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Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 1:10 p.m.

Motawi Tileworks and Zingerman's Candy Manufactory featured on 'Today' show

By Lizzy Alfs

Two Ann Arbor area businesses -- Motawi Tileworks and Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory -- were recognized Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show in an Easter basket segment.

The segment focused on: “Great mail-order deals that will make the [Easter] baskets you give extra special,” said co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.


Motawi Tileworks owner Nawal Motawi with one Teco vase from the Scio Township-based company.

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Motawi Tileworks, which is located on Enterprise Drive in Scio Township, makes fine architectural and gift tiles that are distributed nationwide at hundreds of outlets.

The “Today” show suggested buying a set of three animal tiles from Motawi as a gift for the “holiday hostess.” The $50 set, which consists of a green cat tile, beige rabbit tile and blue dog tile, is available for a limited time, according to the Motawi website.

As for Pittsfield Township-based Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, Gifford and her co-host Hoda Kotb were all smiles when sampling the “Original Zang” candy bar and peanut butter cookies. The show featured a $38 gift basket with marshmallow bunny tails, candy bars and other sweets.

“These guys bring the flavor back into candy bars,” said Today show guest Kathleen Daelemans. “They’re making old fashioned, handmade candy bars, which you really don’t get anymore.”

Another Michigan company -- Kid Rock’s American Badass Beer -- was recognized for its $50 “beer selection and swagg kit.”

Watch the full “Today” show segment here.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Robert D. Mosley

Sat, Mar 31, 2012 : 2:14 a.m.

I will have to check this out when I am next in town.

Paul Larned

Sat, Mar 31, 2012 : 1:17 a.m.

If you haven't taken the free tour of Motawi, put it on your list to do soon! What a great local business and a member of the West Washtenaw Business Association.

Kara H

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

Agree with the previous posters. Great local companies that deserve national exposure!

Linda Peck

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 7:57 p.m.

Wonderful to see this! Thanks for letting us know about it!


Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 5:25 p.m.

Cool to see Motawi get national exposure - their work is fantastic!