Bottle Brush Trees for That Vintage Christmas Look!

Bottle Brush Trees for That Vintage Christmas Look!

You’ll never look at a toilet-bowl brush the same way again! In the 1930s, Addis Brush Company, an American manufacturer of toilet bowl brushes, began dyeing bristles green and assembling them into artificial Christmas trees. These new artificial trees were especially popular in Britain, which had lost many of its trees during WWI. In 2017 Nielsen conducted a survey for the American Christmas Tree Association. Results? Of the about 95 million households in the United States planning to display a

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Bronner’s Best Take-along Treat for Back to School

Bronner’s Best Take-along Treat for Back to School

School is back in session (or will be soon)! Looking for a great take-along treat for lunch boxes, those after-school practices, weekend games and tailgate parties? Our Caramel Layer Choco-Squares combine bakers’ favorites: chocolate chips and nuts, and a fall favorite: caramels. In fact, it’s a delicious treat to offer all autumn long and right through the Christmas season! PRINT RECIPE CARAMEL LAYER CHOCO-SQUARES* Makes about 36 bars Ingredients: – 1 (14-oz.) bag caramels – 2/3 c. evaporated milk, divided

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Bronner’s Christmas Bedroom: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Bronner’s Christmas Bedroom: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Is your Christmas season full of Go-Go-Go, but you wish it offered a little more Slow-Slow-Slow? We can help! Our Christmas-bedroom decorating ideas will make your bedroom a holiday retreat where you can “sleep in heavenly peace.” We started with a repurposed barn door for our headboard. The red patina of the rustic wood complemented both of our Christmas-bedroom themes: snowmen and the Nativity. You really can’t go wrong with recycled barnwood. We used more of it, along with a couple

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Long Live Michigan’s Comeback Cities

Long Live Michigan’s Comeback Cities

DETROIT The declining auto industry, corrupt leadership, high unemployment, poverty, a failing economy, plunging property values – all played a part in what some feared might be the final curtain for the drama that was Detroit. The fifth largest city in the United States in 1950. A twist in the plot brought Detroit to bankruptcy and emergency management in 2013. Now the scene is changing. In 2010 billionaire Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, moved his headquarters

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Top 10 Names for Personalized Ornaments

Top 10 Names for Personalized Ornaments

Here’s a fun little challenge for you! Take out a piece of paper and a pencil (or your tablet) ;), and write down the names you think are the 10 names we personalize ornaments for most often here at Bronner’s. Here’s a little “Think” music from “Jeopardy” for you to play while you’re making your list. (You don’t have to write your answer as a question.)  😉 Final Jeopardy “Think” Music Here are the 10 names most often requested for

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Small Towns Bring Big Pure Michigan Fun

Small Towns Bring Big Pure Michigan Fun

I think I say it in my sleep: You could vacation in Pure Michigan your whole life and never see everything our great state has to offer! From Chelsea to Calumet, meet five small towns (population under 6,000) that serve up big portions of history, intrigue, Great-Lakes fun and fury, foodie favorites, cruises, dramatic draws and more. Remember your getaways to these iconic locales with ornaments from Bronner’s! FIRST STOP – CHELSEA. Actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre makes its

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Frankenmuth Flowers, DIY Flower Lights + Cupcake Recipe!

Frankenmuth Flowers, DIY Flower Lights + Cupcake Recipe!

Downtown Frankenmuth is a lush garden of delightful blooms all summer long! Approximately 350 flats and 8,000 four-inch annuals are planted along Main Street’s 2-mile downtown stretch each spring. Add 350 huge hanging baskets and you have an eye-popping streetscape, one so beautiful that it was the 2007 America in Bloom Winner for cities with a population of under 5,000. Yes, flowers are serious (but happy) business in Frankenmuth. Dan Hopp, green space manager for the City of Frankenmuth, explains:

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We Love a Little Romance at Bronner’s!

We Love a Little Romance at Bronner’s!

It’s a girl’s favorite story to tell – how her husband proposed to her. About half a dozen guys propose to their girlfriends at Bronner’s each year. Some have shared their proposal story with us over the years through photos. We’re so glad to play a small part in their love story! According to a survey by wedding-planning site, The Knot, women prefer a surprise proposal, even if they’ve been ring shopping with their boyfriend. Meet John and Erika, who

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Mr. Christmas and His Mrs. Love Christmas & Bronner’s

Mr. Christmas and His Mrs. Love Christmas & Bronner’s

It’s a five-hour drive from Bruce County, Ontario, to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Sean and Tracy Walker know the route like the backs of their hands – they’ve made it a couple of times each year for the past 10 years. “Frankenmuth and Bronner’s – it’s where we go for vacation,” Sean said with a smile. “We’ve even looked into how to retire here (Frankenmuth).”

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