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LESS THAN ONE WEEK UNTIL LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE

July 27, 2011

LESS THAN ONE WEEK UNTIL LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE

Michigan Blood approached us earlier this summer about helping make the Love Michigan Blood Drive their best event yet and now we are LESS THAN 1 WEEK AWAY!  Every person that donates blood August 2-4 at any one of their seven donation centers will earn a special edition TMS vintage shirt... for free (you can thank Michigan Blood for picking up the bill).

 

The Special Edition Love TMS Shirt

 

Michigan's Favorite Local Brand

 

We've been working hard all summer to get this event ready.  Michigan Blood set up several media spots to promote their event and they dragged us along.  We shot PSA's and Pure Michigan commercials:

 

 

 

 

And personally got down and sweaty with our local printer to help keep the costs down for 1,000 TMS vintage shirts:

 

 

It's been a blast.  We hope you guys make it out to the event; it's a truly great cause.  Every pint of blood collected can save up to 3 lives.  Because Michigan Blood is a local operation, you're literally saving your friends, family, and neighbors right here in our home state.  And on behalf of everyone benefitting from your generosity, we say THANK YOU! :)

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

 

 

MORE VINTAGE 1987 YES M!CH!GAN

July 25, 2011

MORE VINTAGE 1987 YES M!CH!GAN

It's amazing what you can find in old boxes sometimes.  While finishing up the clean out of an old family property in Ada, Michigan, TMS found a few more relics from our state's recent past.  The one pictured here is a 1987 YES M!CH!GAN Guide to Cabins and Cottages.  The cover photo is listed as "cottages along the shore of Houghton Lake".  We can't help but wonder how much that area has changed in the last 25 years.  Or if anyone recognizes the houses from the photo.

 

Here's the full cover:

 

YES MICHIGAN Guide To Cabins & Cottages

 

And here's the inside cover with tremendous late '80s style piercing through to your present day eyes:

 

Governor Blanchard

 

We love the Lego man haircut, Mr. Blanchard!  It seems all business guys had it.

 

Here's a Michigan state park map from the same year:

 

Michigan State Parks Map

 

YES M!CH!GAN

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

MICHIGAN BLOOD PURE MICHIGAN COMMERCIAL

July 22, 2011

 

Michigan Blood's commercial, in association with Pure Michigan, will be airing for the next few weeks leading up to the Love Michigan Blood Drive.  Show up early and get a limited edition TMS vintage shirt for donating blood.

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

THE LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE SHIRTS ARE READY

July 21, 2011

THE LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE SHIRTS ARE READY

Yesterday was a hot one.  We know because we spent the majority of the day inside America's hottest print shop, aka Citizen Shirt in downtown Grand Rapids.  Outside temperatures nearly hit 100 degrees, while inside it was a good 5-10 degrees warmer.  YOWSA!  But, the good news is that we helped finish our first major charity event t-shirts (Love Michigan Blood Drive).

 

Here's a short video of our TMS vintage shirts being made:

 

 

Gotta love a heat wave (and no, I don't actually get 132 MPG... I wish!):

 

What A Hot Week in Michigan!

 

Some of the shirts ready for Michigan Blood's event:

 

The first of over 1,000 TMS vintage shirts for Michigan Blood

 

The event kicks off in less than two weeks!

 

Love Michigan Blood Drive August 2-4

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

SAVE THE SAUGATUCK DUNES

July 18, 2011

SAVE THE SAUGATUCK DUNES

Not too long ago, we were contacted by a concerned citizen asking us to help raise awareness about the dispute occurring over the Saugatuck Dunes.  We love our Michigan communities, so who are we to refuse such a request?

 

Since we weren't familiar with the situation, a little research was in order.  According to The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, this area of Michigan is "one of America's most endangered historical sites".  Additionally, the Alliance has been working for over 60 years to preserve this piece of Michigan history:

 

"For more than sixty years, the State of Michigan, the U.S. National Park Service, and regional business leaders have sought to protect the Saugatuck Dunes giving special attention to the Denison property at the harbor mouth of the Kalamazoo River. Efforts were made over the years to purchase this property with the aim of keeping it in the public trust. Most recently, in 2004, philanthropists and regional business leaders sought to purchase the property to ensure an unbroken natural shoreline connecting Oval Beach with the Saugatuck Dunes State Park."

 

A dispute has occurred because a real estate developer purchased a portion of this stretch of land in 2006 with plans to build a 9 story hotel, 6 story condos, and a golf course.  The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, along with the State of Michigan, the National Park Service, and regional businesses are in opposition to this, having zoned the area to preserve these dunes, a process that started in 2001.  They have tried to purchase the property unsuccessfully.

 

So... what say you?  Should we save the Saugatuck Dunes?  Is there enough support to help move this developer elsewhere?  Should TMS release a SAVE THE SAUGATUCK DUNES vintage t-shirt?  

 

We want to hear from you, Michigan.  Send us an email, comment on Facebook, leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

 

More information can be found at NPR, at The Saugatuck Coastal Alliance, and at MLive.

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

 

LOCAL PSA FOR MICHIGAN BLOOD EVENT

July 16, 2011

 

So the Love Michigan Blood Drive is just over 2 weeks away.  Yikes, time is flying this summer. Yesterday, we met up with Michigan Blood and filmed a public service announcement (PSA) at the WYCE recording studio in downtown Grand Rapids.  Yes, it's cheesy, yes, it's for local access channels, and yes, we loved every minute of it. :)

 

Nick from Michigan Blood and Mike from The Mitten State filming a PSA

 

Once you figure out which donation center and time works for you, please give us a heads up on the FB Events page.  This is going to be a great way to give back to the community AND earn something cool in return.  Thank Michigan Blood for hooking up over 1,000 TMS vintage t-shirts for this event, too!

 

Sincerely,

 

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

ANOTHER TMS FRIDAY WINNER

July 15, 2011

ANOTHER TMS FRIDAY WINNER

And another Friday is upon us, which meant that we gave away another free TMS vintage shirt! Each week, one lucky fan on Facebook is chosen at random to receive one of our impossibly soft Michigan vintage t-shirts. To join in on the fun, like our FB page and watch for the weekly post. Entries must be received by 12PM EST.

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

VINTAGE 1987 YES M!CH!GAN

July 13, 2011

VINTAGE 1987 YES M!CH!GAN

Yesterday evening, we found ourselves at a lovely property in Ada, Michigan (hometown of Amway World Headquarters!).  We were clearing out nearly 1,000 books from a guest house and stumbled across a little gem from 1987.  It was nearly overlooked and recycled away, but thankfully the ever vigilant eyes of TMS spotted it.

 

Back in the 1980s, the state's official slogan was "YES M!CH!GAN" and in 1987, The Mitten was celebrating it's 150th birthday, all year long:

 

"Michigan was admitted to the union, as the 26th State, on January 26, 1837, and will observe its Sesquicentennial with a year-long celebration in 1987."

 

1987 Michigan Sesquicentennial Logo

 

The back of the travel map explains the 1987 vintage slogan:

 

"YES M!CH!GAN is more than a slogan.  It is an affirmation of all that is good about Michigan.  Its natural beauty as the centerpiece of the Great Lakes... its endless opportunities for travel and recreation in all of its state and national forests and parks, its thousands of lakes, rivers and streams and miles and miles of beaches along the nation's inland seas...."

 

It's signed by Governor and Mrs. James J. Blanchard and Jay.

 

YES M!CH!GAN Travel Map Back

 

And the 1986 commercial celebrating the Michigan Sesquicentennial:

 

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com

THE LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE BY MICHIGAN BLOOD

July 11, 2011

THE LOVE MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVE BY MICHIGAN BLOOD

Since 1955, Michigan Blood has been providing our home state's hospital systems with blood to help save lives.  This summer, they asked us to join them in a very special 3 day event they're calling the Love Michigan Blood Drive.  Every person that donates during the event will receive a special edition TMS vintage t-shirt.  The event is taking place in 7 cities across Michigan: Bay City, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Midland, Saginaw, St. Joseph, and Traverse City.  

 

For more information, visit our Events page.

 

If you're planning on attending, let us know on this FB page for a head count on how many TMS vintage shirts to make available.

 

Love,

The Mitten State

info@TheMittenState.com


 
 
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