Ken Snook wasn't like the other boys in school. His classmates dreamed of becoming basketball players, astronauts, and rock stars, but Ken wanted to be a butcher. The teenager hadn't known it when he took a part-time job at a small butcher shop in Detroit, but he soon fell in love with the trade, developing a knack with the knife and a keen eye for quality cuts. After working as a butcher for years, Ken purchased Colasanti's Market and set up his own butcher shop amid its shelves of groceries and rows of produce.
Today, Ken continues to slice up fresh cuts of USDA Choice black Angus beef, housemade sausages, and fresh seafood. He can even provide an entire hog for a pig roast, complete with electric rotisserie, charcoal, and grill. Beyond his butcher shop lies an entire market of fine foods and groceries where friendly staff members bustle, directing customers to gluten-free goods and refereeing shopping-cart races down the dairy aisle. A deli staff whips up fresh sandwiches, salads, and party trays, and customers sip on complimentary coffee and peruse selections of imported wine and beer. Above their heads, a cheerful model train loops around tracks suspended from the ceiling. Outside, the sun beams on pots of colorful flowers, and ducks amble around a duck pond. The lively market even hosts special weekend events, from wine tastings to summer parties.
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.
Located in historic Bricktown, Good People Popcorn invites visitors to enjoy volumes of fluffy, freshly popped kernels in its cozy, family-owned space with exposed brick walls. The shop crafts its gourmet corn kablooeys with real butter and local sugar and envelops them in a cornucopia of scrumptious flavors such as caramel, cheese, cinnamon, and chili cheese. Snackers can pull up a chair and enjoy a hot bag of classic butter ($1–$2), kettle ($2–$3), or cinnamon ($2.50–$6) corn with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade or hot apple cider. One-gallon tins filled with butter ($18) or a toothsome mix of crispy caramel and savory cheddar ($24) corn let patrons dash off with munchies to go, as well as a vast supply of fodder for DIY decorative garlands. Practical and pleasing mementos, such as men's and women's T-shirts ($10) and insulated travel mugs ($5) bearing Good People Popcorn logos, commemorate the art of this treasured treat, discovered after food scientists' disastrous attempts to pop eggplant and rutabaga.
Dollar Castle's shelves brim with everyday necessities such as groceries and home goods stocked alongside toys, party supplies, gift packaging, and seasonal decorations. Shoppers can prepare for the holiday season with gift boxes and Christmas decorations primed to turn any home into an exact replica of Santa's igloo. Party supplies such as dinnerware, table covers, and paper products help to host extra guests, while storage containers are ready to stash away leftovers or the especially good pie that never got served. While perusing the aisles, customers can also stock up on cozy gloves, mittens, and scarves. Much like the exchange rate for a Sacagawea coin, most items in the store go for $1.
The green grocer sources local and sustainable sustenance from area farms and gourmet suppliers to offer locally harvested consumers from a new Midtown storefront. Local produce harvested bi-weekly from the Eastern Market is available for the picking or juggling alongside perishables and dry goods from local and socially responsible vendors. Stock up on organic spices to season your award-winning mole sauce, or gift a selection of gourmet teas and coffee beans from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company to the chronically thirsty member of your acting troupe. Creamy confections and rBST-free dairy delights from Michigan’s Caulder Dairy will delight dairietarians and provide the perfect complement to the crunchy breakfast crumbles of Randy’s Granola.
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.