When door-to-door canvassing for the civil liberties of corgis leaves your midday mouth watering, make a pit stop at Mudgie's, where the menu boasts more than 20 specialty sandwich selections filled with hearty portions of house-cooked meats and local products. Stop by for a Madill ($9), the warm, open-face delight of roasted turkey, smoked bacon, veggies, melted pepper jack, and house-made garlic mayo that was crowned one of Detroit Free Press's Top 21 sandwiches of 2008. Or opt for the That's Jared ($8.75), a warm kaiser roll topped with corned beef and swiss cheese buried under a scoop of house-made redskin potato salad. Homemade soups debut fresh flavors daily ($3.75/cup), while fresh salads (starting at $2.50) and an abundance of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches round out the menu.
The black-tie-and-tennis-shoe dress code at Tuxes & Tennies prompts a night of revelry and fun to raise money for the Humane Society of West Michigan, providing food, vaccines, and other essentials to animals in need. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the good-spirited jamboree encourages merrymaking with wild jungle decorations, '80s music, and dancing fueled by libations from the cash bar and really invasive disco balls. After working up an appetite from rug cutting and crowd surfing, guests can refuel with light appetizers or by admiring the sneakers of party mates.
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.
Owned and operated by veterinarian Alice Liberson, Dogma Catmantoo houses myriad high-quality pet products made for pampering and nourishing four-legged family members. Treats, such as a 6-ounce bag of Zuke's mini naturals ($5.49) and a 4-ounce bag of Yummy Ewes' 100% local lamb lungs ($7.49), reward well-behaved dogs, appease demanding cats, and convince overgrown sea monkeys not to steal your car. Dog toys ($3.50+) can keep canines occupied as felines hunt and bat at cat toys ($1+) or dogs' tails. Pets jealous of their owners' expansive wardrobes can don apparel selections such as T-shirts ($18–$24) and hoodies ($35) to cover furry exteriors or to stay warm and dry when they fall from the clouds during freak showers.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
For more than 30 years, the cooks at Banfield's Bar and Grill have served up quintessential American dishes. Available until midnight every day except Sunday, options range from four-piece chicken dinners and prime sirloin burgers to 1/4-pound hot dogs and shaved prime rib sandwiches. Soft drinks and a slew of on-tap beers such as Sam Adams complement feasts, which unfold amidst exposed brick in a cozy dining area that frequently hosts live music. On weekends, Banfield's caters to the late breakfasting crowd with meals such as chop sirloin and eggs or three-egg omelets with hash browns served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.