Located in front of displays of elegant wedding gowns and puffy bridesmaid dresses in The Wedding Bell boutique, Curvaceous is a specialty lingerie shop packed with lacy bras and shimmering slips. Silky robes, playful nighties, and textured hosiery dangle from racks, sporting labels from top designers such as Hanky Panky, Spanx, and Commando. An accommodating staff bustles about the shop to administer complimentary fittings and referee games of hide-and-seek in the dressing rooms.
A welcome respite from chain stores and bustling malls, Retail Therapy welcomes visitors into a cozy brick building full of flirty dresses, flowing scarves, trendy sweaters and blouses, and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Shoppers can outfit themselves in tanks and tops bedecked with colorful solids and patterns. A welcoming, friendly vibe permeates the boutique, which features an eclectic mix of furniture and shelves bearing treasures such as designer jeans and shiny trinkets.
Lansing Nissan's showrooms house new and pre-owned Nissans that beckon to showcase their prowess during customer test drives. Factory-fresh sedans, trucks, and SUVs flaunt their empty odometers and flex their rotund tires, while pre-owned rides boast quality assurance inspections, during which certified techs confirm that they're under five years old, have less than 60,000 miles, and refuse placing bets on their own horsepower. The service department's qualified staff doles out a long list of auto services that range from oil changes to engine replacements, and even gives cars a thorough washing before sending them off to explore the road.
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For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Hear You Go gives books their long-awaited voice with audio recordings of more than 3,000 titles. Tracks are embedded in the nurturing architecture of CDs, tapes, and MP3s, ensuring that listeners of all format preferences can kick back and follow their favorite gumshoes, romantic heroines, or gang of child art thieves through cliffhangers and plot twists. Lend your ears to popular new arrivals such as Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking,” Edward M. Kennedy’s “True Compass,” and Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots,” or let Hear You Go’s resident audiophiles track down hard-to-find and specialty books, ensuring that virtually any compacted classic lands in the palm of your hand. With both pickup and direct-mail programs available, you can easily enliven car trips, add intellectual stimulation to workout routines, and help obtuse houseplants attain sentience.
A division of Michigan State University's College of Music, MSU Community Music School operates under the belief that “music dramatically enhances the quality of life.” Here, students of all ages and skill levels immerse themselves in this philosophy as they exercise teamwork in group rock-guitar classes, learn the history of the ukulele, or prosper through developmental challenges during music-therapy sessions. The school’s staff of expert instructors also helps students reach their individual musical goals, whether they want to master the jazz trombone or pursue a career as a bedroom alarm clock.
The Watershed Tavern & Grill's menu teems with house-made ground-beef-patty burgers, tender meaty sandwiches, and other grill favorites. Loaded with either chicken or beef, the cooked-to-order Bangin' burrito lounges upon a bed of beans and revels in cascading homemade sauce, melted cheese, and garnishments such as tomato and tortilla chips ($8.99). Potato-gun soldiers call truces in the name of the Shed Chips, which see russet potatoes sliced, fried, seasoned, and distributed with chunky blue cheese ($5.49). Parmesan-encased chicken breast saunters atop angel-hair pasta steeped in pesto cream sauce ($14.99). Five Michigan-made microbrews round out the sudsy trove of a full-service bar, which wields wines, 15 tap beers, and hand grips for mid-meal pull-ups.