The chefs at Wrought Iron Grill design dishes that are artfully executed down to the last detail. Take, for example, the housemade sauces and soups that are made fresh daily, or the veal demi-glace they make to flavor hand-cut, marrow-encrusted filet mignon. They also take care to incorporate local ingredients, coating wild-caught scallops with Michigan morel mushrooms and flash-frying fillets of Michigan perch.
Housed in the five-story brick structure that once held Woodard Furniture Company, Wrought Iron Grill's decor harks back to the building's industrial past. Flooring reclaimed from a welding room tops the bar, and 110-year-old windows hang over the heads of bartenders as they pour Michigan beers and mix drinks such as signature bloody marys garnished with spicy Mandingo pickles, 45th Parallel asparagus, and jumbo shrimp. Live bands often play atop the building's loading dock, allowing singers to be conveniently wheeled away after they've finished performing.
The expert optometrists at Owosso Eye Care want their patients to have as much information about their peepers as possible, which is why these professionals take time to make sure patients understand eye- exam results and encourage them to give detailed eye-health histories and ask questions. That’s also why the establishment’s opticians explain how different frames and lenses impact vision and why the company’s knowledge-packed website offers an Eye Exam Q&A, which discusses eye medications, routine tests, and foolproof techniques for dominating games of Eye Spy.
Owosso Speedway has been revving up enthusiasm for racing since 1939, populating its track with pro late models, pro stocks, five-wide racing sport stocks, road-shaking open-wheel modifieds, and more. Stock-car fanatics can fill lungs with the sweet scent of burnt rubber during Owosso Speedway's five race dates in May. Witness the whirring blur of pro drivers tearing up the track with a variety of powerful, growling mechanical beasts as they drift, draft, and zoom their way around or through their opponents and up the standings. Watchers can bear witness on April 30, when a gaggle of events like demolition enduro, trailer races, and push/pull train races coalesce into the mass motorized mayhem of Carnage Night, and celebrate opening day on May 7 after a grueling off-season of making engine sounds to themselves at work. The races on May 14 and 21 also feature cars racing around, and a kids' bike giveaway and autograph night closes out the month on May 28.
Entering its 10th season, McCurdy’s Revenge Haunted Houses serves up a smorgasbord of scares as it transforms the commercial building at McCurdy Park with a different scream-filled theme every two years. Though the allegedly abandoned McCurdyville Campground was an amenity-packed facility when it opened in 1986, today campers may face the twin inconveniences of chainsaw-wielding murderers and a disturbing lack of s’mores ingredients. The adventure park has fallen into similar disrepair, with ghouls, goblins, and ghosties infesting every nook and cranny of the park’s maze, fun house, and mini-golf course. Worse still, ominous warnings have been appearing suggesting McCurdyville’s favored son and serial killer, Earl Swanson, may be planning to crash the paranormal party, leading many to question the wisdom of giving him a key to the city.
From the air, the pathways at Country Corn Maze come together to create detailed images of cows, stock cars, tractors, monuments, presidents, and various other American icons. From the ground, though, they seem to wind endlessly without any sense of reason, providing adventurers with acres of maze to lose themselves in.
Each year, the Martindale family collaborates with Maze Play Inc., which uses computer-aided design software and GPS-directed tractors to carve out intricate pieces of art. The Martindales’ life on the farm and the culture of the rural Corunna countryside inspire the shapes of their mazes, which can range from a pictures of a farmstead to an homage to the firefighters of 9/11. After construction is complete and the maze walls have grown to the proper height, they invite guests to explore the 5-foot-wide pathways during the day or at night by flashlight. To keep patrons energized while they wander the corn labyrinth, Country Corn Maze also provides seasonal produce and concessions in its 1900s-era barn, from warm donuts to cups of hot organic cider or cocoa.
An authorized local affiliate of Larry Janesky's home energy-conservation enterprise, Steve Rodgers' Dr. Energy Saver helps homeowners shave down their heating and cooling bills while reducing their carbon footprint. Lifetime Owosso resident Steve Rodgers leads a qualified team of professionals as they use a blower door test and thermal camera to assess home comfort issues and energy efficiency, bring frigid rooms and overheated attics to manageable temperatures, and dehumidify musty basements and crawlspaces. By treating foundations with spray foam or affixing attics with an airtight SuperAttic system, technicians block wintry drafts from sapping comfort and money from households.