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Our 2022 Local Gift Guide is here! We’re feeling so much gratitude for our local community—our MOVE community and beyond. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a “Curated Community Gift Guide” to make it easy for you to shop locally this season. We are HUGE fans of all the products below.

Please share and shop!
Elaine & Robin xo



Signature Cakes and Desserts — with a focus on local and high-quality ingredients. Check out the Holiday Mixed Cookie Boxes and Citrus Olive Oil Holiday Cakes — both make amazing gifts! Shop a wonderful selection of signature cakes, cookies and desserts — the lucky recipients of your gift giving will thoroughly enjoy and be grateful for your great taste.



Shop an unusual and eclectic collection of handmade and local goods at Thistle & Bess. From quirky ornaments to stunning fine jewelry Thistle & Bess has a truly special curated collection of gifts. The perfect place to find something for that person on your list that seems to have everything. Stop in their Kerrytown shop or shop online as well.



Handcraft bean-to-bar chocolate in small batches, using only the purest and best-tasting ethically-sourced ingredients. Shop in store or via their online catalog of products, including gift boxes and bundles, cooking and baking products, Ecuadorian Drinking Chocolate, unique flavored chocolate bars and of course, their classic award-winning chocolate.



Gift hunting for the tree hugger in your life isn’t as easy as one might think. You’re searching for something beautiful, useful, and made from natural materials. Jessica’s Warming Massage Oil with juniper berry & ginger is the perfect gift! Shop customized facials, massage therapy, herbal soaks, body treatments, waxing, skin consultations, and plant-based products online or at Jessica’s Spa.



At University Flower Shop we believe in the power of locally sourced flowers, seasonal ingredients and a commitment to our environment. Our designs are inspired by the cycles of nature and we strive to design with the most fresh and unique flowers and foliage throughout the year. Consider the gift of fresh flowers or plants this holiday season — shop online or come see us at Nickels Arcade!



BYOC Co. is a zero waste and refill shop in downtown Ann Arbor started by a 2020 UM alum focused on helping you gift sustainably and practically with locally made, low waste soaps, candles, and reusable household and personal care goods! Shop some of their best-sellers and bundles like this “GIVE LOCAL BUNDLE“.



Nancy’s designs are from the heart — jewelry for the everyday woman! It all goes together and it’s easy to wear. Jewelry that becomes a part of you. “Melet Stacks” is a wonderful, fun & incredibly hip gift for anyone in your life who enjoys the beauty of hand crafted original design – check it out online or at one of the upcoming shows.



Ann Arbor’s local retailer for all racquet sports! Have you or someone in your life wanted to try pickleball? Do you have an avid tennis or badminton enthusiast and need the perfect stocking stuffers? Cayman is your one stop shop for shoes, racquets, socks, strings and accessories. Shop online or come into the shop! Gift cards available.



The Little Seedling is committed to providing families with the products they need. With a full range of products from baby gear to toys, clothing and children’s shoes, The Little Seedling is a one-stop local shop. Mom owned, parent run, and a focus on customer service make The Little Seedling Ann Arbor’s destination for kids and families. Shop online or in-store.


An Ann Arbor shopping destination for favorite shoes for over 80 years, our team of shoe and fit experts are devoted to helping people feel great, starting with their feet! Give the much appreciated gift of foot comfort this holiday season! Favorites include Haflinger house shoes, soft wool socks, and gift certificates (they always fit perfectly). Shop online or in the store.



Expertly trained Pilates instructors at MOVE Wellness are the perfect way for you or someone you love to start a Pilates or GYROTONIC® program. Our gift card for a $49 1-hour Intro Session is a perfect gift for a beginner or consider the $99 Intro Package gift card which includes a 50 min (1:1) Introductory Session AND two small group training sessions. Call, text, email or purchase online. Come visit soon!


This week is the official start of the holiday season. We hope our curated community gift guide with suggestions to shop local helps you find just the right thing for the right people in your life.

Be fit. Be well. Be inspired. Be done shopping. ❤️❤️

This week is the official start of the holiday season. We’re kicking things off by sharing our curated community gift guide with suggestions to shop local. We’re excited to spread the word about these great community members. You just might recognize some of them from Elaine’s Lifted segments on Facebook!

On small business Saturday (and all year long) we hope you’ll check out some of our favorite things, places, and people. 

Be fit. Be well. Be inspired. Be done shopping.

BYOC, Co. Logo

BYOC Co. (Bring Your Own Container) aims to reduce single-use plastic consumption by allowing you to refill your own containers from home with eco-friendly, ethically-produced household cleaning and personal care products. Owner Emma Hess, started BYOC Co. at age 22 and fresh off graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sociology. Her low waste journey started while in college when she swapped a bottle of liquid shampoo for a solid shampoo bar. 

255 E Liberty St
Ste 215
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Connect with BYOC, Co. on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Emma’s conversation on Lifted.

Great gift idea:

Zero Waste Dishwashing Set

Zero Waste Dishwashing Set

This set includes:

Solid Dish Soap from Tiani Body Care (local Ann Arbor business), Bamboo Hand Brush, and a Bamboo Soap Dish for $20.68. 

NeuroFitness Wellness Center Logo

NeuroFitness Center offers wellness services to help bring balance to the lives of the seriously stressed, chronically in pain and under rested among us. They offer flotation therapy, cryotherapy, a salt room, and neurofeedback sessions to reduce stress and help you relax.

NeuroFitness Wellness Center
6360 Jackson Road, Suite A
(Across from Menards)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Connect with NeuroFitness Wellness Center on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Peg’s conversation on Lifted.

Great gift ideas:

Tantre Farm Logo

Tantré Farm started its very first crops of potatoes, winter squash, and garlic in 1993 on a 40-acre parcel. Since then the farm has grown to include about 80 to 100 varieties of vegetables, mushrooms, and a small variety of herbs and flowers. Their fruit crops include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pears, melons, and more depending on the fruit weather. Their farmland has now grown to about 115 acres of wetland, woods, and sand-loam fields in the area. Tantre Farm sells their produce through CSA shares, at various local stores, restaurants, and also at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea Farmers Markets. MOVE Wellness loves serving as a summer CSA pick-up location!

Tantre Farm
2510 Hayes Rd
Chelsea, MI 48118

Connect with Tantre Farm on Instagram or Facebook

Watch Elaine and Deb’s conversation on Lifted.

Great idea for your holiday table:

Check out the Tantre Farm Immune Booster weekly share.

Arbor Teas Logo

Arbor Teas is a family-owned organic tea company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their daily mission is to find the world’s most fantastic organic teas and deliver them to you as sustainably as possible. 

Arbor Teas
1342 North Main Street, Suite 1
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 994-7698

Connect with Arbor Teas on Instagram or Facebook

Great gift idea: 

Kombucha Homebrew Kit

Kombucha Homebrew Kit 

The Kombucha Homebrew Kit ($45.00) comes complete with all your homebrewing essentials, including: step-by-step instructions, organic kombucha culture (SCOBY), Arbor Teas organic loose leaf black tea, organic sugar, USA-made 1 gallon glass jar, and more!

Jessica's Apothecary & Spa Logo

Owned and operated by Jessica Goniea, Jessica’s Apothecary offers the luxury of a day spa paired with the expertise of a botanical skin care specialist. You’ll find customized facials, waxes, skin consultations, and an online shop that all feature plant-based products combining ancient herbal knowledge with modern skin care science. Everything used and sold  is cruelty-free and free of synthetic fragrance, artificial colorants, SLS, parabens, and other unnecessary chemicals. Jessica is honored to have been voted “Best Skin Care” 8 years in a row and “Best Esthetician 2020” by Current Magazine!

Jessica’s Apothecary
415 N. Main Street, Suite 3
Ann Arbor, MI

Connect with Jessica on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Jessica’s conversation on Lifted.

Serendipity Books Logo

Serendipity Books is a brick-and-mortar indie bookstore celebrating literacy and building community in Chelsea, Michigan. Owner Michelle Tuplin is the mastermind behind our awesome MOVE Book Club reading choices. ​​We think it’s a pretty special place. Stop by and let Michelle help you choose just the right book for anyone on your list.

Click here for a variety of ways to shop Serendipity Books.

Serendipity Books
113 West Middle Street
Chelsea, Michigan 48118
(734) 475-7148

Connect with Serendipity on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Michelle’s conversation on Lifted.

Mast Shoes Logo

Mast Shoes is the best of modern and old-school. Their stylish, relaxed, clean store sets the stage for you to experience the fitting process and see how we use tools like shoe horns, fitting stools and Brannock devices (the metal foot measuring tool) that have been in use since they opened in 1942. Mast Shoes has made it their mission to stop feet and shoes from ruining your day. They believe there are no “bad feet,” just bad matches between feet and shoes. 

Mast Shoes
2519 Jackson Ave 
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Connect with Mast Shoes on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Molly’s conversation on Lifted.

Aberdeen Bike Logo

Aberdeen Bike is a family owned bike shop located in Chelsea, Michigan just west of Ann Arbor. Aberdeen has a full service repair shop and offers a wide range of adult and youth bikes to tackle any terrain. They offer a full complement of accessories to outfit you for everything from commuting to racing.  

Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors
1101 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118

Connect with Aberdeen Bike on Instagram or Facebook

Massage oil drops on hands

Trish Newman Massage

Missing your massage at MOVE? MOVE Livestream class members with a keen eye may have noticed that our massage room has become a teaching space. If you’re missing your massage at MOVE with Trish (we miss her too!), you can find her at two locations in Ann Arbor. 

K-West Skin Body Spirit
415 N. Main Street
Mon., Tues., Fri. 8:30–2:30
Every other Thurs. 4:00–8:00
Some Saturdays 9:00–2:00

Eastern Integrative Services
2300 Washtenaw Ave.
Suite 101
Wed. 12:00–8:00
Thurs. 8:30–2:30

Schedule by calling Trish directly at 810-923-8936.

Ian and Nick took their running to the next level in 2014 and officially opened up Ann Arbor Running Company. Both have been part of the Michigan running community since the mid-90s and love giving back to the sport. They know what it feels like to run your best, to run your worst, and everything in between. Their staff will support you through thick and thin. Ann Arbor Running Company uses their experience to select only the best products available and the ones that they truly believe in.

Ann Arbor Running Company

901 W Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

209 S Ashley Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2621 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Connect with AARC on Instagram or Facebook

MOVE Wellness Logo

Movement heals. We know that to be true. Share the gift of movement with your family and friends this holiday season. 

MOVE Wellness Studios
3780 Jackson Road, Suite K
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Connect with MOVE on Instagram or Facebook

Great gift ideas:

MOVE trainer Lauren MIller working with a senior client

Three private sessions for $150.00

This special introductory offer is available for new clients. Stop by the desk, email us, or call 734-224-2560 for details. A value of up to $277.00!

Elaine Economou Movement Essentials

Save $20.00 on your purchase of Movement Essentials: Getting Started with Pilates.

This new 28-day program developed by MOVE Co-Founder Elaine Economou will get your loved one started building a healthy fitness routine with gentle Pilates for your everyday life. Head on over to MOVE On Demand and use code HOLIDAY20 to purchase.

Thank you for supporting local businesses

Additional no cost ways to support local

Here are three simple, no-cost ways that you can offer support for these small businesses through this holiday season.

Write a review on Google or Facebook.

Small businesses like ours can really benefit from reviews by those who use our services and know us best. Your opinion matters.

Like and follow on social media.

With the click of a button you can stay connected and be the first to know. We’ve linked to Instagram and Facebook pages for each business listed above. 

Share this gift guide with a friend.

Spread the word and shop local this holiday season. Our community is strongest when we lift each other up.

MOVE Wellness Studios Fitness & Wellness is pleased to welcome Lisa McDowell, Director of Nutrition at St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Team Dietician to the Detroit Red Wings.  Lisa will share her expertise in a free program that will inspire and empower you to choose foods that support your health and well being. Learn how and why to incorporate fresh food into your diet to maintain optimum health at all ages and stages of life.

January 18, 2018
MOVE Wellness Studios Westside Studio

This event is free, but reservations are appreciated.