After experiencing personal tragedy, Ivy Mitchell turned to Zumba Fitness and discovered more than a standard workout program. She was not only losing weight and getting in shape, but also found herself smiling more and feeling happier. She attributes this emotional windfall to Zumba's ever-changing routines, fun environment, and community atmosphere. After experiencing this personal change, Ivy decided to share her passion with others by becoming an instructor, and she now leads classes at three Detroit-area Zoe Fitness locations.
Ivy's Zumba sessions fuse the funky beats of international rhythms with easy-to-pick-up moves. This process can help students lose pounds and wiggle hips without wearing a salt-shaker costume and waiting to be shook by the giant living next door.
SVS Vision Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Filing just one annual tax return can be stressful for most people, but at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, the tax-savvy team calmly files thousands each tax season. The network of Detroit tax centers—a subset of a nationwide chain with more than 7,000 locations—specializes in individual federal and state income tax returns and their tax professionals boast between 200 and 500 hours of tax law training. Offering services that are often more affordable than do-it-yourself software, staff tax experts also back their handiwork with an accuracy guarantee; clients are reimbursed for any penalties that result from a staffer’s error. Returns also come with free online filing, which reassures taxpayers with round-the-clock return status alerts and saves them the hassle of wondering whether the Monopoly Man has received their papers yet.
D’Lazo Hair Salon & Spa’s owner, Rachel Lazo, personally designed the business’s interior in 2006. The salon’s 14-foot walls give way to an exposed industrial ceiling that clings to dangling chandeliers and extra-long ponytails not ready to say goodbye. Learned stylists clip hair, add dimension with polychromatic highlights, and sculpt fanciful updos for weddings. Across the way, soothing music softly tickles ears throughout D’Lazo’s spa zone, where a roster of services banishes stress. Seasoned hands swoop across backs to deliver deep-tissue massages, and hot stones warmly loosen the spine with heat more effectively than a hula-hoop fresh from the microwave.
The term "Mediterranean cuisine" broadly defines the food in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, including Lebanon, the Middle East, and Greece. At Al Makan, the menu appropriately reflects this broadness. Eaters can feast on kabobs, hummus, falafels, and herb-encrusted seafood or sip on fresh juice squeezed from fruit trees that Zeus himself has stepped on. Italy's influence finds its way into the kitchen in the form of the Al Makan pizza, which is topped with shawarma, jalapenos, and feta and mozzarella cheese.
Voted best karaoke bar by Hour Detroit magazine three years in a row, Royal Kubo complements amateur entertainment with an extensive menu of Filipino fare and liquid libations. Appetizers and entrees such as lumpia shanghai, topping meat eggrolls with sweet-and-sour pepper sauce ($8.95), and pansit guisado, a mix of bihun rice noodles, pork, chicken, and shrimp ($10.95) please palates. Diners can also sink sharpened mouth knives on yakitori chicken, marinated in teriyaki sauce and served alongside garlic-fried rice ($9.95), or dive into kalderata baka, beef tenderloin swimming among veggies in a tomato-sauce sea ($10.95). Halo-Halo, a colorful concoction of shaved ice, leche flan, tropical fruit, and ice cream allays post-dinner doldrums ($5). On warmer days, diners can enjoy meals on Royal Kubo’s wood-sheltered patio or enjoy a cocktail of courage at the bar, lined with hanging beveled glass lamps, before taking the karaoke stage for a rousing rap rendition of “Greensleeves.”