The distinctive, hemispherical stage of Hill Auditorium saturates more than 3,500 listeners in what the New York Times labels as “superb acoustics.” Designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913, the auditorium underwent an 18-month renovation in 2004 to install such modern amenities as air conditioning and automated applause robots.
In their cozy café, The Back Alley Gourmet’s chefs sate honest appetites with a spread of sturdy sandwiches and a rotating selection of soups. Rye, challah, and onion rolls clutch filling centers that may include turkey, tuna salad nicoise, and walnut-feta spread. Their creators also cater, crafting cosmopolitan platters including ahi tuna in wonton cups, skewered sesame chicken, and Cajun jambalaya that feed the masses at business meetings, banquets, and reenactments of the food fight from Animal House. Desserts end meals on a sweet note with luscious apple strudel and lemon strawberry cakes.
A development center resting on 16 acres of land, Tilian Farm works with local farmers and community members to propagate both a prolific harvest and increased awareness of the importance of community-supported agriculture, also known as a CSA. Working in conjunction with local farm owners to develop their business models, Tilian Farm's volunteers strive to positively impact the surrounding areas by improving health along with increasing the availability of fresh, local produce year-round. Sharing the bounty of their harvest, they offer CSA memberships for locals, wherein each week members will receive a box of fresh, in-season produce, such as lettuce in the spring, cucumbers in the summer, and scarecrows in the fall.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens' Ann Arbor location offers 16 private rooms with temperature-controlled tubs, each depicting a different vacation spot. Retreat to the distinguished air of Isle Royale, bask in Vancouver's aqueous ambience, soak sore bones in the indoor atrium, or enter enlightenment in the Japanese-inspired garden. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs for moistened loungers of all seasonal preferences, and each private garden comes replete with a multi-channel music system with an MP3 player option, an enclosed dressing room with shower, soap, and towels, plus free romantic air donated by the mother of all nature, Mother Nature.
After a decade working in the insurance industry, Heather Kierczak—the owner of The Loft, Massage Therapy—was convinced that there simply had to be a better way to do things. In that career, she had watched people deal with surgery after surgery or struggle with potentially addictive pain medications, and wanted in particular to find a way to help others to manage their pain. Soon, she discovered massage. Kierczak is now certified in massage therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, and lymphatic-drainage massage. She also uses hot stones to further enhance her massage treatments; in the stone therapy, she helps relieve tension using both hot and cold stones and projector slides of Stonehenge.