The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
Spice Merchants scours the globe for sumptuous spices and exotic loose-leaf teas, fostering recipe twists and palate revelations. Shake complacent tongues out of flavor torpors with more than 200 potent single spices, such as fiber-packing flaxseed ($1.99 per oz. for up to 3 oz.) or sinus-clearing horseradish powder ($2.59 per oz.). More demanding palates can indulge in more than 100 spice blends bereft of additives or fillers.
A full-service hair salon boasting an adept staff of coiffure crafters, Touché assists in transforming noodle nests from disheveled to dashing. Using only the highest quality products, such as Redken, Pureology, Moroccan Oil, and Sebastian, stylists offer first-rate services at five different levels of experience. Tame an overgrown tress mess with a women's cut and style ($33–$54), or shape up limp scalp spaghetti with a men's cut ($20–$37). Coifs can intensify their stars, stripes, or neon streaks with full highlights ($69–$91), and a matching eyelash tint adds a suitably stylish wink ($24). Silence the face’s screams for sleekness with an eyebrow, lip, or chin wax ($15 each). A comfortable atmosphere marinated in stone, wood, and stainless-steel fixtures, as well as colorfully accented walls, provides a pleasantly placid locale for pampering tussled follicles after an afternoon of chasing tornadoes with reckless abandon.
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.