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.
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.