Electronic dance music pulses at the heart of Holi Color Festival, a traveling celebration designed to delight the senses. As crowds gather for multiple days of revelry, organizers pass out bags of nontoxic, eco-friendly powder infused with vivid colors. Fest-goers toss handfuls of the powder, creating a vibrant rainbow in the air and on their own hair, skin, and clothes. While live bands and emcees create music on an outdoor stage, organizers squirt massive streams of paint, transforming the audience into a living Jackson Pollock painting. It's easy to work up an appetite for food and drink while dancing and running through this colorful scene, but the festival has that covered: guests can buy authentic Indian food, barbecue, and beer during the event.
Though the music at Holi Color Festival is thoroughly modern, the festival's roots can be traced to the distant past. The Hindu Holi tradition began in ancient India as a day dedicated to acts of forgiveness and positivity. Those inspirations remain strong at this nonreligious festival, where it's common to see strangers hugging and smearing paint across each other's faces or groups smiling as they head toward their campsites.
Shannon Parrish-Simon spent several years operating a salon out of her home before deciding to expand and found a full-service salon in the historic Horner Mill complex, which was constructed in 1844. This former site of industry now houses a number of businesses dedicated to providing a more personal touch, including The Chop Shop Salon. Shannon and her team help clients look their best by helping to reshape and maintain an existing style or by building an entire new look from the ground up. For an even more dramatic difference, the stylists can incorporate foil highlights or all-over color to add an extra bit of depth and dimension to hairdos. The salon's self-styling station allows clients to learn a bit more about maintaining their look at home while also gleaning some useful insiders' tips from the staff, such as how to fashion an updo with a single bobby pin and a little bit of moxie.
Kids squeal in delight as they trace shapes in the air with twinkling sparklers. The crack of fireworks sound overhead as families ooh and ah over brilliant displays of colorful lights. Fireworks Factory supplies Michiganders with the goods to create these backyard memories without requiring them to learn any wizard spells. The locally owned shop carries everything from bottle rockets and noisemakers to roman candles and artillery shells, and even provides boxes for grand finales.
Lansing Party Limo ferries wedding, bachelorette, and birthday parties in the security and luxury of 17, 18, and 28-person buses. These aren't your average soccer wagons, though; these sleek stretch buses and party buses come loaded with neon lights, poles, and cushy leather seats. Professional drivers sit behind each wheel, ready to safely cart passengers on East Lansing and Lansing bar crawls or to Red Wings and Tigers games, corporate parties, and tailgating events.
Hair whisperer Melyssa Rose transforms unruly strands with ease. Her scissors remove split ends and unwanted length, and freshly mixed hair dye colors locks. She can embellish strands with all-over hues or add golden highlights or ombre highlights in eye-catching shades such as violet. Her finished styles complement each client’s face shape or favorite mask.
On-the-fritz iPhones and iPads are no match for the tech gurus at iGeek Repair. They mend and replace everything from batteries and screens to speakers and buttons. And if your iPod is cruelly playing "Wonderful Christmastime" on repeat well before actual Christmastime, techs can fix that, too.