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

Shop Small at Oakland County Independent Toy Stores

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Are you shying away from big chain stores this holiday season? Is supporting local businesses important to you? 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 unique items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more. The perfect gift may be waiting for you to find it. Be a hero and surprise your little loved ones with something they’ll treasure! Take a look at our interactive map for locations before you go.

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Shop Small in Oakland County on Nov. 26th and You Could Win!


Oakland County is proud to support Small Business Saturday, a national celebration that’s held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We encourage our citizens to shop small on November 26th to keep spending dollars in the local economy. While that’s reason enough, we’ve also created a #ShopSmall contest to support our small businesses where shoppers can win up to $5,000.  Continue reading

The Rust Belt Market – Shop Local, Unique Finds

It’s vast, open and Michigan-made; truly a one-stop-shop where you can purchase almost anything.

With handcrafted clothing, jewelry, art and housewares, The Rust Belt Market is a unique and one-of-a-kind weekend marketplace. It is here where more than 50 local, independent vendors and artists display and sell their work to other proud Michiganders.


This grand shopping experience can be found in the heart of downtown Ferndale at 9-Mile and Woodward. Unlike any other shopping mall in the state, the Rust Belt Market has been awarded a number of “Best of…” awards from Hour Detroit and the Detroit MetroTimes, including 2016 Hour Detroit’s “Best Place to Buy Local Craft”, and the 2016 MetroTimes “Best Local Shopping Experience”.

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