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.
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.
Wholesale Mattress Warehouse started selling mattresses long before cell phones were invented, disco pants went out of style, and dolphins overthrew the United Nations. Since then, their stock has been updated to include modern-day innovations such as memory foam and organic latex mattresses, but their commitment to keeping a diverse, high-quality selection remains the same. Their warehouse abounds with mattresses of all sizes from Easy Rest, Posturecraft, and other manufacturers. The store also features an extensive selection of bed frames, foundations, and plush memory foam pillows.
Elegant garments from Burberry and Louis Vuitton surround shoppers at Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique, a high-end consignment shop that sells only authenticated designer clothes and accessories. The ever-rotating stock of mid- and high-level goods includes handbags, shoes, and clothing that's meticulously cleaned and steamed before making its way onto wooden hangers on the sales floor. The extensive clothing section features items from Gap and Gucci. Sizes ranging from 0 to 4XL are available for both men and women. Doubling as a bridal boutique, the shop offers vintage gowns dating back as far as the 1800s, as well as gowns from famed designers such as Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta and lower-priced retail designers including Jessica McClintock.
Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique treats its clients to a spa-like browsing experience with a relaxing chandelier-lit space painted in soothing color schemes, pleasantly scented, and replete with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Dedicated to outfitting the style and budget conscious with the latest and vogue-est gear, the fashion-forward staff runs special promotions to re-create the current season’s trends using Couture Bridal Resale and Designer Resale Boutique's resale and vintage collections.
Steven Pierce, founder of RS Health & Fitness, doesn't limit his exercises to the gym. He sees the big picture and prioritizes wellness education on a large scale within the Detroit community. Steven's efforts have taken him to the airwaves as a featured expert on Fox 2 News, to Charter Health High School as a physical fitness educator, and to businesses as a seminar leader. Even if his clients are unable to meet with him, Steven will provide them with plans for at-home and travel workouts, such as bench-pressing a flight attendant.
RS Health & Fitness remains his base of operations, however. Here, Steven and his team of personal trainers provide customized exercise plans for anyone from professional athletes to first-time gym-goers. Each of their personal-training programs takes a comprehensive approach—they include fitness evaluations, nutritional consultations, and check-ins every 30 days that monitor progress. The instructors also host boot-camp classes for groups, accommodating all skill levels with fast-paced kickboxing drills and sandbell lifts.
One might not think of makeup as having attitude, but Brazen Cosmetics aims to change that. The indie cosmetics company creates bold hues and trendy scents to draw attention on the street, amplify a stage presence, and—at one point—grace the faces of the Detroit Pistons cheerleaders. These eye shadows, blushes, brow powders, and foundations sport names bold enough to reflect their colors and the spirits of the divas living inside their containers. Women can wear their mood with flirtatious tints such as En Fuego, Frisky, and Surrender or play with more mysterious names such as End of the World, Idol, and WTF.
Yet intrepid looks aren't the only goal of Brazen Cosmetics. Each custom-blended color uses durable formulas anchored by natural minerals, oils, extracts, and vitamins to enhance and heal complexions. As a further eco-friendly measure, most of the company's products are made completely vegan and all the products are 100% vegetarian. In Brazen's Ferndale showroom and beauty lounge, customers can feel good about the lack of animal testing as they sample blends from the shelf or learn how to apply them during group and private classes spurred by wine.