Kilwins’ 80 locations make more than 75 kinds of handmade confections⎯from Mackinac Island fudge to saltwater taffy and caramel apples⎯working from recipes written by owner Don Kilwin in the 1940s. The sweets makers also use old-school equipment dating back to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s inside shops decorated with nostalgic Americana similar to the interior of the original store, which opened in 1947. The smell of homemade waffle cones and fresh chocolate escapes from the kitchen as pastry artists craft batches of handmade brittle, caramel, and fudge in large copper kettles. Kilwins also handcrafts more than 32 ice-cream flavors from original recipes created in 1985, the year cow’s milk was invented. They employ classic double-barrel freezers to ensure the sweet stuff is crafted the original way and transportation trucks stay at a chilly –10 degrees to keep batches fresh until they arrive at their destinations.
Scoops, cups, and tins overflow with old-fashioned sweets, handmade treats, and a cacophony of fond taste memories at Gji's Sweet Shoppe. Air-popped popcorn bursts and cools daily before being sorted into a menagerie of more than 20 flavors, such as kettle, cheese, caramel, or premium cheesy caramel ($12–$23/gallon). For a taste of the past, Gji's variety of hard-to-find and nostalgic candies, such as Necco Wafers, Squirrel Nut caramels, and Sugar Daddies, quiet even the most panicked of lost time-travelers ($3.99–$7.99/lb). Tour the straw-paved road of a thick fresh-fruit smoothie available in flavors including wildberry, peachy keen, and banana bliss, or explore the sweetery's menagerie of ice creams, which oversee satisfaction in varieties such as black walnut, rainbow sherbet, cappuccino crunch, or Mackinac Island fudge ($1.99/scoop), which only causes brain freeze when consumed in a landlocked nation.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mohamad H. Bazzi and his team strive to cultivate timeless beauty through aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Eschewing short-lived beauty trends, the staff at Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery works to educate clients about the lasting look of each procedure, whether it's a brow lift, chemical peel, or laser tattoo removal. They match this expansive menu of services with high-end product lines, such as Obagi Medical Products, Colorescience, and Teamine. The Institute's 5,000-square-foot studio is located 15 minutes from Ann Arbor, 20 minutes from Detroit, and only 1 minute from a patch of sunshine ideal for modeling a brand-new look.
When Lynn Kughn founded The Ultimate Pretzel Company five years ago, it was a kitchen-based operation that hand-dipped pretzel rods in caramel, rice krispies, and chocolate. While her neighbor’s chocolate-dipped-cucumber business languished, The Ultimate Pretzel Company has since expanded into a thriving online operation that dishes out delectable treats to sugar-craving patrons and donates a portion of its proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Like a beaker-toting scientist obsessed with animating chocolate-pretzel hybrids, Lynn has developed several treats in addition to her signature pretzel sticks.