Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House serves a menu of breakfasts bursting with organic flour, all-natural eggs, and seasonal Michigan fruits all day long. Stacks enfold a variety of fresh additions, such as a triple-decker pile of blue cakes ($7.95) dotted with blueberries and smothered in a house-made blueberry compote, ideal for days when your skin has lost its blue tinge. Strawberries and whipped cream march into mouths in the Trojan Horse–like safety enclosure of the Patriot waffle ($7.45). While breakfast is the most beloved meal at Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House, lunch and dinner vie for diners' affections with burgers and sandwiches during the day, and steaks proffered at dinnertime.
An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.
O'Leary Paint rejuvenates drab domiciles with quality wall coatings manufactured in Michigan and geared toward the state’s climate. O'Leary's house-produced paints are Green Wise–certified for adhering to stringent environmental standards and contain no volatile organic compounds. These liquid wall covers are produced using renewable electricity and packaged in containers made from 100 percent recycled materials. O'Leary also stocks a selection of Benjamin Moore paints, offering customers a panoply of choices for refreshing vertical surfaces marred by the grubby handprints, crayon drawings, and height markings of swiftly growing poltergeists.
Since 1975, florists at Hyacinth House have helped their neighbors mark special occasions with artful arrangements of flowers and greenery. They harness versatility accumulated from combined experience in industries ranging from floral and interior design to events planning to helm 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space filled with seasonal blooms, lush green plants, and squirting novelty boutonnieres. Along with bouquets teeming with hydrangeas, roses, tulips, and gerberas, the staff also specializes in greenery, such as dish gardens and tropical plants, as well as gourmet gift baskets.
For more than 30 years, ZZ Underwater World has initiated swimmers into the world of scuba diving. Their year-round classes have taught people to safely plumb the depths of the Earth's largest seas, and their instructors are both SSI- and PADI–certified, rendering them able to certify their students and lead them on any level of dive from snorkeling to deep scuba. ZZ Underwater World's onsite shop sells snorkels and flippers among other gear from a wide range of brands, useful for people who thought Waterworld was a prophecy and are stocking up. The staff also hosts scuba vacations, taking troupes of divers to explore the wrecks of the Great Lakes or world-class destinations such as Belize or Fiji.
Captained by Betty "Toy Lady" Gillison and her son John Slagh, Toy Village has garnered praise from AllBusiness.com and Capital Gains for its vast menagerie of toys, games, and collectible dolls. Betty holds the 2010 Crystal Award for Industry Leadership, and has ensured that her fun-filled wares meet rigorous safety and manufacturing standards for more than 50 years. Whippersnappers can backtrack to medieval epochs with a Melissa & Doug Royal Family wooden-doll set ($20) and train a bright stuffed dragon ($32) to roast Lego bratwursts. A Playmobil giant-octopus set ($25) prompts youngsters to stage cephalopod duels at sea, and a game of Brain Quest States ($27.50) steers developing minds through geographical trivia about America's landmarks, cities, and geysers that whistle the national anthem. As those with a fondness for figurines peruse a trove of collectible dolls and bears, toddlers can dictate traffic at one of several play displays throughout the two-story farmhouse.