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Approaching its 50th anniversary and under new ownership, Cannonsburg Ski and Ride Area livens up winter with plentiful runs that invite skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to fly safely down the slopes or develop their technique. Roughly 15 miles from Grand Rapids, a network of meticulously designed parks challenges sports folk with half a dozen jumps and more than 50 terrain features, and a newly overhauled snowmaking system keeps the tracks covered in fresh snow from brand-new snow guns along with a brand new ski run.

Guests of all ages can hone their skills under the watchful eyes of instructors before hitting the mountain's 20 runs, which are served by ten lifts, including one magic carpet. After relishing rushes of downhill velocity, visitors can peruse the well-stocked shop or refresh themselves with treats from the Cedar Lounge restaurant.

6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE
Belmont,
MI
US

Minister Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill at the turn of the 20th century to support the unemployed immigrant population of Boston. He gathered unwanted household items and hired the immigrants to refurbish them for resale. Over time, the operation grew into a comprehensive job-skills training and placement program.

In the past 90 years, Goodwill Industries has played an integral role in communities nationwide by placing nearly 90,000 individuals into jobs. Each purchase helps fund programs that help people with barriers to employment find work, and the stores themselves serve as a training site for participants to gain work experience.

8390 Belmont Avenue NE
Belmont,
MI
US

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Most popular offering: Painting classes, private parties

Pro Tip: You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with Ron Pleune, Owner, Artist

What sets your business apart from your competition?

We offer a fun, relaxed atmosphere with patient instruction. Creativity is encouraged if you want to go a different direction with your painting. Our fine art gallery displays the work of only local artists.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

Engaging art in all aspects in a relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere. From beginners to the more experienced, I want people to have fun first. Then the things they learn won't feel academic.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Arrive 15 minutes early to find your seat and apron, and be ready to have fun!

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

Proud smiles, and people saying, "I never thought I could do this, but I did. It looks great, and I had fun!"

120 Courtland St.
Rockford,
MI
US

An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.

4255 Alpine Avenue Northwest
Comstock Park,
MI
US

Fruit Basket Flowerland’s 20 acres of nursery space contain beautiful hanging baskets, annuals, and perennials. The nursery has seen those perennials bloom dozens of times since it opened back in 1949, and today the business has blossomed out to three locations. Home gardeners can peruse a huge selection of soil, fertilizer, and plants, or sign up for instructive gardening classes, which teach participants to care for their plants and to exterminate weeds without running afoul of weeds-rights activists. Fruit Basket Flowerland also houses a vast selection of patio furniture and three lines of Weber grills.

3801 Alpine Ave NW
Comstock Park,
MI
US

Called one of the seven best places to get a Detroit gift on Time.com, The Mitten State and its T-shirt-creating staff share their love of Michigan with comfortable, vintage chest-covering gear that's designed and printed in Grand Rapids and produced in the United States.

5210 6 Mile Ct
Comstock Park,
MI
US