The AFG shelter can house up to 30 young women (and up to 10 of their children) at any given time, but due to lack of funding, six beds at its shelter are currently not open, and the shelter turns away one–three young women every day. At the shelter, which resembles a college residence hall, young women participate in education programs, counseling, and employment training to help them transition to independent living.
A small family-run European circus, a Dutch unicycling school, various roofs—these are just a few of the places where Cirque Amongus' staff of performers has been known to hang out. Through hands-on programs, teachers enrich students' sense of teamwork, motor skills, and self-esteem by teaching them circus-arts fundamentals, which they'll use to dazzle friends and families in performances. Voted one of the top places to host a child's birthday party in Michigan by eHow, Cirque Amongus lets kids sample acrobatics at birthday parties, perfect juggling routines at afterschool sessions, and run the mile in clown shoes during school visits. Children can also practice unicycling at drop-in workshops, or test out new magic tricks at open-stage nights.
R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
For more than 65 years, Wesley Berry Flowers has bestowed beautiful bouquets upon local and long-distance clients. Four brick-and-mortar locations stand teeming with fresh floral formations such as bright yellow and white daisies ($26.99), which arrive bursting out of a glass bubble bowl, or a Hooray for Birthday mug ($39.99), which toasts birthday boys and girls with a decorated coffee mug packed with red, yellow, and purple flowers and a Happy Birthday balloon. Gift givers can charm friends and compel grizzled whaling-boat captains to reveal their sentimental sides with distinctive tokens that include the happy gaze of the Teleflora Party Bear ($39.99) and the luxurious rain-scented bath oils and salts of the Anti-Stress bath set ($34.99), bundled inside a blue woven basket. For wishful wooers, a dozen of Wesley Berry's fresh roses can be snagged in a spectrum of romantic hues, perfect for romancing a beloved or providing him or her with a pleasant-smelling set of thorny backscratchers.
As one of Michigan's largest and oldest brokerage firms, Real Estate One shares nearly a century's worth of knowledge during its educational buffet of training courses. The firm's academy invites aspiring and established sales agents to sharpen their skills at classes held around the state, including a Michigan real estate licensing class for those hoping to sell property or additional locker space to gullible high school freshmen. Computer tutelage keeps students abreast of technological requisites, and continuing education programs help licensed agents meet state requirements. To ensure property apprentices graduate packed with knowledge, Real Estate One appoints experienced, respectful instructors to head each course.