Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
Schott's Market's epicurean specialists equip its aisles with a fresh array of USDA Choice meat selections, produce and baked goods and carefully process personal hunting yields to each customer's specifications. In addition to processing and packaging venison to keep it as fresh as an unopened DJ Jazzy Jeff album, the meat market offers freshly ground beef ($2.99/lb.) and more than 20 varieties of store-made sausages ($2.59–$2.99/lb.). Whole chickens ($1.49/lb.) and new york strip steak ($3.99/lb.) also adorn the deli each day, along with chicken and beef kebabs ($5.99/lb.) and other delicacies that eliminate the need for preparing food at home and getting lost in the enthralling plots of cookbooks. Hunters can arrange to have their deer deboned, cut, wrapped in freezer-safe paper, and frozen by the fillet aficionados, who can also transform buckshot bounty into deer sausage ($3/lb.), breakfast links ($5/lb.), jerky ($15/lb.), or smoked salami ($15/stick).
At Michigan Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mastis plies her toothy trade with the confidence of more than 25 years of practice and regular work as a lecturer and clinical adviser on advanced dental techniques. As a leader in implant placement and restoration, this office is committed to up-and-coming technologies, sophisticated devices, and new techniques such as digital 3-D impressions, Lumibrite whitening, and 21 dental lasers capable of reducing pain during oral procedures and playing games of tag with fidgety tongues. As new cosmetic products, such as Lumineers and Invisalign, add a healthful sheen and straightness to smiles, dentists help maintain overall oral health with preventative-care methods such as digital x-rays and VELscope oral cancer screening.
Chapoton Woods Market keeps its shelves stocked with spirits, wines, and domestic and imported beers, packing its patrons' bellies with homemade Mediterranean eats. Every day, the family-operated shop pops open and invites passersby to stop in and pick up social lubricants ranging from high-end whiskey to organic wines to freshly squeezed beer. Chapoton Woods Market also houses a small kitchen where carefully crafted Mediterranean favorites come to life—including spinach pies, hummus, and tabbouleh—all made from scratch with never-cryogenically-frozen ingredients.
At KJ's Confections, some cupcakes are like the seasons, coming and going with the months, while others are like the mountains, ever-present, delicious, and topped with frosting. Partake of KJ's multiple palate-pleasing flavors, fillings, and frostings with ever-changing variations such as lemon white chocolate, red velvet, and tiramisu. Tongue-bobsled down the towering slopes of the s'more, or crash land in the rich radial point of the caramel chocolate chip. Fruit-feasting folk will find much to celebrate when they wash ashore onto the tropical tastes of the banana, pineapple mango coconut, or key lime. Each diminutive dessert is made to order and lovingly battered and beaten by a confectioner with a decade of cupcaking experience behind her.