Elegant garments from Burberry and Louis Vuitton surround shoppers at Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique, a high-end consignment shop that sells only authenticated designer clothes and accessories. The ever-rotating stock of mid- and high-level goods includes handbags, shoes, and clothing that's meticulously cleaned and steamed before making its way onto wooden hangers on the sales floor. The extensive clothing section features items from Gap and Gucci. Sizes ranging from 0 to 4XL are available for both men and women. Doubling as a bridal boutique, the shop offers vintage gowns dating back as far as the 1800s, as well as gowns from famed designers such as Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta and lower-priced retail designers including Jessica McClintock.
Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique treats its clients to a spa-like browsing experience with a relaxing chandelier-lit space painted in soothing color schemes, pleasantly scented, and replete with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Dedicated to outfitting the style and budget conscious with the latest and vogue-est gear, the fashion-forward staff runs special promotions to re-create the current season’s trends using Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique's resale and vintage collections.
Owner Jon Hughes presides over Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop's experienced staff members as they equip customers with the pedal-powered steeds that line every inch of the 1,400-square-foot shop. Pedal jockeys can race over roads with fresh tires ($15+) or ward off sidewalk splash with a pair of fenders ($15–$75), and helmets ($30–$120) protect delicate craniums from accidents and overzealous hairstylists. In the repair shop, mechanics scrutinize rides for problems before tweaking and tuning gears, frames, and wheels for smoother, safer riding. For an additional $40, customers can upgrade to a full tune-up, during which mechanics entirely disassemble and reassemble steely steeds.
Regeneration's owners, Melanie and Nicole, adorn their storefront's racks with an ever-rotating variety of sizes and styles in affordable wear-it-again fashions. Prepare to attend an elegant dinner or outdress a trend-setting mannequin thanks to a wide selection of dresses ($6–$45) for various occasions. Search for vintage Louis Vuitton within a collection of bags and purses ($5–$60) resting on display to accessorize outfits. Alternatively, sweaters ($7–$35) and jackets ($10–$80) beg to hug bodies, and shoes ($5–$60) long to be filled with stockinged feet or stockings full of candy. The store hosts vintage and select retro fashion for a span of genders and ages (children's clothing available only at Clawson location), along with current styles that have been purchased within the past one to two years.
Metro Parent magazine celebrates kids with its annual CoverKids Search, which seeks a confident and charismatic child up to 12 years old to grace its cover and land a contract with a national talent agency. After registering online, star-struck small fries attempting a career in modeling, acting, or professional red-carpet standing can catch their big break by impressing the panel of Metro Parent staffers and premier talent scouts. Nonnegotiable appointment times will be allotted during the CoverKids Search 2011 event held Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. Enrolled attendees will receive a T-shirt, a coupon book to family-friendly hot spots, and access to talent workshops detailing the dos and don’ts of pursuing a modeling career, from building a portfolio to mastering smooth runway taxis.
The staff at Modern Natural Baby outfits discerning tots with baby-friendly accessories including cloth diapers, bath supplies, and toys. With a simple design and adjustable wing snaps, Kissaluvs fitted cloth diapers ($12.95+) free parents from labyrinthine folding maneuvers while helping newborns earn a spot in daycare fashion shows. BPA-free teethers ($6.99) busy chompers between sips from durable glass baby bottles ($14.49). Strengthen young minds with any one of the child-friendly puzzles ($9.99), or cure kids of their instinctive fear of soap beards with an assortment of newborn health and beauty products ($21.99). The store also hosts a variety of classes—as well as several online resources—for using and maintaining cloth diapers.
The Contempo Inferno wine ($19.99 each), brought to fruity fruition by Burford Family Wines, is a red wine of rich and robust flavor. Feather-soft hints of dark chocolate, black raspberry, and smoked cedar tinge the wine's bouquet, while a succulent swig from the 750 ml. bottle reveals the taste of berry cobbler, cappuccino, chocolate-covered cherries, and fig cake with rich tannins. The finish reveals perennial campfire favorites toasted marshmallow and dried dark fruit. As with many heartier reds, Contempo Inferno is best paired with whatever red meat you've bow-hunted down in your own backyard.