Meet Rita Van Scyoc!

Rita, is one half of the husband and wife, dynamic duo, that makes up Crafty Life In Style.  She is a creative business owner who does vintage markets and makers events all over Metro Detroit. Her business began with a friend and it just didn’t pan out. So, insert her husband, Bill, her best friend, and Crafty Life In Style was born. Rita is the creative stylist, with a Bachelors of Fine arts degree from Wayne State University and her husband Bill is the woodworker that does a lot of heavy lifting for the business. They are the Yin & Yang…the secret to success!

“Our goal is to provide a welcoming, affordable, shopping experience that leaves our customers saying, ‘How cool was that booth!'”  Crafty Life In Style creations are designed with wood, glass & upcycled/repurposed items.  They offer many regularly stocked items such as beer, wine, and whiskey themed accessories, Made In Michigan magnets, key chains, man cave accessories, outdoor garden décor for your home or to give as gifts.  Additionally, they always will have unique vintage, shabby chic refinished, repurposed furniture, home décor and seasonal decorative items at each Market event.

Rita says, “We are inspired by wood! New wood, aged wood, repurposed wood, we love it all! Our creations have unique finishes that provide warmth to any home. Our inspiration comes from current trends in home décor as well as textures and colors in nature. When we are junkin’, checking out thrift stores, looking for treasures alongside of the road, we bring the items to life with a new purpose. Some of our ideas we create prototypes and then see how well our customer base responds and then we go from there! Many of our followers like how we have great gift ideas that are not available in big chain stores. We offer the unique and unexpected handmade décor for your home or to give as gifts. Many of our items are one of a kind. We do custom orders and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and a variety of stains and finishes.”

“What we love best about what we do is seeing our customer’s reactions to our products! Or hearing how much a gift recipient loved their gift. We often hear how unique, affordable and how well made our products are.  This bring the most joy to our hearts! We also love to give back to the community. There is a constant stream of donation requests for school auctions, fundraisers and we are always glad to give to those in need. We have recently partnered with Enchanted Makeovers, a Michigan based, National non-profit that specializes in creating handmade, healing spaces, creative programs that unite people, with a focus on women and children in shelters, and hope to continue our support in 2018 and beyond.”

Rita continues to tell us, “We’ve developed friendships and relationships with other local makers, provided reciprocal encouragement, and networked with other small businesses that we have met through artisan Markets. We love the sense of community and support of small businesses these events have brought to the local area. Our motto is “shop local & support small business”. We love what we do and wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Rita has Crafty Life In Style products at Metro Made Collective in Downtown West Dearborn, MI, Kitty Deluxe, St. Clair Shores, MI, Trailblazers, Marshall, MI and Made Up North in Roscommon, MI.  More products are coming soon to a gift shop or store near you.

Check out the latest Crafty Life In style creations or for a schedule of upcoming events on Facebook: or on Instagram at:  #craftylifeinstyle


Meet Linda Anger!

Linda Anger is the Founder and President of The Write Concept, Inc., a marketing communications company based in Rochester Hills, MI. Founded in 2000, The Write Concept works with international corporations and small-to-medium businesses, providing print and online content for websites, blogs, and marketing materials. Linda also works as a ghostwriter, editor, and page layout expert.

Linda is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose business and creative works have been featured in  publications such as Michigan PRIME, Black Engineer Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, MultiCultural Law Journal, Mused-the Bella Online Literary Journal, Still Crazy Magazine, and the Almost Touching Anthology.

A Michigan native, Linda claims a French-Canadian heritage. Family lore says an ancestor on her mother’s side was among Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac’s party when he founded what became the City of Detroit. She grew up in Oakland County and attended Oakland Community College before transferring to Western Michigan University, where she studied Creative Writing and Philosophy.

Learn more about her creative work and publications at The Full Crumb Cafe.

Linda has been involved in the SE Michigan business community for several decades, holding, at various times, Board Seats at organizations such as The National Association of Women Business Owners, The National Association of Career Women, and Detroit Working Writers.

Linda has been an avid member of Toastmasters International since 2012, and earned the highly coveted “Distinguished Toastmaster” designation in 2017. She currently serves as the President of the Optimistic Orators Advanced Toastmasters Club.

Meet Lara Shovlin!

Lara Shovlin is the Founder & Executive Director of Helping Hands Gifts, a local 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in Shelby Township, MI.  Before founding her own nonprofit she worked for a nonprofit for 5 1/2 years and was in nonprofit sales for 1.5 years.

Helping Hands Gifts blesses children, families, and charities. Their mission is to use their gifts, tangible and intangible, to bless others in small and large ways. Their purpose is threefold:  They fill the gaps where no other charities are or can’t.  They focus on one main issue each year affecting Macomb County that needs additional help to solve, regardless of public, private, or non profit resources available.  They serve as a connector to and support other charities doing good work in the community. They promote and share events, volunteer opportunities, rally and request donation needs, as well as locate specific support or hard to find things such as building space or services. They also volunteer for other charities and support their events.

Starting Helping Hands came out of a conversation about a friend’s family member not giving her kids a Christmas due to a financial emergency.  Lara realized very few places can help people who need temporary help; a hand up and not a hand out.  When she started the charity her goal was to help as many as she could by accessing all the wonderful people and businesses in the community to help do this. When she started she hoped to help 100-300 and this year they helped 5000!

2017 brought unprecedented growth and support. With their donations (including the donations given to other charities) they helped over 5000 kids, as well as supported over 50 organizations.

Since 1/1/18 Helping Hands Gifts has collected over 700 coats and winter wear items for homeless. Helping Hands Gifts started out providing low cost shopping events to struggling families in need at Christmastime and will continue to do so. These events will provide gifts, stocking stuffers, wrapping, Winter Wear items, food and paper products.  It is a new addition in 2018. They have been asked to run the entire City of Sterling Heights Giving Program where hundreds of families will come to one specific event.

Lara’s past life includes being born and raised in Texas, post high school education, corporate ladder and the opportunity to travel all over the U.S.  She moved to Metro Detroit in 1998 and quickly fell in love with the people and even the winters.   Lara says, “I was always helping people and would get in trouble for speaking up even at a young age and fighting for the underdog.”

Lara is a divorced, single mom to 2 wonderful sons, Greg 15 and Grant 13. She loves spending time with friends, traveling in Michigan and beyond, volunteering and nice warm weather with cold drinks. Besides the work she does here, she is involved in her Parish and with other local groups. She is proud to serve the Kiwanis of Utica-Shelby Township club as a Board Member.

To learn more about Helping Hands Gifts, you can contact Lara at

Meet Jean Jenkins!

Jean Jenkins owns & runs Jean’s Virtual Administrative & Consulting Services, LLC.  She has been in business now for 1.5 years.  She offers the following services to small and medium businesses:  Collections, personal & business errands, travel arrangements, office administration, client calls & follow ups, email follow ups, review of policies & procedures, customer service, gift buying, preparation of receipts & other information for tax returns, & legal administration.

Before starting her own business, Jean has spent more than thirty years in the financial arena, including commercial leasing, legal, credit and collections, forecasting, budgeting customer service, working with local cement and bricklayers unions, professional service corporations along with providing administrative services and consulting.

Jean has also had the pleasure of serving in many different leadership roles which included Senior Vice President, Operations Manager and Direct Marketing Manager for various commercial leasing firms along with performing duties of hiring and training various sales and operations staff for several firms. Jean has also authored numerous policy and procedure manuals.

Jean finds that with her new business what she enjoys the most is working as “your right arm” and making the everyday small stuff go away.  You will find that working with Jean that you never will have to worry if an issue or task has been taken care of because you will always know that you can count on Jean to keep your everyday business running smoothly.

Jean can be reached at

Meet Michelle Harm!

Michelle is a Financial Professional with Prudential Advisors-Great Lakes Financial Group. She works with individuals and small businesses to help them plan for and protect what they value the most. She helps clients figure out how to achieve their goals and dreams financially.

She grew up in Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Business and French. While studying at Kalamazoo College, she played 3 years varsity field hockey, and was named to the All-Conference and Great Lakes Regional Team. She later attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration. Michelle owned and operated two Quizno’s franchises with family from 1993 to 2000.

Michelle is a Licensed Life and Health Producer, and has had her Series 6 and 63 since 2002. In 2017, she completed the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation through The American College.  She is a past-president of the Michigan Chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services and currently holds the position of National President-Elect for Women in Insurance and Financial Services. She was a WIFS Circle of Excellence qualifier in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“What drives me to get up every morning is knowing that I am making a difference for others. I have a story to tell and a voice to be heard that can impact and support families, businesses and communities.”

Currently she resides in Rochester Hills, where she and her family have been since 1992. In August of 2017, she celebrated her marriage of 27 years and has three children, aged 23, 21, and 18, as well as a chocolate lab. She is an avid hockey and lacrosse fan.

You can reach Michelle at

Meet Moe Lietz!

Maureen (Moe) Lietz is the creator and President of Sparkle Network, a non-profit in Metro Detroit.  Moe says, “Our community/network has been created to serve 3 functions:  To be a community to connect people and ideas, To produce events & fundraisers, and To help others express themselves through the written word.”  Sparkle Network is a non-profit community of charity, business, comedy and so much more.

Their Mission:  To create awareness and a voice for charities/causes which need a louder voice by uniting charity, comedy, communities, and local businesses.  “Sparkle Network stands for compassion, charity, comedy, “underdog”, local, inspired, network, connection, love, community, grateful, awareness, hard work, determined, heart, friendship, and unity,”  Moe explains.

Moe has 20 years of business experience in multiple fields from fashion to automotive, along with some writing, editing, and fundraising.  She has a Bachelors degree in Apparel Design and Textiles from Michigan State University, with a minor in Communications and Business.  Moe’s diverse interests and education has helped broaden her considerable network and fine tune her natural ability to make a friend out of a stranger.  Her background in pageants, and recently in comedy, has helped her develop excellent networking skills and poise under pressure.  It is her passion for charity involvement that was the driving force behind the creation of Sparkle Network.  A running joke, which is actually quite true, is Moe waves her magic wand behind the scenes and makes powerful magic happen.

Sparkle Network has 4 awards that they give in the following areas:

LOVE (Cherish):  2014 recipient:  Century Club of Ambassadors
BELIEVE (Luck):  2014 recipient:  Robbin Nickerson
SPARKLE (inspire):  2014 recipient:  Rachel Scheich
TEAL HEART (person who shows what a survivor can do & become)

You can reach Moe at and follow her on Facebook.

Meet Dr. Lisa Lupo!


Although born and raised in Metro Detroit, Dr. Lisa has lived in the Central Florida area for half of her adult life.  She has always remained a chiropractic wellness patient and has been routinely adjusted since she was a little girl.  With the constant encouragement from her childhood chiropractor, she fulfilled a life’s dream of becoming a chiropractor herself and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the renowned Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia.  She now has the opportunity to give back to her patients what has proven so beneficial for her in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.  She recently moved back to South East Michigan and couldn’t be happier to be home!

Prior to attending Life, she earned her Associate in Arts degree from Valencia Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!).  Dr. Lisa has also practiced in the Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa Bay areas before establishing Flourish Family Chiropractic.  She offers a wealth of knowledge by having an extensive background in body mechanics, nutrition, and exercise.  She is currently continuing her educational endeavors in specific non-force techniques and pediatrics.

In her free time, she loves to be outdoors either running, hiking, snowmobiling, or attending festivals and concerts. During her recent travels, she has been to Thailand, Africa, and Hawaii, with many more destinations on her list.

“I am very excited to begin serving the Macomb and Oakland County communities.  I love promoting a pro-active wellness lifestyle for professionals and their families through chiropractic care.   If you see me out and about, please don’t hesitate to say hello and hugs are always welcome!”

Flourish Family Chiropractic was a dream and vision in the making with promo starting on Dec 1st, 2017 and became a reality on Jan 1st, 2018.

“Flourish is a Chiropractic Lifestyle Boutique that offers a unique approach to helping you and your family achieve greatness! Come join us in a family friendly atmosphere where you are treated with kindness and respect.”

Lisa will be sending out invites to an Open House/ Grand Opening which will be in the last week of March.  She intends on having vendors, vino, and light bites to welcome all of her friends and family who have, and continue to support her on this journey.

You can contact Lisa at  Follow her on Facebook!

Meet Kim Enders!

Working in the financial services industry since 1995, Kimberly Enders is CERTIFIED FINANANCIAL PLANNER™ with firsthand knowledge in most areas of personal finance.  Ms. Enders has been a financial planner for over 23 years, having worked in the banking, insurance, and stock brokerage fields.  Along with her insurance and FINRA general securities licenses, Kimberly also holds a general principal license and meets the DOL fiduciary standard.

Kimberly graduated from Michigan State University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 1995.  While raising her family, she attended Northwestern University School of Professional Studies for her CERTIFIED FINANANCIAL PLANNER™ Certificate in 2014.  Passing the board exam and re-launching her career as an independent financial advisor that same year, she is now a Senior Member of Oxford Financial & Managing Partner of Enders Wealth Management – serving investors in Metro Detroit since 1983.

Striving to stay active in her community and her industry, Kimberly serves as an Associate Director of the Shelby Community Foundation.  She also maintains memberships with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Michigan and American Association of University Woman (AAUW).  Kim has lived her entire life in the Metro Detroit Area, yet enjoys traveling around the world.  She was last spotted in Florida.

You can contact Kim via email: