After years focused on human health and nutrition while working in the grocery business, Ray Hesano grew frustrated that he couldn’t find similarly wholesome food for his pets. Today, his partner and nephew Mike Palmer fills Premier Pet Supply’s shelves with the same natural and holistic pet food that once eluded him. The store’s ample selection—which has been lauded by Hour Detroit magazine, CityVoters, and Click On Detroit—includes more than 65 varieties of dog food and 75 brands of treats from brands such as Canine Caviar, Zuke’s, and Charlee Bear. Cat food from Natural Balance, Primal Frozen Raw, and dozens more brands imbues felines with the energy to paw, climb, and glare at the store’s array of toys and furniture. Food for other animals, from hamsters to fish and deer, keeps every menagerie sated.
Premier Pet Supply takes care of humans as well, hosting annual customer-appreciation days that treat them to discounts, magic acts, and photo booths. In addition, with help from rescue groups, the store has matched more than 4,000 adoptable dogs and cats with happy new homes.
"It's all under one roof," says former Mr. Universe Peter Nielsen as he tests out one of Beverly Hills Club's more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment. Mr. Nielsen's claims ring true, as the 100,000-square-foot indoor facility is home to both state-of-the-art StairMasters and recumbent bikes alongside group classes in Pilates, yoga, and spinning. The 83-degree water of a 25-yard indoor lap pool beckons backstokers to beat personal records, and personal trainers get new or relapsed exercisers back on a healthy path. Half a dozen indoor tennis courts set the stage for USPTA- and USPTR-certified professionals to demonstrate backhands to students of all ages, and open-court hours let players face off against interior decorators and defend the honor of neon yellow.
The club's all-encompassing atmosphere caters to the entire family, offering whippersnappers an array of youth programs such as tennis and dance lessons, an arcade-style XRKade fitness center, and day camps. The club’s Manta Ray Swim School has 90 years of aquatic education under its belt, keeping youngsters afloat with both lifesaving and recreational skills, such as how to beat an octopus in a game of jacks.
The shopkeepers at Birmingham Design Studio pair an inventory of luxurious home goods with decades of experience and sharp eyes for tasteful design. Birmingham Design Studios' rugs pass rigorous tests by certified Oriental-rug appraisers for quality, beauty, and value, showing off hand-knotted flanks, complex patterns, and rich colors in the showroom. Small 2'x3' rugs ($350–$2,000) stretch through hallways or welcome guests at doors, and midsize mats ($900–$5,000 for 3'x5' rugs; $1,200–$6,000 for 4'x6' rugs) draw a room together. In addition to stocking many one-of-a-kind carpets, Birmingham's certified interior designers can also collaborate with clients to fashion a custom-made rug, working from a handful of fabric samples, a sketch, or a photograph of a favorite corn maze.
Tasters at the Metro Detroit Beer Sampling savor a diverse set of six Michigan microbrewed beers. Buds and brains alike are captivated as certified sommelier Anthony Minne, a vetted beverage consultant from Plum Market West Bloomfield, discusses the finer points of each pour. Tongues emerge educated in taste, better able discern the qualities of a well-crafted brew and distinguish the difference between a lager and a logger. Taste tipplers sip outdoors on The Community House's brick terrace, soaking up the dusky summer eve atop wrought-iron patio furniture. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside The Community House.
Yoga Center for Healthy Living's staff makes their more than 35 yoga classes as pain-free as they can. They unite a comfort-inducing mélange of sunshine, plants, and a padded floor in their studio in an effort to make limbering up not a chore, but comfortable way to improve the mind and body. A talented crew of instructors, lead by owner Lee Ann Louis-Prescott, guides students through more than 30 total sessions per week. Their courses include Hatha, which is an ideal class for those new to yoga, as well as restorative yoga, which places an emphasis on achieving a state of tranquility. The team also presents specialized sessions, such as prenatal and kids and parents classes, for mothers-to-be, new mothers, and people dressed up like Mother Goose.