Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
The staff at Sylvia's Cleaners can skillfully decode the washing instructions on any clothing tag. For example, they know that "Dry Clean Only" doesn't mean the garment shouldn't get wet, but that it is made of delicate fabric that could easily ruin in most home washers. Their ability to read between the lines also helps them select eco-friendly cleaning methods that replace harsh chemicals with biodegradable solutions, temperature-controlled water, and advanced machines. They dry-clean and launder all items in-house, and can handle specialty items such as wedding dresses and fine linens made from leather, suede, or Rapunzel's silky hair. For the customer's convenience, they also offer pickup and delivery service.
Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Grooming owner Nikki Budaj realized her passion for animal care when she began fostering dogs and cats in college. This pursuit prompted her to seek more in-depth pet health and hygiene advice from veterinarians and other groomers, which she now dispenses from her own grooming center. Her team of careful staffers hand-grooms dogs and cats of all sizes or gives owners free reign of the self-service facilities to beautify their furry companions. Using waist-high bathtubs and hydraulic grooming tables, staff and visitors are able to clean their four-legged companions with a range of supplied and upgradable shampoos, conditioners, and rinses such as Tropiclean and Top Performance. The cleaning-center staff also performs de-shedding services or fur and nail trims to keep animals well manicured, and forced-air drying is available to gently slough off excess water and recreate the feeling of sticking one’s head out of a car window.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
Like cuss words in Mandarin, flowers can convey more meanings than can possibly be documented here, including "Happy Holidays," "Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again," and "I Told You Krakow Was Once Poland's Capital." Today's deal lets you formulate a floral communique to anyone in the country, and help people who need it the most in the process. For $30, you get $50 worth of plant and floral arrangements from Touched by Flowers. TBF will give a percentage of the proceeds to a charity of your choice from more than 30 different nonprofit organizations. Your Groupon also covers the $9.95 service and transmission fee, for a $60 total value. Shipping is included.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The Aquarium Shop unleashes an assortment of aquatic denizens on land-living lifeforms, like a garage sale held by King Poseidon to raise money for repairs to his seahorse-powered cruiser. Items include saltwater, freshwater, and pond merchandise, complete with pond fish ($5–$25), pond plants ($5–$25), pond food ($10–$50), tropical fish ($2–$30), saltwater fish ($5–$100), and live rock ($8 per lb.). Find actors for your all-koi version of Hamlet, pick up an African cichlid for prom-night punch-bowl pranks, or buy coral with which to dress up in doll's clothing and play tea party. The Aquarium Shop also has a large variety of tanks in stock for fish owners looking to update the digs of their deep-dwelling dorsalled doppelgangers.