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.
An ever-changing landscape of foliage occupies The Plant Professionals's facility, which spans three acres and boasts 18-feet-tall ceilings that tower over everything from the budding pastel blossoms of spring to the pine needles and poinsettias of winter. The company specializes in commercial indoor and outdoor landscape installations, but it also keeps a landscape designer on staff, available by appointment.
Other gardening professionals on staff include interior-plant designers who can artistically arrange interior plantscapes for businesses; resident florist Dave Mansfield, who—informed by more than 50 years of experience—crafts floral arrangements for any occasion; and elves disguised as interior decorators, who arrange wreaths and other home accents for the snow-capped holidays. The Plant Professionals even has a grow-pot exchange on site, which allows patrons to recycle their old planters and pick up new ones for free.
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 knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Store helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
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 architect Darius Moon of Lansing and detailed the Munising Woodenware Company which produced high-quality wood products, now considered collectible. 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.
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.