Made in Michigan - Jams, Preserves, Salsa and More!
A vision becomes reality …When I hatched the unconventional idea of beginning a gift basket store/service back in 1991, many people in my community didn't have a clue what a “gift basket” even was, leave alone who my customers would be. With the dismal statistic that 50% of small businesses fail within 5 years, I could not have foreseen that I'd still be successfully involved in the gift industry so many years later. Nor the evolution from a retail gift basket store to a home studio where the focus is on Made in Michigan – Fruit Preserves, Salsa, Mustard and More. A unique, trademarked idea where each jar's label tells a unique story about a Michigan place/landmark.
As a retail pioneer specializing in Michigan-made food products and gift baskets, I could not have foreseen the amazing “Made-in-Michigan” movement and state pride that has recently caught fire here in our Great Lakes State!
Through the years, much time was spent searching for a source of gourmet products that were not only made in Michigan, but included labels which spotlighted Michigan's spectacular natural wonders and engineering marvels. With a smile, I recall actually trying to persuade a vendor, about 15 years ago, to create these products for use in my Michigan gift baskets, instead, the vision began for an elegant gift which captures the flavor of Michigan in more than one way ….
First, the focus was to have a label titled with a Michigan location on the flavorful Made in Michigan – Fruit Preserves, Salsa, Mustard and More. (Such as “Silver Beach Peach Preserves”) Next, came the idea of telling a brief story on the label about that place. The vision continued to evolve by arranging the products into sets – collections. Rather than only jams & preserves, these collections were to have a combination of both sweet and savory Made in Michigan – Fruit Preserves, Salsa, Mustard and More!
Cherry Barbecue Sauce, featured in our 6-pack Michigan Made Gift, is an exceptional product that is excellent for grilling meats and vegetables. The complex blend of smoky and tangy makes this an unusual, flavorful barbecue sauce that is re-ordered often!
There were so many aspects of research and fine-tuning that went into getting Michigan GOURMET TRAVELS ™ “off the ground”:
- Finding the right specialty printer and software
- Deciding on which products to offer
- Deciding on how many products per box
- Finding the right size, type, and color presentation boxes
- Purchasing dies to create the custom inserts that separate products
- Finding a source to create the decal for the outside of the gift boxes
Gift Basket Classics
and Michigan Travels Gourmet Specialties
will be closing on December 31, 2017
We want to thank all of our valued customers and clientele who have supported us through the years.
We are currently accepting gift BASKET orders,
but only those for LOCAL PICK-UP or LOCAL DELIVERY.
Michigan Travels Gourmet Specialties gift boxes (only) can still be SHIPPED.
Since 1991, the best
gift baskets and gift boxes
for all occasions,
Call: (269) 985-9000 or email: info@
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Both personal and company gifts created for various occasions - Birthdays, Thank-Yous, and Christmas/Holidays.Excellent at making the customer happy!
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