Modern Skate & Surf’s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes—including superstar Tony Hawk—as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park—one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US—skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A’s and B’s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.
Since its first issue hit newsstands in 1917, Michigan History magazine's readership has turned to the periodical's six annual issues for an illuminating peek into the state's past. Today, 23,500 subscribers thumb through the bimonthly’s 64 eye-catching pages, perusing long features, colorful illustrations, and coverage of history-based books and events that trace Michiganders’ impact on their communities, country, and fellow global citizens. Recent issues have profiled ceramic artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton and detailed the National Housewives' League's support of African-American businesses during the Jim Crow era. Now run by the Historical Society of Michigan, the magazine also preserves its own past by curating issues from its first six years on Google Books, rather than burying them in time capsules throughout the state.
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% 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.
Founded by jaunty moms Joan Blackmer and Kelly Ramirez, Jumpin' Jax provides 10,000 square feet of air-filled entertainment treating children, toddlers, and parents to seven inflatable bouncers, slides, and obstacle courses. Kids and their adult servants can mimic buoyant British barons in the classic jumping castle or compare fabric friction while racing down the 25-foot-long double slide. Obstacle courses like the Fire Truck 3-1 Slide and the 360-degree Adrenaline Rush II combine jumping, sliding, and climbing for the ultimate funfest or life lesson in angry kangaroo evasion. Toddlers being toted along on the inflatable excursion can enjoy a puffed-up play date of their own in the Laugh N Learn course, a special area designed specifically for pint-sized pouncers, and parents can feel assured knowing that all equipment at Jumpin' Jax is cleaned and sanitized daily.
The friendly staff at Evolution Games encourages visitors to roll the dice and shuffle the deck within their demonstration center, where players can get a taste of more than 20 strategic games before buying them. Customers can satisfy competitive appetites by snagging a Magic: The Gathering intro pack ($11.99), booster pack ($3.99), or booster box ($100) to slather with barbecue sauce and chew card by card. Players harvest grain and trade brick and lumber during the Settlers of Catan board game ($39.99) or play the part of railroad barons as they build tracks during Ticket to Ride ($49.99). Gamers can submerse themselves in an alternative, role-playing world with a Dungeons & Dragons starter set ($19.99) and a full line of rule books, maps, and dice. Like looking over paperwork for prenuptial agreements, the Munchkin card game teaches participants the value of making and breaking alliances ($24.99).