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April 2013 Green Living Magazine
TREE HUGGERS
"These stainless steel tree dedication plaques not only encourage tree planting but help to commemorate someone or something important to you..."

April 5, 2013 - The Detroit News
Customized plaques perfect for tree dedications
"Earth Day and Michigan's Arbor Day are just around the corner - April 22 and 26 respectively - and a Bloomfield Hills company has a unique way to dedicate a tree in a very personal way..."

October 2012 - Metro You magazine
Falling For The Colors Of Autumn
"You must Be the change you wish to see in the world" (Mohandas Gandhi). BB Boutique (by designer BB Becker) golden bronze pendant necklace, $49...

July 2012 - Bloomfield Hills Living
BUSINESS BEAT - When A Hug Is The Perfect Gift
What was the inspiration for your company? ...

June 2012 - Metro You magazine
Spectacular Gifts for a Special Dad
THE SENTIMENTALIST - Bloomfield Hills-based Big Hug Remembrance Gifts offers many amazing gifts for dads or in memory of a cherished dad. Personalized Gregorian Wind Chimes work in harmony with nature to create beautiful tones, $70. Also, authentic Tree Hugger custom tree dedication plaques...

April 29, 2012 - The Detroit Free Press
Add a delicate touch to Mom's day with remembrance gift
If the mom on your list loves gardening or just relaxing in her backyard, she might like the "Mom's Garden" baby birds plaque from Big Hug, a Bloomfield Hills-based remembrance gift company...

April 20, 2012 - The Detroit News
Tend to Your Loved One's Memories With a Garden
It's time to revisit our outdoor spaces. Katie Kiyo, owner of Big Hug, an online remembrance gift company based in Bloomfield Hills, recommends a memorial garden or "memory garden" as a meaningful and enduring tribute to a special person or beloved pet...

March 25, 2012 - The Birmingham Eccentric
Local business owner finds success on the Internet
Katie Kiyo of Bloomfield Hills is owner of Big Hug, a successful Web-based company. Here she shares her formula for success...

March 2012 - Costco Connection Magazine
Going out on a limb
...Two of our most cherished gifts are our personalized wind chimes and Tree Huggers...

September 11, 2011 - The Birmingham Eccentric
The Tree Hugger makes a great memorial
Tree Huggers are being offered by Bloomfield Hills-based Big Hug LLC. The plaques can be mounted on trees...

May 22, 2011 - The Detroit Free Press
As Memorial Day approaches...
A personalized memorial from Big Hug, an online company in Bloomfield, has lots of thoughtful gift ideas, including a Marine Corps...

April 29, 2011 - The Detroit News
Find a gift for all occasions
Tis the season for spring gift-giving, whether you need one for Mother's Day, a housewarming, bridal shower, anniversary or birthday. This cast stone welcome plaque, "Sunshine Birds," caught my eye this week as I...

Winter/Spring 2011 - Detroit Metro Bride
Pillow Talk
Looking for a way to turn photos from weddings or other events into a permanent keepsake? Check out SmArt LeatherDesigns, a Bloomfield Hills-based company that's on the cutting edge of custom digital artistry...

January 7, 2011 - The Detroit News
Personalized Wind Chimes
If you want a different kind of sympathy, memorial or remembrance gift, try a personalized, precision-tuned wind chime that uses the first six notes of Amazing Grace" as its source scale. Made by Woodstock Chimes and available through Bloomfield Hills-based Big Hug, the high-quality chimes...

December, 2010 - BellaDog Magazine
Custom Leather Pet Pillow
A pillow you'll treasure for a lifetime! Using innovative digital technology, a favorite image of your best friend is beautifully replicated on rich, supple leather for a unique and lasting portrait. Pillow is bordered and backed with soft poly chenille, trimmed with braid and plumped with polyfill. Made in USA...

November/December, 2010 - Boating Magazine
SOFT RIDE
OUR EDITORS HAVE COLLECTED PILES of family boating photos over the years. They're sitting around our offices in various places. They're on disks. They're stuffed in digital file folders. ...What we need are more pillows from SmArt Leather Designs. The one you see here is adorned with a picture we took with a point-and-shoot camera during a...

December 5, 2010 - The Oakland Press
Bloomfield Hills gift company helps people commemorate loved ones
The precision-tuned wind chimes catch the breeze, clink in the wind and offer a soothing tune. It was a condolence gift from a coworker following the death of Bob Butley's mother, who died earlier this year...

July 11, 2010 - The Birmingham Eccentric
Treasured photos preserved on pillows
The shift from film to digital cameras has ushered in a new era of instant gratification: You can snap a picture and self-publish or e-mail it to 20 friends in just a minute or two. But too often, images languish, unseen and sometimes forgotten, in a desktop folder or on a memory card...

July 10, 2010 - The Akron Beacon Journal + many other newspapers across the country!
Photos adorn leather pillow
Your memories can now be preserved in leather. Michigan company SmArt Leather Designs has developed a process to reproduce a photo or graphic image on a customized leather pillow...

April 9, 2010 - The Detroit News
Big Hug gives special gifts a personal touch
Personalized gift items can go a long way toward showing your appreciation for that special someone or honoring the memory of a loved one who is gone...

February 24, 2010 - The Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle
Big Hug launches online division
Big Hug LLC announces the launch of its online retail division specializing in high quality remembrance, celebration of life and memorial gifts to honor a person or a pet who at one time shared a life’s journey...

February 6, 2010 - The Oakland Press
Online gift store based in Bloomfield Hills
Big Hug LLC of Bloomfield Hills is a new e-commerce company dedicated to personalized remembrance gifts as an alternative to flowers...

December 25, 2009 - The Detroit News
Pillow pics
While you’re focusing on holiday photos, here’s a creative way to show them off long after the eggnog is gone: embedded on a custom leather photo pillow...

December 14, 2009 - Press Release
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