Over years of use, computers and video-game systems collect maladies that can affect their performance, from viruses that throttle precious computing power to infestations of dust that cloud disc-reading lenses and cause overheating. Smart Choice Computer Services’ technicians have more than 20 years of experience in combating such problems, along with the steady hands to work around each system’s delicate innards. The shop also specializes in replacing cracked laptop screens, along with refilling printer cartridges with the collected ink from their pet squid.
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.
The ocular experts at Smeelink Optical frame out- of-focus eyes in calibrated corrective lenses and more than 1,000 designer frames from brands including Oakley, Prada, Versace, and Gucci. In approximately 60-minutes, trained optometrists test for a gamut of ocular issues including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and wandering third eyes. Exam results identify the ideal set of corrective lenses ($99+) from a collection of polycarbonate, transitions, polarized, and multifocal fillers to nestle inside a selection of traditional, trendy, and natural-material frames ($99+). Basic frames ($99+) appease minimalist eyes, and vogue Gucci or Coach frames ($189–$369) make seeing feel stylish and fancy, like watching expensively dressed strangers in a hotel lobby.
For three decades, Holiday Costumes has been garbing Halloween revelers in more than 10,000 inventive adult costumes, wigs, and makeup. Monsters-in-training wander through a maze of shelves, each stuffed with costumes and embelishments from big name brands such as Dreamgirl, Cinema Secrets, and Leg Avenue. Whether renting or buying, customers can transform with quality getups, donning cloak and hat to transform into a student wizard or zipping into a zoot suit and a fedora to become a '30s-era gangster. Sultry pirate ($35), pixie ($32), and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader costumes ($60) spice up any All Hallows' Eve gathering, and rainbow-colored wigs help heads to express their inner Roy G. Biv. Hollywood-quality makeup hides rosy cheeks and freckles under the rotten flesh of a zombie or a splattering of fake blood ($3.50), and accessories such as canes, plastic swords, and crazy hats add zany realism to any ensemble (accessory prices vary). Though rental reservations must be booked by October 20, costumes may be rented through November 6, allowing renters to see the world through Jabba the Hutt's eyes just a bit longer.