1 This was our American Made Summit stage under the back drop of a large United States banner made out of denim, and hand-sewn by our employees. Detroit Denim supplied us with the material, and Motor City Sewing also helped with the stitching. http://detroitdenim.com
2 It was a full-day program of interesting discussions and lectures from industry leaders. The Summit also included workshops, a market of vendors, and displays from this year's group of American Made winners.
3 Guests were welcomed into our grand clerestory and given name tags identifying them as vendors, Honorees, guests or speakers. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
4 Our American Made Honoree displays were set-up near the entrance to our clerestory. Business descriptions and start-up stories were also included, so visitors could learn from their entrepreneurial paths.
5 Among our 2015 American Made design winners - Jamie and Casey Davis of Portola Paints and Glazes. They are obsessed with color, and have turned their father's small paint shop into a thriving, environmentally friendly business where each color is hand blended. http://www.portolapaints.com (Photo by Bill McGeary)
6 The Smith Family Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine was a place I knew well. It is Mount Desert's only remaining dairy farm, where the Smith Family raises Jersey cows and heritage pigs and sells artisanal raw milk, yogurts, cheeses, and other dairy products. http://smithfamilyfarm.me
8 Our Executive Editorial Director of Crafts and Holiday, Hannah Milman, and two of this year's Honorees, Jesse Avalos from Fruitscapes, and Donna Schneider from Pine Island Tropicals.
9 Have you ever heard of these fruits - the black sapote or the sapodilla?
10 When Honorees were not busy listening to speakers, or on stage as part of a panel, they spent time by their displays answering questions from other small business owners. Here was Gary Schneider of Pine Island Tropicals. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
11 Garden winner, Rainbow Iris Farm, is nestled in the hills of southwest Iowa and since 2014 has been operating as a mail-order specialty nursery focusing on high performing irises and unique varieties. http://rainbowfarms.net
12 Gotham Greens was our 2015 Sustainability Winner. the trio of Viraj Puri, Eric Haley and Jennifer Nelkin Frymark is changing the urban landscape by converting unused city rooftops into greenhouses that grow fresh, pesticide-free produce year-round. http://gothamgreens.com
13 Little River Sock Mill makes women's socks in all different lengths - from footies to crew socks to over the knee. Soon, they plan to also sell men's sock wear. http://littleriversockmill.com/
14 Erika Arguello, Claudia Llamosa and Maria Copello of Baiser Beauty are close friends, working together in Miami Beach, Florida to produce natural, handcrafted beauty products. http://www.baiserbeauty.com/en/
15 I have been ordering seeds from Annie's Annuals & Perennials for many years. From a two and a half acre nursery in Richmond, California, Annie's provides plants to about 60-independent retail nurseries. Annie Hayes was another 2015 American Made Honoree. http://www.anniesannuals.com
16 Sandback was one of our three Design Winners this year. These tables are exquisite - made with inlaid nails inspired by old fabric designs and Japanese stencils. http://petersandback.com/
17 Here were Peter Sandback and his wife, Sarah, in front of one of his tables. The inlaid nails are placed into pilot holes drilled into the wood from a patterned template. The upper nail shanks are then ground off leaving the nail filler in the holes creating the various unique designs. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
18 Inspired by her great-grandmother's owned monogrammed collection, Jane Scott Hodges, started a company to handcraft heirloom quality linens and feature more contemporary colors and patterns. http://www.leontinelinens.com/
19 Honoree, Jane Scott, and her husband, Philip, enjoyed coming to New York City from their home in New Orleans, Louisiana.
20 Our Martha Stewart Cafe pop-up booth was open all day providing guests with cups of Martha's Blend coffees and teas. I was so happy to see everyone enjoying our cafe drinks. Don't forget, you can also buy your favorite Martha Stewart coffees and teas online. http://www.marthastewartcafe.com
21 Our baristas - Anthony Maxwell, Laura Bonnie and Luis Duran.
22 We set up an area where guests could take photos with "me" and our American Made map. The camera and photo printer were from Smilebooth. http://smilebooth.com
23 Even members of the Susan Magrino PR team joined in for a fun photo. Here were Alex DeAngelo, Caroline Brown, Sara Stein, and LeighAnn Ambrosi.
25 Guests were also offered fresh fruit, yogurt and granola.
26 There were lots of breakfast choices for everyone.
27 Part of our office space was also designated for shop vendors - it was a great opportunity for guests to get ahead on their holiday shopping.
29 Charming hand-stamped vintage spreaders, and whimsical mugs from Milk and Honey Luxuries, one of our American Made finalists. http://milkandhoneyluxuries.com
30 Custom state shaped cutting boards and cheese boards, plus muddlers, cake stands and other unique pieces from Heirloom were very popular. http://aheirloom.com
33 All of Mystic Knotwork's products are hand made one by one. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
34 These unique and hand crafted art sculptures are by Chase Allen of The Iron Fish. Chase was one of our Honorees from 2014. http://www.ironfishart.com
35 Chase, and his wife, Rachel, made the trip from rural Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, to attend this year's American Made Summit. (Photo by Mike Krautter)
36 Clark's Botanicals, a line of organic, botanically based beauty products for the skin created by founder, Francesco Clark, a 2014 American Made Honoree. http://www.clarksbotanicals.com/
39 Brand new noise is dedicated to making handcrafted sound gadgets for curious children wanting to explore the world of music. http://brandnewnoise.com
40 Purl Soho is a special resource for needle-crafters of all levels, from knitters and crocheters to quilters and embroiders. http://www.purlsoho.com
41 Brooklyn Slate Company repurposes slate into useable home essentials such as trivets, cheese boards, place cards and platters. http://www.brooklynslate.com
42 Rowland and Chinami of Ricketts use natural materials and traditional processes to create their special, contemporary textiles. It was this passion for hand crafting their fabrics that made them one of our 2014 American Made Honorees. http://www.rickettsindigo.com
43 Also in our shop, copies of my book "Clean Slate: a Cookbook and Guide to Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body and Feel Your Best" - a wonderful present for those who are looking to get more fit before or after the holidays.
44 And, my "American Food" book - appropriate for our American Made Summit shop, my book celebrates our nation's most treasured dishes from coast to coast.
45 Owner, Heather Lin, uses her talents in graphic design to create fun, eco-friendly home textiles and do-it-yourself craft kits. http://heatherlinshome.com/
46 This year's Audience Choice Winner was Baiser Beauty. Baiser is dedicated to creating holistic, environmentally responsible and vegan beauty products that are 100-percent cruelty free and made from only organic and natural ingredients. http://www.baiserbeauty.com/en/
47 Our 2015 Industry Winner was Little River Sock Mill, a company owned by Gina Locklear, who wanted to revitalize her family's sock making business by producing high-quality, organic cotton socks. http://littleriversockmill.com
48 One of the day's speakers was Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Her newest book talks about redefining success and creating a life that is full of wisdom. http://www.huffingtonpost.com
49 These are some of our favorite aprons here at the office. All of our chefs in our test kitchens wear these wonderful, durable and comfortable aprons. Each one is hand made out of American canvas. http://www.hedleyandbennett.com
50 Our Garden Winner was Kelly Norris of Rainbow Iris Farm in Bedford, Iowa. This mail-order company was born from a childhood dream, and now is a growing business specializing in unusual irises. Kelly shares her growing tips and descriptions of her favorite and most recommended cultivars in he book, "A Guide to Bearded Irises". http://rainbowfarms.net
51 Emeril's newest book, "Essential Emeril", contains Emeril's favorite recipes and hard-won wisdoms from his life in the kitchen. http://emerils.com
52 Back to the Roots was one of our 2013 American Made Honorees. The owners, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, came upon their business venture in college, after learning they could grow mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. This kit allows you to grow your own mushrooms indoors, right out of the box. My grandchildren loved making them. http://backtotheroots.com
53 Cup 4 Cup offers a gluten-free alternative for those with gluten sensitivities. The blend makes it possible to make gluten free cookies, muffins, cakes and pasta. Since it began, Cup 4 Cup has also developed flour mixes for pancakes, brownies and pizza crusts. http://www.cup4cup.com
55 Rescued Wine's repurposed wine bottle candles are handmade in a Truckee, California studio. The goal is to give new life to used bottles and give back to animal rescue groups with a portion of every sale. http://rescuedwinecandles.com
56 Christophe Pourny has been our trusted furniture friend and expert for years. He has been on my television and radio shows, and his products have been mentioned in my magazines. http://www.christophepourny.com
57 Christophe Pourney and Jason Jobson own the Christophe Pourny Studio, in Brooklyn, New York where Christophe restores antique pieces. http://christophepourny.com/
58 Hayden Flour Mills is a family owned business that is devoted to making the freshest and most flavorful flours from the world's oldest varieties of wheat. They were one of our 2014 American Made Honorees. http://www.haydenflourmills.com
59 80 Acres of McEvoy Ranch was one of our 2015 finalists in Style. The body care products are handcrafted locally in small batch production and recycled packaging. The company strives to create luxurious, vitamin rich plant extracts and botanicals from all natural elements found near the McEvoy ranch.
60 Brian Howell, the founder of The Bee Man Candle Company, has had a passion for beekeeping and candle making since he was a young boy. Now, he uses pesticide free beeswax from rural African beekeepers to make his naturally smokeless, dripless, long burning candles. It was his passion and drive that made him one of our American Made winners in 2012. http://www.beemancandles.com
61 Artist, Alisa Toninato, is the founder of FeLion Studios, where she creates her iconic iron skillets shaped in each of the 50-states. She was an Honoree in our inaugural 2012 American Made year. http://www.felionstudios.com
62 Spoonflower was a winner in our 2013 American Made Awards. Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, walloper and gift wrap through digital textile printing. http://www.spoonflower.com/
63 Created from a desire to have more creative and eco-control, owner, Vicki Latimer Roan, owner of Little Spoons Designs, uses recycled cotton to design and make fun loving, whimsical tote bags and pouches for everyday needs.
64 Our American Made market was open all day for our guests.
65 Ponyride Detroit nurtures entrepreneurs and offers them a space for production, community outreach and education. We showcased some of Ponyride's participant vendors at American Made. http://www.ponyride.org/
66 Smithshop creates functional and ornamental metalwork, handmade in Detroit by a team of internationally recognized metal smiths. http://www.smithshopdetroit.com
67 Lazlo takes familiar wardrobe items and produces them with a more modern, very different set of expectations. T-shirts are made from custom fabric using the best organic cotton available. Lazlo also hires formerly incarcerated men who were trained to sew while in Michigan prisons. http://www.lazlo.co/
68 Pingree uses thin wooden panels that vibrate in tandem to produce music, podcasts, and other programs. The panels are made from locally reclaimed maple flooring. Waremfg.us
69 This is Daniel Silverstein, a New York based clothing designer and manufacturer of zero-waste apparel.
70 Daniel collects one thousand pounds of fabric scraps that would otherwise be sent to landfills around the world, and makes clothes out of them. http://www.danielsilverstein.us
71 Jana Branson, Dana Miller and Alexa Stark from our Corporate Communications Team.
72 Director of Food Development, Thomas Joseph, and Sarah Carey, our VP Editorial Director of Food.
73 The UPS Store offered a fun booth for personalized prints.
74 Hand illustrators turned inspirational quotes into works of art at this #PrintsToLiveBy booth. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
75 We had fresh apples available from Red Jacket Orchard.
78 ULIVjava coffee drinks were also on-hand for guests to enjoy in between speaker lectures. https://ulivjava.com
79 Video monitors and headsets were available for guests to learn about past American Made Honorees.
80 Smaller displays were set-up showing past winner products, so everyone could learn about their businesses and be inspired by their stories.
81 All of our past winners keep in close touch with our editors, and continue to succeed in their small businesses.
82 Here I was with Bill Sweedler, Co-Founder of Tengram Capital Partners, with his daughter, Madison. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
83 Our Connect map was a very popular spot for those wanting to reach out to other entrepreneurs.
84 Attendees exchanged business cards to connect with each other at the Intuit QuickBooks display. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
85 Every year, we set-up a craft table with several work stations, so guests could create easy craft projects - this year's project was very popular.
86 The project was to make a DIY state charm necklace or keychain - everyone stopped by the Toyota craft station to make one. (Photo by Bill McGeary).
87 They were made by wrapping thin gaged wire around a mold we created - they were so cute!
89 Lunch was served in handsome bamboo box trays - healthy soup, sandwich and a delicious kale and quinoa salad. Chef Pierre Schaedelin of PS Tailored Events always prepares such wonderful meals.
90 My longtime publicist, Susan Magrino, and our Weddings Editorial Director, Darcy Miller Nussbaum.
91 And, what would the afternoon be without a snack? We served popcorn from Skinny Pop. Everyone loved it. http://skinnypop.com
92 We also offered everyone Coolhaus gourmet vanilla ice cream with Martha Stewart Cafe espresso - affogato is one of my favorite desserts or snacks, and includes a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso - so refreshing and delicious. https://eatcoolhaus.com