The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fiancés loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.
As a medically-based gym, Borgess Health & Fitness Center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment as well as nutritional counseling and comprehensive health evaluations. In addition to the equipment, the gym also features 70 group exercise classes each week including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga. Other amenities include a sport shop, café, and locker rooms with saunas.
A pharaoh luxuriates in a warm pool while four royal cats doze under fanning palm leaves. It's easy for this pharaoh to forget that the entire scene—including the 12-foot obelisk and Egyptian statuary—is decor. The cats are painted on a wall, and the obelisk, though impressive, is just for fun. The pharaoh, too, is merely a customer enjoying the Egyptian suite at Oasis Hot Tub Gardens.
The Egyptian suite is one of 14 themed hot tubs where couples or larger groups privately soak up temperature-controlled bubbles created by the crawl strokes of the facility's resident Michael Phelps. Other evocative motifs include the baroque English countryside, Polynesian islands, and a fragrant pine woods. Guests are also treated to mood music on the multichannel sound system and can use private showers and changing rooms.
Portage Cleaners & Laundry owner Shirley Winterburn shares her 37 years of experience with her staff as they spiff up wardrobes with eco-friendly GreenEarth Cleaning solvents, which render colors brighter and fabrics softer. The shop's dry-cleaning experts scrub stains out of casual clothing and business wear with an especially delicate handling of silk shirts and sport coats made out of eyelashes. Visitors can bring in their duds for professional laundering services, or take on the garment-cleansing endeavor themselves by feeding their soiled linens to more than 100 washers and dryers. The staff also complimentarily performs minor repairs such as quick hemming or replacing lost buttons. Portage cleaners offers free pick-up and delivery to homes and offices in the Kalamazoo and Portage areas, and same-day service is available on weekdays.
The detail technicians at Great Lakes Chemical Services revivify rides with skills drawn from an in-house training program and more than a century of combined experience. To get automobiles looking their showroom best, the team restores exterior luster with professional grade wax. Technicians also keep vehicle interiors clean and fresh smelling with interior cleaning and smoke odor removal, and touch up vehicular mishaps by erasing scratches and uncorking dents.
Master intuitive psychic Beila has dedicated more than 13 years to demystifying the past, present, and future, counseling passersby on life decisions through psychic divination. The full-life combination reading—which includes a tarot deck, psychic reading, past-life regression, and dream interpretation—helps guests gain deeper insight into their love lives by analyzing how their night-thoughts and previous deeds will potentially effect future romantic encounters. Through the advanced career and finance reading, patrons can infuse their marketplace knowledge with predicted accomplishments, roadblocks, and answers to bonus round game show questions. Alternatively, past-life readings investigate souls’ different phases to better understand each person’s true nature, whereas advanced love readings focus on all matters of love and reveal the exact coordinates of Cupid’s arrow stash.
Though salsa dancing is her preferred method of winding down after a stressful day, Christine Zolman understands that some people desire a more traditional approach to relaxation. The massage therapist and owner of Kneading Serenity has formulated an extensive list of spa treatments that she and her multitalented team—a fellow therapist, an aesthetician, and several yoga and Pilates instructors—draw on to extinguish chronic pains and promote overall wellness.
As a certified massage therapist for more than a decade, Zolman can capably soothe muscles with Swedish, prenatal, and sports techniques. For an experience not often found on other spas’ menus, try the specialty esalan massage, which combines long strokes with acupressure, gentle rocking, and stretching to sculpt deep musculature. Licensed aesthetician Danielle Brewer focuses on superficial ailments, calling upon custom facials and microdermabrasion treatments to leave skin brighter than a disco ball dipped in radium. Yoga and Pilates classes meet five days a week and allow clients to heal their own bodies in sessions scaled to their abilities.