Backed by more than three decades of experience, the florists of Kutchey's Flowers put their dark-green thumbs to use assembling floral masterpieces. Inside their storefront, coolers full of fresh flowers blossom alongside potted plants, gifts, and candles. Staffers can also bring to life a wide variety of options that can express birthday wishes, romantic love, or sincere apologies for buying a bouquet of asparagus the first time around.
St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making.
An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.
Water Works Salon & Spa's cavalry of certified therapeutic bodywork practitioners, aestheticians, and stylists subdue somas and shine strands with rejuvenating treatments. The one-hour Swedish massage employs soothing strokes to melt stress icebergs into lolling leisure streams. Following the massage, jelly-muscled clients are swaddled in a choice of one of four body wraps. The blueberry-soy slimming body wrap helps tighten and sculpt tissue into a moving, breathing statue and the mango enzyme body wrap sloughs off dead skin cells with exfoliating pineapple and microscopic skindozers.
Great Lakes Kiteboarding and its crew of master mariners specialize in converting everyday hydrophobes into Poseidon-punishing aquatic athletes. In a five-hour private lesson, nautical novices can strap a slab of fiberglass to their feet and master wind-riding fundamentals like launching from boat and beach, proper riding form, and self-rescue. Apprentices seeking the deepest secrets of ancient boarders are invited to study at one of Great Lake Kiteboarding’s weekend camps. Starting with ground training to keep too much land from lubbing onto the kites, students will spend a Saturday morning learning about equipment, wind windows, beach etiquette, and safety before hitting the waves to learn basics of riding and landing. After lunch, it’s back out on the water to learn advanced techniques like self-launching, changing direction, and riding the edge, with all of Sunday devoted to honing newfound skills on the water while instructors on WaveRunners play safety shepherd.