With a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and old-fashioned mechanical know-how, the technicians at Metro25 Ride Perfection Center service a wide array of automotive components. They use computerized engine-analysis technology and HawkEye digital-camera equipment to assess engines and front ends. They also perform standard tasks such as oil changes, transmission maintenance, and battery servicing.
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.
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 Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s gifted tunesmiths squeeze euphonious notes through their woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, building upon a 125-year history of symphonic sounds in the Motor City. The orchestra's performance of Franck's Symphony in D Minor pollinates the air with soaring French classics, swaying back and forth to the baton semaphoring of guest conductor Hélène Bouchez and the piano mastery of 17-year old prodigy Conrad Tao. A pair of Debussy compositions inaugurates the evening with ear-swooning melodies that bounce of the antique theater's ornate, golden structure, which was built in 1919. During the evening’s main and final piece, Franck's Symphony in D Minor, Chinese-American Conrad Tao showcases his full repertoire, which has earned him ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer award for eight consecutive years, just two notches shy of earning him a free carrying case for a grand piano.
Photobook America requires nothing from its clients but their photos and a bit of creativity. The company is the facilitator?it has the software, designs, and professional-grade covers, printers, and binding to turn clients' photos into personalized albums that are carefully constructed and tastefully designed.
The first step is settling on a theme: photo books can document a wedding or family vacation or serve as a portfolio for a business or artist. If customers wish, they can design their book from scratch; otherwise, they can select a template from Photobook America's Readybooks library. The company enables clients to upload their photos, edit them to their liking, and select the type of cover they'd like, with image-wrapped, softcover, or debossed options for the exterior. Their photos and design choices then materialize in the form of a professionally bound, vibrantly colored photo book that preserves their memories in a tasteful and durable volume that would fit right in on the coffee table or beside Uncle Larry's taxidermied Shakespeare busts.