The Five Best on East Dane: Penfield (Fall 2017)

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip Showdown: Oktoberfests, Take Three

I just can’t help myself. Every year I say I’m done with massive blind tastings and every year I manage to make an exception. I can assure you there will be no pumpkin beer blind tasting this year as I’m pretty sure I have tasted every distributed Midwestern example in the area and the style has seemed to flatline. Continue reading

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(code)word FLA & TEX Hats


Clothing that gives back is a win-win. Not only do you end up with something you needed, you also end up helping someone else in the process. That’s always been the ethos behind (code)word, a hat brand that makes hats that represent an area code and then gives back a portion of its profits to children’s hospitals. But when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, (code)word tweaked its mission slightly with the FLA & TEX hatsContinue reading

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The Five Best On East Dane: Clarks


Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer.
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Faherty Tech Poncho

On Saturday and through much of the day Sunday we were hit with a deluge of Biblical proportions. I can’t recall the last time I have seen that much rain fall in that short of a time span in this area. It was a reminder that while snow is on its way shortly, there’s still a lot of rain to worry about. And that means a raincoat or poncho is a must.  Continue reading

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The Brew Kettle Valravn

At the end of August my brother took possession of two free tickets to Cedar Point. The catch was that they had to be used by Labor Day and he had struck out finding anyone to go with him. After sorting out some logistics to make sure I wasn’t just leaving Chelsea at home with the girls by herself while I went off to have a day of fun, I was able to join him. And that was great because I hadn’t been to Cedar Point in two years, a rare streak of missing out on America’s Roller Coast. Babies and Chelsea’s sister’s family moving to Prague for two years had put the yearly trips on hold for awhile. Continue reading

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Streaker Sports 1994 USA Soccer Jersey

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but tonight is a ridiculously important night for US soccer. Anything short of a win tonight makes qualifying for next year’s World Cup that much more in doubt. A win is not a must, but it would be a welcome relief.  Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Event of the Season Sale

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer.
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Great Lakes Vintage Boat Long Sleeve

Long sleeve tees are going to come in handy mighty soon. This heat wave interrupted what was already an introduction to the cool mornings and evenings about to greet us on a daily basis. And while a lake-themed print might not be your first inclination for fall, in the Midwest the lake is a four-season destination. That makes the Vintage Boat Long Sleeve from Great Lakes a go to over the next few weeks.  Continue reading

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Saturday Sip Showdown: Craft Malt Liquor

Don’t ask me why, but apparently 2017 is the year malt liquor went craft. Perhaps breweries have ran out of styles to make a splash with. (“You know what would be better than making another NE IPA? A malt liquor!”) Maybe craft beer has jumped the shark. This is still a style that counts Steel Reserve Alloy Series Hard Pineapple 211 as a top 50 beer in the style on RateBeer. Despite all of this, for whatever reason at least two Michigan breweries have released fairly high profile malt liquors in the past year. Continue reading

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