Fall officially begins one week from today (on September 23rd), but the past few nights/mornings have felt very much like fall here in southwest Michigan. Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have been experiencing cooler weather as well and the trees are beginning to show some color.

Down here, I’ve noticed a smattering of color changing in the Maple trees as well as along the fringes of swamp areas. Nothing major and few and far between.

Pure Michigan has some short video campaigns showing off interesting things for the fall season.

Interesting Eats and Drinks:

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

Every year I say to myself that I need to get up to ArtPrize and this year I hope that things actually fall into place and I can make it happen. I hear and see all about it on social media and regret not making it so I am going to work hard to make it.

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I would like to showcase some of the recent work we have done with adding company logos to our gift baskets and gift boxes. A basic black-only adhesive label can be added to our gift baskets and gift boxes at no charge when ordering 20 or more. We can do color logos for a small per-basket charge.

Adding your logo to our gift baskets is a great way to showcase your brand whether you are sending out ‘thank-you’ gifts, welcoming new hires, or seeking out new customers. We’ll work with you to help make a great impression.

We can put your logo on our wooden gift baskets with a high quality adhesive label as seen below.

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We also offer your logo in color, for a small extra per-basket charge.

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If you would rather have something more permanent than the label method, we can get your logo on a branding iron (made right here in Michigan). The branding iron costs $200 at a minimum – it really depends on the size needed to produce your logo. Below, we have an example of how a wood-burned logo would look on our Michigan-shaped gift baskets.

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We also are able to put company logos on our gift boxes. Again, there is no charge for logos printed in black, but there is a small per-box fee for color.

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And this one includes the logo with a brief message – these are a great way for companies to send ‘thank you’ gifts to customers, vendors, or employees.

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We are also more than happy to include pens, mugs, or other “company branded” items you might wish to have us add to your gift baskets.

For more information on adding your company logo to our gift baskets or gift boxes, visit our Corporate Gift Basket page.

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Copper Country: A Unique Board Game Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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Ah, that headline doesn’t really do this game justice. Copper Country is an incredible looking board game set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, well the Keewenaw Peninsula to be precise. The game is designed by two Yoopers, David Lankton and Scott Diehl. The year is 1840 and America’s first mining boom is about to change Michigan’s […]

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Scenes From 2013 Detroit Tigers Home Opener

March 31, 2014

I have been waiting for today all through this long winter. On some of those numerous bitter cold days with the snow flying and the wind biting, the new season of Tigers baseball was the one thought that could lift my spirits. Baseball, just like spring, is a sure sign of the end of another […]

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1953 Home Movie of Mackinac Island

March 28, 2014

This either took a long time to edit and splice together or the narrator did not finish until sometime around 1957 or later as he mentions the Mackinac Bridge (along with the fact that the trip took place in 1953) which was not completed until 1957. Love this quote about Fort Mackinac on the island […]

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Top 10 Things I Love About The 313

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Today is March 13th (3/13) and a lot of folks are celebrating Detroit in honor of 313 (Detroit’s area code for those not in the know). It’s a great excuse to show your love of The 313 and I wish to do the same. I’m setting this post to publish at 3:13 on 3/13 :). […]

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2014 Michigan Notable Books

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Better late than never, I guess. This list came out at the beginning of January, but since that comes right at the tail-end of our busiest time of the year in the gift basket business, I forgot about it. Actually, looking back – I have forgotten about it for a few years now. I haven’t […]

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February 19th Great Lakes Ice Cover Photo

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With the cloud cover dissipated a bit from how it has been all winter long, you can really get a good look at the ice cover on the Great Lakes. This satellite photograph is from yesterday, February 19, 2014. You can view a larger version here.

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2014 Trenary Outhouse Classic is February 22nd

February 13, 2014

Winter is tough. Yoopers have to be even tougher to make it through an Upper Peninsula winter. This winter has been one of the coldest and snowiest of recent memory and the need to get out and blow off some steam is greater than most years. Yoopers have found a great way to get out […]

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Photos of Michigan snow storms from the past

January 31, 2014
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This winter is how I remember (incorrectly or not, I am not sure) winter when I was a kid. Snow that fell around the first of the year and stayed until March. Multiple days off of school. Playing outside until my feet were numb. I thought I would share some photos of snow storms from […]

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