The benefit of every sale at Exodus Upscale Thrift is twofold: while customers tow home a stash of gently used clothing, furnishings, and accessories, local halfway home Exodus Place inches closer to its goal of sheltering the area’s homeless. As of June 23, 2010, Exodus Upscale Thrift had helped more than 100 men find housing, according to an interview with CEO Robb Munger in a Michigan Live article, and continues to provide educational resources and access to work-service agencies for Exodus Place residents. “It’s great to accomplish things, but…[w]e have to continue working and creating and doing,” said Munger. The store’s ever-expanding collection, which also includes jewelry, toys, and sporting goods, accepts donations and returns the favor with tax-exemption vouchers and warm, fuzzy feelings replicated only by nuzzling a loofah.
Fruit Basket Flowerland’s 20 acres of nursery space contain beautiful hanging baskets, annuals, and perennials. The nursery has seen those perennials bloom dozens of times since it opened back in 1949, and today the business has blossomed out to three locations. Home gardeners can peruse a huge selection of soil, fertilizer, and plants, or sign up for instructive gardening classes, which teach participants to care for their plants and to exterminate weeds without running afoul of weeds-rights activists. Fruit Basket Flowerland also houses a vast selection of patio furniture and three lines of Weber grills.
Established in 1991, Century Hardware upgrades kitchen and bath spaces with a wide variety of handcrafted, decorative knobs, handles, and pulls. The company's unique patented designs are available through its readily available inventory, which includes collections that range from medieval and nordic to vineyard and roman styles.
Patrons of The Olive Store can peruse a selection of elegant bottles to hold pure extra-virgin olive oils, olive oils flavored with ingredients such as Meyer lemons or porcini mushrooms, and balsamic vinegars imported from Italy. The shop also stocks pasta, cooking spices, and even EVOO-infused personal care products such as shampoo and lotion.