161 Vester St., Ferndale; 248-629-9951; valentinevodka.com
Who would've guessed that vodka would have turned out to be such a lucrative venture in a down economy? A guy who worked on Wall Street and then moved back to his native state with the mission of perfecting the ancient art of vodka distillation, a process he feels the big booze corporations have lost sight of. Straight outta Ferndale, he's reminding us just how smooth a vodka drink is. Visit their tasting room and learn how Valentine's natural friendship with McClure's pickles makes for an out-of-this-world Motor City Mary.