Since 1928, the Flint Institute of the Arts (FIA) has chronicled the cultural history of the city and today continues to influence its rebirth. In that time, the museum has been designated as a National Treasure by the President's Committee on the Arts in 2002 and received the Governor's Award for Arts and Cultural Organization in 2007. As a world-class cultural institution, the FIA draws over 120,000 visitors a year to an array of exhibitions, film screening, lectures, educational outreach programs, and family events that enlighten art lovers and celebrate Flint's diversity. Within the FIA's 150,000 square feet of space, stunning gallleries of over 8,000 objects, including sculptures, paintings, and artifacts, tell the story of Flint's past and future. Its libraries and art school prepare the next generation of artists. The FIA also features a video gallery, a cafe and gift shop, a great hall for large events, and a theater for films and lectures.
The menu at Ruggero’s offers a wide variety of Italian favorites: bruschetta, fettuccine alfredo, veal parmigiana, baked manicotti, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, pizza, calzones, and seven varieties of lasagna. Of course, the selection wouldn’t be complete without the country’s signature desserts making an appearance. Chefs pump cannolis with bavarian cream, slice espresso-flavored pieces of tiramisu, and serve spumoni—an Italian-style ice-cream cake with a nougat center.
Waiters bring this bounty of Italian food out to an elegant carpeted dining area where framed art hugs swirling green wallpaper. Wide sconces blend their photons with the ones coming in through the front wall’s windows, and a fireplace casts warmth on guests. Adjacent to a row of padded booths stands a full bar, rife with liquor and enough sleekly stained wood cabinets to make Paul Bunyan cry an actual river.
Led by Dr. Linda Lawrence, the medical professionals at Skin Renewal Clinic perform an assortment of anti-aging treatments within the tranquil ambience of Summerset Salon Day Spa. Following a thorough assessment of the skin's needs, Dr. Lawrence and her registered nurse, Susan Mangapora, can diminish wrinkles with Botox or dermal fillers, and medical skin and laser technician Joan Gegg may use intense pulsed-light therapy to rejuvenate skin, remove hair, banish spider veins, and add dramatic effect to campfire stories. In addition to employing physician-grade products during in-office chemical peels, the team can make recommendations for at-home maintenance routines and point patrons toward products suited to their specific skin type.
Shawn Sanders—one-fifth of a quintet of instructors trained in burlesque, Egyptian belly dance, and group fitness—helps women foster physical fitness and self-confidence through flirty exercise classes. In her bubblegum-hued studio, dancers teach women of all ages and builds the sensual signature pole moves that build long, lean muscles from torsos to toes. Students leery of performing elevated spins can pop into Zumba dance classes infused with latin music, where easy-to-follow steps burn calories and prepare guests for impromptu office dance parties. Pole Passion Fitness also hosts special pole-dancing events where women practice tantalizing routines in the company of their best friends, perfect for bachelorette parties or girls' nights out.
The team of dedicated stylists and aestheticians at L.A. Hair Design revamps tresses and enhances visages with a full range of salon and spa services. Their all-natural Italian coloring products strive to keep hair healthier than chemical-intensive processes, and their straightening treatments calm frizzy locks more effectively than shampooing with elephant tranquilizer. The salon also rejuvenates skinscapes with microdermabrasion, enhances facial features with lash tinting and permanent-makeup application, and slims silhouettes with body wraps.
A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.