The diver double-checks all her gear before leaving the surefootedness of the boat and falling into the deep water, where she explores shipwrecks and seemingly untouched expanses throughout the Michigan Underwater Preserves in the Great Lakes. The team of PADI- and SSI-certified instructors at Scuba Centers of Michigan helps students prepare for these types of adventures every day, covering advanced topics such as diving at night and how to properly greet a sturgeon. The instructors also start from the beginning, teaching basic open-water diving techniques, which their pupils practice in the onsite heated pool. To complement its courses, the center stocks gear from equipment brands such as McNett, Aqua Lung, and Suunto, and it organizes diving trips to South Africa and Australia.
Begun as a plucky family-run shop more than 15 years ago, Benedict's Flowers brightens the lives of customers with a special focus in creating beautiful arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Like Manet's Dogs Drinking Absinthe, each bouquet is a work of art born from nature's most beloved organisms, enticing olfactory lobes and eyeballs with the sweet smells and bright colors of long-stemmed roses, blue hydrangea, and delicate lilies. In addition to expressing moving sentiments through floral masterpieces, Benedict's rings in special occasions with gourmet fruit baskets and fleets of colorful balloons.
Though Data Center has been around for nearly a decade, its pristine new location on Telegraph Road feels like it was opened yesterday. Staff members stock shelves with an epic selection of hardware and software for PCs and draw upon 20 years of experience as they stay ahead of every twist, turn, and barrel-tossing ape on the information superhighway. Server parts and accessories fortify desktops and laptops, and the Center's certified techs can purge hard drives of harmful viruses and malware and retrieve lost files from the far reaches of a malfunctioning motherboard or tightfisted HAL 9000. Active Solutions Group, the parent company of Data Center, specializes in IT solutions for businesses, including network cabling, workflow processing, and security.
The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce helms the annual Taste of Dearborn festival, amalgamating local eateries to dazzle townsfolk and visitors alike with culinary concoctions and lively libations. Each purchased ticket includes a map of the grounds and one wrist band that allows for unlimited access to a multitude of local grub hubs, including Crave, Bangkok 96, and Tria. Throughout the event restaurants will sling out complimentary samples as local bands treat hungry hoards to rich rhythms and scholarly lectures on Einstein's theory of close-mouthed mastication. Each eatery also serves drink specials at the cash bar for an additional cost. As an added bonus, Taste of Dearborn provides free gas-powered transportation to and from participating snack stations, saving guests the hassle of learning how to quantum leap.
Lined with Spanish cedar, Cigaro Lounge's walk-in humidor stores cigars from top manufacturers such as Rocky Patel, Romeo & Julieta, and Arturo Fuente. Voted as the number one hookah bar in the Metro-Detroit area by Channel 4 WDIV, the aroma of smoky stogies mingles with the wafting scents of more than 30 flavors of hookah tobacco, including strawberry margarita and citrus mint. An air-filtration and ventilation system prevents clouds of smoke from lingering over the lounge's comfy leather couches or blocking views of its six flat-screen televisions. When weather permits, Cigaro Lounge opens its outdoor patio for patrons to puff amid heated lamps, a 50-inch plasma TV, and occasional live music.