Nestled among Lake Michigan shoreline and the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes lies an oasis for your “up north” adventure: Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor. Known as a friendly neighborhood corner store to many who live in the area, Anderson’s has evolved to highlight the best local products in the area.

Recently remodeled, Anderson’s offers a full-service deli, butcher shop and produce section in addition to having a vast wine and beer selection. The new floor plan is open and inviting, and the staff are welcoming and accommodating.

It’s hard to imagine now as the holidays are approaching, but Anderson’s is the perfect stop to make before a summer adventure to the dunes or lakeshore.

“Frequently we are the first stop after check in. Our goal is to leave a positive impact on the overall vacation experience so we carry just about everything to make that happen. Whether it’s a picnic at the beach for the day or meal planning for a gathering of 20, we have you covered,” said Anderson’s owner, Brad Anderson.

The wine and beer selection highlights the best of what the region has to offer, by showcasing a large array of options that compliment other local food products available at the store. The majority of the beer at Anderson’s is crafted in Michigan. Customers can purchase packs of their favorites, or they can their own six pack, allowing them to experiment with a variety of options.

“The perception from visitors has changed over the years,” said Anderson. “People realize this is not just a hobby but that Michigan is serious about crafting outstanding beer and wine and that it is on the top of the list for our visitors.”

This creates an experience for visitors from near and far. New visitors are introduced to the large array of products — both food and beverages — the area produces. Locals and frequent visitors can find comfort in something that was made in the region.

So, what should you grab from Anderson’s on your next trip “up north?” Anderson recommends the buffalo chicken salad along with the Grape Tapenade and Machego cheese on toasts. He also appropriately recommends Short’s Prolonged Enjoyment: light and refreshing, and perfect for a vacation.

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Photo courtesy of Anderson’s Market

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Tony Batou knew alcohol was his passion back when he started his first retail location in 1995.

Batou, Owner of The Wine Garden, started developing his zeal for spirits right out of the gate at 21 years old.

“I went to a lot of beer tastings, wine tastings, liquor tastings,” he said. “Sometimes almost 40 or 50 a year, probably more.”

The original location of The Wine Garden was just four blocks south of the current address, located at 22425 Harper Ave. It was just a matter of time before Batou realized the need for a bigger location and more space.

“I knew this location would be great. March of 2015 will be five years,” he said. “I had the opportunity to buy it in 2008, renovate it and remodel it the way I wanted to.”

The former banquet hall now holds all of the beer, liquor and wine an enthusiast can dream of. Narrow aisles allow customers to weave in and out of huge stacks upon stacks of alcohol.

Gin, whiskey, bourbon, vodkas and other liquors can be found up front by the registers. Wines are in the middle section while the back coolers and shelves contain a beer lover’s dream, full of six packs, 22 ounce and 750 milliliter bottles galore. Michigan beers dominate the selection.

“My philosophy is to get great stuff,” Batou said. “It starts with the products.”

The Wine Garden also features a large selection of premium cigars, which typically go hand-in-hand with the beverages Batou offers. Batou not only painted the walls of the store himself, but he and a friend also constructed the humidor. It goes to show how much Batou’s passion shines through.

“I’m proud of what I do and I never believe in cutting corners,” he said.

Batou recently released a collaboration beer with Kuhnhenn Brewing Company, a small-batch imperial stout aged in Batou’s hand-selected Buffalo Trace barrels. The idea and release speak to Batou’s success in the business.

“I never want to quit,” he said. “I’m all about innovation.”

The Flint Farmers’ Market has over a century of history.
As the decades passed and the environment changed, the market remained a constant presence, always ensuring local products and a community symbiosis of giving and taking.
Amidst all of this were Maria and Rob Carlin, owners of d’Vine Wines, opened in 2005 as the first wine shop in a farmers market in Michigan.
It’s important to know that these two operate in the farmers market industry with great generational confidence and experience: “His great-grandfather sold product at the original Flint markets,” says Maria.
Maria, being of a strong Italian upbringing and Rob growing up on a farm, continued the practice, selling produce before opening d’Vine Wines. And now, both of their expertise can be seen in the elegant, yet cozy shop they have in permanent residence at the Flint Farmers’ Market.
The shop itself is a smaller representation of the market — a fun and welcoming atmosphere combined with personalized customer service and a unique product line. Maria acts as the face of the shop, and one can always find her guiding a customer through the shop’s treasure trove.
Rob, on the other hand, “is more of a silent partner,” Maria jokes. But she stresses the importance of both roles; and in a way, the two really balance out the atmosphere.
The shop may have a wine emphasis stemming from Maria’s roots, but it also matches its stock in beer, “Rob’s preferred drink of choice.”
Although smaller than some bottleshops, d’Vine Wines warmly boasts that “[its] beer selection has always matched [its] wine.”
Tim Mason, one of the shop’s primary employees who works with beer distributors, started off as a loyal customer. His constant presence led him to a job with d’Vine Wines and he is amazed at the growing following the shop has for rare bottles.
“We have customers that come in or call and ask, ‘do we have this’ or ‘do we have that,’ and then before we know it, it’s all gone and it’s onto something else,” he says.
“It has always been important that our product matches the present demand,” says Maria.
Indeed, she recognizes that the beer industry is a huge, growing trend right now, hence the excellent collection to choose from. The growth reflects the enthusiasm and interest in the craft industry. And as it grows, the mantra of the shop, to provide an informative, educational and fun experience to every customer, never changes. And although Maria herself prefers a nice bottle of wine, she admires the craft and variety of beer.
“We’re always catering to a growing, diverse customer base,” she says, which is why their shop philosophy ensures international beer, wine, gourmet food and gifts.
For the holidays approaching, d’Vine Wines has special items to complement any gift of wine or beer. There are beautiful ornaments, local artist-made glassware and a bevy of seasonal treats.
As a unique service, the shop will also gift wrap any product brought into the shop to be combined with wine or beer.
Not interested in alcoholic beverages? There’s also a fun selection of sodas, Calder dairy products and a delicious assortment of ready-to-eat parfaits.
It is more than worth a venture to the Flint Farmers’ Market to experience d’Vine Wines. Come in for last minute gifts and party favors — or just to chat with Maria about how she educated her beer-only husband into liking wine. Here, it’s all about good talk, diverse product and a welcoming community.
Want a quick rundown of what d’Vine Wines has to offer? Check out the following video, courtesy of the Flint Farmers’ Market:

The Flint Farmers’ Market has over a century of history.

As the decades passed and the environment changed, the market remained a constant presence, always ensuring local products and a community symbiosis of giving and taking.

Amidst all of this were Maria and Rob Carlin, owners of d’Vine Wines, opened in 2005 as the first wine shop in a farmers market in Michigan.

It’s important to know that these two operate in the farmers market industry with great generational confidence and experience: “His great-grandfather sold product at the original Flint markets,” says Maria.

Maria, being of a strong Italian upbringing and Rob growing up on a farm, continued the practice, selling produce before opening d’Vine Wines. And now, both of their expertise can be seen in the elegant, yet cozy shop they have in permanent residence at the Flint Farmers’ Market.

The shop itself is a smaller representation of the market — a fun and welcoming atmosphere combined with personalized customer service and a unique product line. Maria acts as the face of the shop, and one can always find her guiding a customer through the shop’s treasure trove.

Rob, on the other hand, “is more of a silent partner,” Maria jokes. But she stresses the importance of both roles; and in a way, the two really balance out the atmosphere.

The shop may have a wine emphasis stemming from Maria’s roots, but it also matches its stock in beer, “Rob’s preferred drink of choice.”

Although smaller than some bottleshops, d’Vine Wines warmly boasts that “[its] beer selection has always matched [its] wine.”

Tim Mason, one of the shop’s primary employees who works with beer distributors, started off as a loyal customer. His constant presence led him to a job with d’Vine Wines and he is amazed at the growing following the shop has for rare bottles.

“We have customers that come in or call and ask, ‘do we have this’ or ‘do we have that,’ and then before we know it, it’s all gone and it’s onto something else,” he says.

“It has always been important that our product matches the present demand,” says Maria.

Indeed, she recognizes that the beer industry is a huge, growing trend right now, hence the excellent collection to choose from. The growth reflects the enthusiasm and interest in the craft industry. And as it grows, the mantra of the shop, to provide an informative, educational and fun experience to every customer, never changes. And although Maria herself prefers a nice bottle of wine, she admires the craft and variety of beer.

“We’re always catering to a growing, diverse customer base,” she says, which is why their shop philosophy ensures international beer, wine, gourmet food and gifts.

For the holidays approaching, d’Vine Wines has special items to complement any gift of wine or beer. There are beautiful ornaments, local artist-made glassware and a bevy of seasonal treats.

As a unique service, the shop will also gift wrap any product brought into the shop to be combined with wine or beer.

Not interested in alcoholic beverages? There’s also a fun selection of sodas, Calder dairy products and a delicious assortment of ready-to-eat parfaits.

It is more than worth a venture to the Flint Farmers’ Market to experience d’Vine Wines. Come in for last minute gifts and party favors — or just to chat with Maria about how she educated her beer-only husband into liking wine. Here, it’s all about good talk, diverse product and a welcoming community.

Want a quick rundown of what d’Vine Wines has to offer? Check out the following video, courtesy of the Flint Farmers’ Market:

LOWELL — “The best place for your car to break down — just pop the hood and everyone will help you out,” is the way Stacey Faba, owner of Pauly’s, commented on Lowell’s community.
Being a part of a small community is a great way to get a lot of local support and love for each other’s businesses. Plus, you get the added bonus of an illustrious beer, wine and liquor selection if you break down in front of Pauly’s.
Pauly’s holds the title: ‘Largest Cold Beer Selection in the Mitten,’ proudly!  All beers are stored properly chilled, with over 650 micro brew and imports to choose from in standard six packs or singles. With Pauly’s there is no need to take the beer home and let it chill in the fridge first — these bottles are ready to pop immediately!
Each month, Faba puts together a beer six pack of her own, displayed proudly on the front counter.  The six pack is sold as is, or with the ability to trade out a couple if the style isn’t to your liking.
Special gift cards are also available solely for purchasing Faba’s custom six packs.
Aside from its wide-ranging beer selection, Pauly’s has an extensive, electric liquor selection, smaller off beaten path wine gems — with the largest Michigan wine selection anywhere. Pauly’s is also a place the home brewer or wine maker can come for supplies and knowledge!
So if your car breaks down — we are not promoting bad karma here — or you find your way in Lowell, then make sure Pauly’s is your stop either on your way in or out.

LOWELL — “The best place for your car to break down — just pop the hood and everyone will help you out,” is the way Stacey Faba, owner of Pauly’s, commented on Lowell’s community.

Being a part of a small community is a great way to get a lot of local support and love for each other’s businesses. Plus, you get the added bonus of an illustrious beer, wine and liquor selection if you break down in front of Pauly’s.

Pauly’s holds the title: ‘Largest Cold Beer Selection in the Mitten,’ proudly!  All beers are stored properly chilled, with over 650 micro brew and imports to choose from in standard six packs or singles. With Pauly’s there is no need to take the beer home and let it chill in the fridge first — these bottles are ready to pop immediately!

Each month, Faba puts together a beer six pack of her own, displayed proudly on the front counter.  The six pack is sold as is, or with the ability to trade out a couple if the style isn’t to your liking.

Special gift cards are also available solely for purchasing Faba’s custom six packs.

Aside from its wide-ranging beer selection, Pauly’s has an extensive, electric liquor selection, smaller off beaten path wine gems — with the largest Michigan wine selection anywhere. Pauly’s is also a place the home brewer or wine maker can come for supplies and knowledge!

So if your car breaks down — we are not promoting bad karma here — or you find your way in Lowell, then make sure Pauly’s is your stop either on your way in or out.

GRAND BLANC — “Follow me,” he says, and before I can do anything besides enthusiastically nod my head, I’m racing to keep up with this man I had just shaken hands with. He’s gesturing and pointing as we pass shelves of bagged pasta, salsa, giant jars of fresh spices — everything so colorful and delicious that I couldn’t take it all in fast enough. An aroma of baked goods and sweet treats waft under my nose as we zip through the innumerable rows. I’m distracted by the dessert counter — truffles! Cake!
But then we get to the bottles.
His name is Mike Canan, manager of Oliver T’s Market, a gourmet market with fine food and drinks as well as upscale gifts. Located in Grand Blanc, the shop was built on the foundations of ever-evolving family and service.
“There is always a family member here,” says Canan, as he pulls single bottles off the shelf, showing me rarities and limited releases like Oldfecker, Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy By and Odd Side Ales’ Morningwood Stout. “We have over 700 varieties of beer!”
He has to get home to his wife, he says, but then he’s tugging me back towards the stock room to show me his bottle stash.
“When people ask for something they can’t find anywhere else, usually we can find it back here.”
Like the rest of the market-style shop, there’s an air of exclusivity and upscale style, but still retains a truly welcoming environment. Everyone who works here lives and breathes their product, guaranteeing a personalized customer service experience for everyone who walks into the shop.
I peek around the corner, clutching bottles in my hands that Canan has placed there in the middle of our conversation, and I see Oliver T’s tasting room. It’s a warm, inviting space at the back — perfect to bring in newfound wine, cider, beer or liquor to sample.
Oliver T’s is unique in this practice, having a special license to allow customers to sample their wares before taking them home.
Besides offering sampling and classes, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there’s the infamous happy hour, giving regulars and new, enthusiastic customers a space to unwind from the day while enjoying great food and drink.
As I exit the checkout with my Mike-recommended purchases, I grab a few homemade caramels off the counter to take home to my mum.“You’ll have eaten three by the time you get in the car,” the smiling cashier tells me, “trust me.”
And I do.
Whether one is running in to buy a build-your-own six pack, browse the selection of homemade truffles or is looking for event catering and tasting, Oliver T’s provides a unique experience for each individual customer. Novice or expert in the craft industry, there will be someone there to show you around and help you find what treasures there are to find.

GRAND BLANC — “Follow me,” he says, and before I can do anything besides enthusiastically nod my head, I’m racing to keep up with this man I had just shaken hands with. He’s gesturing and pointing as we pass shelves of bagged pasta, salsa, giant jars of fresh spices — everything so colorful and delicious that I couldn’t take it all in fast enough. An aroma of baked goods and sweet treats waft under my nose as we zip through the innumerable rows. I’m distracted by the dessert counter — truffles! Cake!

But then we get to the bottles.

His name is Mike Canan, manager of Oliver T’s Market, a gourmet market with fine food and drinks as well as upscale gifts. Located in Grand Blanc, the shop was built on the foundations of ever-evolving family and service.

“There is always a family member here,” says Canan, as he pulls single bottles off the shelf, showing me rarities and limited releases like Oldfecker, Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy By and Odd Side Ales’ Morningwood Stout. “We have over 700 varieties of beer!”

He has to get home to his wife, he says, but then he’s tugging me back towards the stock room to show me his bottle stash.

“When people ask for something they can’t find anywhere else, usually we can find it back here.”

Like the rest of the market-style shop, there’s an air of exclusivity and upscale style, but still retains a truly welcoming environment. Everyone who works here lives and breathes their product, guaranteeing a personalized customer service experience for everyone who walks into the shop.

I peek around the corner, clutching bottles in my hands that Canan has placed there in the middle of our conversation, and I see Oliver T’s tasting room. It’s a warm, inviting space at the back — perfect to bring in newfound wine, cider, beer or liquor to sample.

Oliver T’s is unique in this practice, having a special license to allow customers to sample their wares before taking them home.

Besides offering sampling and classes, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there’s the infamous happy hour, giving regulars and new, enthusiastic customers a space to unwind from the day while enjoying great food and drink.

As I exit the checkout with my Mike-recommended purchases, I grab a few homemade caramels off the counter to take home to my mum.“You’ll have eaten three by the time you get in the car,” the smiling cashier tells me, “trust me.”

And I do.

Whether one is running in to buy a build-your-own six pack, browse the selection of homemade truffles or is looking for event catering and tasting, Oliver T’s provides a unique experience for each individual customer. Novice or expert in the craft industry, there will be someone there to show you around and help you find what treasures there are to find.


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