Peals of laughter rise from families around the granite tabletops at which hibachi chefs crack jokes and flip shrimp over the grill. At Ichiban Steakhouse, expert grillers don black chef suits and show off their skill at slicing and searing chicken, steak, and seafood. Flanked by dark wood walls, nearby sushi chefs slice fresh fish to wrap tightly in specialty rolls. Five tatami rooms provide semiprivate spaces for business meals, romantic outings, or discreet transformations into a werewolf.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mohamad H. Bazzi and his team strive to cultivate timeless beauty through aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Eschewing short-lived beauty trends, the staff at Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery works to educate clients about the lasting look of each procedure, whether it's a brow lift, chemical peel, or laser tattoo removal. They match this expansive menu of services with high-end product lines, such as Obagi Medical Products, Colorescience, and Teamine. The Institute's 5,000-square-foot studio is located 15 minutes from Ann Arbor, 20 minutes from Detroit, and only 1 minute from a patch of sunshine ideal for modeling a brand-new look.
The bakers at Canton Cakery know that romance is a flexible construct. To some couples, it might mean a miniature Valentine's Day pink-velvet cake, embellished with hearts and raspberry-cream filling. For others, it might mean an elaborate birthday cake on their husband's 40th birthday: an edible scene of him catching a fish in the great outdoors.
These are just two examples of the cakery's custom creations, which follow nearly any theme and add delicious flair to events. The cake's base flavor, usually hidden beneath beautifully sculpted fondant, can range from a mix of chocolate and vanilla to caramel or red velvet, with creamy fillings such as vanilla and strawberry.
The elaborate exteriors are even more diverse. Wedding cakes might balance their buttercream-covered tiers on pillars, with lacework that matches the bride's gown or the groom's favorite doily. On the other hand, children's cakes sport superhero logos, soccer balls, and even photographs of Justin Bieber. Canton Cakery also makes large batches of cupcakes to stack on towers with topper cakes and cookies.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.