At Continuity, people can sift through a collection of home-décor items, jewelry, knickknacks, furniture, and repurposed goods that radiate nostalgic, vintage, and antique charm. A white oval mirror ($25) adds elegance to bare walls with its gracefully intertwined lace-like frame. Dress up a dull salad for a zippy ride on any of five antique car plates ($20 for the set), or procure a twig bird sculpture ($10), which makes for an apropos perch for any pet cockatiel or flightless cornhusk doll looking for company. Bare décolletages can be embellished with a vintage mother-of-pearl necklace featuring gleaming silver rimmed around an opalescent circular pendant ($20).
In business since 1907, the fourth-generation dud detergers at Meier Cleaners oust drab soils from dazzling wardrobes. Enzyme-based soaps help keep whites white and colors bright enough to skip shades on the color chart. Bring in a two-piece suit ($13.50), a pair of pants ($7.75), or a sweater ($8.50) for a new lease on sartorial life after a gentle, yet firm, cleaning. Meier Cleaners also restore wedding frocks to pristine states, turning back the clock to a time when they dreamed of finding a cute tuxedo to marry.
The friendly folks behind Y-Knot Embroidery stitch and screenprint names, logos, or favorite phrases onto a range of accessories and clothes for individuals, businesses, teams, and volunteer groups. The staff can personalize any accessory or article of attire—which can include brightly colored tees, hats, coats, and work-worthy button-ups—in their entire inventory. They can spiff up a polo shirt with an embroidered monogram, or distract potential thieves hoping to steal your beach bag with a screen-printed math problem.
To give back to their community, the staffers promote cancer awareness, stocking items such as Kid’s Cancer Storys, which benefits Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Institute.
Paris Studios of Photography’s team snaps eclectic subjects and scenes, from a baby grinning in a metal bathtub to a dog wearing a tie on the beach. However, since 1960, the studio has specialized in one subject in particular: the family. Shoots document parents and kids walking hand in hand along the beach, sharing a stone bench, or lounging in their own living room. The studio’s sessions, held in-house or on-location, can also extend to weddings and engagements.
The Coffee House’s cozy confines radiate with the aromas of freshly brewed coffees and teas, encouraging noses and the mouths living below them to stick around for a satiating sipping session. Settle into a comfy fireside chair to surf the web while enjoying one of many brewable brews, including the "house" latte, which is blended with vanilla syrup, Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces, and whipped cream ($3.25–$4.15). Or try the dirty chai, a sweet chai latte made deliciously corrupt by a shot of espresso and his penchant for staying up all night ($3.75–$4.55). Practicing percolators can select a bag of beans or a sack of leaves for home brewing from the bulk coffee and tea menu, which includes exotic teas such as Moroccan mint and organic coffees such as the ambrosial Costa Rican, which blends hints of spice and nutty nuances before taking a balanced stand on the palate. The Coffee House also serves a full menu of café edibles, such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and smoothies, sure to rev up any eating engine.
Come rain, snow, or sleet, the experts at Advanced Seasonal Innovations roll out a contemporary method to conquer the elements. Their Liquid Snow Shovel solution eradicates dangerous winter ice, and the eco-friendly Safe Seal fills in cracks in asphalt, protecting driveways from future weather damage. Whereas Control landscape fabric keeps weeds at bay, Thrive All-Natural Flower Booster does the opposite—it encourages blossoms to flourish.
Fotohuis Photography’s attendant-staffed photo booths and cadre of professional photographers capture timeless moments at weddings, birthdays, and special occasions across Michigan. During each photo-booth rental, an attendant sets up a fully automated booth and remains onsite to answer questions or poke the tiny artists inside the printer to make them work faster. During photo sessions, friendly photographers snap spontaneous images of partygoers and hosts in a natural and relaxed state. In addition to capturing customers’ smiles, Fotohuis performs professional screenprinting and vinyl-graphics services for sports teams, businesses, and uniform enthusiasts.