Last Chance Tavern and Grill celebrates microbreweries with beer on tap from Bell?s, Left Hand Brewing, Founders, and Angry Orchard. Guests can sample a variety of brews with a flight of beers, and take home their favorite in a growler. During lunchtime hours, chefs top burgers with olive mayo, jalape?os, smoked bacon, and housemade barbecue sauce. Other handhelds include piping-hot pizzas and philly cheese-steak sandwiches. The tavern also provides an array of entertainment, where guests can belt out their favorite tunes on karaoke nights, flex their brains during trivia contests, or relax during live music performances when they can finally take a break from humming all the time.
Wood Menders' staff of furniture specialists refurbishes the woodworked gems of homes and offices through enhancement, refinishing, and restoration services. The crew of wood rehabilitators performs furniture fixes on location or in the shop, applying darker sealants to chairs or removing gouges in conference tables caused by too much jostling for free bagels. Wood Menders’ technicians have compiled an online repository of care tips that detail what to do when furniture begins to warp or sealant begins to peel; these tips offer a taste of the expertise the specialists dole out during wood-refurnishing workshops.
While the liquors?crafted by local company Artesian Distillers?may evoke the indulgent feel of a hidden speakeasy, their home isn't as underground as the name suggests. Natural light floods the Underground Rum & Martini Bar, glancing off the polished wood of the bar and illuminating shelves lined with Artesian's top spirits. From 1492 Cristoal, a whiskey barrel-aged rum with hints of oak, vanilla, and spice, to Prohibition Edition, a smooth kentucky bourbon, each spirit can be served in a cocktail or enjoyed straight. Patrons pair their drinks with treats from the bar's food menu, or join in on a cocktail-making class, where they'll master the art of mixing ingredients without using a giant cauldron.
Since 1908, the Huizenga family has tended to the same parcel of land that is now Huizenga Brothers Greenhouses and Garden Center. There, fifth-generation family members work alongside the staff in the greenhouses, where annuals or perennials for planting in pots or flower beds are doted upon.
There’s a simple reason why students never encounter sheet music at The Michigan Irish Music School: to owner and instructor Tim Huston, sheet music is boring. It's also rigid, he says, forcing musicians to follow an absent composer's notes and annotations rather than the rhythms and cadences of their fellow musicians strumming and drumming alongside them.
Instead, Tim and the school’s other instructors break down reels and jigs piece by piece, teaching students musical themes and patterns that pop up in the most celebrated of Irish folk tunes and international whale calls. In doing so, students devote their energies to the primitive fun and excitement of music making.
The diversity of instruments in a single class also adds to the social experience, with students coaxing sounds from fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, accordions, and mandolins. At the end of the year, they showcase their talents in a recital in front of friends and family, adding the energy of the audience for what the Irish might call a true session.