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.
Featured on ESPN, MTV, the Today show, and numerous other media outlets, Fathead?s high-definition images of athletes, team logos, mascots, and stadiums turn vertical surfaces into full-fledged fan meccas. Unlike posters or framed photographs, the images? high-grade tear- and fade-resistant vinyl adheres directly to the wall without the need for nails or tape. The low-tack adhesive that backs each Fathead makes it easy to remove and relocate stars such as Tom Brady to any smooth surface, allowing his likeness to infuse game rooms with playoff excitement or act as a scarecrow during troublesome Baltimore Raven infestations. The store?s stock even goes beyond athletics, as Fatheads of musicians, cartoon characters, and artistic images add personalized flair to kids? rooms or living areas.
For more than 65 years, Wesley Berry Flowers has bestowed beautiful bouquets upon local and long-distance clients. Four brick-and-mortar locations stand teeming with fresh floral formations such as bright yellow and white daisies ($26.99), which arrive bursting out of a glass bubble bowl, or a Hooray for Birthday mug ($39.99), which toasts birthday boys and girls with a decorated coffee mug packed with red, yellow, and purple flowers and a Happy Birthday balloon. Gift givers can charm friends and compel grizzled whaling-boat captains to reveal their sentimental sides with distinctive tokens that include the happy gaze of the Teleflora Party Bear ($39.99) and the luxurious rain-scented bath oils and salts of the Anti-Stress bath set ($34.99), bundled inside a blue woven basket. For wishful wooers, a dozen of Wesley Berry's fresh roses can be snagged in a spectrum of romantic hues, perfect for romancing a beloved or providing him or her with a pleasant-smelling set of thorny backscratchers.
Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
Conner Park Florist's botanic buffs have been artfully assembling bountiful arrays of fresh blossoms by hand for more than 60 years. The best-selling Teleflora’s Be Happy bouquet of yellow roses, daisy spray chrysanthemums, and oregonia delightfully sprouts from a smiley face coffee mug ($32.95), offering a cheery alternative to the cold gifts of the modern age, such as emoticon emails and boutonnieres of prismatic floppy disks. Reveal secret feelings for a crush or spoil a pet honeybee with a Be My Love bouquet, which culls red roses, carnations, white asiatic lilies, and chrysanthemums in a ruby-red glass vase ($42.95). Conner Park Florist’s stash of plants give recipients the gift that keeps on growing, including the Sweet Violet Trio that amalgamates one purple and two lavender african violet plants within a wicker basket ($37.95). Otherwise, a small Simply Elegant spathiphyllum ($42.95) speaks to simplicity with lush green leaves and white blossoms in a natural nacelle.
The florists at Terry’s Enchanted Garden have created bouquets for Ford Motor Company, the MGM Grand Casino, and Detroit’s mayor. Despite their glamorous rolodex, however, they craft arrangements just as thoughtfully for their everyday customers. The veteran designers specialize in tropical arrangements, which they create from antheriums, orchids, and birds of paradise, rather than collapsed beach umbrellas. They can also construct custom floral creations for special occasions that range from birthday parties to monster-truck rallies, or recreate an array of stylish stock bouquets. For chic wares to complement their arrangements, clients can browse the shop’s boutique, which is stocked with a carefully curated selection of apparel, limited-edition art, and gift baskets packed with gourmet chocolate and snacks.