Help Keep Macomb Warm at the 28th Annual Walk for Warmth


Imagine not knowing if you would be able to pay the bills to ensure that your house is heated through the winter months – how upsetting and scary that would be.

This was the case of a northern Macomb County widower, who, after paying for the funeral of his beloved wife, was unable to maintain the extremely high utility bills for his home and was in danger of having his services shut off. His income was just over the guidelines set for the emergency utility assistance funding offered by Macomb County’s Macomb Community Action, a Community Action Agency that works to diminish residents’ poverty and promote independence.

Due to his personal circumstances, the agency was able to assist him through Walk for Warmth, a walk/run initiative to raise funds for low-income residents with heat-related emergencies.

Not only was Macomb Community Action able to help him catch up on his utility bills, but they also helped him complete an application for the agency’s home weatherization program, which he was approved for.

This is just one of the many stories that reflects the need and powerful impact the funds generated from Walk for Warmth have on Macomb County.

Since it began, Walk for Warmth has raised over $737,000 to help ensure that local families can stay warm in their homes throughout the winter.

The 28th Annual Walk for Warmth is Saturday, March 3, 2018.  There’s still time to sign up to participate! Event check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. inside the mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. New to the event this year is the outdoor 1-mile race administered by Hanson’s Race Management. Runners can choose to be timed and compete for overall male and female race awards. The indoor 5K walk and the outdoor race will both start at 9 a.m.

If you are not able to participate in Walk for Warmth, donations are being accepted.

To register online or make a donation, visit

A big shout out to this year’s top sponsors – Genisys Credit Union, Macomb Mall, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, McLaren Macomb, and Consumers Energy.  Other sponsors include Lakestone Bank and Trust, Shepherd’s Gate Church, Air Conditioning Engineers, and Mount Clemens Eagles  #1269.


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Day camp fun over holiday break

The holidays are an excellent time for families to spend time together, but what happens after Christmas – when the kids are home from school and you are back to work? Macomb Family YMCA has plenty of fun planned to keep kids happy all break long at their day camp. Keep reading to learn more.

YMCA 2Day camp at the Macomb Family YMCA is a great place for kids to have fun, build character and community, and develop healthy lifestyle skills. It provides opportunities for children from all backgrounds to come together and build a supportive community while having fun! We provide the space for children to build relationships, try new skills and create lasting memories they will carry into adulthood.

This summer, we had a camper enroll who was brand new to our program. She came to us super outgoing and friendly but very afraid of the pool. Being that we swim daily during summer camp, this camper was determined to get into the pool and face her fears. With help from her counselors, she started slowly by entering the pool with a life jacket and hanging closely to her counselors. Day by day, she tried more and pushed herself further. This camper decided that she wanted to get into our camp swim lessons so that she could soon enter the pool with no life jacket and swim with her friends! After enrolling, she quickly adjusted to the pool and began feeling safe in the water. After a few short weeks, we had a deep-end swimmer on our hands! Our camper and her parents were so happy they even booked a trip to a water park! They have thanked us over and over again for helping her through this important lesson.

YMCA AThis holiday break, bring your child to the Y to experience all we have to offer! We will swim daily, enjoy the snow and play all sorts of age-appropriate games. We are pleased to offer a healthy breakfast and lunch to all participants at no extra cost to them.

The program runs from Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2. We run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before care starting at 7 a.m. and after care ending at 6 p.m. for no additional cost. Day camp is for children 3 years old and up.

Call the Macomb Family YMCA to register a spot today for your camper! If you have questions, please call (586) 468-1411 or contact me at

Erica Nuyttens is the camp director at the Macomb Family YMCA.

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Nino Salvagio – fresh produce and so much more!  

And Yes, by shopping here, you can enter to win $500.  Take a photo and submit it to by Sunday December 3. #ShopLocalMacomb

I stopped into Nino Salvagio for the first time about a month ago. Up until this point, I have never been. Frankly, I always thought it was probably an extremely busy, upscale and possibly overpriced grocery store.  I quickly learned that I was wrong.

Nino’s is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts!  They obviously put some thought into the layout for the holidays and are catering to people like me who do not like to shop.

20171129_125056This week I walked in, I was greeted with a beautiful selection of holiday wreaths, plants, and decorations.  Next, I discovered rows and rows of gift baskets of every size.  The selection is amazing. Cheese and crackers. Pasta. Popcorn. Made-in-Michigan products. Wine baskets with all of the accessories, beautifully wrapped and ready to go. Shoppers can order a personalized basket too. Shhhh  . . . I picked up an awesome basket of popcorn making supplies for my brother and a wine basket for. . . meeeee, I mean . . . my sister. (I’m sure she will share with me!)

Focused now on my original purpose for visiting, I stopped at the deli counter for some lunch meat and could not help but wonder around the bakery isle. Drool. After checking out all of the “calorie free” items, I selected some cinnamon bread for French toast. Rest assured, I will be back before the holidays are over to spend some more time amongst the amazing cakes, scrumptious pies, tantalizing cinnamon rolls, jumbo muffins and so much more.

Next, I found the wine department.

20171129_125451The selection was amazing. This has become my favorite place to get wine.  At Nino’s, when you purchase four bottles of wine, you receive an additional 10% off.  Bonus! I looked around at the selection.  There are options from $5 a bottle on up to over $30.  I even noticed they had imported special holiday wine from Germany.  For a moment I wish I knew some German to know if I was looking at a red or white wine.  Thanks to Google translate I received my answer.  The bottles were designed in a holiday theme, double bonus.  Excellent hostess gifts, and it does not need to be wrapped.

Then I moved over to the beer aisle.  Perfect! A gift pack of beer and a case of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Excellent, two more gifts bought.  The liquor selection is also stocked with lots of popular brands and some are available in gift boxes this time of year. Perfect! A nice Irish whiskey is in the shopping basket for my in-laws.

20171129_125249With my cart pretty loaded down, I noticed a small area off to the side.  There were so many holiday crafts, dishes, hand towels, and flowers to pick from.  I picked up some cute snowmen for my mom.

Next stop? The checkout line. No waiting and I was out the door in no time.  This is my kind of shopping! I checked many gifts off my to-buy list, supported a local business, and walked away happy.

I know I will have to hit the mall eventually and definitely plan to visit downtown New Baltimore to visit some of the local shops to find the unique pieces to add to the gifts. But for now, I am happy to have my list condensed.

The next time I need to brave Hall Road, you can bet I will take time to make a stop at Nino’s.

Nino Salvaggio has two locations in Macomb County. Next time you are driving by, don’t be afraid to stop in and look around.  I’m glad I did.

Clinton Township – 17496 Hall Rd.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 9pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm

St. Clair Shores – 27900 Harper Ave.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 8pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm

Shoppers! There is still time to enter for a chance to win one of five, $500 gift cards. Simply snap a photo of you shopping locally and post it before 11:59p.m. on December 3. #ShopLocalMacomb Winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. Visit for details.

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Unique Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Everything

When you shop at Art Is In Market, you’re not just supporting one local store – you’re supporting more than 170 local small businesses and artists. Art Is In Market is more than an art gallery, more than a “Michigan Store” and far more than a gift shop. Imagine your favorite art show that comes along only once a year. Now imagine that show being open all year long. That’s Art Is In Market!

Founded in 2005 with the idea of giving Michigan Artists a new type of opportunity to display their work, Detroit’s Channel 4 News labeled Art Is In Market Best Art Gallery of 2015!

When you step into any one of their stores you’ll be greeted by the Artists themselves. Artists fill the gallery with their work, and they also run the store. Every time you visit, you have the opportunity to meet a new artist and learn more about their work and the work of other member artists.

Art for sale ranges from jewelry, clothing, photography, books and Detroit sports, to pottery, painting, glass and perhaps even a few things that can’t be defined. One thing’s for sure – Art Is In Market is full of one-of-a-kind gifts for every person or occasion. Stop in this holiday season to shop local and shop small! Art is in the Market is at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038.

Like us on Facebook – @ArtIsInMarketMichigan or visit us at

While you are in the area checking out Art in the Market, check out our Shop Local Map for other local retailers.  Shop local this holiday season and enter for your chance to win $500, donated by First State Bank. To enter, snap a photo, submit it and share using #ShopLocalMacomb between November 24 and December 3. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. For details visit

#ShopLocalMacomb is an initiative of Macomb County in partnership with Macomb County Chamber and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber.


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KnA Farms – A unique corner store

Driving north on a road with a fitting name — North Avenue — away from the hustle and bustle of Hall Road, the traffic starts to clear. If you drive long enough, you end up in a beautiful historical town and pass large wooden homes painted in different colors, lining the street on each side, until you hit the one flashing light in town.

Some would ask, is this a one-horse town? Armada is far from it, but it does have a new business on the northeast corner of the main intersection called KnA Farms that caters to people who love their horses and animals. With my love for catchy business names, I said out loud, “Kick n A** Farms.” Much to my chagrin, it turned out to be the initials of the two owners’ names.

I pushed the door open like John Wayne walking into an 1800’s saloon except I was wearing Johnston and Murphy dress shoes, a shiny black dress belt, slacks and a button-up shirt. That might not have been the right attire for the feeling I had at that moment, but I was happily greeted by a wonderful young entrepreneur named Autumn. She grew up showing horses since she was 6 years old, and after high school she met her boyfriend who shared similar interests. Together, they started selling saddling pads and custom horse boots and expanded from there.

They founded their corner store in Armada in March 2017. Before that, they were selling products online for about three years. Catering to local animal lovers, they offer high-end saddles and tack. They sell Double J Saddlery and are the only dealer in Michigan. People stop in from all over the region and outside of Michigan to feel and try their products. They have sold merchandise to online customers as far away as Spain, New Zealand, Canada and Germany as well as all over the U.S.

They specialize in taking plain-looking products, like white horse boots, and adding all types of colors to them so customers end up with a one-of-a-kind product that showcases their personality or their horse’s personality.

They carry Victor dog food — a product you normally see in smaller retail stores — which is free from all unwanted corn, wheat, soy and gluten with 81 percent meat- and plant-based protein. They also carry Tribute horse feed, which Autumn advised is selective about its distributors. KnA Farms strives to carry brands made in the U.S. and proudly displays those items throughout the store. One such brand is Bickmore, which sells conditioner, cleaners and other products that have been made in the U.S. since 1882.

There is something neat to look at in every corner of this business, from boots and hats to saddles. If you want to see one of the coolest animal-loving stores in a beautiful historical town this side of Waco, Texas, then you need to make it a point to visit KnA Farms at 23009 E Main St, Armada, MI 48005.

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What wine do I serve with that?

IMG_20171101_221520_940The holiday season is about two seconds away and one of the leading questions you may have over the next few weeks with holiday entertaining may be, “What wine do I serve with that?”

Perhaps you become the envy of your friends and family this year as you exchange your classic choices of a French sparkling white or California dry red to a locally-crafted Michigan sangria.

Nestled into Shelby Township at 52588 Van Dyke, Sabrosa Sangria is a family-owned winery, specializing in custom-blended small batch sangrias.  Since 2006, the owners of Sabrosa have been making their signature red sangria, Michigan Summergria.  As its popularity quickly grew among their family and friends, soon came requests for white sangrias and other variations.  Over the years they were making so much sangria they decided to open their own winery to share Sabrosa Sangria with everyone else!

Their flagship sangrias are themed after the Michigan seasons:

  • Michigan Springria is a red sangria blended with tart cherry juice, accented with subtle citrus notes
  • Michigan Summergria is fruity, crisp, and satisfying blend of red wine and six fruit juices
  • Michigan Autumngria is a seasonally spiced sangria – think of a warm mulled wine – and yes, you can heat this one up!,
  • Michigan Wintergria is a light white sangria, with notes of orange, pineapple and apricots

Their latest specialty release this 2017 holiday season is called Michigan Snow Day sangria: a blackberry-cranberry sangria, perfect for those festive pairings.

Sabrosa offers tasting flights so you can sample all of the sangrias at once.  Customers can also try full glasses of sangria for their enjoyment.  A complementary “pub mix” is available to nibble on, and beginning November 17 you can also purchase small cheese plates to pair with the sangrias.

Sabrosa Sangria is expanding their hours on Black Friday (Nov. 24), open from noon-10 p.m., with normal hours on Small Business Saturday, noon-10pm. Customers who mention this article or promotion will get 10% off all purchases. Gift cards are also available.  Log on to for more details.

While you are in the area checking out Sabrose Sangria, check out our Shop Local Map for other local retailers.  Shop local this holiday season and enter for your chance to win $500, donated by First State Bank. To enter, snap a photo, submit it and share using #ShopLocalMacomb between November 24 and December 3. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. For details visit

#ShopLocalMacomb is an initiative of Macomb County in partnership with Macomb County Chamber and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber.


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Anton Art Center Holiday Market – A Must See Event

This holiday season, you’ll find the perfect gifts and much more at Anton Art Center, located in downtown Mount Clemens. The Art Center’s 2017 Holiday Market offers for sale an array of fine arts and delightful crafts, gifts, and holiday décor.  Holiday Market features the work of 130 artists from Macomb County and throughout the state, including over 20 artists whose work is new to the Holiday Market this year.

You’ll find exciting activities at the Art Center throughout the Holiday Market schedule:

  • Opening day, November 17, Holiday Market remains open until 9 p.m. for the Downtown Mount Clemens Open House.
  • The Mini-Tree Silent Auction invites visitors to support Art Center programs by bidding on decorated small Christmas trees donated by individuals and community groups.
  • November 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors have the opportunity to meet many of the displaying artists at a “Meet the Artists” reception.
  • The second floor gallery hosts the exhibition “Sculpting a Picture Book”; in which artist and author Jeff Jantz shares the process of making his book Gruel Snarl Draws a Wild Zugthing! Jantz will be on hand for a talk and book signing December 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Along with the Crocker House and the Michigan Transit Museum, the Art Center is a stop on Mount Clemens Jingle Journey, December 10, between 1 and 4 p.m. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation between sites, which will offer activities for the whole family.

The Market opens November 17 and runs through December 22 at Anton Art Center, located at 125 Macomb Place in downtown Mount Clemens.  The market is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays Noon to 4 p.m. The Center will be closed November 22 and 23. For additional information about Holiday Market events, check, call 586-469-8666 or email


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