The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Phoenix Theatres transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. With some films shown in RealD XL 3-D, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. Phoenix Theatres' Ensemble offers a rotating selection specialty programs such as plays, operas, and ballets. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.
When designing the play areas and picking out the toys for Tiny Town Play Lounge, founder Jennifer Assaf turned to her four-year-old son for help. The two of them put their minds together and dreamed up a toddler-friendly wonderland with climbing structures, a puppet theater, and a magical bubble tree. They also built a make-believe grocery store, pet hospital, and beauty parlor, putting Jennifer's belief that playtime should stimulate imagination and cognitive development into action. As a mother herself, Jennifer also understands that parents care deeply about the health and safety of their little ones. With this in mind, she added germ-killing ultraviolet lights, antibacterial cleaning stations for the toys, and a special gated crawl section to protect younger babies from their stumbling older playmates. Jennifer also spearheads art-centric classes where children can craft, read books, make music, or confer about Sesame Street's postmodern narrative structure.
She didn't forget about the grown-ups, though—she also included a special parents lounge with TVs, WiFi, and laptop tables, a touch that delighted writers from Oakland County Moms. To keep these parents and their youngsters from getting peckish, Jennifer decided to feature a healthy cafe brimming with freshly baked muffins, coffee, and kid-friendly eats.
The instructors at Focus First Firearms Training, LLC don't have to brag about their skills—they can let their resumes do it for them. After all, they're made up of NRA-certified firearms instructors, IALEFI members, IDPA and IPSC competitive shooters, IDPA-certified range-safety officers, and even certified martial-arts instructors. Together, the team teaches real-world firearm techniques in the safety of carefully conducted classes. Using live ammunition, students hone their marksmanship while under duress, and they practice proper drawing techniques, shooting on the move, and shooting from cover. Close-quarter live-fire drills and hand-to-hand combat are regularly practiced on private fields, and instructors discuss different marksmanship techniques for shotguns, rifles, and pistols during advanced classes on tactics and weapons. Classes are held at different locations and employ a martial-arts dojo for physical skills and private live-fire courses for tactics lessons. The Concealed Pistol License courses comply with the State of Michigan requirement under Section 5J of 1927 Public Act 372.
After spending time in the classroom, the group heads to various ranges throughout the Detroit area.
Depending on the course, the instructors allow students to try a variety of handguns, including a 1911 Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP.
Above all else, the staff at Michigan CPL Class aims to create a safe, communal, and controlled environment for its students. To do this they rely on experienced instructors, including NRA-certified teachers and range-safety officers as well as former and current members of local law enforcement. With introductory, advanced, and private courses, the pros cater to teens and adults of all experience levels.
#####At a Glance Using their two shooting galleries, the instructors––who come from law-enforcement, military, and SWAT backgrounds––teach classes ranging from pistol shooting and safety for civilians to rifle patrolling for law enforcement. They also load the CAPS DVD live-fire video simulation system for tactical training, booting up one of more than 570 scenarios. The range extends to a 3,000-square-foot pro shop, where dry-fire booths enable customers to handle showroom arms while always pointing them in a safe direction.