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

 

 

Adore Boutique: Traverse City, MI

Last week I stopped by the new Adore Boutique in Traverse City and found cozy sweaters, leggings, and some gorgeous beauty products! The remodeled and rebranded shop is filled with women’s brands that we all love including my personal favorite yoga brand: Beyond Yoga! I was SO excited to see this brand carried locally at a Traverse City boutique! Their super-soft fabric and amazing fit makes them my go-to legging year round. A couple other great brands Adore carries are Cosabella and Lollia. In addition to seasonal items the store is stocked with high-end fashion basics, think stretchy tank tops and leggings that you wear practically everyday. Check out my pictures below to see some of the items they have in stock November 2020- Just in time for holiday shopping! Remember to support local as much as possible this time of year (and always), the money you spend goes directly back into our community!

Adore Boutique

116 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Follow Adore Boutique on Instagram @adore.boutique.mi
and follow ME on Instagram @StylishUpNorth


 

 

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

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

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!


 

The streets are painted RAINBOW in downtown Traverse City– And it is super fun! Yesterday I was blessed with a child free hour to walk around, so I popped in a couple store (with my mask) and it made me remember why our town is so special. We have so many small businesses, shops, restaurants, and multiple places to take Instagram worthy pictures! And now, TC’s main avenue, Front Street is a wider place to visit because between Park Street and Union Street is now closed to cars and open to pedestrians. This innovative change began Monday, June 22nd and is intended to give more room to enjoy downtown while social distancing. In addition, State Street (between Park Street and Union Street ) has transformed from a one-way street to a two-way street. Side note, Front Street is a great spot to take a colorful Summer 2020 Selfie with your mask, because who knows if they will do this again next year… but hopefully the city will decide to make it a permanent feature! To everyone who visits, please stay safe and healthy during this unique and ever-changing summer of 2020. Many stores are selling unique face masks that are locally made and locally made hand sanitizer, so don’t forget to support local while you stay safe! To find out more about downtown changes and policies during the summer of 2020 visit: https://dda.downtowntc.com/summer-2020-faqs/


 

 

Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

Did you know you can find loads of summer fun at Don Orr Sk N’ Beach Haus in TC? It has way more than just snow skis…

Those of us who spend our winters in Northern Michigan know Don Orr as a great place to purchase ski apparel and equipment, but it is way more than just a winter destination…During summer months Don Orr turns into a tiki bar boutique filled with beach gear, apparel, swimsuits floats, sandals, sunglasses, and so much more! The locally owned store has a good selection of life jackets and sunglasses (see pictures below) and sell my favorite brand of sunscreen: Sun Bum! They have a great selection of local apparel brands including M-22, Love, My Michigan Roots and 45th Parallel. Visiting from out of town? You can rent a huge yellow lily pad for hours of fun to play on the water! Take it to a beach or show it on the back of a boat for floating fun in the middle of the lake. Head to their website and sign up for their emails for 10% off a shopping trip www.donorrskihaus.com Or visit in person —> Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus:  890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 (see map below)

Visit Don Orr

Merchant Logo

Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

 (231) 946-8810                         www.donorrskihaus.com

 

 

 

             

 

Modus 45: Barre In A Bag

Need to feel the burn? Looking for a unique workout in Traverse City (and beyond), try Modus 45! For those of you who prefer a home workout, or are stuck inside during a quarantine, try Modus 45’s new Wedge Kit: Barre In A Bag. I tried it and am impressed! My mini muscles are still feeling it, and I like it. I have been working out at home with @modus45 and @madionmegan using her NEW at home wedge kit. I just launched last weekend, it comes with a ball, strap, wedge, mat, and super-cool bag. If you purchase now you get a free month subscription to Modus online classes- go to their website to order with free home delivery 🚚 @modus45#workout #stayfit#stayhealthy

MEGAN MADION, Founder of Modus 45 and creator of The Barre In A Bag Wedge Kit, is a force in the fitness industry… Watch her intro video below to see how her at-home Wedge Kit is will kick your butt! Check out www.modus45.com for more information. Modus 45- 144 Hall Street • 
Warehouse Market Bldg.
 • Suite 103