Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
The crafty bakers at Cake N Candy offer an extensive curriculum in the art of building sweet treats of all shapes and sizes. Students learn the subtleties of cake decoration, dressing breads in icing, flowers, or the smooth, sugary shell of gum paste and fondant. Instructors teach trade secrets of splicing different varieties of cookies or making homemade candy that can cheer up even the grumpiest of nightclub bouncers. Instructors build moist and munchable cake pops or ride the waves of the cupcake craze with an array of recipes and decorating ideas. Classes range from one to four sessions, with some including additional costs for equipment and course books.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Since 1965, the flower fans behind Country View Showplace have been amicably guiding Kalamazoo residents toward brighter home gardens. Stuffed with vibrant plants in multifarious hues, the tranquil greenhouse invites patrons to peruse botanical specimens at their leisure or call out alternate names for consistently sweet-smelling rosebushes ($17.99). Country View’s signature floral arrangements, 12-inch hanging Superbaskets, dangle invitingly at eye level ($18.99–$21.99). Baskets bursting with blossoms such as lobelia and wave petunias can act as an excellent aerial buffet for bees, hummingbirds, and full-moon-triggered werebees ($18.99). Annual flats, replete with blossoms from petite impatiens to clusters of ageratum, gussy up garden beds and window boxes with their colorful personalities ($10.99 for 36). Cultivate a home harvest with vegetable annuals such as tomatoes or peppers ($1.99 for tray of six, $0.99 for tray of three), or spruce up homemade cuisine by nurturing herbs such as sage and basil ($2.49).
An almost overwhelming selection of cigars, pipes, hookahs, and various accessories surrounds customers as they enter the walk-in humidors at each Wild Bill's Tobacco location. Thankfully, this mystifying world isn't all smoke and mirrors. A trained staff is always on hand to help tobacco enthusiasts navigate all the available items?which often include different-shaped cigars from around the world.
This international selection sure has helped Wild Bill's Tobacco expand its reach throughout the U.S. Since the first store opened in 1994, the company has billowed into an empire with more than 50 locations stocked with cigars, cigarettes, and roll-your-own items. Many locations also house a lounge area, where friends can relax while puffing on cigars and trying to hula-hoop through each other's smoke rings. In recent years, the stores have branched out into the world of e-cigarettes, selling kits and liquids in more than 20 flavors.
Fontana Chamber Arts seeks to support the creation and performance of high quality chamber music in SW Michigan. Fontana presents traditional and modern music performed by small ensembles in a variety of settings, commissions new works for small ensembles, and engages in education activities to ensure future audiences.