An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.
Fruit Basket Flowerland’s 20 acres of nursery space contain beautiful hanging baskets, annuals, and perennials. The nursery has seen those perennials bloom dozens of times since it opened back in 1949, and today the business has blossomed out to three locations. Home gardeners can peruse a huge selection of soil, fertilizer, and plants, or sign up for instructive gardening classes, which teach participants to care for their plants and to exterminate weeds without running afoul of weeds-rights activists. Fruit Basket Flowerland also houses a vast selection of patio furniture and three lines of Weber grills.
At Play It Again Sports, knowledgeable equipment masters outfit athletes of all sports with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Nike, Callaway Golf, Adidas, Easton, and Bauer. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and secret laboratories populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate helmet, bat, or free-weight set. The shop also doles out cash or credit for trade-in gear, completing the ethereal circle of sports.
For more than 90 years, the experts at Henderson Glass have kept glass in cars, homes, and business in working order with their high standards for maintenance and repair. Cars shine like new after a windshield repair and replacement with a 20-month, 20,000-mile warranty available for purchase. The experienced technicians also handle glasswork for the house, ranging from replacement windows and storm doors to shower doors, custom mirrors, glass tiles, and invisible walls. Their services also expand into the commercial realm with procedures such as emergency board-up and installation of doors, glass partitions, and handrails.
Pioneered nearly 30 years ago by a Michigan farming family, Heffron Farms Markets dish up a bounty of naturally raised meats, organic dairy, and other wholesome edibles. Apple sausage links ($3.97 for 10) amplify morning protein levels in preparation for chicken-wing-ding ($2.75 for 16 oz.) lunches and thick-cut New York strip steak ($11.89 for 11 oz.) dinners. Toothsome dairy products such as eggs and Amish cheeses supply nutritive variety, and rainbows of individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables fill in troublesome voids in food-pyramid ice sculptures. Pet owners can also stock up on eats for four-legged friends with ground chicken and bone dinners ($1.99), turkey gizzards ($2.69 for 16 oz.), and other chop-licking unmentionables. All prices may vary by location.
The ocular experts at Smeelink Optical frame out- of-focus eyes in calibrated corrective lenses and more than 1,000 designer frames from brands including Oakley, Prada, Versace, and Gucci. In approximately 60-minutes, trained optometrists test for a gamut of ocular issues including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and wandering third eyes. Exam results identify the ideal set of corrective lenses ($99+) from a collection of polycarbonate, transitions, polarized, and multifocal fillers to nestle inside a selection of traditional, trendy, and natural-material frames ($99+). Basic frames ($99+) appease minimalist eyes, and vogue Gucci or Coach frames ($189–$369) make seeing feel stylish and fancy, like watching expensively dressed strangers in a hotel lobby.