Gigi Badila Cristache, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), R.Ac., Di. Hom. is no stranger to the world of alternative medicine. The owner of Naphsha Healing Arts holds a master's degree in the classical form of Five Element acupuncture and draws on her knowledge of holistic healing to alleviate ailments, such as emotional or digestive issues, with acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, and homeopathy treatments. To further promote optimal well-being, Gigi also incorporates bioenergetic therapy into treatment plans, which she devises for clients after they participate in a complimentary consultation.
The artistic staff of Millers Artist Supplies stocks shelves with an arsenal of art and framing supplies. Patrons can peruse a full line of Strathmore Windpower drawing pads ($2.97+) in a variety of paper compositions and sizes, or entertain bank tellers by writing checks with a 12-piece Prismacolor marker set ($25.79) or Permalba oil paint ($3.29+). Visitors can select from 3,000 types of mouldings and five types of glass to create a customized frame, which an on-site technician will assemble (additional charge may apply). Patrons can also learn to frame photographs, paintings, or parking-ticket collages with instructional books and videos such as a How to Cut Mats video ($7.96) or a home mat-cutting kit ($46.46).
The stylists at R Place Salon skillfully trim tresses and artfully highlight locks to capture the sun-streaked look of summer or the moonlit look of a long Alaskan winter. Keratin treatments tame frizzy, unmanageable hair, while perms add bounce and body to straight strands. Massage therapists on staff knead tension out of muscles as nail techs primp and polish nails with mani-pedis.
Miss Jessie, Miss Mandie, Miss Karen, Miss Michelle, Miss Megan, and Miss Sharon have spent their entire lives learning, teaching, and playing music. Thanks to that devotion and a shared passion for helping children learn and grow, their paths have crossed as Kindermusik educators. At locations in Canton, Farmington Hills, and Southgate, the six women lead musical programs designed to foster each child’s cognitive, social, and physical development. Students sing, dance, and listen, and do so in an environment that is free from the pressures of performing or becoming the Internet’s most popular meme.
At Japan Karate Academy, karate isn't the only art students learn—the veteran instructors also teach kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and traditional sword work. Helmed by Master A. K. Geelani, a martial artist certified by the World Karate Federation, the team of sensei also integrates strong values into their self-defense classes, such as perseverance and discipline.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.