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.
Regeneration's owners, Melanie and Nicole, adorn their storefront's racks with an ever-rotating variety of sizes and styles in affordable wear-it-again fashions. Prepare to attend an elegant dinner or outdress a trend-setting mannequin thanks to a wide selection of dresses ($6–$45) for various occasions. Search for vintage Louis Vuitton within a collection of bags and purses ($5–$60) resting on display to accessorize outfits. Alternatively, sweaters ($7–$35) and jackets ($10–$80) beg to hug bodies, and shoes ($5–$60) long to be filled with stockinged feet or stockings full of candy. The store hosts vintage and select retro fashion for a span of genders and ages (children's clothing available only at Clawson location), along with current styles that have been purchased within the past one to two years.
Metro Parent magazine celebrates kids with its annual CoverKids Search, which seeks a confident and charismatic child up to 12 years old to grace its cover and land a contract with a national talent agency. After registering online, star-struck small fries attempting a career in modeling, acting, or professional red-carpet standing can catch their big break by impressing the panel of Metro Parent staffers and premier talent scouts. Nonnegotiable appointment times will be allotted during the CoverKids Search 2011 event held Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. Enrolled attendees will receive a T-shirt, a coupon book to family-friendly hot spots, and access to talent workshops detailing the dos and don’ts of pursuing a modeling career, from building a portfolio to mastering smooth runway taxis.
The staff at Modern Natural Baby outfits discerning tots with baby-friendly accessories including cloth diapers, bath supplies, and toys. With a simple design and adjustable wing snaps, Kissaluvs fitted cloth diapers ($12.95+) free parents from labyrinthine folding maneuvers while helping newborns earn a spot in daycare fashion shows. BPA-free teethers ($6.99) busy chompers between sips from durable glass baby bottles ($14.49). Strengthen young minds with any one of the child-friendly puzzles ($9.99), or cure kids of their instinctive fear of soap beards with an assortment of newborn health and beauty products ($21.99). The store also hosts a variety of classes—as well as several online resources—for using and maintaining cloth diapers.
The Contempo Inferno wine ($19.99 each), brought to fruity fruition by Burford Family Wines, is a red wine of rich and robust flavor. Feather-soft hints of dark chocolate, black raspberry, and smoked cedar tinge the wine's bouquet, while a succulent swig from the 750 ml. bottle reveals the taste of berry cobbler, cappuccino, chocolate-covered cherries, and fig cake with rich tannins. The finish reveals perennial campfire favorites toasted marshmallow and dried dark fruit. As with many heartier reds, Contempo Inferno is best paired with whatever red meat you've bow-hunted down in your own backyard.
The Twisted Shamrock offers a bounty of Irish accessories and attire to outwardly express a deep inner connection with the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick's Day can be celebrated in fine fashion with light-up, shamrock-adorned green cowboy hats ($13.95), green and orange boas ($8.95), or Irish party hats with attached beards ($24.95), perfect for bluffing one's way past the bouncers at the end of the rainbow.