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.
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.
Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Grooming owner Nikki Budaj realized her passion for animal care when she began fostering dogs and cats in college. This pursuit prompted her to seek more in-depth pet health and hygiene advice from veterinarians and other groomers, which she now dispenses from her own grooming center. Her team of careful staffers hand-grooms dogs and cats of all sizes or gives owners free reign of the self-service facilities to beautify their furry companions. Using waist-high bathtubs and hydraulic grooming tables, staff and visitors are able to clean their four-legged companions with a range of supplied and upgradable shampoos, conditioners, and rinses such as Tropiclean and Top Performance. The cleaning-center staff also performs de-shedding services or fur and nail trims to keep animals well manicured, and forced-air drying is available to gently slough off excess water and recreate the feeling of sticking one’s head out of a car window.