Brown Bag Boutique's fashion savants stock their clothing racks with new, revamped, and vintage looks for women. Jewelry lends its sparkle to outfits, with shoppers festooning lobes with head-turning earrings ($4–$6) or tossing bracelets ($4–$6) around their wrists as passing carnival barkers cheer. Fashion seekers can cozy up to denim by slipping their legs into Silver Jeans Co. jeans ($22–$26), as evening gowns and prom dresses ($49+) spark memories of dancing to romantic music under flickering lights. While perusing new ensembles, gals can step up to a tall mirror nestled against the boutique's bright yellow walls to scan over potential duds or chastise their reflections for ruining an otherwise accurate vampire costume.
As a nationally board-certified therapist and member of the American Medical Massage Association, C.M. Massage owner Chris MacPherson draws on a wealth of anatomical knowledge to relax his clients and bring their bodies back to states of natural well-being. Chris and his team of certified therapists—both male and female—tend to knotted muscles in private treatment rooms, properly draping bodies before administering a series of targeted therapeutic strokes. The therapists' nimble fingers apply techniques culled from modalities such as sports, relaxation, and prenatal to alleviate chronic conditions, such as insomnia and dull shoulder blades. They work seven days a week and, depending on their availability, can schedule appointments with as little as 30 minutes’ notice.
The brand-name buffs at Max 10 retail quality men's, women's, and children's clothing for $10 or less, including seasonal deals to outfit school-bound tykes in stylish new threads. Shoppers can score designer duds from the likes of Ecko Unlimited, Zoo York, Dickies, and Sean John and jeans from Lee, Levi's, and Akademiks. Customers can disguise human hides or a fugitive T-shirt in hoodies and jackets for $10 or less or satiate undernourished closets with wardrobe basics such as long- and short-sleeve tees, tanks, and activewear priced at two for $10. Sports aficionados can announce admiration for favorite teams while modestly entering the public sphere with a variety of licensed MLB and NFL apparel, or they can dress neighborhood dogs in jerseys to re-create favorite scenes from Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch.
Boasting 50 sleek, synthetic lanes with optional bumpers, as well as a full-service bar and snack counter, Sherman Bowling Center provides fuel and fun to familial strike forces of all ages. Grab a like-minded pin-hater and lace up in your chic, sleek alley slippers to take on back-to-back rounds of America’s favorite pastime after baseball and compiling lists of favorite pastimes. In between games, lubricate bodily lanes and veins by slurping servings of soda from the included pitcher, or use it to refresh sapped energy stores long enough to take on new virtual enemies in the attached arcade (arcade games are not included in this Groupon). Located just a few minutes from Muskegon Lake, this ball-flinging emporium sports open-bowling hours seven days a week, though bowlers should call ahead to confirm hours and availability.
As he revealed in an article on MLive, Garry Von Myhr thinks about cell-phone repair so much that he talks about it in his sleep. Von Myhr opened Genius Phone Repair with partners Jordan Notenbaum and Steve Barnes. The startup has blossomed out of parent company Note Tech Industries—a cell-phone repair business that Notenbaum was running out of his basement—into a successful organization with four convenient storefronts.
The entrepreneurs' speedy and affordable services were praised in a feature on WZZM 13 News. They specialize in repairing iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android mobile devices, and they stand behind their work with a 90-day warranty. The crew also purchases broken or functional devices for cash, and can recommend phone accessories such as protective cases or pasta-making attachments.
At Your Plate or Mine, both seasoned glazers and greenhorn glammers turn unadorned pottery and glass fragments into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Pottery prettifiers of all ages choose from more than 500 pieces of bisque ($4–$55), ranging from plates ($8–$12) and mugs ($8–$12) to figurines ($9–$12). With their blank slates in tow, guests pick out paints and, like the Beauty and the Beast animation team, bring the ceramics to life; if painter's block sets in, a friendly staff can offer tips and suggestions.
Sandra Murphy, Glamour Permanent Cosmetics, Tattoo & Body Piercing's owner and certified cosmetics specialist, crafts tattooed facial enhancements that mimic the look of makeup, bestowing eye and lip regions with natural-looking fullness and perpetual allure. A team of four safety-certified staffers assists Murphy, each specializing in a particular form of cosmetic enhancement such as eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, and tattoos. Murphy has honed her craft since 2006 and now instructs a 100-hour course designed to certify new permanent cosmetics artists.