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.
Even when it's not the Fourth of July, the sky stays aglow thanks to Motor City Fireworks. At all three locations, Motor City Fireworks sells spectacular pyrotechnics year-round. The shelves at Motor City, which has been family-owned since opening in 1979, sport fireworks from top brands such as Megabanger and Red Apple. The inventory runs the gamut from canister shells and daytime fireworks to aerial repeaters, which every product is 50% Off, which allows patrons to maximize the wow factor of every display.
Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
In 1985, friends and business partners David Byl and David Broadworth decided to capitalize on Michigan's rabid in-state college rivalry with a store that catered to both Michigan and Michigan State fans. When visitors enter The Great Divide, they find a college apparel store split down the middle, with Spartans memorabilia on one side and Wolverines memorabilia on the other. The ever-changing lineup of jerseys, flags, hats, and knickknacks has earned the shop a loyal following from both schools, with floods of customers coming in for the annual Michigan-MSU football game.
The French Confection satisfies hungry sweet teeth with a creamy, colorful array of homemade gourmet treats, from frosting-topped wedding cakes to sweet and salty pretzel desserts to tart lemon bars. Inventive creations include chocolate- and caramel-covered apples wrapped in candies, or pumpkin cheesecake scoops rolled in crushed pecans and crowned with dollops of whipped cream. To ring in special occasions, The French Confection rolls out exquisitely decorated sheet and circular cakes. These include tiered, frosted towers for weddings, as well as children's birthday cakes emblazoned with bouncy basketballs, happy animals, loving messages, and reminders that adulthood—and all the free, money-filled cake it represents—is fast approaching.