Shish Kabob Cafe stocks its kitchen with parsley, lemon, garlic, sesame, and other quintessential Mediterranean flavors. Crunchy falafel patties whet appetites for tabbouli salad—packed with chopped herbs, bulgur, and tomatoes—or shish tawook, which wraps grilled chicken in a pita with garlic sauce. Shish Kabob Cafe also mixes up fresh smoothies and juices.
Complete Auto Care, where ASE-certified technicians tend to busted rides and invite interested drivers to attend free Car Care Academies. A respect for the environment seasons each of the company's repair and maintenance services. Take the EcoPower oil change, for example, an option in Portland, Oregon shops that boasts recycled, twice-refined engine oil mixed with the distilled rage of Mother Nature.
Since its first facility hit the streets in 1926, Firestone has expanded to 2,200 locations nationwide, all of which offer the same service warranty options and stand as red-and-blue beacons to remind us that community programs such as Driver's Edge and Meals On Wheels deserve to be sponsored. Auto care wouldn't be complete without tires, and Firestone has plenty of those to offer, including Bridgestone run-flats that fend off the effects of a flat tire for 50 miles.
Locally owned and operated since 2000, Showroom of Elegance offers sparkler-seekers an abundant selection of fine jewelry in its shiny 3,000-square-foot showroom. Peruse case after case of sterling silver ($19.99+) and gold and diamond jewelry ($100+), from watches ($29.99–$1,500) to a multitude of chains and bracelets. Earrings catch eyes and ear holes alike; pendants and rings round out the adornment potentialities.
When John Antone founded Axis Music Academy and started developing his proprietary teaching method, the academy was a cramped four-studio Southfield office where he gave guitar lessons. Sixteen years later, Axis has blossomed into a quartet of spacious, well-lit facilities that have one specialty in common: turn individual musicians into bands. Supplied with 12 private studios and all necessary instruments and gear, students get to set their own goals and chart their own course to learning, composing, and recording music. Whether that journey starts with them working through their favorite song on the guitar or stubbornly trying to play the tuba with their ear, the teaching staff helps them reach their goals using the full benefit of their expertise. Budding virtuosos can then combine their strengths during a slate of rock bands, glee clubs, and other group activities.
Axis Music Academy is also currently Michigan’s only Apple-authorized training center, which saves prospective producers a trip out of state if they want to get certified and tested in industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Final Cut, and Garage Band —all taught using a brand-new suite of computer stations and the industry-insider techniques of Charlie Grover, the former drummer of gold-certified rock band Sponge.
Lessons rarely stay confined to the classroom, since Axis lines up opportunities for students to show off what they've learned onstage at local venues, sports games, and even on air during the morning news. It also stays active in the Detroit-area community by participating in Axis Music Academy 501(C)3 and other programs.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor and gear so they can kick, swing, punt, and take flamboyant exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase a ton of different athletic accouterments. Baseball fans can outfit themselves with a bat, a glove, a helmet, a pair of batting gloves, cleats, or a dozen baseballs. Divot devotees, meanwhile, can load up on 100 used golf balls or three golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a random collection of medicine balls, hockey sticks, and 25-pound weights so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel.
Delicate pink walls line the interior of American Beauty Tan, where a skilled team of stylists and technicians bolsters beauty regimens with traditional and UV-free tanning, hair services, manicures, and pedicures. A sunless Mystic Tan booth swathes skin in customized bronzing solutions alongside five levels of horizontal and stand-up tanning beds lined with lamps that emit up to 160 watts of colorizing rays. The hue-imbuing chambers reside in private tanning suites, where tanners can undress without being seen and perform dramatic monologues from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure without being scouted for its Broadway adaptation. Sleek haircuts, meticulously trimmed nails, and waxing services for faces, legs, and arms are on hand to complement the tanning treatments.