The first and only shoe boutique that's designed completely around your preferences, MustHaveShoes.com lets you specify your size, price range, and style, and the site will suggest pairs that match your ultra-specific criteria. You can even enter in a keyword or characteristic such as "sexy" or "high heel" and the site will provide options. Typing in "poetic license" brings up 81 different styles of heels, flats, sandals, and boots. Keying in "weird," on the other hand, returns 10 forms of footwear, including Electrica Love in silver pink ($146), while entering "naked" leads to six neutral, sensible options such as the Virtuoso in taupe ($120).
Though the Coney Island dog has become synonymous with Detroit, some trace its origins even further back in America?s history. As the legend goes, Greek immigrants first brought the hot dog from New York?s Ellis Island to the Motor City, where they proceeded to make it their own by adding toppings such as beanless chili. Though its origins may be hotly debated, most agree that the Coney dog had little to do with Fort Wayne until the owners of Detroit?s Finest Coney Island began peddling the treat from their modest food cart. The dog soon proved so popular with locals that they were forced to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, where they continue to capture the distinctive flavors of Detroit?s Greektown between two buns. The cooks at Detroit?s Finest follow a strict recipe when crafting their special hot dogs. The dogs themselves must be comprised of 80% beef and 20% pork and wrapped in an all-natural casing. Then come the toppings: authentic beanless Coney chili, mustard, and diced onions. Yet the Coney dog isn?t the only item on the menu?to create traditional loose burgers, the cooks simply swap out the hot dog for seasoned ground beef. Sweet and spicy root beer complements these messy entrees and honors Detroit?s history with a nod to the carbonation-powered engines that ignited that city?s famed heyday.
At Masters of Cosmetology College, apprentice aestheticians practice their newfound know-how by spiffing up customers with soothing spa services. First, the neophyte pamperers—who are supervised by state-licensed instructors—will deep-condition clients' hair and scalp with a moisturizing lotion, setting them under a steamer until their eyes turn red to show that they're done (a $15 value). A few scissor chop-chops will unleash a brand new 'do as the students test their tonsorial talent on visiting heads of hair (an $8 value). Then, they'll use an exfoliating ultrasonic brush to deal with dry skin during a Clarisonic facial (a $16 value) and back facial (a $14 value) before delivering a full-body massage (a $25 value). A skin-caressing makeup application (a $10 value) and a finger-tickling manicure (a $5 value) are like the icing on a cake made of daydreams about cake. While the seven services can be spread out over two days, lunch from a local restaurant is only provided once (a $10 value).
Pocahontas Swim Club cements social bonds each summer, welcoming guests of all ages to swim, dive, and lounge in its 25-meter, six-lane pool. The family-oriented space prompts its patrons forget the heat as they time their laps or clamber aboard pool toys. To accommodate activities beyond swimming, the club surrounds its aquatic attraction with other amenities, including a shaded wading pool for youngsters, a covered picnic area complete with grill, and a sand-volleyball court. Party-planners can reserve these spaces for private barbecues and birthday get-togethers. While pool visitors practice their strokes, a seasoned staff oversees all amphibious endeavors. Coaches channel their own competitive experience to motivate swim- and dive-team members, and nurturing teachers guide students of all skill levels—from first-timers to athletes whose butterfly stroke hasn't gone completely airborne—during swim lessons. The swim club also gains considerable star power for summer 2012, when 1976 Olympic gold medalist Matt Vogel joins the team to manage the pool and assist the team trainers.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.