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.
Those accustomed to the blurry black-and-white photo strips that spit themselves out of the average photobooth will be pleasantly surprised after posing in one of Ideal Bliss Photos' cutting-edge cabinets. That's because the company's husband-and-wife photography team installs a professional camera and studio lighting inside each booth. This allows them to capture clear shots of photogenic revelers, their props, and their props' props at weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties. The single-option strip gets an update, as well; the owners also customize photos in the form of 4x6 prints and offer a web gallery for guests to view up to a year after the event.
Without tents, chairs, tables, and popcorn machines, a party is just a bunch of hungry people standing in the hail. With this in mind, Four Way Party Rentals’ party specialists curate all-inclusive packages for graduation and anniversary get-togethers that seat up to 75 guests. For custom events, they can furnish more exotic rentals, such as tiki-hut bars, moonwalks, and cotton-candy machines.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
The Chalk & Chocolate Art Tour combines the sprawling splendor of sidewalk art with the tastiness of chocolate during a tour that caravans through local downtown businesses and benefits youth art programs. At the delicious opening night event, attendees can run their gums along hors d’oeuvres from many esteemed Royal Oak restaurants such as Andiamo, Lily’s Seafood, and The Rock on 3rd. Gayle's Chocolates and Piece of Cake Liqueur will be on hand to distribute tantalizing hand-made chocolate goodies. In between nibbles, guests can enjoy a social meet-and-greet with the calcite-covered artists while reveling in funky tunes from The Brothers Groove.