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Shop Small Day 293: Fleckenstein's Bakery

If you live in the Mokena area, chances are you’ve heard of this bakery. If you aren’t from the area I can give you three reasons to go now: cheese danish, apple danish, and true German/Czech kolaczkis. Fleckenstein’s has been around since 1977, so while they aren’t going anywhere, the pastry displays aren’t full forever!... Read more »

Shop Small Day 292: Zoncom Productions

Graduation parties. Weddings. Birthday celebrations. Summertime is full of milestone events and gatherings. Of course we want to capture the memories & fun, but running around with a camera all night can keep you from partaking in the festivities.  If you really want to create a memorable experience for all of your guests- you need... Read more »

Shop Small Day 291: Burritos Mi Tierra

I love finding independent restaurants. If they’re sort of on the dive side (read: comfortable like home- not scary!) with fantastic food- all the better.  It’s probably obvious that Mexican food is one of my favorites (Nueva Leon, Rito’s Mexican Restaurant, Bien Trucha, Delicia), but I can’t believe it took me this long to find... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 290: Purrfect Fur Pets

Ok, let’s just forget that it’s been an obnoxiously long time since we’ve seen a Shop Small post. Of course I have a million and one excuses, but it’s all irrelevent, we’re here now and that’s all that’s important, right? Just go with me on it. Don’t think that while I’ve been away that I’ve... Read more »

Day 289: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company

You can keep your funnel cakes. Nachos are ok. Given the choice, I’m opting for the soft pretzel…every time. I even contemplated driving back to Michigan for the delicious pretzels from The Baker’s Wife. But I knew there was a spot closer to home I needed to try: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company. Embarrassingly, they’ve actually... Read more »

Day 288: The Baker's Wife

You’ll have some time to digest your Fatty Lumpkins lunch while you drive from Muskegon to Grand Haven. Good thing because you’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert…or breakfast…or snack…when you find your way into The Baker’s Wife. Grand Haven itself has a cute downtown area full of small shops, even another... Read more »
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Day 287: Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack

Who’s ready for a road trip? The past couple of years our baseball team took on the Wisconsin Dells where I found surprisingly cool shops (remember Macs and Alpha Beta Karma?!). This year we drove a couple hours the other direction to the Grand Haven area. Lucky for us, we can leave in the morning... Read more »

Shop Small Day 286: Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe

Now that baseball season is in full swing (ha! get it?!), it means new towns and new (to me) small businesses. A recent game in Burbank led us to a highly recommended restaurant. We were told the food is great and the beer is cold…that was more than enough to influence our group. The recommendation... Read more »

Shop Small Day 285: Big Frog

It’s that time of year when there’s something going on every weekend: graduations, tournaments, charity runs, vacations, and reunions.  You run (ok, maybe walk) a 5k and you get a cool t-shirt, right?  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create an awesome t-shirt for your next event without it resembling an old “Todd’s Corner”... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 283: The Find Market Event

This one has had me stumped for a while. Early in the challenge I wrote a negative review and decided that I never wanted to do that again. I’ve definitely been to small shops that I’ll never return to for various reasons (biggest pet peeve- don’t ignore your customers!), but I decided to not write... Read more »