Stocked with all the stuff kids?and the young at heart?love, Z's Penny Candy is packed with candies, fresh popcorn, and pinatas. Inside the brightly-painted store, customers can explore the aisles to find boxes and bars of classics, from Snickers and Pez to bags of Big League Chew and jars stuffed with something your brother will just steal anyway. The staff also scoops up ice cream and keeps a slushie machine churning out cool treats for respite from the heat in the summertime.
Not everyone can say they've eaten food crafted by an Olympic gold medalist. But anyone who dines at Detroit Seafood Market can proudly add this to his or her resume. That’s because the restaurant's executive chef, Leonardo Vulagi, was the proud recipient of two gold medals and one silver medal at the 1988 Culinary Olympics at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Under Vulagi's direction, the staff meticulously creates mouth-watering dishes that flaunt the freshest crab, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and lobster tails available. White-jacketed servers whisk artistically arranged meals to tables as diners lounge in a spacious dining room accented by large, curved booths, sleek hardwood floors, candlelight, and shadow puppets created by diners nearby.
You can check off a lot of groceries and errands from your list at Prince Valley Market. The market specializes in Mexican- and Latin-American groceries—there’s an in-house tortilleria that turns out handmade tortillas, for example. There’s a substantial produce section with locally raised veggies, as well as a bakery where you can order custom-made birthday cakes. Beyond standard grocery shopping, though, you can also take advantage of in-store convenience services such as cashing a check, buying stamps, sending packages, or converting loose coins into bills and coupons for shoulder massages.
The market is a one-stop shop for parties: colorful, custom-made cakes and treat-stuffed piñatas are available. You can even stop by the Baja Mexican Grill for a tasty lunch of carnitas, enchiladas, and rotisserie chicken.
At Energy 4 Life––a member of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy––certified therapists aim to help patients purge their bodies of toxins and disease with soothing colon hydrotherapy, herbal extracts, enzymes, and cleanses. Herbal body wraps can shrink inches from midriffs while saunas warm the skin and boost calorie-burning capabilities with far-infrared light. Natural household products help customers to maintain healthy regimens at home, with soaps, lotions, toothpaste, and shampoo made from herbs and tinctures, rather than from industrial chemicals and fake plants.
"Caf? Con Leche," MLive's David Muller muses, "is the type of coffee shop where you can sit down, meet people and stay for a few minutes or hours." This is most likely thanks to its spacious, sun-soaked interior and the fact that its owner hails from Barcelona, where leisurely coffee shops abound. This Spanish influence is deliciously evident in the drinks, which boast Latin recipes and postmarks from Colombia stamped on each bean. The gathering spot also offers up bocadillos, or sandwiches on hearty baguettes, to accompany freshly brewed coffee.
Kutchey Family Market traces its origins back to the 1830s, when three brothers of the Kutchey family came to Warren from their native Belgium and established a farm. Like a treasured heirloom or a dominant gene for cowlicks, the farm was passed down from generation to generation. Today, David Kutchey carries on the family tradition at the market's stalls. Those who visit the bustling neighborhood farmers' market can take home a cornucopia of fresh, Michigan-grown produce and products, ranging from cabbages, strawberries, onions, and sweet corn to pickles and Amish jellies and jams. The bounty of the market's inventory changes from season to season, with greenhouses full of baby plants for aspiring green thumbs available in the spring and rows of evergreen Christmas trees sold in December.