To become a finished Motawi Tileworks tile, slabs of raw clay must run the gauntlet of an elaborate production line, where they'll be crushed under a 60-ton press, dipped or drizzled in colorful glaze, and fired in a kiln at 2,000 degrees. Though the handmade process lends itself to variations in colors, it creates uniformly durable tiles built to withstand the heat of a fireplace, the splashing of a kitchen sink, or the futility of existence atop a shelf.
The company's artisans have handmade their tiles in Ann Arbor for two decades. They draw on this experience while creating three types of tiles: flat field, polychrome, and molded. Each catches eyes on its own, or transforms into an artful mosaic when mixed and matched. During the design process, the craftsmen draw inspiration from a huge range of American influences, from Native American artists to Frank Lloyd Wright.
Geology guru Bill Rotay stocks The Golden Apple's shelves with sterling silver and semiprecious-gemstone jewelry, drawing from his University of Michigan degree and lifelong adoration of sparkling baubles. The shop's name alludes to the Greek myth that amber was harvested from the garden of Hesperides, where immortality-bestowing golden apples grew. Over the course of more than a decade, the store's original, predominantly amber, inventory blossomed to include a collection of Chinese freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and gemstones from Thailand, Mexico, Bali, and India. The Golden Apple also peddles a variety of mineral rocks and pottery, as well as fossils of ancient organisms and Betamax tapes.
Mary Starring realized her goal of helping local artists step into the spotlight when she opened her gallery in 2005. Since then, Mary's space has featured the work of more than 50 talented creators, each showcased during Northville's First Friday Experience. This monthly after-hours collaboration by the town's merchants unites the community in appreciation of the work of these local artists. To further highlight this local talent, Starring populates her shelves with their art and gifts—elegant, locally blown glass, original paintings, and stylish jewelry. A regularly rotating selection of crafts helps returning customers find the perfect birthday present or replacement for a macaroni necklace they mistook for dinner.
Within its recently-renovated confines just in time for the holidays, the locally-owned and operated State-Wayne theatre transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. Designed for full comfort, each lumbar-supported seat's power recline feature allows guests to relax in a position of their liking. Not to be outdone, couples can cozy up on loveseat pods during date nights, which contain a flip-up middle armrest and drink holders. When its time to settle in for the feature presentation, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.