When Mike Busley walked into Julian Pie Company, he found something unexpected—a sense of purpose. Returning with a dream of opening his own café with his wife, Denise, Mike convinced Julian’s owner to show them how to make pie so flavorful that it could alter a person’s life, just as it had theirs. The couple found themselves armed with newfound know-how, leading them to quit their careers in defense and medical sales, have a tough but healthy breakup talk with San Diego, and venture to Michigan to open Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Though now a franchise throughout Michigan and Indiana, Mike and Denise continue to run the original shop, and each location adheres to their vision of favoring ingredients from Michigan growers. Each day, chefs bake more than 25 flavors of pie, which have received attention from publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine. They also prepare an extensive selection of comfort fare for breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
While cigarettes from Smoking Vapor curb nicotine cravings, they never emit a puff of smoke. The electric cigarette's LED tip lights up as it releases customizable doses of nicotine in time with users’ drags, stripping the smoking experience of tobacco, toxins, and smoke itself. Long-lasting rechargeable batteries or strikes of lightning power each of the cigarettes, which immediately detect users’ puffs via a microprocessor and sensor, with no button pushing required. Smokers can select from traditional or flavored nicotine cartridges. A variety of flavors are available in stores, including Grape, Coffee, and Strawberry.
LaZeez International Market & Deli culls tastes and trinkets from across the globe to stock its store, deli, and restaurant with distinctive finds. In the Indian eatery, tandoor-style ovens unfurl to crown plates with marinated meats and naan bread as cauliflower, potatoes, and paneer mingle to forge a slate of meat-free dishes. A children's menu offers pint-size American dishes for hungry kids and picky founding fathers, and many dishes can be bundled to go from the in-house deli. The international market takes a more global approach by stocking grocery and gift items hailing from countries such as China, Greece, and Brazil to let shoppers bring their own piece of foreign flair home via unique spices, drinks, apparel, and incense.
At first glance, its name could be considered a bit misleading: Midland is located only 25 miles from the eastern coast of Michigan and the shores of Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. The quiet town was ranked as the fourth-best small city to raise a family by Forbes magazine in the fall of 2010. Despite being relatively small in both population and size, Midland is well-known as the international headquarters of the Dow Chemical Company, established in 1879. The Dow family left behind fine architecture and tranquil garden spaces throughout Midland. Two years after he founded the Dow Chemical Company, Herbert Dow created the Dow Gardens—110 acres of manicured lawns, ponds, fountains, flowers, and a butterfly house. The gardens are located less than a mile away from The H Hotel.Herbert Dow's son, Alden B. Dow, was a mid-19th-century architect who completed more than 350 structures during his career; many of his buildings are in Midland. Today, you can tour his private quarters at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, a National Historic Landmark. Alden Dow was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Wright's influence is evident in Alden's personal brand of architecture, characterized by pops of color, geometric designs, and use of natural light.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
Roxy’s Beauty Bar began as a popular Bay City tanning salon and has since expanded into a full-service salon, offering everything from trendy cuts to airbrush makeup. Stylists help heads adopt a new shade with coloring and highlighting services or add bling in the form of hair tinsel, hair crystals, and feather extensions. Nail artist Xaviera dresses fingertips with intricate designs, such as zebra stripes and Burberry-inspired plaid, and eyelash extensions pump up each wink’s flirt factor with semi-permanent strands by Reese Robert. Staying true to its tanning roots, Roxy’s also continues to bronze bodies with airbrush tans, which are sprayed on by a trained technician instead of by a machine or an artistically trained elephant.