Village Wine Shop, in business for more than 60 years, culls together hundreds of varietals from around the globe, augmented by sundry liquors and craft beers. Wines of all hues and tastes await aficionados along the venue’s walls and in aisles of crates that line the oblong, wood-floored shop. Every other Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., patrons file into the store for a free tasting and a chance to get a bottle of wine’s signature on a copy of The Grapes of Wrath.
Founded by two wilderness guides in 1992, Moosejaw has merged an Everest-sized variety of top-flight outdoor goods with thoughtful, friendly service, leading CityVoters to name the retailer the Best Outdoor Apparel store for two years running. Beloved brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hard Wear, Marmot, and Arc'teryx decorate the walls, and Moosejaw's own product line has fanatics worldwide. Outfit a summer surfing trip with some funky boardshorts ($19.99–$59) and some Hyperflex Mesh gloves ($23.95) to ensure maximum tread when open-face slapping disorderly waves. There's an extensive array of footwear to pacify and protect your lower paws. Lace haters and hip Dutch tulip farmers can slip on the snug Merrell clogs ($70). Moosejaw's glut of gear covers a wide range of activities, from snowboarding and rock climbing to indoor sunglassing and extreme strollering.
Owners Nancy Renick and Ellen Durand escort whippersnappers of all ages through Village Toy Company's trove of specialty diversion tools, including stuffed toys, do-it-yourself craft and science kits, sports equipment, and board games. Kids gussy up a plush dog in a spa mask, a tutu, and a rhinestone collar with the Creativity For Kids puppy spa before coloring in the included stickers and interviewing the pageant-ready pooch on trending political issues ($20.99). Youngsters can safely hone spirals with soft Poof footballs ($8.99–$12.99) or string together homemade jewelry with a Melissa & Doug Create-A-Craft bead kit ($4.99). The award-winning board game Bananagrams ($14.99) pits wordsmiths against each other and the clock as they build a grid of intersecting text tidbits, which invariably spells out the entire script of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Village Toy Company's staff happily advises guests on personalized gift ideas and can etch containers with custom names and drawings on-site.
Chive Talkin combines fashion and spices into a new space designed to propagate the nutritional and medicinal values of spices. Locally printed shirts tout phrases such as "spread the herb" and "kiss my anise." Meanwhile, spice crates offer spices such as "Pinch My Paprika" and "Cumin Get Some!" All spices arrive with nutritional information, and customers can also browse an online apothecary to seek out spice information and usage notes.
Determined to keep Detroit’s gentlemen looking dapper during a variety of important events, Bruce Henderson, the owner Valente's Men's Formalwear, aims to offer high-quality tuxedoes for purchase and rental. Under Bruce's helm, the store’s racks boast a carefully curated collection of tuxedos from brands such as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, and Chaps Ralph Lauren. Valente's staff helps patrons enhance their suave look with a host of accessories ranging from fullback vests, cummerbunds, and formal shirts to top hats and canes perfect for infiltrating peanuts-only gatherings.
At its parent-child workshops, Arts & Scraps instructors demonstrate to parents how materials that might otherwise be thrown away can instead be used to pique children's creativity and imagination. Parents and children work side-by-side, creating fun projects with provided materials. Instructors also give parents handouts with ideas for more projects that families can create together at home. Additionally, parent-child duos can visit the ScrapMobile bus to find more materials to take home for creating projects for fun, learning experiences for both.