Published May 7, 2014
Event showcases products only from the Wolverine state
By Julie Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
MOUNT CLEMENS — Fudge, fine yard art, accessories for girls and their dolls, food and even hot sauce are just some of the locally made goods that will be showcased during the Made in Michigan Show in downtown Mount Clemens May 9-10.
Michelle Weiss, marketing and events coordinator with the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, which is holding the event for the past three years, said the event exclusively features products and goods that are made, grown, assembled or manufactured in Michigan.
“Downtown Mount Clemens is comprised mainly of small independent businesses, and the Made In Michigan show reinforces our ongoing efforts to expand and strengthen our local economy,” Weiss said in a press release.
DDA officials said their various studies have shown that shopping locally at independently owned businesses retains up to 73 percent of the dollars spent in the local economy versus shopping at nonlocally owned businesses where only 43 percent of the purchase price stays in the local economy.
And while the event will showcase local businesses and their array of wares, Made in Michigan attracts business owners from across the state.
One of those is Scott Owens, of Dearborn, the owner of Scotty O’Hotty’s Hot Sauce, a nationally-recognized and seven-time award-winning sauce brand he designed with his wife, Suzi, from ingredients grown in their own backyard garden.
Dubbed The Motor City Hot Sauce, Scotty O’Hotty’s Premium Habanero sauce took home first place honors in the Screaming MiMi hot sauce expo in New York City last month, and their Ghost Sauce took second place.
“Not too shabby for a small business located in Dearborn, Michigan.” Owens said, adding that they introduced their latest sauce creation, Beer-Bacon Chipotle Sauce at the expo.
“It’s going crazy; we can’t make it fast enough,” Owens said. “We never in a million years thought it would grow like this. It’s been a whole lot of fun.”
Scotty O’Hotty’s gourmet hot sauces are a premium line of all-natural products produced by Owens Family Foods LLC, which launched just over a year ago. Scotty O’Hotty’s can be found on their website, at markets across the state and at their more-than 100 locations from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Traverse City.
“We keep it simple; the ingredients are straight out of our garden and into the bottle; gluten-free, low sodium,” Owes said.
But there’s more of an appeal to the sauce than just the garden-fresh ingredients.
“We’re the only sauce with beer as the second ingredient,” Owens said.
This year is Scotty O’Hotty’s first appearance at the Mount Clemens Made in Michigan Show.
The Mount Clemens Made in Michigan Show will be held on Macomb Place between Walnut and Pine streets.
Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 10 .
Weiss said the timing of the event also provides an optimal opportunity for those in attendance to shop for locally made gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day.
Other popular Michigan businesses attending Made in Michigan this year include Tawas Bay Fudge Company from East Tawas; Great Lakes Closet Company in Warren; Delightful Ribbons and Bows in Taylor, a company owned and operated (with parental assistance) by an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old; Weathergard Windows in Oak Park; Amalfi Outdoors in Clinton Township; and VP’s Yard Art in Ypsilanti.
“We have over 40 vendors, and we’re still accepting more,” said Weiss. “It’s a nice show, and it will be a nice weekend.”
For more information about the Mount Clemens Made in Michigan Show or Downtown Mount Clemens, call (586) 469-4168.