At The Italian Dish, we offer a true sensory shopping experience. As you enter, the aroma of fresh espresso fills the air, the music of Andrea Bocelli plays in the background and a bounty of beautiful, colorful Italian ceramics meet your gaze. We are thrilled to bring you what we think are the treasures of Italy; tabletop a
Jewelry, gifts, and art spill through Lido Gallery & Gifts' 3,200-square-foot shrine to creativity. Shoppers can smile mysteriously while taking painterly bites of edible Mona Lisa chocolate bars ($28), or bring home Sigmund Freud plush dolls ($16) to provide therapy for Barbies recovering from traumatic haircuts. Patrons who opt for custom framing ( $77.36+ for an 11" x 14" frame) can tote prints, paintings, antique parking tickets, or one of Lido's hundreds of in-stock prints and posters ($15+) into a framing room decked in a cornucopia of possible mouldings. During the framing process, a specialist with decades of experience fits the image with frame mouldings, cut glass, mounting, and a mat, producing a secure and stylish hanging display.
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.
Cranbrook Art Museum opened its current Eliel Saarinen-designed building in 1942. Today, its collection features original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design. A recent $22 million renovation added a Collections Wing, making their rich collection accessible to all visitors.
Permanent mainstay: Tours of the museum's Collections Wing, with more than 6,000 items by artists such as Eames, Knoll, and Saarinen, are all housed in a vault designed to make the collection visible and accessible.
Don't miss: The curator's talks give more in-depth detail about current exhibitions.
Hands-on experiments: In the outdoor sculpture treasure hunt, families seek up to 18 sculptures on the grounds, while learning more about the artists, other works, and which pieces make the best nesting areas for birds.
Future exhibitions: Laura Kalman: Coveted Objects; Theater of the Mind; The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders: Artworks, Objects, and Natural Curiosities; Iris Eichenberg: Bend; MR. MDWST - A REAL GOOD TIME by BEVERLY FRESH; and Alloyed Visions: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia
The building: a meticulously restored structure designed in 1942 by Eliel Saarinen
While you?re in the neighborhood: Nearby on the Cranbrook campus is Saarinen House, the art deco masterwork of renowned architect Eliel Saarinen. The house served as his residence as Cranbrook Academy of Art's first president and has been restored with its original furnishings.
Foster the next generation of artists: at monthly Drop-In Art Sundays, where children explore the kids' gallery and create their own masterpiece inspired by featured artists
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.