Regardless of which tour you crawl along with, you'll be traveling under the flapping jaw and friendly wings of a veteran Inside Detroit guide. Along the way, your guide will help arrange personal time with each bar's staff and pull a few strings designed to shower you in a few complimentary surprises (complimentary surprises vary by tour and do not involve pulling shiny pennies from behind your ear). Fill your cranial cup with local Detroit history and culture while enjoying each brew house's distinct lineup of taps and tipplers. While you're at it, strike up a conversation with fellow tour goers, who may be presumed to have at least four common interests—bars, tours, stuff that is "pretty neat," and conversation.
Coaches of Renewal Body Bootcamp coaxes hard work, discipline, and buckets of sweat from fitness-seekers during her intense, full-body workouts. One of her specialties is TRX resistance training, which involves suspending students by their arms, legs, and torsos from straps and harnesses dangling from the ceiling. Exercises require participants to fight gravity and their own body weight to build muscle. Coaches sometimes combines TRX with Pilates core-strengthening work or a rigorous plyometric regimen, mixing up workout routines daily to maximize effectiveness. In addition to physical training, she supplies students with nutritional counseling that measures appropriate caloric intake by the day, creating balanced diets that supply ample energy without extra carbs, fats, or whatever compound butter is made of.
Aromas in the castle-like dining room immediately waft over diners when they visit Ollie's Lebanese Cuisine, which the Detroit News praised for authentic preparation techniques. “A baker is stationed at the bread oven visible from the dining room, constantly pulling out the puffy rounds of pita bread on a long-handled paddle. The warm bread, wrapped in sand-colored linen napkins, comes quickly to the tables to be dipped into an olive oil and za'atar dipping sauce.”
The rest of the menu also adheres to the region’s culinary traditions as chefs charbroil beef tenderloin, marinate swordfish, and repeatedly question lentils about what kind of plant they are exactly. Steam trickles from the dishes up toward the columns and faux-stone arches towering over the dining room, which includes mezzanine-level seating at the top of a pair of imposing stairways. The song of ice against glass floats from the full bar, where servers pair meals with carefully mixed cocktails and glasses of Lebanese wine. The restaurant transforms into more of a lounge on some weekend evenings to celebrate Middle Eastern culture with a lineup of live music and undulating belly dancers.
Since 1972 Delphi Glass made it easy to be creative. The world’s largest source for glass art education and supplies, used for creating everything from stained glass panels, to fused glass, to stylish jewelry. Delphi is the source for hobbyists and artists in glass art, jewelry, mosaics, ceramics and more.
Balance Health Center takes a holistic approach to wellness by offering chemical-free body treatments and classes that promote balance within the mind and body. The center's nontraditional healing approaches include acupuncture, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine, treatments that all aim to heal the body without unnatural substances.
Spa services encompass waxing and seven-step facials, and bodies can acquire a bronze glow with the center's version of sunless tanning that relies on an organic, citrus-scented solution rather than the sun's hand-me-down rays. Relaxation's role in personal balance asserts itself in assorted scalp massages, hot-stone therapy, and aromatherapy as well as in spa massages that integrate essential oils. Helping guests to bring the center's philosophies home, Balance Health Center hosts classes and workshops on herbology, stretching, and yoga.
Signature service: Homebrew supplies
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: All the employees brew and make their own wine and mead
With a passion for beer that extends to becoming a BJCP certified beer judge and a student of beer courses at The Siebel Institute of Technology, Andy Moore joined the staff at Cap N Cork Homebrew Supply more than 10 years ago. Today, he owns and runs the business, giving him "the ability to talk about beer and wine all day long," which he cites as the part of his job he likes the most. He and his experienced employees put their customers' needs first, answering any questions they may have. These items can include the 34 types of beer kits that grace the shop, including IPAs, hefeweizens, stouts, and seasonal varieties. Also available are 150 wine kits including dry and sweet reds and whites, and a selection of different varietals of honey, including local honey, for mead-making.