#ShopLocalOaklandTogether this Holiday Season in Oakland County

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This holiday season, shop local in Oakland County for unique and meaningful gifts while supporting our small businesses, neighbors and friends.

“You can not only get great variety by shopping local, but you’re also supporting the local economy and the workers who are your neighbors, friends and family. And your dollars are staying in the local economy when you shop in these small businesses that are the binding threads in the fabric of our communities.”

-Oakland County Executive David Coulter

As you’re out and about, share a photo or video from where you are shopping and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ShopLocalOaklandTogether.

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Shop Fresh at Oakland County Farmers Markets

Do you love to shop local? Farmers Markets across Oakland County will soon be setting up to bring you farm-fresh produce, artisan crafts, and vibrant flowers. Before you know it, you’ll be weaving through brightly colored tables at your neighborhood farm stand in search of succulent strawberries, cool cucumbers, gorgeous greens, and more. We’re thrilled that Farmers Market Season is finally upon us!

Most area Farmers Markets are open May through October, with days and hours varying by location. Whether you are hosting a barbecue, cooking up dinner for two, or looking for a special gift, there are over 25 Farmers Markets in Oakland County to choose from. Use our Interactive Map to find your local farmers market, or view our Farmers Market page to view a list.

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Find the Perfect Gift at an Independent Toy Store in Oakland County

Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.

Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading

Oakland County Farmers Markets: Shop Fresh! Shop Local!

We can almost taste ripe tomatoes, cool cucumbers, grilled asparagus, and feel watermelon juice running down our chins. We’re so excited for Farmers Market season that it has us dreaming of all kinds of fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetable dishes. Are you dreaming of it too? Take a look at our list because Farmers Market season in Oakland County is finally here! Continue reading

Buying Local: Brews and Beyond

Do you love buying local as much as we do? If so, you’ve likely heard that Oakland County’s entrepreneur-focused economy is a great place to buy anything from organic juice to electric cars.

For residents over 21, there’s another fun way to buy local. Oakland County is home to over 35 independently run breweries, distilleries, meaderies, and wineries. Together, they help propel Michigan to its national top-10 slot in number of craft beer barrels produced per year (over a whopping 769,000).

So if you’re looking for a place to fill your growler, there’s plenty to go around. Cheers! Continue reading