THE LADY IN THE WOODS, a romantic Gothic suspense novel by Maria Bluni that is heart-pounding and reminds us that time is fleeting and precious. Bizarre twists of fate alter the course of the the Boston characters and leaves us with the understanding that love never dies…and neither does the soul. Spolier alert: a ghost is very much involved.

RED DELIGHT Chocolates. Made by European Master Chocolatiers, every RED chocolate is sourced from the Ivory Coast in Africa and roasted and ground to perfection by local farmers. Whether you try out the full bars, a grab-n-go, or a box of truffles, you can be happy knowing that every treat is non-GMO, Kosher, and Weight Watchers friendly (also Keto friendly in the darker flavors). Plus, each one contains 40-30% less calories and fat than other chocolate brands. And, as always RED is crafted without added refined sugar. Try the bars or grab-n-go in the classic dark, milk chocolate, or savory orange, or a smooth nut or coconut filling for the truffles. Available on Amazon

In its 16 years in operation, Free Run Cellars has taken an innovative approach to the winemaking process that has earned them numerous awards and accolades. Since 2006, they have been dedicated to creating exceptional experiences, outstanding service, and, of course, fine wines. 

Free Run Cellars has introduced their new, limited-released Sangiovese Reserve wine, the first ever to come from the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticultural Area (AVA). Think of it as Tuscany meets Michigan. We did and loved the wine, 0% in residual sugar with a 100% sangiovese blend, this medium-bodied red wine is rich with flavors such as cherry, espresso, and hints of balsamic.\

Speaking of great wines from Michigan, Round Barn specializes in award-winning wines, handcrafted spirits, and micro brews. In the winemaking business for more than 30 years, the Moersch Family uses time-honored traditions, artfully expressed with a “new world” twist, and are pleased to offer an experience unlike any other. Their secret of success is based around a spirited, educational and unintimidating atmosphere featuring quality service and products. Spend an afternoon making wine, dancing at a summer party (live music every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Weekend through October) or simply enjoying the countryside.

Their brewery expanded in 2013 to a new location in downtown Baroda now known as the Round Barn Brewery & Public House. They offer 20 taps of Round Barn’s unique beers, a wide variety of wines and delicious cocktails. Enjoy beer and wine flights, topped off with a full menu highlighting locally-sourced ingredients.

Visit their satellite Tasting Room in Union Pier (just off Exit 6 on I-94) which carries both Round Barn and Free Run Cellars (Sister Winery to Round Barn) products. Free Run Cellar’s Estate at Tasting Room specializes in small batch wines and unique spirits and is located in Berrien Springs, MI.

Banana Loca is an innovative kitchen gadget that straightens a banana, cores it while still in the peel. Fill your banana with your favorite toppings, make snack time fun with the hottest new kitchen gadget! Back to school season is around the corner; Banana Loca is great for making healthy snacks and desserts for your little kids. Available from amazon, go to

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