Inside Moves' sprawling indoor-climbing facility invites mountaineers of all skill levels to scale its many craggy walls, nooks, and ledges. Instructors are always on hand for safety tutorials, as well as lessons in top-rope, lead, and boulder-style climbing. Unharnessed climbers can also pilot the facility's low overhangs, which have variable hand grips to mimic a real rockface and black rubber padding to catch you when the mountain decides to "just be friends."
It's 7 p.m. on Thursday, and the lights have just turned off at Centershot Gun Range. A group of competitors can't see their targets, but they know that for a matter of seconds, each one will light up?first at 10 feet, then 20 feet, and so on, all the way up to 60 feet. This special Dark Shoot happens every week at Centershot, and it's one of the many ways the business establishes itself as more than a gun range. In addition, its staff hosts shooting leagues, and firearms instructors teach both private and group classes.
Smart Choice Market is a haven for shoppers with special diets. The stock of health-focused groceries includes dairy-free goods such as Earth Balance spreads and vegan food such as pasta from Lundberg Family Farms. Shoppers can also peruse gluten-free goods, which are sold in bulk to ensure patrons take home the right amount of gluten-free flour and grains. Aside from groceries, Smart Choice Market stocks vitamins and dietary supplements.
The benefit of every sale at Exodus Upscale Thrift is twofold: while customers tow home a stash of gently used clothing, furnishings, and accessories, local halfway home Exodus Place inches closer to its goal of sheltering the area’s homeless. As of June 23, 2010, Exodus Upscale Thrift had helped more than 100 men find housing, according to an interview with CEO Robb Munger in a Michigan Live article, and continues to provide educational resources and access to work-service agencies for Exodus Place residents. “It’s great to accomplish things, but…[w]e have to continue working and creating and doing,” said Munger. The store’s ever-expanding collection, which also includes jewelry, toys, and sporting goods, accepts donations and returns the favor with tax-exemption vouchers and warm, fuzzy feelings replicated only by nuzzling a loofah.
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.
In Tune Winter Sports Tuning’s skilled technician readies skies and snowboards for the slope-carving season with essential custom sharpening and waxing treatments. Working with small, handheld tools out of his Grand Rapids apartment, Chris Kendro files away small nicks and sharpens edges to enhance the turning, control, and Yeti-battling power of each ski or board. Next, Chris applies a Swix hydrocarbon glide wax to decrease friction, boosting speed and stability. Customers can opt for CH8 or CH7 waxes for reliable base protection or choose the CH10 wax for an easier ride on particularly wet, saturated slopes. Lastly, a Toko natural-cork treatment ensures a smooth finish, leaving athletes fully prepared for a winter of wrangling wild chairlift operators. From drop-off to pickup, In Tune typically sharpens and waxes equipment within 3–4 days.