The floor-to-ceiling windows that frame Sentiments Bridal & Special Occasion display fashionable formal attire for men and women. Owner Marie Brown stays abreast of the trends, updating the displays regularly so the colors, textiles, and styles suit the season. Brown coordinates dresses for bridal parties, rents tuxes to groomsmen, and designs custom fashions for mothers. Accessories, including hats, shoes, and jewels, complete outfits. Brown's shop also outfits children with miniature garments for special occasions, such as christenings or space-camp graduations.
The experienced mechanics at Zolman Tire keep cars road-ready with diligent care that has earned their shop the title of Reader's Choice Favorite for auto repair in the South Bend Tribune every year since 2003. During the oil-change service, auto experts swap out dirty filters while cars slurp down up to six quarts of conventional or synthetic-blend oil, resolving internal-combustion conflicts and keeping the engine cool enough to be the lead singer in a Boston cover band. Then, Zolman's motorcar magicians inspect other fluid levels and perform a 22-point vehicle inspection to ensure various systems are performing at their optimal levels.
A locally owned boutique boasting unique collections for women, newlyweds, and children, Orange Tree Gifts overflows with stylish frocks, casual beach apparel, and gift ideas. Kid-friendly motifs such as zoo animals and Russian literary greats adorn sleepwear for children, and sophisticated patterns make handbags from designers such as Cinda B easy to spot on the store’s shelves. Babies coo with delight as their little hands wrap around colorful rattlers, and teethers help to alleviate the stresses of stroller traffic jams. The aroma of Ambre Blends organic fragrances swirl through racks bearing stylish accessories and vibrant sundresses optimal for spring break getaways, competing with the floral scents of perfumes on display nearby.
Juicy bites of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples with a trio of chocolate varieties. Once properly covered in chocolate, the preservative-free sweets are organized into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can opt to display their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can adorn gifts with the cheery red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision by making them guess what’s inside.
Just Add H2O's diving experts have guided students of all levels of experience safely through waters for more than 34 years. Providing diving certifications through PADI and NAUI, instructors chart progression from introductory diving lessons all the way up to instructor certification, which comes with a license to ride giant seahorses. Just Add H2O's staff also hosts local and regional dives and leads trips to Lake Michigan shipwrecks, the cool depths of Gilboa Quarry, and tropical destinations such as Truk Lagoon in the Eastern Caroline Islands. To ensure that dives proceed without a hitch, the facility lets guests rent or purchase gear and can help to maintain used equipment.
Helmed by fashionable proprietor Vanessa Cooreman Smith, Flourish Boutique helps style seekers flaunt their femininity with tops, skirts, jackets, shoes, and more. Savvy shoppers can wedge their pumpkin smashers into a pair of midnight twinkles glitter platforms ($45), and the dance with me skirt ($36) ensures an attention-grabbing entrance to a party without having to ride in on a giraffe.
The potted professionals at Yellow Rose Florist pride themselves in personalized petal creations, crafting signature arrangements from a fresh flower inventory on a daily basis. Personalized bouquets ($50–$196) express affection for loved ones, while wedding and special-event arrangements ($199+) make ideal gifts for the happy couple or the unhappy barbershop quartet. Clients can custom-order arrangements or reference one of the florists' past creations, such as the exotic Bamboo Mojave ($50) or the plucky Yellow Roses ($60). Yellow Rose Florist's selection of potted greenhouse plants in varying sizes makes attentive, polite houseguests.