Underneath a canopy of natural greenery sits The Weed Lady's rustic gift shop and greenhouse. A stone foundation forms the roots for the charming, cottage-like gift shop, which is filled with a plethora of home-decor items, including glassware, garden ornaments, and candles. Behind the gift shop, an onsite greenhouse nurtures verdant plantsincluding unusual perennials, such as lady's mantle and Dark Dancer white cloverthat bloom under natural light spilling in through pellucid windows. The nursery's potted succulents and hard-to-find herbs extend their leafy limbs toward visitors looking to add a touch of greenery to their desks, windowsills, and drab bomb shelters.
The theme is simple at Heart of Michigan: everything in the store is Michigan-made. Owners Karen and John Wing support the local economy by stocking the shop's shelves with Michigan-made jams, ice cream, books, and beer. A recent profile of the store on the local news showcases the shop's many gift baskets, which include pre-designed options that focus on Michigan themes such as sports and cherries, as well as build-your-own options. For those who come into the store hungry, chef Ron prepares freshly made pasties perfect for a quick snack or a slow snack, depending on how fast you eat.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
At Infinity Health Care Center, Steven Otte and his staff administer massages that are carefully tailored to each client's unique aches and pains. Otte specializes in myofascial release, a modality focused on the body's network of connective tissue, or fascia. The technique can help restore lost range of motion by releasing any stiffness caused by inflammation, injury, or accidentally bathing in hairspray. Other massage styles range from intense deep tissue massage to reflexology, which can alleviate back pain while strengthening immune systems.