…and like most people, we’ve been ordering lots of unnecessary shit from the internet that we probably don’t need. We’ve been paying our bills, too, but we’ve definitely been doing our fair share of online shopping these days.
We’ve been trying to support a lot of our favorite Michigan small businesses during these challenging times. And while we’ve supported many of our local businesses lately — combination plates from our beloved Chinese restaurant, pizza kits from our local pizza joint, and our local grocery store where we roll in wearing pajamas when we need groceries — we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite small businesses across Michigan that sell their goods online.
SOY CANDLES FROM COYER CANDLE CO.
Laryssa’s candle stash has been running dangerously low lately. So instead of buying candles from Bath and Body Works or Marshall’s, we thought we’d order a few from one of our favorite local candle companies: Coyer Candle Co. offer super high quality candles that are reasonably priced, and seem to last a long time.
Laryssa had smelled these in the store many, many times, and they all smell amazing, so we knew we couldn’t go wrong. Here’s what she chose to go with for now:
Urban Spice (we got to choose our scent and phrase for this one. There’s a million different options, from funny quarantine sayings, mother’s day, to Joe Exotic quotes, And yes, Carole Baskin did kill her husband.)
If you haven’t been to Horrock’s in Lansing before, you simply must. Okay, maybe not right now, but it hands down is the best grocery store in all the land. Call us high strung, but we’re kinda particular about our coffee. Folger’s or Maxwell House? Complete garbage to us. So as we watched our flavored coffee supply quickly diminish, we knew we had to act fast.
A few nights ago we pulled up the World Wide Web and setup camp; navigating the internet for somewhere we could order flavored coffee from. We were ecstatic when we found that you can order Horrock’s coffee blends and have them shipped right to our doorstep!
It’s a bit pricey online at $13 a package (plus free shipping), but definitely worth it. It’s cheaper in store, too. We ordered three packages, and were surprised that they shipped out the next morning. Our order included a package of Coffee Cake, Butter Rum Cream, and Fudge Brownie. A few other flavors we love are Blueberry Muffin, Red Velvet (which we think is seasonal), and Devil’s Food. Hell, every flavor of Horrock’s Coffee is good.
Basically, we love any flavor of coffee that doesn’t actually taste like coffee. And we still use a shit ton of creamer.
COOKIES FROM DETROIT COOKIE COMPANY
The Detroit Cookie Company is one of our favorite small businesses that we discovered when we lived right outside of Detroit. They have the best damn cookies. Ever. When we saw that they were temporarily closing their storefront due to COVID-19, we placed an order online and had them shipped to our house.
While every one of their cookie flavors is amazing, we have our favorites. Laryssa loves the Circus Snack (they add frosted animal crackers and rainbow sprinkles to the dough), and Alan loves the Banana Pudding flavor. We ordered enough so we could get free shipping, and we put a ton of them in the freezer to enjoy later. Stick ’em in the microwave for a few seconds, and it’s like they’re right out of the oven. They’re seriously the best.
We’re hoping that during these challenging times that we’ll be able to support and highlight more Michigan small businesses, and we hope that if you can, you will too. What small businesses are you supporting? We’d love to hear!
PS: None of these goods would be possible without our beloved UPS, USPS, and FedEx workers! Thanks for keeping us sane and working your tails off during these challenging times. Much love!