Randy Wise's team of expert mechanics fends off vehicular woes by executing dealership-quality maintenance and repair services. During each oil change, fresh, spongy filters whet engines' appetites for up to 5 quarts of oil. The service can increase gasket function, soothe shafts, and strengthen auto immune systems against tailgating-transmitted diseases. Technicians prevent wobbly-wheel syndrome by performing a tire rotation, and a multipoint inspection checks cars for any latent damage or wear. The service typically takes a total of about 30 minutes, after which owners can zip away confident in the knowledge that a mechanic has confirmed their brakes exist.
The Holly Mill & Company offers shoppers wares that are born and raised in Michigan, and lets them customize beauty products to their own sniffing standards inside the historic 1917 Holly Mill. Design your own smellable destiny with more than 500 scents to mix and match, or go with a pre-blended bouquet of aromas, which can be applied to a covey of products. Custom fragrant oils (1 dram for $10, 2 dram for $15, .5 oz. for $25) or Himalayan bath salt crystals ($7–$15) kick fresh aromas into washtubs, and lotions, soaps, and massage oils (8 oz. for $16, 16 oz. for $22) keep skin smelling and feeling clean. Make memories at the office by lining your work hat with smoldering incense, which comes in custom scented (100 sticks for $25) or prescented varieties (100 for $15). Spicy up a Sunday afternoon or settle a rowdy stomach with the English-produced Mad Hatter tea blend ($14 for a box), which inspires patrons to shout "Tea Time!" and ask their friend a riddle after every sip.
Morgan’s Boutique satisfies the most discerning tot tastes with upscale consignment clothing for boys and girls from newborns through young teens. Consignment items ($3–$25), including everything from onesies to party dresses, allow parents to keep their cool when children do what they do best, such as scuba dive through mud puddles or experience an 8-inch growth spurt in the span of 20 minutes. Accessorize fashionable finds with hair adornments ($2–$6) or disguise failed attempts to shave a portrait of the dog onto junior’s head with one of many hats ($15 each). Patrons can also peruse locally handmade boutique items such as bibs, necklaces, and neckties ($20–$45). While parents plan back-to-school ensembles, kids can explore the miniature racks of handmade outfits for American Girl, Bitty Baby dolls, and finger puppets of Supreme Court justices.
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.
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.
For 35 years, the seasoned seamsters at Homestead Needle Arts have sparked and stoked artistic fervor among stitchers of all stripes with a suite of needlework classes and supplies. The beginners' patterned-square class gathers five to six needlework neophytes around an oaken table for two hours of camaraderie, searching through haystacks, and sampler fabrication. Fuel up for finger feats with complimentary mugs of tea as teachers dispense kits stuffed with multihued thread, pre-marked canvas, and learning materials, before delving into the basics of threading and stitch-chart syntax. By the end of each symposium, students will gain a hands-on mastery of thread parking, stripping, and stitch witchery through six fundamental sutures, including the Straight Gobelin, Hungarian Diamond, and Slanted Scotch. Proud graduates can escort bedecked textiles home or pack them off for finishing (not included), then pore over Homestead Needle Arts’ thousands of threads, notions, and books, sign up for the weekly newsletter, and swap shoptalk with the resident golden retriever. Plan to call ahead for class scheduling and bring a pair of needlepoint scissors.