At Continuity, people can sift through a collection of home-décor items, jewelry, knickknacks, furniture, and repurposed goods that radiate nostalgic, vintage, and antique charm. A white oval mirror ($25) adds elegance to bare walls with its gracefully intertwined lace-like frame. Dress up a dull salad for a zippy ride on any of five antique car plates ($20 for the set), or procure a twig bird sculpture ($10), which makes for an apropos perch for any pet cockatiel or flightless cornhusk doll looking for company. Bare décolletages can be embellished with a vintage mother-of-pearl necklace featuring gleaming silver rimmed around an opalescent circular pendant ($20).
Sterling Bedding hand selects a diverse collection of mattresses and other bedtime essentials to fill its network of North American show rooms. Through appointment-only shopping, patrons can get a one-on-one tour of traditional, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses organized conveniently by price point, as well as a selection of fashionable bed frames and bedroom furniture. By setting up shop in warehouses and forgoing the high rents associated with flashy retail spaces or shops set inside limousines, Sterling is able to keep operating costs low and set competitive prices that allow the savings to trickle down to the customer.
Van Houten Farm's acreage might well be mistaken for a forest. The family-owned farm specializes in growing trees, specifically evergreens. Although trees are year-round, the winter is when the staff members open Christmas-tree lots. Not only do they sell Christmas trees out of the lots, but fresh wreaths as well. The farm's hot chocolate complements the holiday excursion.
For Chris Kress, home improvement runs in the family. As a second-generation builder, Chris has upheld his father's legacy as the owner and manager of Superior Interiors since 2002. He doesn't do it alone, though; Chris employs masters of the drywall, painting, and insulation trades. Techs call on this collective expertise during each and every job, the results of which can be viewed in the company's before and after gallery.
At Your Plate or Mine, both seasoned glazers and greenhorn glammers turn unadorned pottery and glass fragments into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Pottery prettifiers of all ages choose from more than 500 pieces of bisque ($4–$55), ranging from plates ($8–$12) and mugs ($8–$12) to figurines ($9–$12). With their blank slates in tow, guests pick out paints and, like the Beauty and the Beast animation team, bring the ceramics to life; if painter's block sets in, a friendly staff can offer tips and suggestions.
During the Festival of Trees, the Muskegon Museum of Art opens its doors for guests to frolic through a winter wonderland of themed trees and seasonal décor. Partygoers can grab an hors d'oeuvre and jam along with a live blues band, a dance-floor motivator even better than pistols rhythmically fired at dancers’ feet. In time for snow season, staffers deck the halls of the museum with holiday decorations and custom-designed spruces to lighten the mood. Revelers can snag potent nog from the cash bar and take sips while viewing the mechanical movements of a model train set, or track down your pet scone's long-lost relative in the gingerbread village. During the festivities, patrons can explore the museum's hallowed halls, which contain exhibits including celebrated paintings, sculptures, and cultural artifacts.