Sight Optical Boutique's owner, Michael McConnell, isn't just selling frames—he's introducing friends. His previous optical experience in sales and distribution departments helped him to build relationships with top-notch eyewear companies from around the world. When it came time to open his own retail space, their collections became his shop's foundation.
Inside the sleek, modern space, handmade frames from Germany, Istanbul, and Japan hover on circular clusters against the wall, echoed in shape by fanciful light fixtures. Boasting fashionable lines such as Lafont and Masunaga, the spectacles come loaded with signature details such as hand-engraving, custom hardware, and celebrity-cloaking software.
Bellydance Grand Rapids teaches hips to shimmy and shake for the first time or for performance. Weekly classes and workshops focus on skill sets for individual levels ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. In classes, students learn arm positions, isolations, traveling with layers, and choreography with props, all in an environment that focuses on community, fitness, and empowerment.
Cherie Inn has treated Grand Rapids residents to European-style breakfasts and lunches since 1924, and it shows. The century-old building's original tin ceilings glint above a dining room filled with Stickley furniture, vintage artwork, and mugs of Kona-blend coffee. In the kitchen, chefs greet the day by crafting crab-cake benedicts, cranberry-walnut french toast, or the three pancakes, two eggs, and array of breakfast meats that make up the Lumberperson breakfast, which is served only to customers who can prove their grandmother was deciduous. At lunchtime, Mediterranean-style tuna salad and french-dip sandwiches play a savory prelude for chocolate-chip biscotti, house-made lemon bars, and other light desserts. The menu also caters to vegans and vegetarians with dishes such as vegan sweet-potato hash and a hearty veggie sandwich with herb cream cheese.
At just a glance, the boutique might look an antique shop. A wrought-iron chandelier dangles just inside the entrance, its orange lights casting a bronze glow on the tile ceiling. This initial impression is fitting for Cheveux the Spa, where stylists and aestheticians tend to guests at workstations converted from vintage dressers and ornate mirrors. Amid Renaissance-style paintings, they coif hair, slick nails in pretty polish, massage tension out of bodies, and wax rogue body hair.
What started for the Ludema family five generations ago as a roadside corn stand evolved into a flourishing flower, plant, and garden business. Inside many greenhouses are aisles of hanging baskets, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, blooming shrubs, and colorful rose bushes. They're also certified dealers of David Austin English garden roses. Nursery guests can also head to the idyllic display garden to get inspiration for landscaping layouts.
Pink Blvd swathes fashion-forward women in figure-flattering dresses, sumptuous blouses, and dazzling gifts and accessories from a handpicked selection of sought-after designer-label livery. More than 30 high-end boutique brands vie for the attention of a discerning fashionista, and a stylish staff of garment gurus helps customers create the perfect outfit for a hot date, an upcoming vacation, or a parole hearing with the fashion police.