Featured on ESPN, MTV, the Today Show, and numerous other media outlets, Fathead’s high-definition images of athletes, team logos, mascots, and stadiums turn vertical surfaces into full-fledged fan meccas. Unlike posters or framed photographs, the images’ high-grade tear- and fade-resistant vinyl adheres directly to the wall without the need for nails or tape. The low-tack adhesive that backs each Fathead makes it easy to remove and relocate stars such as Tom Brady to any smooth surface, allowing his likeness to infuse game rooms with playoff excitement or act as a scarecrow during troublesome Baltimore Raven infestations. The store’s stock even goes beyond athletics, as Fatheads of musicians, cartoon characters, and artistic images add personalized flair to kids’ rooms or living areas.
Inside Sinful Sweeties, plumes of flour waft through the air, where they mingle with the tantalizing aroma of sugar. In this heady mix, bakers wait patiently for sweetened batter to rise into cakes, cookies, and other from-scratch goodies. The bakery gives clients a saccharine assist when celebrating birthdays, weddings, and talking their way out of a speeding ticket. Customers can order up party-starting quantities of gourmet cupcakes, homemade brownies, and specialty cakes. But it's not all baked goods at this shop—a selection of assorted candies subdues sweet teeth experiencing withdrawal, and rich smoothies provide daily doses of fruit and ice. Sinful Sweeties can deliver its handcrafted goodies to downtown Detroit, and the east and west sides of Detroit, Southfield, Birmingham, and Hamtramck.
Detroit Mailbox grants Canadian shoppers their own working American mailing address, so they can avoid hefty international shipping charges associated with US-based websites. Additionally, the service helps them purchase goods from US merchants that do not ship to Canada. The package-pickup service lets Canadians buy goods from US auction sites, classifieds, or peer-to-peer peddlers without having to put down payments on a home in Michigan or to teach the mailbox to recite a foreign oath of citizenship. Once packages arrive at the Detroit office’s doorstop, the staff notifies clients via email that they can pick up their cargo and escort it home. The facility also leases mailboxes so people can safely receive certified mail, packages, and payments from the Tooth Fairy.
What was once the meeting spot for the Saint Andrew's Society of Detroit now hosts the hottest live acts and dance parties, including performances by Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Iggy Pop. The Main Ballroom sports a tricked-out sound-and-lighting system, a VIP balcony, a hardwood dance floor, and a bar more than 35 feet long. The lower level of The Shelter lives up to its name, as red curtains and a cabaret offer an escape to mellower pastures. Upstairs at The Burns Room, patrons chill out on lounge furniture under chandeliers while savoring views of Congress and the RenCen.
Fusing contemporary cuisine with psychedelic pop art, One Hundred Nights escorts epicureans on a three-course culinary tour of upscale American fare in a retro setting. Diners can initiate the ambrosial voyage with a baby-spinach leaf salad basking in a bacon vinaigrette or a homemade rosemary gnocchi crowned with house-smoked salmon and oyster-pearl spires. While radiating amid the glow of Technicolor graffiti, afternoon grazers can indulge in their second tongue topper, beckoning the saffron-and-tomato bouillabaisse bathing a cod fillet or enriching their palates with medallions of pork tenderloin and potatoes. One Hundred Nights ingratiates herbivores during the prix-fixe affair with a ricotta-and-herb-stuffed ravioli and tabletop brontosaurus figurines. As natural light bathes the silver walls of the urban eatery's Alley Room, taste testers seal their edible excursion with a sweet kiss from a ginger-and-lemon panna cotta.
When the members of Creed parted ways in 2004, they left at the top of their game. Their unique brand of post-grunge laced with spiritual metaphors and naked emotion had catapulted them from anonymous to ubiquitous in a time span comparable to the rise of The Beatles. After a tense breakup under the pressures of fame, lead singer Scott Stapp and all the original members have reunited to treat fans to a set of platinum-selling hits. Their debut album, My Own Prison, spawned No. 1 songs such as “Torn” and “What’s This Life For,” and sophomore effort Human Clay—home of the runaway smash “Higher,” exuded the hunger and passion of four ambitious kids in a garage. Third record Weathered turned up the distortion even louder during gnarled tunes such as "Bullets," and 2009's Full Circle returned the band to its radio-friendly sound of yore.
Oishii Sushi is an award-winning sushi sanctuary that took home top honours at the 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor/Essex Battle of the Hors d’Oeuvres. Rolled revelations fill the menus like the signature honour roll of broiled salmon, scallions, and jalapenos ($7) or vegetarian staples like the tempura zucchini roll ($5) are served up in a relaxed, rock ‘n' roll themed atmosphere with an entourage of energetic servers and giggling groupies. In addition to sushi, Oishii Sushi serves traditional dishes with a twist, from pad Thai in a sweet tamarind sauce ($12) to the inventive tuna tartare ceviche ($13), that will surprise even taste buds left jaded by their first ill-fated romance with a freezing flagpole.