In 1910, Frederick Nelis sent his 17-year-old son Harry from the Netherlands to America in search of land so that the family of 14 could later join him across the pond. After a tough couple of years, the clan discovered a settlement in Holland, Michigan, whose rich soils proved ideal for growing tulips.
Over the course of the next eight decades, the Nelis’ tulip farm blossomed into the theme park it is today. Still family operated and brought to life by the Netherlands’ signature blooms, the park is now home to myriad attractions for all ages. Traditional Dutch dancers don wooden shoes and lead lessons for visitors, and artisans hand carve candles into intricate masterpieces or slightly smaller candles. As guests stroll to the Dutch swing, petting zoo, or carousel, the notes from an Amsterdam street organ float through winding canals and over the looming windmills that, at a glance, may momentarily transport guests to the Netherlands as Harry Nelis last saw it in 1910.
The idea for jb and me came from a mother and daughter who wanted to create a place where women of any age could go to find clothes they’d like to wear. In 1997, they opened jb and me, and they've been serving ladies of all age brackets ever since. Customers can call ahead to set up a complimentary personal-shopping appointment, or they can walk in to wander the racks filled with brands such as Free People, Splendid, and AG Jeans. On any given visit, they might find a rickrack-printed Leota dress, chunky silver earrings from jb and me's own brand, or a sophisticated pair of black Nicole Nook wedges. To ensure that their customers' homes are as stylish as the people who live and cry in them, the staff also curates home decor such as printed throw pillows and wall art.
Africa's Child Family Resale Store lines the shelves of its boutique-style, African-themed retail space with gently used merchandise. Walls painted with outdoor African scenes frame smartly organized racks of apparel, including a generous selection of baby and children's clothes ($2), men's pants and shirts ($3), and women's separates such as tops, pants, jeans or skirts ($3). Feminine feet sore from jitterbugging in glass slippers can find chic new homes amid the store's treasure trove of women's shoes ($3), and athletic brains joyfully run laps around a collection of used books ($0.25–$2 for most books). Grownups spruce up abodes with home wares ($5+) such as wood coffee tables, plush armchairs, and imitation-marshmallow sofas as kids explore the store’s play area. Although not purchasable with this Groupon, a colorful hodgepodge of African art, dolls, and jewelry is also available at regular price.
Spice Merchants scours the globe for sumptuous spices and exotic loose-leaf teas, fostering recipe twists and palate revelations. Shake complacent tongues out of flavor torpors with more than 200 potent single spices, such as fiber-packing flaxseed ($1.99 per oz. for up to 3 oz.) or sinus-clearing horseradish powder ($2.59 per oz.). More demanding palates can indulge in more than 100 spice blends bereft of additives or fillers.
Max 10 stocks a bevy of discounted brand-name apparel for men, women, and children. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Fubu, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season. Shoppers can snag wardrobe basics from myriad $10 clothing items, or opt for the higher-end ensemble pieces ranging from $12.99–$19.99 without sacrificing any innocent Bills from their wallets.
Outback Greenhouse's owners have more than green thumbs—they practically have green blood. Their family has been in the flower-growing business since 1973, and three generations have run Outback Greenhouse, formerly Berens Flower Gardens.
They carry flowers directly from their homes in the greenhouse to Outback's retail center, ensuring that each annual is as fresh as it can be. The store also stocks vegetables, hanging baskets, custom patio planters, and decorative containers. Customers who already have a container they want to use as a planter can bring it into the shop and have the garden experts there fill it with flowers for a one-of-a-kind planter.