gifts! They come in 5 colors and the cork top is SO cute!”

 

kid’s Chopsticks that works! -Kristy

Find these chopsticks at The Good Bowl in Traverse City.

“These kid’s chopsticks are great for little fingers! They come apart, so easy to clean in the dishwasher- And my 4-year-old is learning how to hold and use them perfectly!”
-Kristy 

 

Kristy’s favorite TRAVEL MUG 

Silicone Travel Mug – 16 oz

Our family LOVES these silicone mugs, and they were created by a company based in Traverse City, GoSili. They are super useful for kids who are prone to spilling, as parents we put our coffee in these mugs, and they are really nice for older people too, such as advanced-stage Parkinson’s patients who have trouble with their grip. All around, great up!” -Kristy