Lansing Metro Marinas's Giselle and Ken Settimo had a vision for a new way to see Lansing—from the waterways. The couple purchased a 28-foot pontoon boat, staffed it with a captain and deck hand, and set about their mission to show Michiganders the beauty of their city. Today, the boat cruises down the Grand River from Old Town to Moore's River Park, Red Cedar to Potter Park Zoo, offering stunning views of downtown Lansing. Charters, evening cruises, and private events float down the waterway, enjoying access to seating, party lighting, and a fridge to re-energize glow-stick swords.
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.
Over the course of a two-hour appointment, Andrea Loveless of The Head Room Salon trims, hydrates, and lightens feminine manes with artillery from high-end brands such as Aveda, Redken, and Enjoy. Clients sip on complimentary beverages as Andrea susses out their likes and dislikes, current haircare regimen, and favorite congressional hairstyle during an initial consultation. Armed with a patron-approved plan of action, the skilled stylist shapes and sculpts head threads into a comely configuration, and douses strands in a soothing deep-conditioning treatment to leave locks hydrated and silky smooth. Finally, partial highlights dress tresses in a sun-kissed glow without the hassle of taking Apollo on a dinner date. Andrea doles out her mane-maintenance services within the chic confines of The Head Room Salon, located in a modern rehabilitated space equipped with distressed hardwood floors, sleek counters, and foot rests at every shampoo bowl and dryer chair.
The Preuss family's vaulting, 22,000-square-foot supply store enhances owners’ relationships with their pets. Dogs delight at the Everlasting Fun Ball, which coyly encases treats in an unbreakable chew-toy ($19.99), and cats keep biceps rippling with a Cat It play circuit and workout center ($13.99). A friendly staff of animal experts guides visitors to the right gear for their particular pet project, whether it's to eradicate mid-Thanksgiving silences with a Teach Your Parrot to Talk CD ($20) or to teach a lizard to properly lounge on a Zilla aquatic basking platform (from $19.99). Sweeping selections of ethically raised animals, including clownfish ($24.99), cleaner shrimp ($24.99), gerbils ($14.99), hamsters ($12.99–$19.99), and guinea pigs ($14.99–$49.99), populate the vivacious store, which is committed to eco-friendly business practices.
Releasing a sky lantern into the night can signify many things?a wish, an honorary gesture, or, in the case of the "Proceed 2 Party" sky lantern, a fun night ahead. SkyLantern.com carries lanterns for almost any occasion, from festive birthdays to Christmas. Some are emblazoned with graphics, including the American flag or a grinning Halloween pumpkin. Some, such as the Shooting Star lanterns, have no pictures, but leave twinkling sparks in their wake, much like the best train conductors. The site also sells decorative LED lanterns, as well as campfire color-changers that turn the flames green and blue.
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.