Licensed massage therapist Monika Sandifer-Wilson knows every massage style in the book, and is as skillful at lymphatic-drainage massages as she is at therapeutic and deep-tissue modalities. In addition to the aforementioned services, she also offers couples massages, which incorporate soothing add-ons such as sugar scrubs, aromatherapy, and the application of skin-softening paraffin wax on the hands and feet.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
A local favorite, Stamps Superburger took third place in the Jackson Free Press’s Best of Jackson 2012 competition, winning accolades in both the Best Local Burger and Best Fries category. The original Superburger is a 12-ounce beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, but diners can customize theirs with an assortment of additional toppings including four kinds of cheese, grilled onions, and chili. Chefs will also swap in a turkey burger or substitute a really nice edited photo of a 6-ounce beef patty for lighter appetites. Orders of fresh-cut fries round out the meal—choose from lemon-pepper or Cajun seasoning or sweet potato fries.
Nominated for Metromix Jackson's Best Lunch, Beatty St. Grocery's vintage environs bestow bellies with 100% beef burgers, buffalo chicken wings, breakfast plates, and po' boys. The grills gracing the humble home-style eatery sear meaty mounds such as the 8-ounce Super Beatty beef burger ($3), which journeys from open flame to plate, collecting juices, seasonings, and souvenir spoons along its way. Hard-working appetites demanding a raise can upgrade to 16 ounces of pure beef burger ($4.50), and stomachs seeking a snack can sustain on the 4-ounce jumbo ($2.25) or the 2-ounce small burger ($1.50). Traditional po' boys parlay a little Louisiana onto a plate with options such as sausage, ham, pepper steak, catfish, and shrimp ($4.99), grilled-cheese sandwiches bring the kiss of the grill to the meatless set ($2.50), and the chicken-fried-steak sandwich sings of home from the comforts of its bread ($3.50).
The Coffee Roastery, featured on CNN, houses a crack team of baristas who draw from an arsenal of coffee beans from across the globe. Guests can get wired beneath the elevated ceilings, go wireless with the complimentary WiFi, or take inspiration from the multi-media artwork and shrines to Shaky, the Norse god of coffee. Percolation professionals drip the darkened elixir in blends from around the world, filling mugs with a straight black brew from Guatemala ($1.70 for 16 oz.), putting a foam cap on espresso from Cameroon ($2.85 for 16 oz.), or stirring chocolate in with Sumatran beans ($3.50). Fill deserted stomachs with a variety of New York–style cheesecakes ($2.95/slice) or one of the rotating flavors of freshly swirled soft-serve ($2.95+).