Toes wiggle and stretch within leather and mesh shoes as patrons test-walk pairs across Arthur's Shoe Tree's four-decade-old storefront. Expert staffers—two of whom are New Balance Procare fit specialists—buckle and lace feet into sandals, running shoes, and other styles from brands such as New Balance, Nike, and Sperry. Shoes for children jut out from wood-paneled wall displays, with kicks from Stride Rite, Nike Kids, and Skechers. An array of accessories rounds out each pair of footwear, such as plush Smartwool socks, therapeutic insoles, polishes, and weather proofers, which ward off damage from walks across puddles and waterbeds.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
CosmopoliTan's red-light facial treatments provide noninvasive services that help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other visage imperfections for more youthful complexions. The gentle, long-spectrum light stimulates collagen growth, reversing damage from sun exposure and power napping on sandpaper pillow shams. The glow also soothes and shrinks blemishes and discoloration from acne and rosacea, ameliorating angry skin and improving its appearance without the risks involved with cosmetic surgery. Following each treatment, which all take place within 30 days of the first session for optimum results, faces leave CosmopoliTan's showing less of aging's telltale signs, and a Level 1 tanning session sends hides forth illuminated with a youthful, brazen glow. If customers opt for five Level 1 tanning sessions, they may embrace that outer glow and hold on to it a little while longer.
Owner Elizabeth Sheehe fills the aisles of Birds of a Feather, an authorized Pfaff and Elna dealer, with knitting, quilting, and textile art supplies, in addition to hosting an array of classes. During knitting classes, instructors impart basic stitches and techniques to refine yarn crafting or patch the space-time continuum. Quilting classes teach students basic concepts, how to make use of machine appliques, and how to convert vintage clothing into quilt squares. A rotating schedule of other classes net crafters finished projects such as knitted socks and felted totes. Groups of four or more can arrange clandestine after-hours knitting classes with a BYOB option and no additional fees.
As her own heels left their mark all over the world throughout her many trips as a stock-options trader and commercial realtor, Amy Puchowicz was preoccupied with one thing: the sheer variety of stylish shoes and the dearth of stores to sell them. So, after kicking off her business socks, Amy founded her eponymous boutique in 2007, stocking its shelves with upscale footwear to suit all occasions. Both locations feature a revolving collection of top designers such as Betsey Johnson, Beverly Feldman, and Farylrobin, and Amy employs only avid shoe-lovers to help each slipper to find its perfect match before midnight, when it turns back into a chariot's spare tire.
Grand River Beads and Gift Gallery's festive interior, bedecked with the creations of more than 30 different jewelry and visual artists, houses top-notch beading facilities staffed by a team of local experts, each specializing in a different jewelry-making technique. The two-hour introductory class initiates burgeoning bead jockeys into the secrets of earring, bracelet, necklace, and medieval manacle construction. Materials are not included in the cost of the class; however, students will be able to choose craft-worthy circlets from Grand River's endless bead well. Wood, bone, lampwork glass, silver, gold, copper, and many other stringable options are on sale at the shop and available to inspire future projects.