At Arts & Carafes Studio painting events, students mingle over glasses of wine as they unlock their creative instincts and learn to create stunning, colorful images on canvas. Guests paint everything from Grand Rapid's skyline at night to swaying dancers to vibrant peacocks, both at Arts & Carafes's studio and at local restaurants. All the materials are provided, including studio-grade acrylic paint, so students won't have to make a stop at a craft store or mix their own from leftover condiment packets before the session starts.
Shaner Avenue Nursery owners and staff have extensive training in horticulture and forestry, which helps them keep an inventory of trees, shrubs, and perennials thriving. Fill gardens with rhododendrons ($35.97), a few of nearly a dozen varieties of junipers ($7.97+), or a member of the hydrangea family, which includes nine siblings in white, pink, and blue ($7.97+). Those who revel in eating everything they bury in the ground can plant raspberry shrubs ($5.97+), a red haven peach tree ($39.97), or bushes that grow fresh cobbler.
For more than three decades, AAA Canoe has rented canoes, kayaks, and tube floats to explorers bound for the scenic, tranquil Rogue River. The rental center accommodates both individuals and group outings, outfitting each trip with paddles and life jackets or flotation cushions before chauffeuring boaters and their vessels to their trip’s starting point. Each trip ends at the Rockford Dam in downtown Rockford, where passengers can explore the city sights and regain their land legs from unscrupulous alleyway leg merchants.
Housed in a train depot that was once part of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, Kayla Rae Cellars's stock doesn't extend to the Hoosier State. Or any other state, for that matter. Only Michigan-made red, white, fruit, and dessert wines compose its selection. Kayla Rae's other libations—a rotating variety of hard ciders, as well as craft root beer by Jaden James—likewise hails from the Great Lakes State. As they sample varietals amid refurbished depot decor and occasional live music, guests can nibble on cheese-and-cracker plates or order snacks from nearby restaurants.
For more than 25 years, Altogas has supplied homes and backyard barbecues with tanks of clean-burning, eco-friendly propane gas. After depleting their existing reservoirs, customers roll the empty cylinders to Altogas headquarters, where technicians safely replenish them with new, fresh supplies. Returning home full and ready to burn, each tank can resume fueling a standard barbecue grill, turkey deep fryer, or two-fifths of an animatronic bear band.