Snyder's BBQ & Meat Market co-owners Kraig and Sue Snyder cater to carnivores of all stripes with their selection of high-quality raw meats and prepared foods. Inside the store’s display cases are USDA Choice and higher all-natural beef made without hormones, sausages crafted in-house with lean pork, and hand-picked chicken breasts marinated with seasonings such as garlic butter. Fresh and frozen seafood varieties include wild-caught cuts such as sockeye salmon and mahi mahi. Deli adornments such as specialty cheese and dips reside beside handmade chicken, macaroni, and potato salads.
The market’s pizzeria, meanwhile, turns out hot, doughy pizzas topped with cheese, veggies, and meat, while frozen to-go meals, such as penne pasta with marinara, can be taken home and heated or worn around town as a poorly conceived Halloween costume. Flagship and seasonal beers from local microbreweries, as well as numerous wine varietals, help to wash down meals.
For more than three decades, AAA Canoe has rented canoes, kayaks, and tube floats to explorers bound for the scenic, tranquil Rogue River. The rental center accommodates both individuals and group outings, outfitting each trip with paddles and life jackets or flotation cushions before chauffeuring boaters and their vessels to their trip’s starting point. Each trip ends at the Rockford Dam in downtown Rockford, where passengers can explore the city sights and regain their land legs from unscrupulous alleyway leg merchants.
Paramount Aviation’s sky-savvy pilots groom aspiring aeronauts for flight in a four-seat Diamond Star DA-40 Aircraft. Pre-flight instruction preludes 45 minutes of flight time over western Michigan’s picturesque panoramas, where certified instructors coach students through the basics of flight without relying on repeated references to Top Gun. Students take a hand in the flight’s takeoff and landing, steering the cloud-clipper across the sky as their copilot cycles through the control panel’s major functions. Those seeking an in-flight cheering section can invite a guest along with today’s second option, ensuring an extra witness to their cloud-wrangling skills and any UFO sightings
Fotohuis Photography’s attendant-staffed photo booths and cadre of professional photographers capture timeless moments at weddings, birthdays, and special occasions across Michigan. During each photo-booth rental, an attendant sets up a fully automated booth and remains onsite to answer questions or poke the tiny artists inside the printer to make them work faster. During photo sessions, friendly photographers snap spontaneous images of partygoers and hosts in a natural and relaxed state. In addition to capturing customers’ smiles, Fotohuis performs professional screenprinting and vinyl-graphics services for sports teams, businesses, and uniform enthusiasts.
In business since 1907, the fourth-generation dud detergers at Meier Cleaners oust drab soils from dazzling wardrobes. Enzyme-based soaps help keep whites white and colors bright enough to skip shades on the color chart. Bring in a two-piece suit ($13.50), a pair of pants ($7.75), or a sweater ($8.50) for a new lease on sartorial life after a gentle, yet firm, cleaning. Meier Cleaners also restore wedding frocks to pristine states, turning back the clock to a time when they dreamed of finding a cute tuxedo to marry.
From the age of 7, Mindy Larva hardly went anywhere without her trusty camera. She loved capturing the beauty all around her, a passion she inherited from her shutterbug father. Today, Mindy retains that same level of passion for her trade and even rubs off her enthusiasm on her clients. She specializes in family, high school, engagement, and wedding photography, all taken on-location at some of the area’s most scenic spots. Each photograph includes a copyright release and is available in black and white, full color, or sepia.