The popcorn gourmands at Pop Daddy Popcorn aim to elevate the classic snack above its movie-time reputation. They strive to craft the healthiest?and tastiest?popcorn possible, pouring all of their culinary energy into just four varieties. For starters, they keep a tight watch over quality by cooking each variety in small batches using 100% pure olive oil. Rather than powdered concoctions, the team flavors the treat with top-shelf seasonings, such as pink himalayan salt and black Malabar pepper from India.
And while the spices may come from far-flung locations, the kernels themselves are locally sourced. For three of the varieties, Pop Daddy uses red corn harvested from the Bloomer family farm in Ann Arbor and prized for its bevy of the same antioxidants found in cherries. The standalone Sugar Daddy kettle corn, on the other hand, uses goldenrod popcorn that comes direct from Riehle Farms in Indiana before getting seasoned with a secret-recipe sweet-savory mix. No matter the type of kernal, every batch is guaranteed GMO- and gluten-free, leaving folks feeling as guilt-free as a baby after its acquittal.
Game Headz powers up electronic arsenals with its selection of pre-owned games and machines. With portable systems such as a used Nintendo Game Boy Advance ($19.99), nature-loving gamers entertain themselves while basking in summer’s embrace. Button mashers whip lazy thumbs into shape with recent titles ($20–$30) such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Saints Row 2, Fable II, and Resident Evil 4. Classic Atari games let customers dust off their “Tilden 4 President” bumper stickers and revisit an earlier chapter in video-game history. An affable staff of console buffs is always on hand to point visitors to exciting titles and engage in debates about the finer points of pixilated entertainment.
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.
Scarlet leather harem pants; a chic black peplum skirt; a floor-length chiffon dress in cheetah print. A Diva's Everything Boutique lives up to its name, stocked with practically every on-trend piece a woman could want. Dresses, pants, jackets, and accessories all show up in the online store. And the shop carries sizes 1 to 24, so the apparel fits and flatters even a scarecrow you're trying to pass off as you at the office.
Intimate Ideas offers just that?adult toys, games, and lingerie to spice up your most intimate moments. The saucy shop offers slinky, sensual wears such as teddies, fishnets, and corsets from Dream Girls, Fantasy, and Shirley of Hollywood. Shoppers can peruse the wares at 4 locations, making it easy to find something special for date night or nude Thanksgiving.