Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Spanning across 3,000 square feet, a New York loft-like setting with brick walls gives way to padded black floors, both spaces teeming with energetic exercisers and knowledgeable instructors. Students are led through a variety of group classes for all fitness levels, with high-energy cardio workouts to be found in the Zumba classes or coed kickboxing classes that pummel 20 hanging kickboxing bags. Other classes include kickboxing under blacklights, called glow boxing, cross box, kick boxing, cardio confusion with a mix of cardio and strength training, ab lab to focus tightening cores, yoga, barre 90, and pole technique. A high-tech sound system blasts motivating tunes as guests work out in groups or at their own pace, using the free weights, Bosu balls, and step benches as tools for chiseling their physiques.
Bottle caps and taps unfurl pints of domestic and imported beers alongside hearty burgers and nachos at Library Sports Pub and Grill's locations in Novi and West Bloomfield. Pizzas baked in circles or squares embrace medleys of meats and vegetables, and Saint Louis–style ribs in full and half slabs revel beneath piquant sauces or dry rubs. Southwestern fajitas sizzle beside cool glasses of Rolling Rock, Stella Artois, Guinness, and 40 other beers, as well as martinis from a seasonal menu and a signature frozen drink of the month. After game clocks run out on the bar's big-screen televisions, local bands, karaoke singers, and DJs entertain diners with boisterous beats. The pub takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to its namesake with frequent-diner "library cards" and complimentary due-date face stamps.
Mary Starring realized her goal of helping local artists step into the spotlight when she opened her gallery in 2005. Since then, Mary's space has featured the work of more than 50 talented creators, each showcased during Northville's First Friday Experience. This monthly after-hours collaboration by the town's merchants unites the community in appreciation of the work of these local artists. To further highlight this local talent, Starring populates her shelves with their art and gifts—elegant, locally blown glass, original paintings, and stylish jewelry. A regularly rotating selection of crafts helps returning customers find the perfect birthday present or replacement for a macaroni necklace they mistook for dinner.
At Whirlyball Novi, teams in motorized cars call whirlybugs spin and bump their way through one-hour bouts of a competitive wiffle-ball game that combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai. Bright red and yellow whirlybugs, powered by electricity and the tears of the defeated, race across a 4,000-square-foot court as their drivers toss balls to each other with plastic scoops. Referees keep track of each team's score as friends look on from the comfortable leather couches of the lounge. After matches, teams sip on drinks from the bar, feast on one of several meal packages, or continue calling each other "liver-licking kumkwats" over games of pool.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.